The Role of Tech & Connectivity in Africa

Technology has been playing a critical role in our lives for decades and is now also playing a key role in climate adaptation measures. Many of these solutions are innovative, low-cost and easy to access; however, one-third of the world still lacks access to the internet and many have low digital and tech literacy skills. This is particularly the case in rural and remote communities, who can often be the most vulnerable to climate change. 

In this session, we hear from entrepreneurs, development actors and community leaders using technology in unique ways to adapt to climate change. We explore the role of tech and connectivity in climate change, and particularly how they are helping to reach and support remote rural communities in Africa. We take a look at the resources available to these communities and the digital solutions providing them access to conversations and innovations helping them to adapt to climate change. 

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Uzodinma Iweala

Uzodinma Iweala

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), The Africa Center (Moderator)

Uzodinma Iweala is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and medical doctor. As the CEO of The Africa Center, he is dedicated to promoting new narratives about Africa and its Diaspora. Uzodinma was the CEO, Editor-In-Chief, and co-Founder of Ventures Africa magazine, a publication that covers the evolving business, policy, culture, and innovation spaces in Africa. His books include Beasts of No Nation, a novel released in 2005 to critical acclaim and adapted into a major motion picture; Our Kind of People, a non-fiction account of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria released in 2012; and Speak No Evil (2018), a novel about a queer first-generation Nigerian-American teen living in Washington, D.C. 

Brian Bell

Brian Bell

Board President and Head of Business, A2SV

Adopted at birth, Brian has always understood the limitations and opportunities that are defined by geography. In his career, he has sought to contribute to and create digital solutions that enable people, workers, and ideas to overcome geographic limitations. He spent many years at Upwork, helping grow it to the world's largest work marketplace. More recently, his attention has shifted to more focused communities within Security and Legal. Having been the Board President for A2SV since 2021, in 2024 he will take a more active role. His aim is to utilize digital marketplaces and online communities to unlock new opportunities for African talent, fostering growth and innovation.

Rohit Jain

CIO, Harvard Business School Alumni Association

Rohit is the CIO for Harvard Business School Alumni Association and serves on the Advisory Board. In addition to his CIO responsibilities, Rohit is an investor / advisor at the Harvard Business School Angels, advisor at the Harvard New Venture Contest and a Mentor at the Innovation Lab, Harvard University. He serves on the Harvard Business Review Advisory board and is frequently quoted in Forbes. He is an alum of Harvard Business School.He is also the Vice President of Technology, Applications and Analytics at iRhythm (Nasdaq: IRTC) a digital healthcare company redefining the way cardiac arrhythmias are clinically diagnosed by combining wearable biosensing technology with deep machine-learning capabilities.

Yeukai Mlambo

Yeukai Mlambo

Arizona State University

Yeukai Angela Mlambo (PhD) is Executive Director of Africa Initiatives in the office of Global Academic Initiatives at Arizona State University, and Assistant Research Professor at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU. Her administrative portfolio encompasses advancing the university's African initiatives and strategy, and overseeing various EdTech projects, scholarships, and programs. Her academic scholarship is focused on transforming higher education leadership by emphasizing access, inclusivity, and equity for historically marginalized groups. She brings a wealth of strategic, operational, and relational expertise across educational and international development sectors.


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