AI Expo Africa 2023

Connecting local, regional & global 4IR thought leadership across Africa

2nd – 3rd November

Sandton Convention Centre, JHB, South Africa

As with previous years our speaking programme is broken down into the following 4 tracks with a wide range of global, regional and local presenters, panels and keynotes.


Talks showcasing research, innovation, standards, ethics, policy & governance


Talks on platforms, tools & business process change utilising AI / IA / RPA or bespoke solutions


Talks showcasing real-world business, societal or AI 4 Good use cases focusing on lessons learned & best practice


Deeper dive demos with a focus on the technical complexity of new & emerging 4IR technologies

Themes, Submission Process & Dates


  • Machine / Deep Learning Business Solutions
  • RPA / Intelligent Automation
  • Chatbots / Conversational AI
  • Big Data / Data Ops / Analytics
  • Cloud / Data Centre / Storage / Super Computing
  • ML Ops / ML Commons
  • Security / DevSecOps
  • IoT / 5G / Mobile / Edge
  • Smart Devices / Hardware
  • Autonomous Systems / Industrial Robots
  • AR / VR / Mixed Reality
  • Creative Media / Generative AI
  • Training / Education & Skills
  • Women & Youth in AI
  • Applied University R&D
  • AI4Good / Ethics / Privacy / Standards / Regulation & Policy
  • Smart Cities / Smart Society & Smart Citizen
  • National AI Strategies / Community Building

Submission Process & Dates

  • DEADLINE – Call for speakers OPENS 17th January 2023 & CLOSES 30th September 2023
  • We normally receive in excess of 200+ submissions per year so get yours in EARLY!
  • DO NOT make your presentation overtly “sales” orientated – Submissions that are none compliant will be rejected
  • Ensure you can commit & travel to the event – THIS IS AN IN-PERSON ONLY EVENT !!
  • We DO NOT PAY speakers AND DO NOT cover travel or accommodation costs – you must have a visa prior to submission!
  • The initial list of speakers will be notified in August 2023
  • The final speaker list will be issued October 2023
  • Once your speaking slot is confirmed you will be notified of the talk slot / date & time
  • There is a reserve list as we do get cancellations 
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Check out the amazing speakers that joined us in 2022

In 2022 we were again being joined by a truly diverse mix of local, regional and global thought leaders including ministerial, ambassadorial, academic and industry representation.  Our speakers covered a wide range of disciplines and subjects, including; Enterprise case studies, tech demonstrations, regulation, ethics, healthcare, banking, smart cities, RPA, Government policy, national strategy, talent acquisition, chatbots, analytics, development frameworks and CX / UI / UX to name but a few.

AI Expo Africa 2022 Speakers, Panelists & Moderators

Emma Theofelus

Deputy Minister: Ministry of Information and Communication Technology in the Republic of Namibia


