Bruce Nsereko-Lule is an investment and finance guru that passionately contributes to the development of African businesses. Bruce established and still leads the operations of Chandaria Capital, one of the most pioneering and respected Venture Capital funds in East Africa. With intent to fuel African development, the fund proactively provides African SMEs business expertise, contacts, and funding to successfully scale.
Chandaria Capital has participated in debt, and equity fund raises worth over USD 23 million for burgeoning businesses that are now scaling across Africa and economically empowering over 17,000 Africans. The fund’s portfolio includes award-winning and impactful companies such as SOKOWATCH, KOKO NETWORKS, and KOBO360. Before Chandaria Capital, Bruce worked at Credit Suisse's London office for over five years, assisting in the management of Investment Banking businesses with operations in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He holds a BSc in Economics with Politics from Loughborough University and an MBA from Strathclyde Business School, Scotland.
Ms. Lina Ng’inja is Talent Partnership Manager at Andela. She is an experienced emerging market professional with competent strategy and financial skills; a proven track record of achieving excellence with strengths in capital markets, communication and organizational skills to build corporates through economic, strategic and project management disciplines.
Lina holds an MSc (Distinction) in The Economics of International Business and Finance from Reading University (UK); a BCom (First Class) in Finance, from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. She was selected as a delegate to attend the Emerging Markets Forum at the London School of Economics – London, United Kingdom (UK) and has contributed and participated at the Reading United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) International business conference in Reading, UK. Prior roles were in the Banking, Capital Markets, Entrepreneurship and social enterprise Industries. Her roles involved driving business, the development and implementation of products and markets, project implementation and management and management of information services. She has also worked for a Dutch social enterprise that specializes in Crowdfunding and Crowdsourcing for Organizations’ CSR activities. Lina has a keen interest in community work and development, cross-cultural management, mentorship and enjoys hiking.
Olugbenga Agboola is a Senior Entrepreneur with 14 years of experience in building scalable financial technology firms. He is the CoFounder and CEO of Flutterwave; a post Series A payments technology company headquartered in San Francisco with operations and offices across Africa and Europe.
Flutterwave was launched in 2016 with the goal to build digital payments infrastructure for Africa and enable businesses receive or make any payments across Africa and globally. Since inception, Flutterwave has processed over $3.6B across all product platforms and has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including the "Best Technology Platform" as awarded by The Asian Banker, the "Top 100 Fintech Firms" among others.Prior to cofounding Flutterwave, Olugbenga contributed to the development of fintech solutions at several tech companies and financial institutions such as PayPal, Standard Bank, among others. He is a serial entrepreneur with two successful exits under his belt. He is a software engineer with a with a Master Degree in Information Technology Security & Behavioral Engineering and an MBA.
Principal Investment Facilitation Officer with National Economic Empowerment Council under Prime Minister’s Office, United Republic of Tanzania. Edward has over ten years experience working in both reputable private and public institutions in Tanzania.
Advocate of entrepreneurship ecosystem development as he believes Small and Medium Enterprises is the life line of the developing world economy as the most African countries aspire becoming a middle income country by 2025. Principal Investment Facilitation Officer with National Economic Empowerment Council under Prime Minister’s Office, United Republic of Tanzania. Edward has over ten years experience working in both reputable private and public institutions in Tanzania.
Selma Ribica is a fintech entrepreneur-turned-investor in African and European VC space. Recently, Selma built, scaled and sold a fintech business in London serving underbanked migrants in Europe. Previously, she was in charge of growth for M-Pesa, scaling mobile money through geographic expansion and product innovation, expanding M-Pesa to new use cases and industries: international remittances, savings, agriculture, and setting up foundations for mobile money industry interoperability.
Selma is currently a Venture Partner at Cathay AfricInvest Innovation Fund, and an Advisor for global impact investors, as well as an active angel investor and board member. Selma lived and worked in 8 countries so far, speaks 6 languages and is passionate about using technology to drive economic development.
