|NEW FRONTIERS OF DIGITAL-SPACE HANNESSING AFRICAN POTENTIALS
Africa & Luxembourg
Mr. Kenneth Izomoh is a digital strategist, an ExO advisor, and an expert in digital transformation, leadership, exponential strategy and innovation with extensive experience in innovation architecture solutions development, business and market positioning. He is an astute entrepreneur and has more than 22 years’ experience in ICT innovation & industry. He has consulted more than 20 EU H2020 ICT development projects for Europe and Africa; and managed business developments related activities in cloud platforms for many economic sectors namely e-health, e-tourism, e-agriculture, oil-&-gas, e-energy, Environment, Circular Economy, smart mobility & insurance, enterprise solutions, e-commerce, factories of the future, and smart manufacturing under industry 4.0 enterprise initiatives. Over the years, Mr. Izomoh served in high profile ICT consulting companies helping clients to achieve exponential growth, offer advisory support to innovation hubs, senior executives, and supporting conceptualization of innovation products’ & designs, value chain optimization schemes, and innovation studies for a number of private and public clients. He also acted in the past as an event manager related to the dissemination & continental networking of stakeholders’ in view of turnkey ICT programmes and entrepreneurships related to EU and Africa joint collaborations.
CEO Nigeria Climate Innovation
Centre, Lagos, Nigeria
Formerly managing enspire Business Incubator, a technology focused business incubation center under the Abuja Technology Village. I re-designed and set up the existing platform with its re-purposed areas of focus. Developing and Managing of the Abuja Tech Ecosystem to serve as a resource pool for the enspire Incubator. An expert on the Business Model Canvas deployment for Startups. Incubation Management and Advisory, Strength in the identification and Building of strategic work partners. Creator of Abuja Techies Meet-ups (Monthly). I have a clear understanding of the Start-ups and Entrepreneurship sector in Nigeria/West Africa. He is the creator of Abuja Techie Meet-up (A monthly gathering of Abuja Tech freelance and start up ecosystem). Co-Founded Nigerian Incubators and Innovators Network, 3rd Sector Support Africa, Startup-Arewa and SocialGood Nigeria/Abuja Social GoodHub. In addition, in 2014, Bakole set up and remotely directed the Marketing and Sales Unit of WE 106.3FM Abuja. Business Development, Corporate Brand positioning, Sales, Sponsorship and Partnership coordination. Bankole co-managed the set up process of the Osun State Tourism Industrial Programme (OTOURS) and the built a Media/PR strategy for the effective public communication of the programme. And I was also involved with the soft re-positioning of the Osun State Youth Employment Scheme (OYES) which include Developing quick win strategies, Training of OYES Cadets Bankole also consulted for the Nigerian Film and Video Censors’ Board in the building of a Digital Technology Film Distribution platform as a business, social and industry development platform. Bankole is a member of the Presidential Council on Technology, Innovation and Creativity. Innovation Mgt and commercialization advisor, Incubation Program design advisory. Venture Builder.
1. Azeez Oluwole Saheed is very passionate about agriculture. He started his life as a farm boy in a small garden in Mokola Ibadan, where his father grew vegetables and fruits. This experience became the foundation for his passion for agriculture. In 1991, young Oluwole became an aquaculture apprentice under his brother Mr Yusuf Abiodun Azeez, where he gained practical knowledge and experience on fresh fish aquaculture. He also made his first investment into that agricultural field in 2001.2. Trained as a chemist, Oluwole built a career as a versatile military officer of the Nigerian Navy and a maritime security specialist. He believes that a fundamental factor to world peace and maritime safety is food security. Consequently, he decided to turn his guns to ploughs, convinced that food security will promote peace that warships and missiles cannot. As a result, he voluntarily resigned his presidential commission to turn his passion into a Mission. 3. This Mission gave birth to FarmKonnect Nigeria, a side project in 2016 with a ridiculously meagre seed investment of 30,000 Naira ($200). The project later grew into a company which attracted investments from friends and colleagues. After two years of concept testing and foundation building, FarmKonnect became the first Agricultural Real Estate company in Nigeria (and perhaps Africa). FarmKonnect (in partnership with Touchstone Snails Technology Limited) is building Africa’s biggest snail farm with an estimated output capacity of 2,600 Metric Tons of snail (Trade Volume of 10.4 Million Euros per annum) and 390,000 Litres of slime (Trade Volume of 31 Million Euros) per annum, putting Nigeria at the fore front in snail farming. 4. Similarly, in partnership with various Dutch and Indian companies, FarmKonnect is also building 2 Million square meters of low-tech, environment-friendly, fruit and leafy vegetable greenhouses in two regions of Nigeria. These will have an output of 240,000 Metric tons of vegetables per annum. Additionally, understanding the future need for protein has necessitated investments into insect farming, with focus on scorpion, cricket, locust, grasshopper, cockroaches, worms and black flea larvae. Furthermore, FarmKonnect is almost completing Nigeria’s first and only electronic 2 agricultural extension service center to remotely monitor any farm on African soil, using various modern agricultural surveillance and analytic technologies. In the coming years, FarmKonnect will be investing more in mushroom, algae ostriches and rabbits. 5. Oluwole is an agribusiness builder, energetic, passionate, and daring. He has grown FarmKonnect with nothing, from a 200-dollar hobby in 2016 to exceeding its One Million Dollar Mark within one year, even before the official launch of the Company’s operations. Oluwole is a perpetual opportunity creator, and strives to create opportunities for investors in the agricultural industry. In 2020, FarmKonnect will be inaugurating its first Agricultural Real Estate in Wasimi, Tagged, and The WaVe City, which will create about 1,000 jobs, and contribute over 120,000 tons of nutritious vegetables to Nigerian Market on completion in 2023. The inauguration of Igbeja Snail Village will also happen in 2020 with a 7,000 square meter snail breeding facility, towards the final operating size of over 100,000 square meters of snail breeding capacity. This project will create minimum of 1,000 jobs and put Nigeria as one of the top producers and exporters of snails. Finally, in Oyo State, the launch of the First Agricultural e-centre, located in Oyo State will help to enhance the production of farmers by helping with real-time farm surveillance, irrigation management, plant health management, precision farming solution and agricultural drone services. The Centre will also train farmers and youngsters on application of drones and sensors in agriculture. This is the first centre of such in Nigeria and it is located in Ibadan. The centre will be opened to public by August 2020. 6. Understanding the need to engage youths and youngsters in agriculture, Oluwole founded the Agricultural Social Entrepreneurship Foundation (ASEF), a not for profit organisation with a view to raising African youths to dominate Africa’s agriculture. The Foundation commenced its school agricultural club sensitisation and set up In Oyo State, introducing secondary school students to agriculture with the aim of raising potential farmers for the future generation 7. Azeez Oluwole Saheed is the founder and Chief Marketing Officer of.
