Annual Gathering 2019

The 4th edition of the AfriLabs Annual Gathering in partnership with the African Union Commission Department of Human Resource, Science and Technology was held from 28th – 30th October 2018 at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme of the event was Connect Towards an Integrated Innovation Ecosystem.

The Annual Gathering welcomed over 350 attendees including AfriLabs network members from across Africa, investor groups like Venture Capital for African (VC4A) and African Business Angels Network (ABAN), developmental agencies like the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), corporate organisations and AfriLabs partners like AUC, GIZ, GIZ-Make IT, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Liquid Telecom, Facebook,The African Diaspora Youth Forum in Europe (ADYFE), Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (CIDO), Microsoft, Google, Digital Africa, International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Seme City, Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS), Mozilla,  University of Basel amongst others.

The Gathering themed “Building a Resilient Innovative Africa” held from the 12th-14th October 2020 and was sponsored by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) through the AfriLabs Capacity Building Programme (ACBP), Mozilla, KTN Global amongst other partners. It was an exciting unique experience that transcended the borders of the norm and broke the conventional virtual expectations. With over 15 exhibitors, 20 speakers and 1200 participants, the Gathering was a proof of the resilience of the AfriLabs community.

As a prelude to the Annual Gathering, the AfriLabs General Meeting meeting held on the 7th of October 2020, where a new Board Member was elected. The AGM served as an opportunity for members of the AfriLabs community to get the latest updates and
development within AfriLabs and have discussions on what is needed towards improving the community and the ecosystem.

As a prelude to the Annual Gathering, AfriLabs held its Annual General Meeting where a new board was elected to oversee the affairs of AfriLabs for the next two years. In addition, AfriLabs partnered with the University of Basel to organise The Swiss Africa Business and Innovation Initiative (SABII) Advanced Entrepreneurship Workshop, an initiative which aims to boost the entrepreneurial know-how and exposure of Sub-Saharan graduate students. Also, The Business Accelerator Master Class (a collaboration between Suguba and Village Capital sponsored by African Development Bank Innovation and Entrepreneur Lab and supported by AfriLabs) was held 2 days before the gathering to build the capacity of accelerators from the AfriLabs network and across Africa.

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OUR SPEAKERS

H.E. PROFESSOR SARAH M.E. ANYANG AGBOR

H.E. PROFESSOR SARAH M.E. ANYANG AGBOR

Commissioner of Human Resources, Science & Technology Department (HRST) African Union Commission (AUC)

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H.E. GETAHUN MEKURIA (DR. ING)

H.E. GETAHUN MEKURIA (DR. ING)

Minister of Innovation and Technology Ethiopia

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REBECCA ENONCHONG

REBECCA ENONCHONG

Board Chair Board Chair AfriLabs and Board Chair ActivSpaces Cameroon

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AMBASSADOR DANIEL HUNN

AMBASSADOR DANIEL HUNN

Ambassador of Switzerland to Ethiopia, Djibouti, South Sudan and the African Union
NEKESA WERE

NEKESA WERE

Director of Strategy AfriLabs
ANNA EKELEDO

ANNA EKELEDO

Executive Director AfriLabs
ALMOUSTAPHA AMADOU CISSE

ALMOUSTAPHA AMADOU CISSE

Chief Technology Officer United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
CHRISTINE HA

CHRISTINE HA

Digital & ICT Project manager Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
DR. CELESTIN MONGA

DR. CELESTIN MONGA

Visiting Professor of Economics University of Paris 1 Paris-Sorbonne and Peking University, France
DR. EDWARD ADDAI

DR. EDWARD ADDAI

UNICEF Country Representative to Ethiopia and the African Union
NGWENYA PRUDENCE NONKULULEKO

NGWENYA PRUDENCE NONKULULEKO

Head of Human Resource and Youth Development African Union Commission (AUC)
TOMI DAVE

TOMI DAVE

President African Business Angel Network ABAN
LETTY CHIWARA

LETTY CHIWARA

Representative to Ethiopia, Africa Union and UN Economic Commission for Africa at United Nations Women
KAMRAN ELAHIAN

KAMRAN ELAHIAN

Founder and Chairman, Global Innovation Catalyst.
ANDREW RUGEGE

ANDREW RUGEGE

Regional Director for Africa International Telecommunication Union
DR. ELENI GABRE-MADHIN

DR. ELENI GABRE-MADHIN

Founder and Chief Executive Officer BlueMoon, Ethiopia
MARK IHIMOYAN

MARK IHIMOYAN

Director of Business Development (Middle East and Africa) at Microsoft Corporation
ELIZABETH HOWARD

ELIZABETH HOWARD

Co-Founder LelapaFund
KARIM SY

KARIM SY

President Digital Africa
BEN WHITE

BEN WHITE

Founder VC4A
TORBJÖRN FREDRIKSSON

TORBJÖRN FREDRIKSSON

Chief at ICT Policy Section United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
NDEYE ABSA GNINGUE