Mahmoud is a sr. investment associate at Algebra Ventures, Egypt's largest VC fund. Over the last ten years, Mahmoud has worked at IBM, Booz & Co, and Microsoft in various capacities including strategy, business development, operations, project management, and sales leadership
He graduated with an MBA from INSEAD in 2014 and a B.Sc in Biology from AUC in 2007. Mahmoud is also a blackbelt in Taekwondo and was on the Egyptian national team
Keet is a ‘Venture Catalyst’ with extensive high-growth investment experience. He structured various private equity funds in Southern Africa and worked at industry-leading companies such as Procter & Gamble, Investec Bank and Mark Shuttleworth’s ‘Here Be Dragons’ (HBD) Venture Capital. In 2010 he co-founded Knife Capital to continue funding and building scalable innovation-driven businesses. Keet is passionate about building the early-stage funding ecosystem in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Mondher Khanfir is an impact entrepreneur and investor with a special dedication for startup industry in Africa. He’s a seasoned professional with a strong background in business consulting, governance and strategic planning for both private and public sectors. His passion for the Digital Economy had driven him to policy analysis and advocacy, mainly in Africa and MENA region, where he is regularly appointed as an expert in Science, Technology & Innovation.
He conducted several assignments with different International institutions like the World Bank, UN-ESCWA, AFD and the OECD, and assisted Governments to manage large investment plan in order to better integrate international standards and value chains. Authored several reports and led many missions to the EBRD & the GIZ to implement framework programs, or to deliver studies on private sector competitiveness and analysis on the capital market development in emerging economies. During the decisive period of transition to democracy in Tunisia, he acted as Head of the Cabinet of the Minister of Transportation. He was behind the Road Map 2014, which included a very ambitious program of Digitization labelled MoVility. Mondher is also a visitor lecturer in many incubators and accelerators. His publications are searchable on (https://www.slideshare.net/MondherKhanfir)
Francis is the Co-founder and VP of Engineering at 54gene, he has over 10 years software development experience building enterprise solutions for businesses across Nigeria. He has also led teams to build solutions for Visa, DFID, Microsoft, and more.
He managed implementation for World Bank funded Startup SouthWest project across 6 states in Nigeria as well as the implementation of AFBD/Microsoft Code for Literacy program across Nigeria The products he has built have gotten local and international recognition for innovation and performance. He is an alumni of Fate Foundation and Lagos Business School.
MKauffman Fellow Class 23. Experienced in the technology, media and telecom space: Private Equity, strategy and operations consulting, technology commercialization and due diligence, business modeling and valuation, telecom experience in design and product engineering, supply chain management, and risk management.
Kenechukwu Osakwe earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health from Madonna University, Elele, Rivers State and has three years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. Presently, Kenechukwu works as the Member Services Coordinator of AfriLabs, a network organization of 158 technological and innovation hubs in 45 African countries.
As the Member Services Coordinator she manages strategic partnerships and communications with organizations that offer services to network members at a subsidized rate. She also develops the curriculum and organizes the AfriLabs hubs learning week that last for five days and is targeted at improving the capacity of the hub managers in the network.Prior to her job as the Member Services Coordinator, she also worked with AfriLabs as the Community Engagement Officer where she grew the membership participation from 30% to 80% and also increased the membership base from 35 hubs to 151 hubs. She also successfully organized the 2016 AfriLabs Annual Gathering and successfully managed the agenda and speakers for the 2017 and 2018 AfriLabs Annual Gathering. Prior to working in AfriLabs also, she volunteered for a year at the Society for Family Health (SFH) as the Program Assistant under the Rapid Access Expansion Program (RAcE), Nigeria’s foremost Integrated Community Case Management of Childhood illness program (iCCM). During this period, she successfully engaged in training of health personnel’s, advocacy programs and monitoring and evaluation activities. Kenechukwu has successfully organized and participated in outreaches to local communities, school of the blind and internally displaced persons homes. She also is the leader of Prov418Gems a community of youth who are goal driven and spearheading a lot of youth empowerment activities in their locality. Through these experiences she has developed strong project management skills and leadership skills and has an interest in public health, youth empowerment, and civic and community engagement.
Warren is passionate about business in Africa, with a keen interest in early-stage ventures. Providing capital and strategic insights to help entrepreneurs grow. Warren is currently the Venture manager at Allan Gray Orbis foundation. He is also the founder of 22 Capital, an early stage investment & advisory company. 22 Capital invests in high potential, high growth companies. 22 Capital also consults to later stage startups on capital raising
Harriet Adinkrah is an Investment Analyst at 4DX Ventures, an early staged Pan-Africa focused Venture Capital fund. She is responsible for sourcing deal flow, company due diligence, research projects, and also works closely with the early stage companies in the portfolio. Prior to joining 4DX, Harriet worked for Zenith Bank in Ghana. She was born and raised in Accra and has a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Ghana Business School.
