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Ndeye Absa Gningue

Ndeye Absa holds the position of the Senior Innovation Officer at the African Development Bank. She is managing a first of its kind project at AfDB called the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Lab (EIL). The overall aim of the Lab is to support innovative young entrepreneurs with financing, technical assistance and broader ecosystem support. The Lab

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Dr. Celestin Monga

Dr. Celestine Monga is the Vice-President, Economic Governance and Knowledge Management and Chief Economist, African Development Bank Group. He graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Sorbonne in Paris, was a Mason Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, followed by additional graduate work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School

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Jorge Appiah

Jorge Appiah is a Technopreneur and Africa Tech-Policy Expert with a background in Electrical/Electronic Engineering (BSc), Business Administration (MBA) and Renewable energy (MSc).  He is the Co-founder/CEO of Kumasi Hive; a Tech Innovation Hub which through its Future Workforce for Africa Initiative trains undergraduate, unemployed and underemployed youth to acquire competent skills in emerging technologies

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Khalid Mohamed Ali

Khalid Mohamed Ali is a business leader with two decades of experience in management consulting. Khalid has worked with fortune 500, mid- size enterprises and startups in the United States, Africa, and the Middle East. In 2015, Khalid co-founded Impact Hub Khartoum, a co-creation space that convenes, enables and empowers the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem

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Kudzai M. Mubaiwa

Kudzai M.Mubaiwa is an Economic Development Professional who works extensively with local small scale enterprises and startups through her consulting company Investor Saint PL as well as their business incubation trust iZone Hub.  She holds a Masters in Development Finance from Stellenbosch Business School, a Banking Honors Degree from NUST and is the only internationally

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PRUDENCE NONKULULEKO NGWENYA

Ms. Prudence Ngwenya is the current Head of the Division of Human Resource and Youth Development at the African Union Commission (AUC). Her main responsibilities include leading and providing strategic guidance on the AUC’s mandate on Youth Development. The task involves maintaining a robust, innovative and results oriented AUC Youth Programme aligned to key AU

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Letty Chiwara

Letty Chiwara started her leadership journey at a very early age as Head Prefect in her primary school in Zimbabwe. A strong feminist, she is grateful to her oldest sister Ratidzai for teaching her the value of hard work and generosity, as well as “everything about womanhood”. After studying in Harare and in London, she

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Josephine Mwangi

Josephine has been leading the communications team at Nailab for the last 6 years, having honed her skills as a communications professional, in different organisations, for over 11 years with her expertise being in Corporate communications, Brand/ Consumer PR, Event Management, Communication Campaigns and Strategy formulation, Media Management and Advertising gained from working with companies

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Anna Ekeledo

Anna Ekeledo is the Executive Director of AfriLabs; leading AfriLabs to develop programmes and building partnerships that support innovation hubs and other stakeholders raise high potential entrepreneurs that stimulates economic growth and social development in Africa. With her passion for Africa’s development and vast experience in Network Leadership, Stakeholder Engagement, Innovation and Organizational Development, Anna’s

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H.E. Professor Sarah M.E. Anyang Agbor

Professor Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang Agbor is the African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology (elected in July 2017) which consists of: Education, Youth and Capacity Development and Science and Technology. Before being elected, she was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Research, Cooperation and Relations with the Business World (DVC-RCB), University of

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