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Africa Tech Festival 2022 - The Home of AfricaCom
Core Agenda & Exhibition: 14-16 Nov
Partner Programmes & Digital Content: 14 - 16 NovCape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town

Chris Fabian
Co-founder & Co-Lead at Giga - UNICEF

Profile

Chris is a technology executive who co-founded and currently leads Giga. Giga is a partnership between UNICEF and ITU that aims to connect every school in the world to the internet. His career has focused on how the intersection between new technology and global policy can solve the world’s most pressing problems and advance humanity. He has advised two UN Secretary-Generals on new technologies, founded and scaled UNICEF’s Innovation Unit, and worked with Heads of State and CEOs to invest in responsible, forward-looking technologies.

Chris has built, invested in and mentored technology companies, from startup through multiple financing rounds and exits. He has led teams that developed some of the largest implementations of open-source mobile phone applications in the world, the first public-sector drone/UAV corridors, the first crypto-currency-denominated fund in the public sector, and the Digital Public Goods Alliance with the Government of Norway.

He is a Commissioner for the Lancet-Financial Times, an Honorary Scholar at the Chinese Central Academy of Fine Arts, a Board Member of the European Parliaments STOA Centre for Artificial Intelligence, and was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the “World’s 100 Most Influential People” in 2013.