AfriLabs Annual Gathering

Speakers

AfriLabs Annual Gathering 2023

AfriLabs at this year’s Gathering aims to leverage our community’s power to highlight opportunities, fill gaps, and shape narratives across Africa. We’ll focus on addressing roadblocks, market access, and solutions to foster the growth of our digital economy by identifying and shaping relevant policies.

Hon. Paula Ingabire

Hon. Paula Ingabire

Minister of Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Rwanda
Anna Ekeledo

Anna Ekeledo

Executive Director, AfriLabs
Rebecca Enonchong

Rebecca Enonchong

Founder And CEO, AppsTech & Co-Founder Of I/O Spaces, AfriLabs Trustee
Cameroon
Tamer Taha

Tamer Taha

Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of International Cooperation
Egypt
Hend Ben Hadji

Hend Ben Hadji

Head of International Cooperation Unit chez Center of Studies and Research in Telecommunications (Representative of the Tunisia Ministry of Communication Technologies)
Tunisia
Hon. Dr Abdiweli Abdaillahi Soufi

Hon. Dr Abdiweli Abdaillahi Soufi

Minister of Information and Communication Technology
Somaliland
Stephanie Busari

Stephanie Busari

Senior Africa Editor, CNN
United Kingdom
Prudence Ngwenya

Prudence Ngwenya

Director, Women, Gender and Youth Directorate African Union Commission
Ethopia
Ms Johanna Teague

Ms Johanna Teague

Swedish Ambassador to Rwanda
Rwanda
Esther Kunda

Esther Kunda

Director General Innovation & Emerging Technologies at Ministry of ICT and Innovation
Rwanda
Abdoulaye Baniré Diallo

Abdoulaye Baniré Diallo

UQAM Universite du Quebec a Montreal
Canada
Aphrodice Mutangana

Aphrodice Mutangana

Director of Partnerships. Digital Africa
Rwanda
M.I Abaga

M.I Abaga

Artist/ Founder and CEO, The Tasck
Nigeria
Kibibi Ndopde

Kibibi Ndopde

CEO LEAP-RE
Kenya
Walter Kerr

Walter Kerr

Co-founder and Executive Director Unlock Aid
U.S
Suleikha Ishaq Omer

Suleikha Ishaq Omer

Director Somaliland Innovation Zone
Somaliland
Bisila Bokoko

Bisila Bokoko

Founder and CEO of BBES
U.S
Aida Diara

Aida Diara

Senior Vice President and Head of Sub-Saharan Africa, Visa
South Africa
Sieka Gatabaki

Sieka Gatabaki

Programme Director, Mercy Corps
Kenya
Tomi Davies

Tomi Davies

President ABAN
Nigeria
Fadilah Tchoumba

Fadilah Tchoumba

Secretary General ABAN
Ghana
Kudzai Mubaiwa

Kudzai Mubaiwa

Co-Founder and Strategy Lead
Zimbabwe
Ozonnia Ojielo

Ozonnia Ojielo

UN Resident Coordinator, Rwanda
Nigeria
Jean-Marie Kananura

Jean-Marie Kananura

Chief Investment Officer, Kigali Financial City
Rwanda
Dr. Itoro Emembolu (Ph.D)

Dr. Itoro Emembolu (Ph.D)

Director TechQuest, Board Member AfriLabs
Nigeria
Lacina Kone

Lacina Kone

CEO Smart Africa
Rwanda
Kazeem Oladepo

Kazeem Oladepo

Vice President, IHS Tower
Nigeria
Ajibola Odukoya

Ajibola Odukoya

Chief Operating Officer, AfriLabs
Michael Oluwagbemi

Michael Oluwagbemi

Co-Founder & Executive Partner, LoftyInc Allied Partners
Nigeria
Ben White

Ben White

Director VC4A
Netherlands
Martin Karanja

Martin Karanja

Director for the GSMA Innovation Fund
Kenya
Felix Mwaki

Felix Mwaki

Director, Enterprise support and investment (KCIC)
Rwanda
Matthew Ohio

Matthew Ohio

Industry Nite
Nigeria
Adam Leipzig

Adam Leipzig

Media U
U.S
Luis Marquez

Luis Marquez

Value for Women Ltd, Gender and Women Project Lead
Mozambique
Fifehan Osikanlu

Fifehan Osikanlu

CEO, Eden Group
Nigeria
Rene Parker

Rene Parker

Co-Founder & CEO RLabs
South Africa
Howard Lakounga

Howard Lakounga

Senior Program Officer, BMGF
U.S
Anita V.M. Erskine

Anita V.M. Erskine

ED, Erskine Communications
Canada
Garikai Nhongo (MCIM)

