Panels and Speakers


Patrick Awuah

Founder & President, Ashesi University College

Dr. Belgacem Haba

Algerian Scholar of the Year 2015

Tarik Choho

Managing Director, OCP Group; CEO, OCP Africa

Agriculture & Manufacturing: Leveraging technological and financial innovation to create local value for Africa's economic growth

Room: M105 (11:00 am - 12:30 pm)

The UN predicts that more than half of the global population growth between now and 2050 is expected to occur in Africa, making it a fertile ground for incredible economic transformation. The past decade has seen an increasing emphasis on the role of science, technology, and innovation in this economic transformation. Yet, leveraging these tools to create concrete change, particularly in the agriculture and manufacturing sector, has remained a critical challenge. Channeling the progress in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors towards driving economic growth in Africa requires a great degree of collaboration, knowledge sharing, and creative problem solving to address both the current and future needs of the continent in a sustainable manner. How can change champions from the private, public, and social sectors collaborate to make a true difference in this space? What are the critical linkages that need to be forged to create local value in Africa? What kinds of investments, from both local and foreign entities, are actually needed to further this progress?
Debisi Araba

Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Visiola Foundation

Prof. Landry Signe

CAS Distinguished Fellow

Prof. Leslye Obiora

Professor of Law and Former Minister of Mines & Steel

Dr. Roy Steiner

Director of Learning & Impact, Omidyar Network

Dr. Victor Oduguwa

CEO, Nationfeeders Nigeria

Launching And Scaling Homegrown Businesses to Unlock Africa’s Potential

Room: G102 (11:00 am - 12:30 pm)

Entrepreneurship plays a huge role in reducing the unemployment rates and nurturing the economies of African countries. This panel will tackle the challenges and opportunities of launching and scaling new business in the currently expanding innovative space throughout the continent.
Andy Agaba

Founder & CEO, Hiinga Microfinance

CeCe Cheng

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Andela

Dr. Becaye Diop

CEO, Delvic Sanitation Initiatives

Jessica Vernon

Co-founder & Director, Miti Health

Harnessing Technology to Deliver Essential Services

Room: M104 (11:00 am - 12:30 pm)

Africa's potential for rapid development is constrained, in part, by the slower growth of high cost infrastructure. Technology offers an opportunity to accelerate growth by virtually bringing services closer in the absence of physical networks. What kind of services can be enabled by internet technology? What implications does the proliferation of tech-enabled services have for growth on the continent?
Alline Kabbatende

COO, RwandaOnline

Eric M.K Osiakwan

Managing Partner, Chanzo Capital

Stephen Ozoigbo

CEO of the African Technology Foundation

Thor Muller

CIO, Off-Grid Electric

Anar Simpson

Special Advisor, Office of the Chair, Mozilla

Emerging Business Models in Financial Services

Room: G101 (11:00 am - 12:30 pm)

As with telecommunications, financial services on the continent have followed a nontraditional growth path, and the continent has already pioneered new models in mobile banking and credit. How can we extend these services to the yet unreached, and expand service offerings to meet the every-changing needs of African consumers and enterprises?
Nat Robinson

Former CEO amp& Founder, Juhudi Kilimo

Matt Flannery

Co-Founder and CEO, Branch

Katherine Casey

Assistant Professor of Political Economy, Stanford

Richard Essex

Partner, East Africa Capital Partners

Hans Nilsson

Board Chairman, SMSGH Solutions

Driving Business Productivity Through Technology-Enabled Platforms

Room: G101 (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)

More and more businesses across the world have reaped major benefits from leveraging technology in their business. Are African businesses reaping the same benefits? How can technology unlock value for African businesses to better serve their customers?
Olaoluwa Samuel-Biyi

Co-Founder of SureGifts

Dileepan Siva

Strategic Partnerships at Twitter

Alexander Adjei Bram

CEO/Co-Founder, SMS Global Holdings (SMSGH)

Paul Mfonfu

Tools and Client Engineering Team head, PayPal

Media and Entertainment: The Future of Content Creation and Distribution in Africa

Room: M104 (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)

The digital world and media distribution is growing and changing rapidly. What will the future of content creation in an African market look like? What creative business aspects need to be valued at a high level in order to develop sustainable media solution? This panel of media executives, professional content distributors and financiers will explore ways to reach the unserved audiences and what they believe is the future of content creation and distribution in the African continent.
Teju Ajani

Youtube, Content partnerships lead, SSA

BB Sasore

Co-founder, Nemsia Studio's

Derin Adeyokunnu​

Co­founder, Nemsia Studio's

Segun Bash

Product Manager, Google

Investing in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges

Room: G102 (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)

Although there has been a substantial increase in foreign direct investment flow to Africa since 2000, it still remains low compared to other regions. This panel will navigate the challenges and opportunities of creating continent-wide trading and investment opportunities.
Sheel Tyle

Principal, New Enterprise Associates

Arjuna Costa

Partner at Omidyar Network

Jikku Joseph

Head of Mobile Customer Solutions, Old Mutual

Nichole Onome Yembra

CRO & CIO, Venture Garden Group

Niall O'Cathasaigh

Founder and Partner, ManoCap


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