17 African government reps to attend Innovation Africa Summit 2016


The Innovation Africa Summit 2016, Africa’s leading annual Education and ICT forum, has to date received confirmations from 17 high-level delegates and speakers from Africa who are set to attend the event alongside their Kenyan counterparts. The event is being held for the first time in Nairobi, Kenya and is set to take place from September 20 – 22, 2016 at Safari Park Hotel.

The summit is being held in the country under the official patronage of the Kenyan Ministry of Education, Science & Technology and hosted by Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i.

The list of 17 dignitaries confirmed so far include the following:

  • Maria Augusta da Silva Martins – Angola State Secretary for Innovation in Higher Education
  • Dr JanvièreNdirahisha – Burundi Minister of Education, Higher Education & Scientific Research
  • Zacharie Perevet – Cameroon Minister of Employment & Vocational Training,
  • Bruno Nabagne Kone – Cote d’Ivoire Minister of Post and ICT
  • Cesar Augusto MbaAbogo – Equatorial Guinea Secretary of State, Ministry for Program Monitoring of Equatorial Guinea Horizon 2020
  • Rufino Ovono Ondo – Equatorial Guinea Secretary of State, Ministry of Technology and Telecommunications
  • Shiferaw Shigute – Ethiopia Minister of Education
  • Aboubacar Senghore – Gambia Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science & Technology
  • Khotso Letsatsi – Lesotho Minister of Communications, Science & Technology
  • Dr Mahali Phamotse – Lesotho Minister of Education & Training
  • George Werner – Liberia Minister of Education
  • Prof Anthony Anwukah – Nigeria Minister of State Federal Ministry of Education
  • Mary Teuw Niane – Senegal Minister of Higher Education & Research
  • Michael Makuei Lueth – South Sudan Minister of ICT
  • John Phiri – Zambia Minister of General Education
  • Prof Jonathan Moyo – Zimbabwe Minister of Higher & Tertiary Education, Science & Technology Development
  • Paul Mavima – Zimbabwe Deputy Minister of Primary & Secondary Education

The summit has gained the support and endorsement of officials from over 35 African countries and these numbers are primed to improve this year. The summit has become known for its varied pre-scheduled meetings and round tables each previously represented by an African Government ministry or leading educational institutions. Additionally the high-level summit brings together government, business and civil society thus fulfilling the need and opportunity for greater public private partnership in education, science and research across Africa, the Middle East and beyond.