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Day 1 - Virtual Africa Tech Festival 2020

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LeadersIn Africa Summit
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Africa Tech Festival Headline Keynote
Connecting the Next Billion
Digital Infrastructure Investment
5G Africa
Mission Critical Technologies: Africa
Video Exchange Africa
Huawei Forums
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Future of Work Africa
AfricaTech Centre Stage
Artificial Intelligence Africa
Fintech Africa
accelerateHER Africa
Africa50 Innovation Challenge
14:55 - 15:20
Machine Learning: the engine of Africa’s AI renaissance
Machine Learning: the engine of Africa’s AI renaissance
14:05 - 14:40
Encouraging More Women into STEM to Drive Socio-Economic Development
Free
Encouraging More Women into STEM to Drive Socio-Economic Development
15:05 - 15:10
Closing Remarks
Closing Remarks
14:10 - 14:50
Panel: SES Industry Days Africa 2020 - Technologies that will Transform Telecoms and 5G
Panel: SES Industry Days Africa 2020 - Technologies that will Transform Telecoms and 5G
14:30 - 14:55
Fireside Chat: The Journey of Building a Successful Emerging Market Telco
Fireside Chat: The Journey of Building a Successful Emerging Market Telco
14:40 - 15:40
Interactive roundtable discussion sessions
Interactive roundtable discussion sessions
13:20 - 14:10
Break
Break
13:10 - 13:20
5G Africa Speaker Live Q&A Session
5G Africa Speaker Live Q&A Session
14:00 - 14:20
Technology solutions to catapult young and dynamic entrepreneurs to success
Free
Technology solutions to catapult young and dynamic entrepreneurs to success
12:05 - 12:25
Digital Banking as an entry point to the 4th Industrial Revolution
Digital Banking as an entry point to the 4th Industrial Revolution
11:10 - 11:15
Chair's Closing Remarks
Chair's Closing Remarks
12:55 - 14:00
Networking Break
Free
Networking Break
15:00 - 16:30
2020 VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A
2020 VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A
11:30 - 11:35
Chair’s intro: Economic resilience on the path towards the 4IR
Free
Chair’s intro: Economic resilience on the path towards the 4IR
10:30 - 11:30
Better Africa Summit
Better Africa Summit
11:35 - 11:55
Mapping enterprise transformation to 2030
Free
Mapping enterprise transformation to 2030
13:30 - 13:40
Introduction from Africa50
Introduction from Africa50
13:40 - 13:55
Finalist Quick Pitches
Finalist Quick Pitches
11:35 - 11:55
Entrepreneurship as a vital engine for job creation and economic growth
Free
Entrepreneurship as a vital engine for job creation and economic growth
11:55 - 12:15
Reimagining Africa: the importance of tech innovation in a post-COVID-19 world
Free
Reimagining Africa: the importance of tech innovation in a post-COVID-19 world
11:55 - 12:15
Next-Gen ICT Infrastructure Brings Connectivity for All Africa
Next-Gen ICT Infrastructure Brings Connectivity for All Africa
14:45 - 15:05
Fireside chat: Creating a learning culture through digital upskilling - futureproofing in the digital age
Fireside chat: Creating a learning culture through digital upskilling - futureproofing in the digital age
10:35 - 10:55
Accelerating Africa’s Digital Future
Accelerating Africa’s Digital Future
11:30 - 12:30
OPEX Optimization Forum
OPEX Optimization Forum
14:45 - 15:15
Fireside chat: Safer, Smarter Cities: How to improve public safety in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Era
Fireside chat: Safer, Smarter Cities: How to improve public safety in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Era
14:05 - 14:25
How Africa will survive or thrive tech disruption
How Africa will survive or thrive tech disruption
13:50 - 14:25
Case study presentation from the City of Cape Town: How the future control room will help tackle today’s threat
Case study presentation from the City of Cape Town: How the future control room will help tackle today’s threat
14:00 - 14:05
Opening Welcome
Opening Welcome
13:15 - 13:30
Orange Press Conference
Orange Press Conference
15:20 - 15:25
Chair's Closing Remarks
Chair's Closing Remarks
12:15 - 12:35
Building resilience to grow through change
Free
Building resilience to grow through change
14:05 - 14:35
Encouraging More Women into STEM to Drive Socio-Economic Development
Encouraging More Women into STEM to Drive Socio-Economic Development

What can the tech industry do to develop the next generation of women engineers and innovators? We take a deep dive into the actions we need to be taking to secure the future success of the tech industry by investing in Africa’s future female talent pool.

