Architect and designer, Ghana
DK Osseo-Asare is a designer who makes buildings, landscapes, cities, objects and digital tools. He is co-founding principal of transatlantic architecture and integrated design studio Low Design Office (LOWDO) ; co-founder of Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform (AMP), an open-source maker tech project geared for Africa; and assistant professor of architecture and engineering design at Penn State University.
Director Office for North Africa, Economic Commission for Africa, Morocco
Ms. Hachem Naas, a Tunisian national, has a 20-year career with the United Nations where she worked at the International Trade Center (ITC), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to join in October 2017 the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), as director of the North Africa office.
Architect and urbanist, EPFL, Switzerland
Dr. Jérôme Chenal is an urban planner, specialist in urban planning and restructuring of precarious neighbourhoods. He works currently as the General Secretary of the CEAT Lab of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and as expert on numerous development projects in Africa.
General Director Ecole Centrale de Casablanca, Morocco
After graduating from Ecole Centrale Paris, Ghita Lahlou began her career in the consulting firm Arthur Andersen. In 1994, she returned to Morocco to join ONA where she held various management positions, before joining the Saham group where she took the general management of several subsidiaries. As a Saham Group Director in 2012, Ghita Lahlou also holds independent positions in other Moroccan companies.
Founder CUBE Consultants, Egypt
Dr Mohsen is an architect whose work focuses on the architectural potential of large scale motion and user-transformation of space, with the intent of making the physical environment more engaging and relevant to contemporary society. He believes that the buildings we shape, shape us. Therefore, we can use our urban and architectural local heritage to shape our values and future development.
Tech evangelist and Founder of Lumumba Lab, Democratic Republic of Congo
Blogger and passionate about African innovation, Filip is a specialist in Information and Communication Technology with more than 15 years of experience in different companies in the DRC and abroad as IT Manager. He is also the founder of the Lumumba Lab Foundation (LLab), the first and most active tech space in Kinshasa.
Client Partner, Alexander Hughes, France
Martine has worked throughout her career in the field of environmental services, in France and internationally. In her last position, as Operations Manager for Veolia Africa-Middle East, she focused on developing inclusive models for essential services (water, waste, energy), particularly in Africa. She is now a consultant in the field of human resources.
Executive Director, Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco
Reda is currently an Executive Director at Attijariwafa Bank in Casablanca. He previously served as an advisor to the President of Al Mada. Prior to this, he was based in Washington, DC where he was managing the China infrastructure portfolio at the World Bank, leading transactions on logistics, ports, highways and urban transport. Before joining the World Bank, he was a member of the Royal Cabinet of the King of Morocco in Rabat.
Director Strategic partners in Africa, Openclassroom, France
Stéphan-Eloïse Gras holds a PhD in Information and Communication Sciences and Philosophy. She is also the co-founder of Africa 4 Tech, an international platform for African talents and digital innovation. Stephan-Eloïse is passionate about open innovation and she is particularly interested in the ethical and philosophical implications of artificial intelligence.
Architect and anthropologist, Togo
This rising star of the West Africa tech scene is also an architect and an anthropologist. His obsession? Apply the virtues of the traditional African village to create more responsible and inclusive cities with fablabs like WoeLab in Lomé and anthropology classes.
Co-Founder SetTIC, Senegal
Julie is the co-founder of SetTIC, a company specializing in the recycling of electronic waste based in Senegal. She is a MINES engineer specialized in Environment, Industry and Strategic Management. It capitalizes nearly 10 years of experience in Environment and ICT.
CEO Algo Consulting Group, Morocco
Tarik is an experienced technology leader with 20 years of experience. With several lighthouse projects as well as two patent pending inventions, Tarik is a proud Administrator and Expert Advisor at the National Agency for Digital Development and member of the Advisory Board at the First International Summit for Smart Cities in North Africa.
Chief Financial Officer, Save Our Agriculture, Cameroon
Ludovic is a young 28-year-old Cameroonian. Through his work and expertise he is keen to contribute to the development of agriculture and agritech in Africa, also the main mission of the startup which he now holds a management position.
Academy Manager, Seedstars
After spending two years meeting tech ecosystems and identifying the best entrepreneurs in more than 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa with Seedstars, Fanny is now in charge of the Seedstars Academy program, which supports 60 young entrepreneurs in Abidjan.
Mayor of Danané Commune, Ivory Coast
Dr. Ouattara Lacina is a farmer, graduated in Pharmacy at the University of Cocody-Abidjan and Mayor of the commune of Danané. Mayor Lacina and his council carry the first Agricultural FabLab Project in Côte d'Ivoire: an agricultural incubator based on the principles of solidarity and sustainable development. This initiative aims to strengthen skills and promote open research in the service of peasant agriculture.
Founder ScaleChanger, France
Isabelle is the founder of ScaleChanger where she supports the scaling up of impact proven innovations. With a background in statistics and social entrepreneurship, Isabelle has 20 years’ work experience in the inclusive economy. She is passionate about impact driven solutions that have the potential to address the size of current social and environmental challenges.
Curator Afrotopiques Podcasts
Marie-Yemta is currently a member of Génération Afrotopia collective which addresses major contemporary issues from an African perspective. As part of the collective, she hosts the Afrotopic Podcasts. Before that, she was regularly travelling between Africa and Europe for journalistic purposes, she created her own fashion brand, she has been active in the social and solidarity economy and she made her voice heard in industrial policies heading toward ecological transition.
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