Curricula Vitae


Benjamin Kwasi Addom, ICT4D Programme Coordinator , The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, Netherlands (CTA)

Dr. Benjamin Kwasi Addom is an ICT4D Programme Coordinator at the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), based in the Netherlands.
He coordinates activities that support the uptake, utilization and scaling of ICT solutions (mobile inclusive) for agriculture in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Ben is an international development professional who specialises in the application of ICTs for agriculture, food security, and rural development. Prior to his graduate studies, he spent over 4 years as agricultural extension supervisor with both the private and public sectors in Ghana. He undertook a number of consultancy assignments with international organizations such as FAO, USAID, NEPAD, and CTA in exploring mobile technologies and social media in agricultural knowledge management between 2009 and 2013. He holds a doctorate in information science and technology from Syracuse University, USA; masters in international agriculture and rural development from Cornell University, USA; and bachelors in general agriculture from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. His doctoral dissertation explored the concept of knowledge brokering within agricultural innovation system in the digital age.


Tayo Akinyemi, Director AfriLabs

Tayo is the Executive Director of AfriLabs, a pan-African network of tech innovation hubs. She is an entrepreneurship enthusiast who began her career at an NGO dedicated to advancing women in corporate business. Since then she has focused, with varying degrees of success, on understanding how businesses are built and sustained. From developing a community-inclusive business strategy for a greenfield sugarcane ethanol venture in Mozambique to executing the US entry strategy for a digital marketing company in Brazil, Tayo has also explored the social impact of commercial business. Tayo has an MBA from Cornell University, and a BA from Princeton University.



Ali Aslan, TV Host & Journalist

Ali Aslan is a seasoned TV host and journalist who has worked for leading television networks around the globe. For the past three years, he has hosted the international talk show "Quadriga" on Deutsche Welle TV.
In addition to his distinguished career in journalism, Aslan has also served for two terms as a Policy and Media Advisor to the German government, including the Federal Foreign Office.
Aslan holds a Master of International Affairs and a Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University. He received his Bachelor of Science in International Politics from Georgetown University.


Moez Chakchouk, Internet Policy Expert, Tunisia

Graduated in 1998 from Sup’Com Engineering School, Moez Chakchouk received his M.S in Telecommunications from ENIT Engineering School in 2001. In 2009, he achieved his Ph.D in applied mathematics, under the joint tuition of El Manar University, Tunisia and Paris Descartes University, France. He started his career in December 1998 as a research engineer in CERT, the Tunisian Center for Research and Studies in Telecommunications. In 2002, he became the chief of the R&D project: RACINES. He joined in 2005 the Tunisian Telecommunication Regulation Authority (INT) first as chief of technical department, later he became the Head of Interconnection & Access. In March 2010, he was appointed as Adviser to the Minister of Communications Technology.
In Feb 2011 after the Tunisian revolution, M. Chakchouk was appointed Chairman and CEO of the ATI (the former Tunisian Internet Agency), the incumbent internet operator in Tunisia since 1996. After his nomination and despite the difficult transitional situation in his country, he succeeded to make several steps with the support of the Tunisian internet community towards the development of internet in Tunisia. During the implementation of his ambitious action plan to transform the ATI, he founded the first IXP (TunIXP) in the Maghreb region. In June 2013 while organizing and hosting the Freedom Online Conference, he launched an open innovation labs (404Labs) at the same place used to host the censorship equipments during the dictatorship era.

M. Chakchouk is a leading defender of online human rights as well as promoting the community engagement for the development of the Internet. He’s experienced with several international organizations working on ICT and Internet governance. Moez participated as a speaker in local, regional and global forums and conferences dealing with such issues. He is member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) since 2014.


Martha Chumo, Pan-Africanist, Feminist, Autodidact, Learner, Teacher, Rubyist, FOSS enthusiast, Philosopher, Aspiring Guitarist. Currently setting up @NairobiDevSch


Geraldine de Bastion

Geraldine de Bastion is a freelance consultant based in Berlin, Germany. She is an expert on information and communication technology and new media for development and advises organizations such as the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit on digital media and communication strategies. She also works with activists and bloggers around the world. Geraldine is founder of the consultancy Konnektiv GbR. She works as a free curator and moderator for re:publica and other international events. Geraldine has an honorary position as head of board at the German NGO Digitale Gesellschaft e.V. and is an active member of iceBauhaus e.V..