Garikai Nhongo (MCIM)

DPI & Digital Transformation, NPO Board Member
Rwanda
D Yvonne Rivers

D Yvonne Rivers

CEO, Founder , Phoebe Global
U.S
Obinna Osisiogu

Obinna Osisiogu

VP for Africa, Plural Policy
Nigeria
Alexandra Fraser

Alexandra Fraser

CEO and Founder of Viridian
South Africa
Bankole Oloruntoba

Bankole Oloruntoba

CEO, Nigeria Climate Innovation Center (NCIC)
Nigeria
Üllar Jaaksoo

Üllar Jaaksoo

Founder and Partner, Digital Nation
Estonia
Mumbi Ndung’u

Mumbi Ndung’u

Chief Growth and Operations, Power to Learn Project
Kenya
Uche Aniche

Uche Aniche

Director, SSE Angel Network
Nigeria
Anne Lawi

Anne Lawi

Managing Director for Africa, Impacc
Kenya
Karl Carter

Karl Carter

CEO at Snake Nation
U.S
Raoul Rugamba

Raoul Rugamba

Founder & CEO - Hobe Agency & Africa In Colors
Rwanda
Eniola Edun

Eniola Edun

CEO of Gamr Africa
Nigeria
Sano Alyn

Sano Alyn

Artist
Rwanda
Marwa Youssef

Marwa Youssef

Director of Partnerships, LaStartup Station
Morocco
Lesley Donna Williams

Lesley Donna Williams

CEO, Tshimologong Precint
South Africa
Brienze Lawrence

Brienze Lawrence

CEO Braniz& Lloyds
Ireland
Jack Drummond

Jack Drummond

Associate Director of Strategic Sales - Global, Builder.ai
U.A.E
Ahmed Bastawy

Ahmed Bastawy

Founder icealex
Egypt
Ifeoma Malo

Ifeoma Malo

Co-Founder & CEO Clean Tech Hub
Nigeria
Paul Mbua

Paul Mbua

Founder And CEO, Zixtech Hub
Cameroon
Shary Lima

Shary Lima

Hub Manager, Ingenious City
DR Congo
Bernard Chira

Bernard Chira

Director, Innovate Now-Africa
Kenya
Hanae Bezad

Hanae Bezad

Founder, Douar Tech/CEO Beehane LLC
Morocco
Fiifi Baidoo

Fiifi Baidoo

Co-Founder, iSpace Foundation
Ghana
Fadia Elgharib

Fadia Elgharib

Community Manager, Global Innovation Gathering Network
Egypt
Magdaline Chepkemoi

Magdaline Chepkemoi

Executive Director, Eldo Hub
Kenya
Yannick Ebibie

Yannick Ebibie

Director, Société d'Incubation Numérique du Gabon (SING)
Gabon
Oscar Nchaso

Oscar Nchaso

Executive Director, Dreams Hub
Equatorial Guinea
Nutan Kessa

Nutan Kessa

TLEX Institute
South Africa
Patrick Nussbaumer

Patrick Nussbaumer

Programme Officer, UNIDO
Austria
Oluwatosin Ajide

Oluwatosin Ajide

Program Manager and Innovation Lead, NCIC
Nigeria
Dr. Erick Tambo

Dr. Erick Tambo

Associate Academic Officer at UNU-EHS
Cameroon
Jeremy Riro

Jeremy Riro

Founder and Innovation Lead, Fie_Labs Innovation Hub
Kenya
Charles Emembolu

Charles Emembolu

Roar Nigeria Hub
Nigeria
Aniedi Udo-Obong

Aniedi Udo-Obong

Google
U.S
Houssem Aoudi

Houssem Aoudi

Founder, Afkar
Tunisia
Solomon E. Twum

Solomon E. Twum

Country Manager, Reach for Change
Ghana
Rohan Goswami

Rohan Goswami

Managing Partner, Nexterra Capital
Canada
Elodie Apremont

Elodie Apremont

Senior Innovation Consultant, Impact Lab
Morocco
Berry Numbi

Berry Numbi

Founder and Board Chair, Centre d'innvation de Lubumbashi
DR. Congo
Alida Ebo’o

Alida Ebo’o

Digital Communication and Event Consultant, Youth Business Cameroon (YBC)/ Founder ZEMAWorld Digital
Cameroon
Blessing Achu

