Conference Speakers

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Basil

Moftah

Basil Moftah is a general partner at Nclude VC, a Dubai-based, growth-stage venture capital firm. Previously, Basil was the President of the Intellectual Property & Science (IP&S) division at Thomson Reuters. Basil repositioned IP&S as a platform business by integrating its content and technology into a

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Onajite

Emerhor

Onajite Emerhor leads the Startup Developer Ecosystem Europe at Google, where she drives the strategy and execution of Google’s region-wide startup facing programs and initiatives to enable growth stage technology companies to build and grow with Google.  This includes the flagship Google for Startups

  • Keynote Speakers

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Abdelrahman Mohamed Aymam 

Abdelrahman Mohamed is Co-founder/ Chief Growth & Strategy Officer at Educatly. Educatly is an Edu-Tech startup focused on helping students get into the university of their dreams. The focus is on studying abroad and helping students achieve their maximum potential. 

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Peter

Njonjo

Peter Njonjo is Co-Founder and Group CEO of Twiga Foods, a B2B e-commerce company that focuses on food and grocery in informal retail. Twiga currently employs 1,000 people and has 100,000 customers, delivering to about 10,000 every day. The Company was voted the 35th Most

  • DAY 1 – Founders’ Panel

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Jihan

Abass,

Jihan Abass, Founder & CEO, Prior to founding Lami, Jihan worked as a commodities trader at Toyota Corporation. She is active on the boards of several high-growth startups and holds a degree in finance from City, University of London and an MBA from the University of Oxford.

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Ahmed

Sheikha

Ahmed is the Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer of Brimore and he currently leads Strategy, Fundraising and Digital Product roadmap in Brimore. Ahmed has helped Brimore grow more than 350X in 3 years, working with a network of +60,000 sellers (Mostly women) +250 local 

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Damilola

Olokesusi

Damilola is the Co-founder and CEO of Nigeria’s leading technology-driven transportation startup called Shuttlers. The company is revolutionizing how professionals and organizations commute in the ever-busy Lagos and Abuja metropolis. Dami, as she is fondly called, holds a Bachelor's

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Joshua

Chibueze

Joshua is the Co-founder/Chief marketing officer for PiggyVest - the leading digital savings & investment platform in Nigeria with over 3.7M registered users nationwide and has existed for more than 6 years.

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Islam

Shawky

Islam Shawky is Co-founder and CEO at PayMob, a leading electronic payments company. He started his career during his studies at the American University in Cairo (AUC). Paymob is one of the leading digital payments facilitators in the region, having partnered with the Central Bank

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Dimeji

Sofowora

Dimeji Sofowora is the Co-founder & CFO at Helium Health and General Partner at MAGIC Fund. He holds an LLB degree from the University of Leeds and an LLM in Banking and Finance Law from Queen Mary University, London. Before founding Helium Health, he worked at Goldman Sachs and as an associate at Aluko & Oyebode. Dimeji is one of Nigeria’s foremost health tech entrepreneurs.

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Maria

Rotilu

Maria is an Operator turned Investor. Her 10-year professional experience spans Venture Capital, Startup Operations and Management Consulting. She is currently working on building First Cheque Fund at Octopus Ventures, a pre-seed fund focused on finding and funding European startups at their earliest stages.

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Nadia

Kouassi Coulibaly

Nadia is Head of Research at the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA). She has eight years of experience working in the French private equity and venture capital industry.

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Murray

Legg

Murray is a serial entrepreneur based in South Africa, having founded the influencer marketing platform, Webfluential, as well as a web 3 identity project called PhotoChromic. Murray has diverse experience in investment banking, biomedical engineering, digital communication, education and corporate finance. Murray leverages his entrepreneurial experience and commercial thinking to forge the strategic direction of the businesses he's founded and invested into. Ph.D (Biomed Eng) | B.Eng (Hons) (Mech Eng); Power 30 Under 30; TEDx presenter; Ironman finisher.

  • DAY 2 – Investor Panel

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Enrique

Martinez-Hausmann

Enrique joined the Speedinvest Fintech team in 2018. He works as a Senior Associate in the Fintech team where he focuses on developing economies. Enrique has led multiple rounds in Europe and Emerging Markets and his current board responsibilities include companies such as:

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Elom

Lassey

Elom is the Regional Lead for Sub-Sharan Africa Venture Capital at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) where he sources, executes and manages investments across Africa. Before joining IFC, he co-founded PAE Holdings, a start-up investment holding company focused on the African education sector. He also worked at Goldman Sachs. Elom holds an first degree in Economics from University College London, and an MBA from INSEAD.

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Chuks

Ibechukwu

Chuks is one of the drivers and founding members of Olaniwun Ajayi (International) – the London-based international practice of Olaniwun Ajayi LP, one of Africa’s leading law firms.  The launch of the London arm in December 2021 was a first of its kind for a major African law firm. 

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Macky

O’Sullivan

Macky is a Partner at the international law firm, King & Spalding and a member of the firm’s Africa steering committee. He has extensive experience advising clients on investment funds and venture capital transactions and has been recognised by Legal 500 as “having a unique skillset

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Mareme

Dieng

Mareme Dieng is the lead, Africa at 500 Global, a venture capital firm with $2.7 billion in assets under management, investing early in founders building fast-growing technology companies. Prior to her current role, she was the firm's innovation and strategy lead. Mareme has worked with the Global Startup Ecosystem on the programming of the Ghana Tech Summit

  • Trends and Prospects Panel

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Eugene

Nizeyimana

Mr Eugene is a strategy and systems business management consultant and executive leader with a track record in delivering multi-channelled capabilities. Mr Eugene has expertise across a broad range of clients, markets and industries ranging from services, energy, Oil and Gas (E&P), manufacturing, automotive, healthcare and agribusiness. He has held a wide range of roles at Jaguar Landrover. BMW, Society of Petroleum Engineers, NHS, GTC, and served as a consultant and an adviser to various international companies in the UK and Africa.

 

His management capabilities range from strategic management, business development and growth, capital portfolio management, technology management and product lifecycle management (PLM).

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Folarin

Aiyegbusin

Folarin leads Google's Startup Ecosystem in Africa, which is dedicated to empowering startups across the African continent with the best of Google - its people, methodologies and advanced technology. He is responsible for managing the Google for Startups Accelerator Africa, Black

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Tage

Kene-Okafor 

Tage Kene-Okafor is a reporter for TechCrunch, covering venture capital and startups in Africa from the continent’s startup capital Lagos, Nigeria.

Previously, he was a reporter at Techpoint Africa, where he began his tech reporting career breaking stories on the startup and venture capital scene