Dr Sonny Ako-Nai

Dr Sonny Ako-Nai
Post Graduate Center G14, Ground floor
Information Systems and Technology


Dr Sonny Ako-Nai holds a Doctorate (DBA) in Business administration and a Masters (MBA) in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business and Leadership, UKZN. Sonny has over 25 years industry experience in strategic use of IT in organisations, which include over six years within Unilever across various African countries. 

Sonny is an academic and business management consultant with focus on IT consultancy and advisory services to assist boards and senior management to effectively deploy and govern technology use in an ethical and profitable manner. This thus include corporate governance and the role of the board. 

Academic Qualifications

  • DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) 
  • MBA (Master of Business Administration) 
  • PGDip. Business Administration 
  • BSc. (Hons.) Comp. Sci. & Statistics 

Professional Qualifications

  • CGEIT (Certification in Governance of Enterprise IT) 
  • Certified Director (Institute of Directors, South Africa) 
  • Associated Coaching (GSB, UCT) 

Professional Bodies

  • Member of the Institute of Directors South Africa 
  • Member ISACA South Africa 

Research Interests

  • Technology Adoption & Deployment 
  • IT Strategic alignment with business 
  • IT Governance & Management 
  • IT Infrastructure & Systems Implementation 
  • Corporate Governance & Board Responsibilities & Oversight 
  • Disruptive Technologies & 4th Industrial Revolution 

Publications and Papers

Book Chapters 

Book Title – Perspectives on ICT4D and Socio-Economic Growth Opportunities in Developing Countries (Published in 2021) 


  • IT Governance within Corporate Governance: A Conceptualized Framework 
  • The potential adoption of Second Life as a platform for learning 

Journal Articles

  • IT Governance implementation Framework for the Board: A Corporate Governance Perspective 
  • Information technology governance framework for improving organisational performance. 
  • The Potential of Second Life as a Platform for Learning: Student’s Perspective. 

Additional Information

Community Engagement

  • SafeCity Msunduzi (NPC) Board member 

 Special Interest

  • Fitness, Critical Thinking, Motivation & Poetry