Ellen Fischat - Co-founder, Story Room
Emma Dicks - Co-Founder, CodeSpace
15:35 - 15:40
Chair's Closing Remarks
Chair's Closing Remarks
12:50 - 13:10
Service Provider Keynote: Vodacom’s 5G commercial launch
Service Provider Keynote: Vodacom’s 5G commercial launch
12:30 - 12:50
5G: Fast-Forward Connectivity in Africa
5G: Fast-Forward Connectivity in Africa
14:30 - 15:10
Fireside Chat: African Alliance - Deepening regional integration to close the infrastructure gap
Fireside Chat: African Alliance - Deepening regional integration to close the infrastructure gap
11:35 - 11:55
Case-study presentation: Delivering critical and lifesaving products where and when they are needed, safely and reliably
Case-study presentation: Delivering critical and lifesaving products where and when they are needed, safely and reliably
11:35 - 12:05
COVID-19 triggering deep digital change in African Fintech
COVID-19 triggering deep digital change in African Fintech
12:15 - 12:45
Fireside chat: How to integrate and deploy critical communications infrastructure to meet emerging network challenges
Fireside chat: How to integrate and deploy critical communications infrastructure to meet emerging network challenges
14:20 - 15:00
SheTrades Virtual Pitches – Part I
SheTrades Virtual Pitches – Part I
11:55 - 12:15
Ericsson Keynote
Ericsson Keynote
14:25 - 14:45
How the evolution and integration of mobile applications will optimise emergency response
How the evolution and integration of mobile applications will optimise emergency response
11:35 - 11:55
Protecting critical connectivity during the COVID-19 pandemic
Protecting critical connectivity during the COVID-19 pandemic
12:15 - 12:55
Securing investment in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
Free
Securing investment in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
14:15 - 14:55
Panel: Equipping Africa’s next gen of AI Entrepreneurs
Panel: Equipping Africa’s next gen of AI Entrepreneurs
15:10 - 15:15
Chair's Closing Remarks
Chair's Closing Remarks
12:35 - 12:55
Enterprise IT outlook
Free
Enterprise IT outlook
11:30 - 11:35
Chairperson’ Opening Remarks
Chairperson’ Opening Remarks
14:00 - 14:05
AccelerateHER Africa Centre Stage Takeover
Free
AccelerateHER Africa Centre Stage Takeover
14:35 - 15:05
Turning a Tech Innovation into a Viable Business
Turning a Tech Innovation into a Viable Business

A 1-1 guide to launching a tech start-up as a woman. What are the pit-falls and challenges to look out for and the ways to overcome them? Find out how to turn an idea into a high-impact venture.

Shiela Yabo - Programme Manager, Solution Space
12:55 - 13:50
NETWORKING LUNCH
NETWORKING LUNCH
12:55 - 13:50
NETWORKING LUNCH
NETWORKING LUNCH
13:30 - 13:50
Digital hustler: Survive and thrive in chaos
Digital hustler: Survive and thrive in chaos
14:10 - 14:40
Interactive session: Leadership and resilience in uncertain times
Interactive session: Leadership and resilience in uncertain times
11:30 - 11:35
Chair's Opening Remarks
Chair's Opening Remarks
11:30 - 11:35
Chair's Opening Remarks
Chair's Opening Remarks
15:10 - 15:20
5G Africa Speaker Live Q&A Session
5G Africa Speaker Live Q&A Session
11:55 - 12:15
The transformative potential of deep tech: Scaling impact so the benefits are felt by all
Free
The transformative potential of deep tech: Scaling impact so the benefits are felt by all
10:55 - 11:10
Building a pan-African connectivity strategy to connect the next billion
Building a pan-African connectivity strategy to connect the next billion
11:30 - 11:35
Chair’s opening remarks: Securing Africa’s position as the future of emerging tech
Free
Chair’s opening remarks: Securing Africa’s position as the future of emerging tech
12:45 - 13:30
The role of the UK in catalyzing technology for financial inclusion in Africa
The role of the UK in catalyzing technology for financial inclusion in Africa
15:20 - 16:20
Roundtable discussions on FWA and Private Networks
Roundtable discussions on FWA and Private Networks
12:30 - 12:55
Panel: SES Industry Days Africa 2020 – Content and consumption: where are African viewers to be found?
Panel: SES Industry Days Africa 2020 – Content and consumption: where are African viewers to be found?
11:35 - 11:55
The critical role of AI in Africa’s Fourth Industrial Revolution
The critical role of AI in Africa’s Fourth Industrial Revolution
13:50 - 14:10
The impact of COVID-19 on digital infrastructure investment and enterprise technology transformation in Africa
The impact of COVID-19 on digital infrastructure investment and enterprise technology transformation in Africa
15:05 - 15:25
TransferLink, the new global network facilitating low cost Migrant Remittances
TransferLink, the new global network facilitating low cost Migrant Remittances
13:55 - 14:30
The Frontrunners
The Frontrunners
09:00 - 09:05
Informa Tech Welcome
Informa Tech Welcome
13:50 - 14:15
AI Initiatives to Transform Africa
AI Initiatives to Transform Africa
12:15 - 12:55
Panel: The critical role of policy in creating competitive telecoms markets
Panel: The critical role of policy in creating competitive telecoms markets
14:55 - 15:35
Panel: Are integrated submarine-fibre-satellite strategies the future of African connectivity?
Panel: Are integrated submarine-fibre-satellite strategies the future of African connectivity?
13:50 - 14:30
Panel: Rewriting the telco strategy handbook: What changing market conditions mean for African operators
Panel: Rewriting the telco strategy handbook: What changing market conditions mean for African operators
15:05 - 15:45
Panel Discussion: How the pandemic has accelerated change in business transformation and their Future of Work roadmap
Panel Discussion: How the pandemic has accelerated change in business transformation and their Future of Work roadmap
12:00 - 12:30
Panel Discussion: The 5G to the home opportunity; how FWA is changing the telco services landscape
Panel Discussion: The 5G to the home opportunity; how FWA is changing the telco services landscape
11:55 - 12:15
Huawei Cloud: Building Inclusive AI, Helps Enterprises Quickly Become Intelligent
Huawei Cloud: Building Inclusive AI, Helps Enterprises Quickly Become Intelligent
11:30 - 11:40
5G Africa Chair’s welcome and opening remarks: The global 5G state-of-play
5G Africa Chair’s welcome and opening remarks: The global 5G state-of-play
12:15 - 12:55
Panel: The role of AI in Africa's fight against COVID-19
Panel: The role of AI in Africa's fight against COVID-19
11:40 - 12:05
Fireside chat: Celebrating and exploring the drama landscape
Fireside chat: Celebrating and exploring the drama landscape
14:50 - 15:10
Developing a practical deployment strategy for 5G-NR
Developing a practical deployment strategy for 5G-NR
11:30 - 11:40
Chair’s opening remarks
Chair’s opening remarks
11:55 - 12:15
Wearable Technology for Public Safety: Promise, Principles and Practicality
Wearable Technology for Public Safety: Promise, Principles and Practicality
12:15 - 12:55
Panel: Reform Roadmaps: Digital infrastructure governance and the role of policy
Panel: Reform Roadmaps: Digital infrastructure governance and the role of policy
14:00 - 15:00
Mobile Broadband Forum
Mobile Broadband Forum
14:25 - 14:45
Huawei IdeaHub Series Team Collaboration Boards: Intelligence at Your Fingertips
Huawei IdeaHub Series Team Collaboration Boards: Intelligence at Your Fingertips
09:30 - 09:50
Enhancing Digital Infrastructure for a Better Connected Africa
Enhancing Digital Infrastructure for a Better Connected Africa
09:50 - 10:35
Panel: Mobilising Africa’s tech industries to fight the COVID-19 outbreak
Panel: Mobilising Africa’s tech industries to fight the COVID-19 outbreak
09:05 - 09:10
Chair’s Opening Remarks
Chair’s Opening Remarks
14:05 - 14:45
Beyond M-Pesa: Payments as the new frictionless mobile infrastructure
Beyond M-Pesa: Payments as the new frictionless mobile infrastructure
12:05 - 12:30
Panel: Exploring the growth of digital content creation
Panel: Exploring the growth of digital content creation
09:10 - 09:30
Opening Keynote Address
Opening Keynote Address
13:50 - 14:30
Panel: Implications of COVID-19 for African digital infrastructure investment
Panel: Implications of COVID-19 for African digital infrastructure investment
12:25 - 12:45
Huawei Fintech
Huawei Fintech
11:35 - 11:55
Network models and infrastructure of the future
Network models and infrastructure of the future
14:00 - 14:05
Chair’s Opening Remarks
Chair’s Opening Remarks
14:40 - 15:10
Turning a Tech Innovation into a Viable Business
Free
Turning a Tech Innovation into a Viable Business
11:40 - 12:00
5G Progress and Prospects in Africa
5G Progress and Prospects in Africa
14:45 - 15:05
The GIG Economy as a powerful disruptor enabling work for millions
The GIG Economy as a powerful disruptor enabling work for millions
Africa Tech Festival - AHUB
11:30 - 11:35
Free
Chair’s opening remarks: Securing Africa’s position as the future of emerging tech
11:35 - 11:55
Free
Entrepreneurship as a vital engine for job creation and economic growth
Alderman James Vos - Mayoral Committee Member, Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, City of Cape Town
11:55 - 12:15
Free
The transformative potential of deep tech: Scaling impact so the benefits are felt by all
Nekesa Were - Director of Strategy, Afrilabs
12:15 - 12:55
Free
Securing investment in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • What is the ‘new normal’ for start-ups seeking investment on the continent?
  • Building a better world: Increased demand for tech-enabled solutions to real world socio-economic problems
  • Gauging investor sentiment and appetite for risk
  • In which markets are we seeing the greatest opportunity?
  • Tips for navigating the post-COVID-19 investment landscape
Ammin Youssouf - CEO, Afrobytes
Eric Osiakwan - Managing Partner, Chanzo Capital
Nekesa Were - Director of Strategy, Afrilabs
David van Dijk - Co-Founder and Director General, African Business Angel Network
Zachariah George - Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Startupbootcamp Africa
Grégoire de Padirac - Principal, Orange Ventures Africa
Jeni Kostova - Group Executive: Marketing, AYO Technology Solutions
13:15 - 13:30
Orange Press Conference
14:00 - 14:20
Free
Technology solutions to catapult young and dynamic entrepreneurs to success
Aissatou Diallo - Senior Regional Portfolio Manager - West Africa and Indian Ocean, International Trade Centre
14:20 - 15:00
SheTrades Virtual Pitches – Part I
15:00 - 16:30
2020 VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A