Véronique Haller

Deputy Head of Mission: Embassy of Switzerland to South Africa

South Africa

Reevana Balmahoon

AI&XR Research Lead: CSIR

South Africa

Joris Cyizere

Ag. Managing Director: Centre for the 4th Industrial Revolution Rwanda


Monica Livingston

AI Solutions and Sales Director: Intel Corporation

United States

Ntsibane Ntlatlapa

Centre Head: C4IR South Africa

South Africa

Deshni Govender

Country Advisor: FAIR Forward - Artificial Intelligence for All: GIZ

South Africa

Takalani Madzhadzhi

CEO and Founder: Ashanti AI

South Africa

Wei Xiao

AI in Emerging Areas: Nvidia


Nathan-Ross Adams

Data and tech lawyer: Michalsons

South Africa

Naomi Molefe

Strategic Sourcing and Research Specialist, Women in Big Data SA

South Africa

Lorhan Caproni

Cofounder & CEO: BotCity


Esther Hoogstad

CEO: Enlabeler

The Netherlands / South Africa

Tawanda Ewing

Machine Learning Engineer: Deep Learning Cafe

South Africa

Tholang Mathopa

Founder & CEO: Leriba AI

South Africa

Kgosi Molefe

Lead Resilience Engineering: Standard Bank South Africa

South Africa

Janet Sawari

CEO/ Founder: The AI Review

South Africa

Nikhil Ranchod

CTO: Ctrl Robotics

South Africa

Ayisha Piotti

Director of AI Policy, Center for Law & Economics, ETH Zurich: ETH Zurich


Islam Zeidan

MEA Data & AI Executive: IBM


Rumbidzai Shumba

Senior Legal Counsel: ABSA

South Africa

Walter Riviera

AI - Technical Specialist EMEA Lead: Intel Corporation


Shamira Ahmed

Technical Advisor - Data Economy: GIZ

Ali Srour

CEO, Chief Data Scientist: SocialLab


Nazareen Ebrahim

Founder/CEO: Socially Accceptable

South Africa

Stephen Ozoigbo

Senior Director, Emerging Economies: Arm Ltd


Estelle Lubbe

Co-founder and CxO: The Awareness Company

South Africa

Keith Jones

Founder: Sw7

South Africa

Mmabatho Mokiti

CEO: Mathemaniacs

South Africa

Ekow Duker

co-Founder: Zindi

South Africa

Chantalle ten Napel Wilson

CEO: GoodBuyCar (div of Virtual Drive)

South Africa

Justice Chikomba

Chief Executive Officer: Analytics Hive

South Africa

Brent Davidoff

Head of Network Experience: Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

South Africa

Thabang Mathonsi

Lead Data Scientist: Ozow

South Africa

Daniel Wertheimer

Lead Data Scientist: Absa

South Africa

Ridha Moosa

Head of Operations: Enlabeler

South Africa

Bryan McLachlan

Managing Director-Africa: CyborgIntell

South Africa

Thembani Phaweni

Head of Product: Izwe (Partnership between Telkom and Enlabeler)

South Africa

Peter Ing

Founder: Ingenuity IoT Pty LTD

South Africa

Arnu Pretorius

Research Scientist: InstaDeep

South Africa

Sylvester Albanie

Investment Principal: Hlayisani Capital

South Africa

Frederic Werner

Head, Strategic Engagement: United Nations ITU


Roy Forbes

Senior Researcher: Wits University

Andre Blaauw

Data Science Lead: JD Group

South Africa

Greg Desilla

Head: Machine Learning and AI: Melio AI

South Africa

Stefan Steffen

Executive: Data Science: Telkom

South Africa

Neil Rankin

CEO: Predictive Insights

South Africa

Cobus Greyling

Conversational AI Analyst: Private

South Africa

Francesco Petruccione

Prof: National Institute for Theoretical Physics and Computational Sciences

South Africa

Kim Ormiston

Data Architect: Pure Storage

South Africa

Pierre le Roux

Chief Marketing Officer: Spatialedge & Pepkor

South Africa

Chayan Bhattacharyay

Founder and CEO: HyperCAP

South Africa

Christiaan Kriel

Cluster Executive - Automation: iOCO

South Africa

Jay Van Zyl

VP: ecosystem.Ai

USA and South Africa

Gregg Barrett

CEO, Cirrus AI

South Africa

Axel Tidemann

Machine Learning Manager: Takealot

South Africa

Herman Myburgh

Head - Metaverse Research Unit: University of Johannesburg

South Africa

Morgan Malyon

Executive Product Manager/Senior Solution's Manager: Huawei Enterprise Technologies at Mustek Limited

South Africa

Dr Nick Bradshaw

CEO: AI Media Group

South Africa

AI Expo Africa is proudly partnering with AIESEC – A global platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. AIESEC are a non-political, independent, not-for-profit organization run by students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education. Together we are helping develop leadership and management skills for young people to progress their careers. 


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