Speakers

The Future of AI in Africa Global Summit & Expo 2024 showcases a distinguished lineup of thought leaders who are driving AI innovation across diverse sectors in Africa. These speakers bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from disciplines such as finance, healthcare, education, and agriculture, offering insights into how AI is transforming industries.

Dr. Mark Nasila

Dr. Mark Nasila is a renowned data science and analytics expert, recognized locally and internationally for his leadership in the industry. With a track record of mentoring top talent and implementing cutting-edge techniques at FNB, he has played a pivotal role in shaping the future of banking through data-driven insights. Dr. Nasila's expertise extends to consulting with business stakeholders and major bodies, providing invaluable guidance for business growth and product innovation. His commercial acumen and extensive experience make him a leading force in driving forward-thinking strategies in the competitive data science landscape.

Prof. Dr. Rasoava Rijamampianina

Prof. Dr. Rasoava Rijamampianina, known as Prof Rija, is a highly accomplished academic leader with extensive experience in teaching, research, and executive education across diverse global contexts. He has held significant roles at esteemed institutions in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the USA, including academic directorships and senior executive programs. Prof Rija's expertise encompasses customer centricity, multicultural fluency, diversity and inclusion, talent management, leadership, and organizational change, as evidenced by his numerous publications and active involvement in international academic associations. With academic qualifications from renowned institutions and recognition in publications like Who's Who in the World, Prof Rija's contributions to academia and executive education are widely recognized and valued.

Dr. Jacques Ludik

Dr. Jacques Ludik is a seasoned technology entrepreneur and AI expert, renowned for founding multiple AI companies and spearheading innovative ventures in AI-enabled wellness solutions and transformative AI applications. With a Ph.D. in Computer Science and extensive experience in AI, Machine Learning, and Data Science, he has played pivotal roles in companies like Jumo and General Electric, driving data science and analytics initiatives. Dr. Ludik's academic achievements, including publications and patents, reflect his deep expertise in the field. He is actively involved in AI communities and serves on advisory boards, showcasing his commitment to advancing AI-driven innovation and shaping a human-centric future.

Etienne Shardlow

Etienne Shardlow is a highly experienced IT professional based in Johannesburg, South Africa, with expertise in IT Service Management, consultancy, and training spanning over three decades. As the CEO of Symphonise Consulting (Pty) Ltd, he excels in IT governance, risk management, and service management, holding certifications in various industry standards.

Throughout his career, Etienne has led impactful projects for notable clients and contributed significantly to the ITSM community, including co-creating ITSM Express and serving on key industry committees. He is recognized for his versatility, global perspective, and commitment to excellence in IT service management and governance.

Yaza Kaluwa Kara

Yaza Kaluwa Kara brings nearly two decades of experience in business technology strategy and implementation to her role as a leader in digital innovation and transformation at Stanbic Bank Zambia. Her focus is on delivering client-centric and innovative solutions that boost the bank's competitiveness and performance in today's digital landscape. Yaza's expertise lies in digital transformation, business agility, digital change management, and fostering innovation through partnerships and fintech initiatives. She is dedicated to leveraging talent and empowering her team to produce solutions that align with the bank's vision and benefit their customers.

Nono Bokete

As a speaker, Nono transcends the conventional. She doesn't just speak; she inspires, educates, and empowers. Every presentation is a unique tapestry woven with her rich insights and experiences, leaving her audience not just informed but transformed. Her commitment to harnessing the power of data and technology for positive organizational change is relentless, and her quest for innovative methods to convey her vision is unending.In essence, Nono Bokete is not just a leader; she is a beacon of change, an architect of the future, and a relentless crusader in leveraging technology and leadership.

Dr. Monde Muyoyeta

Dr. Monde Muyoyeta, BSc, MBChB, PhD, is a Zambian Medical Doctor and Infectious Diseases Epidemiologist with 24 years of experience, serving as the Director of TB Programs, Clinical Trials Unit Leader, and Senior Advisor for the USAID TBLON Project at CIDRZ. A pioneer in utilizing Artificial Intelligence systems for TB screening and triage, she has led numerous research protocols, clinical trials, and health systems strengthening projects, contributing to over 60 publications. Dr. Muyoyeta's innovative use of AI technologies has significantly advanced TB screening practices and healthcare outcomes, establishing her as a prominent figure in infectious diseases research and public health.

