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Day 2 - Virtual Africa Tech Festival 2020

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Africa Tech Festival Headline Keynote
Connecting the Next Billion
Digital Infrastructure Investment
Service Provider Technology
5G Africa
Telecom Infra Project
Huawei Forums
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Future of Work Africa
AfricaTech Centre Stage
Artificial Intelligence Africa
Fintech Africa
accelerateHER Africa
10:50 - 11:10
Accelerating Africa’s journey towards the 4IR
Accelerating Africa’s journey towards the 4IR
12:20 - 12:50
Panel Discussion: Spectrum management for 5G
Panel Discussion: Spectrum management for 5G
13:45 - 14:25
Panel: OpenRAN: The journey from market potential to network deployment
Panel: OpenRAN: The journey from market potential to network deployment
14:45 - 15:25
Choosing the UK as a partner for Africa tech firms with global growth ambitions
Choosing the UK as a partner for Africa tech firms with global growth ambitions
14:40 - 15:20
Exploring the future of cyber risk in an increasingly connected world
Free
Exploring the future of cyber risk in an increasingly connected world
12:25 - 12:45
From medical app to healthcare platform: unlocking value in the African pharmaceutical and healthcare ecosystem
From medical app to healthcare platform: unlocking value in the African pharmaceutical and healthcare ecosystem
14:00 - 14:20
My entrepreneurial journey: from MasterChef to the Africa Business Heroes Competition
My entrepreneurial journey: from MasterChef to the Africa Business Heroes Competition
12:45 - 13:30
NETWORKING LUNCH
NETWORKING LUNCH
14:05 - 14:45
Inside the fintech investor's mind
Inside the fintech investor's mind
09:05 - 09:25
Smarter networks accelerating Africa’s digital agenda
Smarter networks accelerating Africa’s digital agenda
09:00 - 09:05
Chair's Opening Remarks
Chair's Opening Remarks
12:00 - 12:30
Undoing the Digital Gender Divide
Undoing the Digital Gender Divide

We explore how innovation in the digital economy is enabling more capital to be placed in the hands of women. In turn empowering greater numbers of women to bridge the digital divide and step into leadership positions. Crucially, we’ll also pinpoint what we must do next to ensure we do not lose momentum in the march towards gender parity as we grapple with a global pandemic

14:20 - 15:00
SheTrades Virtual Pitches – Part II
SheTrades Virtual Pitches – Part II
14:20 - 14:40
Building trust in Africa’s rapidly expanding digital economy
Free
Building trust in Africa’s rapidly expanding digital economy
11:15 - 11:25
Virtual AfricaCom Awards Part I
Virtual AfricaCom Awards Part I
15:10 - 15:20
5G Africa Speaker Q&A Session
5G Africa Speaker Q&A Session
11:10 - 11:15
Chair's Closing Remarks
Chair's Closing Remarks
11:30 - 11:35
Chair’s intro: Mapping enterprise transformation to 2030
Free
Chair’s intro: Mapping enterprise transformation to 2030
12:35 - 13:00
Fireside chat: Enterprise purchasing trends and revenue opportunities in the next decade
Fireside chat: Enterprise purchasing trends and revenue opportunities in the next decade
14:00 - 14:20
Accelerated transformation: How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the CIO role?
Free
Accelerated transformation: How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the CIO role?
14:00 - 15:00
Digital Transformation Forum
Digital Transformation Forum
10:25 - 10:50
Intelligently navigating the COVID outbreak: striving for societal benefit over profit
Intelligently navigating the COVID outbreak: striving for societal benefit over profit
12:20 - 13:00
Panel: Universal ICT access by 2030: Africa’s Digital Moonshot Initiative
Panel: Universal ICT access by 2030: Africa’s Digital Moonshot Initiative
14:05 - 14:45
Panel: What is the future of satellite broadband investment in Africa?
Panel: What is the future of satellite broadband investment in Africa?
11:35 - 11:55
Powering business applications with IBM Cloud
Free
Powering business applications with IBM Cloud
11:30 - 12:00
Accelerating Digital Skills Development for Girls & Women
Accelerating Digital Skills Development for Girls & Women
11:35 - 12:05
Fintech as the digital transformation accelerator
Fintech as the digital transformation accelerator
13:55 - 14:35
Panel: Public-private partnerships are key to connecting Africa
Panel: Public-private partnerships are key to connecting Africa
12:00 - 12:20
Applying AI Automation Across the Entire Lifecycle of Network Operations
Applying AI Automation Across the Entire Lifecycle of Network Operations
14:50 - 15:10
5G and Edge Unlocking New Possibilities
5G and Edge Unlocking New Possibilities
14:00 - 14:25
Surviving & Thriving in Uncertain Times
Surviving & Thriving in Uncertain Times

What are the essential characteristics we need to lead in 2020? In this session we explore tangible take-aways for surviving and thriving in uncertain times.

12:15 - 12:45
Fireside chat: Smart Agriculture: can AI power a new agricultural revolution?
Fireside chat: Smart Agriculture: can AI power a new agricultural revolution?
12:30 - 13:00
A Gender Lens on FinTech
A Gender Lens on FinTech

Fintech is often described as the defining sector of the tech ecosystem across Africa.

In this session we find out why, delving into its transformative affect as told by the women leaders driving greater innovation and financial inclusion at the very forefront of the industry.

