Africa’s Official Ministerial Summit

Hon Dr Brian Mushimba, MP,
Minister of Higher Education

Hon David Mabumba, MP,
Minister of General Education

Hon Mutotwe Kafwaya, MP, Minister
of Transport & Communications

2021 is the 10th Anniversary of Innovation Africa and we are delighted that it is being hosted in Lusaka under the official patronage of the Government of Zambia. The joint patronage is confirmed by the Minister of Education, Hon David Mabumba; the Minister of Higher Education, Hon Dr Brian Mushimba and the Minister of Transport & Communications, Hon Mutotwe Kafwya. Their patronage comes under the full endorsement of the Office of the President and Smart Zambia.

Innovation Africa 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 go to’ event for education, innovation and ICT. Leading industry partners agree that Innovation Africa is the most productive and enjoyable experience of all regional events, which emphasises the quality of the audience and high-level status of the decision-making participants.

Dr. Martine G. Mtonga, National
Coordinator, Smart Zambia

In 2021, the full force of the Government of Zambia, under Presidential endorsement, will be ensuring a record number of participating ministers from across the continent. As well as being co-hosted by Office of the President and the three ministries for education and communications, the leading education & ICT stakeholders from Zambia will play key roles in ensuring the delivery of this multi-layered landmark summit.

“On behalf of Canon, I would like to thank each one of you for giving us the opportunity to attend innovation Africa and thank you for the great organisation, the effort you did and how professional you are. I can even see the improvement in organizing this event from last year.
It’s always a pleasure working with you and seeing you all.”

Islam Salama – Regional Specialist for Corporate Communications, Canon

“Innovation Africa provided a great opportunity to meet with senior stakeholders and to understand their needs and challenges first-hand.
Excellent experience. We look forward to next year.”

Christine Nasserghodsi – Partner, Mirai Partners

Pre-Scheduled Ministerial Meetings

“Another great event. Super organised, great array of Ministers representing so many African nations.”
Helen Wroe – Sales Director, Stephen Austin and Sons

The centrepiece of Innovation Africa 2021 will be the pre-scheduled meetings for industry partners to book in advance their preferred ministries, countries and organisations; allowing for one-to-one high-level interaction necessary to do business in Africa.

AfricanBrains is working closely with the most senior officials in the Government of Zambia to maximize the ministerial attendance at Innovation Africa and fulfil our promise of delivering high-level pre-scheduled to participating partners and delegates. This 10th anniversary will be a celebration of the continent’s long-term investment in education and the advancement of ICTs in delivering greater equality and accessibility.

Within the main conference arena, over 60 meeting tables will be set up for ministries of education, ICT, higher education, science and technology, universities, multilateral agencies and consortium for private schools from across Africa. Industry partners obtain access to our online scheduling system allowing them to choose meetings, create their own agenda and specifically target key clients and partners prior to the start of the summit.

Over 250 ministers and government officials, from across Africa, will participate in the summit, regarding Innovation Africa as the essential event to attend to meet with their counterparts, industry leaders and solution providers.

“Innovation Africa was such a pleasure, a formidable team that arranged an awesome conference in Ghana. It was great to deal with such competent professionals that assisted with deliverables and making the conference an unforgettable experience for Adapt IT. From pre-event arrangements, conference set-up and deliverables, every aspect of the event was excellent. A 5-star rating for the Brains team!”
Amanda Gibbs – Head of Marketing, Adapt IT

Participating Ministries & Organisations

“What a fantastic opportunity to meet so many Ministers in one venue with back to back pre-scheduled meetings.
Edit has attended this event for the last 3 years.”

Jennifer Labuschagne – Director, Edit Microsystems

Personal letters invitation to all relevant African ministers will be signed off by the Zambian Office of the President. Each of the three ministers for education, higher education and communications will personally confirm the invitations to all their African counterparts and encourage their participation along with high-level delegations. AfricanBrains will also be ensuring additional invitations to departmental director generals responsible for the procurement and specification of educational products and services, digital technologies, ICTs and other key innovations provided by participating solution providers.