Blessing Achu

Managing Director, 360 Creative Innovation Hub
Nigeria
Moussa Hubert Ouologuem

Moussa Hubert Ouologuem

Director, Expert'labs Mali
Mali
Carmen Mateia

Carmen Mateia

Community Manager, Aclera
Angola
Bright Ogor

Bright Ogor

Executive Director, Alpha Blue Foundation
Nigeria
Nanko Madu

Nanko Madu

Director of Programmes, AfriLabs
Madeline Ileleji

Madeline Ileleji

Board Member, Jokkolabs Banjul
Gambia
Aisha Yetunde

Aisha Yetunde

Partnerships Lead, The Scathcompanies
Nigeria
Mayssa Mrabet

Mayssa Mrabet

Community Director, AfriLabs
Laissa Muoen

Laissa Muoen

Founder, Kinaya Ventures
Senegal
Matthias Mobius

Matthias Mobius

Co-Founder and Head of Catalyzer Programme, StartHub Africa
Uganda
Prof. Jules Degila

Prof. Jules Degila

Professor of Computer Science at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin
Benin
Ludovica Ochieng

Ludovica Ochieng

Incubation Manager, iBiz Africa Innovation Centre
Kenya
Muhire Louis Antoine

Muhire Louis Antoine

Founder, Native Rekord Ltd and Funky Monkey ArcadeeGamer
Rwanda
Olamiposi Ekuma

Olamiposi Ekuma

Head of Inclusion Initiatives, Genesis Tech Hub
Nigeria
Yussouf Ntwali

Yussouf Ntwali

Co-Founder and CEO, BAG
Rwanda
Tracy Okoro

Tracy Okoro

Adoption Lead, The Nigeria Startup Act Secretariat
Nigeria
Ada Orajiaku

Ada Orajiaku

Co-Founder and CEO, Atsur
Nigeria
Innocent Ndodyabike

Innocent Ndodyabike

Capital Services Manager, Anza
Tanzania
Amy Kpentey

Amy Kpentey

Program Associate, Impact Hub
Ghana
Maurice Otieno

Maurice Otieno

Executive Director, Baraza Media
Kenya
Kevin Marks

Kevin Marks

Director and Pioneer Sustainable Agriculture
U.S
Seju Alero Mike

Seju Alero Mike

Co-Founder and CMO, Atsur
Nigeria
Yousif Yahya

Yousif Yahya

Founder, Savannah Innovation Labs
Sudan
Jennifer Okeke-Ojiudu

Jennifer Okeke-Ojiudu

Senior Ecosystem Engagements Manager, AfriLabs
Terna Iwar

Terna Iwar

Co-Founder and CPO, Atsur
Nigeria
Leah Hinestrosa

Leah Hinestrosa

Startup Coordinator, Identic Foundation
Equatorial Guinea
Etta Ayuk

Etta Ayuk

CEO, Mountain Hub
Cameroon
Moureen Mollel

Moureen Mollel

Programme Coordinator, Westerwelle Startup Haus Arusha
Tanzania
Maryam Bukar Hassan

Maryam Bukar Hassan

Poet
Nigeria
Henri Nyakarundi

Henri Nyakarundi

ARED Group
U.S
Jane Munga

Jane Munga

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
U.S
Olaf Seidel

Olaf Seidel

Make-IT in Africa Head of Project SOUTH
Namibia
Tochukwu C. Chukwueke

Tochukwu C. Chukwueke

Founder, Clintonel Innovation Centre (CIC)
Nigeria
Husna Butoyi Umurerwa

Husna Butoyi Umurerwa

Program Manager, Fablab
Rwanda
Martin Oloo

Martin Oloo

Founder, Fablab Winam
Kenya
Stella Murungi

Stella Murungi

Chief Digital Officer (CDO), Justice Sector
Rwanda
Abdur Rahim

Abdur Rahim

Founder/MD, WAZIUP
Germany
Oluwaseyi Ogidiolu

Oluwaseyi Ogidiolu

Technical Advisor
Nigeria
Tsuneo Heito

Tsuneo Heito

Chief Advisor /JICA Digital and Innovation Promotion Project
Rwanda
Dr Odiong Akpan

