Eli David is the co-founder of StartupBlink.com, global map and research center of the global startup ecosystem. They work with dozens of governments and municipalities on the promotion and mapping of their ecosystems. StartupBlink was featured in hundreds of magazines around the world and has thousands of registered startups and release the World's most comprehensive startup ecosystem index ranking more than 1,000 cities and 100 countries. In 2010, Eli also co-founded Lingolearn with its current CEO and team. Lingolearn provides private lessons online for thousands of students in 16 languages. Eli is a digital nomad and lived in more than 20 countries in the last 4 years, constantly changing locations. Eli thinks Nomads and Startup owners have everything in common, in regard to initiating great changes and taking smart risks to achieve happiness.
This special installment of The Global Startup Movement podcast was recorded at the Africa Fintech Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with 4 tech ecosystem player including Adam Abate Cofounder & CEO of Apposit, Yemiru Chanyalew CEO of Moneta Technologies, Saad Sheikh Principal of Investments at TLG Capital, and Habtamu Tadesse Founder & CEO of both Zayride and Arifpay.
Kristin Rechberger is CEO of Dynamic Planet, a company that invests in conservation enterprises so that people and nature can thrive: wilderness protection (land and sea), sustainable tourism, food-energy-water security, and market transformation towards sustainable sourcing and consumption.
As SVP Global Programs & Partnerships at the National Geographic Society, over 14 years Kristin helped lead worldwide growth of cable channels, corporate partnerships, and research, conservation, and exploration programs. Lived in Seoul, Korea as Luce Fellow; produced documentary films throughout Asia.
Selected as a 2009 Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum; serves on the Advisory Council, and involved with oceans, the shared economy, and the future of global development. Serves on the boards of Pristine Seas, The Ocean Foundation, and Children’s Eyes on Earth. Public policy and documentary film degrees, Duke University; executive courses, Harvard and Yale.
Shailee Aldinofi is Director of Public Sector Solutions at ConsenSys, a global blockchain technology company building the infrastructure, applications, and practices that enable a decentralized world. She served as Vice President of BanQu, a blockchain-based platform for supply chain transparency. Prior to joining the blockchain industry, Shailee spent 11 years leading USAID funded projects in financial inclusion, mobile money in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and 3 years in logistics and software development for US government projects.
Nizar Zakka is a Lebanese national and US permanent resident who was arrested by Iran in 2015, and was imprisoned until 2019 on charges of espionage for the United States. Zakka worked as an Internet freedom advocate and served as secretary general of the Arab ICT Organization in Washington, D.C..
On September 8, 2018, the person who had invited Nizar to visit Iran, Shahindokht Molaverdi, the top aide for citizenship rights to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, told the Associated Press that the Iranian government had not approved Nizar's imprisonment, and that "[w]e did all we could to stop this from happening, but we are seeing that we have failed to make a significant impact." She blamed a "complete miscoordination" between Iran's civilian government and its independent judiciary, adding that "actions by one branch can ignore or neutralize efforts by another branch".
Despite the admission Iran was holding him against his will, Zakka remained a hostage in Iran until June 2019. With the sponsorship of his home country's president, General Michel Aoun, Zakka was released from Iran on June 11, 2019, and flew straight to Beirut.
Nathaniel Houghton is the Cofounder & President of the Congo Leadership Initiative where he provides leadership and entrepreneurship training to young people living in the Congo. Through his work he's seen the entrepreneurship ecosystem grow and evolve and believes the market is ready for venture style investing and returns. This is resulting in the Congo Leaders Venture Fund, aiming to invest early stage in top entrepreneurs in the Congo. Nate previously spent time as Director at Next Gen Venture Partners where he founded and led their innovation division providing support to their portfolio companies.
Nicholus Steward is the Cofounder of the eSwatini Bridge Project (SBP). The mission of the SBP is to promote, encourage, and facilitate the education and technology goals of the Kingdom of eSwatini. We aim to do this by providing resource and technology transfers which can be adapted to suit local conditions. SBP aims to promote the addition of up-to-date technology and strengthen science and technology education at all levels and its continual upgrading in line with developments in science and technology. Our hope is that homegrown Swazi talent will meet the ICT needs of eSwatini instead of having to import that skill set. In short, the Swazi Bridge Project’s main objective is to be a resource to the Swazi people for matters of connectivity, technology, and education.