Ministry of Education
Ministry of Higher Education
Ministry of ICT


Ministry of Secondary Education, Technical & Vocational Training
Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
Ministry of Communications & Information Technology


Ministry of Education & Skills Development
Ministry of Infrastructure, Science & Technology


Ministry of National Education & Literacy
Ministry of Secondary & Higher Education


Ministry of Primary & Secondary Education
Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research


Ministry of Employment & Vocational Training
Ministry of Secondary Education, Ministry of Scientific Research & Innovation


Ministry of Education


Ministry of National Education & Technical Training
Ministry of Post and ICT


Ministry of Primary, Secondary, & Vocational Education
Ministry of Higher Education, University & Scientific Research


Ministry of Education


Ministry of Education & Training
Ministry of Information, Communications & Technology


Ministry of Education
Ministry of ICT
Ministry of Science & Technology


Ministry of Education and Technical & Vocational Education
Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research


Ministry of Basic & Secondary Education
Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science & Technology


Ministry of Education
Ministry of Communications


Ministry of Education & Higher Education


Ministry of Education, Science & Technology
Ministry of ICT


Ministry of Communications, Science & Technology
Ministry of Education & Training


Ministry of Education


Ministry of National Education
Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research


Ministry of Education, Science & Technology


Ministry of Education & Human Resources
Ministry of Technology, Communication & Innovation


Ministry of Education & Human Development
Ministry of Science, Technology, Higher, Technical and Professional Education


Ministry of Education, Arts & Culture
Ministry of Higher Education, Training & Innovation
Ministry of Information & Communication Technologies


Ministry of Basic Education, Literacy & Civic Education
Ministry of Tertiary Education, Professional Skills & Employment


Ministry of Education
Ministry of Communications Technology


Ministry of Primary & Secondary Education
Ministry of Technical Education, Professional Skills & Employment


Ministry of Education
Ministry of ICT & Youth


Ministry of National Education
Ministry of Higher Education & Research


Ministry of Education
Ministry of ICT


Ministry of Education, Science & Technology
Ministry of Information & Communications


Ministry of Basic Education
Ministry of Higher Education & Training
Ministry of Science & Technology
Ministry of Post & Telecommunications


Ministry of General Education & Instruction
Ministry of Higher Education, Science & Technology


Ministry of Education
Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research


Ministry of Education & Vocational Training
Ministry of Communications, Science & Technology


Ministry of Primary, Secondary & Vocational Education


Ministry of Education & Sports
Ministry of ICT


Ministry of Education
Ministry of Higher Education
Ministry of Communications


Ministry of Primary & Secondary Education
Ministry of Higher Education, Science & Technology


Nigeria – State Governors & Commissioners for Education supported by the Progressive Governors Forum
South Africa – MECs for Education from the South African provinces
UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organisation
Universities – leading universities from Zambia, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and Cameroon
International Development Agencies – DFID, GIZ, USAID
World Bank & African Development Bank

“It is a great experience to meet with so many people from the different ministries and universities.”
Juan Ramon Alegret – Director Business Development, Blackboard

Summit Content

Key content to be addressed at Innovation Africa 2021 will include:

    • Teacher training & school leadership
    • ICT Innovation in Education
    • Digital transformation for blended learning & critical thinking
    • Education and curriculum reform
    • Investing in higher education and African science & technology
    • Technical & vocational education for job creation
    • Special needs education for greater inclusivity
    • Connectivity & the ICT infrastructure for the education and research community
    • Developing digital skills and literacy for African students

“As always, it is a great experience.”
Juan Ponelli – President, Positivo Africa



Industry Partners & Solutions Providers

Innovation Africa 2021 offers an outstanding choice of different options to industry solution providers, allowing companies to select a bespoke package that determines the number of pre-scheduled meetings, exhibition and branding throughout the event. AfricanBrains’ partners can choose the level that best meets their business development objectives and the event is a proven forum for maximising company 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 website and the option for a website podcast plus branding and profiles on all printed materials including the summit guide and agenda. Plus, special exclusive options for being the ministerial evening reception or gala dinner sponsor.

Priority meeting times are set aside for our top-level Innovation Africa 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.

“Superb event providing high-level, meaningful meetings.”
Patrick Coates – Regional Director –
Africa, Europe & Middle East, ACT

Brains Global Partners

“I would like to reiterate all the gratitude from SMART and the MEA team for an awesome job in organising
Innovation Africa and look forward to working with you guys again on future shows.”

David Jimenez – Head of Marketing, SMART Technologies