Dayo Olopade

Author of The Bright Continent, a book on innovation, technology, and opportunity in sub-Saharan Africa

Dayo Olopade leads product and content partnerships at Google. She has built a track record of outstanding creative and business outcomes at the intersection of new technology and premium content in Europe, Africa and the United States, with more than a decade of story, strategy, product, partnerships, and change management expertise.

She began her career as a reporter in Washington covering politics, policy, and the Obama administration. She spent two years in Nairobi as a New America Foundation fellow, reporting The Bright Continent, a book on innovation, technology and opportunity in sub-Saharan Africa published in 2014.

She earned a JD/MBA as a Knight Law and Media Scholar at Yale, where she began working with both startups and prominent media businesses on product and strategy. At Reuters, she worked with the chief corporate counsel to support legal operations across a global newsroom. At the New York Times, she helped build and grow the pathbreaking “NYT Now” mobile app. At Facebook, she led high touch business partnerships with US media brands, and helped launched products like Facebook Live, Instant Articles, Instagram Stories and 360 Video.

In 2017, she was hired to lead YouTube business partnerships for Africa, and worked with telecoms, broadcasters, record labels, sport leagues, production companies and independent creators to grow a mobile user base of millions. She led go-to-market for the YouTube music app, created and ran a short film festival, produced Eliud Kipchoge’s landmark 1:59 marathon run, and broadcast the NBA Finals live across the continent.

She currently leads Google’s film and TV partnerships for the French market. She is an occasional guest speaker and advisor to businesses and schools. She is a member of the African Leadership Network and a licensed attorney in the state of New York. A graduate of Yale College, Yale Law School, and Yale School of Management, she lives in London.


Dr Funmi Adewara

Founder/CEO Mobihealth International

Dr Funmi Adewara is a UK based Physician and Cambridge trained Bioscience Entrepreneur with a background in Medicine, Pharmaceutical and Business Development. Her career spans more than fifteen years working within the NHS UK and a stint in Pharmaceutical industry as a Drug Safety Physician.  Funmi is passionate about changing the poor narrative of Africa’s healthcare landscape leveraging information technology which has earned her/Mobihealth multiple awards globally.  Notable amongst them are; Sanofi AfricaTech Challenge (Winner, Category 2) which held virtually in Paris on the 11th of June 2020 amongst 268 contestants across 34 countries, the World Bank’s SDG3&Her Challenge 2020 (Finalist) and Mobihealth Africa Vs Virus Challenge emerging in the list of the top 100 solutions in an event organized by the African Development Bank and EU Commission et al.

Other awards for which Funmi has been recognized are the Prof Akinkugbe Ibadan College of Medicine Alumni Leadership Award, Zenith Global Health Award for advancing health with technology and the African Female Tech Founders (FTF) Award sponsored by the UK government amongst others. Funmi, along with other winners of FTF programme were invited by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson Africa-UK investment summit in January 2020. 

She has featured as a panelist on Forbes Africa and Philips’ Africa Future Health Summit by CNBC, United Nations Committee on Science Technology and Innovation, African Development Bank, Channels TV, BBC radio’s Focus Africa, Channel 5 TV in the UK, Financial Times London, Telegraph and Voice of Africa – Largest African diaspora news channel. Funmi has been recognized as one of the Most Influential People of African descent.  

Funmi is a member of the American Telemedicine Association, British Medical Association, UK and a member of the prestigious Pitch@Palace Alumni network. She has also featured as a speaker at the Inter-sessional Panel of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development, held in Geneva November 2019, where Mobihealth was acknowledged by the UN in the policy documents as one of the selected businesses providing innovative inclusive and sustainable product and services. Recently, Funmi was invited to Speak at the African Development Institute Policy Seminar on; Building Resilient Health Systems; Policies for Inclusive Health in Post-COVID-19 Africa’’. 

Mobihealth has been at the forefront of deployment of technology as a response against the COVID-19 pandemic by launching COVID19 Teleguided Self Swab Test and teleconsultation in partnership with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research and telecom operator 9 Mobile which has over 25 million people on her network in Nigeria. Mobihealth is also partnering with the Africa Development Bank, the Africa CDC- on the ‘’Test Africa Initiative’’ where Mobihealth will provide Telemedicine as a core component of the strategy to ramp up COVID-19 testing across Africa.


Ned Desmond

COO, TechCrunch

Ned Desmond is the COO at TechCrunch, a San Francisco-based media company focused on startups. Prior to TechCrunch, Ned was the President of Time Inc Interactive and founder of ECompany Now / Business 2.0 magazine. He was a senior correspondent for Fortune and a bureau chief in New Delhi and later Tokyo for Time magazine. He is a graduate of Amherst College. 


Mark Elliott

Division President, Mastercard, Southern Africa

Mark Elliott is Division President, Mastercard, Southern Africa. He is responsible for the overall performance, strategic direction and brand development of Mastercard in Southern Africa. His role includes finding new ways to scale the latest payments technologies to drive financial inclusion.

Elliott joined Mastercard in 2011 as Global Products and Solutions Lead and Debit Lead for Mastercard in the Middle East and Africa region. 

Prior to that he worked at Barclays as Head of Sales and Distribution and Head of Retail for Barclays United Arab Emirates.  Elliott also held the position of Director of Business Development for Absa Card South Africa. 

Elliott holds a BA (Hons) in Combined Studies and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales. 

He is a British national who grew up in Hong Kong and India.


Wambura Kimunyu

CEO, Eneza Education

Eneza’s CEO Wambura Kimunyu is a veteran of the emerging tech space in

She worked with Cellulant, one of Africa’s most successful FinTech companies
during its initial growth phase as Chief Consumer Officer and GM of the Kenya
business. She worked with Ringier One Africa Media, a leading online
marketplaces business in Africa, as the Africa Group Head of the Cars
businesses. Wambura’s leadership skills and experience were instrumental in
guiding these influential technology driven businesses through critical growth and monetization. Wambura who holds a B.Ed degree and an MBA from Strathmore Business School is passionate about the possibilities that lie at the intersection of Africa’s most pressing challenges and technology.

She is also Chair of the Board at AkiraChix, a not for profit which provides
technology education to young women in order to empower them to change their
communities for the better.


Makano Mosidi

Chief Information Office, Standard Bank

Makano  joined Standard Bank in October 2018 as Chief Information Officer for Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) responsible for delivering on the digitization aspirations of the business as well as client centric solutions and services. She has over 28 years’ experience in the ICT industry. Her most notable roles are her last two positions as Middle East & Africa CIO for Dimension Data and most recently CIO for the Transnet Group. Over the years, she has successfully managed large teams, programmes and solutions to deliver on the business‘ strategic objectives.


Ailyssa Pretorius

Regional General Manager
Uber Eats Sub Saharan Africa

Ailyssa Pretorius (nee Khan) is the Regional General Manager for Uber Eats Sub Saharan Africa. She has been with Uber Eats since the launch of Uber Eats in South Africa, and has served as a Restaurant Operations Manager and General Manager of South Africa before her current role. 

Previously, Ailyssa has worked in FMCG at Mars Inc, South Africa and in audit at Deloitte South Africa. 

Growing up in Durban, and studying in Cape Town, Ailyssa has a passion for food, disruptive technology, and using technology to change the way in which a community interacts. Creating economic opportunities for couriers in SSA, and new ways for restaurants to reach their customers beyond their traditional brick and mortar engages Ailyssa as Uber Eats grows on the continent.

She is a registered Chartered Accountant and completed her degree at the University of Cape Town.