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Dr Amina Sambo-Magaji, National Coordinator, Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurshp (OIIE),National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) – Nigeria

Dr Amina Sambo-Magaji is the National Coordinator, Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurshp (OIIE). In this role, she is responsible for coordinating the activities of the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship ecosystems through driving policy recommendations, initiatives and programs that will create a thriving and sustainable ecosystem. Under her stewardship at OIIE, NITDA has restructured the office to serve as an agile facilator in the tech innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Kola Oyeniran, Deputy Director and Head Information Technology, National Agency for Science And Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Nigeria

Kola Oyeniran holds BTech Computer Systems in 1988 from Federal University of Technology Akure Ondo State in 1988 and MSc Computer Engineering from Shanghai University of Technology China in 1991. Currently pursuing a PhD in Computer Science in Identity Management System under Cybersecurity.His Speciliazation is in Networking, Cyber Security and Software Development.Since graduation in 1988, he has worked in several sectors as computer programmer, systems designer/analyst, network engineer, systems integrator, systems developer. Presently, he is the Deputy Director and Head Information Technology in the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI

Anteneh Alemayehu, Chief Technology Officer, Enat Bank S.C. – Ethiopia

Experienced Information Technology Professional with more than 12 years of technical and managerial experience. With more than 10 years working in the financial sector.

Amenyo Lotsu, Chief Information Security Officer, ARB Apex Bank – Ghana

Amenyo is passionate about resilience and operational efficiency of organizations through secure technology investments

Karthik Rao, Chief Evangelist, Manage Engine

Karthik Anandarao has over 20 years of IT experience, having started his career as a Network Administrator at Zoho. Today, He is the Chief Technical Evangelist for ManageEngine and heads the Technical Research and Marketing Team for MENA region.

He has got hands-on experience on all IT Domains – vis-a-vis – IT/Enterprise Service Management, IT Operations Management, Active Directory and Identity Management, Security and Information Event Management, Unified Endpoint Management, Privileged Access Management, and Data Analytics. He represents ManageEngine at all tradeshows and events, be it physical or virtual, across MENA primarily (and the rest of the world, depending on his activity schedule) and leads the team during Webinars and Seminars. He is an enthusiastic speaker and is often spotted at Industry events across the region. He has had the privilege to deliver guest lectures at quite a few Educational Institutions across Oman, Malaysia, India, France, Morocco, Belgium, UK and the US.

Pankaj Bhardwaj, Senior Client Partner, Strategic Accounts, Wipro, South Africa

With nearly 20 years in Middle East and Africa, Pankaj is well versed with not only Technology and Infrastructure aspirations and associated challenges but also the socio economic challenges of the region. Having worked closely with large Public Enterprises to Banks and Telecommunications Pankaj has deep understanding of the entire technology spectrum and business requirements.

Mohamed Saada, Group Chief Information Technology Officer, Amer Group – Egypt

“Mohamed is a technology enthusiast with expertise in Digital Transformation and Enterprise Systems Implementation. He is currently the CIO of AMER Group, an Egyptian market giant in the real estate and hospitality sectors. Mohamed holds an MBA from Sorbonne University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the American University in Cairo”

Oscar Correia, Director of Technology, Maarifa – Kenya

Oscar has 25+ years’ experience in ICT in sectors such as agriculture, fintech, telecoms and education. He is passionate about Fintech and Ed-Tech. In his last role, he was responsible for the technical roll out of 11 mobile money green field operations across Africa.

Ian Leslie, IT Governance and Portfolio Management Lead, Dangote Industries, Nigeria

Ian Leslie is based in Lagos, Nigeria, and heads IT governance and portfolio management at Dangote Industries Limited. He has deep expertise in digital transformation, IT service management, project management, and IT governance. Leslie has experience across diverse industry verticals, including management consulting, startups, industrial manufacturing and technology services in both Africa and North America.

Maciej Kaliszka, Chief Data Officer – Corporate and Investment Banking, Absa Group – South Africa

Having gained extensive experience as a Strategy Management Consultant, Maciej entered the banking industry with a passion to deliver data as an asset and catalyst to business growth and optimisation. He recently added a post graduate qualification in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Science to his education and uses his broad business and technical expertise to galvanise insights into action. This led to Maciej being nominated in 2020 as one of the Global Top 100 Innovators in Data and Analytics.

Steve Uma, Head: Information Services & Technology, NSIA Insurance Limited – Nigeria

Steve Uma is a seasoned IT professional with over 15 years experience spanning across Banking, Telecommunication, Public and Insurance sectors respectively.
He holds a first degree in Computer Engineering from Babcock University, Nigeria and a Masters degree in Software Engineering from the University of Liverpool, UK.

Stanley Chege, Group CIO, Jubilee Holdings Limited – Kenya

Samuel Mbonu, Chief Information Officer, Tangerine Life – Nigeria

Samuel is an astute expert in Cybersecurity, IT Architecture & Governance, Predictive Analytics/Big Data, Cloud, Digitization, Security Operations Center, Threat Intelligence, Malware Analysis, Forensics, IT Auditing, IT Risk & Opportunities and an advisor to Boards of Directors, IT & Business Leaders on business utilization of Cyber Enabled Business Models. His 15+ years’ work experience cuts across the Financial and the Telecommunications industries where he has steadily and diligently moved up the ranks at different organizations. He is currently the Vice President of the ISC2 Nigeria Chapter

Kevin Kiereini, Head of IT, Jumia – Kenya

Confidence Staveley, Founder & Executive Director, Cybersafe Foundation – Nigeria