David Deißner, Director Strategy & Programs Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications, Germany

David Deißner is Director Strategy and Programmes of the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications. He is responsible for the strategic development of the institute’s programmes as well as heading up research and policy work in our various areas of work. He is particularly interested in digital learning, E-government, ICT for development and the societal impact of big data.
Before he joined the Vodafone Institute he was Head of the Vodafone Foundation’s Think Tank in Germany. David studied philosophy, political science and literature and holds a PhD from Oxford University. After his graduation he worked as a political editor for the German newspaper DIE WELT.


Christian Gmelin, Senior Project Manager, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Germany

Christian Gmelin holds master degrees in Economics and Philosophy from the Freie Universität of Berlin. During the last eight years he worked for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Since 2010 Christian Gmelin is senior project manager at the GIZ department for Global Knowledge Sharing and Learning and responsible for learning with new and social media. In his work he is currently supporting the international networking of hubs, for instance at re:publica and eLearning Africa 2015.


Fabian-Carlos Guhl, CEO & Co-Founder Ampion, Germany

Fabian-Carlos Guhl is Co-Founder and CEO of AMPION Africa. Fabian studied Media and Communications and International Business in Berlin, London and Paris. He worked in communications strategy at the United Nations in NYC and the office of the Vice President of the African Development Bank in Tunisia and Côte d'Ivoire. He was one of the first employees of DailyDeal, Europe's largest Groupon competitor, which was acquired by Google. Through his work with a leading ICT investor, Fabian gained expertise scaling e-commerce models to 25 emerging markets. Fabian co-founded several startups and companies and is a former Director of the European Young Innovators Forum in Brussels.


Andreas Hörfurter, Senior Consultant, common sense, eLearning & training consultants GmbH, Austria

Andreas Hörfurter has been working as project manager and consultant for eLearning since 1999. He is working at common sense eLearning & training consultants as consultant and project manager for eLearning introduction and implementation mainly with and for international organisations and educational institutions in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia.
From 1999 – 2001 he was member of the research group "Bridging the gap between knowledge and action" at the University of Munich (Germany). Andreas Hörfurter studied Education and Psychology at the University of Munich (Germany) and Enschede (Netherlands) and "Start-Up-Counselling" at the Distance University Hagen.
His projects with common sense were awarded with the German eLearning Award for the best international project in 2011 and 2012 and the European eLearning Award 2012 for best project impact.


Olaf Jacob, Dean of the Department of Information Management, Professor for Organization and Information Management, University of Applied Sciences Neu-Ulm, Germany

Olaf Jacob is Professor for Organization and Information Management at Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences (Germany) since November 2011 and Dean of Faculty of Information Management. In addition, he is the Director of the Competence Centre for Corporate Performance Management and Board Member of the Africa Centre. Preceding his occupation as a Business Process Manager at BASF (German chemical company) from 1992 to 1994, Jacob Olaf acquired varied expertise and skills during his work as a Consultant for Business Engineering at IMG Consulting (1988-1991), as a Lecturer for Business Engineering at University of St. Gallen / Switzerland (1987-1991) and as a Business Analyst at Computing Centre of University of St. Gallen. His expertise in academia includes Project Coordination for a Bachelor’s Program in Information Management, a Master’s Program in Health Information Management as well as a Lecturer in MBA Health Management.
Olaf Jacob studied at the University of Dortmund / Germany where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 1982. This was followed by a PhD-Program at the University St. Gallen / Switzerland where he graduated with a PhD in Economics in 1987.


Karl Jonas, Professor Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Karl Jonas is a full professor in the computer science department at Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University in Sankt Augustin, Germany. His current research focuses on radio networks, multimedia communication and home automation. Until 2013, he was also head of the Network Research department of Fraunhofer FOKUS Institute.

During his work at Fraunhofer, Karl Jonas initiated the development of the WiBACK Wireless Backhaul system, a self-managed wide-area wireless network based on robust, low-cost, off-the-shelf hardware. Today, WiBACK serves as a technology that provides Internet connectivity to rural areas in Germany, Italy, Tanzania, Zambia and Chile.

