AfriLabs Annual Gathering

Day 1: Wednesday 11th October 2023

7:30 - 8:50Registration
8:30 -8:55Cultural Performances
8.55-9:00Introductory Speech
Jennifer Okeke-Ojiudu
Ecosystem Engagement Manager
9:00- 9:05Poem

Oscar Nchaso
9:05 - 9:10Welcome Address by AfriLabs Board Chair

9:10 - 9:20

Welcome Address
9:20 - 9:30Anna Ekeledo, Executive Director AfriLabs

Welcome Keynote Address

Mr. Yves Iradukunda, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of ICT, Rwanda

9:30 - 9::55Fire side chat

Anna Ekeledo, Executive Director AfriLabs

Mr. Yves Iradukunda, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of ICT, Rwanda
9:55 - 10:05Special Address

Hon. Benjamin Kalu

Deputy Speaker House of Representatives, Nigeria
10:05 - 10:25Inspirational Talk

Kudzai Mubaiwa

Co-Founder and Strategy Lead, iZone Hub, Zimbabwe
10:25 - 10:30Energizer by the MCs
10:30 - 11:10Tea Break
11:10 - 17.45Track Break Outs


17:50 - 18:00

Closing Ceremony

20:00 - 23:00

African Met Gala


11:20 - 11:30Welcome by Track HostNanko Madu, Programmes Director, AfriLabs, Nigeria

Etta Ayuk, CEO, Mountain Hub, Cameroon
11::30 - 11:40Keynote Address 
11:40 - 11:55Presentation

Accelerating Africa's Green Innovation Ecosystem

Mr. Bankole Oloruntoba, NCIC - (Nigeria)
11:55 - 12:55Panel Session 1

Technology Innovations for Climate Resilience
Martin Karanja, Director, GSMA Innovation Fund, Kenya

Sieka Gatabaki, Program Director, Mercy Corps, Kenya

Etta Ayuk, CEO Mountain Hub, Cameroon (Moderator)

Mr. Bankole Oloruntoba, NCIC - Nigeria

Sonia Umulinga, CEO, Plasticraft Ltd, Rwanda
12:55 - 13:10PresentationIfeoma Malo, CEO, Clean Tech Hub, Nigeria
13:10 -14:10Panel Session 2

Climate Science to Action
Prof. Kabera Telesphori, Researcher, University of Rwanda

Prof. Damien Hanyurwimfura, Researcher, University of Rwanda

Dr. Emmanuel Ufutiyezu, Head of Master's programs and Teaching ACE-ESD, University of Rwanda

Gabriel Ekman, Co-founder at BAG Innovation, Rwanda (Moderator)

Dr. Ignace Gatare, Principal of College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda
14:10 -15:40Lunch break 
15:50 - 16:00EnergizerTrack Host
16:00 - 17:00Panel Session 3

Building a Thriving Green Innovation Ecosystem in Africa
Felix Mwaki, Director, Enterprise support and investment (KCIC), Kenya

Ifeoma Malo, CEO, Clean Tech Hub, Nigeria

Patrick Nussbaumer, Programme Officer, UNIDO, Austria

Eric Tambo, Associate Academic Officer at UNU-EHS, Germany

Tracy Okoro, Partner DigitA, Nigeria (Moderator)
 Back to Auditorium 
11:20 - 11:25Welcome by Track HostMoureen Mollel, Programme Coordinator, Westerwelle Startup Haus Arusha
11:25 - 11:30Special Address by RevUP 
11:30 -11:40Special AddressPrudence Ngwenya, Director, Women, Gender and Youth African Union, Ethiopia
11:40-12:05Fire-side chat on Gender and Inclusion

Accelerating Women in Leadership: Overcoming Barriers to Inclusion in Public and Private Sector
Jennifer Okeke-Ojiudu - Senior Ecosystem Engagements Manager, AfriLabs (Moderator)

Sonnia Agu, CEO, SA Consulting, Nigeria

Berna Rusagara, Executive Director, Women for Women, Rwanda
12:05 -12:10Launch of Working Mother's GuideJennifer Okeke-Ojiudu - Senior Ecosystem Events Manager, AfriLabs, Nigeria
12:10 - 12:25Lightning TalkHanae Bezad, CEO, Beehane LLC, Portugal
12:25 - 13:25Panel Session 1 Powered By RevUp

Beyond the Digital Frontier: Innovating Pathways to Bridging the Gender gap

by REVUP Women 
Nanko Madu -Moderator, Nigeria (Moderator)

