4,000+ attendees
4,000+ attendees
2,300+ exhibitors
100+ exhibitors
400+ Operator Companies
Africa Heads of States
208 countries represented
90+ countries represented
10,000+ Operator Attendees
Africa ICT Project owners
10,000+ Operator Attendees
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  • Dr. Toure
    Dr. Hamadoun Touré

    Executive Director, Smart Africa Secretariat

  • Houlin Zhao
    Houlin Zhao

    Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union

  • Strive Masiyiwa
    Strive Masiyiwa

    Founder and Chairman of Econet Group

  • Jean de Dieu
    Jean de Dieu Rurangirwa

    Minister of Information Technology and Communications,
    Republic of Rwanda

  • Ashish Thakkar
    Ashish Thakkar

    Founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation

  • Andrus Ansip
    Andrus Ansip

    European Commissioner of Digital Single Market

  • Grey Wyler
    Greg Wyler

    Executive Chairman of OneWeb and Founder of O3b Networks

  • Grey Wyler
    Jean Philbert Nsengimana

    Special Advisor, Smart Africa

  • Hon. Joe Mucheru
    Hon. Joe Mucheru

    Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communications,
    Republic of Kenya

  • Yasser Elkady
    Yasser ElKady

    Minister of Communications and Information Technology(MCIT),
    Arab Republic of Egypt

  • Hon. Joe Mucheru
    Hon. José Carvalho da Rocha

    Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technologies,
    Republic of Angola

  • Hon. Arouna Modibo Touré
    Hon. Arouna Modibo Touré

    Minister of Digital Economy and Communication,
    Republic of Mali

  • Hon. Madeleine Alingué
    Hon. Madeleine Alingué

    Minister of Posts and New Technologies,
    Republic of Chad

  • Hon. Bruno Nabagné Kone
    Hon. Bruno Nabagné Kone

    Minister of Communication Digital Economy and the Post,
    Republic of Côte d'Ivoire

  • Hon. Alain Claude Billie
    Hon. Alain Claude Billie

    Minister for the Digital Economy, Communication, Culture and Arts. Spokesman for the Government,
    Republic of Gabon

  • Hon. Abdoulaye Bibi Baldé
    Hon. Abdoulaye Bibi Baldé

    Minister of Communication, Telecommunication, Posts and the Digital Ecosystem,
    Republic of Senegal

  • Hon. Cina Lawson
    Hon. Cina Lawson

    Minister of Post and Digital Economy,
    Republic of Togo

  • Hon. Moustapha Mamy Diaby
    Hon. Moustapha Mamy Diaby

    Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and Digital Economy,
    Republic of Guinea Conakry

  • Hon. Emery Okundji Ndjovu
    Hon. Emery Okundji Ndjovu

    Minister of Telecommunications, New Information and Communication Technologies,
    Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Hon. Anouar Maârouf
    Hon. Anouar Maârouf

    Minister of Information Technologies and Digital Economy,
    Republic of Tunisia

  • Hon. Aurelie Adam Soule Zoumarou
    Hon. Aurelie Adam Soule Zoumarou

    Minister of Digital Economy and Communication,
    Republic of Benin

  • Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth
    Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth

    Minister of Information, Telecommunication and Postal Services,
    Republic of South Sudan

  • H.E Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu
    H.E Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu

    Executive Governor, Abia State, Nigeria

  • Daniel Schaer
    Daniel Schaer

    Ambassador, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Estonia

  • H.E. Pr. Abdulaziz Salem Al Rwais
    H.E. Pr. Abdulaziz Salem Al Rwais

    Governor, Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • Hiroshi Kato
    Hiroshi Kato

    Senior Vice President, JICA

  • H.E. Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid
    H.E. Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid

    Commissioner Infrastructure & Energy, African Union Commission

  • Philipp Metzger
    Philipp Metzger

    Director General of the Swiss Federal Office of Communications

  • H.E. Mr El Jalil Aali
    H.E. Mr El Jalil Aali

    Minister in charge of the African Affairs

  • Laurent Lamothe
    Laurent Lamothe

    Former Prime Minister, Haiti

  • Karen Bartleson
    Karen Bartleson

    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

  • Dr. Jared Cohon
    Dr. Jared Cohon

    President Emeritus and University Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering & Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

  • Dr. Craig Wright
    Dr. Craig Wright

    CTO, nChain

  • Mats Granyrd
    Mats Granyrd

    Director General, GSMA

  • Mats Granyrd
    Byungki Oh

    Representing Dr Chang-Gyu Hwang, Chief Executive Officer, KT Corporation

  • Mr. Robert Pepper
    Mr. Robert Pepper

    Representing Mr. Kevin Martin, Vice President, Mobile and Global Access Policy, Facebook

  • Mr. Patrick Masambu
    Mr. Patrick Masambu

    Director General of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO)

  • H.E. Dr Debretsion G. Michae
    H.E. Dr Debretsion G. Michae

    Former Deputy Prime minister for finance and economic cluster and the Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Ethiopia

  • Mr. Paul Mitchell
    Mr. Paul Mitchell

    Former Deputy Prime minister for finance and economic cluster and the Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Ethiopia

  • Dr. Speranza Ndege
    Dr. Speranza Ndege

    Director, Kenyatta University Television and Radio Services (KUTVRS)

  • Prof. Nicholas Negroponte
    Prof. Nicholas Negroponte

    Emeritus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab

  • Ms. Donna Bethea Murphy
    Ms. Donna Bethea Murphy

    (Representing Mr. Rupert Pearce, Chief Executive Officer of Inmarsat Plc

  • Mr. Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski
    Mr. Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski

    Executive Secretary of EUTELSAT IGO

  • Mr. Stephen Spengler
    Mr. Stephen Spengler

    Chief Executive Officer, Intelsat

  • Mr. Amir Dossal
    Mr. Amir Dossal

    Founder and Chairman, Global Partnerships Forum

  • Mr. Ivo Ivanovski
    Mr. Ivo Ivanovski

    Former Minister of Information Society, Republic of Macedonia

  • Gabriel Negatu
    Gabriel Negatu

    Director General, East Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office, African Development Bank

  • Boutheina Guermazi
    Boutheina Guermazi

    Practice Manager, Transport and Digital Development Global Practice, World Bank

  • Rob Shuter
    Rob Shuter

    Group President and CEO, MTN Group

  • Ade Ayeyemi
    Ade Ayeyemi

    Group CEO, Ecobank

  • C.D Glin
    C.D Glin

    ‎President and CEO, ‎U.S. African Development Foundation

  • Maurits Tichelman
    Maurits Tichelman

    Vice President and General Manager, Global Markets and Partners EMEA Territory, Intel

  • Thomas Schaefer
    Thomas Schaefer

    Chairman & Managing Director, Volkswagen Group, South Africa

  • Prof. Shinichi Nakasuka
    Prof. Shinichi Nakasuka

    Professor Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, School of Engineering, University of Tokyo

  • Rapelang Rabana
    Rapelang Rabana

    Chief Digital Officer, BCX

  • Rashad Nabiyev
    Rashad Nabiyev

    Chairman and CEO, AzerCosmos

About the Summit

The Transform Africa Summit is the Smart Africa flagship event. Following three successful editions, the fourth Transform Africa 2018 Summit will take place at the Kigali Convention Center from 7 – 10 May 2018.

Under the theme 'Accelerating Africa's Single Digital Market', the summit is expected to attract over 4,000 participants, including Heads of State and Government, First Ladies, UN Broadband Commissioners, Ministers, Public & Private Sector, International organisations, Industry leaders, Investors, Entrepreneurs, Young innovators, Civil Society and Academia.

This year's summit will also feature the first Transform Africa Economic Forum, a Government to Business engagement which will take place on 7 May 2018, where attending Ministers and Cabinet Secretaries will engage with a targeted audience of business leaders and high net worth investors on investment opportunities and areas of collaboration.

Watch 2017 highlights

Summit Highlights 2018

This year's session will feature high level dialogue between Heads of States, private sector business leaders and executives of international organizations on creating a single digital market for Africa.

The Smart Africa Women's Summit will bring to the forefront the strategic interventions that are being pursued to empower women and girls to participate in the digital economy. The summit will look to highlight programs that women and girls can participate in.

Exhibitors from across the globe will showcase their innovations & technologies that will transform governments & businesses in Africa into the digital economy & society.

A series of plenary and parallel sessions will focus on the road map to a single digital market for Africa tackling a wide range of topics including investments, infrastructure, skills gap and decentralized regulatory policies across the continent.

Up till recently, blockchain technology has been associated with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and platforms like Ethereum. This hub's activities explore the wider applications of the technology and it's will form the basis to which we will create a roadmap to adopting Blockchain technology in Africa.

This hub will explore how Africa will adopt & harness the technology driven innovation that is already disrupting healthcare across the globe by increasing capabilities and improving experiences between medical professionals and patients.

The hub will host debates & discussions on strategies Africa needs to adopt to achieve inclusive growth in Africa and pursue industrialization strategies that can harness opportunities and minimize the threats of the fourth industrial revolution.

The Partners Spotlight that will feature custom sessions from our partners working on the frontier of revolutionizing solutions towards a digital Africa. Workshops, presentations, expert panels and one-on-one interviews with influencers will form the hubs program.

Centered around e-gov & its ecosystem, this program will delve into the automation of government services, improving efficiency of governance processes and the use of ICT to complement existing efforts. This program is hosted by the African Union Commission.

Located in the expansive foyer of the Kigali Convention Center, the Pavilion is an unmatched premium exhibition and innovation space that will feature countries, economic groupings, sponsors and collective organizations showcasing their innovations and technologies in a customized premium environment.

Now in its 5th year, Ms. Geek is a competition designed to inspire African girls to be part of solving the continent's challenges using technology and encourage them to choose a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The competition will climax at the Smart Africa Women's Summit where the winner will be annouced

This year's Face the Gorillas session will feature a record number of entrepreneurs from Smart Africa member states who will present their products to a panel of international investors and other financiers, seeking investment partnership and mentorship in their ICT business.

Platinum delegates will this year attend the exclusive the Transform Africa Economic Forum, a government to business engagement platform on investment and collaboration opportunities. Platinum delegates will also enjoy private networking opportunities in premium networking spaces and dedicated services.

Who is attending this year?

