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Innovation Salon

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The presidential panel will focus on how countries are building innovation economies and how they addressing the talent, funding and technology challenges. 

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15:00 – 16:00

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This will be a dialogue between Nobel Laureates with the aim to inspire the next generation of African scientists with focus on how important inter-generational learning and role modeling is. 

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Ghada Bassioni

Professor and the Head of the Chemistry Division at the Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, Cairo

Innovation Salon

The 5 finalists in the Industrialize Africa category will pitch to judges with the winner announced in plenary. Startups in this category are addressing manufacturing and supporting Africa’s industrialization.

16:00 – 17:00

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Innovation Salon

This will be a quick discussion reviewing the current trends in Africa’s tech ecosystems and how they are funded. Speakers will focus on how to connect Africa’s ecosystem and how the AfCFTA can support entrepreneurs and tech ecosystems.

The 5 finalists in the Feed Africa category will pitch to judges with the winner announced in plenary. Startups in this category are addressing food security and agriculture transformation in Africa.

17:00 – 18:00

Innovation Salon

The 5 finalists in the Integrate Africa category will pitch to judges with the winner announced in plenary. Startups in this category are addressing regional trade integration (AfCFTA), market integration and financial integration.

18:00 – 19:00

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09:00 – 10:00

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This session will explore new models for financing innovation and connecting ecosystems including new economic models for the digital economy, the bio-economy, the carbon economy within the 4th Industrial Revolution.

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Bosun Tijani

Founder and Chief Executive of Co-Creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB)

Teresa Mbagaya

Founding Principal at Imaginable Futures

11:00 – 12:00

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Alpha Keita Kabinet

Medicine

Zaheer Allam

Urban Resilience and Sustainability

Obidimma Ezezika

Implementation Science

Innovation Salon

The 5 finalists from the Precision and Personalized Health category will pitch with the winner announced in plenary. Startups in this category are addressing the barriers to personalized/precision healthcare particularly focused on improving health systems and digitization of the healthcare sector.

This session will how to prepare Africa’s young people to create and leverage the future of work. Will Africa become the world’s workforce? How do we revitalize the higher education system to prepare young people to transition to employment and entrepreneurship? 

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14:00 – 15:00

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AI is now an integral part of our world. This panel will explore issues around national and regional AI strategies, AI governance, building fair & diverse AI solutions and how to deploy AI solutions and protect people’s rights. The panel will also discuss Africa’s research policy readiness to AI products. 

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Innovation Salon

Led and facilitated by CcHub and iHub, investors are invited to meet with sciencepreneurs including all the Ci2i finalists.

15:00 – 16:00

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Innovation Salon

NEF Event: A Dialogue Between Ebola Researchers

In the last ten years, Africa has experienced and is currently experiencing the worst Ebola outbreak in history. From reclaiming the discovery of the disease, confronting the need for coordinated health interventions research initiatives by African scientists, this session will discuss how Africa can be at the forefront of the end of Ebola. 

 

AIMS Event: Fostering research excellence in Mathematical Sciences in Africa

Research in mathematical science has provided the foundation for much of the innovation that exist in today’s digital world. Research excellence clusters generate knowledge which is the raw material for innovation. This event will highlight some emerging clusters outside South Africa and particularly at AIMS. The event would also consider how we develop new clusters and meaningful ways in which we connect them to effectively catalyze Africa’s transformation. 

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09:00 – 10:00

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Jesse Gitaka

Medicine

Dyllon Garth Randall

Chemical Engineering

Innovation Salon

North Africa is amongst the fastest growing tech scenes in Africa raking in record high investments and hosting the fastest growing startups on the continent. This session will introduce some of these startups and discuss how they can get more connected to other regions of Africa.

10:00 – 11:00

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Innovation Salon

Africa’s integration is heavily restricted on transport and logistics. This session will explore the innovative ways transport and logistics is being disrupted to connect Africa and to the rest of the world.

11:00 – 12:00

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Innovation Salon

This session will discuss upskilling and reskilling the current workforce and opening new opportunities for those who have been left behind by the formal education system. This will be discussed within the framework of responding to downstream innovation need

This session organized by AWARD will bring together seasoned female researchers and young researchers to look at best practices in addressing barriers to retaining women in research and improving numbers at the leadership level. The discussion will focus on examples to scale up.

