The Future of Digital Tech in Africa

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DATE/TIME: November 14, 2019 at 7:00 – 8:15a.m. EST (Washington, DC time)
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On November 14, join us for an interactive webchat focused on how technologies in Africa such as mobile apps, online services, and existing networks (2G, 3G), as well as emerging infrastructure like 4G and 5G connectivity, are pathways for entrepreneurs and civil society to become more engaged in the growing digital economy across the continent.

The discussion will also address cybersecurity awareness to ensure entrepreneurs and others are protecting their data and IP. The U.S. and Africa-based panelists will share their insights and advice, as well as answer questions from viewers.

The live webchat will take place on this page on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7:00 a.m. EST (Washington, DC time). Questions for the panelists can be submitted through the chatbox to the right. We hope you can join the conversation and share your perspectives.

Panelists:

Fola Olatunji-David

Head of Startup Success and Services, Launchpad Africa, Google

Fola Olatunji-David is the co-lead for Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Africa, supporting early and seed stage startups on the continent with technology, networks and mentorship. Fola has worked in technology based roles, creating channels for tech to interface with businesses in 10+ countries in different sectors including finance, retail and investment banking, education, media, power, agriculture, and he now focuses on building an African ecosystem that supports innovators and entrepreneurs. 

Prior to Google, he led Ventures Platform startup accelerator, and also worked as Vice President of Business Development at Venture Garden Group, Nigeria where he led the group’s Finatech Division.

Elizabeth Vish

Policy Advisor in the Office Coordinator for Cyber Issues, U.S. Department of State

Elizabeth Vish is responsible for cyber policy engagement in sub-Saharan Africa and for policy on capacity building engagements globally. S/CCI brings together the many elements of the State Department working on cyber issues, to more effectively advance the full range of U.S. interests in cyberspace, and provides technical expertise on U.N. negotiations regarding peace and security in cyberspace. 

Ms. Vish joined the U.S. government in 2013 as a Presidential Management Fellow, and previously worked in the non-profit sector on policy and programming focusing on democracy and governance issues. 

Taurai Chinyamakobvu

Partner and investor in Flocash Zimbabwe, Founder of Pazimba, and YALI Fellow

Taurai Chinyamakobvu is a partner and investor in Flocash Zimbabwe, a joint venture with a UK payment gateway services company. He is also the founder of Pazimba, an e-commerce start-up business focusing on providing multiple retailers with a convenient platform to sell their goods online. In his present role, he focuses on leading his team, developing a business model, and managing other hard and soft issues related to the ventures.

Taurai is interested in contemporary tech-driven business models and in technology transfer and development in Africa. He has previously worked in banking and telecommunications and holds two Masters of Business Administration. Since completing the Mandela Washington Fellowship in 2014, Taurai has worked to take e-commerce mainstream in Zimbabwe with a vision to do the same across Africa.

Moctar Yedaly

Head of Information Society Division, African Union Commission

Moctar Yedaly is a telecom, satellite and computer engineer with an MBA in International Business. Moctar has more than 20 years of international experience in the field of communication and networks management, resources evaluation and policy preparation. He is a former staff member of Intelsat in the USA and RASCOM in Cote d’Ivoire.

Since 2008, Moctar has been in charge of the Information Society Division within the Department of Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union Commission – an Intergovernmental organization with headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He graduated from George Washington University, Amity University and Institute of Informatics.



Sadie Tucker (moderator)

Foreign Service Officer, Bureau of Africa Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Sadie M. Tucker is a career Foreign Service Officer currently serving as a macroeconomist in the Africa Bureau’s Office of Economic and Regional Affairs at the Department of State.  She is the Africa Bureau’s lead advisor on economic engagement in Ethiopia, G7, next-generation technologies (including 5G), development finance, debt and credit risks as well as monetary and fiscal policy.  Previously, she was chief of staff in the Bureau of Global Public Affairs.  

Ms. Tucker is an economics officer with field experience at overseas missions in Anglophone, Francophone, and Lusophone Africa.  While in Washington, she advanced entrepreneurial ecosystem development in emerging African markets and engaged African leaders at the United Nations and African Union Commission to establish favorable digital economy and cyber security policies and regulation across the region. She is the mother of three brilliant boys.

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