Karen Serem Waithaka is a Founder and Director at Ertan Consulting Ltd, an Investment Consulting firm based in Kenya. She is also a Venture Partner at Africa Technology Ventures (ATV), a tech-focused fund focusing on investing in SMEs in East and West Africa.
Prior to this, Karen worked with TBL Mirror Fund (www.tblmirrorfund.com), a Private Equity Fund that was set in 2006 with investment portfolio including Cellulant, Software Technologies, Research Solutions among others. Karen also managed the Safaricom Spark Venture Fund, a Venture Capital Fund set up by Safaricom, with the investment portfolio including Sendy, Lynk, MSurvey, Eneza, iProcure and Farm Drive. (https://www.safaricom.co.ke/spark/) Karen has also worked as an Actuarial Officer with the Retirement Benefits Authority, as a financial analyst at pwc in the Deals and Transactions department and as an Actuarial Consultant at Russell Investments in Sydney, Australia. She holds a Master of Finance specializing in Funds Management and a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science.
Abdellah is the founder of a tech and entrepreneurship hub in Algiers called Sylabs, and works on empowering young Algerians who want to start their own businesses, or gain new skills. In less than four years, Sylabs has helped dozens of small businesses/startups start or grow their activities, and gathered a community of thousands of people sharing the same passion for tech, digital and entrepreneurship. Abdellah was listed among Forbes Africa 30 under 30 class of 2018.
Ali is the CEO of FinteXX Technology Ltd, a Pan-African Fintech company that enables the financial ecosystem to utilize digital technologies towards enhancing efficiency, bring innovative financial solutions to the unbanked across the continent and create awareness towards the transformative nature of Financial Technologies.
Ali is a Co-Founder and Partner at Demo Ventures. DEMO Ventures is an early stage, smart capital fund, currently raising its inaugural fund, focused on digital innovation and digital transformation in selected sectors in Africa. We leverage our proprietary Pan African deal to catalyze investment into early stage, high growth potential startups in Africa. He is also the Principal, AHK & Associates, a Digital Transformation Consultancy focused on enabling clients leverage Digital Technologies to achieve Transformational Change in their organizations. He is also an investor and mentor to startups the Demo Ventures Franchise. Ali was the founding CEO of Wunderman (Kenya), a Global Digital top ten Agency, where he successfully implemented the Balanced Scorecard, a management tool for translating strategy into action. Ali also serves on the Board of Longhorn Publishers, the leading publishing house in East & Central Africa where he is instrumental in defining the Digital Strategy for the company; Law Africa, a leading Law Publisher in East Africa and Alive & Kicking, a social enterprise with operations in 3 African countries. His board experience also includes a six year term as a board member at the Kenya Network Information Centre.ke Registry between 2006-12.
Passionate of team sports and music, Thomas has brought is passion of collective intelligence in all his tasks. Thomas has always tried to build human communities in several areas to find concrete products and services for people in France and West Africa.
Thomas has worked for companies who push human at the center of their strategies included SIGFOX the leader of internet of things network. In the last two years Thomas works for the African Innovation Lab of Société Générale based in Dakar, Sénégal. Thomas lead all the innovative projects and support West African and Maghreb startups to increase their business especially in financial education, mobile money services, agriculture and sustainable services.
A serial tech entrepreneur with 27 years of scars and successes building exponential talent, products and businesses, Stonefield has conceived, designed, productized, financed and/or taken to market projects in Telecoms (mobile, apps, media & entertainment apps, IP-comms and advertising apps), BioMed, FinTech, AgriTech, Solar Energy, and e-Learning.
