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Ellie Hagopian
Principle at Nomosphere South Africa


Ellie holds a number of positions across both the public and private sector, with a focus on telecommunications and commercialisation of new technologies. These include looking after technology solution design for Connect Earth, strategic advisor for connectivity and digital for GreenWish Partners, and as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The former head of Wi-Fi Strategy for Liquid Telecom Group and Chairperson of the Wireless Access Providers’ Association of South Africa (WAPA), Ellie also has strong credentials in strategy and policy as it applies to industry development.

Her specific areas of interest and expertise are identifying new ideas and the commercial modelling and technical assessment required to deliver on those ideas. She holds an MBA from Babson College (ranked number one in the USA for entrepreneurship for 25 consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report).

Agenda Sessions

  • Panel: How will emerging technology transform traditional telco business models?

  • Connectivity Showdown: 5G or FTTH?

  • Financing: Panel Discussion - Enabling economic development through high-speed rural connectivity