  • Heads of State and Government
  • First Ladies
  • Ministers in ICT, Finance, Trade & Industry and Health
  • Fintech companies
  • Blockchain experts
  • Digital health service providers
  • Artificial Intelligence firms & experts
  • ICT Private Sector service providers
  • Telecom & Utilities regulators
  • International & Multilateral organizations
  • Africa's business influencers
  • Investment banks & Venture capitalists
  • Private equity fund managers
  • Start ups
  • Women & Girls in ICT champions
  • Tech innovators
  • Academia, consultants & leading digital leaders
  • Non-governmental organizations


Monday 7 May
Transform Africa Economic Forum
Platinum & Gold delegates, Invited Government Officials
Tuesday 8 May
Transform Africa Summit
All Delegates
Wednesday 9 May
Transform Africa Summit
All Delegates
Thursday 10 May
Golf Tournament
Platinum tournament participants
09.00am 09.00am

Transform Africa Summit

All Delegates

11.00am 11.00am

Plenary: Connectivity

The recent launch of Africa's Continental Free Trade Area was a tremendous milestone towards Africa's economic liberation bringing together close to 1.2 billion people with a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of more than $2 trillion. True to Smart Africa's mission of driving Africa's Single Digital Market, it is a shared belief across the continent that digital technologies have the power to accelerate the pace towards AfCFTA goals and to make Africa more competitive outwardly. This session is expected to highlight potential cross- border initiatives for investment and partnership opportunities relevant to AfCFTA.

Welcoming Remarks

Hon. Clare Akamanzi, CEO, Rwanda Development Board

Opening Remarks

Lamin M. Manneh, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman and Founder, Econet Group Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Executive Director, Smart Africa Secretariat

Keynote Address

H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda

Master of Ceremony

Regis Isheja, Media personality, Founder & CEO, Transmeet Ltd

Transform Africa Summit

All Delegates

11.30pm 11.30pm
While building cross border infrastructure is still capital intensive and takes a long time, the existing mobile telecom infrastructure, fibre optic networks and satellite provides market connectivity immediately. The African Region is experiencing a rapid growth of mobile usage with 80.8% mobile penetration and 25.10% internet user's penetration, against 99.70% and 47.10% at world level (ITU source 2016). Globally, the value of cross-border data has surpassed that of goods. Data has become the new oil. However, infrastructure and harnessing the benefits of this new oil are still challenges. This session will discuss the role telecommunication operators should play going forward in the realization of the Smart CFTA.

Conversation Leaders

Rob Shuter, Group President and CEO, MTN Group Atef Helmy, Senior Director, Orange, MEA Chérif Antigou, General Manager, Guinea Post and Telecommunication Authority Regulator (ARPT) Amrote Abdella, General Manager, Microsoft 4Afrika

Special Intervention

Dr. Bello Moussa, Director Innovations and Industries Relations in Huawei SA region

Moderated by

Onica Makwakwa, Regional Coordinator, Alliance for Affordable Internet, Web Foundation
1.00pm 1.00pm

Lunch - Sponsored by Ecobank Group

2.00pm 2.00pm

Powered by young innovators, Africa pioneered the mobile payment sector but lost intellectual property and leadership in the process. Cross border transactions heavily rely on outside costly platforms. This fintech revolution has created challenges and opportunities that are now at the helm of transforming the finance sector. In the quest to become a single digital market, this session will address the foreseen challenges and draw practical resolutions that are key to this vision.

Keynote presentation

Ade Ayeyemi, Group CEO, Ecobank

Conversation Leaders

Ade Ayeyemi, Group CEO, Ecobank Guillaume Habarugira, CEO, Bridged Shikoh Gitau, Head of products, Safaricom Diane Karusisi, CEO, Bank of Kigali Group Karanvir Singh, Founder & CEO, Yegomoto- Yego Innovision Ltd

Special Interventions

C.D Glin, ‎President and CEO, ‎U.S. African Development Foundation

Moderated by

Jean Claude Gaga, CEO, RSwitch
3.30pm 1.00pm

Networking Break

Transform Africa Summit

All Delegates

4.00pm 3.30pm
The session will focus on regulatory frameworks and technology platforms to be implemented in support of intra-African trade as well as exports of value added goods and services. This conversation will focus on how digital solutions can streamline supply chains, logistics, revenue protection, quality assurance traceability, insurance and payments across borders and discuss the elements of a strategy to grow a pan-african e-commerce ecosystem that will allow the emergence of home grown companies that are able to compete at global stage.

Conversation Leaders

Gunter Nooke, Commissioner for Africa and Personal representative of German Chancellor for Africa, BMZ Alex Kapungu, CEO, DMM Africa Tusabe Richard, Commissioner General, Rwanda Revenue Authority Chris Hale, Founder and CEO, Kountable

Special Interventions

Dr. Kituyi Mukhisa, Secretary General, UNCTAD Dr. Hermogene Nsengimana, Director General, Africa Standards Organisation

Moderated by

Lucy Mbabazi, Group Manager, Push Payment and Acquiring, EcoBank Group

Transform Africa Summit

Gold and Platinum tournament participants

5.00pm 4.30pm

Closing & Call to Action

Panel | AUDITORIUM Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Special Advisor, Smart Africa Secretariat
6.30pm 5.30pm

Cultural Soiree at the Kigali Conference & Exhibition Village

Session Partners: Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Silver, Gold and Platinum delegates *Transport will be provided from the Kigali Convention Center

Transform Africa Summit

All Delegates

7.30am 8.00am

Partner Spotlight

Inmarsat Consortium Rwanda Executive Breakfast

Meeting | PLATINUM LOUNGE Sponsored by Inmarsat By Invitation Only
8.30am 8.30am

Arrival of guests for The Leaders Summit

11.00am 11.00am

Panel | AUDITORIUM Gold & Platinum delegates

Welcoming Remarks

Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Executive Director, Smart Africa Secretariat

Opening Remarks

Dr. Jared Cohon, President Emeritus and University Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering & Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University Hon. Jean De Dieu Rurangirwa, Minister of Information Technology & Communications, Republic of Rwanda

Keynote Address

H.E Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda

Master of Ceremony

Louise Kanyonga, Head of Strategy and Competitiveness, Rwanda development Board
11.45am 11.00am

