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CHRIS FOLAYAN

Keynote Speaker

Chris is well established successful serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in C level roles in marketing, technology development, and acquisition in various USA based High-Tech companies, and startups. Chris has founded, and establishing companies in Africa, USA, Middle East and Asia. Prior to founding his current venture the award winning MallforAfrica and MallfortheWorld app and platform Chris was the Founder and CEO of OCFX Inc. a globally recognized, award winning Software and web design agency serving clients globally in various sectors such as SONY, LSI, Cisco, HP, EPSON, TYCO, US Government, Visa, BestBuy, CapitalOne Finance, EMC and many other companies. Chris has managed global relations with clients in over 60 countries and multi-million dollar projects. Chris graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Marketing and a learn as you grow, always in beta, out of the box thinking degree in business strategy and growth.


Panel : Africa's Tech Entrepreneurs 


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MAYA HORGAN FAMODU

Facilitator | Africa's Tech Entrepreneurs

Maya Horgan Famodu is an ecosystem architect, driving growth and development in Sub-Saharan based startup ecosystems. She is the Founder of Ingressive, an investment group that guides global capital to African entrepreneurs through a 2,000 member angel database. 

Maya has brought companies including Y Combinator, 500 Startups, New Relic, USAID, GitHub, and Techstars to Nigeria to meet local tech ecosystem players, then invest in deals. Recently, she launched a microfund of $5M to participate in the deals organized during Ingressive tours. She has been featured in BusinessDay, Huffington Post, Bella Naija, ThisDay and The Guardian.

 
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OLU'YOMI OJO

Panelist | Africa's Tech Entrepreneurs

Yomi Ojo started his entrepreneurship journey in advertising and design. In 2008, after graduating from college, he founded Urbanbaze Advertising, a Lagos based advertising agency where he planned campaigns and branding services for top Nigerian brands including Pension Alliance, Mutual Benefit Assurance, Etisalat and Honda Nigeria. In 2014, compelled by a mission to help Nigerian small businesses look great through the power of print and custom merchandise, he moved on to cofound Printivo alongside Ibukun Oloyede and Deji Adeogun. Called “The Vistaprint of Africa”, by CNN, Techcrunch, Techcabal, Disrupt-Africa, Printivo is currently one of the businesses in 500 Startups batch 20 and plans to expand to other African countries this year. 

 
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MONIQUE WOODARD

Panelist | Africa's Tech Entrepreneurs

Monique is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups investing in black and Latino entrepreneurs and managing 500 Startups' activities in West, East and South Africa. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Black Founders whose mission is to increase the number of successful black entrepreneurs in tech. Previously, she served as an Innovation Fellow for the City of San Francisco. Monique has more than 15 years of entrepreneur and operating experience that covers consumer internet, e-commerce and government tech.

 
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PRISCILLA HAZEL

Panelist | Africa's Tech Entrepreneurs

Priscilla Hazel is co-founder and CEO of Tress, a social community for black women to discover and share hairstyle inspiration. Tress was part of the recent Y Combinator W17 batch. She has a background in software entrepreneurship and has previously worked in project management and marketing consumer products for notable brands like Nike. She is passionate about solving problems using available technology and has various interests, but finds that she is most drawn to lifestyle, education, health, energy and entrepreneurship.

 
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FEMI KUTI

Panelist | Africa's Tech Entrepreneurs

Femi is cofounder and CEO of Kangpe, a technology company with a vision to make connecting with quality healthcare quick, easy and convenient for the African continent. Before this, he worked as a physician in a leading research hospital in Nigeria and as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs advising healthcare, biotech and pharmaceutical corporations.


Panel : FinTech, The African Way


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SARAH TAIT

Facilitator | FinTech, The African Way

Sarah is Operations Manager at Branch.co., which delivers world-class financial services to the mobile generation. Prior to Branch, she worked at Bloomberg LP as Analytics Team Leader and at Kiva.org on then-pilot project Kiva Zip. She graduated magna cum laude from New York University’s Stern School of Business with a B.S. in Finance and Management and Organizational Behavior. She earned her MBA from University of California, Berkeley in 2016.

 

MATT FLANNERY

Panelist | FinTech, The African Way

Matt Flannery is Co-founder and CEO of Branch.co., which delivers world-class financial services to the mobile generation. Prior to Branch, Matt co-founded Kiva in 2004 and served as its CEO for 10 years. He led Kiva’s growth from a pilot project to becoming a world-renowned organization with partnerships in over 80 countries and more than 1 million lenders. He graduated with a BS in Symbolic Systems and a Masters in Analytical Philosophy from Stanford University.

 
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SHOLA AKINLADE

Panelist | FinTech, The African Way

Shola is co-founder and CEO of Paystack, which provides a simple and secure way for Merchants in Africa to accept payments from their websites or mobile apps. Paystack is the first Nigerian startup that got accepted in the Y Combinator’s accelerator program. The company has recently received $1.3 million seed funding.

Prior to Paystack, Shola co-founded Precurio, an open-source collaboration software for businesses in emerging markets which was downloaded over 150,000 times and made available in 6 languages. He graduated with a BS in computer science from Babcock University.