We’re proud to announce the 10 ventures for the 2020 VC4A Venture Showcase Series A – virtual edition!

To ensure that innovative high-growth ventures that have the potential to yield high social and environmental impact secure the capital they require, it is imperative we continue efforts to establish a strong Series A market. Improved access to liquidity and downstream funding supports the development of a strong African startup ecosystem, and further propels a still nascent but fast-growing early-stage investing movement gaining traction across the continent.

The 10 companies in the 2020 VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A portfolio represent the best Series A investment opportunities on the continent. They have been vetted by VC investors through a rigorous referral and selection process. They demonstrate strong revenues and competitive edge, are well-positioned for regional and international expansion and are working on important innovations in the healthcare, finance, transport, commerce and advertising sectors.

The founders first showcased their businesses online in front of investors during the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit on 3-4 November 2020, with the aim of raising $500K – $10M in Series A capital. They are now joining the African Tech Festival to connect with partners across the Africa Com community and are eager to meet you!

All companies provide technology-intensive or innovation-based products or services that are currently available in one or more African markets.

Agenda:

Showcase Round 1

Panel: Series A investing in Africa

Showcase Round 2

Ben White - Founder and CEO, VC4A
Africa Tech Festival - LeadersIn Africa Summit
13:30 - 13:50
Digital hustler: Survive and thrive in chaos
Herman Singh - CEO, Future Advisory
13:50 - 14:10
The impact of COVID-19 on digital infrastructure investment and enterprise technology transformation in Africa
Adrian Ho - Practice Leader, Enterprise Advanced Digital Services, Omdia
14:10 - 14:40
Interactive session: Leadership and resilience in uncertain times
Chris Bertish - Adventurer, Mavericks Big Wave Champion, SUP Trans-Atlantic Paddler
14:40 - 15:40
Interactive roundtable discussion sessions

Connecting the next billion: Addressing digital infrastructure gaps with greater urgency

Hosted by Hosted by Dr. Miriam Altman, Professor of Practice 4IR, University of Johannesburg & Commissioner, National Planning Commission, South African Presidency


Emerging technology trends for enterprises: Positioning your business for future waves of disruption

Hosted by Herman Singh, CEO, Future Advisory


Beyond creating an enabling environment to support tech innovation: How can policymakers and regulators actively propel Africa to the forefront of the 4IR?