Panel | AUDITORIUM Gold & Platinum delegates

Conversation Leaders

Houlin Zhao, Secretary General, International Telecommunications Union Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure & Energy, African Union Commission Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary General, UNCTAD Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman and Founder, Econet Group

Special Interventions

Miroslav Lajčák, President of the United Nations General Assembly Carlos Slim Helú, Chairman & CEO of Telmex, América Móvil and Grupo

Moderated by

Julie Gichuru,
2.00pm 2.00pm

Panel | AUDITORIUM Silver, Gold & Platinum delegates
Globally, the value of cross-border data has surpassed that of goods. Recent data breaches and scandals have reiterated the emphasis on regulatory resolve that protects consumers more and more. However, Africa's sovereign data remain exposed and there is need put in place platforms that protect and create value of our own data. The value of data is still underestimated and so are other underlying enabling environments. The World Bank estimates that more than 1.5 billion people worldwide do not have access to formal identification documentation. Mobile operators have unique resources that enable them to bridge this gap through their secure, reliable and scalable forms of mobile-based platforms. This conversation will discuss the trends of regulations that need to be put in place to curb the identity crisis.

Conversation Leaders

Hon. Masahiko Tominaga, Vice Minister for policy coordination, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan Hon. Cina Lawson, Minister of Posts and digital economy, Republic of Togo Andrus Ansip, Vice-President and Commissioner, Digital Single Market. European Commission, Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA Robert Pepper, Head, Global Connectivity and Technology Policy, Facebook, Facebook Maurits Tichelman, Vice President and General Manager, Global Markets and Partners EMEA Territory, Intel

Special interventions

Phillipp Metzger, Director General, Swiss Federal Office of Communications Nicholas Negroponte, MIT Media Lab Prof. Abdulaziz Salem Al Ruwais, Governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia

Moderated by

Julie Gichuru, Media Personality

State of Digital Health In Africa – Landscape and Countries Roadmaps

Co-organized with WHO, AFRO and ITU Panel | MH2A Silver, Gold & Platinum delegates
The African Region is experiencing a rapid development of ICT, with 80.8% mobile penetration and 25.10% internet users' penetration, against 99.70% and 47.10% at world level (ITU source 2016). This situation allows using eHealth services in the African Region to contribute to strengthening health systems and accelerating the attainment of the SDGs, including UHC. In the African region, 26 countries have eHealth strategies. According to the WHO global survey on eHealth (2015), the most notable eHealth intervention in the region is mHealth, followed by social media, telehealth and eLearning. ICT is already transforming health systems and how healthcare is delivered. Marked progress has been made in initiating eHealth systems in the Region. However, challenges remain in enabling countries to sustain eHealth services and the required human resources skills.
This session will host key thought leaders on digital health in Africa, and explore means and ways to scale up existing digital health efforts for the acceleration of health related SDGs. It will also witness the launch of the Africa Alliance for Digital Health Network.

Conversation Leaders

Andrew Rugege, ITU Regional Director for Africa Peter Benjamin, Executive Director, HealthEnabled Olasupo Oyadepo, President, Africa Alliance of Digital Health Networks Derrick Muneene, eHealth and mHealth regional technical advisor, World Health Organization - AFRO

Moderated by

Dr. Jeanine Condo, Director General, Rwanda Biomedical Center

Transforming the automotive industry in Africa

Sponsored by Volkswagen Group Custom Session | AD12
TThis session will speak about opportunities for an expanded automotive industry in Africa using the success and growth of the South African Motor Industry as an example. It will focus on the rapid and most intense changes driven by technology in the industry in the last 100 years and what the opportunities this presents, for countries in Africa. It includes a presentation that will expand on the advantage of African Free Trade Agreement recently signed in Kigali and what it represent for the growth and the development of the industry.

Conversation with

Thomas Schaefer, Chairman & Managing Director, Volkswagen Group, South Africa

Moderated by

Georgie Ndirangu, Presenter, CNBC

Digital Transformation Hub

Discussion on Public-Private Partnerships to Implement Sustainable Smart Cities & Communities

Sponsored by Inmarsat
As the development of Smart Cities accelerates in cities and regions globally, PPPs are emerging as a viable means of providing the integrated planning, funding, expertise, deployment and management necessary for Smart City initiatives that cut across and connect multiple municipal sectors. Inmarsat, as a Platinum member of the Smart Africa Alliance, is working closely with the Alliance to support its goals and objectives. Inmarsat and a group of international organisations formed a strategic alliance and presented a PPP model (which was subsequently recommended by the committee) at the recent Smart Africa Steering Committee in Addis Ababa.
Panel | MH2B Silver, Gold & Platinum delegates
3.30pm 3.30pm
4.00pm 4.00pm
Plenary | AUDITORIUM Silver, Gold & Platinum delegates
Greg Wyler, Founder and Executive Chairman, One Web Moderated by Patrick Nyirishema, Director General, Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory Authority
Laurent Lamothe, Co-Founder & CEO, Global Voice Group
Moderated by Faith Keza, CTO, RwandaOnline

Government Leadership in Digital Health – Breaking Silos and Mitigating "pilotitis"

Sponsored by Novartis Foundation
Partners: WHO-AFRO and ITU
Panel | MH2A Silver, Gold & Platinum delegates
Government leadership for Digital Health has become increasingly important as there is a great need to build core systems & platforms as well as create harmonization in what is still a fragmented space. The Digital Health Working group from the Broadband Commission released last year a report entitled "Digital Health: A Call for Government Leadership and Cooperation between ICT and Health" which demonstrated the importance of ICT ministries and e-Government agencies joining forces with Ministries of Health to develop and implement national digital health Strategies.
The session will explore the benefits as well as the challenges of the cross-sectorial implementation of such strategies. Smart Africa is co-organizing this session with Novartis Social Business, as well as with the Novartis Foundation which co-chaired the above report and has emerged as a thought leader on advocating for national digital health strategies.