His work on home automation started recently, with a focus on reliability of the network and confidentiality of private data.


Friedrich Kitschelt, State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Friedrich Kitschelt was appointed State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in 2014. From 2010 to 2013, he was head of the Directorate-General for Africa and Latin America; Global and Sectoral Affairs and before that head of the Directorate for Asia and South-Eastern Europe. He held various positions at the BMZ, including Director for Asia, Commissioner for Afghanistan and Commissioner for Europe. At the Federal Chancellery he headed the division for North-South relations and human rights policy of the German government.
Friedrich Kitschelt worked for several years abroad for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH and was head of the development policy division at the German Embassy in Nairobi as well as at the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union.
He trained as a journalist and read sociology, economics and law at the Albertus Magnus University of Cologne and the University of Bielefeld. After completing his degree in 1983, he was awarded a PhD in sociology by the University of Bielefeld in 1985.


Markos Lemma, Co-Founder, iceAddis, Ethiopia

Born in Ethiopia in 1984. Markos Lemma is a techie, activist, co-founder of iceaddis – a community oriented innovation hub in Ethiopia and co-founder of Glihub – a startup company working on primary education and literacy.
He specialised in ICT consultancy and community management. He is also an advocate for startup movements, social and environmental innovations & blogging.  He is a coordinator on a research program on literacy, a project running by MIT, OLPC & Tufts University with a direct supervision of Nicholas Negroponte, Dr. Cynthia Breazeal & Maryanne Wolf.
He organizes Barcamp Ethiopia once a year. Barcamp Ethiopia is the biggest tech community event in Ethiopia. He loves the active tech community and initiated different technology events. He is a collaborator, a blogger (Author for GlobalVoices). He mainly blogs, speaks, and facilitates workshops about social media, mobile technology in Africa, green tech, and social affairs.
His work mentioned on different media such as The Economist, BBC, CCTV, Al jazeera, TechCrunch. He graduated from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).


Roland Lindenthal, Head of Division Education and the Digital World, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

Roland Lindenthal is the Head of the Division for Education and the Digital World of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Prior to this, he had been responsible in the Ministry for German development cooperation with South Africa and Namibia (2007-08), as well as for UN Affairs (1999-2000) and development statistics (1996-1998).
Mr. Lindenthal is an Economist, and has also worked for the International Labour Organization ILO in both Headquarters (Geneva, 1990-96) and the field (South Africa and Indonesia) and for UNDP (Country Office Zimbabwe and Indonesia).


Natalie Miller, Roland Lindenthal, Africa Lead Impact Hub

A permanent resident of South Africa, Natalie moved there from Washington DC in 2006 to start up Southern and Central Africa for the global nonprofit medical organization Operation Smile later becoming Vice President, Africa and then Vice President, Global Business Development for them. In 2009/10 she attended Saïd Business School at Oxford University where she served as co-Chair of the Africa Business Group, was selected as a Skoll Associate, and earned her MBA focused on social entrepreneurship. In late 2013 Natalie left Operation Smile and started an Africa Development Consultancy Group called Zarus Group focused on social businesses and nonprofits. Natalie’s clients have included Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Greenpeace Africa, The Business Bridge Initiative, Oxfam, Salamanca Group and Save the Children. Additionally, she launched a nonprofit called NeedLinkage where skilled individuals and corporate employees who want to give back can provide support to nonprofits and entrepreneurs in need of expertise: Where Skill Meets Need. Last year she joined Impact Hub to facilitate their inaugural Africa Seed Program and support their growth across Africa. Focused this year more on partnerships, she is Head of Strategy & Business Development for Impact Hub Africa.



Paul Muchene, Tech Lead Manager, iHub, Kenya

Paul Muchene is a systems administrator and technical manager with over ten years of experience in the computing industry. Currently he works at the iHub tinkering new technologies and enjoying helping people find unconventional solutions to challenging technical problems.
Paul is a twice recipient of the Internet Society’s (ISOC) fellowships to both the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and also a twice recipient of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) fellowship.
Lastly but not least, Paul is an aficionado of classical music and opera which he enjoys listening to when he is not troubleshooting.


