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Godslove Adagbonyin
Godslove Adagbonyin

Godslove Adagbonyin is the Communications & Marketing Manager at Kirusa, which provides a variety of communication services over data networks for both consumers and enterprises.

Wedaeli Chibelushi
Wedaeli Chibelushi

Wedaeli Chibelushi is Editor of B2B magazine African Business Review. She is also a freelance journalist, with bylines in titles such as The Guardian, The Independent and VICE.

Paula Gilbert
Paula Gilbert

Award-winning journalist Paula Gilbert is Connecting Africa's Johannesburg-based editor. She has more than seven years' experience as a technology and finance journalist and business TV producer, most recently having been telecoms editor at ITWeb. Her previous roles include associate producer at Bloomberg TV Africa and assistant producer at CNBC Africa. She has an Honours degree in Journalism from South Africa's Rhodes University and won the Excellence in ICT Journalism award at the MTN Women in ICT Awards 2017.   

Gabriella Jeakins
Gabriella Jeakins

Gabriella is a Digital Content Marketer at KNect365, producing content to support the Connecting Africa event series, London Tech Week and the 5G World Series events. Her main areas of interest are emerging technologies and progress towards next-generation mobile networks.

Stacey Knott
Stacey Knott

Stacey Knott is a freelance multimedia journalist from New Zealand, currently working in West Africa. She has a strong interest in tech and agriculture, entrepreneurship, and female empowerment. 

Ray Le Maistre
Ray Le Maistre

Don't be fooled by the weird cod-French surname: Ray's as British as corned beef and bad teeth, despite affecting a sheen of Continental sophistication by his constant references to fancy-dan "proper" coffee. He's even trained as a barista, for god's sake.

Ray joined Light Reading in 2002 shortly after being shown the door and a very long corridor at Total Telecom. He has been in technology journalism since 1988, having worked at Computer Weekly, Communications WeekInternational and Communications International.

A slave to fashion, Ray is never seen in the same outfit twice. When not trawling the malls of Epsom, U.K., for the latest in skinny jeans and what-have-you, Ray is often to be heard banging on about SPIT (Service Provider Information Technology), which is also known as TATRTCA (The Acronym That Refuses To Catch On).

As a soccer nut, Ray likes nothing better than cheap jibes about Manchester United. If you bump into him at a trade show, be sure to make some remark about prawn-sandwich-eating supporters or similar – he'll love it!

Rachael McKie
Rachael McKie

Rachael is a Marketing Assistant on the Connecting Africa portfolio, currently providing support to both the content and campaign marketing teams.

Anne Morris
Anne Morris

Anne Morris is a freelance journalist, editor and translator. She has been working in the telecommunications sector since 1996, when she joined the London-based team of Communications Week International as copy editor. Over the years she held the editor position at Total Telecom Online and Total Tele-com Magazine, eventually leaving to go freelance in 2010. Now living in France, she writes for a number of titles and also provides research work for analyst companies.

Iain Morris
Iain Morris

Iain Morris joined Light Reading as News Editor at the start of 2015 -- and we mean, right at the start. His friends and family were still singing Auld Lang Syne as Iain started sourcing New Year's Eve UK mobile network congestion statistics.

Prior to boosting Light Reading's UK-based editorial team numbers (he is based in London, south of the river), Iain was a successful freelance writer and editor who had been covering the telecoms sector for the past 15 years. His work has appeared in publications including The Economist (classy!) and The Observer, besides a variety of trade and business journals. He was previously the lead telecoms analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit, and before that worked as a features editor at Telecommunications magazine. Iain started out in telecoms as an editor at consulting and market-research company Analysys (now Analysys Mason).

Emily Parrett
Emily Parrett

Emily is a Digital Content Marketer for Informa Tech.

Bradley Shaw
Bradley Shaw

Cape Town native Bradley Shaw has fast established himself as one of the leading business development professionals in the African telecoms, media and technology (TMT) sector – specializing in SMEs and startups with unique offerings. Bradley's experience spans the African continent, with a proven track record of increasing revenues for every brand and product he has represented. Bradley is one of a handful of Africans who are regularly asked to play a prominent role in industry events and initiatives like AfricaCom, and the GSMA's Mobile World Congress, Mobile 360 Africa and the Global Mobile Awards. In fact he has advised both the GSMA and Informa on their strategies for African events, both locally and internally. 

Wei Shi
Wei Shi

Wei Shi is the Intelligence Content Manager at Telecoms.com, one of Connecting Africa's sister publications for the global communications networking and services sector. Wei has close to two decades' experience in the ICT industries in Asia and Europe, both on the corporate side and on the professional service side. His former employers include Nokia and Strategy Analytics. Wei enjoys reading all kinds of books in different languages and having intelligent conversations with all sorts of people.

Tim Skinner
Tim Skinner

Tim is a freelancer at Connecting Africa, bringing to the community several years of experience as an editor at Telecoms.com, where he focused on the latest activities in the telecoms and technology industries. While at Telecoms.com, Tim mainly focused on delivering a broad array of client content, from white papers to research surveys, with a dash of video and radio thrown in for good measure.

