The latest trends in the ICT sector in Suriname!

Curious about the developments within the ICT sector in Suriname?

Then watch this episode of Q&A where the Commercials Affairs Manager of Datasur, Mrs. Whitney de Rijp, discusses the latest trends within the ICT sector in Suriname. The key take aways from the last ICT Summit, the technology trends such as Artificial Intelligence, the developments within Datasur are some of the topics that will be explained in this conversation. Whitney also indicates how important it is for companies to include ICT in their business strategy. Do you want to know more?

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Information and communication technology (ICT) development has greatly enhanced the way we communicate, conduct business, and access information. However, with the increasing use of ICT, there is also an increased risk of security threats. The following are some of the potential risks associated with ICT development:

  • Cybersecurity threats: Cyberattacks such as hacking, phishing, and malware can compromise the security of computer systems and networks, leading to data breaches and theft of sensitive information.
  • Data privacy breaches: With the increasing amount of data being stored and transmitted electronically, there is a greater risk of data privacy breaches. These can occur due to inadequate security measures, accidental disclosure, or intentional theft.
  • Social engineering attacks: Social engineering attacks use psychological manipulation to trick individuals into divulging sensitive information or performing actions that compromise security.
  • Insider threats: The risk of insider threats, where employees or contractors misuse or abuse their access to sensitive information, is also a significant concern.

To mitigate these risks, organizations and individuals should take steps such as implementing strong cybersecurity measures, regularly updating software, using strong passwords, conducting regular security audits, and providing ongoing security training to employees.


We are looking for an enthusiastic intern to join our Commercial Affairs department and provide creative ideas to help achieve our goals.
For four to six months you will carry out marketing tasks and other administrative duties.

Learn more about the position at

Send your letter of motivation accompanied by your resume no later than Wednesday, June 28, 2023, to [email protected]

Whitney de Rijp, MBA in Innovation and Technology.
Whitney de Rijp is a young driven Surinamese woman. She has been working at Datasur for over 6 years. Together with her top team, they ensure that customer data is stored securely all over the world which helps them focus on their core business.

Integrity, authenticity and just being herself is the mode for success as a Commercial Affairs Manager. Furthermore, she finds it very important to maximize effectiveness and of course lead by example. For both the internal and the external organization she is very transparent, which also fosters loyalty and engagement with the company goals.

Jurgen Schmeltz has as a Bachelor's degree in Information and Communication Technology and several IT certifications. His IT career started in Johannesburg, South Africa at IBM where he gained international experience for 5 years. When he came back to Suriname, he worked for two IT companies and also gained experience in VOIP, Backup Solutions and Microsoft Products.

At the moment Jurgen is a Cloud and Datacenter Infrastructure Specialist with many years of experience in the field of Microsoft Virtualization, Workplace Automation, Backup, Replication and Data Center Infrastructure. He currently holds the position of Operations Manager and is responsible for managing the Datacenter Operations such as Cloud and Network infrastructure.

Furthermore, he is also responsible for managing daily Facility Operations of the Datasur Datacenters and Project Lead for Cloud and Datacenter expansion projects. In his free time he’s a parttime lecturer at the two technical Universities in Suriname.

On behalf of Datasur Jurgen Schmeltz is also chairman of SUR-IX. The Suriname Internet Exchange Point which will be operational before the end of 2022

Sheetal Ganput works as the General Affairs Manager at Datasur. In this role she is part of the management team and reports to the CEO of Datasur.

She is a very self-driven, detail-oriented & hardworking young professional. She has helped to reorganize the company in the field of Office, HRM and Supply Chain Management.

Sheetal has her B.Sc. in Business Management and also completed her M.Sc. completed in Business Management with a specialization in Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Leadership. She is very progressive and is currently doing her Ph.D. study in Leadership & Management

Our CEO, Dr. Anvit Ramlakhan is a prolific strong inspiring inclusive young professional leader from Suriname, working in different fields to contribute for the betterment of humanity and the world. He is an experienced executive with a demonstrated history of working in the ICT industry for several years, with a widespread of skills in operations, quality, risk, project, business, strategy, product portfolio management (just to name a few). At Datasur Anvit oversees the total company performance on strategical level, with a strong focus on business growth, innovation, customer experience and financial profitability.

Furthermore, Anvit contributes to development of the Surinamese youth by lecturing and tutoring at four university study organizations in Suriname on undergraduate and postgraduate levels within study fields such as ICT, Electrical engineering, Organization management, Process management, Business intelligence, MBA, etc.

He has a strong professional background with a cum laude doctorate (Ph.D. in Management- Information and Technology) from the Akamai University in USA, Master of Science (M.Sc.) with merit in Information Systems from Anglia Ruskin University in London, UK and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Telecommunications from Anton de Kom University in Paramaribo, Suriname. He currently is finishing up his MBA in Strategic Management and Leadership at the London School of International Business, London, UK.

Anvit has several prolific leadership and business certifications, ongoing humanity service, extensive spiritual drive and a personal theme which is as follows: “Continuous progressive successful excellence”. He is part of volunteer organization HSS for 20+ years, through which character molding, collaboration and way of living for the youth is created and augmented.

In January 2022 he has been elected for two years as Chairman of the ICT Association in Suriname, in order to help strategize the sustainable digital economic development of Suriname. Furthermore he also has been elected as Chairman for the Suriname Business Youth Association in June 2021 for a period of two years, whereby development and support of young entrepreneurs and professionals is one of the main goals. Anvit is also part of the presidential working groups on areas of e-Government and wage council.