Jonah Banda

Jonah Banda is a distinguished engineering executive with over ten years of experience in spearheading artificial intelligence innovations, data science, software architecture, and product strategy across divers sectors, including Agri-tech, Energy, and Fin-tech. At AgriPredict Solutions Zambia, he led the development of AI tools for weather prediction and crop weather management, significantly enhancing decision-making for farmers. His work at the FAO improved agricultural tools like the Livestock Sector Investment and Policy Toolkit (LSIPT) and the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS), influencing global agricultural policies. Jonah's expertise in AI extends to developing machine learning models for diagnosing crop diseases, which dramatically increased user engagement. He holds dual B.S. degrees in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona. Jonah is an adept leader in stakeholder management, analytics, and product development, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Dr. Greg Nsofu

Dr. Greg Chola Nsofu is a highly accomplished professional with a diverse background in academia and the corporate world. Starting as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Botswana, Dr. Nsofu transitioned into the field of Information Technology, holding roles such as Programmer and Head of ICT at IZAZI Solutions. Their career then led them to Transnet Limited as a Programme Executive, overseeing the Transnet Business Intelligence Unit, and later to Standard Bank Group as a Senior Manager focusing on Supply Chain Finance and Traditional Trade Programme.

Dr. Nsofu's leadership extended to the role of Director of Information Technology (CIO) at the National Pension Scheme Authority and as Board Chairman of NAPSA Stars Limited. They also served as a Non-Executive Director at MTN Zambia and currently hold positions such as Director of Information and Communication Technology at the Bank of Zambia, Board Member at the Zambia Electronic Clearing House, and University Council Member at Kapasa Makasa University.

Education-wise, Dr. Greg Chola Nsofu holds a BSc in Computer Mathematics from the University of Zambia, a Post Grad in Business Administration from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, an MPhil in Economics Policy from Stellenbosch University, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Administration, also from Stellenbosch University. Dr. Nsofu's extensive experience and academic achievements showcase a well-rounded professional with a strong foundation in both technology and business management.

Sonny Zulu

Sonny Zulu is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Standard Chartered Bank Zambia. Prior to this role, he served as the Head and Managing Director of the Consumer, Private and Business Banking business at Standard Chartered Bank in the UAE. In this position, he was responsible for developing and driving the retail business strategy while balancing governance, financial performance, risk management, distribution, and people development. Zulu also held the position of Regional Head of Strategic Transformation, Alliance and Performance Management for Africa and the Middle East at Standard Chartered Bank. Before relocating to Dubai, he was the Head of Retail Banking for Standard Chartered Bank Zambia and Southern Africa. Throughout his career, Zulu has taken on senior leadership responsibilities at a young age and has held several senior executive roles within the bank, including Head of Retail Clients, General Manager for Distribution for Zambia and Southern Africa, and Head of Corporate Affairs. As an entrepreneur, Zulu is a joint owner of Air Mafuta Aviation Services, a company he founded in 2009 with two other directors that supplies aviation fuel to local and international clients. Academically, Zulu holds an MBA from the University of Manchester Business School and a degree in Metallurgy and Mineral Processing from the University of Zambia. He has also completed several executive programs at Oxford University in the UK, Duke Corporate Education in Singapore, and INSEAD in Singapore as part of his personal development.

