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Ahmed Wadi

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Ahmed Wadi

Ahmed is an Egyptian fintech entrepreneur passionate about improving financial inclusion and empowering communities through technology.

He is the Founder and CEO of MoneyFellows, a fintech platform that aims to promote financial inclusion by providing access to interest-free credit and savings solutions.

Founded in 2016, the startup offers a more affordable and accessible alternative to traditional banking. Ahmed has been the driving force behind MoneyFellows’ success, and he continues to work towards his vision of making financial services more accessible and affordable for all.

Under Ahmed’s leadership, MoneyFellows has become a popular financial platform in Egypt and beyond, helping thousands of people access credit and savings solutions.

 

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Hany Al-Sonbaty

Hany Al-Sonbaty is an Egyptian entrepreneur, investor, and visionary who has played a pivotal role in shaping the future of the MENA startup ecosystem.

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Omar Shoukry Sakr

Omar Shoukry Sakr is an accomplished tech entrepreneur who has exemplified the spirit of resilience, adaptability, and innovation.

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 Benjamin Fernandes 

Benjamin is a Tanzanian technology entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of NALA Africa’s first mobile money application that allows users to make transactions without an internet connection.

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Agnes Kalibata

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Agnes Kalibata

Agnes Kalibata is a Rwandan agricultural scientist, a policymaker and a champion for sustainable agricultural development in Africa.

Agnes currently serves as the President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), a non-profit sustainably growing Africa’s food systems.

She previously served as Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources from 2008 to 2014, leading the country’s efforts to increase food security and improve agricultural productivity.

Agnes has been recognized for her contributions to Africa’s agricultural sector, receiving numerous awards and honors, including the Yara Prize for the Green Revolution in Africa in 2012 and the National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Reviewing in 2019.

In addition to her work at AGRA, she serves on several international committees and boards, including the Global Commission on Adaptation, the International Fertilizer Development Center Board of Directors, and the Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health.

 

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Did you know that over 525 million people used the internet in Africa in 2019? If current growth trends continue, almost 75% of Africans are expected to come online by 2030.
Eleven African nations are set to receive a share of a $16.2 million project aimed at establishing National Broadband Mapping Systems.
Six African tech startups have been chosen as finalists for the “Meet the Tôshikas” program, a joint initiative by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
Innovate Africa, a newly established angel investment fund, has begun operations with an initial commitment of $2.5 million.
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Mixo Ngoveni

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Mixo Ngoveni

Mixo Ngoveni is a visionary entrepreneur who has dedicated his career to promoting digital innovation and entrepreneurship in South Africa.

He is the Founder of Geekulcha, a platform that has connected thousands of young people interested in technology and innovation.

Mixo is also a co-founder of Tshimologong Precinct, a technology innovation hub in Johannesburg, South Africa. 
His commitment to using technology to drive social and economic change in Africa has earned him numerous accolades, including the 2018 Titans Building Nations Award for entrepreneurship.

As a mentor and advisor to startups and technology organizations in South Africa, Mixo is passionate about empowering the next generation of digital leaders.

 

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Mareme Dieng

Mareme is a Senegalese venture capitalist helping African founders build fast-growing technology companies to access funding.

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Oyin Solebo 

Oyin is one of the remarkable figures making significant contributions to the tech and startup ecosystem in Africa.

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Amel Saidane

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Amel Saidane

Amel is a Tunisian tech entrepreneur, ecosystem builder, and digital transformation expert.

An engineer by training, she is passionate about helping entrepreneurs build their startups. She co-founded Betacube, a venture builder in Fintech and mobility solutions. aBetaCube invests, builds, and develops B2B startups in the financial and mobility sectors.

The venture builder is on a mission to create a technology innovation ecosystem where Tunisian and international talent can connect with the world, build successful businesses, and drive digital transformation in specific industries.
In 2017, she co-founded TunisianStartups, a network of entrepreneurs that aims to create a friendly environment for successful and budding entrepreneurs.

 

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Did you know that over 525 million people used the internet in Africa in 2019? If current growth trends continue, almost 75% of Africans are expected to come online by 2030.
Eleven African nations are set to receive a share of a $16.2 million project aimed at establishing National Broadband Mapping Systems.
Six African tech startups have been chosen as finalists for the “Meet the Tôshikas” program, a joint initiative by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
Innovate Africa, a newly established angel investment fund, has begun operations with an initial commitment of $2.5 million.
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Olugbenga Olubanjo

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Olugbenga Olubanjo

Olugbenga Olubanjo is a Nigerian entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Reeddi, a renewable energy startup. He is known for his work in the clean energy sector, and his efforts to address the energy challenges many African countries face.

Olugbenga co-founded Reeddi Technologies, which provides affordable and sustainable solar energy solutions to rural and underserved communities in Nigeria and other African countries. The company aims to address the energy poverty prevalent in these areas by deploying solar systems that are easy to use, affordable, and environmentally friendly.

Under Olugbenga’s leadership, Reeddi Technologies has gained recognition for its innovative approach to renewable energy and its impact on rural communities.
The company has developed a range of solar-powered products, including solar home systems, lanterns, and mobile charging solutions, to meet the energy needs of households, small businesses, and schools.