Lebo Mokgabudi - Country Manager, Catalyst Fund
Yolanda Cuba - Founder & CEO, EAGLEQUEST AFRICA
Bilha Ndirangu - CEO, Africa's Talking
11:40 - 12:00
Service Provider Interview: 5G launches in small African island nations
Service Provider Interview: 5G launches in small African island nations
11:35 - 11:55
Using AI-enabled cyber smart security to protect your business
Using AI-enabled cyber smart security to protect your business
13:05 - 14:00
Break
Break
13:30 - 14:10
Panel: Addressing hurdles to AI adoption in Africa
Panel: Addressing hurdles to AI adoption in Africa
12:50 - 13:45
NETWORKING LUNCH
NETWORKING LUNCH
10:30 - 11:30
Home Broadband Forum
Home Broadband Forum
11:30 - 12:30
Cloud & AI Forum
Cloud & AI Forum
12:05 - 12:25
Unwrapping the African Agritech product suite
Unwrapping the African Agritech product suite
14:25 - 14:45
Mental Health and Microsteps
Mental Health and Microsteps

In an exclusive fire-side chat, Reeva Misra speaks to Arianna Huffington about maintaining balance in times of turmoil. Hear insights from Arianna on social connection, mental health, wellbeing and effective leadership as we collectively define the new normal.

15:10 - 15:15
Chair's Closing Remarks
Chair's Closing Remarks
11:35 - 11:55
Telecom Infra Project: Breaking The Mould! - Going Open
Telecom Infra Project: Breaking The Mould! - Going Open
11:30 - 11:35
Chair's Opening Remarks
Chair's Opening Remarks
11:30 - 11:35
Chair's Opening Remarks
Chair's Opening Remarks
11:55 - 13:15
2020 VC4A Venture Showcase – Seed
Free
2020 VC4A Venture Showcase – Seed
12:30 - 12:50
Software-defined everything - managing complexity from core to edge
Software-defined everything - managing complexity from core to edge
11:55 - 12:15
Telecom Infra Project: Setting The Pace Towards Open and Disaggregated Transport Networks
Telecom Infra Project: Setting The Pace Towards Open and Disaggregated Transport Networks
11:30 - 11:55
Fireside chat: Bridging the Digital Divide in Rural and Emerging Markets
Fireside chat: Bridging the Digital Divide in Rural and Emerging Markets
11:30 - 11:50
Telecom Infra Project: Breaking The Mould! - Going Open
Telecom Infra Project: Breaking The Mould! - Going Open
14:25 - 14:45
Fireside chat: Is office design still fit for purpose?
Fireside chat: Is office design still fit for purpose?
11:55 - 12:15
Data-driven decision making in an era of technology disruption
Free
Data-driven decision making in an era of technology disruption
11:35 - 11:55
Developing a telco digital transformation strategy for the 4IR
Developing a telco digital transformation strategy for the 4IR
11:50 - 12:10
Telecom Infra Project: Setting The Pace Towards Open and Disaggregated Transport Networks
Telecom Infra Project: Setting The Pace Towards Open and Disaggregated Transport Networks
11:35 - 11:40
5G Africa Chair’s welcome and introductory remarks
5G Africa Chair’s welcome and introductory remarks
12:55 - 13:05
5G Africa Speaker Q&A Session
5G Africa Speaker Q&A Session
13:40 - 14:00
Networking Break
Free
Networking Break
11:55 - 12:35
Panel: Protecting profit in a landscape of changing operator models
Panel: Protecting profit in a landscape of changing operator models
13:45 - 14:05
PowerX 2025 Digitized Facility: New Era, New Power
PowerX 2025 Digitized Facility: New Era, New Power
14:25 - 14:50
Fireside chat: Building critical operator-OTT partnerships
Fireside chat: Building critical operator-OTT partnerships
09:25 - 09:45
Developing Consumer-Focussed Telco Business Models for Pan-African Growth
Developing Consumer-Focussed Telco Business Models for Pan-African Growth
14:20 - 14:50
Panel Discussion: Debating the Viability and Opportunity for Private Networks in Africa
Panel Discussion: Debating the Viability and Opportunity for Private Networks in Africa
11:55 - 12:15
Prioritising healthcare in Africa’s AI journey
Prioritising healthcare in Africa’s AI journey
14:00 - 14:20
Private Networks in Manufacturing Interview: Ford’s Experiences with Private Networks
Private Networks in Manufacturing Interview: Ford’s Experiences with Private Networks
18:00 - 00:00
The Inspiring 50 Award Ceremony
The Inspiring 50 Award Ceremony

Join us as we bring together 50 of South Africa’s most inspiring women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) leadership roles for an evening of entertainment, celebration and high-quality curated networking.

13:00 - 13:40
Seeing around corners: Positioning your business for future waves of technology disruption
Free
Seeing around corners: Positioning your business for future waves of technology disruption
14:45 - 15:25
Panel Discussion: Preparing Africa for the Workplace of the Future
Panel Discussion: Preparing Africa for the Workplace of the Future
09:45 - 10:25
accelerateHER Africa Take-Over: Driving Entrepreneurship across Africa for Women
accelerateHER Africa Take-Over: Driving Entrepreneurship across Africa for Women
12:15 - 13:00
Resilience, leadership and tech investment in the COVID-19 era
Free
Resilience, leadership and tech investment in the COVID-19 era
11:30 - 11:35
Chair's opening remarks: Start-up to scale-up
Free
Chair's opening remarks: Start-up to scale-up
14:45 - 15:15
Driving Entrepreneurship Among More Women
Driving Entrepreneurship Among More Women

We’re bringing together two leaders passionate about women entrepreneurship for an unmissable discussion delving into how we can encourage more women into tech and business to build a future full of innovative solutions.