Confidence Staveley is a Cybersecurity Professional, Cybersecurity Awareness Advocate, Global Shaper, Author and Entrepreneur with over a decade’s worth of experience in technology. Her wealth of experience garnered across diverse sectors including Consulting, Education, Banking and Government, has distinguished her as a leading female voice in the African technological space. Confidence is a Top 50 women in Cybersecurity Africa 2020 finalist, Young CISO of the Year Award 2021 Winner, BBC Biz 100 expert, and an external faculty of The FINTECH Institute (Lagos| London| Toronto), an acknowledgment of her professionalism, influence, and expertise within the African tech ecosystem. She contributes to social responsibility through CyberSafe Foundation; its flagship initiative #NoGoFallMaga, is combating digital fraud perpetrated through social engineering, by delivering simple, relatable cybersecurity education across Nigeria and beyond. She’s also authored Africa’s first storified cybersecurity awareness book, NoGoFallMaga-The Handbook. Cybersafe Foundation also recently became a cybersecurity partner of the UK Government in Nigeria

Yasser Elmahmoudy, Assistant General Manager, The United Bank – Egypt

Yasser Elmahmoudy is the Head of Transformation and Project Management at United Bank, Egypt for the last 4 years with responsibility of managing the transition of the bank to lean straight through processes and the establishment of Digital delivery channels with ability to manage customer needs through big data analytics and the adoption of Artificial Intelligence and pre-emptive analytical tools development.

Daniel Ofoleta, Head, Information Technology, Accion Microfinance Bank – Nigeria

Daniel Ofoleta is the Head, Information Technology of the Accion Microfinance Bank. He manages and supervises the bank’s technical operations which includes overseeing IT department employees and ensuring all technology systems and applications support the bank’s goals and objectives. Daniel has 17+ years of experience in leveraging modern technology to drive digital transformation. He has a track record with great achievements in implementing IT Strategy that translates to excellent performance, organizational growth and profitability. Daniel has an MBA from University of Lagos in 2015 and a B.Sc in Computer Science in 2002 at University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria.

Larson Udo Chigbu, IT Manager, Bukkha Hospitality Limited – Nigeria

Dr. Babatunde Obrimah, Chief Operating Officer, Fintech Association of Nigeria – Nigeria

He is a fintech enthusiast and a multi-skilled individual with working experiences spanning the banking sector, non-bank financial services sector, financial consulting services, project management and public sector. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration (D.B.A), a M.B.A, B.Sc/M.Sc in Agronomy and has Certifications in Project Management (PMP and PRINCE2) He has attended various international and local courses on Artificial Intelligence, Creative Thinking, International Trade, Leadership, Marketing, PPP and other soft skill courses. He is a member of Project Management Institute, Nigeria Institute of Management and Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria amongst others.

Dr. Boniface Akuku, Director of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), Kenya

Boniface is the director of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) and Chair of the CODATA (Committee on Data of the International Council for Science) Agricultural Data Task Group headquartered in France. Previously he worked as the Chief of Information Technology at United States Army Medical Research. His research interests relate to theorizing around IS phenomena, ICT4D, and Knowledge Management. He has extensive expertise in the ICT field, data science, Big data, artificial intelligence, and research informatics. He has published several journal articles and peer-reviewed conference papers. In 2016, he won the Climate Information Prize award for developing a platform that tackles impacts of climate change, and in 2019 he received Africa Tech CIO Excellence of the Year Award. He has continued to bring transformative change through the development of ICT innovations in Agriculture.

Michael Michie, Head of Information Technology, TripleOKLaw Advocates – Kenya

Michael Michie currently the Head of Information Technology and Innovation at TripleOKLaw LLP, started his career in the IT industry in early 2014 after completing his BSc. IT, he is a CISSP holder and currently working on his CCISO. Michael has worked in the financial services industry for 6 years leading both the technology team and then the information security team at M Oriental bank until May of 2019. In 2019, he was honored with the distinction of being part of the top 40 Men Under 40 in Kenya. Michael is well knowledgeable in various fields of the industry dedicating time and effort to his passion in security and digital transformations. He has successfully led projects in its data center migration project, cloud adoption, digital transformation, disaster recovery redesign, information security controls, virtualization and implementing new IT policies and procedures. He also doubles as an Advisory Council Member with fTLD Registry Services and sits on the CIO East Africa Advisory Board. He is passionate about the changes that could be realized through disruptive technologies, reimagined and redesigned thought processes.

Charles Asamoah Assah, Head, Group Technology Infrastructure Operations, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated – Ghana

Responsible for Ecobank group IT Infrastructure (IT operations, Cloud Operations, Data Centres Operations in Ghana & Nigeria)
Charles is a senior IT professional with vast experience in Telecoms and Banking. He has international experience managing regional and global IT teams and IT setups providing services for multiple locations across different countries. His core responsibilities lie around Financial Management, Banking Infrastructure, Data center management, Project & Programme management, IT Manage Services & governance, Vendor management and Service management.

Lanre Onigbogi, Group IT Manager, M-P Infrastructure – Nigeria

He has vast ICT experience of over 15 years and has developed skills in several aspects of ICT like Security, disaster recovery and business continuity, IT Operations, applications, infrastructure and users’ management , cost reduction, Business process automation and many more. He has brought his skills and experiences to bear across different business verticals like Manufacturing, IT consultancy and Training, Telecoms, Trading and logistics, Hospitality, Civil and Construction.He currently leads the IT Department of M-P Infrastructure, a multidisciplinary engineering infrastructure provider where he has helped the Company to reduce cost of IT and to make its IT spend pattern predictable. He is also instrumental in helping the Company to diversify its business portfolios seamlessly.
A simple but innovative and creative Technology leader, Lanre understands the language of the business and serves as a perfect ambassador of IT Departments to Line of Business and executive managements.

Joseph Njuguna, Head Of Information Technology, Rangechem – Kenya

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