Mr. Ifeme Akpati
Mr. Akpati works as a Senior Program Manager for Amazon in Seattle Washington. In his current role he drives cross functional teams of Researchers, Engineers, and Operations leaders at Amazon’s new store concept called AmazonGo which creates a shopping experience with no lines and no checkout through machine learning, and computer vision. Prior to this he worked in Amazon’s Prime delivery space as an international expansion Program Manager, and for half a decade as a Product Engineer building servers for Hewlett-Packards cloud computing division in Houston Texas. His educational background is in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology and the University of Mississippi, while his secondary education is from Zamani in Kaduna Nigeria. Ifeme continues to play an active role in evangelizing the value of technology in Africa and is always exploring new avenues to contribute to the tech ecosystem.
Mr. Lincoln Ajoku
As Project Lead, Society and Innovation at the World Economic Forum, Mr. Ajoku is researching and helping to build communities of practice to examine the impact emerging technologies will have on civil society organizations, including on how they deliver services to constituents, monitor the effectiveness of their programming and engage the public. Lincoln has more than a decade of experience in government and the non-profit sector. He was previously the Education Advisor with Concern Worldwide US, providing technical support for Concern’s education programs in a dozen countries, including Bangladesh, Haiti and Liberia. He has also worked in education and international development for agencies including the World Bank and United Nations Development Programme. Through a fellowship with the Center for Global Development, he served as a Special Advisor in the Ministry of Education in Liberia. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from The City College of New York, and his Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Mr. Christopher Fabian
Mr. Fabian is a technologist who co-founded UNICEF’s Innovation Unit with Erica Kochi in 2006. He currently runs UNICEF Ventures – and makes investments in open source technologies that can provide solutions to societal problems, particularly those facing children. Between 2007 and 2015 he held the role of Senior Advisor on Innovation to the Executive Director at UNICEF. Fabian spent a year (2010) as Senior Advisor on Innovation to the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. In 2015, he led the launch of UNICEF’s Innovation Fund, a pooled funding vehicle built to quickly assess, fund and scale companies, teams, and ideas that have been developed in new and emerging markets. Fabian is known for his work on tools for children and communities in low-infrastructure environments, including the Digital Drum U-Report, and RapidSMS, which has evolved to RapidPro — a free, open source framework for rapidly building mobile.
Ms. Mimi Omokri
Ms. Omokri is part of the Global Business Development and leads the BD team for Sub-Saharan Africa focusing on the biggest challenges in all major cities served by Uber. Mimi was previously at American Express and Mastercard. Prior to this, she worked in two of Africa’s hottest internet startups, Jumia and iRoko, managing product and partnerships.
Rose-Margaret Ekeng-Itua, Ph.D.
Dr. Ekeng-Itua is a Professor of Engineering at Ohlone College, with over 15 years of experience in Higher Education. Before moving to the US, she was the Chair of the Engineering Department, Distinguished and Senior Lecturer at the University of West London, London, UK. She holds a B.Eng. (Hons) in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, from the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria, an MSc. in Mobile and Satellite Communication Engineering from the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK and a Ph.D in Cybernetics from the University of Reading, UK. Prof. Ekeng- Itua has been a two time Visiting Scholar at The University of California, Berkley where she carried out World Bank funded research on Smart Sustainable Manufacturing and Smart Micro-grids respectively. Her other research interests are Artificial Intelligence(AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Human-Computer Interaction(HCI), STEM Education, Appropriate Technology for Developing Countries, and the Impact of Technology on Society.
Mr. Emeka Okoye
Mr. Okoye has over 17 years of experience at the forefront of technology and innovation within the domain of my core expertise and outside that domain with my involvement with social innovation projects. He co-founded Nigeria’s earliest startup (ngex.com in 1996), built Nigeria’s first financial website (IBTC in 1996), built Nigeria’s first Internet Banking app (1997), served as a project lead for Nigeria’s first e-commerce website (xeroxnigeria.com in 2000), built Africa’s first Mobile app for crowdsourcing Election data (Revoda in 2011), was the architect for Africa’s first Semantic web portal on Films (Mokolo in 2016), developer Mobile app for Ghana Elections, was an architect of ATM E-Journal Management software (in 2012, now running in 35 countries) and built a Semantic News app for Maternal Health Blog (in 2013). Emeka was listed among the 20 Most Influential Technology People in Africa by itnewsafrica.com in 2013 and Top Global 20 Mobile Commerce, Mobile Payments, Mobile Banking and Mobile Money influencers in Social Media by Obopay.com in 2012.