13:00 - 13:55
NETWORKING LUNCH
NETWORKING LUNCH
13:00 - 13:45
Networking Lunch
Networking Lunch
14:10 - 15:10
Question Time: ‘Seizing the vision of an AI-enabled Africa’
Question Time: ‘Seizing the vision of an AI-enabled Africa’
14:50 - 14:55
Chair's Closing Remarks
Chair's Closing Remarks
14:05 - 14:25
Interoperable, integral and secure: Navigating the adoption of cloud-based communication platforms in a dynamic new reality
Interoperable, integral and secure: Navigating the adoption of cloud-based communication platforms in a dynamic new reality
12:50 - 12:55
Sevice Provider Address: Telma Madagascar’s 5G launch experience
Sevice Provider Address: Telma Madagascar’s 5G launch experience
14:35 - 15:00
Fireside Chat: Nigeria’s National Broadband Plan 2020-2025
Fireside Chat: Nigeria’s National Broadband Plan 2020-2025
12:10 - 12:30
Telecom Infra Project: OpenWi-Fi - Filling The Connectivity Gaps
Telecom Infra Project: OpenWi-Fi - Filling The Connectivity Gaps
09:45 - 10:25
Widening Access to Technology for More Women in Africa
Widening Access to Technology for More Women in Africa
12:15 - 12:35
Telecom Infra Project: OpenWi-Fi - Filling The Connectivity Gaps
Telecom Infra Project: OpenWi-Fi - Filling The Connectivity Gaps
14:00 - 14:05
Chair’s Opening Remarks
Chair’s Opening Remarks
13:00 - 13:30
Investing to Drive Systemic Change
Investing to Drive Systemic Change

Where is investment into Africa coming from right now and how are market dynamics shifting? We found out and delve into how African women founders can access global markets to hyper-grow and benefit. From inclusive fintech to social innovation and clean-tech, we’ll also look at the types of tech start-ups investors are most excited about backing to re-build and define our new normal.

Baratang Miya - Founder and CEO, GirlHype
Andia Chakava - Investment Director, Graca Machel Trust
Stacey Brewer - Co-Founder & CEO, SPARK Schools
16:00 - 17:00
Roundtable Discussions on Mobile Edge Computing and 5G Cost Management
Roundtable Discussions on Mobile Edge Computing and 5G Cost Management
11:35 - 11:55
Getting the right mix of skills to scale: Attracting top talent in the African tech start-up space
Getting the right mix of skills to scale: Attracting top talent in the African tech start-up space
11:55 - 12:20
The value of connectivity in poor, marginalised and remote areas
The value of connectivity in poor, marginalised and remote areas
Africa Tech Festival - AHUB
11:30 - 11:35
Free
Chair's opening remarks: Start-up to scale-up
11:35 - 11:55
Getting the right mix of skills to scale: Attracting top talent in the African tech start-up space
Zachariah George - Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Startupbootcamp Africa
11:55 - 13:15
Free
2020 VC4A Venture Showcase – Seed

Startup entrepreneurs are working to harness Africa’s potential. Together they represent a critical pipeline of innovation that is driving high growth high impact solutions on the continent. A critical juncture for any startup comes at the seed stage, a financing segment that has experienced significant changes these past months. And 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 Seed 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 – Seed portfolio represent the best Seed investment opportunities on the continent. They have been vetted by VC investors through a rigorous referral and selection process. They demonstrate strong market potential 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 $150K – $1M in Seed 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: Seed-stage investing in Africa

Showcase Round 2


Ben White - Founder and CEO, VC4A
14:00 - 14:20
My entrepreneurial journey: from MasterChef to the Africa Business Heroes Competition
Shannon Smuts Brauer - Founder & CEO, Pure Good Food
14:20 - 15:00
SheTrades Virtual Pitches – Part II
AfricaCom - Africa Tech Festival Headline Keynote
09:00 - 09:05
Chair's Opening Remarks
Aubrey Hruby - Senior Fellow, Africa Center. Co-founder, Africa Expert Network
09:05 - 09:25
Smarter networks accelerating Africa’s digital agenda
  • Bringing down the cost of complexity with smarter networks
  • The benefits of network automation in operation
  • Mobile Financial Services as an enabler of economic growth
  • Talent at the core of digital transformation
Lucky La Riccia - Head of Digital Services, Ericsson Middle East and Africa
09:25 - 09:45
Developing Consumer-Focussed Telco Business Models for Pan-African Growth
Peter Ndegwa - CEO, Safaricom
09:45 - 10:25
accelerateHER Africa Take-Over: Driving Entrepreneurship across Africa for Women
Cherie Blair QC - Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
10:25 - 10:50
Intelligently navigating the COVID outbreak: striving for societal benefit over profit
Aubrey Hruby - Senior Fellow, Africa Center. Co-founder, Africa Expert Network
Shameel Joosub - CEO & Executive Director, Vodacom Group
10:50 - 11:10
Accelerating Africa’s journey towards the 4IR
Prof. Tshilidzi Marwala - Vice-Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, Deputy Chair, Presidential 4IR Commission
11:10 - 11:15
Chair's Closing Remarks
Aubrey Hruby - Senior Fellow, Africa Center. Co-founder, Africa Expert Network
11:15 - 11:25
Virtual AfricaCom Awards Part I
  1. Last Mile Connectivity Award
  2. Most Innovative Product or Service Award
  3. COVID-19 Response Award

Vote now at: https://tmt.knect365.com/africacom/awards

The AfricaCom Awards are a bit different this year. In recognition of the significant contribution made by Africa’s tech community in the ongoing battle against COVID-19, and the critical role that tech will play in fuelling Africa’s economic recovery, the 2020 categories all fall under a central theme: building a better, more inclusive digital world. Virtual event audiences are more diverse than ever before. For this reason, all the 2020 categories are open to public votes – it is an entirely people’s choice awards ceremony.