Expertise in capitalization strategies and execution, business expansion and internationalization, talent and product development strategies, as well as product innovation, user-experience interface design, and intellectual property management. Listed as “one of the top 50 mobile content executives” by Mobile Entertainment Magazine, between 1997 and 2005 he spearheaded the multibillion-dollar downloadable song and ringtone industries and, in 2009, developed a solution for projecting media peer-to-peer between 3G phones. He has co-founded or advises exponential startups in the US, UK, Sub-Sahara Africa, and U.A.E. Stonefield is also co-founder of AutoRegenic Cell Laboratories, a BioMed start-up that is productizing pioneering stem cell treatments for numerous major diseases, starting with an immune system transplantation solution for blood cancer victims (www.autoregenic.com). With a penchant for impact activities, Stonefield is also CIO of Alternative Initiative for the Development of Africa (www.aida.co.bw) where he focuses on the development of “Reverse Innovations” and “Leapfrog Technologies” in and out of resource-rich Sub-Saharan Africa. He provides venture development services to dynamic and disruptive startups that have regional or global scope. His current engagements include development of the African business bases for www.syntonic.com, www.starnewsmobile.com and www.pmconnect.com, spearheading the capitalization strategy for www.thesunexchange.com which crowd finances solar power installations in the developing world, and the chief technologist role for leading e-learning service, www.e-classroom.co.za. Prior to these engagements, Stonefield headed the Nokia’s mobile application developer ecosystem in what was that company’s largest market region—India, Middle East and Africa—managing 33 staff spread across the region to source, finance and support new concepts, applications and businesses that added value to wireless devices and local communities. Prior to joining Nokia, Stonefield served as CEO-in-Residence for a Qualcomm Labs project, Yagatta, a visionary Internet communication solution. Before the Qualcomm Labs engagement, Stonefield raised $14 million in US venture capital to build and sell Emotive Communications, a pioneering solution for transmitting interactive media programs between 3G mobile phones, which was acquired by Appconomy. Ahead of developing the Emotive venture, Stonefield founded and ran Moviso LLC which he sold to Vivendi Universal Networks in 2002, resold it to InfoSpace in 2003, where the venture created and dominated the mobile data industry in the USA and UK until 2007, generating over $1.5 billion in mobile content sales and precipitating the global mobile content industry and was then sold again to FunMobility in 2007 for $135 million. Stonefield is co-author of 11 patents, has served as an advisor to industry analysts and an expert on digital media and telecoms. His degree in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is a US and South African citizen, an Advanced Open Water SCUBA diver and commercial multi-engine instrument pilot.
Alesimo is the Managing Director and Founder at PAWA.AFRICA. She has worked for the private sector and international NGOs for 8 years focusing on development projects and innovation. She has spent over six years working with startups and corporations to design projects and create market access opportunities for small businesses in five African countries. Alesimo has founded her own business to provide seed grant capital funds to aspiring young African entrepreneurs. She is also available to facilitate workshops, designing projects, content development, as well as private consultations.
Barbara is a groundbreaking Ugandan social entrepreneur, technologist, business consultant, mentor, International speaker and IT project manager. Barbara is also a non profit management consultant. She is the Executive Director and co-founder of Hive Colab, Uganda’s first innovation hub, business accelerator and incubator for East African technology startups. She has managed and developed Hive Colab into Uganda's leading Innovation and Technology Hub and developed relationships with Government, Development partners, International organizations such as Microsoft, Intel, Google and others
She is also the founder of WITU (women in Technology Uganda) an Organization that transforms and empowers the lives of women and girls using STEM education and entrepreneurship. She worked as country Manager for Spring Accelerator, supporting over 16 Ugandan businesses and helped them raise over 500K USD in investment and grants. She is a Nesta and British Council certified entrepreneurship workshop associate Barbara has a MSC. in Information systems management from the University of Salford, Manchester, UK.
Systems Analyst turned Tech Strategy Advisor, Public Speaker and Angel Investor. Harry ‘Tomi Davies (TD) is Collaborator-in-Chief at TechnoVision, co-founder of the Lagos Angel Network (LAN) and President of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN).
TD is an exceptional analyst, strong strategic planner and pragmatic project manager who consistently delivers results while contributing with excellence. He has been regularly recognised for developing innovative cost-effective approaches that streamline commercial processes to enhance operational performance. His graduation from University of Miami in 1982 was followed by two decades in the corporate world leading implementation of innovative technology-led transformation initiatives in the Oil & Gas, Retail, Information Technology and Telecommunications industries for influential global brands Elf Aquitaine, Marks & Spencer, Ernst & Young and Sapient across Europe, the United States and Southeast Asia. In 2002 TD’s focus shifted to Africa where he has helped create the African Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF) in Kenya, led the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative in Nigeria and delivered a World Bank pilot of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) that uncovered over 20,000 ghost workers in the Nigerian Government. His goal-oriented approach to project delivery which consistently delivered remarkable results inspired the book “The African Project Manager”. Using knowledge gained from nurturing a growing portfolio of tech-enabled early stage business ventures originating from Africa as a Business Angel, TD's personal goal is to help “drive the development of Africa through entrepreneurship that uses innovation and technology to create social and economic value”. TD is a Non-Executive Director at MBO Capital (Private Equity) and Big Cabal Media (Media & Entertainment) and Chairman of TextNigeria (Telecoms). TD can be reached at www.tomidavies.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook as TomiDee
With a passion for technology and startups, Sherif recently moved back to Egypt from the Netherlands with a mission to enable the startups ecosystem in his home country. He started by joining Microsoft Africa to build their startup initiative in the country.
