Wale Ayeni

Wale Ayeni IFC

Wale Ayeni

Regional lead, Sub-Saharan Africa

IFC Venture Capital

Wale Ayeni leads the IFC’s Venture Capital practice focused on Africa, South of the Sahara – the International Finance Organization is part of the World Bank Group.  The IFC’s Venture capital team invests in technology companies in frontier markets and has $1BN AUM.

Wale has a global technology experience spanning several roles including Venture Capital, Investment Banking, Corporate Development, and Microprocessor & ASIC chip design. Prior to the IFC, Wale led venture capital early-stage investments in disruptive startups across various technology sectors for Orange in Silicon Valley with representative investments in the US including PayJoy(FinTech), Veniam(Mesh Networks), Chain (Blockchain), WEVR (Virtual Reality). He also led transactions on behalf of EchoVC (an early-stage Pan African tech fund) in Hotels.ng, and Printivo.

Wale started his finance career with J.P. Morgan’s Technology Investment Banking group in San Francisco where he successfully executed over $12BN worth of closed transactions spanning mergers & acquisitions to IPOs for large-cap technology clients including Facebook, Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard, Intel Corp., AMD, Shutterfly, etc.

Wale started his career as an Engineer, and in his previous technology career Wale was a microprocessor design Engineer with Intel Corp. where he led critical aspects of Intel’s “CSI” chip architecture – the biggest micro-architecture change in Intel’s history. He also led aspects of the very first “Snapdragon” chipsets working at Qualcomm Inc.’s chip design center enabling the initial smartphone designs.

Wale has an MBA from Dartmouth College, and his Bachelor’s degree with distinguished “Red diploma” from Moscow University. He is a Kauffman Venture Capital Fellow and a recipient of the top global 100 Rising Stars award in Corporate Venture.

 

Opening Remarks

by Lanre Akinola

08:45 AM

How to Scale a Technology Business from Zero

by Justin Floyd - RedCloud Technologies

9.00AM

The Face Of Fintech In Africa

by Alexia Christie - Webber Wentzel

09.30AM

The F Word

Fintech is one of the hottest sectors for investment in Africa with payments, mobile money, banking and remittances key battle grounds. What are the opportunities for investors, disruptors and corporates?

 

Featuring:
Neanda Salvaterra – Wall St Journal
Justin Floyd – RedCloud Technologies
Rostan Schwab  –  International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Dr Edward George – EcoBank
Nadir Khamissa – Hello Group / Bedlam Inc
Nina Triantis – Standard Bank

9.45

Morning Networking

10:25 AM

Blockchain – The African Opportunity

Insights on how blockchain is being used to create new business models in Africa.

Featuring:
Jean-Stéphane Gourévitch – Independent Consultant
Charlene Chen – BitPesa
Emmanuel Noah – BenBen

10.55AM

Exploring The Promise Of African Innovation

by Yinka Adegoke - Quartz Africa

11.35

Show Me The Money

Investors and funds from across Africa shine a light on the investment landscape and outlook across Africa and what is hot now.

 

Featuring:
Jonathan Rosenthal – The Economist
Wale Ayeni – International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Toro Orero – Draper Dark Flow
Ido Sum – TLTide
Antoine Maurel – Orange Digital Ventures

 

11.50AM

Networking Lunch & Expo

12.30 PM

Scaling up off-grid energy in Sub-Saharan Africa

by Christopher Baker-Brian - BBOXX

13.30PM

How To Invest In African Tech

We hear from leading industry players and platforms on how to invest in African tech.

Featuring:
David Van Djik – ABAN
Tomi Davies – Lagos Angel Network
Ben White – VC4 Africa
Tom Jackson -Disrupt Africa
Chinedu Enekwe – TipHub
Joel Macharia – Abacus

13.45PM

Why Did Zuckerberg Go To Lagos

by Bosun Tijani

14.20PM

Building, Launching & Monetising

Rolling out tech solutions for the African consumer is a marathon not a sprint. Strategy, promotion and partnerships are critical elements – learn from the experts.

Featuring:
Russell Southwood – Balancing Act
Bosun Tijani – CcHub Nigeria
Deepankar Rustagi – VConnect
Christopher Baker-Brian – BBOX
Andrew Osayemi – Meet the Adebanjos
Marek Zmyslowski – HotelOga

14.35PM

Afternoon Networking

15.10PM

Are We Marketing Bad Products?

by Adia Sowho - Etisalat Nigeria

15.30PM

Mobile Operators & Start-ups – A Match Made For Impact

Today in Africa, mobile operators have reached the scale that start-ups lack, while start-ups have the local innovation mobile operators need. Leading operators and start-ups share insights on how working together drives impact.

Featuring
Maxime Bayen – GSMA
Adia Sowho – Etisalat Nigeria
Aurelien Duvaldelort – Orange
Eline Blaauboer – Safaricom Spark / Africa Tech Ventures
Adam Farah -Zazu
Stephen Haggard -Eneza Education

15.45PM

African Startups: If You Can’t Pitch Effectively to Media, You’ll Probably Bomb With VCs

by Jake Bright - The Next Africa

16.20PM

Laws Of Attraction

What are the key lessons African tech ventures need to learn to harness the power of the media? What are the future trends for African tech and media in a digital world? Learn from the African media experts.

Featuring
Alison Merifield – Mirum
Yinka Adegoke – Quartz Africa
Jake Bright – TechCrunch
Jessica Hope – Wimbart PR
Seyi Taylor – TechCabal
Emmanuel Akinwotu – The Guardian

 

16.35PM

Using AI To Map Tech Talent To The Right Job Opportunities

by Jessica Francisca Colaço - Brave Venture Labs

17.10PM

Data Is Knowledge – Knowledge Is Power

The new data revolution provides unprecedented opportunities and we uncover a new wave of ventures harnessing data and tech across Africa.

Featuring
Lanre Akinola – African Business
Ikechukwu Kalu – Etisalat Nigeria
Rob Withagen – Asoko
Emma Margetts – Alpha Exchange
Kenny Ewan – WeFarm
Claire Munene – mSurvey

17.25PM

Closing Remarks

by Andrew Fassnidge

18.00

Evening Networking Reception with TLA Africa

18.10PM

Event Close

20.00PM
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