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Video Exchange Africa
Safe, Secure, Inclusive Tech Ecosystems
Orange POESAM Awards
Ericsson Digital Roundtable
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Data Centres Africa
AfricaTech Industry Deep Dives – Healthcare
AfricaTech Industry Deep Dives – Banking & Financial Services
14:10 - 14:55
Panel: Environmental aspects of data centre management
Panel: Environmental aspects of data centre management
13:50 - 14:10
The critical role of data centres for telcos and financial services
The critical role of data centres for telcos and financial services
11:30 - 11:35
Chair's Opening Remarks
Chair's Opening Remarks
13:00 - 13:50
Networking Lunch
Networking Lunch
14:00 - 14:05
Chair’s opening remarks
Chair’s opening remarks
11:30 - 11:35
Chair’s opening remarks
Chair’s opening remarks
11:35 - 11:55
The role of data in the future of healthcare and how can it be used to improve the health of individuals and the quality of care for patients
The role of data in the future of healthcare and how can it be used to improve the health of individuals and the quality of care for patients
14:55 - 15:00
Chair's Closing Remarks
Chair's Closing Remarks
13:00 - 13:45
Combating Internet Misinformation in Africa’s Tech Ecosystem
Combating Internet Misinformation in Africa’s Tech Ecosystem
15:00 - 15:45
Road to Return: The role of public-private partnerships in navigating a safe route back to business
Road to Return: The role of public-private partnerships in navigating a safe route back to business
14:25 - 14:45
Innovation and new business models in payments and fintech
Innovation and new business models in payments and fintech
12:20 - 13:00
Panel: Edge, Cloud & Beyond: Exploring value in an African context
Panel: Edge, Cloud & Beyond: Exploring value in an African context
12:30 - 13:00
Panel: Partnering for greater reach: where are African viewers to be found?
Panel: Partnering for greater reach: where are African viewers to be found?
11:30 - 11:40
Chair’s opening remarks
Chair’s opening remarks
12:10 - 12:30
Streaming media on the continent
Streaming media on the continent
14:05 - 14:25
Digital Trust and Digital Identities: Are you Ready?
Digital Trust and Digital Identities: Are you Ready?
14:00 - 14:45
One by One – Tackling Inequality and Empowering the Underrepresented
One by One – Tackling Inequality and Empowering the Underrepresented
11:35 - 11:55
AFCOM Report 2020: Jobs, Connectivity & Hyperscale – What the Pandemic-Era Has Taught Us About the Global Data Center Industry
AFCOM Report 2020: Jobs, Connectivity & Hyperscale – What the Pandemic-Era Has Taught Us About the Global Data Center Industry
12:15 - 12:55
Panel : Redesigning the healthcare system: Integrating digital health into the health system as a core service
Panel : Redesigning the healthcare system: Integrating digital health into the health system as a core service
11:40 - 12:10
Panel: New models for monetisation in Africa’s content landscape
Panel: New models for monetisation in Africa’s content landscape
11:55 - 12:20
Console Connect by PCCW Global
Console Connect by PCCW Global
14:45 - 15:25
Panel : Are we ready for the challenges presented by the fourth industrial revolution? Designing a roadmap for banking & financial systems in Industry 4.0
Panel : Are we ready for the challenges presented by the fourth industrial revolution? Designing a roadmap for banking & financial systems in Industry 4.0
14:40 - 14:55
Orange POESAM Awards Ceremony
Orange POESAM Awards Ceremony
11:55 - 12:15
Closing the health inequalities gap: automation and software applications role in combating inequalities in healthcare
Closing the health inequalities gap: automation and software applications role in combating inequalities in healthcare
16:00 - 17:00
Roundtable: Digital connectivity for schools and learners
Roundtable: Digital connectivity for schools and learners
AfricaCom - Video Exchange Africa
11:30 - 11:40
Chair’s opening remarks
Russell Southwood - CEO, Balancing Act
11:40 - 12:10
Panel: New models for monetisation in Africa’s content landscape
  • Analysing the future of advertising, subscription and FTA against production output
  • How has major production investment from global streaming giants impacted the industry?
  • Building the content economy: from premium international content to quality local productions
Russell Southwood - CEO, Balancing Act
Amman Fissehazion - Chairman at Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters & CEO, EBS TV
Paolo Rizzardini - Chief Commerical Officer and Executive Board Member, Mondia
Clare Kandola - Founder and CEO, The Vidya Collective
12:10 - 12:30
Streaming media on the continent
  • Evaluating the importance of connectivity for a continent in lockdown and the impact on OTT subscription services and consumption behaviours.
  • Creating compelling and intuitive user experiences across digital products
  • Making quality of experience the next frontier for strategic differentiation