NDEYE ABSA GNINGUE

Senior Innovation Officer African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Jobs for Youth in Africa
DR. AMAZIGH DIB

DR. AMAZIGH DIB

Private Sector Coordinator Pan-African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES) Coordinator of PAU
KOLA AINA

KOLA AINA

Founding Partner Ventures Platform, Board Member Reliance HMO
AMAL MOWAFY

AMAL MOWAFY

Regional Youth Employment Technical Specialist for Africa International Labour Organization (ILO)
CAROLINE GAJU

CAROLINE GAJU

Programme Officer at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Regional Office for Africa
ANZIZE YESSOUFOU

ANZIZE YESSOUFOU

Financial Planning & Analysis Seme City, Benin
ERICK YONG

ERICK YONG

CEO GreenTech Captial
DR. ANINO EMUWA

DR. ANINO EMUWA

Founder Avandis Women CEO Network
MICHAEL OLUWAGBEMI

MICHAEL OLUWAGBEMI

Executive Partner LoftyInc Ltd Co-Founder Wennovation Nigeria
TEMITOPE ISEDEWO

TEMITOPE ISEDEWO

Director of Programmers AfriLabs
KHALID MOHAMMED ALI

KHALID MOHAMMED ALI

Founder of Impact Hub Khartoum Sudan
JORGE APPIAH

JORGE APPIAH

Founder of KumasiHive Ghana
STEVE TCHOUMBA

STEVE TCHOUMBA

Business Development Manager ActivSpaces Douala, Cameroon
KUDZAI MUBAIWA

KUDZAI MUBAIWA

Strategy Lead iZone Hub, Zimbabwe
TAKUNDA CHINGONZOH

TAKUNDA CHINGONZOH

Board Member
MARTIN KARANJA

MARTIN KARANJA

Market Engagement Director GSMA
TAYO AKINYEMI

TAYO AKINYEMI

International Consultant #FastTrackTech in Africa UN International Trade Centre
HELINNA AYALEW

HELINNA AYALEW

Head of Digital Education Liquid Telecom
KAREN KANEZA

KAREN KANEZA

Co-chair of African Diaspora Youth Forumm (ADYFE)
EIMAN KHEIR

EIMAN KHEIR

Head of Diaspora Division Citizens and Directorate Civil Society and Diaspora (CIDO)
JONAS TESFU

JONAS TESFU

Co-founder and CEO Pangea Accelerator Sweden
ALAIN NKURIKIYE

ALAIN NKURIKIYE

Founder and CEO Wajenzi, Netherland
MAMADOU DAKOUO

MAMADOU DAKOUO

BioWin Canada
AMA AFRIFA - TCHIE

AMA AFRIFA - TCHIE

AMA Consults UK
DR. WILMOT ALLEN

DR. WILMOT ALLEN

Founder VentureLift Africa
FAYELLE OUANE

FAYELLE OUANE

Managing Director SUGUBA
AMALYA YEGHOYAN

AMALYA YEGHOYAN

Business and Regional HighTech Development Manager Enterprise Incubator Foundation Armenia
ERICH THALER

ERICH THALER

Senior Manager Networks and Global Partnerships UniBasel Switzerland
PHUMLANI NKONTWANA

PHUMLANI NKONTWANA

Lecturer Stellenbosh University South Africa
BANKOLE OLUWAFEMI

BANKOLE OLUWAFEMI

Editor in Chief TechCabal
TEFO MOHAPI

TEFO MOHAPI

Founder iAfrikan
STAN GETUI

STAN GETUI

Principal Investments at Luminate Group
RENE PARKER

RENE PARKER

Director RLabs South Africa
LINDA BONYO

LINDA BONYO

CEO Lawyers Hub Kenya
FIIFI BAIDOO

FIIFI BAIDOO

CTO iSpace Foundation Ghana
CHUKWUEMEKA FRED AGBATA JNR

CHUKWUEMEKA FRED AGBATA JNR

Media Strategist and Tech Advocate
FATOUMATA NIANG NIOX

FATOUMATA NIANG NIOX

Francophone Representative
JOSEPHINE MWANGI

JOSEPHINE MWANGI

Head of Communications, Marketing and Stakeholder Management, Nailab Kenya
CHINWE FIDELIA OKOLI

CHINWE FIDELIA OKOLI

Manager of Roar Nigeria Hub and Pioneer Manager of Lion Science Park University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria
LINDA KWAMBOKA

LINDA KWAMBOKA

Board Member
MARK DODSWORTH

MARK DODSWORTH

Director and Cofounder RedZebra
PULENG MAKHOALIBE

PULENG MAKHOALIBE

Head of the Innovation Creativity and Entreprenuership Division Henly Business School Africa

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