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Samuel Eze

African Changemaker

Samuel Eze

Samuel Eze is a Nigerian entrepreneur, software engineer, and innovator leveraging technology to solve real-world problems and improve the lives of Africans.

He is the Co-Founder and CEO of OurPass (Techstars ’21) – a one-click checkout platform for African digital
commerce. With OurPass, he has created a game-changing solution that makes online shopping faster, easier, and more secure for millions of people across the continent.

Launched in 2021, OurPass is on a mission to revolutionize online businesses by eliminating the issue of abandoned carts and driving sales with our innovative one-click checkout mobile app. Samuel’s commitment to innovation and excellence has earned him recognition and acclaim from the tech community and beyond.

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Toyin F Sanni

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Toyin F Sanni

Toyin F. Sanni is a true force of nature in the African business world, having demonstrated remarkable leadership, innovation, and resilience in driving growth and transforming the financial landscape in Africa.

With over three decades of experience in the legal and financial sectors, Toyin has played vital roles in several notable transactions and deals in Nigeria’s capital markets.

She is the Founder and Executive Vice Chair of Emerging Africa Group, a leading provider of financial services aimed at facilitating the investment process for and with African entities and individuals.

Her expertise and visionary leadership have helped position Emerging Africa Capital Group as a leading African investment banking group with operations in Nigeria, Ghana, and Kenya.

Toyin is also a passionate advocate for education and women’s empowerment and has dedicated much of her career to championing these causes.

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South African e-health startup RecoMed has joined forces with Discovery Vitality to streamline the booking process for flu vaccinations and Vitality Health Checks.
Logidoo, a Pan-African logistics startup, has received a $50,000 grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
Six African fintech companies have been featured on CNBC’s prestigious list of the world’s top 250 fintech companies for 2024.
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Steve Tchoumba

African Changemaker

Steve Tchoumba

Steve is an entrepreneur, an ecosystem builder, and a significant player in Cameroon’s tech entrepreneurial ecosystem.

He is the Executive Director of ActivSpaces, a technology innovation hub based in Cameroon that provides a platform for entrepreneurs and innovators to develop, test and launch their ideas. ActivSpaces has incubated and supported several successful startups, including Gifted Mom, a digital health startup that provides maternal and child health information and services to women in rural areas.

Steve has also been involved in various initiatives to promote technology and entrepreneurship in Africa, including mentoring and advising startups and entrepreneurs. He is a Board Member of AfriLabs, a pan-African network of over 225 technology innovation hubs across 47 African countries.

AfriLabs aims to support the growth of African startups, promote innovation and technology entrepreneurship, and facilitate collaboration and knowledge-sharing between tech hubs and stakeholders across the continent.

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South African e-health startup RecoMed has joined forces with Discovery Vitality to streamline the booking process for flu vaccinations and Vitality Health Checks.
Logidoo, a Pan-African logistics startup, has received a $50,000 grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
Six African fintech companies have been featured on CNBC’s prestigious list of the world’s top 250 fintech companies for 2024.
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Tesi Rusagara

African Changemaker

Tesi Rusagara

Tesi has over a decade of experience in innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development.

She is currently serving as the Managing Director of Kigali Innovation City, a technology and innovation ecosystem being developed in Rwanda to drive economic growth and development in the country and the East African region. The ultimate goal of KIC is to create an innovation-driven economy in Rwanda that provides opportunities for job creation, entrepreneurship, and knowledge transfer.

As the Managing Director of KIC, Tesi is responsible for overseeing the strategy and operations of the innovation ecosystem, which brings together startups, established companies, universities, and research institutions to collaborate, innovate and drive economic growth in Rwanda.

Tesi, who previously served as a Venture Fellow at Mustard Seed Impact, is passionate about leveraging technology and innovation to drive sustainable development in Rwanda and beyond.