Shary Lima, Incubation Program Manager, Ingenious City, DR. Congo

Fayo Williams, Founder, Exponential Hub, Nigeria

Fifehan Osikanlu, Founder, Eden Venture Group
13:25 - 13:30Gender Gap Report PresentationNanko Madu, Programme Director, AfriLabs
13:30-14:10Panel Session 2

Addressing the Gender Funding Gap in Africa: Myths, Realities, and Solutions
Rene Parker - Director, RLabs, South Africa

Solomon E. Twum, Country Manager, Reach for Change, Ghana

Mumbi Ndung’u, Chief Growth and Operations, Power to Learn Project, Kenya

Luis Marquez, Value for Women Ltd, Gender and Women Project Lead, Mozambique (Moderator)
14:10 -15:40Lunch 
15:45 -16:15Presentation by RevUp Women or Visa FoundationVideo presentation (Hubs to be selected)
16:15 - 17:15Panel Session 3

Designing for All: Inclusive Innovation and Universal Accessibility
Bernard Chiira, Director, Innovate Now-Africa, Kenya

Carmen Mateia, Community Manager - Acelera Angola

Matthias Mobius, Startup Hub Director and Co-founder, Uganda (Moderator)

Justina Oha, Country Director, UK-Nigeria Tech Hub

Berry Numbi, Managing Director, CINOLU, DR. Congo
 Back to the Auditorium 


11:20 -11:25Welcome AddressAjibola Odukoya, COO, AfriLabs, Nigeria

Leah Hinestrosa, Startup Coordinator, Identic Foundation, Equatorial Guinea

Yousif Yahya, Founder, Savannah Innovation Labs, Sudan
11:25 -11:35Keynote Address 1

Investing in Disruption: The Power of Industrial Digitilization
Francis Gatare, CEO, Rwanda Development Board
11:35 -11:45Presentation
Rwanda Landscape, Exploring Investment Opportunities: 
Leila Rwagasana, FinTech Consultant, Kigali Intenational Finance Center
11:45 - 13:20Panel Session 1

Unlocking Global Markets: The Role of Capital in Innovation
Uche Aniche, Director, SSE Angel Network, Nigeria

Kudzai Mubaiwa, Co-Founder and Strategy Lead, iZone Hub, Zimbabwe

Jeremy Riro, Founder and Innovation Lead, Fie_Labs Innovation Hub, Kenya (Moderator)

Anne Lawi, Managing Director for Africa, Impacc, Kenya
13:20 - 13:30The Innovation Ecosystem of RwandaEsther Kunda, Director General, Innovation & Emerging Technologies, Ministry of ICT and Innovation, Government of Rwanda
13:30 - 13:50Startup Pitch SessionStartup Cup Africa by iVenture
13:50 - 14:00
Catalytic Africa Presentation
Fadilah Tchoumba, Secretary General, ABAN, Ghana

Mayssa Mrabet, Community Director, AfriLabs
13:50 -14:10Fire side Chat

Catalytic Africa - the journey, the lessons and the impact.
Tomi Davies, President, ABAN, Nigeria

Anna Ekeledo, Executive Director, AfriLabs (Moderator)

Rebecca Enonchong, CEO, AppsTech, Cameroon/ AfriLabs Trustee
14:10 -15:40Lunch 
15:50 - 16:50Workshop

Jack Drummond-Smillie, Associate Director of Strategis Sales, Enterprise Accounts and Cloud Services,
16:50 - 17:00Brainz & Lloyds PresentationBrienze Lawrence, Chief Executive officer (CEO), Braniz &Lloyds Aviation, Dublin
17:00 -18:00Panel Session 2

Fueling Success: The Power of Acceleration Programs and Mentorship in Startup Ecosystems
Amy Kpentey, Program Associate, Impact Hub, Ghana

Innocent Ndodyabike, Capital Services Manager, Anza, Tanzania

Marwa Youssef, Director of Partnerships, La Startup Station, Morocco

Yousif Yahya, Founder, Savannah Innovation Labs, Sudan (Moderator)


11:20 - 11:25Welcome AddressGarikai Nhogo, Senior Communications Manager, Co-Develop, Rwanda

Anita Erskine, Executive Director, Erskine Global Communications, Canada
11:25 -11:35KeynoteLacina Koné
Director General / CEO Director General / CEO
Smart Africa, Rwanda
11:35 - 11:45Inspirational Talk 
11:45 -12:15PresentationAniedi Udo-Obong, Google, San Francisco
12:15 - 13:15Panel Session 1

Research and Development for Digital Transformation: Shared Insights from Africa and Diaspora’
Dr. Itoro Emembolu, Board Member and Research Lead, AfriLabs, Nigeria (Moderator)

