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“Driving economic growth in Africa through digital transformation”

DAY 1 – 05 MAY 2021 10:00 - 10:15:

Moderators opening remarks: Vuyolwethu Dubese, Innovation Consultant and Corporate Moderator

10:15 - 10:30:

Organisers Welcome address: Ralf Fletcher, CEO, Topco Media Keynote Address: Innovation and women empowerment

10:35 – 11:00

Google perspective on diversity and inclusion

Understanding that closing the gender gap is a mindset more than a numbers game.

Google's ultimate goal for women in tech and innovation

Fireside Chat: Dr. Marian Croak, Vice President of Engineering, Google Lindiwe Matlali, Founder and CEO, Africa Teen Geeks,

11:00 – 11:20

Keynote Address: How Zoom adapted and pivoted to the extraordinary demands as a business in 2020 ●

Defining digital transformation

Zooms approach to leading digital transformation

Learn How to manage change for employees

Fireside chat: Abe Smith, International Lead, ZOOM, USA Ralf Fletcher, CEO, Topco Media, SA

11:20 - 12:20

Panel discussion: Decoupling Economic Growth from Resource Generation Hosted by:

Panelists: ● Snowden Mmadi, Infrastructure Expert, ‎African Union Development Agency, AUDA-NEPAD ● Rachel Chikwamba, Vice President/Group Executive, CSIR ●

12:20 - 12:35

Senior representative, PPC

Tech Talk: The digital economy and financial innovation - The democratization of data and devices ●

Understanding the digital economy

A look at financial innovation

Implementing the democratization of data and devices

Bradwin Roper, CEO , FNB Connect ,South Africa

12:40 - 13:40

Panel discussion: Unlocking Africa's Economic Potential Through Digital Transformation ●

Recognising the potential of Africa’s economy

Africa’s capacity to prosper by taking hold of the digital revolution

Unlocking a digital Africa


Dr Justina Dugbazah, Senior Programme Officer: Education and Social Development · ‎African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), Ghana

13:40 - 13:55

Senior representative, Gijima

Tech Talk: Silicon Cape and Stockholm Connect Initiative ●

An evaluation of the Silicon Cape and Stockholm connect initiative

Boosting tech innovation in Africa

Creating platforms for partnerships

James Milne, Co-Director, Silicon Cape, SA.

13:55 - 14:10

Tech Talk: Why Africa is attracting foreign investment and how to keep driving into new competing market spaces ●

Driving economic transformation through harnessing technology

Leveraging locational advantages to grow international markets

Strengthening relationships with industry bodies in target markets.

Yemi Keri, CEO Heckerbella, Co-founder Rising Tide Africa, Nigeria 14:10 – 14:25

Tech Talk: Why does the up keeping of the sustainable development agenda in the fourth industrial revolution matters? ●

The importance of Active participation of African nations, Regional Economic Communities and key stakeholders.

Increasing investment in nutrition, health, and social protections for children.

Adopting national strategies for education and skills development

Committing ourselves to adopt new interdisciplinary approaches that speak to our present and future needs

Ayodele Odusola, Resident Representative, United Nations, South Africa

14:25 - 14:40

Tech talk: Why Doing business in Africa is key to economic growth ●

Africa is the most profitable region in the world.

Africa’s economic growth prospects are among the world’s brightest.

Africa’s growing, youthful population constitutes a formidable market.

Ashish J Thakkar, Group CEO, Mara Phones, Rwanda

14:40 - 15:10

Panel Discussion: Social impact and Inclusive development through digitised start-ups and scale ups ●

Potential to materialise transitions into a more sustainable society

Absorbing sustainable technologies to help seed small to medium enterprises on a large scale and increase their investment appeal.

Addressing the gender gap

Panellists: Refilwe Ledwaba, Founder and CEO, Women and Aviation, SA Ibrahim Dikko, CEO, Backbone connectivity network, Nigeria Dr. Anino Emuwa, Founder, Avandis Consulting, France Mark Schoeman, Principal, Genesis Analytics, SA

15:10 - 15:20

Tech talk: Staying relevant in a VUCA world: What fast-paced fintech innovation can teach the world of institutional/formal finance about thriving amidst chaos. Wayne Zwiers, Founder & CEO, Basalt Technology, SA

15:20 - 15:30

Moderators closing remarks: Vuyolwethu Dubese, Innovation Consultant and Corporate Moderator

DAY 2 – 06 MAY 2021 10:00 - 10:10:

Moderators opening remarks: Vuyolwethu Dubese, Innovation Consultant and Corporate Moderator

10:10 - 10:20:

Organisers Welcome address: Ralf Fletcher, CEO, Topco Media

10:20 – 10:35

Keynote Address: “Africa’s Business Heroes” (ABH) prize competition - the Jack Ma Foundation’s flagship philanthropic program ● ● ●

Strengthening the African entrepreneur ecosystem Showcasing and growing local talent Identifying the latest developments of our Heroes

Zahra Baitie, Head of Partnerships & Programs Africa's Business Heroes prize, Jack Ma Foundation

10:35 – 10:50

Keynote Address: Inspiring the youth through technological innovation and transformation during Covid-19 ● ●

Examining the place of the digital economy in creating jobs for the youth encouraging the sourcing of goods and services online

Looking inwards and developing digital technologies that serve local needs.

