Speakers 2019-03-29T11:45:50+00:00

AI Expo Africa 2019 – Paper submission process

We had an impressive line up of 60+ speakers for AI Expo Africa 2018 (see list below) and our 2019 line up is going to be bigger.  If you want to submit your paper we are now open for submissions for the following tracks using the process outlined below:

  • Innovation  – New to market solutions, innovations, start-up & investor centric success stories
  • Case Studies – Real world applications and benefits of deployment in a B2B / B2C context
  • Platforms & Technology – Latest developments from global, regional & local platform providers, vendors & service providers
  • Technical Demonstrations – Dedicated, deeper dive technical demonstrations of B2B / B2C solutions hosted in the Expo “Demo Zone”

Submission process

  1. All submission must be made via email using address submitpaper@aiexpoafrica.com
  2. Format: A4 Word document with “Title” plus 150 word abstract, your name, bio pic, organisational affiliation & desired track
  3. You MUST also include your email address and telephone number
  4. The talks are aimed at business users (CxO / Analysts / Architects etc….) and a mid level technical business narrative is recommended
  5. It is assumed that delegates already understand the foundational concepts of AI / ML / DL / Data Science
  6. They must be real world in nature and offer insights to the business user as to how they can deploy / utilise / gain value in the Enterprise TODAY
  7. They MUST NOT be theoretical, abstract, purely academic or a blatant sales pitch
  8. We accept papers from all members of our community (start ups, global brands, SMBs, academic institutions, entrepreneurs, students, consultants or industry experts)
  9. Deadline for submissions is 30th May 2019

2018 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Bitange Ndemo – Kenya

Head of Kenyan Taskforce on Blockchain & Artificial intelligence

Lee Naik – South Africa

CEO Transunion

Yufeng Guo

Yufeng Guo – USA

Developer and Machine Learning Advocate, Google Cloud

Dr. Stephen G. Odaibo

Dr. Stephen G. Odaibo – Nigeria / USA


Dr Athina Kanioura

Dr Athina Kanioura – Greece

Chief Data Scientist – Accenture Analytics

Zachariah George – South Africa

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

Mauritz Kloppers

Mauritz Kloppers – South Africa

NMS Manager at MultiChoice

Brett StClair – South Africa

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

Tebogo Nakampe

Tebogo Nakampe – South Africa

CEO – Africa Business Integration & Intel AI Ambassador

2018 Panelists & Track Moderators

Keith Jones – South Africa

CEO SW7 – Growing the Startup Community in Africa

Irene Ochem

Irene Ochem – South Africa

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

bobby brown

Bobby Brown – South Africa

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

Chantal Louw – South Africa

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

Dr Jacques Ludik – South Africa

Chairman & Founder MIIA & CEO Cortex Logic

Wiebke Toussaint

Wiebke Toussaint – South Africa

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

Sabelo Myeni

Sabelo Myeni – South Africa

Head of The Mindworx Academy


Dr Caroline Belrose

Dr Caroline Belrose – South Africa

Chief Data Scientist & Managing Director at Accenture South Africa


thabo ndlela

Thabo Ndlela – South Africa

CEO, Amani Business

Tumi Menyatswe

Tumi Menyatswe – South Africa

Ecosystem Manager Silicon Cape Initiative & Founder of Minderz

Aunnie Patton Power – South Africa

Founder, Intelligent Impact. Associate Fellow, Oxford

2018 Track Speakers

Phathizwe Malinga

Phathizwe Malinga  – South Africa

CEO – Sqwidnet

Celina Lee

Celina Lee – South Africa

Director Ixio Analytics & ZINDI


Edward Bowora – South Africa

CEO Grace Growth

Deon Du Preez

Deon Du Preez – South Africa

Director Innovation SAP Division, Britehouse

Jay Van Zyl – USA / South Africa

Co-Founder – ecosystem.Ai

Simon Carpenter – South Africa

Chief Technology Advisor – SAP Africa

Amelia Farber Director, Global Partnerships | Conversica

Amelia Farber – USA

Director, Global Partnerships – Conversica

Werner Tenten

Werner Tenten – South Africa

Director of Strategic Accounts, Genii Analytics

Christopher Brian Currin

Christopher Brian Currin – South Africa

AI / Data Science Consultant

Manish Dullabh – South Africa

Head of Artificial Intelligence – ABSA

Kelly Lu – South Africa

Business Solutions Manager (Advanced Analytics), SAS

Keet Van Zyl – South Africa

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

peter reid

Peter Reid – South Africa

Head of Artificial Intelligence – Mint

Obins Choudhary – South Africa

VP Artificial Intelligence – Barclays Africa Group

Melissa Jantjies

Melissa Jantjies – South Africa

Associate Systems Engineer – SAS

Frans Cronje

Frans Cronje – South Africa

Managing Director & Co-Founder DataProphet

CLEVVA CEO Ryan Falkenberg

Ryan Falkenberg – South Africa

Co Founder and CEO CLEVVA

SG Laubscher

SG Laubscher – South Africa

Venture Capital, Private Equity & M&A Lawyer – Dommisse Attorneys

Stephen Mooney – UK

Deal Makers – Global Entrepreneur Programme – UK DTI

Elizabeth de Stadler

Elizabeth de Stadler – South Africa

Director, IAB

Jannie Strydom – South Africa


Deshen Moodley – South Africa

Deputy Director, Adaptive & Cognitive Systems, CAIR
Antoine Paillusseau

Antoine Paillusseau – South Africa

CEO, FinChat Bot
Barry Hatfield

Barry Hatfield – South Africa

Chief Digital Officer, Dimension Data (MEA)

jay shapiro

Jay Shapiro – Kenya

CEO CivTech & MuniBot

Bernardt Duvenhage

Bernardt Duvenhage – South Africa

NLP & Machine Learning Lead, Feersum Engine / Praekelt Consulting
Dries Cronje

Dries Cronje – South Africa

Founder, Deep Learning Cafe
kree govender

Kree Govender – South Africa

Senior Sales Leader – Intelligent Cloud, Microsoft South Africa

Ruaal Tromp

Ruaal Tromp – South Africa

Technical Specialist – HikVision

Benji Meltzer

Benji Meltzer – South Africa

Co-Founder & CTO, Aerobotics

Darlington Ahiale Akogo

Darlington Ahiale Akogo – Ghana

Founder, Director of AI, Deep Learning-Machine Learning, minoHealth & GUDRA

shaun dippnall

Shaun Dippnall – South Africa


Stefan Steffen – South Africa 

Lead Data Scientist, BCX

Helge Reikerås

Helge Reikerås – South Africa 

Data Scientist in Residence, OfferZen

Henk van Jaarsveld

Henk van Jaarsveld – South Africa 

Product Strategist, WhereIsMyTransport

Daren Mudaly

Daren Mudaly – South Africa 

Chief Data Architect / CoFounder, Pepper Potts

kevin derman

Kevin Derman – South Africa 

CEO, KasKade

Verushen Reddy

Verushen Reddy – South Africa 

Director: Strategy and Digital Marketing, Promise Group

Christo Rademan

Christo Rademan – South Africa 

Software Engineer, NWR InfoSecurity

oz razak

Oz Razak – South Africa 

Enterprise Lead, Linum Labs

Alex Thomson – South Africa   

Co-Founder, Naked Insurance

n viswanathan

N. Viswanathan – South Africa   

Head – AI & Cognitive Digital Solutions, LTI