Hosted by Zubin Chagpar, Head of Public Sector, Middle East Africa, AWS



Build resilience and accelerate growth with customer centric transformation 

Hosted by Oracle

Herman Singh - CEO, Future Advisory
Miriam Altman - Professor of Practice 4IR, School of Economics, University of Johannesburg & Commissioner, National Planning Commission, South African Presidency
Zubin Chagpar - Head of Public Sector, Middle East Africa, Amazon Web Services
AfricaCom - Africa Tech Festival Headline Keynote
09:00 - 09:05
Informa Tech Welcome
09:05 - 09:10
Chair’s Opening Remarks
Nitesh Singh - Managing Director and Lead for Communications, Media & Technology, Accenture Africa
09:10 - 09:30
Opening Keynote Address
09:30 - 09:50
Enhancing Digital Infrastructure for a Better Connected Africa
Kevin Zhang - CMO - ICT Infrastructure, Huawei
09:50 - 10:35
Panel: Mobilising Africa’s tech industries to fight the COVID-19 outbreak

Panel: Mobilising Africa’s tech industries to fight the COVID-19 outbreak

  • Exploring how AI, IoT and other emerging technologies have helped trace, track and test across the continent
  • Looking at the privacy concerns of wide-scale data gathering and tech deployment
  • Examining the role technology has played in fighting the spread of misinformation
  • Taking lessons from countries that have performed well during the outbreak
Nitesh Singh - Managing Director and Lead for Communications, Media & Technology, Accenture Africa
Charles Molapisi - GCTIO, MTN Group
Dorothy Tembo - Executive Director, The International Trade Centre
Miriam Altman - Professor of Practice 4IR, School of Economics, University of Johannesburg & Commissioner, National Planning Commission, South African Presidency
Dr Ahmed Ogwell Ouma - Deputy Director, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
10:35 - 10:55
Accelerating Africa’s Digital Future
Fadi Pharaon - President – Middle East & Africa, Ericsson
10:55 - 11:10
Building a pan-African connectivity strategy to connect the next billion
Alioune Ndiaye - CEO - Middle East and Africa, Orange
11:10 - 11:15
Chair's Closing Remarks
Nitesh Singh - Managing Director and Lead for Communications, Media & Technology, Accenture Africa
AfricaCom - Connecting the Next Billion
11:35 - 11:55
Protecting critical connectivity during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Understanding the vital role of internet connectivity during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Working with network providers to sustain critical services: government, e-healthcare,  financial services
  • Enhancing network resilience and additional spectrum resource
Steve Chege - Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Safaricom
11:55 - 12:15
Ericsson Keynote
12:15 - 12:55
Panel: The critical role of policy in creating competitive telecoms markets
  • How are governments and regulators addressing the biggest challenges in African telecoms: infrastructure, connectivity, inclusion, security, and shifting market patterns
  • Exploring the process of how policy is created, implemented and monitored across African telecoms
  • What potential does intra-African cooperation on policy hold for the continent’s telecoms markets? Are there better ways to work together?
  • Where is the African telecoms market heading and how will this shape the next generation of policy and regulatory challenges?
Stephen Song - Fellow, Mozilla Foundation
Onica Makwakwa - Head of Africa, Alliance for Affordable Internet
Hossam Elgamal - Chairman, Africa Information & Communication Technologies Alliance & iken
Caecilia Nyamustwa - Director of Legal Services, Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe
13:50 - 14:30
Panel: Rewriting the telco strategy handbook: What changing market conditions mean for African operators
  • Exploring adaptive strategies for telcos adapting to shifting African market trends: voice > data,
    bespoke package demands, disruptive tech integration (5G & IoT)
  • Are non-traditional market entrants creating a saturated African telco market? How this drives
    operational excellence and diversified revenue streams
  • Exploring the journey from a product- to customer-focused model: leveraging the power of
    data-driven customer insights to build a dynamic, targeted strategy
  • Managing business operations to control capital expenditure and build ROI while building
    productive partnerships
Paul Hjul - Managing Executive, Hjul Consulting
Selorm Adadevoh - CEO, MTN Ghana
Richard Ullenius - VP & Head of Global Solutioning, CSG
Matt Reed - Practice Leader - Middle East and Africa, Omdia
14:30 - 14:55
Fireside Chat: The Journey of Building a Successful Emerging Market Telco
Adrian Ho - Practice Leader, Omdia
Malik Melamu - CEO, MTN Sudan
14:55 - 15:35
Panel: Are integrated submarine-fibre-satellite strategies the future of African connectivity?
  • Creating cohesive strategy across connectivity routes to identify and meet deficits
  • What are the benefits and pitfalls of integrated connectivity strategies? Are there protocols for working across connectivity mediums?
  • Exploring case studies of successful African integrated connectivity projects
Temidayo Oniosun - Managing Director, Space in Africa
15:35 - 15:40
Chair's Closing Remarks
Dion Jerling - Managing Director, Connect Earth
AfricaCom - Digital Infrastructure Investment
11:30 - 11:35
Chair's Opening Remarks
Tomiwa Aladekomo - CEO, Big Cabal Media
11:35 - 11:55
Network models and infrastructure of the future
  • Improving infrastructure sharing to enhance business offerings
  • Exploring strategies for increasing 5G Infrastructure investment
Clive Charlton - Head of Solution Architecture - Sub-Saharan Africa, Amazon Web Services
11:55 - 12:15
Next-Gen ICT Infrastructure Brings Connectivity for All Africa
Chen Kuan-Hong - Chief Consultant, National Broadband and Full-fiber Analysis Office, Huawei
12:15 - 12:55
Panel: Reform Roadmaps: Digital infrastructure governance and the role of policy
  • Creating and implementing ICT policy frameworks that are pragmatic, inclusive, flexible and market-driven
  • Identifying and removing bottlenecks across business levels
  • Devising policy that targets digital inclusion and increasing access to the continent's fourth industrial revolution
  • Leveraging the power of international bodies such as the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, International Monetary Fund and World Economic Forum
Aubrey Hruby - Senior Fellow, Africa Center. Co-founder, Africa Expert Network
Eleanor Sarpong - Deputy Director and Policy Lead, Alliance for Affordable Internet
George Njuguna - CIO, Safaricom
Siyabonga Mahlangu - Group Executive: Regulatory Affairs and Government Relations, Telkom
12:55 - 13:50
NETWORKING LUNCH
13:50 - 14:30
Panel: Implications of COVID-19 for African digital infrastructure investment
  • Exploring the importance of digital infrastructure: improved connectivity, AI-driven public health systems, the role of IoT and big data analyses
  • Exploring mid- to long-term repercussions of the COVID outbreak: Impacts on open-access broadband investment, 4G & 5G rollouts, and the future of work
  • How are governments and regulators dealing with the threat of reduced investment and competition? Exploring the importance of PPPs in a digital infrastructure context
  • Can African infrastructure emerge stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic?
Tomiwa Aladekomo - CEO, Big Cabal Media
Deemah Alyahya - Digital Economy & Innovation Advisor, Founder, WomenSpark
German Cufre - Global Head, Digital Infrastructure Investments, International Finance Corporation
Atsushi Yamanaka - Chief Advisor, Rwanda ICT Innovation Ecosystem Strengthening Project
14:30 - 15:10
Fireside Chat: African Alliance - Deepening regional integration to close the infrastructure gap
  • Technology and intelligence sharing to provide under-developed countries with access to more efficient and advanced technologies

