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GSMA Announces Speakers for Mobile 360 Africa

2019 Edition Features Innovation Showcase; Event Registration Now Open

LONDON-Tuesday 11 June 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(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

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 For further information on Mobile 360 – Africa, including sponsorship opportunities, please visit Follow developments and updates on Mobile 360 – Africa (#M360Africa) on Twitter @GSMA, on Facebook and LinkedIn on

Further information on the entire Mobile 360 Series of events is available at Follow developments and updates on Mobile 360 Series (#Mobile360) on Twitter @GSMA and on Facebook

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 Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

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