Quartz announced, today, 5 May 2017, its third annual Quartz Africa Innovators honorees from the World Economic Forum Africa in Durban, South Africa.
The Quartz Africa Innovators, featuring 30 creators and leaders from 18 countries, recognizes the players driving Africa’s economic, societal and cultural transformation.
These individuals have been chosen for their groundbreaking work, thought-leading initiatives, and creative approaches to problems. The 2017 Africa Innovators List is the most varied list yet.
“Our 2017 Africa Innovators list captures the creativity and ingenuity of some of the continent’s leading minds who are intent on making a lasting and sustainable impact on their local communities and countries,” says Yinka Adegoke, Quartz Africa Editor.
“Many of these innovators are finding opportunities in developing solutions to meet some of Africa’s most intractable challenges across financial inclusion, healthcare, education, agriculture and many other fields. And, as our reporting and the efforts of many of these innovators show, these individuals are creating solutions that could help solve complex, global problems.”
The 2017 Quartz Africa Innovators feature:
Senam Beheton, founder, EtriLabs
Rapelang Rabana, creator, Rekindle Learning
Guillaume Olivier Madiba, game designer and founder, Kiro’o Games
Ahmed El Alfi, founder, Nafham
Hend Riad and Mariam Sherif, designers and creators, Plastex
Nicole Amarteifio, creator, An African City
Nana Oforiatta Ayim, artist, curator, filmmaker
Afua Osei, co-founder, She Leads Africa
Kwami Williams, founder, MoringaConnect
Joel Macharia, founder, Abacus
Chao Mbogo, mentor, activist
Geoffrey Siwo, co-founder, United Genomes Project
Chid Liberty, founder, Liberty & Justice
Karim Sy, founder, JokkoLabs
Titos Munhequete, CEO, IzyShop
Oscar Ekponimo, creator, Chowberry
Temie Giwa-Tubosun, public health entrepreneur
Yasmin Belo-Osagie, co-founder, She Leads Africa
Tayo Oviosu, founder, Paga
Bukky Shonibare, founder, Girl Child Africa
Christian Benimana, architect
Mariéme Jamme, founder, Spotone Global Solutions/Africa Gathering
Selly Raby Kane, designer
Ilwad Elman, director of programs & development, Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre
Malan and Philip Joubert, founders, SnapScan
Laduma Ngxokolo, fashion designer
Marlon Parker, founder, RLabs
Lilian Makoi, founder, Jamii
Walid Sultan Midani, founder, Digital Mania Studio
Kelly Chibale, scientist
Nontsikelelo Mutiti, graphic designer
Quartz launched its Africa vertical in 2015 with the intention of telling Africa’s stories with the same cutting-edge digital tools we harnessed for the rest of Quartz’s global coverage.
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