AI-driving digital divides and the future of African economies


Many countries are developing AI strategies to bridge digital divides and to remain competitive in the global economy. This webinar will explore Africa’s varying AI strategies as well as their impact on the continent’s economic growth. Our panelists will provide regional success stories that explain the opportunities and challenges in deploying these strategies, with discussions on what their impact will be on the future of AI in Africa.

Conveners: AI Media Group, Alliance4ai

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

  • STELLA TEMBISA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS
    STELLA TEMBISA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS
    Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies
    Republic of South Africa
    Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams is the Minister of Department of Communications and Digital Technologies in the Republic of South Africa. The Minister is well versed on digital transformation issues, understanding that to drive the country’s Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) response; partnerships, skills development and capacity building for the youth, entrepreneurs, government employees and citizens must be at the helm of all interventions. Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams is a digital transformation champion, having served eight years in the ICT industry as a member of the executive. Her academic qualifications include, amongst others, a CTO Diploma in Telecommunications and Management Systems and Project Management Diploma.
  • ALEX TSADO
    ALEX TSADO
    Co-founder & Board Chair
    Alliance4ai
    Alex Tsado is passionate about technology, business, and expanding access to the next billion. Beyond leading go-to-market for Nvidia's fastest-growing business channel, cloud AI computing, he founded Alliance for Africa's Intelligence to ensure African innovations get the chance to change millions of lives, and the continent is never again left behind during industrial revolutions. He spends his time wearing multiple hats to drive change in organizations as small as groups in the grassroots, to engaging with country leaders to drive national and continental transformation. He has spoken at the UN, top business school programs, multiple podcasts and National AI workshops to inform and evangelize about a future that can ensue when disruptive technologies are used to expand access to improved living in frontier markets. Find more at www.alextsado.com
  • MMANTSETSA MAROPE
    MMANTSETSA MAROPE
    Director
    UNESCO-IBE
    Dr. Mmantsetsa Marope is the Director of UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education (IBE) in Geneva, Switzerland. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Chicago, a MA in Education from Pennsylvania State University, and a BA from the University of Botswana and Swaziland. Her professional career includes: 11 years university professorship; 10 years at the World Bank; 11 years in the United Nations; extensive advisory and consultancy services for governments, regional economic communities, regional research networks, ministries of education, bilateral and multilateral agencies; managing international research capacity development networks; and the civil service. In recent years, she gained eminence as a global thought leader on the future of education and learning; the future of education and jobs; and future competences all global citizens require to thrive in rapidly changing 21st century work and life contexts. She is an avid advocate for closer engagement with the private sector, especially the technology sector, and the science sector in shaping the future of education, and in shaping the future through education. She continues to lead global intellectual dialogue on ensuring that education and learning systems attain and sustain credible scientific underpinning, future development-relevance; agility to adapt; equitable quality; resource efficiency; technology-savvy; and sustainability. She strongly holds that these parameters of education and learning systems are an inescapable foundation for broad-based and future-responsive human resources development, and for the long-term human capital accumulation required to assure every global citizen holistic development, and ultimately, fulfillment. Dr. Marope calls for stronger private sector engagement in the transformation of education and learning systems into life-long-learning systems in their own right before they can be counted on to develop effective life-long-learners who are ready for unpredictable futures. She holds that such transformation demands 21st century education and learning systems to have capacity for: better use of science, technology, and big data to guide their futures; rigorous systemic diagnostics; research; foresight; and constant self-renewal. The transformation also demands normative and operational tools, as well as enabling institutional landscapes than currently exist. Dr. Marope works relentlessly to develop normative and operational tools required to support the transitioning of education and learning systems into the 21st century. These include systemic diagnostic tools, system prototypes, new global norms and standards, and futuristic models. In future, she seeks to intensify engagement with the private sector, and foundations in convening and mobilizing global talent and intellectual pool; as well as the political, technical, technological, moral, ethical, and financial capital required to create institutions that can enable future transformation of education and learning systems. Throughout her career, Dr. Marope has built extensive experience at all levels and types of education, learning, and training systems. She is also highly experienced in the knowledge creation, brokerage and management required to underpin system transformation. Her publications cover a wide range of areas including: global norms and standard setting tools; system diagnostic tools; system prototypes; all sub-sectors of education, learning, and training systems; future global competences; education and development; capacity development; and award winning Setswana novels.
  • JOHN KAMARA
    JOHN KAMARA
    Director
    Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA)
    He is a Tech Entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience working in new market acquisitions across various technology verticals in Europe, America, Asia and Africa. John is one of Africa’s leading experts on how businesses can leverage key technology trends, transform organizations and drive competitive advantage for impact in industries including finance, agriculture, health, education, gaming and startup enterprises. He is a Pan African renowned business leader, entrepreneur, investor, consultant, mentor and public speaker holding multiple roles including Founder Adalabs Kenya – AI and smart tech lab accelerating and training entrepreneurs and developers in east Africa and Founder Afyarekod – AI led consumer driven medical record storage platform for consumers.
  • CELINA LEE
    CELINA LEE
    Co-Founder & CEO
    Zindi Africa
    Celina is the CEO and co-founder of Zindi. She has a passion for unleashing the power of data for social good. Celina has a proven track record of thought leadership in the intersect between data and development and has played central roles in the launches of global platforms including the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (www.afi-global.org), insight2impact (www.i2ifacility.org), and now Zindi (www.zindi.africa). Celina's work has expansively bridged across the private and public sectors and across various development areas including financial inclusion, micro and small enterprise development, market system development, gender, climate change, and public health. She has lived and worked in countries throughout Asia, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • BRYAN TALEBI
    BRYAN TALEBI
    CEO and Co-founder
    Ahura AI
    Bryan was born in a tiny village with no running water and no electricity, in the southeastern desert of Iran. He began his career working as an Aerospace Engineer at NASA at the age of 16.Subsequently, he started his first company while in college, and sold his second company in his late twenties. More recently, Bryan was a manager at ZocDoc and helped that organization achieve unicorn status. He then worked at a series of early stage technology companies as an executive, and enabled those companies to achieve profitability or exits.Currently, Bryan runs Ahura AI, an artificial intelligence and biometric data company that has created technology that enables people to learn 3x-5x faster than traditional education. They have a partnership with Harvard and have enterprise clients, including Apple.For every license they sell to corporates, Ahura AI provides free licenses to members of underserved communities globally: people in Africa, women in slums in India, women in favelas in Brazil, and people in refugee camps in Syria, Turkey, and Norway.Bryan also runs two non-profits and an AI Venture Studio.
  • TOYOSI AKERELE-OGUNSIJI
    TOYOSI AKERELE-OGUNSIJI
    Data Science & Artificial Intelligence Leader, Social Entrepreneur and Policy Advisor
    EdTech & Human Capital Development
    Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, named by Forbes as one of the 20 most Powerful Young Women in Africa is a Data Science & Artificial Intelligence Leader, Social Entrepreneur & Policy Advisor in EdTech & Human Capital Development. She is the Founder / CEO of RISE NETWORKS, Nigeria’s leading Social Enterprise whose mandate focuses on using Tech Innovation to create advocacy, skills empowerment and learning opportunities for the inclusive growth of Youth with the core objective of preparing them for effective Value Based Leadership at all levels in the Public, Private and Social Sectors.
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Hourly Schedule

