Quartz announces 2017 Africa Innovators winners


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.

The full list, including original illustrations made by Berjo Moudilou-Mouanga of every individual, can be viewed at qz.com/africa2017.

“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

The 2015 and 2016 Quartz Africa Innovators are showcased here and here, respectively.

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.

Since the launch of Quartz in 2012, we have focused on seismic changes to the new global economy. Africa is home to many of them: Some of the world’s fastest-growing economies, a hotbed of trade and investment, and an important global laboratory for management, mobile, and financial innovation. Readers can read Quartz Africa reporting at qz.com/africa. Readers can also sign up for the Quartz Africa Weekly Brief newsletter, for the most important and interesting news from around the continent delivered to your inbox once a week.


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