Adrian Kenya Presents

THE FUTURE OF TECHNOLOGY WEBINAR SERIES

Date

5, 12 & 19 November 2020

Time

From 10:00 am – 11:00 am EAT

Location

Online Zoom webinar

Cost

Free of charge

Webinar

THE FUTURE OF TECHNOLOGY

The future of technology webinar series by Adrian Kenya brings together corporates, business owners, technology leaders and industry experts to explore current technology trends and how enterprise leaders can respond to achieve growth.

The theme for this year’s webinar series is;

The Future of Technology:

4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) and Africa

We explore the convergence brought about by the new technologies of machine learning, blockchain, artificial intelligence, drones and robotics, 3D printing, and the internet-of-things and their transformative potential, especially for Africa.

Upcoming Webinar

A discussion on future trends for digital job creation. Join us this Thursday the 12th of November from 10:00 am

Panels & Panelists

Panel 1: Thursday 5th November 2020

Topic: How Businesses can Leverage the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Continued technological disruption brought about by the 4IR technologies is changing how we live, work and do business. A new era of businesses is emerging shifting entire industries and changing conventional processes.

For companies, despite the growing fears brought about by automation, this is a time of opportunity. It offers businesses opportunities for great insight through data, efficiencies through automation and global connectivity. And for Africa, the fourth industrial revolution is seen as a leapfrogging opportunity.

In this new era, growth for businesses will be driven by agility, personalized dynamic customer experiences and trade in digital goods. So, what are the key considerations for businesses in this era if they want to not only survive but thrive? Where can businesses find real value?

Panel 1 Panellists

Bitange Ndemo

Professor of Entrepreneurship at the UoN

Bitange Ndemo is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Nairobi’s Business School.  His research centers on the link between ICTs and small and medium enterprises with emphasis on how ICTs influence economic development in Africa.   Prof. Ndemo Chaired the Kenya Distributed Ledgers and Artificial Intelligence Taskforce that developed the country’s a road map for digital transformation.  He is an advisor and Board member to several organizations including Safaricom one of the leading telecommunication company in Africa, a member of the OECD Expert Panel for Blockchain, World Economic Forum Global Blockchain Council (part of the World Economic Forum’s Global Fourth Industrial Revolution Councils).

Besides having been a Permanent Secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Communication where he was credited with facilitating many transformative ICT projects, a Senior advisor to UN’s Global Pulse (Big Data initiatives) and the UNCDF’s Better than Cash Alliance and UNICEF’s Innovation Council.  He is an Open Data/Big Data evangelist and dedicated to simplification (visualization) of data for ordinary citizens to consume. He writes two columns every week for the Business Daily and Nation on-line.

Bitange Ndemo

Nekesa Were

Director of Strategy at Afrilabs

As the Director of Strategy at Afrilabs, Nekesa serves as broadly responsible for supporting the executive in development and executing of a strategy that ensures a thriving innovation economy in Africa driven by the power of the AfriLabs community. Afrilabs currently has a network of 225 innovation hubs spread across 47 African countries.

For the last decade, Nekesa has worked at the heart of Africa’s technology and innovation ecosystem. Nekesa was previously the Managing Director of the iHub, Kenya’s leading innovation hub where she led an open innovation culture that was integral in ensuring quick maturity of the Kenyan innovation ecosystem. During her leadership at the iHub over 600 startups received business support services, 100 of those selected for incubation and acceleration programs, these companies raised over USD 40 million in early stage investments and contributed over 40,000 jobs to East Africa’s economy. Prior to iHub Nekesa worked with several grassroot organisations and non-profits to develop their digital strategies and operations.

Nekesa has served on several boards and is currently a Board Member at Creatives Garage, a high impact space dedicated to creating economic value and jobs for creatives in Kenya; Africa Tech and Creatives Group, a network of 300 members from across Africa who are working to ensure that the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement works for Africans, specifically startups and small to medium businesses; and Missing Child Kenya, a platform to share information about missing children across Kenya with an aim to bring them all home safe.