Viola Llewellyn is the co-founder and President of Ovamba Solutions. Ovamba is an award winning African “FinTech” company that creates culturally attuned technologies to serve African SMEs with innovative Sharia compliant finance products, eCommerce, and logistics services to promote growth. Ovamba’s technology gives global accredited and institutional investors the opportunity to invest in the fast-growing African private sector.
Martin Sajon is Co-founder and CEO at Neuralys. He is an entrepreneur and cybersecurity professional with 12+ years of extensive experience across Latin America, the Caribbean, and the US.
At Neuralys, Martin oversees the overall management of the company, including strategic product and business development efforts. He also works cross-functionally by analyzing core operational and business functions to help organizations reduce their risk.
Before Neuralys, Martin founded a security consulting firm called ISNS focused on delivering cutting-edge penetration testing services across the continent to organizations such as Avery Dennison, Nokia, Glencore, Bunge, Oberthur Technologies, SGS, Coty, between others.
Adil Yalcin is the founder and CEO of Keshif, a software tool at the intersection of analytics, design, and engineering. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Maryland as a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab. Through his research, he created the basis of Keshif as the next-generation data exploration platform. Adil's academic work in data visualization and analysis has been published and cited in various books, proceedings, and academic journals. At Keshif Adil leads technical, design, analytics, and consulting services alongside his cofounder Behar Xharra. Adil is passionate about providing refined, effective, principled solutions that lower barriers of complex tools and complex processes, i.e. solutions that are “as simple as possible, but not simpler”.
Akin Sawyerr is the co-founder of RocRemit, a blockchain remittance company, a director of Splash Mobile Money, a mobile payments company in Sierra Leone and the Africa Lead for Decred an open-source, Bitcoin fork that places emphasis on development funding, on-chain governance, and consensus mechanisms. Akin is a long time executive and entrepreneur operating in mobile money, remittances, and payments in sub Saharan Africa.
KGB (Kevin Gordon Barrow) is the Founder & CEO of Mark Labs, a software company which helps organizations effectively manage the risk associated with funding social impact projects. He is a serial social entrepreneur, having worked on startups dealing with education, environmental protection, campus safety, mobile health, and rural broadband access.
Prior to embracing his inner social entrepreneur, KGB earned his stripes in the fields of law (GE), banking (ABN AMBRO), and management consulting (Deloitte and Booz Allen Hamilton).
KGB completed his higher education in the UK earning an Honours Law Degree from Durham and an MBA from Oxford. He is an an avid reader, lover of Sufi poetry, and an aspiring surfer.
Moe Odele is a cofounding parnter at Vazi Legal and the founder of the widely popular community, Scale My Hustle. Moe is an international attorney experienced in Business and human rights, Innovative financing, Impact Investing, Gender & inclusive finance, ESG Advisory (Due diligence & Intergration), Private Equity and Venture Capital, FinTech, Startup advisory, and Social entrepreneurship. She has worked with entrepreneurs, funds, family offices and foundations who are dedicated to solving some of the most pressing challenges in emerging markets.
Andrew Mack is the Founder and CEO of Agromovil, an app-based platform that helps make the match between producers, transporters and off-takers. It allows farmers to match with the transport they need, when they need it and to find buyers that use the platform (called the MATCH). It enables transporters to build optimized routes picking up from various small farmers, making transport more efficient and profitable, and getting crops to market when needed (the BATCH). And, it enables all parties to pay on the platform, avoiding the need to take large amounts of cash to the field, making transactions safer and helping bring small farmers into the banking system and building credit histories (the PAY). Today some 30% of crops in the global south that are harvested never make it to market -- they're lost, stolen, never picked up or arrive too late to be used. With initial support from Toyota and Carnegie Mellon, Agromovil is creating an app-based platform that will change that, bringing together micro insurance, cellphone banking and ride-hailing technologies (like Lyft) to get more food, and fresher food, to hungry tables around the world.
Rebecca Enonchong is founder and Chief Executive Officer of AppsTech, a leading global provider of enterprise application solutions. She is also cofounder of I/O Spaces, an inclusive coworking space in the Washington DC metro area.