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14:00 – 15:00

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Parallel Session: Who Owns Science? Reshaping the Scientific Value Chain in the 21st Century (Publishing)

This session will discuss the new era of scientific publishing, open access journals and ownership of scientific outputs and how to use published research to foster innovation.  

Parallel Session: The Future of Payments in Africa

Africa needs to achieve financial inclusion and accelerate the adoption of a cashless society, this panel will discuss the current technology disruptions in the financial sector and how Africa can maintain its momentum. 

Parallel Session: From Basic Research to the Global Elimination of Cervical Cancer

Cervical Cancer remains the major cause of cancer related death in many parts of Africa and despite the availability of effective diagnostic, vaccines and other preventative strategies there is a continuing upward trend in the numbers of cancer cases. This session we will focus on how Human Papillomaviruses are transmitted and cause cervical cancer. This will be followed by a discussion of how infection can be prevented, and how early diagnosis, particularly in low resource settings, can play a major role in the successful treatment of the disease.  

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Lucy Muchiri

Associate Professor in the Department of Human Pathology, University of Nairobi´s School of Medicine

Luisa Villa

Leader in the clinical testing of HPV vaccines

Maricianah Onono

Research Specialist with the Kenya Medical Research Institute -Research Care and Training Programme (KEMRI-RCTP)

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15:00 – 16:00

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Innovation Salon

In one of the most anticipated debates of the Innovation Salon, this session will focus on why Francophone Africa has long played catch-up with the rest of the continent’s tech ecosystems, review why some have been successful and discuss a concrete way forward.

This session will explore green mobility solutions and the policies and technologies enabling sustainable mobility in Africa including the challenges to address.

16:00 – 17:00

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The transition of African nations to industrial economies that do not produce waste and pollution will help accelerate their growth. In this session, we will discuss how Africa must design its own approach to enable bio-based industries in Africa.

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17:00 – 18:00

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Innovation Salon

The cost of failure on the continent remains relatively high amongst African innovators. This chat with seasoned entrepreneurs in Africa will explore how we can encourage entrepreneurs to innovate even after failure

Parallel Session: The Question of Quality: Models to transform Africa’s education systems

This session will explore innovative education models that already producing results in Africa and around the world and how to scale them in Africa.

 

Parallel Session: Where It Works: Policy innovations to power the transformation of Africa’s agriculture and food systems 

Energy is a key input in the food system and the basis for rural development. As demand for food grows globally, access to reliable, affordable, sustainable, and modern sources of energy will ensure that Africa’s agriculture sector can respond to growing food demand and changing diets. Africa’s energy landscape is evolving rapidly. Dedicated programs to improve access to energy over the last decade have greatly improved electricity access for millions of Africans. And although the use of energy – particularly renewable energies – in the African agriculture sector is rather new, important lessons can be learnt from successful policy and institutional innovations and interventions in several African countries. This session will focus on successful government actions and positive change that can be brought to scale across the continent to help African governments meet continental and global development targets.

 

Parallel Session: Building Clinical Trials Capacity in Africa

This session will discuss how to improve the continent’s clinical trials (of vaccines and drugs, devices etc.) capacity and how to design and fund a strong African pharmaceutical industry, focusing on the needs of African and global consumers.

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This session will address the need for a more comprehensive private sector –academia partnerships to strengthen industrial research and accelerate the school to job/business pipeline. The session will also explore barriers to strong technology transfer and effective innovation systems in Africa.

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Innovation Salon

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Scientific African Editorial Board Meeting

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NEF Event: A Dialogue Between Ebola Researchers

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14:00 – 15:00

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Parallel Sessions

  • Who Owns Science? Reshaping the Scientific Value Chain in the 21st Century  

 

  • The Future of Payments in Africa

 

 

  • Tackling Women’s Cancers

 

 

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10:00 – 11:00

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  • “The Question of Quality: Models to Transform Africa’s Education Systems”
  • “Where It Works: Adaptation of Africa’s Agriculture and Food Systems to Climate Change”
  • “Building Clinical Trials Capacity in Africa”

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Attend the largest science and innovation gathering on the African continent.