Izu Osuigwe - CEO, Forest Digital TV
12:30 - 13:00
Panel: Partnering for greater reach: where are African viewers to be found?
  • Telco and OTT collaboration, accelerating affordable data pricing and unleashing the power of OTT
  • Analysing the role of social media for user-generated content creation and online viewing habits.
  • Understanding shifting consumer preferences through TV vs mobile viewing

Russell Southwood - CEO, Balancing Act
Merlin Naicker - Group Executive: SABC Television, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)
Craig Kelly - CEO, AfricaXP
Joe Munene - Managing Director, Broadcast Division, The Standard Group PLC
AfricaCom - Safe, Secure, Inclusive Tech Ecosystems
13:00 - 13:45
Combating Internet Misinformation in Africa’s Tech Ecosystem

In Africa, digital misinformation and propaganda campaigns have begun to emerge on social media and messaging platforms. These practices could bring negative effects to the continent’s politics and Covid-19 relief efforts. They could also adversely impact the rise of Africa’s technology sector. This panel discusses past and current digital misinformation efforts in Africa and seeks speaker insights on steps that should be taken at the industry and policy level to out and combat online propaganda on the continent.

Tomiwa Aladekomo - CEO, Big Cabal Media
Emmanuel Lubanzadio - Head of Public Policy for Sub-Saharan Africa, Twitter
Daniel Kimmage - Principal Deputy Coordinator - Global Engagement Center, U.S. Department of State
John Marshall - CEO, World Ethical Data Forum & Executive Director, World Ethical Data Foundation
14:00 - 14:45
One by One – Tackling Inequality and Empowering the Underrepresented
  • Discussing the biggest challenges of delivering genuine opportunities for all in South Africa, regardless of gender or financial status
  • Highlighting the powerful potential of technology to connect and uplift those traditionally left behind
  • Leveraging partnerships to reduce socioeconomic inequality
  • Exploring the Kolisi Foundation’s work during the COVID pandemic
Joel Smith - COO, The Kolisi Foundation
Rachel Kolisi - Co-Founder, The Kolisi Foundation
Siya Kolisi - Co-Founder, The Kolisi Foundation
Mahlatse Mashua - CEO, The Kolisi Foundation
15:00 - 15:45
Road to Return: The role of public-private partnerships in navigating a safe route back to business

In the Covid-19 pandemic, lives and jobs will depend on safely opening economic activity. South Africa is now leading the way in electronic contact tracing and notification with its CovidConnect and CovidAlert apps, a partnership between the Department of Health, Telkom, Discovery Health and a number of other agencies. Globally, the Commons Project is a non-profit organisation leading the way in enabling safe cross-border travel with its recently launched CommonPass.

Miriam Altman - Professor of Practice 4IR, School of Economics, University of Johannesburg & Commissioner, National Planning Commission, South African Presidency
Gaurang Tanna - Head, Policy Coordination and Integrated Planning, National Department of Health, South Africa
Paul Meyer - CEO, The Commons Project
Jean Philbert Nsengimana - Former Minister of Youth and ICT, Rwanda & Managing Director-Africa, The Commons Project
Ronald Whelan - Chief Commercial Officer, Discovery Health
Eldrid Jordaan - Founder & CEO, GovChat.Org
AfricaCom - Orange POESAM Awards
14:40 - 14:55
Orange POESAM Awards Ceremony
Alioune Ndiaye - CEO - Middle East and Africa, Orange
Elizabeth Tchoungui - Executive Director CSR, Diversity and Philanthropy, Orange. Deputy Chair for the Orange Foundation, Orange
AfricaCom - Ericsson Digital Roundtable
16:00 - 17:00
Roundtable: Digital connectivity for schools and learners
Fida Kibbi - Head of Marketing & Communications, Ericsson Middle East & Africa
Heather Johnson - Vice President for Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson
Chris Fabian - Co-Founder, Giga; Senior Adviser, UNICEF Innovation; Co-Lead, UNICEF Ventures
AfricaTech - Data Centres Africa
11:30 - 11:35
Chair's Opening Remarks
Kevin Kent - CEO, Critical Facilities Efficiency Solutions
11:35 - 11:55
AFCOM Report 2020: Jobs, Connectivity & Hyperscale – What the Pandemic-Era Has Taught Us About the Global Data Center Industry
  • How has the industry been impacted by COVID? Has data centre growth slowed?
  • What does the shift to remote working mean for data centres around the world? Will this be permanent?
  • Changing capacity demands, increased automation, and migration to cloud?
  • How has COVID has impacted our network and communications infrastructure?
Bill Kleyman - Executive Vice President, Switch
11:55 - 12:20
Console Connect by PCCW Global
Russell Southwood - CEO, Balancing Act
Louis Richards - Ecosystem Partnership Director, EMEA, Console Connect, PCCW Global
12:20 - 13:00
Panel: Edge, Cloud & Beyond: Exploring value in an African context
  • Understanding the key drivers behind the edge boom: 5G, AI & IoT adoption by enterprise, as well as data demands and cost management
  • Mitigating the issue of latency through facilitation of localised data centres
  • Examining ‘cloud-readiness’ across African nations, and understanding challenges to uptake: namely infrastructure, and fast, reliable broadband connectivity
Guy Zibi - Founder & Principal, Xalam Analytics
Mark Thiele - CEO & Founder, Edgevana
Ranjith Cherickel - Founder & CEO, icolo
Shadrack Anyuo - Senior Solution Architect - SSA, Amazon Web Services
Robert Mullins - President, Raxio Data Centre
13:00 - 13:50
Networking Lunch
13:50 - 14:10
The critical role of data centres for telcos and financial services
  • What role are data centres playing in Africa’s FinTech revolution?
  • How can African data centres help enterprises address the increased challenges of regulatory compliance, shifting customer demands, data privacy and security?
  • Understanding the role of data centres in modernisation and efficient streamlining of operations
14:10 - 14:55
Panel: Environmental aspects of data centre management

