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Emergent Africa Forum (EAF)

Uzoma Ekwebelem
Oracle, Technology Public Sector Director

Experienced Public Sector Director with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Sales, Strategic and Consultative Selling, Business Strategy, Business Development, Management, Leadership, Relationship Management, Creation and Closure of Multi Million dollar transformational deals, and Government Relations. Strong information technology professional with a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and a Masters in Business and Innovation Management.

Kelly Kingsley
Prima Microfinance Bank PLC, Chairman

• Strong knowledge of international sector financial management; international public sector accounting system and international standards of auditing and financial investigations. • Committed, performance-driven executive offering 18+ years of progressive experience in public policy, advisory skills, political analysis; public finance management including audit, financial investigations. • Solid track record on resource mobilization; multi-partnership coordination; project development, management; reconstruction and recovery lending; and operations management for improved organizational processes and project profitability. • Proven ability to provide management of strategic organizations and institutional from organizational strategic planning, coordination, effective communication, change management, innovation, to transparency and accountability

Melissa Slaymaker
Women In Tech, Country Director, South Africa

With over 14 years of experience, in Executive Search, Technology Recruitment, and Head-hunting focusing on Leadership roles within Technology (in UK and Africa), I've gained an extensive network to help businesses attract and hire the best Payments, Digital and Technology Leadership talent to gain a competitive edge globally. Melissa Introduces Leadership talent (C-Suite, Directors and Executives) within the Technology, Digital, and Payments sectors to exciting talent and /or opportunities across Africa, whilst promoting Diversity as Country Director for Women in Tech South Africa

José Fernández
Bankuish, CEO and Founder

José is currently the Founder and CEO of Bankuish, a technology platform dedicated to helping gig workers and freelancers reach the next tier of financial security. Formerly he was Co-founder & President of FiClub, Co-Founder & President of Atlas, Co-founder & Chief Economist of Access Network and Managing Partner of GCH Partners. He was also Head of International Cooperation & Co-Founder of Ciudadanos--the fourth political power in Spain. With Ciudadanos, José gave a voice to his nation’s struggling families as the party’s Speaker and candidate to the European Parliament and local elections.

Yannick Ebibie
Société d'Innovation Numérique du Gabon, CEO

Yannick Ebibie has over 15 years of experience in business management consulting and public policy management with a focus on operational process re-engineering, quality management, Innovation strategy and project management. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma process and performance optimizer and a Lean Startup advocate.

Specialties: Business Model Innovation, Strategy Execution, Startup Acceleration, Value proposition design, Business Model Optimization, Value stream mapping, DMAIC projects, Project planning, Budgeting, Scoreboard, Economic Analysis, Business planning, Lean Six Sigma

Ken Morris
KnectIQ Inc.

“Ken is an entrepreneur, executive, and advisor with deep domain expertise in cybersecurity, medical  devices, healthcare, financial services, professional and collegiate sports and IT/OT. Following years as  an executive with Boston Scientific and Guidant Corporation, Ken founded a number of startups, including an award winning strategic advisory firm. Most recently, Ken founded KnectIQ, which provides transformative cybersecurity innovations for endpoint protection, IT and OT environments, financial services, global data privacy, critical national infrastructure, and medical device and health data security.

Ken serves on multiple boards and frequently presents internationally on cybersecurity and info sec in healthcare, medical technology, financial services, law, data privacy, critical national infrastructure, the GDPR and pending e-Privacy regulations. His passions are developing the next generation of leaders and  a bit of music here and there.”

Jeremy Faber
Prosper Africa

Jeremy Faber is the Trade and Investment Advisor at Prosper Africa.

He Offers expertise to the private sector in leveraging the full suite of Gov’t tools for advancing new trade and investment opportunities through Prosper Africa, a U.S. Gov’t initiative to increase two-way trade and investment between the U.S. and African nations. Contact us at [email protected]

Salisu Uba

Salisu Uba is a seasoned Procurement and supply chain leader with more than a decade of experience across multiple sectors, including the oil and gas, finance, defence and the public sector in Africa, the Middle East and the UK.

In his current role as a Commercial and Procurement Consultant with Evolve Commercial, Salisu is responsible for technology procurement and commercial business development and offerings. Before this, Salisu was the Managing Partner/Global Supply Chain Consultant at NatQuest Limited – a supply chain firm in Nigeria. In addition, he is currently undertaking a research programme on the adoption of Blockchain technology in the oil and gas supply chain at the University of Strathclyde Glasgow UK.

Salisu's leadership ability influences my thinking to set vision, clear direction and influence senior executives/board to achieve business outcomes. As a strategic thinker who can leverage expertise and drive change in a complex and diverse international business environment, he is innovative and result oriented.
He is a passionate leader who has built, motivated teams and nurtured talent in pan-regional organisations and diverse cultures. Managed and led new start-ups, organisational transformation and change across functions and regions, including recently, Africa Chamber of Digital Commerce, Home Eat Nigeria, etc. Consistently delivered results and enabled sustainable competitive advantage in revenue, innovation, cost and continuous improvement.

Salisu is a creative, enthusiastic, high achiever with years of outstanding performance based on solid professional qualifications and formal education. I have the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) fellowship, an MSc in Supply Chain Management from Aberdeen Business School RGU, U.K. and a PhD (in view) from the University of Strathclyde Glasgow UK.

