Panel Speaker/ Masterclass Facilitator
Ben has been working in the African technology and media space since 2003. He started as part of the business development team at Africa Report and later served as commercial director at social venture Africa Interactive. Ben is a founding member of AfriLabs, a pan-African network of innovation hubs, and the African Business Angels Network (ABAN). He is a founding partner in the LIONS Africa Partnership and the Inclusive Business Accelerator. He is on the board of advisors to ActivSpaces, a technology incubator based in Cameroon, and in 2008 he founded Venture Capital for Africa (VC4Africa). Ben has done extensive ethnographic research on the emergence of software cultures in Kampala, Uganda and taught courses on Interactive Media & Entrepreneurship at the University of Amsterdam.