Prof. Sam Yala, President, AIMS, Rwanda

Lisa Hiemer-Maqoma, Team Lead Digital Governance and Innovation, GIZ, Germany

Kevin Marks, Director and Pioneer Sustainable Agriculture, United States

Eniola Mafe Abaga, Global Advocacy and Partnership Director at Bridges to Prosperity
13:15 - 14:10Panel Session 2

AI Perceptions, Opportunities and Prospects for Data Driven
Decision-Making in Innovation Hubs
Dr Odiong Akpan, Managing Partner, Ubulu Africa, Nigeria

Khaoula Behi, Managing Director, Future Islands, Germany

Edwell Gumbo, Head of Enterprise Development, Tshimologong Precinct, South Africa
14:10 -15:40Lunch break 
15:50 - 16:15Fire side chat

Fostering Future Leaders: Crafting Effective Policies for Youth Empowerment and Engagement
Anita V.M. Erskine (MC), Executive Director, Erskine Global Communications, Canada

Routouang Mohamed Ndonga Christian, Former Minister of Youth, Sports and Entrepreneurship of ChadPCA of SONACIM / Ecosystem Enabler
16:15 - 16:55P.A.A.C High-Level Dialogue

The role of technology in fostering agricultural productivity
and building interc-connected regional food ecosystem
16:55 - 17:55Panel Session

Tech and Policy Transformation: Paving the Way for Data-Driven Innovation and Privacy in Africa
Dr. Itoro Emembolu, AfriLabs Board Member and Research Lead, Nigeria

Madeline Ileleji, Business developer manager, Jokkolabs Banjul, Gambia (Moderator)

Obinna Osisiogu, Vice President Africa, Plural Policy, Nigeria

Howard Lakounga, Senior Program Officer, BMGF, United States

Üllar Jaaksoo, Founder and Partner, Digital Nations, Estonia


11:20:00 -11:25Welcome AddressSteve Tchoumba, Executive Director, ActivSpaces Cameroon

Fifehan Osikanlu, Founder, Eden Venture Group

Karl Carter, CEO, Snake Nation, Atlanta
11:25 -11:35KeynoteM.I Abaga, Artist/ Founder and CEO, The Tasck, Nigeria
11:35AM-13:05Panel Session 1

Harmonizing the future: the tech powered African music revolution
Jacqueline Malenga, Director, & Sanaa Afrika, Nigeria

Houssem Aoudi, Founder, Afkar, Tunisia

Sano Alyn, Artist, Rwanda

M.I Abaga, Artist/ Founder and CEO, The Tasck, Nigeria
13:05-13:45Panel Session 2

Gaming Renaissance in Africa: Powering Creativity and Entrepreneurship
Eniola Edun, CEO, Gamr Africa, Nigeria

Lesley Donna Williams, CEO, Tshimologong Precint, South Africa

Muhire Louis Antoine, Founder, Native Rekord Ltd and Funky Monkey ArcadeeGamer Rwanda

GISUBIZO Abi Gaelle, CEO, Dope Iniatives, Rwanda

Thomas Shiva, Founder & CEO, Digital Realm Entertainment
13:45 -14:25Panel Session 3

Indigenous Art in the Digital Age
Karl Carter, CEO, Snake Nation, Atlanta

Raoul RUGAMBA, Founder and CEO, Hobe Agency & Africa In Colors, Rwanda

Laissa Mouen, Founder, Kinaya Ventures, Senegal (Moderator)

Fadia Elgharib - Operations and Community Lead, GIGN, Egypt

Aisha Augie, The Creator General, Centre For Art and Creative Talent
14:10 -15:40Lunch break 
15:45 -16:30Unleashing Digital Brilliance: Igniting Cross-Sector Sparks in Emerging Markets
Talent Revolution
Charles Emembolu, Co-founder and Director, Roar Nigeria Hub (Moderator)

Aniedi Udo-Obong, Program Manager, Google, United States

Ludovica Ochieng, Icubation Manager, iBiz Africa Innovation Centre, Kenya

Adam Leipzig, CEO, MediaU, United States

Stella Murungi - Chief Digital Officer (CDO), Justice Sector
16:30 - 16: 50Art PresentationGIZ
16:50 - 17:20Fireside chat: Topic: Generating African wealth by preserving Art historySeju Alero Mike, Co-Founder and CMO, Atsur, United States