Continuous rapid growth and adoption of data-hungry IT equipment are escalating the need for greater amounts of energy to keep data centers running and highly available. Researchers estimate 50 billion new devices will be connected to the internet by the end 2020 and will surpass 100 billion devices by 2025. Experts predict by 2025 data centers will in part be responsible for 20% of global electrical consumption producing 5.5% of the world's carbon emissions and potentially escalating to 14% by 2040. Humans have generated a 40% increase in atmospheric carbon emissions since the onset of the industrial revolution and climatologist from around the world conclude this is the number one reason for continuous global warming. Last year the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change warned global carbon emissions must be lowered 45% below 2010 levels by 2030 to avoid devastating consequences for the planet. The time to reduce is now!

  • How can environmentally focussed technological advances manage and reduce data centre carbon emissions, given the burgeoning demand?
  • Examining renewable energy (microgrids), virtualisation of power, and efficiency
  • Examining government policy and incentives for greener data centres
Kevin Kent - CEO, Critical Facilities Efficiency Solutions
Jack Pouchet - Vice President, Sales, Natron Energy
Bill Kleyman - Executive Vice President, Switch
Lee Smith - Mission-Critical Data Center Life Cycle, Operations & Industry Specialist, DataCentre DNA
14:55 - 15:00
Chair's Closing Remarks
Kevin Kent - CEO, Critical Facilities Efficiency Solutions
AfricaTech - AfricaTech Industry Deep Dives – Healthcare
11:30 - 11:35
Chair’s opening remarks
Harry P. Pappas - Founder and CEO, Intelligent Health Association
11:35 - 11:55
The role of data in the future of healthcare and how can it be used to improve the health of individuals and the quality of care for patients
Adam Steventon - Director of Data Analytics, The Health Foundation
11:55 - 12:15
Closing the health inequalities gap: automation and software applications role in combating inequalities in healthcare
12:15 - 12:55
Panel : Redesigning the healthcare system: Integrating digital health into the health system as a core service
  • The state of health systems in the continent
  • Discussing the role of mobile and frontier technologies
  • The importance of digital health and the role of COVID-19 as an accelerator
Harry P. Pappas - Founder and CEO, Intelligent Health Association
Sathya Elumalai - President and CEO, Aidar Health
Neil Kinsley - CEO, Medici
Dr Yaa Kumah-Crystal, MD MPH - Pediatric Endocrinologist, Clinical Director of HealthIT, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
AfricaTech - AfricaTech Industry Deep Dives – Banking & Financial Services
14:00 - 14:05
Chair’s opening remarks
Brighton Chiwera - Country Transformation Manager, Banc ABC a Part of Atlas Mara
14:05 - 14:25
Digital Trust and Digital Identities: Are you Ready?
David Harrowsmith - CEO, Monivation
14:25 - 14:45
Innovation and new business models in payments and fintech
Rutendo Hlatshwayo - Chief Legal Officer, Ozow, digital payments company
14:45 - 15:25
Panel : Are we ready for the challenges presented by the fourth industrial revolution? Designing a roadmap for banking & financial systems in Industry 4.0
  • Examining the technology trends in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • How successful are banking and financial institutions in integrating and applying these technology trends?
  • Identifying the key indicators behind the creation of a strategic map for the fourth-generation banks & financial institutions and their readiness to enter Industry 4.0
Brighton Chiwera - Country Transformation Manager, Banc ABC a Part of Atlas Mara
Stelios Papadakis - Group Head of Technology, African Banking Corporation Holding (ABCH)
William Anwana - Chief Financial Officer - Corporate & Investment Banking, Sterling Bank Plc
Dr. Konstantinos Tsanis - FinTech and Digital Banking Expert, IFC
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