CBS International CEO named one of 50 African Trailblazers: March 20, 2013, Mauritius, Port-Louis, Sophia Bekele, Executive Director of DotConnectAfrica Trust (DCA Trust), has been named as one of the ’50 African Trailblazers under 50‘, by the influential New African magazine UK, a member of the IC Publications group. New African is a well known publication that is in the vanguard of contemporary Pan-Africanist projection and thinking. www.newafricanmagazine.com Read more
Atlanta Georgia: CBS International was invited and attended the 2010 Leon Sullivan Foundation Summit in Atlanta Georgia
Washington DC: CBS International represented by its CEO, Sophia Bekele was invited as one of Africa Business Champions at the week ‘s long private-public meetings held with Sr.Business and policy leadership in Washington DC, organized by various grouping including the Africa Constituancy, African American Unity Caucus, The African Union Mission and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
SF-INET a success: CBS paticipated to a sucessfully concluded SF-INET organized by SF ISOC. http://www.sfbayisoc.org/INETSF2010 . The theme was on Internet trust, challenges and the next 10 years, and the current Internet model we are faced with growing challenges of trust. The San Francisco INET will bring together experts from Internet policy, standards, private sector and user community. The goal of this conference is not to find ways to focus on problems with the current Internet trust model but what we want the model to be in the next ten years. The meeting is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required by April 23rd 2010. Speakers include: Peter Dengate Thrush, ICANN Chairman, Jim Fenton Cisco, Daniel T Dreymann, CEO Goodmail Systems, Dave Lewis, Online Trust Alliance, Zaid Ali President/Chairman SF-Bay ISOC and much more..
CEO of CBS International spoke at “I don’t know to CEO” conference hosted by Stanford Women In Business conference (SWIB)
“View From The Top: Changing the Face of Technology –Featuring people that have made great impact!
Each of the outstanding panelists has changed the way we think about the Internet and beyond. With its revolutionary technology, Pandora has taken music by storm; YouTube has altered online video and sharing all around the world; Friendfeed is transforming how we learn from our friends’ online discoveries; Gmail and Adsense shattered old conceptions of email and online advertising; Shmoop is putting education on a whole new platform; Yahoo! brought the Internet into the hands of the average Joe; and CBS International brings powerful advanced information technology to the developing world, with long-standing initiatives to bring the internet to Africa.
How does one little start-up end up improving so many millions of lives? What makes these people passionate about what they do? Learn how you can be one of these people whose lives affect the face of technology”... more
——Stanford Women In Business, April 2009
Alamo California: Sophia Bekele, CEO of CBS International , also a member of Addis Ababa Rotary Club was a speaker at the Alamo Rotary. “Sophia shared how Rotary values, especially the Four Way test, have impacted her entrepreneurial and humanitarian works. She presented on her home club’s current projects involving Solar Cooking and the Hunger Project. Our
thanks to Brian Thiessen and Clark Johnson for coordinating today’s program” …more. —- The Alamo Oak, April 15, 2009
Sacramento: Ms. Bekele, CEO of CBS International addressed the Sacramento community on the Global Economic Crisis, organized by the African Leadership Counci, on April 11, 2009 more..
San Francisco: Golden Gate University- an academic pillar with campuses all over the nation has nominated and confirmed Ms. Sophia Bekele to join the Board of Directors of GGU Alumni Association
–Golden Gate University, November 2008
S. San Francisco: CBS International engaged to assist one of the largest U.S. Biotech company – GenenTech – in its efforts to evaluate governance, risk & compliance (GRC) within the business enterprise.
–CBSIntl Webpress, June 2008
CBS International going the extra mile to connect Africa! CBS International unveils it’s flagship knowledge networking project:
San Francisco: CBS International completed a SOX Compliance Program for the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.
–CBSIntl Webpress, October 2007
New York: Ms. Bekele appointed as one of expert advisors to the United Nations Global Alliance for Information communication and Technology Development (UNGAID), chaired by Dr. Craig Barrett, also Chairman of the chip company, Intel Corporation.
–GAID, New York, April 2007
Marina Del Ray, California: Ms. Bekele, CEO of CBS International is nominated and electe d to be policy advisor to the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)….
–ICANN , June 2005
CEO of CBS International recieving the Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary Foundation International for her contributions to the causes of Rotary.
–Rotary International March 2005
San Franscisco: CBS International, provided assurance services including SOX compliance to BDO Seidman Accounting and Consulting firm and its various client base.
–CBSIntl Webpress, March 2005
San Francisco, California: CEO of CBS International, Ms. Bekele joins the World Affairs Council Contra Costa chapter, as one of board councils.
–World Affairs Council – Contra Costa, May 2005
Sacramento, California: CBS International, as part of its Risk Management Portfolio of services, assisted Intel Corp, the California Chip maker in its compliance with its Information Security practice as it related to Sarbanes Oxley…more.
–CBSIntl Webpress, March 2004
Tampa Florida – Heading the PR/IR group of NMMI (OnScreen Technology, Inc. OTCBB: ONSC) which specializes in next generation LED video displays, CBS International was instrumental in assisting and leading the development and marketing of the company’s product, web presence, corporate communication and investor relations.
