Keynote Speaker



Cambridge Industries Ltd 

Mr. Samuel Z. Alemayehu is Head of Africa & Managing Director at the Addis Ababa Office of Cambridge Industries Ltd

After graduating from Stanford University's School of Engineering, Sam started his entrepreneurial career in Silicon Valley. He is the founder of three successful tech ventures based in California. He began his professional career as an Associate at Venrock Associates, where he focused on global consumer media services . He  moved to Africa in 2009, founding and investing in a broad range of companies across regions,a and industries. Most recently he co-founded Cambridge Industries Ltd. to accelerate the implementation of pioneering infrastructure projects. Currently he is overseeing the construction of the first municipal waste-to-energy facility in Africa, in Ethiopia as well as the development of renewable energy projects in Uganda, Kenya, Cameroon, Senegal, Somaliland and Djibouti.

He  is an active angel investor, with presence on numerous company advisory boards. He is an expert on technology investments and the development of renewable energy projects in emerging markets with an emphasis in waste-to-energy, biomass and wind. 


#AfricaNextGen: The Future of Tech

What technologies (blockchain, AI, mobile, big data) are impacting Africa and what is the nature of their impact? What actions are needed to expedite their rate of adoption?



Manager, Developer Programs | Facebook


Chukwuemeka (Emeka) Afigbo drives Facebook's global developer programs strategy which enables the company collaborate with the larger tech ecosystem in achieving its mission of bringing the world closer together.  Prior to that Emeka led the platform partnerships team in the Middle East and Africa working with different content partners and developers in the region as part of Facebook's drive to make its platform more relevant in the day to day lives of people all over the world.  

Previously, he served as a program manager in Google's developer relations team leading developer programs in Sub Saharan Africa.  In his time as a software developer and a strategic business development manager he worked on a number of projects and initiatives span the education and electronic payment verticals in Sub Saharan Africa and India.


 Managing Director| Hightech Payment Systems

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Abdeslam Alaoui is the Managing Director and co-founder of Hightech Payment Solutions (HPS ), a Moroccan based payment solutions and services company with client presence in over 85 countries.  Abdeslam oversees the company's long-term strategic direction and the development of the PowerCARD electronic payments platform,  as well as managing relationships with customers, partners and suppliers.

Abdeslam has more than 25 years experience in the IT industry.  He has vast technical and business knowledge of the payments industry, having implemented payment systems in over 60 countries.  Over the years Abdeslam has helped clients design and then build national payment infrastructures from scratch; launch new and innovative payment instruments in challenging markets and implement challenging transformation programs across multiple countries, currencies and languages.




Ekechi Nwokah is the CEO of,  a consumer finance startup focused on emerging markets.  Ekechi has 20 years of experience building distributed systems and data center infrastructure. He was a visiting professor at Purdue University before leaving academia to join SGI and NASA, where he built large parallel Altix and Origin machines, and was tech lead on COLUMBIA, the fastest supercomputer in the world in 2004. He is also an expert in cloud infrastructure and security, having spent several years at Amazon AWS building cloud services. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Purdue University.


Director of Public-Private Partnerships | Andela

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Sabrina Roshan is Director of Public-Private Partnerships at Andela, a venture-backed tech company that invests in Africa’s most talented software developers to build globally competitive engineering teams. In her role, Sabrina leads overall expansion strategy and partnerships, facilitating opportunities for high-end ICT employment in Africa.

Previously, Sabrina served as Special Assistant and Policy Adviser to the U.S. Government's representative at the World Bank Board of Directors, overseeing venture capital investments in the $60B+ Africa portfolio. Sabrina also spent six years overseeing risk management across verticals within the Sub-Saharan Africa Region for the World Bank's Governance Global Practice.  Sabrina began her career building employment generating training programs in Afghanistan. She holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, where she focused on Political and Economic Development.


Head of Operations- East Africa|Cambridge Industries Ltd

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Wondimu Tenkir Gebremariam is a veteran in the energy sector in the East African region. He has over 25 years of experience building, operating and financing energy projects and is considered one of the leading experts in the implementation of electrification in East Africa. Wondimu is the co-founder of Sigma Electric and most recently the Head of Operation - East Africa for Cambridge Industries Ltd. He oversees the implementation of rural micro-grid projects in Ethiopia, Somaliland and Kenya.


#AfricaNextGen: The Future of Health

How is Africa innovating within the healthcare space? What new technologies are coming out of the continent?


Panelists include:


Head of International Growth | Zipline International

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Brittany Hume leads international growth at Zipline International, a Silicon Valley-based startup that designs, manufactures, and operates drones to deliver essential medical products to health facilities in areas with challenging terrain and road infrastructure. In this role, she develops partnerships with ministries of health and other global health stakeholders to extend Zipline’s services to new communities and patients.  Zipline is currently operating in East Africa.

Prior to Zipline, Brittany worked at the intersection of business, global health, and entrepreneurship in roles at the Skoll Foundation, the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, and McKinsey & Company. She is a 2012 graduate of the Berkeley-Haas full-time MBA program. (Go Bears!)


