GSMA Announces Speakers for Mobile 360 Africa

2019 Edition Features Innovation Showcase; Event Registration Now Open

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The GSMA today announced the first speakers for the 2019 Mobile 360
Series – Africa conference, which will take place 16-18 July 2019 at the
Kigali Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda and is themed ‘Rise of the
Digital Citizen’. Sponsors for the event include MTN Rwanda (Host
Sponsor); Mastercard (Headline Sponsor); Channel VAS (Fintech Sponsor);
Telepin and Visa (Industry Sponsors); Safaricom and Telecom Egypt
(Mobile Partners); and Ericsson, Facebook and TATA Communications
(Series Sponsors). Following a successful launch last year, the event
will again feature the Innovation Showcase including the #BetterFuture
Stage, highlighting how the mobile and ICT industry is working towards
achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

“Technology is driving change in Africa and the telecom sector is set to
thrive. With more than half a billion people across Africa now
subscribed to a mobile network, connectivity is delivering access to a
range of essential services such as digital identity, healthcare and
financial services,” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. “We are excited
to return to Rwanda for a second year. As technology and
entrepreneurship gathers speed across the region, at the event we will
be exploring the age of the digital citizen and the positive impact of
mobile throughout this vibrant region.”

Industry Leaders to Keynote

At Mobile 360 – Africa, CEOs and senior executives from leading
companies in the mobile industry and throughout the digital ecosystem
will address the most pressing trends and issues in mobile. Speakers
confirmed to present at Mobile 360 – Africa include:

  • Daddy Mukadi Bujitu, Chief Regulatory Officer, Airtel
  • Amolo Ng’weno, CEO, Bankable Frontier Associates
  • Toyin Adeniji, Executive Director, Bank of Industry of Nigeria
  • Kate Wilson, CEO, Digital Impact Alliance
  • Eunice Ntobedzi, CEO, EmPowered FinTech
  • Princess Sikhanyiso, Dlamini, Minister of ICT, Eswatini
  • Frehiwot Tamiru, CEO, Ethio Telecom
  • Reine Mbang Essobmadje, Founder and CEO Evolving Consulting and Chair
    of Digital Economy Committee, GICAM
  • Daisy Zhu, 5G Chief Marketing Officer, Huawei
  • Ashish Thakkar, Founder, Mara Group
  • Simon Karikari, Managing Director, Millicom (Tigo) Tanzania
  • Tawanda Sibanda, Partner, McKinsey
  • Bart Hofker, CEO, MTN Rwanda
  • Victor Alagbe, Chief Operating Officer and Blockchain Strategist,
    OneWattSolar
  • Olumide Ogunlana, Co-Founder, PrepClass
  • Zac Cheah, CEO, Pundi X
  • Patrick Nyirishema, Director General, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory
    Authority (RURA)
  • Stephen Chege, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Safaricom
  • Debra Mallowah, Chief Development Officer, Safaricom
  • Regina Honu, CEO, Soronko Academy

Focused on the Rise of the Digital Citizen, the conference will deliver
thought-provoking keynote addresses, fireside chats and panel
discussions that tackle key issues on trust, technology, future media
and next generation connectivity. Setting out where Africa is in the
global tech race, the event will delve into the long-term impact of
digital across communities and industries and ask industry defining
questions over the three days. The final day will host the bi-annual
GSMA Mobile Money Leadership Forum, where industry will discuss current
trends and future innovations in mobile money. The full conference
agenda is available at www.mobile360series.com/africa/#agenda.

In addition to the main conference, Mobile 360 – Africa will highlight
the initiatives and activities undertaken by the GSMA Mobile for
Development programme. The event will focus on its work to increase
access to and use of life-enhancing mobile services and to accelerate
socio-economic improvements for the underserved, especially women, rural
communities and youth. Additionally, the event will explore digital and
financial inclusion, as well as identity for the unregistered.

Mobile 360 – Africa Registration Now Open

Registration for Mobile 360 – Africa is now open; individuals wishing to
attend should visit www.mobile360series.com/africa/attend/attendee-registration/.
For further information on Mobile 360 – Africa, including sponsorship
opportunities, please visit www.mobile360series.com/africa/overview/.
Follow developments and updates on Mobile 360 – Africa (#M360Africa) on
Twitter @GSMA,
on Facebook www.facebook.com/Mobile360Series
and LinkedIn on www.linkedin.com/company/gsma-mobile-360-series.

Further information on the entire Mobile 360 Series of events is
available at www.mobile360series.com/.
Follow developments and updates on Mobile 360 Series (#Mobile360) on
Twitter @GSMA
and on Facebook www.facebook.com/Mobile360Series.

-ENDS-

About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting
more than 750 operators with over 350 companies in the broader mobile
ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies,
equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in
adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading
MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well
as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com.
Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

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