Dr. Mjumo Mzyece Professor of Management


Ph.D., Strathclyde University, Scotland
MBA, Duke University
M.Sc., Strathclyde University, Scotland
B.Eng., Manchester University, England

VPH 205F

Dr. Mzyece has over 25 years of international experience in academia and industry. A highly credentialed professor, he previously taught at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and at the French South African Institute of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa.

His research centers upon the intersection of business and technology—particularly business models for next-generation digital networks, such as 5G and 6G. Widely regarded as a thought leader in the tech industry, Dr. Mzyece has worked as a subject matter expert on several key initiatives and projects, including the R&D working group of the South African 5G Forum and as lead consultant on a feasibility study for the South African government’s Centre for Public Service Innovation.

In the industrial sector, Dr. Mzyece has mostly recently served IBM Research on its Johannesburg lab advisory committee, as senior offering manager at IBM in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and as senior manager and general manager of the smart industries unit at The Innovation Hub Management Company (TIHMC) in Pretoria, South Africa. During his tenure at TIHMC, he established partnerships with leading tech companies, including IBM, Cisco and MTN, and counseled the Gauteng Provincial Government on policies concerning technology and advanced manufacturing.

In addition to a Master of Business Administration degree from Duke University, Dr. Mzyece holds a master’s degree (distinction) in communications technology and policy and a Ph.D. in electronic and electrical engineering both from Strathclyde University, Scotland, and a bachelor's degree (honours) in electronic and electrical engineering from Manchester University, England.

H. Molotsi, M. Mzyece, O. Soumonni and J. Zias (2023). The Intrapreneur's Journey: Empowering Employees to Drive Growth, Wits University Press / NYU Press.

M. C. Gatara and M. Mzyece (2023). From QoS to QoE plus QoT in Beyond 5G Networks, Journal of Mobile Multimedia, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 135–146.

S. D. Mhlongo and M. Mzyece (2023). The business of business incubation: How stakeholders measure value and investment returns in South African fintech incubators, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 236–249.

M. Qobo and M. Mzyece (2023). Geopolitics, technology wars and global supply chains: Implications for Africa, South African Journal of International Affairs, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 29–46.

L. Banda, M. Mzyece and F. Mekuria (2023). “Business Models for 5G-IoT Private Networks,” IEEE AFRICON 2023, Nairobi, Kenya, 20–22 September 2023.

L. Banda, M. Mzyece and F. Mekuria (2022). 5G Business Models for Mobile Network Operators—A Survey, IEEE Access, vol. 10, pp. 94851–94886.

M. Mzyece and M. C. Gatara (2022). “Towards a 5G Network and Haptic-Enabled Internet for Remote Robotic Surgery,” 10th Annual Symposium of the Robotic Assisted Microsurgical & Endoscopic Society (RAMSES), Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 4–5 November 2022.

L. Banda, M. Mzyece and F. Mekuria (2022). “Business Models for 5G and Future Mobile Network Operators,” IEEE Future Networks World Forum 2022, Montreal, Canada, 12–14 October 2022.

M. Mzyece (2021). Enabling Technologies and Enabling Business Models for Next Generation Wireless Communications. In M. Usman, M. Wajid and M. D. Ansari (Eds.), Enabling Technologies for Next Generation Wireless Communications (pp. 13–32). CRC Press.

M. Mzyece, O. Soumonni and S. A. Townsend (2021). African Leadership University: Implementation Strategies for Innovative Mass Higher Education, Emerging Markets Case Studies, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 1–37.

M. C. Gatara and M. Mzyece (2021). “From QoS to QoE plus QoT in Beyond 5G Networks,” 46th Meeting of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF 46), Paris, France, 1–3 December 2021.

F. Mekuria, M. Mzyece, L. Mfupe and A. Odusola (2021). “Affordable Connectivity and Digital Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for Rural Africa,” IEEE AFRICON 2021, Arusha, Tanzania, 13–15 September 2021.

M. C. Gatara and M. Mzyece (2021). “5G Wireless Network-Enabled Consumer Service Technologies: Towards a Predictive QoE-Centric Subscriber End-User Model,” 45th Meeting of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF 45), Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 18–21 January 2021.

Associate professor of technology and operations management, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2018–23

General manager & senior manager: Smart Industries, The Innovation Hub Management Company, Pretoria, South Africa, 2017–18

Senior offering manager & offering manager, IBM, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, 2014–16

Associate professor of electronic and electrical engineering, French South African Institute of Technology, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa, 2008–13

Co-founder and managing partner, Protium Consulting, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2008–13

Group manager, Econet Wireless Group, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2006–08

Co-founder and managing partner, ELM Technology Consultants Ltd., Lusaka, Zambia, 2005–06

Adjunct faculty, University of Zambia, 2005–06

Senior research engineer, Kelvin Institute, Glasgow, Scotland, 2004–05

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); Association for Computing Machinery (ACM); Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF).

Thomas F. Keller Scholarship (2013–2015), Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

Rated Researcher (2021–2026), National Research Foundation, South Africa.

Associate (2021–Present), Tayarisha Centre for Digital Governance.