Founder and President | The Wellbeing Foundation Africa

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Toyin Saraki is a Nigerian advocate for women’s and children’s health and empowerment, with two decades of advocacy.  Her interests cover reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH); ending gender-based discrimination and violence; and improving education, socio-economic empowerment, and community livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa.  In 2015, Toyin founded The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), and she currently serves as president.

Toyin is the inaugural Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM); the Save the Children Newborn Health Champion for Nigeria; and a Global Champion for the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood. She is also the Wife of the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. She is an accomplished speaker speaking at events such as the Special Event of the President of the United Nations General Assembly of the Sustainable Development Goals. 


Program Officer |Hewlett Foundation


Joseph Asunka is a Program Officer at the Hewlett Foundation, where he manages a portfolio of grants that support efforts to increase transparency and accountability in fiscal governance and foster citizen participation to improve public services in Africa.
Before joining the foundation, Joseph lectured political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he taught courses on African politics, political economy of development, research methods, and data analysis. Prior to that, he was program officer at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development, a governance research and advocacy think tank based in Accra.  Joseph has political papers published in journals such as the British Journal of Political Science,  Research & Politics, Journal of Modern African Studies, Social Science & Medicine, and Population Research and Policy Review. Born in Ghana, Joseph holds a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA.


Co-Founder/Executive Director | Helium Health

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Tito Ovia is a public health enthusiast that is passionate about improving the quality of health in Nigeria. This passion lead her to start a healthcare technology company, Helium Health, aimed at streamlining hospital operations and organizing patient data through a unique Hospital Management Information System. Helium Health was recently part of Y Combinator Batch S17.

Prior to starting Helium Health, Tito gained invaluable experience in the public health field from working with organizations such as Orbis and the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency. Tito obtained in B.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Manchester, U.K.

Co-Founder/CEO | mPharma

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Gregory Rockson is the Co-founder and CEO of mPharma, a drug benefits manager in Africa. mPharma works with drug manufacturers, service providers and third party payers to develop products and services that improve the access and affordability of high quality drugs for patients across the continent. It was ranked as Fast Company's most Innovative Company in Africa in 2018. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Westminster College. He was a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow from Princeton University and a Rotary Scholar at the University of Copenhagen.


#AfricaNextGen: The Future of Education

Africa has the youngest population in the world. What does this mean? How will Africa educate her youth, and insure employment opportunity creation?


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VP Finance and Operations | Eneza Education


David Njonjo serves as VP of Finance and Operations at Eneza Education, which provides 4 million learners with with access to  national  educational curriculum and  supplementary learning on any mobile device. 

He has spent the better part of the last 10 years working with startups at different levels in the business growth cycle, helping them become thought leaders in their area of expertise. He has worked in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Madagascar, Ethiopia and Djibouti, and strongly believes in using global solutions to solve local problems.


Founder | Chalkboard Education

Adrien Bouillot is the co-founder and C.E.O. of Chalkboard Education, a company offering tailored mobile learning solutions in West Africa. Founded in 2015, Chalkboard Education now operates in several African countries and serves a wide range of customers, from universities to NGOs and corporate organisations. Based between Accra, Ghana, and Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Adrien is an alumnus of Sciences Po Paris, France, and the University of Toronto, Canada. As a social scientist, expert in trends analysis and digital transformation, he is passionate about helping organisations using better technologies to serve the greater good.



Managing Partner Ventures| Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Vivian Wu has 19 years of experience in venture capital and private equity, primarily in technology. She runs venture investments for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (and previously Zuckerberg Education Ventures).

Prior to CZI, she was an investor at TA Associates, Accel Partners, Morgan Stanley Capital Partners Asia and an Asian family office.





President and Co-Founder | Djagora University


Dr. Mahamouda Salouhou is the Director of the European Center for Leadership & Entrepreneurship Education (ECLEE), and the President and Co-Founder of Djagora University.  

To address the problem of unemployment among graduate students, Mahamouda and his team successfully launched Djagora Academy® finishing school a project-based learning program that increases new graduate employment rates. His work focuses on designing program that prepare students for career success in the globalized, 21st century world.  Over the past 20 years Mahamouda has designed several programs in USA, Europe and Africa and he is currently leading projects under EU grants.



Founder and CEO |MEST


Jorn Lyseggen is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, patent holder, seed investor, and the founder and CEO of Meltwater. He founded Meltwater in Norway in 2001, with just $15,000 and bootstrapped it to the global leader in media intelligence with 60 offices across six continents serving 25,000 of the world’s most admired brands and companies.

Jorn founded Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in Ghana in 2008. MEST is a non-profit Pan-African training program, seed fund and incubator for software entrepreneurs, recognized in 2015 by Fast Company’s as one of the 10 Most Innovative Organizations in Africa. Jorn has received numerous accolades for his contributions to the African tech ecosystem. In 2016, Jorn launched Shack15, a data science hub in London with a goal of fostering the next generation of data science startups. In 2016 Jorn received the Lifetime Achievement Award by Europas for his long contributions to the European and international startup community.