Anne Gaitha
Regal Africa Group

Anne Wambui Gaitha is an International Trade & Investment Expert, focusing on International Trade, Investment Banking & Investment Management in Africa and with Africa. Anne is also a Wealth & Executive Coach for African Leaders and Influencers. Anne brings expertise in understanding how global wealth is created and creating value for clients to achieve their financial goals by creating generational wealth and creating prosperous organizations.

Anne has over 20 years of professional experience with 17 years cumulative experience in the financial service industry and global trade. Anne is the former Executive Director of the Organization of Women in International Trade, Nairobi Chapter (OWIT Nairobi) and has also worked for a licensed fund manager and a transaction advisory firm in Nairobi. She also has financial planning experience, having established her own financial advisory firm and has international experience having consulted for various businesses in California and Syngenta China in Asia. Anne is a former banker and worked for Bank of America in California, USA for over 7 years.

Anne is the Founder & C.E.O. of The Regal Africa Group. Regal Africa is a firm focused on promoting more Trade and Investments in Africa and with Africa. We offer our advisory services to Businesses, Individuals, Institutions and Governments, to ensure Africa Economic Development. Regal Africa is the preferred and trusted local partner for international companies looking to establish themselves in Africa.

Anne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, Real Estate and Law and also a minor in International Business from California State University, Long Beach (U.S.A.) and a MBA in Finance from Hult International Business School, San Francisco (U.S.A.)

Anne is passionate about Wealth Creation for all and Africa Economic Development.

Armand Ngueti
UBTS International Corp.

Ngueti Armand Gaetan is a Corporate Executive, IT Technical Specialist and Architect, ICT in Education Expert, Microsoft Certified Trainer, international digital strategy development Consultant with almost 10 years of experience in the field in three continents.

Ngueti founded Universal Broadband & Technology Services - International LLC (UBTS) which is a global telecommunications infrastructure & digital platform think tank company based in the USA.

UBTS were formed with the sole purpose of collaborating with the “locals” to promote and provide economic development programs consisting of digital transformation projects to enable cost effective and affordable broadband internet with next generation digital and Wi-Fi based services/solutions in unserved and under-served communities.

UBTS mission is to improve people’s lives through the transformative power of technology.

Aisha Kwaku
Aisha and Kwaku Associates

Goals: To provide Education, Empowerment, Inspiration and to Encourage self improvement for Women and Youth in Africa and Beyond.

Focus areas: ICT| Entrepreneurship| Leadership| Social Development

Educational Background: B Tech Computer Science , A.T.B.U Bauchi. PGD Management , MSc Developmental Studies , BUK . MS Telecommunications BCU, U.K.

Work Experience: 17yrs + in
Telecoms| Management| Consultancy| ICT Training | Entrepreneurship | ICT Services | Project Management| Leadership skills development | Business Development| Innovation| Marketing

Bez Idakula
Music and Tech Space (MATS)

As a young musician and performer, Bez started to fine-tune his sound, drawing
inspiration from various genres. African beats, pop, soul and RnB unified to enrich his music, giving life to his unique alternative sound. From being the first African artist to premiere a video on the BET channel, to speaking at Harvard's African Business Conference, Bez proudly wore the mantle of ambassador to Africa and her rich musical tapestry. His first album, ‘Super Sun', was released to critical acclaim in 2011. Around the world, voices chimed in to praise his revolutionary stylings - among them the Boston Globe, the BBC, Rolling Stone, MTV, Essence and Vogue. 

Next, Bez conquered the festival circuit, headlining two showcases at South by
Southwest Austin, before making his presence felt in New York and Los Angeles with multiple concerts, including appearances at the iTunes store. His voice powered the pre-Olympic games in London and he graced many a stage across the African continent.

In 2018, he was flown to Cannes - the European capital for music and film. Here, he was one of only 11 artists selected globally to participate in the MIDEM Artist
Accelerator, the world’s leading music event for creators. Bez is passionate about exploring the melodies of the world through live music. His sophomore album, ‘Gbagyi Child’, was widely lauded for drawing directly from the local sounds and instruments of his hometown, while his third album ’The Light’ refined that sound to a modern afro pop groove. He is almost synonymous with live music in Nigeria, thanks to his celebrated series of live concerts, Bez Live.

Bez is often held up as a role model for young musicians, a title that he takes very
seriously; he is a co-founder of a new venture, Music & Tech Space, an innovation
space for outliers who fuse music and tech to create magic and solve the challenges of the African music ecosystem. Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, artist, lyricist, creator, mentor and builder of dreams - Bez Idakula continues to defy boundaries and genres.

The EMERGENT AFRICA FORUM (EAF) is the signature event of the Africa Chamber of Digital Commerce (ACOFDC Inc.), a non-profit organization headquartered in Minnesota; a gateway to the community (Diaspora) and the continent (Africa).The EAF is a Digital confluence of elevated ideas and mindset; a solution focused event that seeks to accelerate tech Investments in Africa and Diaspora community in strategic and impactful ways. The EAF seeks to bring together professionals, founders, investors and the public sector from Africa and the diaspora nations to showcase innovations, celebrate accomplishments, seal deals and foster a private-public partnership ecosystem.