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

The speaker submission process for AI Expo Africa 2021 is now OPEN. As with previous years our speaking programme is broken down into the following 4 themes / tracks;


Talks that showcase new applications, research and innovation in 4IR technologies 


Talks leveraging commercial software platforms, cloud, RPA, bespoke or Open Source 


Talks showcasing real-world business, societal or AI 4 Good use cases


Deeper dive tech demos that are more hands on and technically complex

Talks are delivered online, pre-recorded “as live” and delegates will have the chance to interact with speakers live via Q&A chat functionality, live speaker lounge, live networking lounge or back at the vendor e-booth via video chat. Even if you miss a talk – don’t worry!  All talks are archived and so you can watch them at any time 24/7 for 30 days.

Submission process & key dates

  • We normally receive in excess of 160+ submissions per year for 80 speaking slots and we do have a reserve list.
  • The initial list of 20 speakers will be notified in April 2021 with the final tranche of 60 speakers notified in July 2021.
  • Once your speaking slot is confirmed you will be required to send us your talk as a pre-corded 30 minute long presentation in MP4 format
  • All talk files must be submitted for upload no later than August 13th 2021
  • Submissions that are none compliant will be rejected
  • Click the button below to submit your abstract TODAY
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The 2020 Speaker Line-up

We had a truly diverse mix of local, regional and global thought leaders with a senior level opening plenary session including ministerial, ambassadorial, academic and industry representation.

Our speakers covered a big set of subjects ranging from synthetic agents, ethics, fraud, SDLC, healthcare, banking, smart cities, RPA, Government policy, talent acquisition, quantum computing, chatbots and customer service to name but a few.  When you join the show you can configure your own bespoke agenda so you maximise your time with the people you want to meet and talk to.

  • Hon Minister Thembisile Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams – Dept Communications, Telecommunications & Postal Services, South Africa
  • Hon Minister David Maynier – Western Cape Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, South Africa
  • Ambassador – French Embassy in South Africa
  • Ambassador – Swiss Embassy in South Africa
  • Ambassador – Netherlands Embassy in South Africa
  • Prof Tshilidzi Marwala – Vice-Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg & Deputy Chair Presidential 4IR Commission, South Africa
  • Olubayo Adekanmbi – CTO MTN Nigeria & Founder Data Science Nigeria – Africa and AI : Counting what counts
  • Rudeon Snell – Senior Director – Intelligent Enterprise Solutions, SAP – Bias in AI – Understanding and managing the risks
  • Kay Firth Butterfield – Head of AI, World Economic Forum – Governance and the great RESET
  • Michael Langeveld – Vice President Europe, Huawei – Building Inclusive AI

AI Expo Africa 2020 Speakers

Hon Minister Thembisile Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams – South Africa

Dept Communications, Telecommunications & Postal Services, SA

Prof Tshilidzi Marwala – South Africa

Vice Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg

Hon Minister David Maynier – South Africa

Western Cape Provincial Government – Finance and Economic Opportunities

Ambassador Han Peters – Netherlands

Dutch Ambassador – South Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ambassador Aurelien Lechevallier – France

French Ambassador in South Africa

Ambassador Dr Nicolas Bruhl – Switzerland

Swiss Ambassador in South Africa

Dr Bayo Adekanmbi – Nigeria

CTO MTN & Founder Data Science Nigeria

Kay Firth Butterfield – USA

Head of AI, World Economic Forum

Rudeon Snell – South Africa

Global Senior Director – Industries & Customer Advisory, SAP

Michael Langeveld – South Africa

Vice President – Huawei SA

Fred Werner ITU

Fred Werner – Switzerland

Head, Strategic Engagement Division (TSB) at International Telecommunication Union