She is Board Chair of Afrilabs, a Pan-African network of over 150 innovation centers supporting over 500,000 entrepreneurs in Africa. She chairs ActivSpaces (African Center for Technology Innovation and Ventures) supporting entrepreneurs from two tech hubs in Cameroon. She also sits on the board of Venture Capital for Africa (VC4Africa), of Salesforce.org, the African Media Initiative, Eneza Education and iamtheCODE.
She is cofounder of Cameroon Angels Network and cofounder and Vice-President of African Business Angels Network. Ms. Enonchong currently serves as a mentor/advisor to several technology startups.
Host Andrew Berkowitz unveils our new studio at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. Each week from here on out will feature in person interviews with leaders in business and entrepreneurship in frontier and emerging markets. Each month will feature a live event panel session at USIP. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter to catch all of our livestreams and new video content.
Idriss Al Rifai is the founder of Fetchr. Ecommerce in the Middle East is still nascent – local and international brands have a challenging time navigating the market in which inefficient processes and the lack of post addresses lead to long delivery times and high return rates. Fetchr (formerly, MENA360) provides businesses a solution for entering the ecommerce space in the region and for reaching customers via their mobile devices.
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Lanre Akinlagun is the Founder & CEO Drinks.ng, a Lagos, Nigeria based e-commerce company specializing in drinks with an extensive range of beverages comprising both alcohol and soft drinks. Before starting Drinks.ng, Lanre was an early executive at Iroko, where he worked alongside Jason Njoku before discovering the problem of finding wholesale liquor in Lagos. Trying to purchase bulk liquor at an open air market on Lagos Island is what inspired Lanre to leave to start Drinks.ng.
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Eric Osiakwan is the Managing Partner of Chanzo Capital, a growth capital firm investing both capital and mentoring in high-tech startups and scaleups in Kenya, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa (KINGS) – these countries make up the "KINGS" of Africa's digital economy.
Eric is a serial Entrepreneur and Investor with 15+ years of ICT industry leadership across Africa and the world. He has worked in 32 African countries setting up ISPs, ISPAs, IXPs and high-tech startups. He co-founded Angel Africa List, Angel Fair Africa and Chanzo Capital.
On this episode you'll learn:
-What African countries are catching up to the big 5 KINGS markets?
-How does ICT infrastructure in North Africa and Subsaharan Africa compare?
-What are the challenges regarding last mile internet infrastructure across the African continent?
Andile Masuku is a former Zimbabwean broadcaster and entrepreneur based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Andile produces a portfolio of popular audio podcasts covering tech and innovation on the African continent— including the African Tech Round-up, the African Tech Conversations series, and #AndilesTake , as well as developing and executing content strategy and tactical media plays for leading companies. He also writes a weekly syndicated tech column for Business Report and African Independent.
Dotun Oloworopoku is a General Partner at Ventures Platform. He is also the Managing Partner at Starta, a platform that makes it easier to build, discover and track high growth businesses in Africa. He is the founder of Yhello Technologies (previously meals.co.uk) an on-demand food delivery platform in the UK. He exited the business after successfully partnering with Just-eat.co.uk, the no.1 food ordering platform in Europe.
Dotun advises funded startups such as YC-backed Flutterwave on growth marketing, helping them build a growth team that can execute. Dotun is an active mentor at other accelerator programmes including Ignite in the UK, and the World’s Bank XL Africa programme.
On this episode you'll learn:
-What are the best channels to reach a consumer audience for audio content in Africa?
-Who will drive the last mile internet infrastructure in the least developed countries in Africa?
-What countries are the most ahead in terms of universal internet penetration?
On this episode we dive into our top 5 episode that we've ever done with leaders in the African startup ecosystems. Featured guests include Eghosa Omoigui, Zekarias Amsalu, Johnni Kjelsgaard, Osarumen Osamuyi, Konstantin Tsanis.
Alex Barrera is the CEO at The Aleph Report (thealeph.com) where he writes about the strategic implications of cutting-edge technology and help companies understand how to survive the future.
Prior to Aleph, Alex cofounded two major startup accelerators, tech.eu, and Press42. He is a regular mentor at several accelerators worldwide, and closely works with a couple of international conferences helping run their startup competitions and pitching training. I'm also an international speaker in multiple conferences, including keynote speaker at several TEDx Events, The Economist Summits or Global Shaper by WEF.
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