National Agricultural Research Organisation – NARO, Uganda.
Member - SmartAfriHub
He is a Co-founder and Chief Climate Scientist He works as a Research Assistant: climate science at NARO’s Coffee & Cocoa research institute in Mukono-Kituza. He holds a BSc.Meteorology degree from Mak, and currently pursuing an MSc. Applied Meteorology at Mak. On top of that, He has had numerous short training in different fields eg Satellite products analysis & validation, Drought forecasting from TAMSTAT Group, University of Reading, Land productivity Analysis and evaluation by RCMRD & GEOMIK Africa among others using various software. A member of the SmartAfriHub, Ronald has also won numerous innovation challenges both local and International. He has as well featured in a number of scientific journals. Ronald has a zeal to fix Uganda’s economy through innovating and improving the Agricultural production & value chains. He is also the Lead Training and Skill’s development at The Empowered Community Uganda, a Youth-led community NGO. Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org Linkedin profile: linkedin.com/in/ssembajwe-ronald-8689a8108 .
Director, Research and Innovation, Sofrecom Tunisia
Ahmed BEN ALI is the Research & Innovation Director within Orange Innovation Tunisia. He is senior manager with an extensive technical background in international very fast moving technological envrionements with 18 years expereience in IT and Telecommunication on both B2B and B2C markets. He is also Orange Expert worldwide in Transaction and Communication Services. He is the initiator of the research activities in the Orange Innovation Tunisia, with a positioning on strategic subjects that match with the local ecosystem especially and more broadly with Africa .
Co-Founder & Insurance Lead
ANNETTE HOUTEKAMER -VAN DAM Co-Founder & Insurance Lead / IBISA Focus on: product requirements, business development, expert advisory support to customers, advice on partner management, strategic advice on project implementation Strong background in development, agriculture, finance and inclusive insurance. Working with finance-, (mutual)insurance- and development institutions to build a poverty-free, gender-balanced, equitable, ecological-sensitive, democratic society with focus on Africa and Asia Pacific. Developing innovative approaches to integral solutions that stimulate the self-reliance of people. IBISA is a turnkey solution for agriculture insurance Partnering and integrating all the ‘channels to farmers’ We are building an insurance platform with global reach and cutting edge technology, Earth Observation Satellite data analysis, risks modelling and pricing. .
CEO Smart & Lean Hub Ltd. Finland
Member - SmartAfriHub
Tuula Löytty earned her MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management from Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology in Finland. She has worked for 18 years at the private sector corporations such as dairy-, sugar- and metal industry, and for 18 years at higher education in three different universities contributing research, development, and innovation (RDI) actions. Tuula Löytty is the owner and CEO of Smart & Lean Hub Oy. Tuula's main efforts have been addressed to implementing Continuous Improvement practices e.g. Lean, Six Sigma, TQM etc. in an industrial context, but also in service businesses. The interest and opportunities to develop open and systemic innovation patterns that embrace concepts like Systems Thinking, Design Thinking. and Lean Startup have provided a new platform to merge quality- and continuous improvement methods to the innovation sphere. Digital solutions and ICT technology have been part of her work since 80' and she prefers to act as a bridge between IT - developers and end-users. Tuua Löytty is a member of the Plan4all (www.plan4all.eu) committee. Co-operation with Plan4all has encompassed mentoring in Nairobi, Kampala, COVID-19, and Open Spring Inspire Hackathons in 2019-2021 to build the African Smart Agriculture and provide a value proposition of Digital Innovation Hub - SmartAfriHub. Contact information: email@example.com Linkedin profile: www.linkedin.com/in/tuulaloytty .
CEO & IoT Aquaponics Expert ,
Upande Ltd, Kenya
Co-founder & CEO
Agriple Ltd, Nigeria
In 2017 I Co-founded a tech startup, LegitCar, which is an online platform that enables individual car buyers and businesses ensure they do not buy or handle vehicles that have been stolen from other people. That same year, LegitCar was named one of the best Justice Innovations in the world by HiiL Innovating Justice, The Hague, Netherlands; and this gave us the opportunity to present our innovation at the Innovating Justice Forum at The Peace Palace, The Hague, in December 2017. August 2019, I also Co-founded Agriple to deliver cheaper, fresher, and traceable farm produce to businesses for their operations where and when they are needed. I currently function as Agriple's CEO, and chose this work to help fight post-harvest loss which affects about 60% of all food cultivated in Africa, enough food to feed over 300 million hungry people on the Continent, costing farmers Billions in annual revenue. .