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The Future of Food: Innovations in Agriculture, Tech, and Food Business

Food and Agriculture

Over half of Africa’s population is employed in agriculture and the continent has most of the world’s arable land, but Africa still produces too little food and value-added products to meet the needs of its quickly rising population. How can new, leapfrogging technologies, market access, private sector investment, and novel business models play a role in unlocking Africa’s agricultural potential?

Adegoke Ajisafe

Founder, Enrich.africa

Frank Ondiege

Managing Director, Ten Senses

Rachel Macauley

Senior Program Officer, OCP

Margaret Nyamumbo

CEO, Kahawa 1893

Moderator:
Professor Ermias Kebreab

Associate Dean for Global Engagement, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, University of California Davis

The future of Mobility in Africa

Infrastructure & Mobility

By 2030 almost all of the world’s largest cities will be in Africa (and in Asia), with 50% of Africans living as urban dwellers. Effective transportation systems are recognized as a key service and economic enabler for these growing cities and the movement of goods and people. The session will explore smart transport solutions that have the potential to transform urban mobility in Africa.

Michaella Rugwizangoga

CEO, Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda

Patrick Buchana

CEO, AC Group

Jose Reis

Head of Mobility, Acelera Angola

Moderator:
Ahmad Ibrahim

Stanford GSB 2019

Innovations in Education from Classroom to Career

Education

With nearly half of Africa’s population under the age of 15, and the youth population projected to grow signiicantly over the coming decades, expanding the reach of quality education is paramount for Africa’s economic and social prosperity. But what does effective education innovation in Africa look like? Topics discussed will include technical skills development and upskilling, leadership development, edtech innovation, and bridging gender disparities in educational outcomes.

Ali Sweet

Chief Talent Officer, Nova Pioneer

Ryan Benitez

Founder & CEO, Meto

Queen Denchukwu

Manager, Global Diversity Partnerships and Alliances, Autodesk

Moderator:
Anar Simpson

Global Ambasador, Technovation

Made in Africa: Reflections and Outlooks on Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

Africa’s entrepreneurs have unique opportunities and challenges; they provide a massive source of employment and innovation, while often facing dificulties in raising capital and sustaining an effective workforce. A diverse set of entrepreneurs will discuss their experienc- es starting, hiring for, scaling, and pivoting their work, as well as their outlook for future trends in African entrepreneurship.

Jibolu Ayodele

Co-Founder & Chief Exponential Officer, Thando's

Editi Effiong

CEO, Anakle

Kola Olajide

Co-Founder, Bridge Labs

Patrick Mbonye

Founder, Q-Sourcing

Samuel Appenteng

Founder, Joissam Ghana

Moderator:
Sarah Burch

Head of Venture Growth, Rippleworks

The Fourth Industrial Revolution for Africa: reality or hype?

Emerging technologies and the fourth industrial revolution

Africa’s entrepreneurs have unique opportunities and challenges; they provide a massive source of employment and innovation, while often facing dificulties in raising capital and sustaining an effective workforce. A diverse set of entrepreneurs will discuss their experienc- es starting, hiring for, scaling, and pivoting their work, as well as their outlook for future trends in African entrepreneurship.

Alex Tsado

Founding Director of Alliance for AI

Tayo Akinyemi

Consultant, OSIWA

Tunde Ladipo

Director, Interstellar.com

Moderator:
Stanley Onyimba

Global Product Partnerships, Google

Shaping Fintech in a Digitized Africa

Disruption in Financial Services

The evolution of intech in Africa; from mPesa to smart inancial applications, FinTech has revolutionised entire industries in many African markets. Why has FinTech been so success- ful in many parts of Africa? How can we leverage these innovations and scale them globally?

Iyin Aboyeji

Co-founder, Andela and FlutterWave

Shola Akinlade

CEO, Paystack

Tayo Oviosu

Founder and CEO, Paga

Pacifique Mahoro

Co-founder, PesaChoice

Moderator:
Stephen Ozoigbo

CEO, Africa Technology Foundation

Investing In and For Africa’s Future: Outlooks from Diverse Investors

Investing

International and local investors alike recognize the growth in compelling opportunities to back growing African businesses across sectors. Nonetheless, foreign direct investment in the continent remains lower than expected given attractive rates of return. Amid this, a range of investors continue seeking high-growth opportunities. What must investors do to harness opportunities for themselves and for the continent moving forward?

Jo Opot

Head of Business Development, West Coast at Acumen

Eric Osiakwan

Managing Director, Chanzo Capital

Jeffrey Stine

Partner, VestedWorld

Jake Cusack

Managing Partner, CrossBoundary

Moderator:
Yacob Berhane

CEO/Co-founder of Pariti, Venture Partner at Ingressive Capital

The Creative Continent: The Future of African Arts, Media, and Entertainment

Arts, Media, and Entertainment

African arts, media, and entertainment have long been a staple of the continent’s social fabric, but in recent years have experienced increased investment and international acclaim. Wheth- er music, books, movies, internet, newspapers, radio, TV, video games, visual and performing arts, or sports—Africa’s cultural output has massive economic and social impact.

Kemiyondo Coutinho

Playwright, Actress and Filmmaker

Falz

Recording artist and Performer

Laolu NYC

Performance and Visual Artist

Sbusiso Leope
(aka DJ Sbu)

Media personality & Business Man

Moderator:
Yasmin Belo-Osagie

Co-founder, SheLeadsAfrica

Sustainable energy to power growth

Energy

In order for Africa to achieve sustainable and scalable economic growth, there is the need for increased electriication for domestic and industrial use. Innovative business models and renewable energy sources provide the opportunity to accelerate provision of and access to electricity across the continent.

Bill Lenihan

CEO, Zola Electric

Rachel Breaux

Manager, Avant Energy

Eda Henries

Principal, Persistent

Moderator:
Tomiwa Igun

Director, BCG Grow Africa Strategy

The Emerging African Consumer and the Opportunity for Youth and Manufacturing

Youth, Employment and Manufacturing

Africa is experiencing the growth of its middle class with increasing demand for commodities including technology, pharmaceuticals, luxury items, etc. In parallel, an exploding youth popu- lation is a ticking bomb across the continent if unemployment and ‘working poor’ continue to average 60% continent-wide. Manufacturing and BPO present an opportunity to create jobs and meet the growing consumer demand.

Fahad Garba

Executive Director, Ignite Africa Challenge

Nyimpini Mabunda

Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group;
former Chief Consumer Officer, Vodacom

Lerang Selolwane

CEO and Co-Founder at The Lucient Group

Adenireti Oyeniyi-Adebayo

CEO, Whyte Cleon Limited

Moderator:
Marcel Fafchamps

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies;
Professor of Economics, Stanford University