Günter Nooke, Personal Representative of the German Chancellor for Africa, Commissioner for Africa, Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Since April 2010, Günter Nooke is the German Chancellor's Personal Representative for Africa in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
He served as Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the German Foreign Office from 2006 to 2010. Between 2003 and 2014, he was a member of the Broadcasting Board of Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster. From 1998 to 2005, he was Member of the German Parliament (Bundestag). At first, he served as the spokesperson of the CDU Bundestag members from Eastern Germany and from 2002 until 2005 as spokesperson of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group on Culture and Media.
In 1990, Günter Nooke was a member of the “Volkskammer”, the first democratically elected parliament of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). Before 1990, he was involved in the peaceful revolution as a civil rights activist in an opposition group in the former GDR. He studied medical physics and physics in Berlin and Leipzig.


Jean Philbert Nsengiman, Minister of Youth and ICT, Rwanda

Hon. Jean Philbert Nsengimana became Rwanda's Minister of Youth in December 2011. After merging the Ministry of Youth and Ministry of ICT, he was chosen as the Minister of Youth and Information and Communication Technology (MYICT).

Before joining the Government of Rwanda, Jean Philbert Nsengimana worked for:

  1. Voxiva Inc. as a Country Director (2008-2010):
  • Built and led teams that delivered award winning mobile health solutions: TRACnet and mUbuzima, winning the Technology in Government Award (TIGA) in 2007 for best e-Health solution in Africa.
  • Managed the implementation of eSoko, a mobile-based Market information system serving more than 2,500,000 farmers in real time market information in Rwanda, winning Intego award (2010) in Rwanda the TIGA award 2011 for best e-Agriculture solution in Africa.
  1. Development Gateway Foundation as a Regional Coordinator for Africa (2006-2008):
  • Coordinated the Foundations’ Aid Management (AMP), e-Procurement, and Country Gateways programs in 15 African Countries
  1. Rwanda Development Gateway as a Director (2003-2007):
  • Pioneered and managed the organization that built the National Portal and deployed web presence for dozens of public institutions in Rwanda.

Hon Nsengimana Jean Philbert holds:

  • a Global Masters in Business Administration (Major: Information Technology Management) from S P Jain School of Global Management Dubai-Singapore;
  • a Masters of Information and Communication Technology (Major: Software Engineering) from the National University of Rwanda

He is married with 3 children.


Andriankoto Harinjaka Ratozamanana, CEO HABAKA Innovation Hub, Madagascar

Andriankoto Harinjaka Ratozamanana is a Social Entrepreneur and Pioneer in New Media in Madagascar. He is co-founder and CEO of Habaka -Madagascar Innovation Hub, a nonprofit organisation which lead Madagascar's youth in Technology and Entrepreneurship.
Habaka's vision emphasizes the use of technology and entrepreneurship skills in solving issues of concern to all in Madagascar and its continent, including the most marginalized and impoverished.
Andriankoto is an international consultant who understands how technology and Innovation can be applied to the purposes of the development of his continent.
In 2009, Andriankoto was recognized as an outstanding young world leader who demonstrated achievement and potential, especially in improving the lives of young people in his local communities and came into international fame after being selected TED Fellow by TED (, which stands for Technology Entertainment and Design.
In 2014, Andriankoto was ranked among the top 100 young economic leaders of Africa by the world renowned Choiseul Institute for international politics and geo-economics. The annual independent study 'Choiseul Africa 100'  takes into account the economic leaders of Africa, up to the maximum age of 40, who will play a major role in economic development in the African continent in the near future.  

