This year we have more than ten Africans coming from Africa. We are so proud to Welcome them in London.
Why should you come this June?
Africa Gathering is hosting a one-day tech conference, which will feature African Hub Managers and African Start-Ups.
This full-day conference will include three Group Thinking sessions with discussions around Leadership, Marketing and New Media, and the rise of Hub and Tech spaces in Africa: passionate and successful Africans from Liberia to Kampala will give insights into their experiences, plus answer your questions about how they started and how they’re building these places of belonging, where innovation, creativity and transformation are happening.
After lunch, in-country Village Chiefs of Africa (Hub Managers) will demonstrate how they are innovating and building successful start-ups in Africa, and share their experiences with Google UK, World Bank and Indigo Trust.
Barbara Graduated with a Postgrad degree in Project Planning and Management and a Bachelors degree in Business Computing from Makerere University and is currently enrolled for a master of MBA. She is passionate about Web design and an enthusiast of ICT4D, Women and the Girl Child In Uganda. She lives in Kampala Uganda.
Talk to her about the web sites mentionned above.
| Director of Hive Colab
Web: witug.wordpress.com www.hivecolab.org
Tosh Juma works at the *iHub_ – Nairobi’s first innovation hub as the Manager and works to grow, scale and lead the citywide community of tech innovators. He has more than 3 years of experience in community building and strategic planning. He is passionate about bringing people together through a combination of online communities and physical events and has helped built so far one of the most attended creative community and manages the existing open source developer community.
Tosh has a creative background and is a versatile individual who has worked in the field of digital design across a broad range of media for years. He is a designer passionate about brand identity with over 5 years’ experience and has been providing high-end branding, corporate identity, and marketing solutions for some of the top firms in Kenya.
The *iHub_ is an open space for the technologists, investors, tech companies, creatives and hackers in the area. This space is a tech community facility with a focus on young entrepreneurs, web and mobile phone programmers, designers and researchers. It is part open community workspace (co-working), part vector for investors and VCs and part incubator.
It is a paradigm shift towards the areas where technology approaches a barrier, and new technologies emerge to cross it. This is achieved through the idea of Open Innovation, which is the process of combining internal and external ideas as well as internal and external paths to market to advance the development of new technologies.
Lukonga Lindunda is currently working full-time as Programme Advisor – ICT for VVOB ( www.vvob.be ), an international non-profit organisation, providing technical assistance in educational projects and programmes by supporting local capacity building as a means to stimulate sustainable development and poverty reduction. Lukonga has worked with colleges and schools in building sustainable and affordable ICT infrastructure and support systems using open- and closed- source solutions.
Lukonga acquired his BSc in Information Technology in 2005 from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. He went on to work at local software development companies, DOVE Computing and Info Holdings in Lusaka before moving into ICT4Development in 2008 working as ICT and Communications Coordinator at QUality Education Services Through Technology (QUESTT), a USAID-funded project in the Education sector in Zambia.
At QUESTT, Lukonga worked on the Interactive Radio Instruction project as Technical Advisor. He designed a system incorporating solar power to recharge portable media players loaded with educational materials in remote areas.
Lukonga is also co-founder of Mobile Monday Lusaka and is involved in initiating and supporting technology user groups some of which are Google Technology User Group, Zambia Linux User Group, Asikana Network (focusing on young women in ICT), and many others.
|Co-Founder Bongo Hive
|Digital Producer – Special projects – CNN.com International
Moderator at Africa Gathering
One key pillar of Google Africa’s strategy is building a sustainable internet ecosystem; she focuses on facilitating the development of Tech Hubs across Africa and pilot program initiatives such as Umbono, which showcase technology as a platform for entrepreneurship. Prior to Google, Johanna was a technical consultant working in West Africa, an MBA student at Tuck, a strategy consultant inside PE portfolio companies, and an investment associate at Marlow. She also spent 2 years on business development activities in the Google office operations in Johannesburg back in the “start-up days.” She brings a decade of Africa geographic experience and multi-disciplinary insights to all her business endeavors.