Conversation Leaders

Hon. Aurelie Adam Soule Zoumarou, Minister of Digital Economy and Communication, Republic of Benin (TBC) Hon. Patrick Ndimubanzi, Minister of State, Ministry of Health, Rwanda Houlin Zhao, Secretary General, International Telecommunications Union Olu Olushayo Oluseun, World Health Organization- Country Representative Ann Aerts, Head, Novartis Foundation

Special Interventions

John Gozie Ahukannah, Commissioner for Health, Abia State, Nigeria

Moderated by

Florence Gaudry-Perkins, Founder, Digital Health Partnerships

Digital Governance program: "A conversation with the African Union Commission on benchmarking best practice e-Government solutions."

Co-hosted by The African Union Commission & Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Custom Session | MH1

Opening Remarks

Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure & Energy, AU Amb. Daniel Schaer, Special Diplomatic Representative of the President of Estonia for Africa

Conversation Leaders

Eldrid Jordaan, CEO, GovChat Clement Uwajeneza, CEO, RwandaOnline Riho Kurg, Vice President, Cybernetica Sharoda Rapeti, Non-Executive Partner, Delta Partners Koffi Henaku, CEO, HGT

Special Interventions

Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, Executive Governor, Abia State, Nigeria

Moderated by

Moctar Yedaly, Head of Information Society, AU Commission

250 Startup Kick-Off Event: "Final selection Process for Incubation Companies ICT Innovation Ecosystem Strengthening Project"

Panel | AD12 Sponsored by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) & PSF ICT Chamber Presentation and Pitching Style Competition


Antoine Sebera, Government Chief Innovation Officer, RISA Jimmy Rutabingwa, Vice Chairman, PSF ICT Chamber Crystal Rugege, Director of Strategy and Operations, CMU-A Francis Mugisha, Board Chairman, BRD Hiroshi Kato, Senior Vice President, JICA

Moderated by

Alex Ntale, CEO, PSF ICT Chamber Atsushi Yamanaka, Chief Advisor, JICA ICT Innovation Ecosystem Strengthening Project
5.00pm 6.00pm

The New Lens: Know, Treat, Suppress

Sponsored by Imbuto Foundation Custom Session | MHB2
This forum, "The New Lens: Know, Treat, Suppress" will seek to understand experiences of young people with HIV&AIDS, existing challenges in combatting this virus, and opportunities in place for young people and adolescents to engage in positive prevention of this pandemic. The focus will be made on those digital avenues available to youth in this fight, in addition to other potential health problems.

Conversation Leaders

Sabin Nsanzimana, Head, HIV Disease Prevention, Rwanda Biomedical Center Malyse Uwase, Manager of Social Impact and Healthcare, Kasha Filleille Naberwe, iAccelerator Winner, Umbrella Tona Isibo, Deputy Chief of Party, Global Communities

Transform Africa Summit

All Delegates

7.30am 8.00am

Partner Spotlight

Achievement of 4G LTE Nationwide Coverage

Sponsored by KT Rwanda Networks Custom Session | AD12 By Invitation Only

Transform Africa Summit

All Delegates

8.00am 8.00am

The Digital Economy and Transformation: Agriculture for Industrialization("Cow in the Car")

Sponsored by UM6P Panel | MH2B Silver, Gold & Platinum delegates
This session at Smart Africa aims to demonstrate the role of the digital economy in the transformation of Africa with a focus on how digitization being harnessed to drive economic transformation, modalities that exist to finance innovation and support technological change, how the education systems are adapting and what need rethinking in the link between learning and doing, roles data analytics and large scale observatories are playing to enable an inclusive transformation and approaches that make sense for industrialization in the face of the challenges from the 4th Industrial Revolution.
The hypotheses are that with better use of technologies for data gathering and modeling techniques, smart approaches to supporting innovation education and learning, and flexible approaches to financing innovation, we could enhance the quality of decision making and allow multiple stakeholders to arrive at the right solutions. This session brings together policy makers, private sector entrepreneurs, educators and other experts to address these issues.

Keynote speech

Hon. Uzziel Ndagijimana, Minister of Finance, Rwanda

Conversation Leaders

Rafiq Elalami, Chief Information Officer, Head of Digital Learning Lab, UM6P Gillian Pais, Associate Partner with McKinsey & Company Nicholas Williams, Head of ICT Operations, AfDB Louise Kanyonga, Head of Strategy and Competitiveness, Rwanda Development Board

Moderated by

Eric Kacou, Co-Founder and CEO, Entrepreneurial Solutions (ESPartners)

Closing Remarks:

Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Special Advisor, Smart Africa

Session Partners: Private Sector ICT Chamber, KLab

Pitching Session | Auditorium Silver, Gold & Platinum delegates
Face the Gorillas returns to the summit in 2018 with a focus on the budding entrepreneurs within the Smart Africa Member States.
Finalists are from Angola, Senegal, Tchad, Rwanda and Uganda. Face the Gorillas is a startup seed capital fundraising platform that provides a unique opportunity to aspiring African entrepreneurs and young innovators to make a 5-minute pitch to a panel of Angel investors to access capital of up to USD 200,000, partnerships or mentorship in front of a live audience. Each finalist will have time to pitch and make a deal with one or more panelist. Their pitch is followed by a live negotiation and audience participation. Initiated by Rwanda ICT Chamber, a partner of the Transform Africa Summit, the competition aims to Discover and Inspire Africa’s next Digital Giants.