Dr Odiong Akpan

Managing Partner, Ubulu Africa
Nigeria
Linda Kwamboka

Linda Kwamboka

Board Secretary, AfriLabs
Kenya
Zeinab Maduagwu

Zeinab Maduagwu

Manager, Ventures and Partnerships, MTN
Nigeria
Alexis kabeja

Alexis kabeja

CEO Liquid Intelligent Technologies
Rwanda
Jonas Tesfu

Jonas Tesfu

Founder, Pangea Accelerator and Pangea Trust
Kenya
Belinda Baah

Belinda Baah

Policy Expert, i4Policy
Rachel Akrofie

Rachel Akrofie

Policy and Outreach Consultant, i4Policy
Alexis kabeja

Alexis kabeja

Operations and Community Lead, GIGN
Egypt
Walter Kerr

Walter Kerr

Co-Executive Director, Unlock Aid
Amanda Arch

Amanda Arch

Co-Executive Director, Unlock Aid
Sonia Umulinga

Sonia Umulinga

CEO, Plasticraft Ltd
Rwanda
Prof. Kabera Telesphori

Prof. Kabera Telesphori

Researcher, University of Rwanda
Rwanda
Prof. Damien Hanyurwimfura

Prof. Damien Hanyurwimfura

Researcher, University of Rwanda
Rwanda
 Dr. Emmanuel Ufiteyezu

Dr. Emmanuel Ufiteyezu

Head of Master's programs and Teaching ACE-ESD, University of Rwanda
Rwanda
Gabriel Ekman

Gabriel Ekman

Co-founder at BAG Innovation, Rwanda (Moderator)
Rwanda
Sonnia Agu

Sonnia Agu

CEO, SA Consulting
Nigeria
Berna Rusagara

Berna Rusagara

Executive Director, Women for Women
Rwanda
Justina Oha

Justina Oha

Country Director, UK-Nigeria Tech Hub
Nigeria
Fayo Williams

Fayo Williams

Founder, Exponential Hub
Nigeria
Claudine Umutoni

Claudine Umutoni

Deputy CEO RDB
Rwanda
Leila Rwagasana

Leila Rwagasana

FinTech Consultant, Kigali Intenational Finance Center
Kigali
Serge Ntamack

Serge Ntamack

Prof. Sam Yala

Prof. Sam Yala

President, AIMS
Rwanda
Lisa Hiemer-Maqoma

Lisa Hiemer-Maqoma

Team Lead Digital Governance and Innovation, GIZ
Germany
Eniola Mafe Abaga

Eniola Mafe Abaga

Global Advocacy and Partnership Director at Bridges to Prosperity
Khaoula Behi

Khaoula Behi

Managing Director, Future Islands
Germany
Edwell Gumbo

Edwell Gumbo

Head of Enterprise Development, Tshimologong Precinct
South Africa
Routouang Mohamed Ndonga Christian

Routouang Mohamed Ndonga Christian

Former Minister of Youth, Sports and Entrepreneurship of ChadPCA of SONACIM / Ecosystem Enabler
Jacqueline Malenga

Jacqueline Malenga

Director, IndustryNite.xyz & Sanaa Afrika
Nigeria
Khaoula Behi

Khaoula Behi

CEO, Tshimologong Precinct
GISUBIZO Abi Gaelle

GISUBIZO Abi Gaelle

CEO, Dope Iniatives
Thomas Shiva

Thomas Shiva

Founder & CEO, Digital Realm Entertainment
Aisha Augie

Aisha Augie

The Creator General, Centre For Art and Creative Talent
Stella Murungi

Stella Murungi

Chief Digital Officer (CDO), Justice Sector
Cynthia Muthoni

Cynthia Muthoni

Community and Operations Lead, Baraza Media Lab
Kenya
Ada Orajiaku

Ada Orajiaku

Co-Founder and CEO, Atsur,
Nigeria
Mariem Kane

Mariem Kane

Director of Innovation, Ministry of Digital Transformation, Innovation and Modernisation of Administration
Mauritania
Tunde Mclver

Tunde Mclver

CEO, MusterPoint,
Nigeria