AfricaCom - Connecting the Next Billion
11:30 - 11:55
Fireside chat: Bridging the Digital Divide in Rural and Emerging Markets
Aniel Jhingoeri - Head of Platforms and Devices, Radisys
Nathan Smith - VP Product/Business Development, Reliance Jio
11:55 - 12:20
The value of connectivity in poor, marginalised and remote areas
Mike Jensen - Managing Director, Independent ICT Consulting
Patrick Byamungu - Co-founder and Director, La Difference
12:20 - 13:00
Panel: Universal ICT access by 2030: Africa’s Digital Moonshot Initiative
  • Exploring the Digital Moonshot Initiative's key elements: infrastructure, investment, ecosystem development & inclusion
  • Predicting the industry impacts of a truly connected continent - agriculture, healthcare, education, e-commerce
  • Examining where African connectivity stands in comparison to the rest of the world
Dion Jerling - Managing Director, Connect Earth
Sonia Jorge - Executive Director - Alliance for Affordable Internet & Head of Digital Inclusion Program, The World Wide Web Foundation
Nomso Kana - Commissioner for 4IR & Governor, Nuclear Energy Foundation Agency
Katherine Getao - CEO, ICT Authority, Kenya
13:00 - 13:55
NETWORKING LUNCH
13:55 - 14:35
Panel: Public-private partnerships are key to connecting Africa
  • Understanding the importance of private-public partnerships to unlock internet access – who’s involved and how are they created?
  • Examining some of the planned large-scale broadband connectivity projects in Africa and how they will affect citizens and businesses
  • Exploring the process of creating and bringing an African PPP project
  • Lessons from countries where PPPs have successfully deployed transmission network infrastructure – India, China & Brazil
Dion Jerling - Managing Director, Connect Earth
Tunde Fafunwa - Lead Advisor, Digital Centre for Excellence at United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Onica Makwakwa - Head of Africa, Alliance for Affordable Internet
14:35 - 15:00
Fireside Chat: Nigeria’s National Broadband Plan 2020-2025
  • Exploring the link between internet connectivity and GDP growth in Africa’s largest mobile telecommunications market
  • What will successful execution mean for internet penetration and affordability
  • What will the plan mean for Nigerian telcos?
  • The role of submarine in getting Nigeria on-grid
Funke Opeke - CEO, MainOne
Olusola Teniola - President, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON)
AfricaCom - Digital Infrastructure Investment
11:30 - 11:50
Telecom Infra Project: Breaking The Mould! - Going Open

Telecom Infra Project (TIP) will play a vital role in addressing the specific challenges and opportunities for connectivity in Africa by transforming how networks are designed, built, and deployed through open and disaggregated TIP Technology. Join TIP at AfricaCom 2020 to hear from community members in the region on updates of commercial progress and opportunities for the future.

In this session, speakers discuss the Telecom Industry landscape in Africa focused on OpenRAN and 5G, motivations for being a TIP Member, latest projects and achievements and their view for the opportunities of this technology in the region.

Mark Walker - Associate Vice President, IDC
Pieter van der Westhuizen - Group Technology Executive, MTN
Razvan Ungureanu - Chief Technology Officer, Airtel Africa
11:50 - 12:10
Telecom Infra Project: Setting The Pace Towards Open and Disaggregated Transport Networks

Telecom Infra Project (TIP) will play a vital role in addressing the specific challenges and opportunities for connectivity in Africa by transforming how networks are designed, built, and deployed through open and disaggregated TIP Technology. Join TIP at AfricaCom 2020 to hear from community members in the region on updates of commercial progress and opportunities for the future.

Open Optical Packet Transport (OOPT) is becoming a hot topic globally. This session will bring the operators perspectives of opportunities for OOPT in Africa for the next years to come and how TIP can help address the main challenges and foster innovation for these opportunities.

Sterling Perrin - Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
Hussain Nabee - Technology Executive, Vodacom
Abdou Dia - CEO, VTS
12:10 - 12:30
Telecom Infra Project: OpenWi-Fi - Filling The Connectivity Gaps

Telecom Infra Project (TIP) will play a vital role in addressing the specific challenges and opportunities for connectivity in Africa by transforming how networks are designed, built, and deployed through open and disaggregated TIP Technology. Join TIP at AfricaCom 2020 to hear from community members in the region on updates of commercial progress and opportunities for the future.

Wi-Fi plays an important role in the service basket of operators. With the change in how people connect to work, learn and play, operators are having to find supplementary connectivity methods, such as Wi-Fi, to fill the connectivity gaps. In this session, operators will not only share their view on furthering connectivity offerings with Wi-Fi, but more importantly how OpenWi-Fi can address these specific opportunities. Learn how the TIP community is coming together and working towards advancing this technology.

Philipp Zindler - Director: Africa, Deloitte
Leanne Da Cerca - Senior Manager - Group Enterprise Unit, MTN
Khetan Gajjar - Executive Head: Fixed & Mobile (Technical & Commercial) Lead, Vodacom
12:30 - 12:50
Software-defined everything - managing complexity from core to edge

New digital infrastructure is software defined, across many layers from multiple vendors, from central data centers and public cloud right to the cabinet or customer premises. Wrangling software complexity is a primary challenge for communications companies globally. Mark Shuttleworth, founder and CEO of Canonical, shares his insights on how to best tackle this challenge, through a comprehensive exploration of:

  • Public clouds, private clouds and micro clouds
  • Layers of software-defined infrastructure
  • Application management and integration in a multi-vendor, multi-cloud world
  • The new wave of IoT applications
Mark Shuttleworth - Founder & CEO, Canonical
12:50 - 13:45
NETWORKING LUNCH
13:45 - 14:05
PowerX 2025 Digitized Facility: New Era, New Power
Dr Fang Liangzhou - CMO - Digital Power, Huawei
14:05 - 14:45
Panel: What is the future of satellite broadband investment in Africa?
  • Exploring the role of satellite in closing infrastructure and connectivity gaps in Africa’s underserved regions
  • Examining the future of low-Earth-orbit satellite constellations considering the OneWeb and Sky & Space challenges
  • Creating regulation that enables a reliable, cost-effective and secure service for African satellite connectivity
Temidayo Oniosun - Managing Director, Space in Africa
Abimbola Alale - Managing Director, Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited
Jean-Claude Tshipama - Business Development Director, Konnect Africa
Riad Hartani - Co-Founding Partner, Xona Partners
AfricaCom - Service Provider Technology
11:30 - 11:35
Chair's Opening Remarks
Lerato Mbele - Presenter - Business, BBC World News
11:35 - 11:55
Developing a telco digital transformation strategy for the 4IR
  • Developing a stepwise process for building and implementing a digital transformation strategy
  • Tools for predicting and working with disruptive technologies and trends
  • Understanding organisational and staffing requirements
  • Exploring novel forms of ecosystem engagement
Charles Molapisi - GCTIO, MTN Group
11:55 - 12:35
Panel: Protecting profit in a landscape of changing operator models
  • Diversification of revenue streams in light of disruptive technologies: 5G, IoT & AI
  • Exploring digital trends: surging data use, growing video and financial service demand
  • Building multidisciplinary teams to create agile development, functionalities and working practices
  • Developing business models that consider customer XP and cost control f
Saint Doe-Tamakloe - CCO, MTN South Sudan
Matt Reed - Practice Leader - Middle East and Africa, Omdia
Raul Martinez - Chief Commercial Officer, Upstream
Simo Mkhize - CCO, Cell C
12:35 - 13:00
Fireside chat: Enterprise purchasing trends and revenue opportunities in the next decade
  • Identifying investment planning and technology utilisation criteria
  • Tracking plans for service provider technology deployments
  • Which new products are on the service provider horizon? Which service provider technologies canpower Africa’s 4IR in to the next decade?
  • Which countries and organisations are leading technological innovation?
  • Where is new investment coming from on the continent, internationally?
Adrian Ho - Practice Leader, Omdia
Amos Mwongera Mutiga - Co-Founder and Director, Red Brick Africa
13:00 - 13:45
Networking Lunch
13:45 - 14:25
Panel: OpenRAN: The journey from market potential to network deployment
  • Status check on the current position of OpenRAN tech and its likely rollout in Africa
  • Unpacking the benefits for telcos, vendors and broader mobile infrastructure
  • Understanding the challenges to OpenRAN technology roll-out – deployment and security
George Debbo - Independent Telecommunications Consultant, George Debbo Telecom
Alex Botting - Director, International Programs, Open RAN Policy Coalition
Amrit Heer - Head of Business for Europe & Middle East, Parallel Wireless
14:25 - 14:50
Fireside chat: Building critical operator-OTT partnerships

A market once limited to video consumption via satellite is now flourishing – connectivity has enabled new ways to deliver and engage audiences with content and as a result we are seeing many new relationships between content and service providers. In this session 3Vision, a leading content firm talk to MGM about creating strategic OTT partnerships with telcos.

  • The changing distribution landscape for MGM in the region over the last few years
  • Opportunities for partnering with telcos and understanding the conditions necessary for a successful relationship – finance, marketing etc.
  • Exploring what the advent of 5G on the African continent means for operator-OTT partnerships?
  • Does size matter in the success of cooperative ventures?
  • Telcos and video versus the incumbent Pay TV providers
14:50 - 14:55
Chair's Closing Remarks
AfricaCom - 5G Africa
11:35 - 11:40
5G Africa Chair’s welcome and introductory remarks
Danson Njue - Senior Research Analyst, Omdia
11:40 - 12:00
Service Provider Interview: 5G launches in small African island nations
  • Reviewing the business case and investment requirements for small island nations’ 5G launches
  • eMBB and FWA services: What is the so-far market pick-up, vision and next steps required to make these mainstream services?
  • What are the socio-economic benefits for the nation from having access to such advanced technologies? What needs to be done from a regulatory, political, social and technology perspective for 5G to deliver its full benefits in small nations?
Shoaib Khan - CTO, Cable & Wireless (Seychelles)
Danson Njue - Senior Research Analyst, Omdia
12:00 - 12:20
Applying AI Automation Across the Entire Lifecycle of Network Operations

Analysing the applications of advanced intelligence in a series of critical telco operations:

  • Planning
  • Delivery
  • Onboarding
  • Monitoring
  • Updating
  • Decommissioning
Eva Andren - VP and Head of Managed Services, Market Area Middle East and Africa, Ericsson
12:20 - 12:50
Panel Discussion: Spectrum management for 5G
  • Temporary spectrum; to invest or not, and contingency planning.
  • Minimising the infrastructure investment required for new spectrum bands: from TowerCos, to sharing and wholesaling
  • Reviewing innovative spectrum allocation models across the world
Akinwale Goodluck - Head of Africa, GSMA
Themba Phiri - Executive Head: Regulatory, Cell C
Danson Njue - Senior Research Analyst, Omdia
Dr. Ing. Kenneth Ashigbey - Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications
12:50 - 12:55
Sevice Provider Address: Telma Madagascar’s 5G launch experience
Joel Randrianasolo - CTO, Telma Madagascar
12:55 - 13:05
5G Africa Speaker Q&A Session
Joel Randrianasolo - CTO, Telma Madagascar
Shoaib Khan - CTO, Cable & Wireless (Seychelles)
Themba Phiri - Executive Head: Regulatory, Cell C
Danson Njue - Senior Research Analyst, Omdia
Akinwale Goodluck - Head of Africa, GSMA
Dr. Ing. Kenneth Ashigbey - Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications
Eva Andren - VP and Head of Managed Services, Market Area Middle East and Africa, Ericsson
13:05 - 14:00
Break
14:00 - 14:20
Private Networks in Manufacturing Interview: Ford’s Experiences with Private Networks

In this session Tony Sceales will interview Chris White from Ford to deep-dive into Ford’s private network journey.