She was recently a finalist in the Innovation Prize for Africa 2012 as well as the winner of the Vision 2030 Innovation Award for Agriculture in Kenya.
Su is a TED Fellow and is the founder both Green Dreams Ltd and Green DreamsTECH Ltd. She is the mother of 3 and lives and works from Nairobi.
Since completing a PhD in breast cancer research at Cambridge University , she has managed, developed strategies and consulted on a variety of development projects in East Africa (predominantly Uganda and Tanzania), overseeing the complete project cycle. Her focus has included income generation, education, youth empowerment, HIV/AIDS, peer education, public health, the environment, human rights, ICT and a variety of other issues.
Loren has also managed a £2.6 million, Big Lottery funded Health Programme at The Foyer Federation and expanded the organisation’s research, policy and innovation capacities. She is also currently a Research Associate for Demos, where she conducts social research on a variety of issues, including those impacting upon young people, employment, health and international development.
Loren holds a First Class BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences from Birmingham University , where she obtained the top First and gained several awards (John Jinks and Farmer).
His on-screen career began as reporter for Wales Today in Cardiff, from where he moved to London as a reporter on Breakfast Time. He quickly transferred to business coverage, working across the BBC’s output from the Money Programme to Newsnight, from the Today programme to the Ten O Clock News. The stories he has covered range from Black Wednesday and the Maxwell trial to the dot com bubble and the rise of Google.
In 2000 he was briefly the BBC’s Internet Correspondent before returning to his post as Business and Industry Correspondent after the dot com bubble burst. At the beginning of 2007 he was appointed Technology Correspondent with a brief to expand the BBC’s coverage of the impact of the internet on business and society.
He now covers technology for television, radio and the BBC website. He also blogs regularly on “dot rory”, the BBC’s popular technology blog, named as one of the Sunday Times Top 100 blogs, and is a prolific Twitterer – you can follow him at twitter.com/ruskin147. And whenever there is a new gadget or useful website to try, Rory is likely to be experimenting with ways of using the new tools in his journalism.
He is also the author of “Dot Bomb”, a critically acclaimed account of Britain’s dot com bubble.
Rory studied Modern and Medieval Languages at Jesus College, Cambridge, and worked in Paris and Berlin before entering journalism. He is married with two sons, and lives in Ealing in West London.
| BBC Technology Correspondent
I am also fully employed as the Regional Environment, Science and Technology Specialist in the Regional Environment and Health Office (REHO) in American Embassy, Gaborone. My duties include among others assisting in managing programs relating to, reports on, and provides policy coordination to support regional USG initiatives targeting environment, science and technology (EST) in Southern African region and the GOB, including the Tropical Forest Conservation Act Accords (TFCA), KAZA TFCA Initiative and OKACOM. I am also responsible for guiding and assessing the applications for the full bright training program, a program that sends Batswana to American Universities and also the international Visitors program, one which sends Batswana and expose them to the United States of America. Critical to my mandate is to maintain excellent contacts with highest level government officials, civil society, the United Nations system, SADC Partners and International Cooperation Partners.
|Director of Gaetsho Technology Hub Botswana
Prior to joining the Web Foundation, Franco worked as User Experience manager in Vodafone Group, taking a human-centered approach to envision innovative and meaningful services.
In his spare time, Franco is one of the crew behind the Design Jams initiative: one-or-two-day design sessions, during which people team up and collaborate to tackle engaging User Experience (UX) challenges. The sessions champion open-source thinking & design.
Franco is active on twitter (@bobbywatson), flickr (themepap), and – often – at a meet-up / conference near you.
|World Wide Web Foundation, Amsterdam
Web: www.webfoundation.org www.designjams.org/wiki/Main_Page
In 2007 his work work’s caught the attention of senior management at TED.com (Technology, Entertainment and Design) which offered him a global fellowship recognizing his role as “…an outstanding young developing world leader who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and potential…” At that time, TED partners AMD, GE and Google provide fellowships to 100 individuals who they believe have an important role to play in Africa’s future.
in 2009, Andriankoto was one of the 40 Inaugural TED fellow among 850 candidates, a fellowship that recognized his accomplishments as a reforestation activist and media pionneer.
