Building a Resilient Innovative Africa

Held online from 12-14 October 2020

2020 AfriLabs Annual Gathering - Virtual

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its enormous impact on Africa and the world at large, a unanimous decision to make the 5th edition of the AfriLabs Annual Gathering virtual was reached by the AfriLabs Board. This decision was heavily influenced by the advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), as well as leading global and local health authorities.


The Gathering themed “Building a Resilient Innovative Africa” held from the 12th-14th October 2020 and was sponsored by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) through the AfriLabs Capacity Building Programme (ACBP), Mozilla, KTN Global amongst other partners. It was an exciting unique experience that transcended the borders of the norm and broke the conventional virtual expectations. With over 15 exhibitors, 20 speakers and 1200 participants, the Gathering was a proof of the resilience of the AfriLabs community.

As a prelude to the Annual Gathering, the AfriLabs General Meeting meeting held on the 7th of October 2020, where a new Board Member was elected. The AGM served as an opportunity for members of the AfriLabs community to get the latest updates and
development within AfriLabs and have discussions on what is needed towards improving the community and the ecosystem.

2020 AfriLabs Annual Gathering - Virtual

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its enormous impact on Africa and the world at large, a unanimous decision to make the 5th edition of the AfriLabs Annual Gathering virtual was reached by the AfriLabs Board. This decision was heavily influenced by the advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), as well as leading global and local health authorities.

The Gathering themed “Building a Resilient Innovative Africa” held from the 12th-14th October 2020 and was sponsored by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
through the AfriLabs Capacity Building Programme (ACBP), Mozilla, KTN Global amongst
other partners. It was an exciting unique experience that transcended the borders of the
norm and broke the conventional virtual expectations. With over 15 exhibitors, 20
speakers and 1200 participants, the Gathering was a proof of the resilience of the AfriLabs community.

As a prelude to the Annual Gathering, the AfriLabs General Meeting meeting held on the 7th of October 2020, where a new Board Member was elected. The AGM served as an
opportunity for members of the AfriLabs community to get the latest updates and
development within AfriLabs and have discussions on what is needed towards improving the community and the ecosystem.

our speakers

Dr. Vera Songwe (1)

Dr. Vera Sogwe

Executive Secretary
Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
Anna Ekeledo
Executive Director
AfriLabs
Mitch Prather Djembe Consultants 2 (1)

Mitchell Prather

CEO
Djembe Consultants
Founding Partner
Ventures Platform, Board Member Reliance HMO
Board Chair
Board Chair AfriLabs and Board Chair ActivSpaces Cameroon
Lusanda Magwape

Lusanda Magwape

CEO
Dream Factory Foundation
Botswana
Ahmed Shaihk

Professor Ahmed Shaikh

Managing Director
REGENT Business School, (Member institution of Honoris United Universities)
Hanae Bezad

Hanae Bezad

Project Manager in Charge of Startups and ICT Ecosystems at Smart Africa/Founder at Douar Tech

Tomi Dave

President
African Business Angel Network ABAN
Ammin Youssouf

Ammin Youssouf

CEO
at Afrobytes
Anne Njuki - Headshot

Anne Njuki

Investment Manager
DOB Equity
Mapaseka Dipale

Mapaseka Dipale

Partner and Country Director
South Africa at Funema

Tomiwa Aladekomo

CEO
Big Cabal Media
Director of Strategy
AfriLabs
Alice Munyua

Alice Munyua

Director, Innovation and
Public Policy, Africa
Mozilla
Ethel Cofie

Ethel D. Cofie

Board Member
Africa Digital Expert Advising Organisations & Governments on Tech Innovation in Africa (Africa/Europe)
Khalid Ali
Founder of Impact Hub
Khartoum Sudan
Charles Ojei

Charles Ojei

CEO
HYBR
Eva Sow Ebion

Eva Sow Ebion

Director of Community and Communication
i4Policy
Strategy Lead
iZone Hub, Zimbabwe
Moetaz Helmy

Moetaz Helmy

Board Secretary
Francophone Representative
Daniel Chinagozi

Daniel Chinagozi

Board Member
Board Member
Takunda Chingonzoh 1
Board Member

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