The Global AI Revolution:
Steps to Ethically Utilize AI to Address the Climate Crisis in Africa

As we continue to face the challenges of climate change, the role of artificial intelligence (AI) has become increasingly important. The global AI revolution has the potential to help us better understand the complex interplay of climate systems and human behavior, thereby enabling us to make data-driven decisions that can mitigate the impacts of climate change. For example, AI can be used to analyze satellite imagery and data to monitor changes in temperature, sea levels, and vegetation patterns (World Economic Forum, 2021). It can also be used to optimize energy systems and reduce carbon emissions. By harnessing the power of AI, we can work towards a more sustainable future for our planet.

How can artificial intelligence be utilized to better understand the impact of human behavior on climate change? What are some examples of sustainable technologies that can be developed with the help of AI? In what ways can governments, industry leaders, and scientific communities collaborate to maximize the potential of AI in mitigating the effects of climate change? How do we ensure that AI is used ethically, inclusively, and safely to solve the climate crisis in Africa?
This session centers around exploring the potential applications of cutting-edge artificial intelligence technologies to tackle the pressing issues of climate change. It will delve into how AI can be leveraged to combat the detrimental consequences climate change has on our planet and discuss the various eco-friendly strategies and approaches that can be employed toward this goal.

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Hugh Molotsi

President and CTO BuyNothing Project (Moderator)

Hugh Molotsi is the President and CTO of BuyNothing, a gift economy platform. Hugh is a seasoned product and technology leader with over 30 years of experience developing global solutions for small businesses and consumers. Hugh is an accomplished innovator and has helped launch several disruptive products. He has expertise in leadership development and digital transformation and has led diversity and inclusion initiatives. Hugh had a 22-year career at Intuit where his last position was Engineering Fellow and Vice President of Innovation. In 2011, Hugh became the first recipient of Intuit’s Founders Innovation Award for his contributions helping launch Intuit’s payments business. Hugh serves on the boards of Barloworld (BAW:SJ) and the Mozilla Corporation.

Paul Belknap

Paul Belknap

Director, Impact Investing at the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University

Paul Belknap is a seasoned impact investor with over 10 years of experience in the social enterprise space. He is currently Director of Impact Investing at the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University, where he leads fundraising and investment activities for Miller Center Capital and provides investment readiness and fundraising support for social enterprises. He is also on the Stewardship Group of Pollinate Impact. Prior to joining the Miller Center, Paul was the Co-Founder of Monarch Parents, a venture funded maternal health tech company. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Villgro Africa, where he led the improvement of diligence and portfolio management processes. In addition, Paul has held investment roles at Villgro Innovations Foundation and Menterra Venture Advisors. Paul holds an MBA from the Smeal College of Business at Penn State, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Gonzaga University. He is passionate about using his skills and experience to help social entrepreneurs build successful businesses that make a positive impact on the world.

John Kamara

John Kamara

AI Centre of Excellence Nairobi

John Kamara is a Pan-Africa smart technology thought leader, investor, and technology entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in business growth and market expertise. As the CEO and co-founder of Adanian Labs, he has a mission to actuate the tech revolution in Africa by investing in and building tech ventures, building smart technology capacity, launching tech tools to impact multiple sectors, and helping tech companies scale across the continent. John's expertise spans AI, blockchain, IoT, and smart technologies, and he has successfully delivered multi-million dollar global initiatives and projects both online and offline in corporate and government sectors in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Deirdre White

Deirdre White

CEO, Pyxera Global

Deirdre White, a globally recognized leader in building tri-sector partnerships to address the world’s most pressing challenges, is president and CEO of  Pyxera Global. Deirdre’s expertise spans private, public, and social sector experiences. Her social sector tenure at Pyxera Global is complemented by early career roles at the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)  and American Councils. She has also served on the Boards of Directors of the  Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA), the US Center for Citizen  Diplomacy, and IMPACT2030. She currently serves on the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Advisory Council and on the Leadership Council for Better World Leadership.


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