  • Exploring the potential of power pooling and other electricity integration strategies

Eleanor Sarpong - Deputy Director and Policy Lead, Alliance for Affordable Internet
Kojo Boakye - Director, Africa Public Policy, Facebook
15:10 - 15:15
Chair's Closing Remarks
Tomiwa Aladekomo - CEO, Big Cabal Media
AfricaCom - 5G Africa
11:30 - 11:40
5G Africa Chair’s welcome and opening remarks: The global 5G state-of-play
Thecla Mbongue - Senior Research Analyst, Omdia
11:40 - 12:00
5G Progress and Prospects in Africa
  • The road to 5G: 4G performance is key for the future of 5G
  • 5G consumer potential
  • 5G deployment challenges
  • Importance of connectivity during COVID-19
Chafic Traboulsi - VP and Head of Networks, Ericsson Middle East and Africa
12:00 - 12:30
Panel Discussion: The 5G to the home opportunity; how FWA is changing the telco services landscape
  • The evolution to remote working and reviewing how telcos have catered to this unprecedented market need
  • Is uncapped home broadband the commercial way forward?
  • Bundling a FWA strategy with content services
  • When will 5G substitute broadband?
Jorge Mendes - Chief Officer: Consumer Business Unit, Vodacom Group
Thecla Mbongue - Senior Research Analyst, Omdia
Herve Suquet - CTIO, Middle East and Africa, Orange
Giovanni Chiarelli - CTO, MTN South Africa
12:30 - 12:50
5G: Fast-Forward Connectivity in Africa
Dr Jinshan Liu - Senior Director, 5G Marketing and Solutions, Huawei
12:50 - 13:10
Service Provider Keynote: Vodacom’s 5G commercial launch
  • Reviewing the Liquid Telecom partnership; How can industry collaboration accelerate a nation’s digital transformation?
  • What actions has Vodacom taken to cope with the data demand during the Covid-19 lockdown? What are the key learnings?
  • What is the vision for Vodacom’s FWA services?
  • What is the consumer pick up of 5G services? Has it met expectations and what is the long-term vision for 5G services – both consumer and enterprise ones?
Dejan Kastelic - Group Chief Technology Officer, Vodacom Group
13:10 - 13:20
5G Africa Speaker Live Q&A Session
Dejan Kastelic - Group Chief Technology Officer, Vodacom Group
Jorge Mendes - Chief Officer: Consumer Business Unit, Vodacom Group
Dr Jinshan Liu - Senior Director, 5G Marketing and Solutions, Huawei
Thecla Mbongue - Senior Research Analyst, Omdia
Giovanni Chiarelli - CTO, MTN South Africa
Herve Suquet - CTIO, Middle East and Africa, Orange
Chafic Traboulsi - VP and Head of Networks, Ericsson Middle East and Africa
13:20 - 14:10
Break
14:10 - 14:50
Panel: SES Industry Days Africa 2020 - Technologies that will Transform Telecoms and 5G
  • Expectations for the 5G SA standards and when will it become a mainstream technology?
  • The role of Open Networks technologies in 5G: market appetite, expectations, timelines and requirements
  • Building technologies for specific use cases; Does one size fit all and what options are economically viable for telcos
  • AI + 5G: Innovative applications and vision
  • Deployment models and new services from commercial standalone and new core
  • Dynamic spectrum sharing to achieve faster coverage
  • The role and collaboration with hyperscalers for 5G
  • Relieving network congestion and realising low latency edge computing
Sigal Barda - VP Product, Head of 5G Portfolio, Ribbon
Thecla Mbongue - Senior Research Analyst, Omdia
Nicholas Naidu - Managing Executive: Technology Strategy, Architecture & Innovation, Vodacom
Schalk Visser - CTO, Cell C
Imran Malik - VP, Global Sales Fixed Data, SES Networks, SES
14:50 - 15:10
Developing a practical deployment strategy for 5G-NR
  • It is now over a year since initial commercial launch of sub-6 GHz 5G
  • Initial deployments were undertaken with limited portfolios of available base station models
  • Operators have had to overcome some practical deployment issue with this 1st generation product
  • What lessons can be learned and what is need to develop a practical 5G deployment strategy
Colin Bryce - Director, Mobile Network Engineering, Commscope
15:10 - 15:20
5G Africa Speaker Live Q&A Session