Chris White - Electrification Manager - Europe, Ford
Tony Sceales - Head of Programme Development for the 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme, DCMS (UK Department for Culture, Ministry and Sports)
14:20 - 14:50
Panel Discussion: Debating the Viability and Opportunity for Private Networks in Africa
  • Should enterprises be allocated spectrum resources?
  • What role will service providers play in private 5G networks
  • Business models for private networks
  • Understanding the verticals’ pain points
  • How should a telco be structured to be positioned as the private networks’ success partner?
  • Security considerations and benefits for private networks
Pablo Tomasi - Principal Analyst, Omdia
Paul Hjul - Managing Executive, Hjul Consulting
Alexey Vedin - Director, Nexign
14:50 - 15:10
5G and Edge Unlocking New Possibilities
  • Integrating machine learning modes to edge devices
  • Getting faster access to data and insights
  • Public Cloud to provide more services on the edge infrastructure
  • Building container ready edge locations
  • Making AI-based workloads accessible to the edge
  • Driving profits from edge – for telcos and app developers
  • The changing role of data centres in an edge computing world
15:10 - 15:20
5G Africa Speaker Q&A Session
Danson Njue - Senior Research Analyst, Omdia
Alexey Vedin - Director, Nexign
Paul Hjul - Managing Executive, Hjul Consulting
16:00 - 17:00
Roundtable Discussions on Mobile Edge Computing and 5G Cost Management

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 Kasia.Berlinska@informa.com. The roundtables are limited to 8 attendees each and slots are allocated on a first come basis.

Roundtable 1: Cost management for 5G

Chris Nicoll, Senior Principal Analyst, Omdia

Roundtable 2: The mobile edge computing in Africa

Moderated by: Paul Hjul, Managing Executive, Hjul Consulting

Paul Hjul - Managing Executive, Hjul Consulting
Chris Nicoll - Senior Principal Analyst, Omdia
AfricaCom - Telecom Infra Project
11:35 - 11:55
Telecom Infra Project: Breaking The Mould! - Going Open

Telecom Infra Project (TIP) will play a vital role in addressing the specific challenges and opportunities for connectivity in Africa by transforming how networks are designed, built, and deployed through open and disaggregated TIP Technology. Join TIP at AfricaCom 2020 to hear from community members in the region on updates of commercial progress and opportunities for the future.

In this session, speakers discuss the Telecom Industry landscape in Africa focused on OpenRAN and 5G, motivations for being a TIP Member, latest projects and achievements and their view for the opportunities of this technology in the region.

Mark Walker - Associate Vice President, IDC
Pieter van der Westhuizen - Group Technology Executive, MTN
Razvan Ungureanu - Chief Technology Officer, Airtel Africa
11:55 - 12:15
Telecom Infra Project: Setting The Pace Towards Open and Disaggregated Transport Networks

Telecom Infra Project (TIP) will play a vital role in addressing the specific challenges and opportunities for connectivity in Africa by transforming how networks are designed, built, and deployed through open and disaggregated TIP Technology. Join TIP at AfricaCom 2020 to hear from community members in the region on updates of commercial progress and opportunities for the future.

Open Optical Packet Transport (OOPT) is becoming a hot topic globally. This session will bring the operators perspectives of opportunities for OOPT in Africa for the next years to come and how TIP can help address the main challenges and foster innovation for these opportunities.

Sterling Perrin - Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
Hussain Nabee - Technology Executive, Vodacom
Abdou Dia - CEO, VTS
12:15 - 12:35
Telecom Infra Project: OpenWi-Fi - Filling The Connectivity Gaps

Telecom Infra Project (TIP) will play a vital role in addressing the specific challenges and opportunities for connectivity in Africa by transforming how networks are designed, built, and deployed through open and disaggregated TIP Technology. Join TIP at AfricaCom 2020 to hear from community members in the region on updates of commercial progress and opportunities for the future.

Wi-Fi plays an important role in the service basket of operators. With the change in how people connect to work, learn and play, operators are having to find supplementary connectivity methods, such as Wi-Fi, to fill the connectivity gaps. In this session, operators will not only share their view on furthering connectivity offerings with Wi-Fi, but more importantly how OpenWi-Fi can address these specific opportunities. Learn how the TIP community is coming together and working towards advancing this technology.

Philipp Zindler - Director: Africa, Deloitte
Leanne Da Cerca - Senior Manager - Group Enterprise Unit, MTN
Khetan Gajjar - Executive Head: Fixed & Mobile (Technical & Commercial) Lead, Vodacom
AfricaCom - Huawei Forums
10:30 - 11:30
Home Broadband Forum

Accelerating FTTx with ‘Plan, Deploy, Operate, Install and Maintain’ solutions

11:30 - 12:30
Cloud & AI Forum

Huawei CLOUD, empowering industry digital transformation

14:00 - 15:00
Digital Transformation Forum

Boosting user experience and improving operation efficiency with digital tools

AfricaTech - Future of Work Africa
14:00 - 14:05
Chair’s Opening Remarks
Femi Longe - Co-Founder & CEO, Qiesto Learning
14:05 - 14:25
Interoperable, integral and secure: Navigating the adoption of cloud-based communication platforms in a dynamic new reality
  • Navigate UX-pain points of employee interaction especially for remote workers
  • How to secure end-to-end user platforms particularly with connected home devices
  • Protecting your digital workforce and data
  • Adapting your business solutions to be fully functional digitally and for a new digital consumer
Darryn O'Brien - Cybersecurity Lead, South Africa, Microsoft
14:25 - 14:45
Fireside chat: Is office design still fit for purpose?