Terna Iwar, Co-Founder and CPO, Atsur, Nigeria

Ada Orajiaku, Co-Founder and CEO, Atsur, Nigeria

Cynthia Muthoni, Community and Operations Lead, Baraza Media Lab, Kenya
17:20 -18:00Forging Africa's Future through Immersive Narratives: The Fusion of Non-Fungible Tokens, Transmedia Storytelling, and Virtual Reality
Aisha Yetunde, Community Programs and Partnerships Director, Thescathcompanies, Nigeria

Bright Ogor, Executive Director, Alpha Blue Foundation, Nigeria

Seju Alero Mike, Co-Founder and CMO, Atsur, United States


11;20-11:25Welcome addressMayssa Mrabet, Community Director, AfriLabs, Tunisia

Fiifi Baidoo, Founder and Chief Architect, CLOUDPORT, Ghana

Paul Mbua, Founder, Zixtech Hub, Cameroon
11:25 -11:30Keynote

Building a Legacy of Impact: Opportunities and Challenges for African Tech Hubs
Marieme KANE, Director of Innovation, Ministry of Digital Transformation, Innovation and Modernisation of Administration, Mauritania
11:30 -12:30Panel Session on

Hub Sustainability and Management

D Yvonne Rivers, CEO and Founder, Phoebe Marketing Group, United States

Fifi Baidoo, Founder and Chief Architect, CLOUDPORT, Ghana

Paul Mbua, Founder, Zixtech Hub, Cameroon

Alexandra Fraser, CEO, Viridian, South Africa

Tunde Mclver - CEO, MusterPoint, Nigeria

Lesley Donna Williams, CEO, Tshimologong Precint, South Africa
12:30 -13:10Hub in a Box: Crowdsourcing Sustainable Business ModelsHub in a Box conceptAhmed Bastawy, Managing Director, ICEALEX, Egypt
13:10 - 14:10GIZ Make IT Panel: “How can the Innovation Ecosystem benefit from Open Innovation Approaches?”Matthias Mobius, Director and Co-founder, StartHub, Uganda

Henri Nyakarundi, ARED Group, United States

Ornella Nkurunziza, Rwanda Innovation Fund

Charles Shyaka - MD 250 Startups

Olaf Seidel, Make-IT in Africa Head of Project SOUTH, Namibia

Alexandra Fraser, CEO, Viridian, South Africa (Moderator)
14:10 -15:40Lunch 
15:50 -16:50Workshop: “Launch and Introduction of the Open Innovation Toolkit by Make-IT in Africa and Veridian”Alexandra Fraser, CEO, Viridian, South Africa
16:50 - 17:20Fireside chat on

Improving Hubs sustainability in Francophone countries: Development of performance indicators/sustainability criteria
Elodie Apremont, Senior Innovation Consultant, Impact Lab, Dubai

Yannick EBIBIE, Director, SING, Gabon

Moussa Hubert OUOLOGUEM, Director Expert'labs, Mali

Alida Ebo'o, Digital Communication and Event Consultant, Youth Business Cameroon (YBC)/ Founder ZEMAWorld Digital, Cameroon

17:20 - 18:10

 Developing Africa through FabLabs/ MakerspacesTochukwu C. Chukwueke, Founder, Clintonel Innovation Centre (CIC), Nigeria

Martin Oloo, Founder, Fablab Winam, Kenya (Moderator)

Husna Butoyi Umurerwa, Program Manager, Fablab, Rwanda

Abdur Rahim, Founder/MD, WAZIUP, Germany

Tsuneo Heito, Chief Advisor /JICA Digital and Innovation Promotion Project, Rwanda

Oluwaseyi Ogidiolu, Technical Advisor, GIZ DTC, Nigeria

Day 2: Thursday 12th October 2023

9:00 - 10:00

Panel session

The Gender Gap in Startup Funding: Challenges and Opportunites in Africa

10:00 - 10:10Speed Networking/ Energizer 

10:10 - 10:15

Welcome Address 
 Ajibola Odukoya
Chief Operating Officer, AfriLabs

10:15 - 10:25

Inspirational Speech 

Bisila Bokoko

Global Leadership Speaker, Author

10:25- 11:05Fish Bowl Conversations: Higlights from Day 1 Content Tracks

Ifeoma Malo
CEO, Clean Tech Hub, Nigeria

Carmen Mateia
Community Manager, Acelera Angola, Angola

Jeremy Riro
Founder and Innovation Lead, Fie_Labs Innovation Hub, Kenya

Paul Mbua
Founder Zixtech Hub, Cameroon

Fifehan Osikanlu, Founder, Eden Venture Group

Dr. Itoro Emembolu (Ph.D)
Board Member and Research Lead, AfriLabs, Nigeria

11:05- 11:15Owning Our EcosystemRebecca Enonchong
Founder and CEO, AppsTech, Cameroon
11:15 - 12:10Networking Tea break 
12:10 - 12:25MC Energizer by the MCs 
12:25 - 12:40Launch of AfriLabs Connect and AfriLabs Connect Deal RoomAjibola Odukoya
Chief Operating Officer, AfriLabs
12:40 - 13:30AfriLabs Board Fireside Chat