Join this interactive session and ask your questions to today's speakers, who will address them live!

Colin Bryce - Director, Mobile Network Engineering, Commscope
Sigal Barda - VP Product, Head of 5G Portfolio, Ribbon
Thecla Mbongue - Senior Research Analyst, Omdia
Imran Malik - VP, Global Sales Fixed Data, SES Networks, SES
Nicholas Naidu - Managing Executive: Technology Strategy, Architecture & Innovation, Vodacom
Schalk Visser - CTO, Cell C
15:20 - 16:20
Roundtable discussions on FWA and Private Networks

Available to all 5G Africa attendees, these informal, Chatham House Rule, interactive discussions give you the opportunity to reflect on today’s presentations and engage in conversation with peers on a given topic, moderating by leading industry analysts. Please register for the roundtable of your preference by emailing Mark.Bentley@informa.com. The roundtables are limited to 8 attendees each and slots are allocated on a first come basis.

Roundtable 1: Fixed wireless strategies, pricing and marketing

Moderator: Dario Talmesio, Research Director, Omdia

Roundtable 2: Private networks in Africa

Moderator: Pablo Tomasi, Principal Analyst, Omdia

Dario Talmesio - Research Director - Service Provider Strategies, Regulation, 5G Accelerator, Ovum
Pablo Tomasi - Principal Analyst, Omdia
AfricaCom - Mission Critical Technologies: Africa
11:30 - 11:35
Chairperson’ Opening Remarks
Dr Amanat Hussain - Executive Chairman, Issured
11:35 - 11:55
Case-study presentation: Delivering critical and lifesaving products where and when they are needed, safely and reliably
Israel Bimpe - Director, Africa Sales & Customer Success, Zipline
11:55 - 12:15
Wearable Technology for Public Safety: Promise, Principles and Practicality
Michelle Hoogenhout - Senior Data Scientist & Co-founder Ingane Health, Galvanize Inc.
12:15 - 12:45
Fireside chat: How to integrate and deploy critical communications infrastructure to meet emerging network challenges
Dr Amanat Hussain - Executive Chairman, Issured
Ken Rehbehn - Directing Analyst, Critical Communications, Omdia
Immanuel Pillay - Senior Manager: Networks and Telecommunications, eThekwini Municipality
13:50 - 14:25
Case study presentation from the City of Cape Town: How the future control room will help tackle today’s threat
Pierre DeWet - Group Health and Safety Officer, Digicall Group (Contractor managing the Transport Information Centre for the City of Cape Town)
Kobus Swanepoel - Head: Stakeholder Management of the Transport Directorate, City of Cape Town
Jaco Groenewald - Head: Operations, Public Emergency Communications Centre, City of Cape Town
Estelle-Mare Le Keur - Head: Service Quality, Public Emergency Communications Centre, City of Cape Town
14:25 - 14:45
How the evolution and integration of mobile applications will optimise emergency response
Lyndsey Duff - Senior Lead - Africa, what3words
14:45 - 15:15
Fireside chat: Safer, Smarter Cities: How to improve public safety in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Era
Dr Amanat Hussain - Executive Chairman, Issured
Juma Assiago - Head of Safer Cities Programme, UN-Habitat
Tracy Larkin Thomason - Deputy Director, Nevada Department of Transportation
AfricaCom - Video Exchange Africa
11:30 - 11:40
Chair’s opening remarks
Clare Kandola - Founder and CEO, The Vidya Collective
11:40 - 12:05
Fireside chat: Celebrating and exploring the drama landscape
  • How to cultivate local talent in film & drama series for theatres, TV and OTT
  • What makes drama compelling for local and international appeal?
  • What is the impact of the global streaming giants on the industry and local talent development?
Clare Kandola - Founder and CEO, The Vidya Collective
Maropeng Vushangwe - Director & Cinematographer, TeddyBling Pictures
Steven Markovitz - Producer, Big World Cinema
12:05 - 12:30
Panel: Exploring the growth of digital content creation
  • Exploring the impact of social media, vloggers and branded content
  • The power of digital to enable a generation of African content creators
  • How mainstream content services are embracing mobile viewing in Africa
Clare Kandola - Founder and CEO, The Vidya Collective
Paola Audrey Ndengue - Founder & Producer, Pannelle & Company
Stephen Horn - Director & Producer, Politically Aweh, Bouncing Biscuit Studios
Djo Moupondo - Chairman, La Clique Music Group
Neil Pursey - , Hoorah Digital
12:30 - 12:55
Panel: SES Industry Days Africa 2020 – Content and consumption: where are African viewers to be found?
  • Exploring how and where African viewers are watching
  • How does consumption change depend on viewing platform?
  • Creating content that works for different environments
  • How to measure the impact and success of multi-platform content
Clare Kandola - Founder and CEO, The Vidya Collective
Amman Fissehazion - Chairman at Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters & CEO, EBS TV
Clint Brown - Vice President, Sales and Market Development, SES Video Africa, SES
Valentine Gaudin-Muteba - Managing Director Southern Africa & Regional Director Anglophone Africa, TRACE
Abdulai Awudu - General Manager, Multimedia Group ( MultiTV & Adom Brands), Multimedia Group Ltd
AfricaCom - Huawei Forums
10:30 - 11:30
Better Africa Summit