People know him best through his work in founding FOKO Madagascar, an organization training Malagasy youth in journalism, computers, blogging and English –FOKO was partner of Rising Voices, a Global Voices Project, and had an amazing track record of empowering young journalists, who in turn have been telling important stories and changing the lives of people they report on.
What Andriankoto is now proposing to do is even more important than what he’s done helping spread citizen media in Madagascar. His new organization is - promoting Technology Innovations – empowering the IT community – filling the digital gap outside and Inside his country – all throught a coworking space and ICT lab.
Since graduating from the University of Bristol with a First Class BA (Hons) in Modern Languages, Matt has worked as a translator and film and television subtitler in Berlin and completed an MPhil on minority groups in the early German Democratic Republic. His academic background has provided him with a sound set of research skills, while his time at the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts has given him a solid grounding in philanthropy and the third sector.
|Director, Pre-Incubation & Research at Co-Creation Hub Nigeria
M.A. (Middle Eastern & Northern Africa Studies, School African & Oriental Studies, London)
With a particular focus on working with African Partners, Michael has huge expertise in designing, funding & developing on-line, multi-stakeholder communities that draw together organizations from the private, public and voluntary sectors to address a common interest. He developed his first for the UK Agribusiness Industry in 1987 = long before the Internet was around
Michael has over 30 years’ experience working as both a board level Director; and, as a high level consultant and advisor to UK and International organisations from the private, public and voluntary sectors. He has worked with: DFID, UNCTAD, CSIR (RSA), SARIMA, Mxit, IDRC, The Who Cares? Trust, London City Business Link (in Silicon Ditch), Tearfund, Fujitsu, and, the London Borough of Hackney.
In January 2010, Michael set up Every1Mobile as a ‘for-profit’, pan-African, social enterprise addressing the needs of Young Africans between 14-25 years. Today there are nine such mobile communities, each one reaching into the ‘nooks and crannies’ of Africa, seeking to engage with the most vulnerable and hardest to reach – defined as those on a 1USD per day. E1M has a presence in 30 African Countries, and a subscriber base of nearly 2 million. Currently, numbers are growing by 20% per month. E1M is still below the radar.
Facilitating Resilience, Self-Discovery, Service Discovery and Pair2Share are at the heart of what E1M does. Each User is encouraged to see their successes as micro-transformations – in their life, in their community, and, for the planet.
Clients and Partners include: CNN, Thompson Reuters, Mindset, Cambridge University Press, and Body Shop, IDASA, The African Pulse, E1M has offices in Cape Town and the UK.
We are looking for African partners who can provide to our mobile platforms, apps, games, interactive content and, innovative and disruptive life services.
Michael has picked up some grey hairs, along the way.
|Founder and Business Development Director, Every1Mobile Ltd.|
David has a relentless passion for getting people to realize their unlimited potential by drawing on his experiences as an employee, consultant and personal coach to business owners and professionals. Whether as a sixty minute keynote or day long workshop his speeches and presentations are geared towards empowering his audience to action long after he has finished speaking.
David travels the world and has spoken at and facilitated conferences in North America, Asia, Africa and Europe.
His keynotes and workshops are widely recognized as provocative, dynamic and interactive.
David’s expertise is in empowering people for personal and professional success through developing their story.
He challenges his audiences with questions about their motivations, plans for the future, environments they work in and reasons why the work whilst remaining sensitive to the needs of each audience.
David is the founder of Magnificent Minds, a company focused on leadership and presentations skills training and development. A keen supporter of young enterprise he is the host of Pioneers TV an online enterprise channel for Virgin Media.
David was the co-presenter on Channel 4’s Vocation Vocation Vocation a career programme for students. In the programme he and his co-presenter helped ten 16/17year old students across the UK to make choices about their future careers and learning paths by coaching and showing them what their future could be like.