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Hi, I'm Philipa. Most people just call me Pips.

I am an analytical and focused person that enjoys a challenge in the workplace. I love technology, systems and people and have a passion for showing people how technology can make life easier and better. I understand that the world is driven by data today but privacy is paramount. Responsibly developed AI excites me for the future.

I hold a BSc degree in Computer Science and Psychology as well as an LLB degree specialising in Electronic (IT) Law and Intellectual Property Law. I have worked close to twenty years’ in various IT and legal advisory positions and I have a solid, broad overview of risk, compliance and internet-security related matters.

My husband, whose family is Irish, and I made the decision to relocate to Ireland from South Africa in 2017 with our two daughters. We have enjoyed a warm welcome from new friends and the community where we have settled and we couldn't be happier. To answer the usual questions:

  1. We lived in the Midlands in KwaZulu-Natal near the Drakensberg mountains. That would be pretty much in the middle of the country.
  2. The weather is not very different as we had more rain annually in non-drought years but it is much more damp here in Cork.
  3. We don't really miss the heat and sun but maybe we will in a few years.
  4. We were surrounded by so many different nationalities and accents, understanding another accent is no worry.
  5. Learning Irish is a challenge that the smallest child is winning so far.
  6. We do miss biltong but if you ask us to bring South African food somewhere you'll most likely get a milk tart or bobotie as biltong is possibly an acquired taste/texture.

If you want to connect on a personal note, find me on Twitter. I love a random chat.