Working together for Africa ICT development and economic recovery

11:30 - 12:30
OPEX Optimization Forum

Saving site OPEX with digital power, site reform and operation optimization

14:00 - 15:00
Mobile Broadband Forum

Accelerating 4G and maximizing network value with 4G and 5G collaboration

AfricaTech - Future of Work Africa
14:00 - 14:05
Chair’s Opening Remarks
Desere Orrill - Chairman and Director, OLE! CONNECT and Bold Network
14:05 - 14:25
How Africa will survive or thrive tech disruption

Africa has an opportunity to forge a different path than the rest of the world when it comes to the future of work. Reports show that digital technology adoption has the potential, if harnessed effectively, to transform the nature of work for all Africans.

  • Focusing on the adoption of digital technologies to help build skills not just for a privileged few, but for all workers
  • The importance of faster internet to increase jobs for all workers regardless of their education level
  • The role of policies and investment in unlocking Africa’s potential
Nitin Gajria - Director - Sub-Saharan Africa, Google
14:25 - 14:45
Huawei IdeaHub Series Team Collaboration Boards: Intelligence at Your Fingertips
James Kamau Maina - Senior Expert, Cloud Collaboration, Southern Africa Region, Huawei
14:45 - 15:05
Fireside chat: Creating a learning culture through digital upskilling - futureproofing in the digital age

It’s undeniable that the way we work is undergoing significant changes, and if the way a company operates evolves to meet changing attitudes, then employees will also have to adapt. As we prepare to enter a digitally-driven world at a more rapid speed than anyone could have anticipated, job-roles and skills will need to be assessed.

  • How do you ensure employees can keep up with the shift in business and have the knowledge and skill set for it to succeed?
  • How L&D programmes have had to adapt through a crisis (sharing examples)
  • Reimagining the post-pandemic organization (Redeployment of staff and skills)
  • Reassessing skills and new competency frameworks
  • Capitalising on the rise of self-learning
Bunmi Banjo - CEO, Kuvora Inc
Desere Orrill - Chairman and Director, OLE! CONNECT and Bold Network
15:05 - 15:45
Panel Discussion: How the pandemic has accelerated change in business transformation and their Future of Work roadmap

This session will explore the impact of Covid-19 on the way people work and how this will continue to affect our future.

  • Transition to more remote working culture: How have organisations and businesses demonstrated greater flexibility to support a broader range of work situations and scenarios for their employees?
  • Prioritising the work-life balance – will a future of more remote and flexible working challenge balancing accessibility with the pressure to be 'always on'?
  • Will we transition back to legacy ways of working? What will be the permanent changes as a consequence of living in a Covid-19 world?
  • How to best manage remote teams and how has productivity changed over the last 9 months?
  • How can the continent embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) to rekindle economic growth and transformation, revitalise skills, and create high-quality jobs in large numbers?
Desere Orrill - Chairman and Director, OLE! CONNECT and Bold Network
Kuseni Dlamini - Chairman, Massmart
Adeleke Pitan - Head of Talent & Reward Management, Asset & Resource Management Holding Company (ARM HoldCo)
Alice Munyua - Director, Africa Innovation and Public Policy Program, Mozilla
Dr Dieter Veldsman - Group Human Capital Executive, Momentum Metropolitan
AfricaTech - AfricaTech Centre Stage
11:30 - 11:35
Free
Chair’s intro: Economic resilience on the path towards the 4IR
Toby Shapshack - Editor-in-Chief, Stuff
11:35 - 11:55
Free
Mapping enterprise transformation to 2030
Robin Njiru - Public Sector, East Africa Lead, Amazon Web Services
11:55 - 12:15
Free
Reimagining Africa: the importance of tech innovation in a post-COVID-19 world
Lillian Barnard - Managing Director, Microsoft South Africa
12:15 - 12:35
Free
Building resilience to grow through change
Chris Bertish - Adventurer, Mavericks Big Wave Champion, SUP Trans-Atlantic Paddler
12:35 - 12:55
Free
Enterprise IT outlook
Adrian Ho - Practice Leader, Enterprise Advanced Digital Services, Omdia
12:55 - 14:00
Free
Networking Break
14:00 - 14:05
Free
AccelerateHER Africa Centre Stage Takeover
14:05 - 14:40
Free
Encouraging More Women into STEM to Drive Socio-Economic Development

What can the tech industry do to develop the next generation of women engineers and innovators? We take a deep dive into the actions and results of organisations investing in the future success of their business by investing in Africa’s future female talent pool.

Emma Dicks - Co-Founder, CodeSpace
Ellen Fischat - Co-founder, Story Room
14:40 - 15:10
Free
Turning a Tech Innovation into a Viable Business

A 101 guide to launching a tech start-up as a woman. What are the pit-falls and challenges to look out for and the ways to overcome them? Find out how to turn an idea into a high – impact venture.