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a step-change in how and where people do their jobs. With governments and companies around the world easing lockdowns, minimising virus transmission at work is now at the top of many organisations’ agendas.

  • Office design for decades has included open-plan working. But could Covid-19 reverse this mega-trend, leading to a closed-plan future?
  • Working from home will continue, but office life - in some form - will, too. How do we adapt workplaces to meet dynamic culture of work?
  • How can technology play its part in reducing transmission in workplaces?
  • A happier and healthier workforce: simple steps for employers to look after the wellbeing of their staff
  • What shifts will we see in urban planning – the (now proven) reliance on tech may negate the need for large educational institutes, workplaces etc.
Femi Longe - Co-Founder & CEO, Qiesto Learning
Mathieu Proust - General Manager, UK, Ireland and Emerging Markets, WeWork
14:45 - 15:25
Panel Discussion: Preparing Africa for the Workplace of the Future

Education and work in Sub-Saharan Africa will determine the livelihoods of nearly a billion people in the region and drive growth and development for generations to come. As one of the youngest populations in the world, it is imperative that adequate investments are made in education and learning to prepare its citizens for the world of tomorrow.

  • In light of the likely disruption to jobs and skills brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), what African countries should do to provide productive jobs for their large and fast-growing youth population?
  • What are the jobs that are likely to be available or the jobs that African countries should target in the future (i.e. by 2030)?
  • What growth strategies should African countries adopt to pursue these jobs opportunities?
  • What changes should African countries make to their education systems to prepare graduates to successfully take advantage of the productive opportunities, including informal sector and agriculture, in the face of the evolving landscape?
Femi Longe - Co-Founder & CEO, Qiesto Learning
Professor Tawana Kupe - Vice-Chancellor, University of Pretoria
Dorothy Tunde-Ajala - CEO & Lead Consultant, Accelerate Leadership Ltd
Alex Tsado - Co-Founder, Alliance for AI
Rudolph Ampofo - Senior Regional Partnerships Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa, Wikimedia Foundation
AfricaTech - AfricaTech Centre Stage
11:30 - 11:35
Free
Chair’s intro: Mapping enterprise transformation to 2030
Toby Shapshack - Editor-in-Chief, Stuff
11:35 - 11:55
Free
Powering business applications with IBM Cloud

Companies need to accelerate their digital readiness to adapt to changing consumer behavior and market conditions. That’s only possible if they effectively modernize their applications to unlock the value of on-prem applications to increase resiliency and maximize ROI, as well as build new cloud native applications to respond to market and customer demands. In this session, you'll learn how IBM with Red Hat can work with you to assess your application estate and determine the best course for optimizing and modernizing your application portfolio with a proven, open approach—while ensuring business continuity.

Onur Bucukoglu - Director, IBM Cloud & Data Platform, Middle East & Africa, IBM
11:55 - 12:15
Free
Data-driven decision making in an era of technology disruption
Toyosi Odukoya - Head of Digital Transformation, West Africa, The Coca-Cola Company
12:15 - 13:00
Free
Resilience, leadership and tech investment in the COVID-19 era
Bob Skinstad - Former Springbok Captain and World Cup Winner, Partner, Draper|Gain Investments, Knife Capital
Toby Shapshack - Editor-in-Chief, Stuff
13:00 - 13:40
Free
Seeing around corners: Positioning your business for future waves of technology disruption
  • Emerging technologies that should already be on your radar
  • Emerging technologies that should be on your radar, but probably aren’t yet
  • How far can businesses prepare for the unexpected?
  • Aligning vision and strategy with technology investments
  • Leveraging data to drive growth
  • Disruptive technology trends: in 2 years, in 5 years, in 10 years
Herman Singh - CEO, Future Advisory
Toyosi Odukoya - Head of Digital Transformation, West Africa, The Coca-Cola Company
Thabo Mashegoane - President, IITPSA
Nenzeni Babs Duma - WesBank CIO at FirstRand, WesBank
Asif Valley - National Technology Officer, Microsoft
13:40 - 14:00
Free
Networking Break
14:00 - 14:20
Free
Accelerated transformation: How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the CIO role?
Nenzeni Babs Duma - WesBank CIO at FirstRand, WesBank
14:20 - 14:40
Free
Building trust in Africa’s rapidly expanding digital economy
Charl van der Walt - Head of Security Research, Orange Cyberdefense
14:40 - 15:20
Free
Exploring the future of cyber risk in an increasingly connected world
  • How is cyber risk evolving in an age defined by data and connectivity?
  • Which industries are most at risk?
  • Identifying new weak links and blind spots
  • Countering the threat: technologies, processes and people
  • How are emerging technologies being deployed against cyber-crime?
Maxine Holt - Senior Research Director, Omdia
Joylynn Kirui - Principal Cyber Security Assurance Officer, Safaricom
Charl van der Walt - Head of Security Research, Orange Cyberdefense
Ritasha Kalidas - Director: IT Security, Risk and Governance, Tiger Brands
Daniel O. Adaramola - Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Unity Bank Plc, Nigeria
Thelma Kganakga - CISO, MTN South Africa
AfricaTech - Artificial Intelligence Africa
11:35 - 11:55
Using AI-enabled cyber smart security to protect your business
11:55 - 12:15
Prioritising healthcare in Africa’s AI journey
  • Building the case for widespread implementation of AI across the continent to improve personalised healthcare and product development
  • Exploring the impact of AI integration on telemedicine, accessible medical records and diagnostics, patient risk modelling, and condition monitoring
  • Understanding the value of AI-enabled transmission modelling in disease outbreaks 
Darlington Akogo - Founder, Executive Director, IT & WHO Focus Group on AI for Health, karaAgro AI, minoHealth AI Labs
12:15 - 12:45
Fireside chat: Smart Agriculture: can AI power a new agricultural revolution?
  • Exploring how AI, advanced algorithms and machine learning are driving intelligent, more efficient production systems across livestock and arable farming
  • Innovative solutions that enhance resilience, value chain efficiency and distribution to address the sustainability challenge
  • Putting usable, aggregated data in the hands of farmers
Aditya Kaul - Research Director, AI & Intelligent Automation, Omdia
Abdoulaye Baniré Diallo - Professor and Director of Bioinformatics Lab UQAM; Co-founder & Chief Scientific Officer, My Intelligent Machines
Asif Valley - National Technology Officer, Microsoft
12:45 - 13:30
NETWORKING LUNCH
13:30 - 14:10
Panel: Addressing hurdles to AI adoption in Africa
  • Exploring issues and objections to AI adoption and implementation across the African continent
  • Understanding structural challenges such as basic and digital infrastructure deficiencies, and meeting the skills gap to equip Africa for the AI revolution
  • Redressing inflexible, outdated regulatory frameworks to drive investment and research
Dr Jacques Ludik - Founder, CEO & Executive Chairman, Cortex Group; Founder & President, Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa
Otilia Phiri - Lead Attorney, Emerging Markets, Middle East & Africa, Microsoft
Aretha Mare - Policy & Ethics Chair, Alliance for Africa's Intelligence
14:10 - 15:10
Question Time: ‘Seizing the vision of an AI-enabled Africa’
  • The need for Pan-African and global AI stakeholder networks to collaborate and drive technological progress and AI uptake
  • The critical need for pragmatic policy and regulation to govern African AI
  • Objections to AI – practical risks of AI, automation & job loss, expense, applicability
15:10 - 15:15
Chair's Closing Remarks
AfricaTech - Fintech Africa
11:35 - 12:05
Fintech as the digital transformation accelerator
  • Focusing on new market segments and innovating to recover
  • Launching new products and services
  • Building additional capacity for innovation, automation, efficiency and scalability
  • Partnering with incumbents
Daniel Guasco - CEO, Click2Sure
Emma Wade-Smith - Her Majesty's TRade Commissioner for Africa, Department for International Trade
Mark Young - CEO, Get Bucks South AFrica
Edmund Higenbottam - Managing Director, Verdant Capital
Ian Merrington - CEO, Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative
12:05 - 12:25
Unwrapping the African Agritech product suite
Hillary Miller-Wise - Africa Regional Director, Bolt Food
12:25 - 12:45
From medical app to healthcare platform: unlocking value in the African pharmaceutical and healthcare ecosystem

