IT News Africa CEO, Abe Wakama to chair African Leaders Day at Innovation Africa Summit 2017

October 16, 2017 • Events, General, Southern Africa, Top Stories

Abe Wakama, CEO, IT News Africa

Abe Wakama, CEO, IT News Africa

IT News Africa‘s CEO, Abe Wakama, is set to chair African Leaders Day on the 23rd of October at the 7th Innovation Africa Summit which will take place in Mozambique between 23-25 October 2017.

Under the official joint patronage of the Ministry of Science & Technology, Higher & Technical Education and the Ministry of Education & Human Development of Mozambique, the event will bring together industry partners, ministers and senior government officials from over 40 countries.

Innovation Africa 2017, partnering with IBM and D-NA, is firmly established as the continent’s number one high-level ministerial forum where attendees enjoy pre-scheduled meetings and committed engagement in what is Africa’s “must participate” event for education, innovation & ICT. Other partners include Microsoft, HP, Intel, Cambridge, Discovery and Pearson among many others.

In 2016 the summit achieved record numbers of participants and an astonishing 1,200 one-to-one meetings took place between 560 delegates representing 48 countries. Leading industry partners agree that Innovation Africa is the most productive and enjoyable experience of all events, emphasising the quality of the audience and high-level status of decision-making participants.

In 2017, the full force of the Government of Mozambique, under cabinet endorsement, will be ensuring a record number of participating ministers from across the continent.

Some of the ministers at the ministers at the event will include:


  • HE Pedro Sebastião Teta – State Secretary for ICT
  • HE Prof Narciso Benedito Damásio dos Santos – Secretary of State for Education


  • Hon Mrs Rafiatou Monrou – Minister of Digital Economy and Communications


  • Hon Unity Dow – Minister of Education & Skills Development

Burkina Faso

  • Hon Prof Alkassoum Maiga – Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research & Innovation


  • Hon Dr Janvière Ndirahisha – Minister of Education, Higher Education & Scientific Research


  • Hon Jean Bibehe – Minister of Secondary Education
  • Hon Zacharie Perevet – Minister of Employment & Vocational Training
  • Dr Patrice Ele Abiama – Permanent Secretary, National Committee for Technology Development, Ministry of Scientific Research & Innovation

Cote d’Ivoire

  • Hon Bruno Nabagne Kone – Minister of Post and ICT

The Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Hon Heva Mwakasa– Minister of Scientific Research & Technology
  • Hon Steve Mabuluki – Minister of Higher Education & Universities
  • Hon Gaston Musemena Bongala – Minister of Primary, Secondary and Vocational Education
  • Hon Emery Lokundji Ndjovu – Minister of Telecommunications & ICT


  • Dr Hossam Ossman – Vice President, Information Technology Industry Development Agency ITIDA,
    Ministry of ICT

Equatorial Guinea

  • HE Jesus Engonga Ndong – Minister of Education & Science
  • HE Cesar Augusto Mba Abogo – Secretary of State for Monitoring of Equatorial Guinea Horizon 2020


  • Mr Bizuneh Adugna – Director, Center of Excellence for Engineering, Federal TVET Agency, Ministry of Education


  • Hon Florentin Moussavou – Minister of National Education & Higher Education


  • Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa – Ag. Director General, Ghana Education Service GES
  • Hon Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum – Deputy Minister in Charge of SHS/TVET, Ministry of Education


  • Hon Esther Ndirangu – Minister of Education & ICT, Kiambu County
  • Nancy Macharia – CEO, Kenya Teachers Service Commission
  • John Temba – Head of ICT for Education, Ministry of Education & Science
  • Dr Julius Jwan – Director/CEO, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development
  • Mr Samuel Itemere – Principal Secretary, Ministry for ICT


  • Hon Dr Ntoi Rapapa – Deputy Minister of Education & Training


  • Hon George Werner – Minister of Education


  • Hon Marie Lydia Toto Raharimalala – Minister of Technical Education & Vocational Training
  • Hon Monique Rasoazanaera – Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research


  • Hon Yogida Sawmynaden – Minister of Technology, Communication & Innovation
  • Mr Kaviraj Goodoory – Senior Lecturer, Mauritius Institute of Education


  • Hon Jorge Nhambiu – Minister of Science & Technology, Higher & Technical Professional Education
  • Hon Conceita Sortane – Minister of Education & Human Development


  • Hon Itah Kandji Murangi – Ministry of Higher Education, Training & Innovation
  • Hon Tjekero Tweya – Minister of Information & Communication Technologies
  • Hon Katrina Hanse-Himarwa – Minister of Education, Arts & Culture

Republic of the Congo

  • Hon Bruno Jean Richard Itoua – Minister of Higher Education


  • Hon Mary Teuw Niane – Minister of Higher Education & Research

Sierra Leone

  • Mr Brima Sowa – Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information & Communications

South Africa

  • Hon Naledi Pandor – Minister of Science & Technology
  • Hon Debbie Schafer – MEC Western Cape Province
  • Mr Seliki Tlhabane – Acting Chief Director for Maths, Science Technology, Curriculum & Quality Enhancement Programmes, Ministry of Basic Education
  • Ms Martha Bartlett – MEC Northern Cape Province

South Sudan

  • Hon Deng Hoc Yai – Minister of General Education & Instruction
  • Hon Justice Yien Tut – Minister of Higher Education, Science & Technology


  • Hon Asya Mohamed Abdalla Idris – Minister of Education


  • Hon Dumisani Ndlangamandla – Minister of Information, Communications & Technology


  • Dr Simon Msanjila – Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science & Technology


  • Hon Elioda Tumwesigye – Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation
  • Hon Idah Nantaba – State Minister of ICT
  • Hon JC Muyingo – State Minister for Higher Education


  • Hon Dennis Wanchinga – Minister of General Education
  • Hon Brian Mushimba – Minister of Communications


  • Dr Sylvia Utete-Masango – Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Primary & Secondary Education
  • Prof Francis Gudyanga – Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Higher & Tertiary Education, Science & Technology Development

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