 
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MAKOTO GODA

Panelist | FinTech, The African Way

Makoto Goda is Founder and CEO of Nippon Biodiesel Fuel Co., Ltd. (NBF) in 2000, which has conducted community-based renewable energy projects including production and sales of oil extracted from Jatropha in rural Mozambique. Through scaling bio-diesel projects, he realized that there are strong needs for safe way of storing money and has introduced a pilot infrastructure of electronic money for local farmers. He envisions expanding the system into banking network to financially support local farmers and strengthen unity of the community. He believes that technologies change their lives and improve life quality.

 
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AKINOLA JONES

Panelist | FinTech, The African Way

Akin is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Aella Credit. He was previously the Head of Investment Banking at Primera Africa, Nigeria and prior to that held key investment banking roles at BGL PLC, Nigeria and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, USA.


Akin started his career in the Technology, Media & Telecoms Group at Wachovia Securities and has completed transactions globally with a combined value of over $5 billion. Akin graduated with a degree in International Business & Finance from Howard University and is one of the very few individuals that has completed three of the leading Technology accelerator programs in the world, Y Combinator, 500 Startups, and Barclays.

 
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PELUMI ABOLUWARIN

Panelist | FinTech, The African Way

Pelumi is the CTO & Cofounder of Kudi.ai. Kudi helps Africans pay people and businesses through messaging channels (Skype, Telegram, Facebook etc.). Kudi was of a part of the YCombinator winter '17 batch.


Prior to cofounding Kudi, he was involved in the early days of e-commerce in Nigeria being the first Engineering hire in Jumia Nigeria (Rocket Internet) & Pricecheck Nigeria (Naspers Group). He subsequently worked at Nexmo in London where he built communication tools for scalable business communication. He holds a BSc. in Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria & an MSc. in Machine Learning & Data Mining, University of Bristol, UK.


Panel : Big Tech's Ambitions in Africa


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CHINWENWA OHANELE

Facilitator | Big Tech's Ambitions in Africa

Chinwe Ohanele is an entrepreneur, a practicing attorney licensed to practice in several states, and lover of all things Africa. Her love of legal systems and processes is surpassed only by her love and faith in the continent of Africa. With an interest in developing robust frameworks and systems in Nigeria's now global entertainment market, she has consulted on industry standard policies, and practices with industry stakeholders. She also works to deepen relationships with partner industries such as banking, finance, and tech, which can provide greater stability and certainty in a sometimes uncertain market.

 
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ERIC OSIAKWAN

Panelist | Big Tech's Ambitions in Africa

Eric Osiakwan is Managing Partner of Chanzo Capital. He is an entrepreneur and investor with 15 years of ICT industry leadership across Africa and the world. He has worked in 32 African countries setting up ISPs, ISPAs, IXPs and high-tech startups. Mr. Osiakwan was part of the team that built the TEAMS submarine cable in East Africa and an ICT Consultant for the WorldBank, Soros Foundations, UNDP, USAID, USDoJ, USDoS as well as African governments and private firms. He serves on the board of Farmerline, Forhey, Teranga Solutions, Siqueries, Amp.it, SameLogic, eCampus, Bisa App, SeeSayDo and Wanjo Foods, - some of which are his investments. Mr. Osiakwan authored The KINGS of Africa Digital Economy, co-authored The Open Access Model, Negotiating the Net – The Politics of Internet Diffusion in Africa and The Internet in Ghana with the Mosaic Group.

 
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AMISH CHANDE

Panelist | Big Tech's Ambitions in Africa

Amish Chande is Partner Development Manager for Google's Next Billion Users program leading partnership efforts in sub-Saharan Africa. The Next Billion Users program aims to make the world’s information universally accessible, which includes making sure Google products work in areas with spotty service and low-bandwidth connections. Prior to joining Next Billion Users, Amish was a treasury manager at Google, during which time he launched captive finance programs in Europe and Canada, managed business development efforts to find banking partners and led contract negotiations. He also oversaw growth and operations for the UK AdWords Business Credit Card program. Before joining Google, Amish was a Director of Corporate Development at GE Capital. Amish holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

 
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ADELE VRANA

Panelist | Big Tech's Ambitions in Africa

Adele leads the Partnerships & Global Reach team at the Wikimedia Foundation. The group is responsible for increasing Wikipedia’s reach through strategic partnerships with mobile, nonprofit and technology partners worldwide. Prior to her move to San Francisco Bay Area, Adele gained her experience in business development and nonprofit/mission oriented programs in her native country of Brazil. Adele holds a BA in International Relations and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Sao Paulo (USP).

 
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DARREN SABO

Panelist | Big Tech's Ambitions in Africa

Darren is currently a Principal at Orange Silicon Valley, a division of Orange based in San Francisco that collaborates with startups, investors, researchers and other partners to bring innovation to the group’s markets in EMEA. He brings extensive experience in international business development, marketing, product development, investment and go-to-market strategies. His 15-year career spans companies such as Samsung Electronics, The Nielsen Company and various tech startups. Darren’s most recent work focuses on bridging the partnership divide between Silicon Valley and Sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a BA in in Anthropology from Rutgers University and an International MBA from IE Business School.