Nekesa Were

Shikoh Gitau

CEO of Qhala

Shikoh is the CEO of Qhala, a Digital Innovation company that catalyzes digital transformation capabilities for organizations across Africa. She has over 10 years of experience in the Research, Design, Implementation, and Management of Digital Technologies. She has established expertise in both African and Emerging Markets specialized in solving problems in Agriculture, Education, Health, Payments, Retail and Renewable energies.

She is responsible for the set-up of Safaricom Alpha, a first of the kind corporate innovation hub in Africa. Where she worked as the Head of Products – Innovation and acted as the Chief Innovation Officer. Shikoh also led Safaricom’s foray into becoming a digital company, by putting together a strategy, and cross-functional teams to execute the strategy.

Previously worked with Africa Development Bank (AfDB), where she was leading and advising governments across Africa to adopt ICT for service delivery, she developed the Digital Government Blueprint {put links}, a strategic document to guide governments in digital transformation, now adopted by Smart Africa. She has also worked with Google and Microsoft in their emerging markets teams. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her efforts in influencing Business and Government as well as Technology.
Shikoh seats on various boards in ICT companies and contributes to a number of steering committees and think tanks on Africa and technology. Shikoh holds a PhD and MSc in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Recently, she was appointed to the COVID-19 ICT Advisory Committee set up by Joe Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary for ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs to facilitate containment of the spread of coronavirus in the country using information communication and technology. She also is part of the COVID-19 Modelling team, informing the Government of Kenya’s policy formulation using Data.

Shikoh Gitau

Key Takeaways for our Audience

Tips

Practical tips on how to adopt the technologies, identify opportunities for automation and drive workplace innovation.

Businesses

What does this technology proliferation and integration mean for businesses?

Customers

Understanding the evolving needs of customers in this digital age.

Panel 2: Thursday 12th November 2020

Topic: Future Trends for Digital Job Creation

According to the World Economic Forum, Future of Jobs Report 2018, “The Fourth Industrial Revolution is interacting with other socio-economic and demographic factors to create a perfect storm of business model change in all industries, resulting in major disruptions to labor markets.”

We’re seeing an emergence of new job categories with digitally enabled jobs such as software developers, data analysts and social media specialists at the top.

In this new era, global growth will be increasingly driven by services, personal consumption, and trade in digital goods. So, what are the implications for jobs in this new environment? What strategies maximize employment opportunities?  Is the gig economy here to stay? With an ever rapidly changing landscape, how can we create sustainable digital jobs?

Panel 2 Panellists

Benson Gichuru

Developer Relations Projects Manager at Google Kenya

Benson is a self-motivated tech-professional passionate about transformations that are catalyzed by technology. Benson holds great experience, knowledge and skill in various technologies and has designed and implemented transformative solutions across various African countries.

His passion and knowledge have seen him work at leading organizations such as The Kenyan Government, Microsoft, Intel Corporation and now Google where he leads software developer training for Google technologies across Africa. In his own words, …”We are lucky to be alive in an era where the power of technology is limitless but luckier that we have every power to shape technology”.

In his free time, you will catch Sir. B, as he is known by many, listening to music, reading a book or writing software code.

Benson Gichuru

Perminus Wainaina

Managing Partner – Corporate Staffing Services Ltd – A Leading Human Resource Consultancy Firm Serving East Africa

Perminus Wainaina is an HR Consultant with a background in Human Resources and Finance, having graduated with a BA degree from the University of Nairobi and a Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management (KNEC).

He is also a Certified Public Accountant (KASNEB). In addition, he has acquired further training in HR making him a Certified HR Consultant (IHRM Kenya). Recently, he was certified as a leadership and executive coach by the International Coach Federation (ICF)

In the last seven years, he has worked as the CEO and Managing Partner at Corporate Staffing Services Ltd, an HR Consultancy firm accredited by IHRM, where he manages a team of 25. In his capacity, he has consulted mainly for the private sector focusing on these HR areas; Organizational Review, HR Audit, Recruitment, Training, and Performance Management. He is also a part-time lecturer at the Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM) for the Certified HR Consultant course.