Investors (Gorillas)

Stephen Roux, Partner Dragon, Tree Capital Eugene Nyagahene, Chairman, Tele10 Group Kenza Lahlou, Managing Partner, Outlierz Ventures Eva Sow Ebion, Business Incubation Manager, CTIC Dakar

Moderated by

Yariv Cohen, Chairman, Kaenaart

Session Partners: Imbuto Foundation, CMU-A, GIZ and DOT

Competition | MH1 Silver, Gold & Platinum delegates
For the past five(5) years, Girls in ICT Rwanda has successfully held a Ms. Geek competition to inspire girls into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields and be part of solving the continent’s challenges using technology.
As Girls in ICT Rwanda celebrates their 5th anniversary of Ms.Geek, this year in partnership with Smart Africa, the 2nd edition of Ms. Geek Africa is taking place and ten (10) contestants from across the continent are meeting in Kigali and after a weeklong bootcamp, the winner will be announced in the Smart Women summit.

Opening Remarks

Lucy Mbabazi, President, Girls in ICT Janet Longmore, President and Chairman, DOT


Patience Gatera Umutesi, Country Director, Trademark EA Angela Ngang'a, Corporate Affairs Lead MEA Emerging Markets, Microsoft Corporations Jean Louis Kaliningondo, Project Manager & Information Technology Advisor, Rwanda Revenue Authority Carole J Karema, IT Director, Crystal Ventures Ltd Clement Uwajeneza, CEO, RwandaOnline

Special Interventions

Roland Lindenthal, Head of Department Education and Digital World,

Moderated by

Gaelle Nsengiyumva, Software Engineer & Network Expert, Rwanda Energy Group Ltd.

Closing Remarks

Hon. Rosemary Mbabazi, Minister of Youth, Rwanda.
9.00am 11.30am

Signing of the agreements

Mezzanine- Press Room

10.00am 10.00am

Panel | Auditorium Silver, Gold & Platinum delegates
Smart Africa Secretariat has set to attract an investment target worth $300 Billion for the continent. Drawing from the panelists' respective areas of expertise, stances on what needs to occur in order to achieve this ambitious target will be discussed. This session will also look into Africa's readiness and uniqueness to adapt to new economic and financial requirements.

Conversation Leaders

Hon. Bruno Nabagné Kone, Ministre de la Communication, de l'Economie Numérique et de la Poste,Côte d'Ivoire Hon. Clare Akamanzi, CEO, Rwanda Development Board Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Executive Director, Smart Africa Ashish Thakkar, Founder, Mara Group Samba Bathily, CEO, Solektra International & co-founder of Akon Lighting Africa Stephen Spengler, CEO, Intelsat

Special interventions

Brandon Freeman, Head of Smart Cities, Inmarsat

Moderated by

Eric White, Project Lead, Internet for All, World Economic Forum

A single crypto currency for Africa?

Session Partners: HealID Panel | MH1 Silver, Gold & Platinum delegates
The idea of an African currency was first proposed at the same time as the idea of a United Africa. A century later, as Africa's continental free trade area finally sees the day, and the free movement of people meet with blockchain technology, the time for a single African crypto-currency is at the same time revisited. Should it be opened up? What are the obstacles in the way, and how to surmount them?
15 min presentation by Charles Hoskinson

Conversation Leaders

Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Deputy Governor, National Bank of Rwanda Craig Wright, CTO, nChain Group Tunde Ladipo, VP partnerships, Stellar Charles Hoskinson, CEO, IOHK Thibault Verbiest, Partner, DS Avocats

Special Intervention by

Hon. Minette Libom Li Likeng, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal services, Cameroun

Moderated by

Georgie Ndirangu, Presenter, CNBC

Innovation for Digital Health – Biotech, Drones, IoT,
Mobile, Big data, AI: where are the quick wins?

Sponsored by Novartis Foundation
Partners: WHO-AFRO and ITU
Panel | MH2A Silver, Gold & Platinum delegates
Owing to the rapid growth of the mobile and ICT field, the African region has experienced unprecedented innovations in the health sector. These aim to improve service delivery and health outcomes. These innovations provide tangible results of the implementation of eHealth strategies. The WHO publishes a compendium of eHealth innovations and eHealth medical devices to share best practices and south to south collaboration. In the era of universal health coverage, these innovations not only contribute towards the improvement in health outcomes, but also ensure that no one is left behind as far as health care coverage is concerned. A key result of these innovations is acceleration of the attainment of universal health coverage.
This session will discuss the current state of innovations and pragmatic digital health implementations. It will discuss among other things, the use of digital health to improve health outcomes and expand increase in access to health services.

