Keynote Speaker

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SAM ALEMAYEHU

Cambridge Industries Ltd 

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

Mr. Samuel Z. Alemayehu started his career in Silicon Valley as a serial entrepreneur. 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 consumer media services around the world. He then moved to Africa in 2009, founding and investing in numerous companies across the continent and in a range of 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, located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as well as the development of renewable energy projects in Uganda, Kenya, Cameroon, Senegal, Somaliland and Djibouti.

He is an Samuel is an active angel investor globally and sits on the board of numerous companies. 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. He is a graduate of Stanford University School of Engineering.


Panels


#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?

 

Panelists include:

EMEKA AFIGBO

Manager, Developer Programs | Facebook

ABDESALAM ALAOUI

 MD| Hightech Payment Systems

EKECHI NWOKAH

CEO | MINES.io


 

#AfricaNextGen: The Future of Health

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

 

Panelists include:

ADEPEJU JAIYEOBA

Founder | Brown Button Foundation

BRITTANY HUME 

International Growth | Zip-Line

TOYIN OJARA SARAKI

Founder and President | The Wellbeing Foundation Africa


 

#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?

 

Panelists include:

MILLICENT MWENDWA

Chief Business Development Officer | Eneza Education

ADRIEN BOUILLOT

Founder | Chalkboard Education

VIVIAN WU

Managing Partner | Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

 

... Stay tuned for more speaker announcements!