Controversial Author and Co-founder of “Africa’s Amazon” to deliver keynote at Digital Retail Forum, Johannesburg

Marek Zmysłowski, Polish-born entrepreneur focused on online businesses in Frontier and Emerging Markets, has been confirmed as a Keynote Speaker at the Digital Retail Forum 2020 — taking place on 29 January at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Marek will deliver a keynote titled: Chasing Black Unicorns – The challenges of building an online retailer in Africa.

#DigitalRetailForum aims to bring together more than 200 retail industry leaders and experts to focus on how emerging technologies — such as Ai, IoT, drones, digital payment solutions, new eCommerce models and mobility — are disrupting the retail sector. 

Zmysłowski co-founded Jumia Travel – Africa’s Biggest Hotel Booking Portal listed on NYSE as part of Jumia Group and In 2014, he was chosen as one of the Ten Most Important People in Tech by IT News Africa Magazine and is a Lead Mentor at Google’s Launchpad and World Bank’s XL Africa Program.

Before moving to Nigeria to set up the ‘Amazon of Africa’, Zmysłowski worked for one of Poland’s biggest financial services companies and is the founder of many online ventures in Central Europe. Attendees will not only have the opportunity to meet Zmysłowski but also grab a signed copy of his latest book “Chasing Black Unicorns“, where he details his the many challenges he faced whilst setting up Jumia Travel in Nigeria

Other confirmed speakers for DRF 2020 include:

  • Pieter VanEyssen, Principal Solution Consultant, Genesys
  • Tanya Long, Chief Operating Officer, Argility Technology Group
  • Mark Young – CEO of GetBucks South Africa
  • Alastair Tempest – CEO at Ecommerce Forum Africa
  • Dylan Piatti – Africa Strategist: Consumer Business Industry, Deloitte
  • Tilene Narainan – Head of Convenience Retailing Sasol
  • Simon Marland – Retail CIO, Nedbank 
  • Neil Rankin – Founder and CEO of Predictive Insights

Key Topics include:

  • The ‘Retail Apocalypse’: Separating Hype from Reality
  • How eCommerce giants are shaping the future of retail
  • Enhancing brand image and increasing sales through social media
  • Assessing new retail payment solutions and how they impact the customer experience 
  • Optimizing Inventory Management and Supply Chains with Technology
  • Leveraging AI to Impact Your Bottom Line and CX
  • eCommerce: Opportunities presented by new models and disruptive technologies

How to participate:

Join as an attendee: Learn from some of the most powerful brands, mavericks and visionaries that are setting the pace for change and driving disruption in retail.

Join as a speaker: Showcase your thought-leadership. Share your insights and experience. Shape solutions to critical business challenges.

Join us as an exhibitor: Reinforce your position as a leading provider of technology solutions.

For those looking for maximum exposure, our sponsorship and exhibition packages offer a great opportunity to showcase your brand, speak and present your solutions to a select audience. Packages are available for all budgets, but spots are limited.

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