Mr. Jackson Ugbada
Mr. Ugbada is a founding member and the Managing director of Neito Energy Limited. He is a seasoned entrepreneur and professional business start-up manager with diverse competencies in a major spectrum of Business Management, Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, Trading and Logistics. Jackson has many years of previous experience working with globally recognized oil & gas companies in Nigeria including some of the major leading consulting firms. He has been able to grow one little company he established a few years ago into five different companies in various sector of the economy. Jackson had his first degree in Business Administration from the University of Ado Ekiti, and second degrees in MBA and MSc. Marketing from Ladoke Akintole University of technology and the University of Lagos, Akoka respectively. He is a member of Nigeria Institute of Management and has attended various professional training, seminars and executive management programs to his credit and certified locally and internationally, including Columbia Business School, New York, United States.
José L. Carmona Morales, Ph.D
Born in Spain and built as a person around the world, Dr. Carmona Morales has spent the last 30+ years building digital solutions of many sizes to the most diverse stakeholders – from robots to smart grids, greenhouses to city-wide smart lighting, agile hardware prototyping to Artificial Intelligence. He has founded 6 companies and currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer of Football. In the last decade, José has moved into impact projects giving a hand to young entrepreneurs to innovate via the smart grid paradigm.
Mr. Chiedozie Ibekwe
Mr. Ibekwe is a management consultant in the energy practice of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Houston, Texas. He was previously at the Centre for Public Impact in BCG’s London office. Dozie started his career as an industrial engineer in General Electric’s (GE) Operations Management Leadership Program. For his contribution to GE, Dozie was recognized with the GE African American Forum Icon Award, the most prestigious award for African Americans at GE. Dozie is an alumnus of King’s College, Lagos. After completing the University of Lagos Foundations Programme in electrical engineering, Dozie earned a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in electrical engineering from the honors college of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and a master’s degree in supply chain management from the Pennsylvania State University. Dozie also earned an MPhil in public policy from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Solomon Nwaneri, Ph.D.
Dr. Nwaneri is a professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Lagos where he teaches electro-physics, biomedical engineering, medical electronics, Information and Communication Technology, hospital equipment maintenance and management, and biomedical instrumentation. He has a broad industry experience which spans over 9 years as a senior IT systems/network engineer in companies across diverse industries including banking, manufacturing, healthcare, and IT/telecoms. His research interests include medical instrumentation, medical information systems, pattern recognition, and healthcare project management.
Mr. Tochukwu Mbanugo
Mr. Mbanugo is a Senior Consultant in Dalberg’s Lagos office, with extensive experience collaborating with clients in a range of sectors, which include education, technology, telecommunication, and energy. Most recently, Tochukwu was part of a team that supported a client in designing a program structure and curriculum for a Pan African institution to enable training and empowerment of young entrepreneurs. Tochukwu has an M.A. in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Global Business from the University of Chester and a BSc. in Accounting from Caritas University. He is currently pursuing an M.A. in Education and Learning Innovation at the University of South Wales. Tochukwu is also a fellow of the Mountbatten Institute, an institution that is aimed at promoting cross-cultural integration amongst young professional within the Commonwealth Countries.
Mr. Nedo Osayanbe
Mr. Osayanbe took early retirement from Shell after 34 years of unblemished career in Nigeria and the Netherlands that saw him in technical, commercial and managerial roles. At different times, he was Shell Nigeria’s Head Research and Development, Geosolutions Manager, Crude Handling and Unitisation manager, and General Manager Sustainable Development and Community Relations reporting to the Managing Director/Country Chair of Shell Companies in Nigeria. A Fellow of The Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists, he maintains strong links in the industry and academia. He was responsible for the creation of the nationally-recognised leading Centre of Excellence in Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Benin. A Geophysics thought leader, he currently has 6 copyrights and 3 pending patent applications. He is currently the Chairman of Belemoil Producing Limited.
Mr. Louis Iwegbuna
Mr. Iwegbuna is a technical advisor to the sales team at Autodesk. In this role, he works with channel partners and customers on innovative solutions that will transform their businesses, influence their strategies, improve their revenue generating initiatives putting them on the global roadmap. Louis hols a B.ENG. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Enugu State University of Science and Technology.
Mr. Timo Way
Timo is on the Windows Developer Marketing team at Microsoft where he connects developers with the tools they need to build our future. In the past, he served as leader of Seattle’s largest hacker community where he helped hackers launch their products, and provided them with a place to sleep at night.