From there he joined forces with RiseUp as the Chief Commercial and Innovation officer where he is working on creating and executing RiseUp’s vision and commercial strategies to build a community that connects startups to its relevant resources He is also responsible for developing the right strategic partnerships in place to create that perfect equation of market growth. With an extensive knowledge of the emerging markets, he has already supported different leading companies to grow their businesses in the region. He has also worked in different roles, ranging from sales and business development to consultancy and partnerships in different corners for the world. Sherif holds a BSc. of business informatics and a Master's of project management from Nantes University in France.
Bankole Oloruntoba is a social and business tactics engagement specialist with a deep background in corporate communication, entrepreneurship development, business development and idea management. He has a first degree (BSc. Economics) from ABU Zaria, an executive certificate in Building Brands from the Lagos Business School (LBS) and an MBA from Business School Netherlands (BSN).
He is currently the CEO of the Nigeria Climate Innovation Center www.nigeriacic.org , an initiative of the Climate Technology Partnership program of the World Bank with the help of the Government of Nigeria and support of the Enterprise Development Center (EDC) of the Lagos Business School focusing on the growth of a viable green economy in Nigeria. Bankole was the founding Incubation Center Manager/Innovation Lead of Enspire Business Incubator www.enspire.org.ng , a technology focused business incubation centre under the Abuja Technology Village. He is also the Founder of Network of Incubators and Innovators in Nigeria (NINe) www.nine.org.ng ; In 2018, he was appointed a Member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Technology and Creativity. An expert on the Business Model Development and Deployment (Business Model Canvas & Lean Management Strategy) for Products, Ideas and Startups, Incubation Management and Advisory, Bankole has shown strength in the identification and Building of strategic work/business partnership. As a thought leader in the area of Start-ups and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development in Nigeria/West Africa, Bankole teaches and advises several organizations, governments, dozens of Hubs and Businesses in Nigeria and West Africa. Bankole brings a wealth of experience in Incubator Set-up and Sustainability Management, Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurship (IDE) Development, Startup Business Development and Ecosystem Advisory. Bankole is an engaging Speaker, Convergence Coordinator and a fantastic listener.
Kamil is a Venture Partner at MEST Africa where he mentors and works with 40+ startups on data, strategy, product development as well as work with upcoming entrepreneurs to prepare for their seed investment.
He has a background in law and economics but spent all his years after Bachelors on his passion - IT and Entrepreneurship. Having taught himself software engineering, he cofounded Dropifi, a software company which served over 18,000 businesses across North America, Europe, Africa and later became the first African startup to be accepted into 500 Startups in Silicon Valley. After Dropifi, Kamil served as the Chief Design Officer for Simple Merchant, a UK-based eCommerce company and later became a Venture Partner at MEST Africa where he currently works. He is passionate about the transformational potential of technology in Africa, building and growing software-as-a-service, powering data-driven decisions and automating workflows.
Fred Swaniker is on a mission to bring better leadership to Africa and the world. He is the founder of the African Leadership Group — an ecosystem of organisations that collectively aims to develop three million entrepreneurial leaders for Africa by 2035. Swaniker previously worked as a McKinsey consultant in South Africa before earning an MBA from Stanford and becoming an entrepreneur. In 2019, he was recognized by TIME magazine on its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Swaniker has also been recognized as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; an Echoing Green Fellow; a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network; a TED Fellow; and was named one of Forbes Magazine’s top ten young ‘power men’ in Africa in 2011. In addition to his MBA from Stanford, Fred has an undergraduate degree from Macalester College and honorary doctorates from Middlebury College, Macalester College, and Nelson Mandela University. Fred sits on several boards and advisory boards—including the Graca Machel Trust, AGRA and Andela. He also sits on Nestle’s Creating Shared Value Council.
Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu is a globally acclaimed serial entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of soleRebels, the world's fastest-growing African footwear brand. Bethlehem is also the founder of premium coffee brand Garden of Coffee, which launched in July 2016. Following the success of the brand across Ethiopia, Bethlehem is now in the process of opening 100 Garden of Coffee roastery cafes across China. Bethlehem also founded Perimeter Consulting, a strategic consulting service housing Made By Ethiopia, a public-private partnership with the Footwear Distribution and Retailers of America that enables some of the world’s top brands to manufacture their footwear in Ethiopia. Most recently, Bethlehem launched GIZA digital, a payment and ecommerce platform and NoodFoods, a franchise business that uses locally sourced fruits and vegetables to create snacks. Bethlehem is recognised as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Expert Network and was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 by The World Economic Forum. She is also a Forbes World's 100 Most Powerful Women and one of CNN's Top 12 Women Entrepreneurs of The Last Century.