–CBSIntl Webpress, Nov 2003
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (Parliament) House of People’s representative has awarded its major Networking contract to SBCommunications Network Plc.
SBCommunications Network Plc. (SbCnet), a unit of CBS International Company, has received order from the Parliament to build the first of its kind Networking project in the government system. The contract also includes design, installation and procurement for LAN/WAN networking and communications system that will support and would improve communications between governmental departments, non-governmental organizations, regional states and international organizations (such as the international Parliamentary union and Parliamentary friendship association throughout the parliamentary information system)
“I am pleased that we are now beginning the first phase of the project. SbCnet, its industry partners, and the government have worked cooperatively to move through many significant milestones leading up to this successful stage, ” said Sophia Bekele, CEO of SBCommunications Network Plc., the project director in Addis.
Today’s announcement selecting SbCnet and its team as the Lead System Integrator (LSI) for the Parliament places it in a unique partnership role with government on a program that is key to the Parliament’s transformation goals. The win also represents a key component in SbCnet’s vision of the integrated Information Systems of the future, where networked information and communications systems provide a competitive edge to Parliamentary system.
–Company Insider, Feb 2003
Africa: President/Managing partner of CBS International, Sophia Bekele elected to serve as a Regional advisor to the UN Secretary General’s initiative UNICT African Stakeholders Network.
–UNECA, Nov 2002
San Francisco: People to People Ambassador Programs, has selected Ms. Sophia Bekele, CISA, as a member of the Information Technology Auditors Delegation to the Peoples Republic of China. The selection of representatives is based on the individuals’ knowledge background and expertise in the field of information technology auditing, IT governance, control and assurance, development, provisions and promotions of audit standards. People To People International was founded in 1956 by President Eisenhower to improve communication between Americans and the citizens of other countries. President Eisenhower initially assigned the program’s management and operations to the U.S. State Department. Later the organization was restructured as a nonpolitical, private sector activity serving as a catalyst for citizen exchanges. Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton have supported its goals by serving as Honorary Chairman.
–People to People Ambassador, Nov 2002
Norway: CBS International Wins Gold for the Best African Site Award! CBS International has won the Gold Award for the best African Site Award (BASA) of the year, the company announced this week. The BASA Awards Team with Africa service said CBS International has won the title of Best Company in Technology Transfer.The California based technology company, CBS International www.cbsintl.com owns and operates SbCommunications NetworkPLC., also known as SbCnet established in 1998 and headquartered in Addis Ababa, SbCnet is a systems integration and consulting firm in the business of providing professional information technology solutions and services. SbCnet has undertaken Internet business solutions and web site design for a number of international and local organizations in Ethiopia. Africaservice was established in Norway in 1997. Its goal is to make it easier for people looking for information about Africa from around the world to find it without having to comb through the whole World Wide Web.
–Addis Tribune Friday November 2, 2002
Africa: President and Managing partner of CBS International Sophia Bekele, was nominated and has accepted the role to advise on the African Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) that will serve the UN Economic Commission of Africa (UNECA) on the implementation of the African Information Society Initiative (AISI)…
–United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, (UNECA) June 2002
CBS International assists the AU in Capacity Building… ‘Aligning Information Systems with organizational goals in the most cost-effective manner remains our top priority to our clients” and that is what we are trying to achieve through it’s Capacity Building program, says Sophia Bekele, the President Managing Partner of CBS International, the california based outfit, who reportedly structured the entire deal for her client ”
–CBS Web Pess,Reporter, 2000
“CBS wins AU’s largest IT Project. CBS International won the most highly competitive international bids for the Organization of African Unity (OAU). This investment (which is the first of its kind for the OAU) is to implement a campus-wide network, interconnecting five buildings using fiber technology…”
–CAPITAL, Ethiopia’s Business Weekly, February 7, 1999
“Western Philosophy to doing business in the East…One of the western systems that CBS has found to be effective is partnering itself with local and international companies. CBS differentiates itself from the rest of the local IT companies by giving value added services”.
— CNN World View, 1999
“Sophia, President of CBS International is now one of the few-well-educated and successful young women in Addis Ababa…’My plan for CBS International is not only to be a professional firm providing consultancy, but to make it efficient and comprehensive service to a larger market. That is why we have allied ourselves with local and international firms’.” — Monitor, September 17, 1998
“Join the winning team and be a winner. CBS International; Your Total Systems Solutions Provider & PC House, the leading computer superstore have joined forces to bring to its consumer Real Stuff! Real Quality! Real Price”
–The Ethiopian Herald, Nov 15, 1999
“CBS introduced in 1998 the first and unique Information technology service line in the country, which includes Business Advisory & Systems Consultancy , Information Systems Security, Quality assurance, Business Resumption Planning, Internet Business & Year 2000 solutions.“ CBS International will continue to provide its clients with emerging technologies such as E-commerce and Web applications and solutions.
— Entrepreneur, August 6, 1998