Lightning Talk Speakers

Nora Touré, Sculpteo

Nora Touré is an additive manufacturing expert and is the General Manager of Sculpteo and is based in their San Francisco office.

She Founded Women in 3D Printing, in 2014 to highlight women working in additive manufacturing fields through a series of interviews and features. Touré has also co-initiated #3DTalk, a series of panels hosted in San Francisco, New York City, and Paris featuring women, and which we’ll be hearing more about quite soon. She is also a Board Advisor for both 3D Africa and 3DHeals, and has contributed to 3D printing publications including Fabbaloo. Nora has a Masters in International Business from the Paris Graduate School of Management and a Bachelors of Laws from University of Paris / Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Samuel Somuyiwa, Merck

Trained biomedical scientist, Samuel currently works in international sales and regional market development with a central focus on Sub Saharan Africa for Merck and is based in Germany. His experiences in both African and European business cultures has shaped my core competencies; which transcends technical analysis and product development to market research and market entry strategy development and execution, marketing and brand management, customer relationship management and key account management, intercultural communication and business analysis. Samuel has a B.Sc in Medical Laboratory Science from Ambrose Alli University. He is a board licensed clinical chemist and his hobbies are writing, poetry, music and football.

Erica Nwankwo, Autodesk

Erica is a Design Education Evangelist with Autodesk and is based in Boston, Massachusetts. In this role, Erica inspires students and educators to embrace design and making as a way of learning. I have initiated and participated on collaborative projects that use Autodesk’s cloud CAD solutions to innovate, collaborate and make an impact in the community. I’m particularly interested in empowering students and educators in underserved communities, locally and globally, to use design to address real-world challenges and improve their lives.

Erica’s recent accomplishments include empowering young girls to design and fabricate an energy-generating scooter that encourages kids to play and make and learn, serving as a research mentor on prosthetics design for the developing world, and hosting problem-solving challenges/ workshops that allow multi-disciplined students to collaborate and co-create solutions for a better world. Erica has a B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Morgan State University and an MFA in industrial design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her passions include learning, tinkering, cooking, traveling and solving everyday problems.

Mr. Allison Alassan

Allison is the Regional Trade Manager for HP Inc. Central Africa. He received a B.A from Oxford Brooks UK and an MSc in Strategic Marketing from Cranfield School of Management UK. He worked briefly for IBM before
returning to Nigeria where he joined HP and has held several positions over a 3 year span. Allison is very passionate about tech trends, marketing & consumer behavior.