Guy Kirkwood – UK

Chief Evangelist – UiPath

Greg Newton – South Africa

Africa Sales Director – Blue Prism SA

Andre Sankar – South Africa

Head RPA COE – Nedbank

Mohammad Albataineh – Canada

Global Director Artificial Intelligence – Microsoft

Karim Beguir InstaDeep

Karim Beguir – Tunisia

CEO – InstaDeep

Monica Livingston – USA

AI Sales & STEM Education Advocate – Intel

Radhika Anand – USA

Strategic Alliances & AI Programs – Intel

Greg McDonald – South Africa

Systems Engineering Director – Dell Technologies

Kate Kallot – UK

Director, AI & Machine Learning – Arm

Neil Sahota – USA

UN AI Advisor & Chief Innovation Officer, University of California

Alison B Lowndes – UK


Lenore Kerrigan – South Africa

Head of Sales SA – UiPath

Darlington Ahiale Akogo

Darlington Akogo – Ghana

CEO KaraAgro AI, MinoHealth AI Labs & Runmila AI Institute

CLEVVA CEO Ryan Falkenberg

Ryan Falkenberg – South Africa


CEO KaraAgro AI, MinoHealth AI Labs & Runmila AI Institute

Gregg Barrett – South Africa

CEO, Cirrus AI

John Kamara – Kenya

CEO Afyarekod

Alex Tsado – USA

Co-founder Alliance for AI

Johan Hattingh – South Africa

Assistant Manager – Deloitte

Jan Krynauw – South Africa

CEO, Alis_

George Thomas – South Africa

Business Development Director – Huawei

Renée Cummings – USA

Criminologist & AI Ethicist, Columbia University

Celina Lee

Celina Lee – South Africa

Director Ixio Analytics & ZINDI

Dr Mark Nasila – South Africa

Chief Analytics Officer: FNB Chief Risk Office, FNB

Victor Riparbelli – UK

CEO, Synthesia

Kimara Naicker – South Africa

PhD Researcher, Quantum Research Group, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Jamie Peers – South Africa

Business Development Director, Synatic

Nazareen Ebrahim – South Africa

AI researcher, Socially Acceptable

Hardus Swanepoel – South Africa

Data Engineer, DotModus

Tshepo Moagi – South Africa

Data Scientist, Anglo American

Daniel Wertheimer – South Africa

Data Scientist, Absa

Mustapha Zaouini

Mustapha Zaouini – South Africa

CEO Fliptin

Antoine Paillusseau – South Africa

Co-founder / CEO, FinChatBot

Mutembei Kariuki – Kenya

Co-founder & CEO, Fastagger

Neil Rankin – South Africa

Data Scientist/Economist – Predictive Insights

Marc Emert – South Africa

Customer Experience – Solution Sales, SAP

Pieter van Eyssen – UK

Principal Solution Consultant, Genesys

Marais Neethling – South Africa

Customer Experience Lead, Synthesis Software Technologies

McElory Hoffmann – South Africa

CEO, Praelexis

Tumelo Setlaba – South Africa

Head of Operations & Training, Enlabeler

Even Oldridge – Canada

Sr. Manager, Recommender Systems, NVIDIA

Simon Jagers – Netherlands

Founder Semiotic Labs

Sumanth Vakada – USA

CEO, Qualetics Data Machines

Loretta Cheeks – USA

CEO, DS Innovation

Dalith Steiger – Switzerland

Co-founder, SwissCognitive

Minda Marshall – South Africa

Co-director, Lectorsa

Nella Oluoch – Kenya

CEO Keypetbooks

Kathryn Malherbe – South Africa

CEO, Medical AI solutions

Anni Toner – South Africa

CEO, The Data Shack Group

Andre Blaauw – South Africa

Associate Director, PwC

Shaun Moore – USA

CEO, Trueface

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Kevin Derman – South Africa

CEO – Kaskade Cloud

Nelson Aseka – Kenya

CEO, AIfluence

Gift Lubele – South Africa

COO, Kudoti

Ronnie Toerien – South Africa

HCM Development & Strategy Leader – Africa, Oracle Corporation

Lebogang Martins – South Africa

Smart building IoT Project Manager, IoTnxt

Merelda Wu – South Africa

Lead Data Scientist, Melio Consulting

Hatem Haddad – Tunisia

Co-Founder, CTO and R&D Director, iCompass

Gideon Onyewuenyi – Nigeria 

Machine Learning Engineer, Pyloop

Kais MEJRI – Tunisia

General Director of innovation & Technology development, Ministry of industry and SME’s

Rudradeb Mitra – Poland

Founder, Omdena Inc

Ati Ngubevana – South Africa

Group Executive Head of Department – Digital Progress Re-engineering, Vodacom

Naomi Molefe – South Africa

Strategic Sourcing and Research Specialist, Women in Big Data SA

Tokologo Phetla – South Africa

MD, Christopher Africa

Ronald Du Toit – South Africa

Data Scientist, Allan Gray

Knut Hinkelmann – Switzerland

Head of Intelligent Information Systems Research Group, FHNW University

Johan Steyn – South Africa

Senior Manager, IQbusiness

Thavash Govender – South Africa

Data and AI Specialist Lead, Microsoft, South Africa

Stephan Eyeson – UK & South Africa

CEO, Survey54

Bonaventure Dossou – Germany

Researcher Jacobs University

Chris Emezue – Germany

Researcher TUM, Germany

Eija-Leena Koponen – Finland

AI Lead, SomeBuddy

Ali Srour

Ali Srour – Germany

CEO, Chief Data Scientist and AI Strategist, SocialLab

Erhica Korf – South Africa

Machine Learning Developer, Specno

Chasity Wright – USA

Founder, Infiltron Software Suite

Amit Varma – Canada

CEO, Braintoy


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