Organizations he has consulted for include United Nations Women Program (UN Women), Oxfam, Securex, Weetabix, Nivea, Honda Motors, African Cotton, Kenatco, Davis & Shirtliff, Safaricom Investment Sacco, AAR Insurance and Monarch Insurance, among many others.

Outside of work, Perminus is passionate about mentorship and training of youth in matters relating to education and skills acquisition. He was recently elected as a committee member of the College Alumni Association.

He has also served as a member of the HR Technical Committee representing the private sector, at the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) Human Resource Standardization Committee.

Perminus Wainaina

Nelly Agyemang-Gyamfi

 Country Director, Moringa School

Nelly Agyemang-Gyamfi is Country Director of Moringa School’s Kenya operations. She has spent her career working in different educational contexts with different demographics ranging from toddlers to company executives.

She is passionate about unlocking human potential through the provision of quality and effective educational experiences and has spent the last 6 years building and growing programs and educational institutions to enable this.

Nelly is particularly excited about the opportunity technology presents for the future of work and is working with Moringa School to build talent and opportunities through transformative, tech-based learning experiences.

Nelly Gyamfi

Panel 2 Moderator

Agnes Muthoni

Director of Strategic Partnerships at Andela

I continue to be fueled and re-energized by work that delivers business growth and scales impact.

I love to build strategic partnerships that create commercial value and social impact across Africa.

I am an intrapreneurial business leader with extensive business development and innovation experience in highly dynamic and diverse regions across Pan-African markets and the U.S. I have worked at the intersection of mobile payments, financial inclusiveness, talent marketplace and skill-development programs linked to employability.

I am skilled in creating a functional strategy, creating strategic alliances, building an organizational team structure and implementing digitization projects with an enterprise risk management approach to generate and optimize value creation for the business.

I am considered a strong relationship builder and trusted leader with an unwavering mission-centered belief and focus that fuels my commitment and resolve to work in collaboration with others. In driving collaboration, I seek to promote earnest discourse by creating a safe space for stakeholders to surface different perspectives from my own, resulting in an environment of openness, creativity, and transparency.

I execute with agility and excel in driving change and growth as I move large and distributed teams through shifts in business strategy. Marrying my key competencies in strategy formulation, partnership alliances, innovation, and execution.

I have gone beyond the white-board to deploy digital payment channels, marketplaces and mobile financial services that generate non-traditional revenue, reduce the cost of customer acquisition while scaling massive impact and inclusiveness.

Agnes Muthoni

Key Takeaways for our Audience

Workers

Advice on how to prepare workers for new jobs and for changes to existing ones.

Skills

Recommendations of the key skills required in this age of digital disruption.  

Innovation

Practical tips on how to drive workplace innovation and optimize processes. 

Panel 3: Thursday 19th November 2020

Topic: Driving Connectivity and Inclusion Through Digital Infrastructure

Computing and communications converged to create the internet. Mobile networks, affordable data storage and processes made the internet ubiquitous paving the way for the required infrastructure for the 4IR technologies. 4IR however is more than just technology. It is changing how we work, live and do businesses making the case for internet access and availability as a human right.

For Africa, these intelligent technologies go beyond enabling freedom of expression and revolutionizing business, they could be the key to unlocking some of the continent’s deep-seated problems and enable the development trajectory.

From data centers, 5G infrastructure to last mile projects we look at how this infrastructure plays a role in the digital transformation of African communities.

Key Takeaways for our Audience

Infrastructure

Importance of investing in digital infrastructure for empowered communities 

Competitiveness

Digital infrastructure as a driver of competitiveness 

Connectivity

Why connectivity and inclusion matters 

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