Shiela Yabo - Programme Manager, Solution Space
AfricaTech - Artificial Intelligence Africa
11:35 - 11:55
The critical role of AI in Africa’s Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • What practical application does AI have across industry and sector in the short- and medium-term?
  • How are governments, regulators, and civil societies on the continent developing AI ecosystems in a secure and sustainable way
Moustapha Cisse - , African Institute of Mathematical Sciences; Head of AI Centre, Google
11:55 - 12:15
Huawei Cloud: Building Inclusive AI, Helps Enterprises Quickly Become Intelligent
Marcus Tay - Chief Tech Director, Huawei Cloud - Africa Region
12:15 - 12:55
Panel: The role of AI in Africa's fight against COVID-19
  • Examining how telcos and intergovernmental organisations have been partnering to gather user-generated data to examine transmission trends of the disease
  • Provision of enhanced connectivity, healthcare, and social benefits to disease ‘hotspots’ identified with AI technology
  • Identifying the most important AI-driven projects in the battle against COVID, Africa Communications Intelligence Platform, as well as existing gaps
Max Smolaks - Global Editor, AI Business
Bruce Mellado - Senior Scientist & Professor, iThembaLabs & Witwatersrand School of Physics
Ahmed Ogwell Ouma - Deputy Director, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
Precious Lunga - Co-founder & CEO, Baobab Circle
13:50 - 14:15
AI Initiatives to Transform Africa
Dr Jacques Ludik - Founder, CEO & Executive Chairman, Cortex Group; Founder & President, Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa
14:15 - 14:55
Panel: Equipping Africa’s next gen of AI Entrepreneurs
  • Leveraging Africa’s wealth of young tech-savvy entrepreneurs to increase its voice in the global AI research community
  • PPPs: How are private tech companies partnering with public research institutes to build AI-enabled societies?
  • Exploring the role of progressive policy and regulation in Africa’s AI revolution
  • Creating a coordinated, pan-African AI development strategy
Nicolas Poussielgue - CEO, Dakar Institute of Technology
Pius Illah - Head of Innovation & Partnerships (Global Engagements), Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA)
Moustapha Cisse - , African Institute of Mathematical Sciences; Head of AI Centre, Google
Nomso Kana - Governor, Nuclear Energy Foundation Agency
14:55 - 15:20
Machine Learning: the engine of Africa’s AI renaissance
  • Exploring how real-world machine learning applications are improving efficiencies across sector: finance, education, retail, healthcare, conservation

Alex Tsado - Co-Founder, Alliance for AI
15:20 - 15:25
Chair's Closing Remarks
Max Smolaks - Global Editor, AI Business
AfricaTech - Fintech Africa
11:35 - 12:05
COVID-19 triggering deep digital change in African Fintech
  • Digitization as a survival game changer to accelerate product development
  • Facilitating increased cashless transactions
  • The adoption of banks, financial institutions and merchants to a new payments landscape
  • Innovating to offer alternative channels and platform to connect merchants to suppliers and customers
  • Aligning the role of regulators, incumbent banks, fintech innovators, investors, MNOs and Private sector
Wasim Tahir - Sector Strategist- financial institutions, CDC Group
Ian Merrington - CEO, Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative
Meryem Habibi - CRO, AZA
Keiran Smith - CEO, Mr Green Africa
Steven Sutherland - Manager, adapt IT
Chris Wehbe - Executive Chairman, Lendable
12:05 - 12:25
Digital Banking as an entry point to the 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Offering simplicity, transparency and affordability to more
  • Taking a quantum leap into the future
  • Online banking fuelling innovation
  • Young leading the digitization movement
Tauriq Keraan - CEO, TymeBank
12:25 - 12:45
Huawei Fintech
Lee Maina - Senior Expert, Huawei
12:45 - 13:30
The role of the UK in catalyzing technology for financial inclusion in Africa

Promoting domestic tech ecosystems across Africa

Tedd George - Chief Narrative Officer, Kleos Advisory Ltd
Emma Wade-Smith - Her Majesty's TRade Commissioner for Africa, Department for International Trade
Rachel Turner - Director of Economic Development, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
14:05 - 14:45
Beyond M-Pesa: Payments as the new frictionless mobile infrastructure
  • Creating new payment gateways and rewards programmes
  • Harnessing fintechs' reputation for innovation
  • Attracting investor with scalability of products
  • Widening opportunity for small merchants
Eric Muli - CEO, Odyssey Africa Capital
Simon Rahmann - CEO, Mondia Pay
14:45 - 15:05
The GIG Economy as a powerful disruptor enabling work for millions
  • Unlocking the potential of the informal sector and human capital
  • Bringing e commerce to the offline customer
  • Attracting capital and expanding into new markets
  • Future focused, tech enabled companies driving opportunity
Dr Desne Masie - Chief Strategist, IC Publications
15:05 - 15:25
TransferLink, the new global network facilitating low cost Migrant Remittances

The presentation will highlight the importance of Migrant Remittance flows globally and especially to and within Africa. It will show that Fintech can be used to reduce the cost of making these remittances and thus increase the amounts received by recipients. The presentation will demonstrate how this can be done through innovative collaboration between telcos, Banks and money transfer organisations, enabled by Fintech and RegTech.  

John Murphy - Director Africa, TransferLink
AfricaTech - accelerateHER Africa
14:00 - 14:05
Opening Welcome
14:05 - 14:35
Encouraging More Women into STEM to Drive Socio-Economic Development

What can the tech industry do to develop the next generation of women engineers and innovators? We take a deep dive into the actions we need to be taking to secure the future success of the tech industry by investing in Africa’s future female talent pool.

Ellen Fischat - Co-founder, Story Room
Emma Dicks - Co-Founder, CodeSpace
14:35 - 15:05
Turning a Tech Innovation into a Viable Business

A 1-1 guide to launching a tech start-up as a woman. What are the pit-falls and challenges to look out for and the ways to overcome them? Find out how to turn an idea into a high-impact venture.

Shiela Yabo - Programme Manager, Solution Space
15:05 - 15:10
Closing Remarks
AfricaTech - Africa50 Innovation Challenge
13:30 - 13:40
Introduction from Africa50
13:40 - 13:55
Finalist Quick Pitches
13:55 - 14:30
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