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Tarik Hilali
Tarik Hilali Africa Start-up Engagement Lead Microsoft 4Afrika Tarik is well known for his insatiable love of technology and passion for the start-up ecosystem. As the Africa Start-up Engagement Lead at Microsoft 4Afrika, Tarik is responsible for identifying, recruiting and supporting Africans start-ups who have innovative business models. He assists them with integrating new-age technology...
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Cynthia Butare
Cynthia Butare Founder CB Productions  Cynthia Butare believes that visual content is a key enabler for businesses to gain exponential visibility and to maintain a toehold position in the global market. In today’s fast paced world, visual content is a must since it has the power to shift perspectives, spread exponentially and create a lasting...
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Crystal Rugege
Crystal Rugege Founding Director of Strategy CMU Africa  Crystal Rugege joined Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in 2009 charged with the task of establishing the 1st CMU location in Africa. In this capacity, she co-authored the white paper, which served as the framework for a 10-year partnership between CMU and the Government of Rwanda, one of the...
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Karim SY
Karim SY Founder Jokolabs Karim SY is a serial entrepreneur, business angel and an active builder of the African innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem with strong international alliances. Since 2010, he is creating invisible infrastructure throughout Africa, and beyond, to support entrepreneurs and innovators. He is the founder of Jokkolabs – a private non profit organisation...
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Stephane Nyombayire
Stephane Nyombayire  Principal Data Scientist Manager Microsoft Azure Stephane Nyombayire is a team leader and Software Engineer with over 10 years of industry experience.  Stéphane is currently a Principal Data Scientist manager as part of Windows Azure group. As part of his job, he leads a team of data scientists and data engineers building big...
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M.I.
M.I. CEO Chocolate City Music Jude Abaga also known as MI, an acronym for Mr. Incredible, is a Nigerian Hip Hop Artiste, lyricist, producer, songwriter, instrumentalist and record label executive.  He is popularly referred to as the ‘Chairman’ and ‘Africa’s number 1 rapper’ by virtue of his hit songs and impressive track record in the...
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Agnes Muthoni
Agnes Muthoni Director of Pre-Fellowship Andela Agnes Muthoni is the Director of Pre-Fellowship at Andela, a technology company that scales high performing distributed engineering teams with Africa’s most talented software developers. With over 15 years of work experience, having worked internationally including the United States and Kenya. She has spent her career going beyond the...
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Marvin Coleby
Marvin Coleby CEO & Founder Raise Marvin Coleby is the CEO and founder of Raise (getraise.io), a fintech startup building an asset ownership platform to manage compliant blockchain-based digital securities in frontier markets. Coleby serves as an advisor at the Africa Blockchain Alliance and Agentic Group, alongside partners at MIT, Coindesk, IBM and PwC. He is also...
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Diane Iriza
Diane Iriza Journalist & Host RTV Diane Iriza is a journalist and hosts Business Digest on RTV. She has lived and attended schools in Tanzania, Malaysia, Rwanda and Uganda, which she believes have shaped her personality and career path.
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Celestine Ukpere
Celestine Ukpere Founder Celestine Ukpere Consulting Celestine Ukpere is the founder of Celestine Ukpere Consulting and was previously the development lead for an ed-tech based startup.  She has consulted in various capacities for Google's DSA program including Engagement Manager SSA and is currently doing the community impact assessment and trainer development consultant. She is also the...
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