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South African e-health startup RecoMed has joined forces with Discovery Vitality to streamline the booking process for flu vaccinations and Vitality Health Checks.
Logidoo, a Pan-African logistics startup, has received a $50,000 grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
Six African fintech companies have been featured on CNBC’s prestigious list of the world’s top 250 fintech companies for 2024.
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Acha Leke

African Changemaker

Acha Leke

Acha Leke is a Cameroonian businessman and consultant currently serving as the Chairman of Africa for McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm.

In this role, he leads the firm’s work across Africa, business building, turnarounds, and economic development for key governments, public institutions, and major companies across Africa.

Outside of McKinsey, Leke co-founded the African Leadership Network, a network of African leaders who aspire to bring prosperity to the continent.

He is also the co-founder of the African Leadership Academy, a coeducational boarding school that aims to develop the next generation of African leaders.

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Logidoo, a Pan-African logistics startup, has received a $50,000 grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
Six African fintech companies have been featured on CNBC’s prestigious list of the world’s top 250 fintech companies for 2024.
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Jess Anuna

African Changemaker

Jess Anuna

Jess is a Nigerian entrepreneur revolutionizing the future of e-commerce in Africa.

She is the Founder and CEO of Klasha, a technology company building cross-border technology solutions allowing Africans to access global goods and services.

Founded in 2018, Klasha provides a platform that enables African consumers to shop online from global retailers and pay in their local currency using their preferred payment method.
Under Jess’ leadership, Klasha has grown rapidly and has become a leading cross-border ecommerce platform in Africa.

Her achievements serve as an inspiration to young people in Africa and around the world who aspire to make a difference through entrepreneurship.

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Nichole Yembra

African Changemaker

Nichole Yembra

Nichole is a Nigerian tech entrepreneur who champions female entrepreneurship and empowerment in Africa’s tech ecosystem.

As the Founder and Managing Partner of The Chrysalis Capital, Nichole has made significant contributions to the tech industry and inspired countless entrepreneurs and investors. The Chrysalis Company houses Chrysalis Capital, an investment management firm focused on early-stage tech companies in emerging markets.

Before founding The Chrysalis Company, she was the Managing Partner at GreenHouse Capital (GHC). Nichole is also actively engaged in serving as the local partner for foreign investors eager to transform African technology startups.

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Logidoo, a Pan-African logistics startup, has received a $50,000 grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
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Charlette N’Guessan

African Changemaker

Charlette N'Guessan

Charlette N’Guessan is an Ivorian software engineer and tech entrepreneur breaking barriers with her innovative AI-powered identity verification solutions.

In 2018, N’Guessan launched her startup, BACE Group, and led the development of the BACE API, a secure remote identity verification software using facial recognition to combat online identity fraud and strengthen the digital identity system in Africa. Her remarkable achievements and dedication to using technology to solve real-world problems have since earned her global recognition.

In 2020, Charlette won the prestigious Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation for her work on BACE API, becoming the first African woman to win the accolade.
She is currently working as an artificial intelligence consultant for the African Union High-Level Panel on Emerging Technologies (APET by AUDA-NEPAD). She is also one of the co-authors of “The AI Book,” published by Wifey and Fintech Circle in 2020.

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Najwa El Irak

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Najwa El Irak

Najwa El Iraki is a Moroccan-British businesswoman who is a force to be reckoned with.

She is the Founder and Managing Partner of AfricaDev Consulting Ltd, a business development and advisory firm dedicated to the African continent. She is also the General Representative in North and West Africa of Lloyd’s of London, the world’s specialist insurance and reinsurance market.

El Iraki has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry.
In 2012, she joined the Casablanca Finance City Authority (CFCA), a public-private organization dedicated to positioning Casablanca as a regional financial centre.

Najwa El Iraki is a passionate advocate for women’s empowerment in business. She is a member of the Women Working for Change (WFC) network, which is dedicated to promoting gender diversity in the African business community.
She is also a mentor for HEC Paris Executive Education and is involved in several other Moroccan and African business networks and associations.

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