Shabir Ahmed

Shabir Ahmed is a distinguished figure in the field of information technology, revered as a seasoned researcher and practitioner, with over three decades of rich experience. With a primary focus on the energy and natural resources sectors, Ahmed has navigated the global landscape among some of largest energy and resources companies in Africa, Asia Pacific, the USA, and the Middle East. Throughout his illustrious career, Ahmed has cultivated a profound interest in digital transformation and Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies. His expertise encompasses a wide array of cutting-edge innovations, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and Cloud related technologies. A trusted advisor to C-level executives, Ahmed collaborates closely with organizational leadership to discern their business imperatives and strategic objectives. By delving into the intricacies of their operations, he provides invaluable strategic guidance on harnessing the full potential of transformative technologies. His insights enable companies to unlock unprecedented business value and stay ahead in today's rapidly evolving digital landscape. In addition to his advisory roles, Ahmed is a prolific author and thought leader, contributing extensively to media outlets and various industry journals. His insightful publications offer invaluable perspectives on emerging trends, technological innovations, and strategic business insights, further solidifying his position as a respected voice in the field. With an unwavering commitment to innovation and a steadfast dedication to delivering tangible results, Shabir Ahmed remains at the forefront of conversations shaping the future of technology-driven business strategies. He has a relentless passion in pursuit of transformative solutions that empower organizations to thrive in an ever-evolving digital landscape.

Harrison Chapu

Mr. Harrison Chapu is an accomplished and seasoned professional in all aspects of ICT and projects management. His proven transformational leadership is augmented by his 23 years’ experience in leading various initiatives in ZRA, PACRA, ZESCO, Broadreach health and Atlasmara bank. In 2009, Mr. Chapu led the development of the Tax Administration and refunds processing system (TARPS) which automated the refunds processes for Customs and DOMT. In 2013, he was technical led in the implementation of TaxOnline 1 which saw the introduction of online services. From June 2004 to March 2007, Mr. Chapu worked as senior software engineer at ZESCO. During this period, he interfaced the ZESCO ERP (Oracle E – business suite with other ZESCO Internal systems under the BIS Project. As PARCA Head of ICT from 2015 to 2019, he introduced online services in PACRA. He also led the implementation of the one stop shop (OSS) solution providing the real-time interface with ZRA on registrations. From February 2022 to April 2024, Mr. Chapu worked as Project Manager – TaxOnline2 in ZRA, which has stabilised and operationalised all modules on the TaxOnline System. He also was project Manager for the Integrated Payments System (IPS) project which has harmonised the ZRA payments processes for Domestic Taxes and Customs. Mr. Chapu holds a master’s degree in business administration obtained in 2016 and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science obtained in 2001. He is a PRINCE2 Practitioner and COBIT 5 Certified. Mr. Chapu is a fellow of the Information and Communication Technology Society of Zambia.

Dr. Evans Silavwe

Dr. Evans Silavwe is the dynamic and visionary Chief Executive Officer of INFRATEL Corporation Limited. With an illustrious career spanning over 20 years, Dr. Silavwe has established himself as a formidable force in both the technical and business realms of the technology industry. An accomplished Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer, Dr. Silavwe has over 20 years of senior experience in building and managing communication networks. His technical expertise is matched by his prowess in steering complex projects to success, leading businesses with precision, and consistently delivering substantial value to the market. Dr. Silavwe earned his Doctorate in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from the prestigious University of Leeds, where he also completed his Master of Science in Communications Engineering. His foundational education was laid at the University of Zambia, where he obtained a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. As a member of the Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Dr. Silavwe remains at the forefront of industry developments, continuously integrating cutting-edge innovations into his strategic vision. His leadership at INFRATEL Corporation Limited is characterised by a seamless blend of technical acumen and business strategy, driving the company to new heights in the ever-evolving tech landscape.

Albert Zulu

Albert Zulu is a highly esteemed technology expert with over two decades of experience in the field. He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer with 21 years of experience and holds the prestigious title of Microsoft Certified AI Engineer. As the Microsoft MCT Regional Lead for Zambia, Albert has been instrumental in advancing AI education and technology training across the region. His extensive expertise and commitment to technological innovation make him a pivotal figure in shaping the future of AI in Africa

Call for Speakers

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We invite industry leaders and innovators to take the stage at The Future of AI in Africa Global Summit & Expo 2024 to share your insights and expertise on how AI is revolutionizing key sectors across the continent.

As a speaker, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with a diverse audience of professionals, share your experiences, and inspire others to harness AI’s transformative power across various sectors.

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