Join us on 26 January 2017 at Mettā in Nairobi, Kenya. We will be in discussion with some of the continent's top technology and communications industry leaders and professionals on the insights and trends they have observed during 2016 and what we can expect in 2017.
Some of Afrika's technology and communications industry leaders and professionals will be joining us as they revisit last year's technology, communications, digital and innovation trends in Afrika.
Date: 26 January 2017, 08h30 to 15h30 (GMT+1)
Address: Mettā Nairobi, 14 Riverside Drive, Nairobi, Kenya 🇰🇪
Note: Attendance to the event is by Invite Only and limited tickets are available.
Kick off 2017 with some insights and spend your day with us, away from your desk, to review 2016's technology, digital innovation, and developments in Afrika.
The discussions will be led by some of Afrika's trailblazing industry experts who are in the trenches, doing work in the technology and communications industries.
Our sponsors for the Annual Tech Round-Up 2017.
Convergence Partners, founded in 2006, is an investment management firm focused on the TMT sector in Africa. Convergence Partners has a proven track record of developing new investment opportunities as well as actively adding value to investments across the life cycle of ICT assets. As impact investors, Convergence Partners brings its skills, experience and capital to accelerate communications access and ICT infrastructure development on the Continent, focusing on initiatives that increase availability of communications, broadband services and new technology offerings to the people of Africa.
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Industry Experts will be sharing their opinions and experience in their different fields. The floor will also be open for Q&A.
8:30am to 9:00 - Registration & Coffee
9:00am to 9:10am - Welcome | Brenda Wambui (Otherwise? Podcast & Brainstorm) & Tefo Mohapi (iAfrikan)
9:10am to 9:30am - Keynote Address | Envir Fraser (Convergence Partners)
9:35am to 10:20am - ICT Policy & Governance Panel Discussion | Ezekiel Mutua (Kenya Film Classification Board), Nanjira Sambuli (The Web Foundation), Envir Fraser (Convergence Partners) & Dr. Katherine Getao (Ministry of Information Communication and Technology)
10:20am to 10:30am - BREAK
10:30am to 11:15am - Use Of Technology In Education Panel Discussion | Dr. Chao Mbogho (Kenya Methodist University), Amadou Daffe (Gebeya) & Bunmi Akinyemiju (Venture Garden Group Nigeria)
11:15am to 11:25pm - BREAK
11:25am to 12:10pm - Starting Up In Afrika | Aaron Fu (Nest), Asha Mweru (Sinapis) & Phares Kariuki (Node Africa)
12:30pm to 1:30pm - LUNCH
1:30pm to 2:15pm - "Connecting One Billion Afrikans To The Internet" Panel Discussion | Sam Chappatte (Jumia), Nanjira Sambuli (The Web Foundation), Envir Fraser (Convergence Partners)
2:15pm to 2:30pm - BREAK
2:30pm to 3:15pm - "Looking At The Year Ahead" Panel Discussion | Martin Gicheru (TechWeez), Nzilani Mweu (Kiptinness & Odhiambo Associates) & Eric Mugendi (iAfrikan)
3:15pm to 3:30pm - Closing Remarks
3:30pm to 6:00pm - Networking, Drinks & Snacks
Speakers & Panelists
We have some experienced and esteemed speakers / panelists for the event.
CEO and Co-founder
Brenda Wambui is a young Kenyan interested in the intersections of technology and media, feminism and identity. She has chosen digital media as her tool for change. She works as a digital media consultant and researcher, and is the co-founder of Brainstorm Africa, and the host of the Otherwise? Podcast. Brainstorm Africa is an online media organization whose mission is to address the need for critical thought in Kenya, and the rest of Africa. Otherwise? is a weekly podcast explaining the Kenya's "big topic" of the week, and its impact, as chosen by the audience. Brenda is also an Acumen Fellow, and an advisor at FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund.
Kenya Film Classification Board
Mr. Ezekiel Mutua is a consummate career media practitioner, with immense passion for communication and opinion driving in both private and public sector. In the course of his career, he has risen through the ranks, from a trainee reporter (1994) to a sub-editor (1998) at the Nation Media Group, to become the Secretary General of Kenya Union of Journalists (2001-2007), Director of Information & Public Communications (2007-2011), Information Secretary (2011-2015), and currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB).
Digital Equality Advocacy Manager
World Wide Web Foundation
Nanjira leads the Web Foundation’s advocacy efforts to promote digital equality in access to and use of the Web. A Nairobi-based researcher and analyst, Nanjira brings broad expertise as an advocate and consultant working at the intersection of governance, media, culture and society. Immediately prior to joining the Web Foundation, Nanjira was Research Lead at the iHub in Nairobi, where she helped shape governance and tech research, and provided strategic guidance for the growth of technology research in East Africa.
Chief Strategy Officer & Principal
Envir is the Principal at Convergence Partners with a primary focus on portfolio company management. He also oversees the research, regulatory, policy and strategic business development functions. He serves on the boards of certain of Convergence Partners investee companies. Prior to joining Convergence Partners, Envir was the research development and funding manager of the Meraka Institute.