16:00 - 16:10
Introduction
Speaker:
JOHN KAMARA
16:10 - 16:25
Keynote
Speaker:
STELLA TEMBISA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS
16:25 - 16:40
Keynote
Evolving Role of Africa's innovations in meeting the UN SDGs
Speaker:
ALEX TSADO
16:40 - 16:55
Keynote
Future of AI in education in Africa with a focus on young working population
Speaker:
MMANTSETSA MAROPE
16:55 - 17:30
Panel discussion and Q&A
Speakers:
ALEX TSADO , JOHN KAMARA , CELINA LEE , BRYAN TALEBI , TOYOSI AKERELE-OGUNSIJI
JOHN KAMARA
JOHN KAMARA
Director
Many countries are developing AI strategies to bridge digital divides and to remain competitive in the global economy. This webinar will explore Africa's varying AI strategies as well as their impact on the continent's economic growth. Our panelists will provide regional success stories that explain the opportunities and challenges in deploying these strategies, with discussions on what their impact will be on the future of AI in Africa. Conveners: AI Media Group, Alliance4ai
STELLA TEMBISA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS
STELLA TEMBISA NDABENI-ABRAHAMS
Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies
Many countries are developing AI strategies to bridge digital divides and to remain competitive in the global economy. This webinar will explore Africa's varying AI strategies as well as their impact on the continent's economic growth. Our panelists will provide regional success stories that explain the opportunities and challenges in deploying these strategies, with discussions on what their impact will be on the future of AI in Africa. Conveners: AI Media Group, Alliance4ai
ALEX TSADO
ALEX TSADO
Co-founder & Board Chair
Many countries are developing AI strategies to bridge digital divides and to remain competitive in the global economy. This webinar will explore Africa's varying AI strategies as well as their impact on the continent's economic growth. Our panelists will provide regional success stories that explain the opportunities and challenges in deploying these strategies, with discussions on what their impact will be on the future of AI in Africa. Conveners: AI Media Group, Alliance4ai
MMANTSETSA MAROPE
MMANTSETSA MAROPE
Director
Many countries are developing AI strategies to bridge digital divides and to remain competitive in the global economy. This webinar will explore Africa's varying AI strategies as well as their impact on the continent's economic growth. Our panelists will provide regional success stories that explain the opportunities and challenges in deploying these strategies, with discussions on what their impact will be on the future of AI in Africa. Conveners: AI Media Group, Alliance4ai
CELINA LEE
CELINA LEE
Co-Founder & CEO
Many countries are developing AI strategies to bridge digital divides and to remain competitive in the global economy. This webinar will explore Africa's varying AI strategies as well as their impact on the continent's economic growth. Our panelists will provide regional success stories that explain the opportunities and challenges in deploying these strategies, with discussions on what their impact will be on the future of AI in Africa. Conveners: AI Media Group, Alliance4ai
BRYAN TALEBI
BRYAN TALEBI
CEO and Co-founder
Many countries are developing AI strategies to bridge digital divides and to remain competitive in the global economy. This webinar will explore Africa's varying AI strategies as well as their impact on the continent's economic growth. Our panelists will provide regional success stories that explain the opportunities and challenges in deploying these strategies, with discussions on what their impact will be on the future of AI in Africa. Conveners: AI Media Group, Alliance4ai
TOYOSI AKERELE-OGUNSIJI
TOYOSI AKERELE-OGUNSIJI
Data Science & Artificial Intelligence Leader, Social Entrepreneur and Policy Advisor
Many countries are developing AI strategies to bridge digital divides and to remain competitive in the global economy. This webinar will explore Africa's varying AI strategies as well as their impact on the continent's economic growth. Our panelists will provide regional success stories that explain the opportunities and challenges in deploying these strategies, with discussions on what their impact will be on the future of AI in Africa. Conveners: AI Media Group, Alliance4ai
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Date

18 Jun 2020

Time

CEST, Geneva time
16:00 - 17:30
Sessions

Topics

Economy,
Education,
Inclusivity
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