Amy Turner
Amy Turner

Amy is the Site Editor at Connecting Africa, producing digital content to support the AfricaCom and Com Series of events. A South African native, her main areas of interest lie in African innovation, socio-economic development and the opportunities tech and telco can provide in connecting the last mile. Amy has a great deal of experience producing a wide range of digital and multimedia content and oversees all content production for Com Series, including its amplification over various social channels.

Guy Zibi
Guy Zibi

Guy Zibi is Founder and Managing Director of Xalam Analytics, a research and analytics joint venture with Light Reading LLC focused on Africa/Middle East ICT and enterprise markets. Guy has more than a decade-long experience in researching and analyzing the business of technology in developed and developing economies around the world. He was previously Co-Founder and Managing Director with AfricaNext Investment Research, an Africa-focused telecom equity research firm, where he led financial analysis on African technology assets and managed projects around carrier due diligence, wholesale capacity markets and new carrier models. Guy is widely recognized as a foremost expert in TMT markets in growth economies. In prior years, Guy was Head of Pyramid Research's Global Consulting Practice and Director of EMEA Research. In those roles, Guy managed a team of consultants tasked with developing and executing the company's research into new technologies and innovative business models at a global level (Cloud, OTT, VoIP, enterprise, infrastructure bandwidth, mobile profitability in emerging markets). He also acted as the lead consultant for due diligence projects in Africa/Middle East on the buy and lending sides, spearheading financial and operational due diligence projects on the operations of fiber, mobile, fixed and Internet services providers in emerging markets.

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Webinars
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
02:00 PM South Africa Standard Time

Session One

African Telecoms Outlook 2020
Date: 08/18/20 @ 2:00 P.M. SAST

Speaker: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

This year did not begin the way most people expected it to, so what does the future of the telecoms sector look like in Africa in 2020? In this Connecting Africa online event, local analysts and industry stakeholders will discuss what African operators’ priorities for the year should be and the most significant market trends expected to dominate in 2020.

  • Will MNOs focus on sweating their current assets rather than investing in new technologies like 5G?
  • What impact will COVID-19 have on the continent’s networks?
  • What are the hot market trends in Africa when it comes to voice, data and mobile financial services?
  • Diversification strategies: entering adjacent markets; MVNO sub-brands; cost consolidation
  • How are companies unlocking rural connectivity as a growth driver?

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM BREAK

Session Two

Exploring the Value of 5G in Africa
Date 08/18/20 @ 3:30 P.M. SAST
Platinum Sponsor: Huawei

Speaker: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

The majority of 5G in Africa is still in the testing stage. However, as operators prepare their networks for the technology jump, what strategies are they deploying to ensure they gain the full value that 5G can offer Africa? This digital symposium will give you an insight into the opportunities and challenges facing Africa’s 5G rollout, with some country specific case studies unpacked.

  • How 5G-ready is African enterprise?
  • Is 5G a priority for in Africa, should it be? Or can operators and businesses focus on growing their 3G and 4G networks for enterprise instead?
  • What are the most significant enterprise business applications for 5G deployment on the continent, and where can 5G facilitate IoT applications?
  • Africa’s 5G readiness: infrastructure lag, transition from 2, 3 & 4G
  • Which development strategies are being implemented to bring 5G to the African enterprise markets?


Thursday, August 20, 2020
02:00 PM South Africa Standard Time

Session One

Mobile Money 2.0: the Bright Future of Mobile Financial Service Innovation
Date: 08/20/20 @ 2:00 P.M. SAST

Speaker: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

Africa was the birthplace of Mobile Money and while it continues to rise in popularity, the industry is quickly evolving and launching more mobile-based financial services every day. In this Connecting Africa online event, local analysts and industry stakeholders will discuss how telcos are disrupting the financial services space and what the rise of Mobile Money 2.0 will look like for Africa.

  • From cash to mobile: heading towards a cashless society
  • Expanding MFS offerings beyond mobile money transfers
  • MNOs vs banks vs fintechs: an evolving competitive landscape
  • Unconnected and unbanked: fintech to improve financial inclusion
  • The rise of micro-loans and insurance through mobile platforms

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM BREAK

Session Two

Connecting the Next Billion: Strategies for Getting Africa On-Grid
Date 08/20/20 @ 3:30 P.M. SAST

Speaker: Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

Africa has the fastest growing population in the world and also the youngest, with 60% of Africans under the age of 25. It is clear that the next billion connected are going to be the mobile-only generation. This digital symposium will bring industry experts together to discuss Africa’s digital divide and how to get devices into the hands of young Africans and empower them to join the digital revolution.

  • Who’s Driving? The role of government & regulator, private tech companies, and public-private partnerships
  • Device affordability: are we reaching a tipping point?
  • Status check: Satellite vs Fiber and the enduring infrastructure gap
  • Exploring the wider societal and economic benefits of a connected, digitally literate continent


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