Africa’s Official Ministerial Summit

We are proud to announce the 7th Innovation Africa taking place in Mozambique in 2017, under the official joint patronage of the Ministry of Science & Technology, Higher & Technical Education and the Ministry of Education & Human Development.

Innovation Africa 2017 is firmly established as the continent’s number one high level ministerial forum where industry partners enjoy pre-scheduled meetings and committed engagement with ministers and senior government officials from over 40 countries. It is Africa’s “must participate” event for education, innovation & ICT.

In 2016 the summit achieved record numbers of participants and an astonishing 1,200 one-to-one meetings took place between 560 delegates representing 48 countries. Leading industry partners agree that Innovation Africa is the most productive and enjoyable experience of all events, emphasising the quality of the audience and high level status of decision-making participants.

“Lots to say about this Innovation Africa – it’s not only one of the biggest, but also the quality of the discussions are probably the richest.”
Warren La Fleur – Regional Education Manager, Microsoft Africa

In 2017, the full force of the Government of Mozambique, under cabinet endorsement, will be ensuring a record number of participating ministers from across the continent. For the first time ever Innovation Africa is jointly patronised by two government ministries with direct invitations being confirmed by Hon Conceita Sortane, Minister of Education & Human Development and Hon Jorge Olivio Penicela Nhambiu, Minister of Science & Technology, Higher & Technical Education.

“It’s been a pleasure for us to be here again. A great opportunity for us to meet the leaders
that are shaping the agenda of the education system in African countries.”

Andrea Emiliani – Business Development Executive, IBM

Pre-Scheduled Ministerial Meetings

“I’ve enjoyed meeting all the people and the enthusiasm from almost every single country.”
Fiona Macgregor – Director, Southern & Eastern Africa, Pearson

Innovation Africa is working closely with the most senior officials in the Government of Mozambique to maximize the ministerial attendance at Innovation Africa and fulfil our promise of delivering high-level pre-scheduled to participating partners and delegates.

In 2017, participants will have the choice of booking meetings in advance of the event with ministers of education, higher education, ICT, science & technology, special government agencies for education, teaching and ICT delivery, universities and technical colleges. Over 260 government officials, from across Africa, participated in 2016 and this year in Mozambique we have the support of a record number of ministers who regard Innovation Africa as the essential event to attend to meet with their counterparts, industry leaders and solution providers.

“The roundtables mean you engage clearly and you don’t end up chasing after people all the time… it’s marvellous like that –
I’ve been to many conferences in Africa and in terms of structure it is the one that I think gets things done”

Dr Jeremy Gaines – FESTO

Hosting Africa’s Leading Decision-Makers

“Here again! We’ve been here since the beginning and it’s been, I think, my best so far.
The energy this year was just phenomenal.”

Matthew Santaspirt – Director, Wiley

Honourable Minister Conceita Sortane and Jorge Olivio Penicela Nhambiu have confirmed personal invitations to ministers from the following countries, to be accompanied by senior delegations. The countries and ministers are regular participants of Innovation Africa, now in its seventh year.


Education. Higher Education. ICT


Secondary Education, Technical & Vocational Training. Higher Education & Scientific Research. Communications & Information Technology


Education & Skills Development. Infrastructure, Science & Technology


National Education & Literacy. Secondary & Higher Education


Primary & Secondary Education. Higher Education & Scientific Research


Employment & Vocational Training. Secondary Education. Scientific Research & Innovation


National Education & Technical Training. Post & ICT


Primary, Secondary, & Vocational Education. Higher Education, University & Scientific Research


ICT. Education. Science & Technology


Education & Technical & Vocational Education. Higher Education & Scientific Research


Basic & Secondary Education. Higher Education, Research, Science & Technology


Education. Communications


Education, Science & Technology. ICT


Communications, Science & Technology. Education & Training




National Education. Higher Education & Scientific Research


Education, Science & Technology


Education & Human Resources. Technology, Communication & Innovation


Education & Human Development. Science, Technology, Higher, Technical & Professional Education


Education, Arts & Culture. Higher Education, Training & Innovation. ICT


Education. Communications Technology


Primary & Secondary Education. Technical Education, Professional Skills & Employment. Scientific Research & Technical Innovation


Education. Youth & ICT


National Education. Higher Education & Research


Education, Science & Technology. Information & Communications


Basic Education. Higher Education & Training. Science & Technology. Post & Telecommunications


Education & Training. ICT


Communications, Science & Technology. Education & Vocational Training


Education, Science & Vocational Training. Communications


Primary & Secondary Education. Higher & Tertiary Education. Science & Technology. ICT

“This conference is the best one ever – this my 5th one! There’s an energy that I’ve not experienced before…
I’ve had positive feedback from all 10 of my meetings today.”

Marie-Anne Kleynhans – Managing Director, Edupac

Our Partners

Inspire Innovation Africa’s High Level Audience

Innovation Africa 2017 offers an outstanding choice of different options to companies, allowing you to select a partnership package that best suits your needs and meets your objectives. Being a partner at our summits is a proven method of raising your company profile and gaining maximum exposure.

Benefits include a variety of options for exhibition, corporate presentation, chairing of a ministerial panel session, imaginative ways to showcase your company on delegate bags, badges and lanyards. Branding is throughout the venue on screens and banners, electronically on the Innovation Africa 2017 website and the option for inclusion in the Innovation Africa e-newsletter plus branding and profiles on all printed material including the summit guide and agenda. Plus special exclusive options for being the ministerial reception or gala dinner sponsor.

Priority meeting times are set aside for our Innovation Africa top level partners. Demand is high and numbers are limited. Please see the ‘Participation Options’ document for the best partnership package to suit your needs and enhance your presence at the summit.

“It has been a great experience being able just to meet with many people from the education industry and from the different ministries and universities.”
Juan Ramon Alegret – Director, Business Development, Blackboard

“The ministers that we’ve met have been absolutely incredible. The enthusiasm is fantastic,
I would certainly recommend that we be here next year.”

Frank Campbell – International Director, Irwin Global