Moetaz Helmy, Board Chair

Ahmed Bastawy, Northern African Board Member

Madeline Ileleji, Western African Board Member

David Ogiga, Eastern African Board Member

Berry Numbi, Central African Board Member

Jeremy Jiro, Treasurer

Steve Tchoumba, Secretary

Mayssa Mrabat, AfriLabs Community Director

13:30 - 13:50Wellness Session with The Happiness CenterNutan Kessa
TLEX Institute South Africa

13:50 - 14:50

Leveraging Africa's Soft Power, Youth and Innovation - Policies needed for driving Africa's Development

Rene Parker
Co-Founder and Director, RLabs, South Africa

Oscar Nchaso
Founder and Managing Director, Dreams Hub, Equatorial Guinea (Moderator)

Yussouf Ntwali
CEO, BAG, Rwanda

Jane Munga
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, United States of America

14:50 - 15:50Networking Lunch Break + Press Briefings + Pictures 
15:50 -16:40

Data-Driven Innovation: How Data Is Fueling New Ideas and Technologies

Linda Kwamboka
Board Secretary, AfriLabs, Kenya

Zeinab Maduagwu
Manager, Ventures and Partnerships, MTN, Nigeria

Alexis kabeja
CEO Liquid Intelligent Technologies Rwanda.

Jonas Tesfu
Founder, Pangea Accelerator and Pangea Trust, Kenya (Moderator)

16:40 - 16:50Launch of AEDIB 2.0 
16:50 - 17:00Presentation on Fostering a Sustainable Regional Innovation Ecosystem Network Involving support to AcademiaGIZ-EAC
17:00 - 17:50How can the EAC build an ecosystem network that supports innovation pipeline from academia to scale to market? GIZ-EAC
Evelyn Elliseus- Advisor | Digital Innovations, Entrepreneurship and Communications,GIZ EAC (Moderator)

Matthias Möbius,Startup Hub Director and Co-founder, Uganda

Berry Numbi,Managing Director, CINOLU, DR. Congo

Gatare Libère,Programme Manager, ACLIS

Bertin Niyigaba,Executive Director,AIIPIT

Dr Judith Leo – Industry Outreach Coordinator, Centre of Excellence for ICT in East Africa (CENIT@EA)
17:50PM - 18:00Closing CeremonyJennifer Okeke-Ojiudu

19:00 - 22:00

Night out with IndustryNite at Shooters LoungeLocation: Shooters Lounge 18KG 674 St. Kigali
11:20 - 12:20Networking Tea break 
13:50- 14:50

Feminist Innovation Policies

A session by i4policy - (Open)

Belinda Baah
Policy Expert, i4Policy

Rachel Akrofie
Policy and Outreach Consultant, i4Policy

14:50 - 15:40Networking Lunch Break + Press Briefings + Pictures 

Unconference Conferenced Discussions

Hub Challenges, Solutions and Conversations

Kudzai Mubaiwa
Co-Founder and Strategy Lead, iZone Hub, Zimbabwe

Fadia Elgharib
Operations and Community Lead, GIGN, Egypt

16:50 - 18:00

Closed door roundtable session by Unlock Aid

A discussion to identify system changes necessary for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and climate targets by 2030.

Walter Kerr, Co-Executive Director, Unlock Aid
Amanda Arch, Co-Executive Director, Unlock Aid
15:30-17:00A Workshop Session by Greenovations Africa Green Innovation and Entrepreneurship Current StatusFacilitators:
Dr Eric Tambo,United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)

Nguedia-Nguedoung, Axel -United Nations University
,Research Associate

William Otieno

Baluku Dounnah- Programmes Officer, AfriLabs

Barbara Onyejose -VC4A,Mentorship & Academy Lead

Radja Benmansour -Research Assistant, PAUWES

Mrs. Sana Siraj Musanje Naluwembe-Market Developer at HDF Energy

Dr. Amazigh Fouad Riad Dib
17:20PM - 18:00Back to Auditorium   

Day 3: Friday 13th October 2023



06:30 - 08:30


09:00 -13:00

Ecosystem Tour

Local Rwandan Ecosystem Site Visits


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