Conversation Leaders

Hiroshi Kato, Vice President, Japan International Cooperation Agency Prof. Vijayakumar Bhagavatula, Director, CMU-Africa Francis Akanbiemu, Executive Secretary and Head, Ondo State Primary Health Care Management Board, Ondo State-Nigeria Anuradha Gupta, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, GAVI Shivon Byamukama, Deputy CEO Babyl, Rwanda Brahim Ghribi, Head of Government Relations & Public Affairs, Middle East and Africa, Nokia Walter Kerr, Chief of Staff , Zenysis Technologies

Moderated by

Israel Bimpe, National Implementation Lead, Zipline International

Digital Dividends from e-Governance: e-Estonia approach

Sponsored by Estonian ICT Cluster Custom Session | MH2B Silver, Gold & Platinum delegates
The session will be opened by presenting World Bank World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends. Participants will share their digitalization experiences from their projects by providing insight as to how these developments have increased efficiency, improved transparency and raised the integrity of their countries. The discussions will also look at how digital solutions of different sectors have increased efficiency, improved education, enhanced economic development and increased foreign investments; thus reducing inequality and increasing the sustainability of overall socio-economic development. The session will be concluded by looking at how Estonian e-solutions can be adapted, re-engineered and co-innovated with African countries.

Conversation Leaders

Priit Kongo, CEO, Net Group Rait Raal, Business Development Director, Reach-U Teki Akuetteh Falconer, Senior Partner, Nsiah Akuetteh & Co, Ghana Girts Laudaks, Member of the Board, e-School

Moderated by

Kadri Humal-Ayal, Representative, Estonian Smart City Cluster companies
11.30am 11.30am

Networking Break

12.00pm 12.00pm

Digital Skills & Jobs: Building a digital workforce for a digital society

Session Partners: eLearning Panel | AUDITORIUM
The ongoing digitisation efforts are enabling new ways of living, producing and consuming. Nascent technological advancements are ushering us into a new era where digital skills won't be an asset but a must-have. The African market offer an unlimited wealth of opportunities that are yet to be untapped. Digital technologies are expected to outstand this gap as the economic gain is enormous.
Drawing from the principle that "talent is equally distributed but opportunity is not, this session will address the brain drain syndrome and discuss the re-brain strategy as well as opportunities that need to be created to attract the talent and incentivize the local ingenuity.

Conversation Leaders

Hon. Joseph Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology, Kenya Michel Bézy, Associate Director, Carnegie Mellon University Africa Janet Longmore, Founder and CEO, Digital Opportunity Trust Wambui Kinya, Chief Strategy Officer, Andela

Special Interventions

Paul Mitchel, Senior Director, Tech Policy, Microsoft Alain Kajangwe, Re Brain Africa

Moderated by

Nathalie Munyampenda, Managing Director, Next Einstein Forum

Blockchain technologies for Africa

Session Partners: HeadID Panel | MH1 Silver, Gold & Platinum delegates
Blockchain solutions have already been deployed to trace coffee in Ethiopia, Cobalt in Congo and are being adopted in more Africans countries. In order to maximise the benefits of this new technology, Africa will need to plan ahead, and build R&D in the most promising sectors, while scaling the proven technologies. What are the most promising blockchain technologies? How can they be best adapted to Africa, and how can they be scaled?

Conversation Leaders

Laurent Lamothe, Co-Founder, Global Voice Group Stephen Roux, CEO, Dosatsu.io Makoto Takemiya, Co-CEO, Soramitsu Loudon McLean, CEO, DLTLabs Clement Uwajeneza, CEO, Rwanda Online Tim X. Brown, Associate Director, CMU Africa

Special Intervention:

Hon. Siyabonga Cyprian Cwele, Minister of Teleommunications and Postal Services, South Africa (TBC)

Moderated by:

Ephraim Rwamwenge, CEO, RWA Business Group

Universal Health Coverage and NCDs – Challenges and Digital Health Solution

Sponsored by Novartis Foundation
Partners: WHO-AFRO and ITU
Roundtable | MH2A Silver, Gold & Platinum delegates
Digital health is gaining momentum in Africa with its ability to increase access to health. Tackling Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) is essential to accelerating progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as more than 75% of NCD deaths - 31 million - occur in low-and middle-income countries. This situation is coupled with an aging population worldwide and shortages of health workers. Integrated Primary Health Care (PHC) is fundamental to address the needs of patients with NCDs but is currently ill-equipped to face the rising NCD burden in Africa. Digital health can become a game changer to revolutionize the way healthcare is delivered, strengthen PHC and expand Universal Health Coverage, if (and only if) it helps to tackle the growing NCD epidemic.
This session will discuss the opportunities that digital health can offer to leapfrog efforts to tackle NCDs, as well as challenges to implementation.

Conversation Leaders

Harald Nusser, Head, Novartis Social Business Frasia Karua, General Manager, AMREF Health Africa Nao Sipula, Chief Executive Officer, Watif Health Prebo Barango, Medical Officer, Intercountry Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa, World Health Organization Florence Gaudry-Perkins, Founder, Digital Health Partnerships

Moderated by

Hani Eskandar, ICT Applications Coordinator, ITU

Youth: Empowering Africa's Digital Disruptors

Sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University-Africa Panel | MH2B Silver, Gold & Platinum delegates
In today's Africa, more youth are developing solutions to the challenges they face in society. More information is flowing between countries and the promise of free movement and trade is slowly being realized. At the forefront of Africa's economic revolution, youth are harnessing technology to drive research and innovation.This ALL-YOUTH panel will highlight some of Africa's youngest and brightest game-changers in technology.

