As the Director of Government Relations and CSR at SAP Africa as well as a member of the SAP Digital Government team, Sunil Geness leads all aspects of government relations, donor relations and corporate social responsibility activities for SAP stakeholders across Africa.
He has vast experience in corporate and public organisations and has appeared on several local and international television networks as a presenter, political analyst and commentator.
Geness has also delivered several thought leadership papers and presentations at local, African and International conferences. In his various capacities he has also represented South Africa, the South African business community and SAP at high level negotiations and meetings at the United Nations, European Union, European Commission, the World Bank, BRICS and other multilateral agencies on several occasions. He currently chairs the Deregulation Working Group of the SA BRICS Council. Sunil is a member of the SAP Africa Code Week, Global steering Committee.
Geness has a passion for science, technology and innovation and began his career as a physical science and electronics teacher before he moved on to develop a wide range of experience in Government, Quasi-Government and Private sectororganisations. These roles have included a policy making and implementation stint at the South African National Government, followed by a government modernization role and subsequently a political advisory role at the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), before he was head-hunted by the German global software giant-SAP.
Geness holds a Bachelor of Commerce (UNISA), Bachelor of Commerce Honours Cum Laude (UNISA), Master of Management in Public and Development Management (Witwatersrand), HED (Springfield College) and has been the recipient of scholarships for executive leadership programmesat leading global business schools in the United Kingdom (Birmingham), the United States (Harvard) and France (INSEAD).
A keen advocate of sustainability and environmentalism, he has also received the World Wide Fund (WWF), One Planet Leaders, sustainability scholarship in 2009.