|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.
MoTIV - Community Lead
Mr.Eugene Kavuma is the Community Lead at MoTIV, East Africa's biggest makerspace which works with creatives to refine and scale their businesses, in order to meet demand for local and international markets. Eugene is inspired by the potential of the creative and cultural industries and what they can do for Uganda's economy. He believes that with a little inspiration and a lot of recognition, many creative ideas can create opportunities for improved livelihoods and reduced poverty. Its his personal mission to contribute to enabling those ideas come to life.
Dealmaker - Media & Tech
IDC - South Africa
Bhavanesh is an impact investor with a deep interest in enlightened capitalism and digital media. He works for the Industrial Development Corporation – a premier African development finance house. Bhavanesh is a Chartered Accountant and MBA, having done his thesis on Workplace Spirituality.
Senior Digital Advisor,
Creative Industry, Tunisia
Customer success obsessed, subject matter expert and evangelist in disruptive innovation and digital transformation. Lean/agile/devops coach. IIOT & Cloud early adopter. Supporting both Corporate accounts and SMEs in their digital transformation journey and implementation roadmap. Mobilizing teams in eGov, eTax, eJustice, eBusiness, Telcos and connected manufacturing implementation. Developed, managed and coached entire "program of change" digital transformation programs in wide range of industries and countries. Spent 11 years in Microsoft Consulting moving from delivery to biz dev to sales. Foued is an IT Engineer, holding mainly, a professional certificate in Smart Manufacturing from MIT and multiple executive education certificates from : Harvard Business School on Disruptive Innovation; Columbia Business School on Digital strategies; Columbia School of Engineering on Data Science. .
Vice President - Chamber of Commerce
Exporters & Importers, Poland
Co-founder - Polish Fashion Cluster
Co-founder - ADL-INNET, Luxembourg
Vice President of Chamber of Commerce Exporters and Importers (Poland), Co-funder of African Digital Leadership Innovation Network (Luxembourg), Supervisory Board Member at Incuvo S.A. More than 20 years of consulting and mentoring services to either government, SMEs or clusters as well in Poland, Europe, Asia and Egypt. Since 2012 he is present also in North and West Africa (Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Ivory Coast). MA., with extensive experience in clustering, innovations, policy making, SME development and internationalization. Co-funder of Polish Fashion Cluster, strongly committed to VR, AR gaming and software industry. Co-facilitator of Incuvo Gaming Academy to be run in MENA countries in a partnership with universities and technoparks. Partner of Fabryka Sztuki (Art Incubator) in Łódź – focused on support creative industry growth. Member of Silesian Innovation Council (Poland), Partner of National Forest Center (Slovakia), External expert of Technology Agency of Czech Republic,- Expert of Upper Silesia Agency for Entrepreneurship and Development, stakeholder of Organization and Management Department at Silesian Univerity of Technology. Co-founder of Regional Export Platform (Silesia Province) focused on improvement quality of internationalization services in Silesia Voivodship and win-win sustain and corporate international cooperation. Lecturer, Trainer, Mentor. More than 500 lectures, presentations, workshops, trainings in Europe, Africa and Lebanon. Teacher of judo and chess. . .
Kayode Yahaya is an Artist/Engineer from Lagos Nigeria, His experience spans from Music production/ recording to Well-testing, Being an artist himself, he can relate to the struggles of fellow musicians around the world seeking music promotions/opportunities and we hope to fill this Gap. Musiceco is dedicated to amplifying the voices of Musicians around the globe by ensuring their art gets the promotion it deserves. . .
Founder 360 Creative Hub
Achu, Blessing Ebere (Mrs.) is a creative startup ecosystem builder, passionate about supporting the growth of women and youth-owned/led SMEs in the African fashion industry - from cotton farmers to retail stores - and build a generation of globally reputed “Made in Africa”- brands. She is the founder of 360 Creative Hub, which aims to fuel fashion enterprise through technology. Armed with extensive experience in Business Development and Sales Management in the Enterprise Software and Telecommunications sub-sectors, she is driven towards consistently exploring better ways of promoting Fashion Business Growth through technology. She works not only to help creative brands improve their knowledge and methods, she also facilitates export and international reach for emerging fashion brands through e-commerce and strategic partnerships. She has extensive experience in conducting research, developing partnerships and mobilizing financial resources through private and public channels. Blessing holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education, a Fellow of the African Women Entrepreneurship cooperative and Cherie Blair Foundation. Over her 14 years professional journey, Blessing has successfully developed and implemented sales and marketing plans that aided the closing of multi-million dollar deals. She is tenacious in generating growth, ensuring customer loyalty and fostering strong relationships with external business partners. She is a Goodwill Ambassador for the Nigerian Student Fashion Design Week, mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, and promoter of leadership in young women. .
