A distinguished professional and thought leader. Tapiwa has over 15 years’ experience in the information technology industry.

Technologist and Thought Leader | Artificial Intelligence and Sustainability | Keynote Speaker | Founder of Omnien

Dr. Tapiwa Chiwewe is a distinguished technologist and thought leader with over 15 years of experience in the information technology industry, specializing in areas that include artificial intelligence, robotics, and virtual reality. He is a passionate advocate for using technology to solve real-world problems, and he is always looking for new ways to innovate. Tapiwa is also a gifted speaker, and he has given keynote presentations at industry conferences and events. He earned his PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Pretoria and holds the title of Senior Member within the IEEE.

Tapiwa currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Science), imparting his knowledge and expertise to the next generation of business leaders. Additionally, he holds the role of Principal Artificial Intelligence Specialist at CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research), where he leads groundbreaking initiatives at the intersection of AI and advanced research.

Tapiwa is the founder and managing director of Omnien, a technology company that he founded from the ground up. Prior to founding Omnien, Tapiwa worked at IBM for 7 years, where he held several leadership positions. He was the co-lead of IBM’s Global Technology Outlook, program director for ecosystems, senior manager at the Africa Research Lab, leading the AI and quantum computing teams, and leader of the Advanced and Applied Artificial Intelligence group. Tapiwa received IBM’s Outstanding Technical Accomplishment award, and his teams received “A-level” awards.

Before IBM, Tapiwa was a senior engineer at the CSIR in the Mechatronics and Micromanufacturing group. He also worked as a full-stack software developer at 5DT, where he created commercial products that were shipped globally. Tapiwa is a TED speaker and has authored over 15 articles and delivered over 40 invited talks. He was recognized as a top global thought leader and influencer on climate change. His work has been featured by BBC, CNN, IEEE Spectrum, and Popular Mechanics, among others.


  • Innovation
  • Digital
  • Leadership
  • Environmental Social Governance
  • Business Transformation
  • Entrepreneur

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