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.


Managing Director| MINES.IO Nigeria

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Adia Sowho is the Managing Director of MINES.IO Nigeria, a consumer finance startup focused on emerging markets. She started her career as an engineer with a US mobile telecom. After obtaining an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management  and a stint at Deloitte Consulting, she returned home to Nigeria where she spent 8 years at 9mobile and assumed the role of Director of Digital Business for the telecom operator. Adia worked on developing mobile content, technology, and financial services products through partnerships at 9mobile before joining MINES.IO.


 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.


 Director of Diversity & Inclusion | Singularity University 


Lajuanda M. Asemota is an award-winning Nigerian American entrepreneur, technologist, and education advocate. She is passionate about technology’s ability to affect social change, and over the past decade, she has worked with thousands of global leaders to fuel innovation at the intersections of education, technology, and social impact. Most recently, she led Diversity & Inclusion for Singularity University (SU) educating leaders on how to use exponential technologies like AI, robotics, biotech, and nanotech to solve global issues such as poverty, education, and health. In her time at SU, Lajuanda successfully launched numerous initiatives, including the Future of Virtual Reality, Impact Fellows, Global Impact Challenge West Africa, and SU’s first employee resource group, the Women’s Impact Network. Led by her passion for innovation in so-called emerging markets, Lajuanda co-organized SpeedUpAfrica, a startup bootcamp convening the top 100 African entrepreneurs with investors and mentors from Africa, Silicon Valley, and beyond. As an international speaker, Lajuanda has spoken across 5 continents and been featured in publications such as Forbes and Silicon Valley’s 40 Under 40 Tech Diversity. Lajuanda also attended the University of California, Berkeley for a Bachelor’s degree in both African American Studies and Advertising & Consumer Behavior. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Leadership High School in San Francisco and as an advisor to several startups.

#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 Charm 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!)


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.


Dean | UC Berkeley School of Public Health


Dr. Stefano M. Bertozzi is dean and professor of health policy and management at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Previously, he directed the HIV and tuberculosis programs at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

He has served on governance and advisory boards for WHO, UNAIDS, the Global Fund, PEPFAR, the NIH, Duke University, the University of Washington and the AMA. He has advised NGOs, and ministries of health and social welfare in Asia, Africa and Latin America. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a PhD in health policy and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his medical degree at UC San Diego, and trained in internal medicine at UC San Francisco.


Co-Founder/Executive Director | Helium Health

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Tito Ovia is a public health enthusiast 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.


Post-Doctoral Research Fellow | University of Michigan

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Dr. William Tarpeh is a postdoctoral research fellow in Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan. He develops technologies to create value-added products from “waste” streams, such as urine. Reimagining waste as a resource can reduce costs and environmental impacts of wastewater treatment in industrialized settings and increase sanitation coverage in developing communities. William has worked on sanitation projects in Kenya, South Africa, Brazil, and Ethiopia. He has applied technologies to extract fertilizer from urine through ElectroSan, a spin-out company that has won several business competitions and works with sanitation providers in sub-Saharan Africa. 

William completed his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a minor in African Studies at Stanford University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at Berkeley. In September 2018, he will start as an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford with a research program focused on designing and evaluating novel processes for resource recovery. 


#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:


VP Finance and Operations | Eneza Education


David Njonjo serves as VP of Finance and Operations at Eneza Education, which provides 4 million learners 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 | African HERstory Inc.

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Aishetu’s passion for global finance began in the equities division of Goldman Sachs on the international desk in New York. She went on to work for a USAID-funded project with the Nigerian government in its privatization program. She worked closely with President Obasanjo and his economic team of cabinet ministers in crafting the National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy, which drove several successful reforms including the $18 billion Paris Club debt write-off.

Her passion for demonstrable development impact and understanding the  ability to stimulate economic growth at the intersection of the public and private sectors led her to the World Bank, where she focused on financing businesses in the manufacturing, infrastructure, and service sectors in Central and South America, Eastern Europe, and East Africa.

Aishetu has worked for Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, Standard Chartered Bank, and Rand Merchant Bank as a senior investment banking executive, having closed $130 billion in M&A, financing, and capital markets transactions. Over the past decade, she’s lived in New York, Johannesburg, London, and Lagos.

She founded a first-of-its-kind children’s play and activity center in Lagos and authored a children’s picture book entitled “Paloo & Friends in Imaginaria”. Aishetu loves writing and was a contributing columnist with Business Day Newspaper in Nigeria. She recently founded African HERstory Inc. a digital storytelling community that amplifies the voices of ambitious professional women of African descent through video.

Aishetu holds a BA from Cornell University, a MBA from the Harvard Business School, and participated in the Leaders in Development Program at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University.  She currently lives in Palo Alto, California with her family where she is a Fellow at Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute.


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 is Managing Partner of Ventures at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, where she runs venture investments across the organization.  Vivian serves on the boards of Andela and BYJU’S.  She also led CZI’s investments in AltSchool, Bridge International Academies, Brightwheel, Ellevation Education, MasteryConnect, Newsela, Sawyer and Volley, as well as the acquisition of Meta.  Vivian has nearly two decades of experience in venture capital and private equity.  She was most recently at a family office and previously at TA Associates, Accel Partners, and Morgan Stanley Capital Partners Asia.   She started her career as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company.   Vivian holds an MBA from Harvard University, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S.Econ in finance, Beta Gamma Sigma, and a B.A. in history, Phi Beta Kappa.  Vivian is on the Executive Committee of the Harvard Business School Alumni Board and is on the HBS Alumni Association of Northern California Advisory Council. 


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.