Specialties: New Media, Development, Politics


Karl-Heinz Roediger, Professor Mathematics/Computer Science, University of Bremen, Germany

Dr. Karl-Heinz Roediger is professor for software engineering, interaction, and applied computer science in the Department of Mathematics/Computer Science at University of Bremen, Germany, since 1990.
Dr. Roediger studied electrical engineering and computer science at the Technical University, Berlin. He received a Diploma (MSc) in 1974 and later on a Dr.-Ing. (PhD) both in computer science at this university. Until 1981 he worked as a research assistant with emphasis on computer assisted learning. In 1982 he founded this first research group in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) in Germany at Technical University, Berlin.
Until 1990 Dr. Roediger worked in his own research institute in many industrial projects in the area of HCI mostly founded by the German Ministry for Research and Technology (BMFT, today BMBF). During this time he developed several style guides for German banks, insurances and telecommunication companies.
Dr. Roediger’s research interests include interaction design, requirements analysis, prototyping, development of interactive systems, evaluation, e-learning and computer assisted pattern construction. He is one of the authors of the Ethical Guidelines of the German association for computer science (GI).
Actually Dr. Roediger is – besides several research projects - working in a cooperation project between the University of Bremen and the University of Ngaoundere, Cameroon.



Thomas Schmidt, Director Centre for Business and Technology in Africa, Professor Business Administration, Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Professor Thomas Schmidt is Director of the Centre for Business and Technology in Africa and Professor at Flensburg University of Applied Sciences. He holds a Master in Industrial Engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and a PhD in Business Computing from University of Bamberg. He started his career as a scientific assistant at Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Automation. As a senior management consultant with CSC Ploenzke he developed and implemented logistics- and IT-strategies for clients in small and large-scale projects for various industry sectors. Since 1995 he is Professor with special focus on information logistics and supply chain management. He has supported companies in technology-transfer projects, has vast experience as a consultant, is ACM- and BVL-fellow and member of Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft.
Thomas Schmidt has more than 10 years of African experience with projects in higher education and technology transfer in logistics and information technology. As Director of the Centre for Business and Technology in Africa he implemented the Namibian-German Centre for Logistics and runs partnerships in Cameroon, Kenya, Namibia and Ghana with successful post-graduate programmes. In addition to his African experience he has lectured and researched as a visiting professor in the United States, Sweden, France and China.


Jörn Schultz, Consultant, icebauhaus, Germany

Jörn Schultz is a usability specialist and consultant on learning & collaboration technologies. He was part of founding the international icehubs network of tech-innovation and entrepreneurship hubs and co-manages icebauhaus e.V. in Germany, an NGO focused on community-oriented and bottom-up processes in international cooperation and development. Jörn worked as project manager for GIZ in Ethiopia for two years, implementing eLearning Competence Centers in Ethiopian Universities. He has also designed and taught online courses in Latin America for several years, done eLearning and social media related consultancy work for the African Union, GIZ and others in different parts of Africa and is an active supporter of grassroots tech, social media and blogger communities in general.


Natascha Schwanke, Deputy Head Media Development Africa, DW Akademie, Germany 

Natascha Schwanke is Deputy Head of the Africa Section at DW Akademie, Germanys leading organization for media development. She coordinates innovation and ICT-strategies  in her department. Natascha Schwanke holds a degree in journalism from the University of Dortmund and has a career in broadcast journalism, having worked for most of the major German networks as a producer and editor.  Her professional portfolio ranges from news to documentary  and she was involved in the creation of several innovative and successful multimedia projects for young audiences with Germanys public service broadcaster WDR.
Natascha Schwanke joined DW Akademie in 1999 as a trainer and has shared her professional skills with media professionals from Eastern Europa, Asia and Africa in short and long-term projects. She is experienced in developing and implementing programs on media development, especially for Sub-Saharan Africa. o ignored


Danie Smit, Head Skills for Africa, SAP, South Africa

An individual with wide experience in the Emerging Markets ICT industry and specifically Africa. Directly involved in planning and execution of 2020 Africa strategy for world’s leading provider of business software. Currently leading SAP’s Skills for Africa initiative to train and place 10,000 consultants across Africa in next 5 years. Extensive ICT Research & Development experience which includes close collaboration with various governments, private sector, academic institutions and international donor organisations. Good knowledge of ERP systems and technologies.
Experienced in ICT for Development projects in areas such as primary healthcare, e-Learning, SME, agriculture and mobility.


