Day 1 – Thursday 30th November 2023

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Introduction and Orientation to Innovation Africa 2023

  • John Glassey, Chief Executive Officer, AfricanBrains

Rwandan Ministerial Welcome Speech

  • Hon Gaspard Twagirayezu, Minister of Education

Panel Session 1: System Transformation: What Does Transformation Look Like and How can it Improve the Quality of Education?

  • Hon Gaspard Twagirayezu, Minister of Education, Rwanda
  • Hon Senator Garba Musa Maidoki, Federal National Assembly, Nigeria
  • Hon Douglas Syakalima, Minister of Education, Zambia
  • Hon Dr Reginah Mhaule, Deputy Minister of Basic Education, South Africa
  • Moderator: Jane Mann, Managing Director, Partnership for Education, Cambridge

Presentation 1: Building Capacity Through Resilient Digital Skills Development

  • Bishop Lawrence Sarpong, Deputy Registrar, National Teaching Council, Ghana
  • Mayank Dhingra, Senior Education Business Leader, SEMA, HP

Presentation 2: Funding Models for Educational Devices and ICT Infrastructure to Ensure Equitable Access to Digital Learning Resources

  • Pedro Barroso Magalhães, Senior Advisor, Eixo & Debate
  • Alex Liao, Chief Business Officer, JP-Inspiring Knowledge

Panel Session 2: Investment in ICTs for Education – Ensuring Evidence-Based Policy Making

  • Hon Dr Jacob Korok Maiju, Deputy Minister of ICT & Postal Services, South Sudan
  • Yves Iradukunda, Permanent Secretary for ICT & Innovation, Rwanda
  • Basiliyos Betru, Chief Operation Officer for ICT & Digital Education, Ethiopia
  • Dr Jemimah Onsare, Principal for Higher Education & Research, Ministry of Education, Kenya
  • Eng Tabitha Geoffrey Etutu, Senior Officer for Science, Technology & Innovation, Tanzania
  • Moderator: Jeff Lowe, Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, Smart Technologies

Presentation 3: Making Global “Local”: Key Lessons on Scaling Equitable Gains in Learning & Teaching

  • Jay Kimmelman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, NewGlobe

Panel Session 3: Bridging the Skills Gap: African Progress in the Development of STEM Skills & Technical Education

  • Hon Awut Deng Acuil, Minister of General Education & Instruction, South Sudan
  • Catherine Appiah-Pinkrah, Director General Administration, Ministry of Education, Ghana
  • Abdiaziz Nur Mohamed, Director of TVET and Non-Formal Education, Ministry of Education, Somalia
  • Nanzala Mayabi, Member of the Board of Governors, Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA), Kenya
  • Dipl. – Ing. Paul Umukunzi, Director General, Rwanda TVET Board
  • Moderator: Silas Bahigansenga, Country Director, Education Development Trust