Conversation Leaders

Davy Uwizera, Head of Business Intelligence Analytics, Research and Development, Data Integrated; PhD Student, African Center of Excellence in Data Science Andrew Kinai, Software Engineer, IBM Research Joan Nkiriki, Smart Africa Scholar & PhD Student in Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University Yvonne Wambui, Co-founder & Data Scientist, Hepta Analytics Victor Akinwande, Master's Student in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University Africa

Moderated by

Viola Nuwaha, Smart Africa Scholar & Master's Student in Information Technology, Carnegie Mellon University Africa
12.00pm 12.00pm

Common digital free trade area: How do we realize a single digital market for 1 billion Africans? A policy and regulatory mapping report

Sponsored by Microsoft Corporation Roundtable | AD12 By invitation

Conversation Leaders

Attending ICT Ministers, Telecom Regulators, and special guests

Facilitated by

Innocent Muhizi, CEO, Rwanda Information Society Agency
1.00pm 1.00pm
2.00pm 2.00pm

Future use of Blockchain technologies in Africa: IOT micro-transactions, thin-layer data storage, more resilient energy grid solutions and others

Session Partners: HealID Presentation | MH1 Silver, Gold & Platinum delegates
IoT, smart grids, and data storage are the backbone of the 21st century African industrial revolution. What will it take for the world and Africa to leapfrog into efficient manufacturing, agriculture and and other economic activities, while preserving precious natural resources?

Conversation Leaders

Jimmy Nguyen, CEO, nChain Group Sandra Ro, CEO, Global Blockchain Business Council Riad Hartani, Co-Founder, Xona Partners & Strategic Technology Adviser, Smart City Algiers Michael Kimani, Vice President Partnerships, ChamaPesa Karim Ahres, CEO, NETCOM ,Tunisia

Moderated by

Clement Ndegeya, CEO, EC Property Management

Investing in Digital Health – Business models, PPPs

Session Partners: ITU, WHO Roundtable | MH2A Silver, Gold & Platinum delegates
In order for digital health to scale and realize the needed health system strengthening for better health outcomes, sustained investments are needed. These include infrastructure, human resources and financial. According to the WHO global survey on eHealth, the spread of financial investment for eHealh in the Africa region is as follows: 59 % Public funding, 72 % Donor/non-public, 41% Public-private partnerships, 31% Private/commercial.
This session will bring together key thought leaders on digital health investments business models for PPPs, that are needed to take digital health to scale.

Conversation Leaders

Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou, CEO, National Information Society Agency (ANSI), Office of the President, Niger (TBC) Haitham El-Noush, Senior Adviser - Innovation in Health and Development, NORAD Norman Schraepel, Senior Expert, Digital Development and Project Manager- ICT, GIZ Theresa Pattery, Disease Management Program Leader, Janssen Global Public Health Merrick Schaefer, Global Health Bureau, Strategy, Analysis, Evaluation and Outreach; USAID Dykki Settle, Program Leader, Digital Health Solutions, PATH Diba Babacar, Managing Director for Africa, ITRON

Moderated by

Juliet Bataringaya, Health Systems Team Leader, WHO
Custom Session | MH2B Silver, Gold & Platinum delegates

Conversation Leaders

Prof. Shinichi Nakasuka, Professor Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, School of Engineering, University of Tokyo Fukuyo Takayoshi, Executive Advisor, Japan National Space Policy Committee, Cabinet Office Shibasaki Ryosuke, Center for Spatial Information Science, Tokyo Naomi Kurahara, CEO & Founder Infostellar Ignace Gatare, Principal, UR CST,

Special Interventions

Piotr Dmochowski-Lipsk, Executive Secretary and legal representative of the European Telecommunications Satellite Organization, EUTELSAT IGO Rashad Nabiyev, Chairman and CEO, AzerCosmos

Moderated by

Alex Ntale, CEO, ICT Chamber
3.00pm 3.00pm
3:30pm 3:30pm

- Smart Africa Women's Summit
- Ms Geek Africa Winner presentation
- Closing remarks

Panel | Auditorium Silver, Gold & Platinum delegates
Women in low and middle-income countries are on average 10% less likely to own a phone than men. Additionally, even when women own mobile phones they underutilize it especially for services such as internet and smart applications 2. The GSMA Mobile Gender Gap Reports 2018, shows that 1.2 billion women in low and middle-income countries do not use mobile internet. There is on average 26% gap between men and women use of mobile internet. High cost for access is the main barrier general. Though, for women lack of awareness, low literacy, and lack of digital illiteracy are additional factors. It was shown that closing the gender digital divide in Africa could unlock and estimated $20 Billion market opportunity over from 2015 to 2020. As a follow up to last year's edition where the Africa Smart Women and Girls Initiative declaration was launched and in light of the recently concluded African Union summit on CFTA, this session will serve as a retrospective and a renewed call to action for digital inclusion.

Master of Ceremony

Winnie Wambugu, Head of Communications,Smart Africa Secretariat

Opening Remarks

Hon. Esperance Nyirasafari, Minister, Gender and Family Promotion, Republic of Rwanda

Keynote speaker

H.E. Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission

Conversation Leaders

Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekufui, Minister for Communications, Republic of Ghana Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Executive Director, Smart Africa Secretariat Adedoyin Odunfa, CEO, Digital Jewels Fode Ndiaye, Resident Coordinator, OneUN Rwanda Adwoa Boakye, Youth voice, CEO & Founder, RecRoom Adwoa Boakye, Youth voice, CEO & Founder, RecRoom

Special Interventions

Diana L. Ofwana, Regional Director, UN Women West and Central Africa

Moderated by,

Novella Nikwigize, TV Personality, RBA

Ms.Geek Africa 2018 Winner presentation

Closing Remarks

Attending Heads of State and Government Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Executive Director, Smart Africa Secretariat

Vote of Thanks,?

Hon. Jean De Dieu Rurangirwa, Minister of Information Technology & Communications, Republic of Rwanda

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