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 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.
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.
Fiona is the Editorial Director at Light Reading.
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 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
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 is a Marketing Assistant on the Connecting Africa portfolio, currently providing support to both the content and campaign marketing teams.
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 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 is a Digital Content Marketer for Informa Tech.
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 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 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 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 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.
Kenya and Ghana have the second and third highest mobile payment rates after global leader China, according to a new report from Boston Consulting Group.
Vodafone is not ready to call it quits on plans to sell its 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt to Saudi Telecom Company (STC).
Safaricom is launching an M-Pesa 'super-app' which will let SMEs create their own business apps within the mobile money ecosystem, according to CIO, George Njuguna, who was speaking at East Africa Com.
Communications Authority of Kenya's Mercy Wanjau told East Africa Com digital economies must have progressive policy and regulation on spectrum, data protection and digital taxation.
Space in Africa founder, Temidayo Oniosun, shares his views on the challenges and opportunities in the African space and satellite industry.
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Thursday, August 20, 2020
11:00 A.M. South Africa Standard Time
Mobile Money 2.0: the Bright Future of Mobile Financial Service Innovation
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.
12:15 P.M. - 12:30 P.M. BREAK
Connecting the Next Billion: Strategies for Getting Africa On-Grid
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.
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