Dr. Katherine Getao
Ministry of Information Communication and Technology
Dr. Katherine Wanjiru Getao, EBS - ICT Secretary, Ministry of Information Communication and Technology Dr. Getao serves the Government of Kenya as the strategic head of ICT in Kenya. In 2014 and 2015 she was an active member of the UN Group of Governmental Experts in the field of security in the context of information and communication technology. In December 2011 she was awarded the Elder of the Burning Spear by the President of Kenya for her services to the nation. In her spare time she enjoys learning, writing and mentoring young people.
Dr. Chao Mbogho
Researcher, Mentor and Lecturer
Kenya Methodist University
Dr. Chao is a Researcher and Lecturer in the department of Computer Science at Kenya Methodist University. She holds an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Oxford and a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Kenya Methodist University. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town in 2015. Her research focuses on supporting learners from resource-constrained environments to learn programming on their mobile phones. Dr. Chao was one of the winners of the 2014 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship (EMEA), and she is also a recipient of the 2015 Schlumberger Faculty for the Future award. She actively participates in mentorship initiatives for students, currently running a 6-month all-gender mentorship program for undergraduate students of Computer Science.
CEO & Co-founder
Amadou Daffe is the Co Founder and CEO of Gebeya. He is also the Co Founder and Chairman of Coders4Africa. Amadou is a proud alumnus of Drexel University and Temple University, and has over 15 years of experience in software engineering. Gebeya is addressing the IT skill gap in Africa by taking IT practitioners through an advanced 6-month training program, and its online developer workplace offers access to highly skilled, certified and multi-lingual IT professionals to African and multi-national businesses at the click of a button. Amadou is passionate about getting the African continent involved in the global IT economy.
Higher Education Investor & Founder
Beni American University & EduTech
Gossy is a Higher Education Investor, supporting access to Learning and Education for young people in underserved communities. He has worked to develop policies for African governments to boost access, quality and relevance of learning in higher education institutions. He has invested extensively in higher education in Africa, guided by the principle of transforming learning and institutions that will grow future leaders of the continent. In January 2017, he was appointed President of EduTech Nigeria, a Nigerian Technology Company focused on helping African traditional universities take their on-campus degree programs online.
Managing Partner (Africa)
Aaron has more than 10 years of experience in financial services and technology across Europe, Asia and Africa with Standard Chartered and Société Générale. He has led global, regional and local product and service launches, large-scale change projects and sustainable community impact initiatives. Aaron has also co-founded, invested in and advised businesses spanning various industries.
Regional Expansion Manager
Asha has focused on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial ventures in Africa from co-founding and running her own technology company to implementing and executing strategies for startups, SMEs and entrepreneurial support providers. Sinapis is a social enterprise solving the lack of adequate world class and affordable entrepreneurial business training in developing countries for entrepreneurs.
Phares is the CEO of Node Africa Limited, a data management company that leverages cloud infrastructure go give bespoke solutions to Kenyan enterprises and SMEs. Node Africa is a leading player in the space implementing bleeding edge technology that's already gathered the company industry recognition. Phares was previously Founder & CEO at Angani, Project Manager at the African Media Initiative, EA Product Manager for VMware at Westcon Africa. He has over 10 years experience in the cloud and enterprise technology space in Kenya and Africa as a whole. He also has an interest in technology, media, economics and finance.
Martin Mumo is the Head of IT at online retailer Jumia Kenya, which is part of the Africa Internet Group. Prior to joining Jumia Kenya in 2014, he worked in Australia for 7 years, where he amassed a vast amount of IT experience. He is also a member of the Australian Computer Society,
He graduated from Africa Nazarene University with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and also graduated from Deakin University, Australia, with a Masters in Information Technology.
Internet Policy Researcher
Liz is an Internet policy researcher at KICTANet. KICTANet is a multi-stakeholder platform for organizations and individuals interested in ICT policy. She also does advocacy and capacity building on Internet Governance and Internet freedoms. She has been involved in the DNS policy development processes at ICANN, serving as NextGen ambassador at ICANN 57 and AFRALO. She is also an ICANN 58 fellow.
Martin is the Founder and Editor of the number one Gadgets and mobile tech blog in Africa, Techweez, a blog with keen interest on consumer technologies and mobile ecosystems. Martin writes opinions, news and reviews on mobile and mobility trends, Internet Business, consumer and enterprise technologies.
Kiptinness & Odhiambo Associates
Nzilani is currently a Senior Associate in Technology, Media and Telecommunication (TMT) and Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice areas at Kiptinness & Odhiambo Associates. She has extensive experience and expertise in both areas of practice. Nzilani has been involved in the advisory of major transactions and consultancies for reputable corporations and state corporations. Some of the major companies she has acted for and advised include global telecommunication companies and mobile telecommunication companies state corporations and internet service providers among others.
Eric is the editor-at-large at iAfrikan. Coming from an Environmental Studies background, he has an interest in tech journalism, and the intersection between technology and everyday life. He has written for The EastAfrican, TechCabal and a host of other publications, and is a Bloomberg Media Initiative for Africa alumnus.
Note: Attendance to the event is by Invite Only and limited tickets are available.