Gearing up for Africa Tech Festival 2023 

Africa Tech Festival, the continent’s largest live tech event, is set to kick off from the 13th to the 16th of November 2023. This eagerly awaited annual gathering will unite over 15 000 attendees, including visionary speakers, industry leaders, and trailblazers, making it an indispensable platform for Africa’s digital transformation. With UVU Africa as a proud partner, this year’s festival promises to be a celebration of innovation and a hub of collaboration. 

Events like Africa Tech Festival play a pivotal role in the progression of the tech industry. They serve as a catalyst for growth by bringing key stakeholders together, all at the forefront of Africa’s digital revolution. This includes business leaders, government ministers, tech experts, policymakers, and investors. Some notable names include H.E. Dr. Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, Minister in the Presidency responsible for Electricity in South Africa; Nina Triantis, Global Head, Telecoms, Media and Technology, Standard Bank Group; Jannie van Zyl, Executive Head of Innovation, Vodacom; Alex Okosi, Managing Director, Africa, Google; Yasser Shaker, CEO, Orange Egypt and Nola Richards, Group Executive Head: ESG & Sustainable Business, Vodacom 

The UVU Africa team will also be representing, bringing their wealth of knowledge and expertise to various panels and discussions. Our list of speakers are listed below:  

Kelly Gifford Programme Manager, Injini  

Panel: The Founders’ Dilemma 

Ian Merrington Group CEO, UVU Africa  

Panel: Accelerating Business Transformation Across the African Startup Ecosystem 

Lara Rosmarin Executive Director, UVU Accelerator  

Panel: How Does Fundraising Work? 

Panel: Can Tech Accelerators Transform the African Startup Ecosystem 

Dheepak Maharajh CEO, UVU Bio 

Fireside Chat: Agritech’s Triple Bottom Line: Addressing Climate Change, Food Security, and Economic Growth in Africa 

Brendan Hughes Group Legal Counsel, UVU Africa  

Fireside Chat: What Legal Issues Should Founders Look Out For? 

Kelly Fisher Marketing & Communications Head, Injini  

Panel: Supporting Africa’s Startups Beyond Funding 

Fiona Tabraham Executive Director, CAPACITI  

Panel: Equipping Africa’s Youths to Help Address the Tech Talent Shortage 

Marietjie Engelbrecht Head of Marketing, Ecosystem & Township Economy, UVU Africa Panel: Can Tech Accelerators Transform the African Startup Ecosystem? 

Check out the full list of speakers, dates and panels here. 

Last year, UVU Africa took part in three panel discussions at the Africa Tech Festival held at the CTICC. Topics included “Building a more inclusive and accessible Digital Africa”, “Why an educated youth is key to unlocking 4IR” and “empowering women through social impactful entrepreneurialism”. 

 “UVU’s involvement in the African technology and digital value chain has been critical to ensuring inclusion. Our role is to ensure an inclusive future-fit digital economy and society on the continent, and the length and breadth of the Africa Tech Festival demonstrates that inclusivity is critical to see the success of the digital economy on the continent,” Ian Merrington, Group CEO of UVU Africa. 

 The CTICC in Cape Town, one of the most diverse cities in South Africa, will once again be hosting the event. The city’s thriving startup ecosystem has given rise to multiple successful tech companies and is no stranger to hosting international tech events. 

Connecting thousands of people from different cities and countries across Africa is vital for the continent’s growth. Africa Tech Festival proves that it is more than just business; it’s about celebrating the dynamic, innovative spirit of Africa’s tech community. UVU Africa is excited to be a part of a week of inspiration, collaboration, and the continued growth of Africa’s tech industry. As the tech festival unfolds, we believe it will leave a lasting impact on the continent’s digital transformation journey. 

By being part of our community you receive a 15% discount on your ticket! Click the link to register and secure your spot here.

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Fiona Tabraham

Fiona Tabraham is a strategic workforce development expert with a career founded on a resolute commitment to inclusivity, talent nurturing, and societal impact. Chief Executive of CAPACITI Digital Career Accelerator, Fiona’s passion for equity has charted pathways across numerous organisations, guiding bespoke Talent Initiatives, Future Leadership Development Programs, and transformative Career Pathway Development. Her tenure at Network Rail bore inclusive talent strategies, STEM advocacy, and innovative Graduate, Apprentice, and Internship initiatives. A trusted partner to a number of governmental, corporate and impact driven entities, Fiona empowers individuals and organisations, fostering diverse recruitment practices and innovative talent strategies. Fiona’s impact transcends the tech sector, positioning her as a leading voice for inclusive digital career initiatives.