Olubanjo is passionate about leveraging technology and entrepreneurship to drive social and economic development in Africa.
He believes that sustainable energy solutions can play a significant role in improving livelihoods, education, and healthcare in underserved communities. Olugbenga’s dedication to clean energy and entrepreneurship has earned him recognition and accolades.

 

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Did you know that over 525 million people used the internet in Africa in 2019? If current growth trends continue, almost 75% of Africans are expected to come online by 2030.
Eleven African nations are set to receive a share of a $16.2 million project aimed at establishing National Broadband Mapping Systems.
Six African tech startups have been chosen as finalists for the “Meet the Tôshikas” program, a joint initiative by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
Innovate Africa, a newly established angel investment fund, has begun operations with an initial commitment of $2.5 million.
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 Mara Zhanet 

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Mara Zhanet

Mara is a Zambian social entrepreneur and ecosystem builder passionate about empowering the next generation by ensuring access to quality education, skills training, and mentorship opportunities.

Her visionary leadership and innovative initiatives have driven positive change and created a brighter future for countless young people in Zambia.

Mara is doing this through Jacaranda Hub, a non-profit organization that aims to develop young people by providing collective services, infrastructure, and specialized tools for aspiring MSMEs with growth potential.


Founded in 2017, Jacaranda Hub provides a conduit of resources and programs delivered through the hub and partners targeted at improving the startup/ MSME landscape.

Mara’s contributions to youth empowerment in Zambia have earned her recognition, including being named 50under50 Female Trailblazer Africa and the Middle East at the Female Founders Initiative Awards.

 

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Did you know that over 525 million people used the internet in Africa in 2019? If current growth trends continue, almost 75% of Africans are expected to come online by 2030.
Eleven African nations are set to receive a share of a $16.2 million project aimed at establishing National Broadband Mapping Systems.
Six African tech startups have been chosen as finalists for the “Meet the Tôshikas” program, a joint initiative by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
Innovate Africa, a newly established angel investment fund, has begun operations with an initial commitment of $2.5 million.
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Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu

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Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu

Bethlehem is an Ethiopian entrepreneur, founder, and Executive Director of soleRebels – one of Africa’s fastest-growing footwear companies.

Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Alemu founded soleRebels in 2005 to provide ecologically sustainable jobs for her community.

Her driving passions include sharing Ethiopia’s unique culture with the world through exciting and vibrant brands.

Nearly 15 years later, soleRebels has flourished and grown to employ more than 300 people with distribution to 30 countries worldwide.

A trailblazer in every aspect, Alemu has won several honors and accolades, including nomination as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

At 41, Bethlehem denotes the ultimate edge of a new generation of homegrown African changemakers and astute entrepreneurs taking on the global market and winning at it.

 

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Did you know that over 525 million people used the internet in Africa in 2019? If current growth trends continue, almost 75% of Africans are expected to come online by 2030.
Eleven African nations are set to receive a share of a $16.2 million project aimed at establishing National Broadband Mapping Systems.
Six African tech startups have been chosen as finalists for the “Meet the Tôshikas” program, a joint initiative by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
Innovate Africa, a newly established angel investment fund, has begun operations with an initial commitment of $2.5 million.
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Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

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Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

Aboyeji is a serial entrepreneur with a dream to unlock Africa’s potential through #technology.

Passionate about partnering with missionary talent and capital to build an African future, Aboyeji spent the last few years as the CEO of Flutterwave, a startup unicorn he helped co-found.

He also previously co-founded Andela, a global job placement network for software developers focusing on sustainable careers and connecting technologists with long-term engagements.


Currently, he heads Future Africa, a fund backing mission-driven founders turning Africa’s most significant challenges into global businesses.

Aboyeji spends time helping founders, philanthropists and investors from around the world understand how to build fast-growing and impactful technology businesses in Africa. Onward and upward, Aboyeji.

 

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Did you know that over 525 million people used the internet in Africa in 2019? If current growth trends continue, almost 75% of Africans are expected to come online by 2030.
Eleven African nations are set to receive a share of a $16.2 million project aimed at establishing National Broadband Mapping Systems.
Six African tech startups have been chosen as finalists for the “Meet the Tôshikas” program, a joint initiative by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
Innovate Africa, a newly established angel investment fund, has begun operations with an initial commitment of $2.5 million.
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Irene Phoebe Kiwia

African Changemaker

Irene Phoebe Kiwia

Irene is an accomplished Tanzanian tech entrepreneur and women and youth empowerment proponent.

She is the Co-Founder of Adanian Labs, a Pan-African tech venture studio on a mission to build the next generation of socially impactful and commercially driven companies that will change the world from Africa.

Irene has led successful transformational programs for women and youth from her home country Tanzania to now across Africa.

At Adanian Labs, she is fulfilling her dream of building tech capacity in Africa and supporting African tech entrepreneurs to build and scale businesses across the continent.

She continues to spearhead innovative impact tech platforms that integrate access to finance, communities, trade and capacity building, all aimed at empowering African women and youth with tools to create wealth.

 

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Did you know that over 525 million people used the internet in Africa in 2019? If current growth trends continue, almost 75% of Africans are expected to come online by 2030.
Eleven African nations are set to receive a share of a $16.2 million project aimed at establishing National Broadband Mapping Systems.
Six African tech startups have been chosen as finalists for the “Meet the Tôshikas” program, a joint initiative by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
Innovate Africa, a newly established angel investment fund, has begun operations with an initial commitment of $2.5 million.