Programme 2018-08-09T08:55:16+00:00

Meet our Speakers & Moderators

With a growing list of top speakers joining us at AI Expo Africa 2018, why not join them and submit your paper today for review.  Scroll down for speaking submission guidelines & programme outline.  The final programme will be published in August.

Dr. Bitange Ndemo – Kenya

Head of Kenyan Taskforce on Blockchain & Artificial intelligence

Thabo Ndlela – South Africa

CEO Amani Business & former Chairman Westcon, CIO Sun International & CIO Tiger Brands

Tumi Menyatswe

Tumi Menyatswe – South Africa

Ecosystem Manager Silicon Cape Initiative & Founder of Minderz

Lee Naik – South Africa

CEO Transunion

Tebogo Nakampe

Tebogo Nakampe – South Africa

CEO – Africa Business Integration & Intel AI Ambassador

Zimkhita Buwa – South Africa

Chief Operating Officer at Britehouse & Director at Silicon Cape
Phathizwe Malinga

Phathizwe Malinga  – South Africa

CEO – Sqwidnet

Celina Lee

Celina Lee – South Africa

Director Ixio Analytics & ZINDI

Kobus CEO Genii Analytics

Kobus Van Der Westhuizen – South Africa

CEO Genii Analytics

Wiebke Toussaint

Wiebke Toussaint – South Africa

CEO / Co-founder Engineers Without Boarders & Data Scientist at UCT

bobby brown

Bobby Brown – South Africa

MC, Radio Host Smile 90.4FM & The iSmile Tech Report

Dr Athina Kanioura

Dr Athina Kanioura – Greece

Chief Data Scientist – Accenture Analytics

Dr Jacques Ludik – South Africa

Chairman & Founder MIIA & CEO Cortex Logic

Amelia Farber Director, Global Partnerships | Conversica

Amelia Farber – USA

Director, Global Partnerships – Conversica

Brett StClair – South Africa

CEO Siatik – One of Google’s Leading Cloud partners in Africa

Dr Caroline Belrose – South Africa

Chief Data Scientist & Managing Director at Accenture South Africa



Edward Bowora – South Africa

CEO Grace Growth

dr suemarie roodt

Dr Suemarie Roodt – South Africa

Chairperson – The Silicon Cape Initiative & Senior Lecturer – UCT

Keith Jones – South Africa

CEO SW7 – Growing the Startup Community in Africa

Chantal Louw – South Africa

Ambassador City AI, CEO Kin & Director Pint of Science SA

Jay Van Zyl – USA / South Africa

Co-Founder – ecosystem.Ai

Simon Carpenter – South Africa

Chief Technology Advisor – SAP Africa

Irene Ochem

Irene Ochem – South Africa

Founder & CEO at Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF)

Zachariah George – South Africa

Co-founder & Chief Investment Officer, Startupbootcamp Africa & CEO, Cactus Capital

Christopher Brian Currin

Christopher Brian Currin – South Africa

PhD candidate Computational Neuroscience UCT & Software / Information Architect Q Division

Aneshan Ramaloo

Aneshan Ramaloo – South Africa

Senior Business Solutions Manager, Advanced Analytics – SAS Software

John Kamara – Kenya / Nigeria / Ghana

Director of Digital Growth & Development – Global Gaming Africa

Keet Van Zyl – South Africa

CEO KNF Ventures, Partner Knife Capital, Co-founder YueDiligence & Co-founder Grindstone Accelerator

Frans Cronje – South Africa

Managing Director & Co-Founder DataProphet

Obins Choudhary – South Africa

VP Artificial Intelligence – Barclays Africa Group

peter reid

Peter Reid – South Africa

Head of Artificial Intelligence – Mint

Manish Dullabh – South Africa

Head of Artificial Intelligence – ABSA

Richard Van Der Wath PhD – South Africa

Group Chief Data Officer – MyBucks

Jannie Strydom – South Africa


Stephen Mooney – UK

Deal Makers – Global Entrepreneur Programme – UK DTI

CLEVVA CEO Ryan Falkenberg

Ryan Falkenberg – South Africa

Co Founder and CEO CLEVVA

This could be you

Click here to submit your paper today to speak at AI Expo Africa


AI ExpoAfrica 2018 Programme

The programme and exhibition will focus on real-world applications of AI in a business context including; Machine Learning (ML), Deep Learning (DL), Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Natural Language Processing (NLP), Imaging Processing, Internet of Things (IoT), Data Analytics, Ethics, home & business devices, voice interfaces, cloud platform components and APIs.

We invite speakers from all corners of the AI community, including vendors, start ups, platform providers, researchers, policy makers, investors, Government, education, service providers and sponsors to submit papers for our packed program.

Paper submission guidelines are as follows:

  • We require a title, short speaker bio, bio picture & organizational affiliation with contact details emailed in text / word format.
  • A 300 word (max) abstract summarizing your presentation in text / word format.
  • Your talk should aim to run for 40 minutes maximum and no more than 15-20 slides
  • We are also allocating a number of shorter Flash Talks of 15 minutes to allow the large number of speakers to join our community

All submissions will be reviewed by the Expo Event Panel using the following criteria

  • The presentations must be “real world” business related AI use cases, NOT a sales pitch or theoretical / academic in nature.
  • We don’t mind reference to your own company AI offerings and expertise so long as it relates to the presentation.
  • Presentations must offer meaningful insights to delegates that they can apply in their business TODAY.
  • We are particularly keen on real case studies, benefits, challenges and deployment successes of a given technology or service to a business user or process.
  • Keep language and concepts to a broadly understandable level and steer clear of complex mathematical language, equations and deep dive technical jargon.
  • Uniquely African focused uses cases and exploration of adoption of AI related technologies / challenges in Africa are encouraged.
  • All submissions will be confirmed received by email once submitted and if accepted for the programme you will be contacted by the Expo Team
  • We will issue draft programme in June

Submit your abstract for review today by clicking on the link below.

Submit your paper now

The programme runs over 3 days as follows

Sunday 9th September

  • Expo build and VIP, sponsor, press & speaker private function / opening ceremony

Monday 10th / Tuesday 11th September

Dedicated two day programme for paid delegates and workshop delegates covering;

  • Innovation
  • Real World & Case Studies
  • Technology & Platforms
  • Workshops
  • Main expo & demonstrations
  • AI.TV Media Hubb
  • Networking

Outline schedule is shown below