Mr. Thomas Davin, Global Innovation Director, UNICEF

10:50 - 11:05

Keynote Address: Leadership and developing high-performance organizations and corporate governance. ●

Developing and Leading High-Performance Teams

Maximizing the potential of diverse teams

Increasing productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness.

Honourable Emma Inamutila Theofelus, Namibian Deputy Minister of ICT

11:05 - 11:35 Hosted by:

Case study: When Cloud patterns become anti-patterns ●

No structured cloud journey is complete without cloud patterns. However, when these patterns, well-defined or not, create business friction, lethargic cloud momentum, bespoke iterations, and black holes of ever-increasing cost overruns, they become anti-patterns. Efficient cloud patterns need to be built on coupling cloud services which are fitfor- purpose, practically repeatable and adaptable

Lawrance Reddy, Cloud CTO, Vaxowave, SA

11:35 - 11:45

Topic Building future banking experiences

Hosted by:

Aldo Laubscher, Country director South Africa, VISA

11:45 - 12:30

Panel discussion: How Digital Infrastructure facilitates economic growth

Hosted by: Panellists: Bradwin Roper, CEO , FNB Connect ,South Africa Adriano Cosani, ‎Executive Head: Strategy & CIO Office, Nedbank Senior representative, VISA

12:30 - 12:45

Tech talk: How to Win in the Platform Economy ●

Analyzing how platform businesses are driving the digital landscape

Understanding the economics and business models behind platform businesses

'Platformatise' your business

Tim Mitchell, Head of Digital Transformation, Flux Labs

12:45 - 13:00

Tech Talk: Business model transformation ●

Adapting your business model to the new digital era

Unlocking the power of communities and networks to grow your business.

Embracing the power of technology to create value

Enver Groenewald,Group Chief Executive Officer, Ogilvy, SA

13:00 - 13:15

Tech Talk: Harnessing the potential of AI in Africa ● ● ●

Stimulating, supporting and orchestrating AI along the value chain Joint approaches for common challenges Kickstarting AI Meetings

Marloes Pomp, International Strategy & Partnerships - Netherlands AI Coalition & Dutch Blockchain Coalition, Netherlands

13:15 - 14:15

Panel Discussion: How Liquid Intelligent Technologies is building Africa's digital future - connecting every individual on the continent.

Hosted by:

Growing world class businesses out of Africa. Africa’s digital future increasingly belongs to the cloud. Managed network solutions. Protecting users and business-critical data. Extending connectivity beyond smartphones and computers. Smarter banking solutions for Africa.

● ● ● ● ● ● Panelists:

Deon Geyser, Chief Executive Officer, Liquid Intelligent Technologies, SA Sandile Ntsele, Chief Financial Officer, Liquid Intelligent Technologies, SA Boyd Chislett, Chief Business Officer, Liquid Intelligent Technologies, SA

14:15 - 14:30

Tech Talk: AI Enabled Space Applications ● ●

An Earth Observation Data Cube Space Weather applications and how AI can be deployed for decision making.

Dr Valanathan Munsami, Chief Executive Officer, South African National Space Agency (SANSA)

14:45 - 15:00

Cyber threats are escalating globally. Can talent from Africa fill the cybersecurity skills shortage? ● ●

Filling the cybersecurity skills gap Demonstrating cybersecurity success in Africa

Paul Stafford, VP for Africa, Mimecast

15:00 - 15:30

Panel discussion: It’s not the tech but who drives it - how to shift your culture and quickly ●

Collaboration – Aligning culture with strategy - How social processes shape economic activities.

Integration - Smoothing out dysfunctional behaviours and potential culture clashes

Fruition - drive company wide culture change

Panelists: Veronica Motloutsi, Founder, Smart Digital Solution, SA Janine Rebelo, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, ThinkWiFi Pty Ltd Poncelet Ileleji, Lead and CEO, Jokkolabs Banjul, Gambia


Moderators closing remarks: Vuyolwethu Dubese, Innovation Consultant and Corporate Moderator

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Africa Tech Week 2021 Conference Agenda  

Africa Tech Week aims to drive economic growth in Africa through digital transformation strategies and to create awareness around the Future...

Africa Tech Week 2021 Conference Agenda  

Africa Tech Week aims to drive economic growth in Africa through digital transformation strategies and to create awareness around the Future...


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