Health-app commercial models in Africa

Balancing impact and revenue in healthcare

Yaseen Khan - CEO and Co Founder, Emerging Medical Guidance
14:05 - 14:45
Inside the fintech investor's mind
  • Which start-ups tick what boxes?
  • Why do some start-ups attract big investors?
  • Insights from an investor
Clive Butkow - CEO, Kalon Venture Partners
Haakon Brunell - Co Founder and Managing Partner, Katapult Accelerator
Philip Kiracofe - CEO and Co Founder, Startupbootcamp
14:45 - 15:25
Choosing the UK as a partner for Africa tech firms with global growth ambitions
AfricaTech - accelerateHER Africa
09:45 - 10:25
Widening Access to Technology for More Women in Africa
Baratang Miya - Founder and CEO, GirlHype
11:30 - 12:00
Accelerating Digital Skills Development for Girls & Women
12:00 - 12:30
Undoing the Digital Gender Divide

We explore how innovation in the digital economy is enabling more capital to be placed in the hands of women. In turn empowering greater numbers of women to bridge the digital divide and step into leadership positions. Crucially, we’ll also pinpoint what we must do next to ensure we do not lose momentum in the march towards gender parity as we grapple with a global pandemic

12:30 - 13:00
A Gender Lens on FinTech

Fintech is often described as the defining sector of the tech ecosystem across Africa.

In this session we find out why, delving into its transformative affect as told by the women leaders driving greater innovation and financial inclusion at the very forefront of the industry.

Lebo Mokgabudi - Country Manager, Catalyst Fund
Yolanda Cuba - Founder & CEO, EAGLEQUEST AFRICA
Bilha Ndirangu - CEO, Africa's Talking
13:00 - 13:30
Investing to Drive Systemic Change

Where is investment into Africa coming from right now and how are market dynamics shifting? We found out and delve into how African women founders can access global markets to hyper-grow and benefit. From inclusive fintech to social innovation and clean-tech, we’ll also look at the types of tech start-ups investors are most excited about backing to re-build and define our new normal.

Baratang Miya - Founder and CEO, GirlHype
Andia Chakava - Investment Director, Graca Machel Trust
Stacey Brewer - Co-Founder & CEO, SPARK Schools
14:00 - 14:25
Surviving & Thriving in Uncertain Times

What are the essential characteristics we need to lead in 2020? In this session we explore tangible take-aways for surviving and thriving in uncertain times.

14:25 - 14:45
Mental Health and Microsteps

In an exclusive fire-side chat, Reeva Misra speaks to Arianna Huffington about maintaining balance in times of turmoil. Hear insights from Arianna on social connection, mental health, wellbeing and effective leadership as we collectively define the new normal.

14:45 - 15:15
Driving Entrepreneurship Among More Women

We’re bringing together two leaders passionate about women entrepreneurship for an unmissable discussion delving into how we can encourage more women into tech and business to build a future full of innovative solutions.

18:00 - 00:00
The Inspiring 50 Award Ceremony

Join us as we bring together 50 of South Africa’s most inspiring women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) leadership roles for an evening of entertainment, celebration and high-quality curated networking.

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