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.
  • DEADLINE: The submission process closes 15th July 2021
  • The initial list of 20 speakers will be notified in May 2021 with the final tranche of 60 speakers notified early August 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 6th 2021
  • Submissions that are none compliant will be rejected
  • Click the button below to submit your abstract TODAY
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The 2021 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 2021 Speakers

Hon Minister Thembisile Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

Dept Communications, Telecommunications & Postal Services, SA

South Africa

Prof Tshilidzi Marwala

Vice Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg

South Africa

Kate Kallot

Head of Emerging Markets – Nvidia


Ambassador Dr Nicolas Brühl

Swiss Ambassador in South Africa


John Kamara

CEO - Afyarekod


Kay Firth Butterfield

Head of AI, World Economic Forum


Dr Bayo Adekanmbi

CTO MTN & Founder Data Science Nigeria



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


Fred Werner ITU

Fred Werner

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


Karim Beguir

CEO – InstaDeep


Neil Sahota

UN AI Advisor & Chief Innovation Officer, University of California


Alison B Lowndes



Darlington Ahiale Akogo

Darlington Akogo

CEO KaraAgro AI, MinoHealth AI Labs & Runmila AI Institute


Alex Tsado

Co-founder Alliance for AI


Mustapha Zaouini

Mustapha Zaouini

CEO Fliptin

South Africa

Tumelo Setlaba

Head of Operations & Training, Enlabeler

South Africa

Andre Blaauw

Associate Director, PwC

South Africa

Thavash Govender

AI Lead - Microsoft

South Africa

Naomi Molefe

Strategic Sourcing and Research Specialist, Women in Big Data SA

South Africa

Celina Lee

Celina Lee

Director Ixio Analytics & ZINDI

South Africa

Gregg Barrett

CEO, Cirrus AI

South Africa


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