Peter Orth is a founder and Managing Partner of 4DX Ventures, an Africa focused venture capital fund. Prior to founding 4DX Ventures, Peter was an investor for over a decade, with work spanning global macro investing, public and private equity investing, as well as overall portfolio and risk management strategy design. Orth has held investment roles at Bridgewater Associates (Emerging Markets Research and Lead China Analyst), Adakin Capital (public and private equity investing at an NYC-based family office), and JPMorgan (investment banking). In addition, he ran strategy and business development at Mirror Labs, a venture-backed business in the Blockchain space. He graduated from Tufts University in 2007 with degrees in Quantitative Economics and International Relations.
Marième Diop currently serves as an Investment Manager at Orange Digital Ventures Africa - Orange Group’s €50 million venture capital fund dedicated to African startups. Through this role, she’s actively involved in launching and scaling investment vehicles and direct investments targeted at technology startups across Africa. Marième is passionate about supporting founder teams of early stage technology companies in building Africa’s next business champions. In 2018, Marième also founded an angel network for francophone startups called the Dakar Network Angels (DNA). Her focus over seven years has been technology and innovation and she has occupied different roles of responsibility with a team leadership role and international exposure. Marième is a Fellow of President Obama’s flagship program ‘Young African Leaders Initiative’, World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and member of the GSMA Programme Leadership Group “PLG.”
Hasan Haider is a Partner at 500 Startups, the most active Venture Capital firm in the world, based in Silicon Valley, with more than 2,000 investments in more than 50 countries and $400 million in AuM. Hasan heads up the firms practice in the MENA region, with the Arabic speaking market being a core area of focus. 500 Startups has invested in over 100 startups in the region over the course of the last 4 years, including Wuzzuf, Jamalon and fetchr. Hasan was the Co-founder and CEO of Tenmou, the first business angel’s organization in Bahrain and one of the first in the MENA region. Hasan’s work in developing angel investment in emerging markets through Tenmou has been picked up as a case study by the World Bank and is taught to Entrepreneurship Policy makers at Babson College.
Fatoumata Ba is a technology entrepreneur and venture capital investor currently serving as the Founder and Executive Chair of Janngo and Managing Partner of Janngo Capital. Janngo builds, grows and invests in pan-African ‘tech for good’ champions and is backed by top-tier African and international strategic and financial investors; including the Mulliez Family, Clipperton Finance and African HNWI. Additionally, in Ivory Coast she served as Founder and CEO, as well as Managing Director in Nigeria and Member of the Executive Committee at the Africa level of Jumia, the leading tech unicorn in Africa now listed on the NYSE. She is passionate about leapfrogging development through technology in Africa, with a particular focus on women, SMEs, healthcare and education. She has been awarded several distinctions including The World Economic Forum ‘Young Global Leader’, Choiseul 100 Africa ‘Economic Leaders of Tomorrow’, Forbes Africa ‘30 under 30’ and the Aenne Burda Award for visionary leadership, optimism and courage alongside Marissa Mayer, Arianna Huffington and Viviane Reding. She serves on the Board of SouthBridge Investment Bank, on the Board and Investment Committee of Creadev Africa, on the Council of Women in Africa and on the Global Future Council on the New Economic Agenda of the World Economic Forum.
René Parker is the Managing Director and CEO of RLabs, a global social enterprise with a strong focus on community-driven innovation and social change. RLabs currently has activities in Africa, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and North and South America impacting more than 10 million people across 23 countries. She has played a leading role in transforming RLabs into an award winning global social enterprise from the humble beginnings of a community project in Cape Town. She served as a board member of the Living Labs in Southern Africa (LLiSA) network where she fulfilled the portfolio of capacity building, community development and communications. She is a founding member of the Western Cape government youth development network currently focused on driving youth economic empowerment through technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. Rene is also the co-founder of RLabs Women, an organisation that aims to build technology and innovation capacity amongst women in marginalised communities. She also serves in an advisory capacity to several international universities and has done extensive work with organisations such as the Finnish Foreign Ministry, GIZ, AfriLabs, i4Policy, UNWomen, Naspers, NedBank and Accenture.