Ruth Aine Tindyebwa, Blogger & Communications Consultant, Uganda

Ruth Aine Tindyebwa is a Ugandan online communications specialist who has vast experience with blogging and social media. She also has experience in broadcast media and print media.
She is the first East and Southern African recipient of the Heinz Kuhn Stiftung Journalism Award 2011 in over 13 years and has trained with media houses like Deutsche Welle in Bonn, Germany.
She currently lives in Kampala Uganda where she is working as a freelance blogger and online journalist covering governance and society issues. She runs a personal blog; IN DEPTH which is at . She also blogs for Bertelsmann Stiftung's Future Challenges at   and is  a blogger for Foresight for Future Development.
She is a founding member of Youth for Results which is a youth initiative that is built along the management for results platform run by Africa Community of Practice [AfCop] a project run by the Africa Development Bank. She is a member of UNFPA Uganda's ICPD think tank.
She has been  for the last one year and a half been a youth representative in meetings and forums on a continental level  on governance hosted by difference organizations including COMESA, Pan Africa Youth of the United Nations, Africa Development Bank under the AfCop Project, NEPAD and African Union.
She has been trained by Deustche Welle Radio and Akademie in Bonn- Germany. She is a  Plus Social Good Connector
Her interests are youth development, politics, governance and democracy, African innovations for society and by youth, among others.


Christina S.G. van Wyk, Director Open and Distance Education, Department for Higher Education and Training, South Africa

Ms. Trudi van Wyk is the Director: Career Development and Open Learning in the Department of Higher Education and Training in South Africa. She is responsible for policy and policy implementation in the areas of Career Development, Open Learning and eLearning in Post-School Education and Training Sector. Previously, Ms. van Wyk was Education Specialist - eLearning for the Commonwealth of Learning and worked extensively in ICT policy, policy support and teacher development in eLearning, Technology Enhanced Learning and Open Educational Resources in the Commonwealth (2009 – 2012). Up to 2009 she was Director: Curriculum Innovation (Information and Communication Technologies in Education) in the South African Department of Education, which she joined in 1996 as an Education Specialist: Educational Technology, Media and Distance Education. Her role was to focus on ICT in Education policy, applications and its implementation in education and training.
She has also managed various international collaboration ICT projects for South Africa including collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning, the SCOPE project (South Africa and Finland) and the NEPAD e-Schools Initiative. She was a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Technical Committee on Open and Distance Learning and been its Chair in 2008-9.


Steve Vosloo, Head of Mobile, Pearson, South Africa

Steve Vosloo is a mobile learning specialist with a particular focus on ICTs in developing countries. Currently he is Head of Mobile at Pearson South Africa, where he is responsible for setting the company's mobile learning strategy and delivering key projects. Until recently he was Senior Project Officer in mobile learning at UNESCO in Paris. Before that he was the fellow for 21st Century Learning at the Shuttleworth Foundation in South Africa. He founded the m4lit (mobiles for literacy) project, which demonstrated the enormous potential of mobile publishing to support teen reading and writing in South Africa and Kenya. In 2007 he was a research fellow at Stanford University, where he researched youth and digital media. He holds a Masters degree in Information Systems from the University of Cape Town.


Juliet Wanyiri, Founder Foondi, Kenya

Juliet Wanyiri is the founder of Foondi Workshops and has been using her background in engineering and design to leverage local technologies for bottom-up innovation. She is also a Stanford FabLearn Fellow and run collaborative design workshops with communities on design thinking, product design and appropriate technologies.


Ben White, Founder VC4Africa, The Netherlands

Ben founded VC4Africa in 2007 as a community for entrepreneurs and investors dedicated to building innovative companies in Africa. He is a serial entrepreneur who joined his first startup at the age of 24. He joined Africa Report, the predecessor to CNBC Africa, before fundraising for Africa Interactive where he later served as commercial director. Ben has done extensive ethnographic research on the emergence of software cultures in and around Kampala, Uganda. He established the East Africa ICT Entrepreneurship program at Hivos (investing in projects like Ushahidi, iHub, Sodnet and Map Kibera) and has taught courses in Interactive Media and Entrepreneurship at the HvA College in Amsterdam. Ben is a founding board member of AfriLabs, a network of African technology incubators, and is a partner at the seed stage investment company Sanaga Ventures. Ben also advises ActivSpaces, a leading community of innovators and technology incubator in Cameroon.