The GSMA today, 1 June 2016, announced the first speakers for the 2016 Mobile 360 Series – Africa conference, which will take place 26 to 28 July 2016 at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
“The mobile industry is playing a key role in driving digital, financial and social inclusion in many African countries by providing access to essential information and services, and Mobile 360 – Africa will convene key stakeholders to examine the practical steps needed to overcome critical roadblocks in technology, governance, business models and investment,” says Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA.
“Sub-Saharan Africa has been the fastest-growing mobile market over the last five years, both in subscribers and connections, and our research shows that it will remain so through at least 2020. It is an exciting time in Africa’s development and the dynamics of this diverse market will be reflected across the entire Mobile 360 – Africa agenda.”
At Mobile 360 – Africa, CEOs and senior executives from leading mobile companies and from players across the digital ecosystem will address the most pressing trends and issues in mobile. Speakers confirmed to present at Mobile 360 – Africa include:
Razvan Ungureanu, Chief Technical Officer, Airtel Africa
Dr Omobola Johnson, Chairperson, Alliance for Affordable Internet
Bradley Shaw, Founder, Continuum Consulting
Shiletsi Makhofane, Head of Government and Industry Relations, Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa
Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
Qiu Heng, President of Wireless Marketing Operations, Wireless Network Product Line, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.
Alice Munyua, Board of Trustees, Internet Society (ISOC)
Kwame Baah-Acheamfuor, Chairman, ITU-T Study Group 12
Ari Zlotoff, Director of Expansion, Off-Grid Electric
Christopher Richardson, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, ONEm
Arnauld Blondet, Head of Innovation, Africa and Middle East, Orange Group
Diego Gutierrez, Chief Executive Officer, MIC Tanzania (Tigo)
Ian Ferrao, CEO, Vodacom Tanzania
The event will comprise thought-provoking keynote addresses, fireside chats, and panel discussions. With the overall event theme of “Accelerating Access for All to Create a Digitally Inclusive Society”, each session will tackle a different aspect of the empowerment story, such as ‘Developing Ecosystems for Future Digital Services’, ‘Creating Opportunities for Local Content’ and much more.
The full conference agenda is available at www.mobile360series.com/africa/#agenda/.
In addition to the main conference, Mobile 360 – Africa will highlight the initiatives and activities undertaken by the GSMA Mobile for Development programme. The event will focus on the GSMA’s work to increase access to and use of life-enhancing mobile services; acceleration of socio-economic improvements for the underserved, especially women, rural and youth; and particularly digital and financial inclusion and identity for the unregistered.