Proprietor House of Ndinda, Uganda
An Interior decor Company
Lyn Andinda Bahati is a 25 year old Uganda female creative entrepreneur. She is the Proprietor of House of Ndinda, an interior design consultation and furniture business which has been in operation for 2 years now. Lyn is a self taught interior designer who enjoys innovation and creating spaces for people to express themselves. She is also an avid reader who also occasionally writes, a creative with multiple passions. Dabbling in various creative spaces has enabled her gain vast knowledge, build a great network, and join various platforms to interact on,share with and lead other creatives.
Ancillary Rights and Contract Manager
FilmOne Entertainment, Lagos, Nigeria.
Mojisola Sapara is a Monetization and Rights Management expert at FilmOne Entertainment, an independent entertainment company focused on the distribution and production of film contents, within and outside the Nigerian. Previously, she worked as the Head of Distribution at Micromedia Marketing Limited. She is a graduate of the prestigious University of Lagos. She is a committed and dedicated individual with almost 10 years working experience within the Media and Rights Management Industry. She has achieved outstanding results having distributed multi-language filmed content to serval continents across the world. With her outstanding achievements and broad knowledge, she currently heads the Ancillary and Rights Management Team at FilmOne Entertainment. She is happily married with two children .
Co-founder ELSE Corp, Milan, Italy
A Virtual Retail & 3D Commerce Company.
Andrey Golub (PhD) is a Co-founder of ELSE Corp (www.else-corp.com)- a Virtual Retail, 3D Commerce and Design Automation Company. Since 2020 he is a General Manager for Italy and Head of AI, M&S R&D of ICOL Group (group.icol.com)- Smart Robo-Factories and Digital Ecosystems. A Business Transformation and Technology Innovation professional, served in the past as R&D manager, contract professor, strategy consultant, specialized in development and launch of innovative high-tech products and services, mainly Cloud Computing and Artificial Intelligence. Andrey's best expertise lay in the field of Fashion/Luxury Design, Retail and Manufacturing. An accomplished DeepTech & FashionTech Entrepreneur of over 15+ years, overall R&D experience: 20+ years, focused and passionate about Digital Twin technology, Prefabrication/ Virtual Sampling, Simulation and Generative Design, Hybrid AI, Data Driven Design and Hyper- Automation. .
Director of Marketing at Virtway, Barcelona, Spain
3D virtual events Company
Danielle McConnell is the Director of Marketing at Virtway, where she leads in furthering growth in one of the world’s largest and most accessible Virtual Event & Workspace Platforms. Risk taking and innovation have long been a dominant characteristic of her career and is evident in her passion for and experience with tech startups. She has been involved in the VR/tech sector for more than 6 years and her experience includes development and implementation of marketing strategies for 360º VR and virtual coverage of a wide range of events. Additionally, including her time at university, she has more than 15 years of experience working in the event sector, having participated in the planning process for both traditional in-person and online events.
Technical Working Group - Creative Industries, Nigeria.
Co-founder AfricaSoftPower Project
Obi Asika is acknowledged as an expert on the possibilities that the creative and cultural industries offer for Nigeria, Africa and the global black Diaspora. He is a leading advocate for Nigerian and African Soft power and one of the leaders of the Nigerian entertainment, creative and media sectors with long experience across those spaces. He is focused on building connected ecosystems and unlocking the true potential of these sectors. Obi Asika is presently the National Coordinator of the Technical Working Group for the Creative Industries, Tourism, Culture and Hospitality sectors for the 2020-2050 Media and Long term National Development plan for the Nigeria 2050 Agenda led by the Fed Min of Budget and Planning and the NESG. Obi Asika is the Founder of Dragon Africa, a strategic communications agency, event & conference producer. Obi Asika is the Co-Convener of the AfricaSoftPower Project which focuses on unlocking value in those spaces and he is also the co-founder of Social Media Week Lagos, one of the largest new media and technology conferences in Africa. Obi is Founder of @IbaAjie an innovation & creative hub at Onitsha. Obi has been involved in promoting and enabling opportunities in the technology, sports, media and entertainment industries in Nigeria and globally for over 20 years. He has been an executive Producer and partner for global events, major global tv franchises and festivals including, Fifa U20 World Cup 1999, CAF Nations Cup 2000, Big Brother Nigeria 2006, Dragons Den Nigeria, 2007, The Apprentice Africa 2008, Naija Sings 2009-2012, Calabar Festival 2008 & Calabar Rocks Tv Series 2009, Soccerex West Africa 2012, SMWLagos 2012- until the present to name a few. Obi Asika is known as one of the key people that unlocked the Nigerian music and entertainment industry with his record label and production company, Storm records and Storm 360 and the production of the major reality formats. He worked strategically with partner companies, major media platforms and brands to push an agenda that went beyond his company to frame and drive the entire afrobeats movement which was able to enable massive platforms for Nigerian talent who now generate billions of views and have well over 200m followers across all platforms. .