Ladies & Gentlemen, We are proud to present the 6th annual MIT Africa Innovate Conference, to be held on the 8th and 9th of April 2016 at the MIT Media Lab. Africa Innovate is an intimate showcase of the latest ideas and innovations in entrepreneurship, finance, healthcare, energy and education. In addition to our panels, our esteemed Keynotes reflect on how they have made their contribution to the continents development. We look forward to seeing you there!

About the School of Management

The Sloan School of Management is the business school for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

2016 Keynote Speakers


Mrs. Ibukun Awosika

Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria Ltd
2016 Keynote Speaker


Michael Joseph

Director of Mobile Money, Vodafone Group Ltd
2016 Keynote Speaker


Claude Grunitzky

Founder & CEO, TRUE Africa & TRACE Magazine
2016 Keynote Speaker

Conference Panel Topics



With the majority of Africa’s population under 20 years old, how will innovations in the structure & delivery of education shape the future?



People may be familiar with the explosive growth of telecommunications in many African countries, but how have these widespread technologies affected peoples’ daily personal & professional lives? We will expand the conversation beyond the typical recourse to address how a new base of consumers can expand the offerings and impact of connectivity on the African continent.



Foreign investors, domestic markets and entrepreneurial pursuits are growing throughout Africa. Join us as we explore the unique challenges, advantages and lessons gained from business experience on the final frontier.



Current population estimates for the continent place Africa’s population at 1.1 billion, with a projected growth estimate to double the population by 2050. We will explore how innovations in agriculture aim to address the current and future needs of feeding the continent and finding new ways to address issues of hunger and distribution with innovative & sustainable methods.



As the population grows, how will traditional and renewable energy sources play a role in shaping the landscape of the future? Energy will be one of our featured topics as we address the growing needs for options that will enable many African nations to grow to meet self-sustaining needs for their populations.

Innovate With Us

In addition to panels, speakers and social events, the conference features a startup showcase where innovative problem solvers can show off their ideas to the speakers & conference audience.

Learn About Our Leadership


Joelle Itoua-Owona

Africa Business Club President

Born and raised in Douala, Cameroon, Joelle moved across France, the UK and Germany in order to complete her 3 Masters degree focusing on Management and Strategy. Following her passion for traveling and discovering new cultures, she joined the banking sector as an International Manager, the leadership elite program of HSBC. After working in the UK, France, Malta, and the US in project management, strategy and sales, she joined MIT Sloan to complete her MBA program. Joelle has been involved in developing operations for the Africa Business Club at ESCP Europe in Paris, and was the founding President of O.S.E.R. l’Afrique (Dare Africa).


Kadiatou Barry

Africa Innovate Conference Co-Chair

A trained Certified Public Accountant, Kadi worked for four years at PricewaterhouseCoopers “PwC” in diverse industries, ranging from financial services in New York and Connecticut to consumer products and services in Michigan. She is a second year MBA and the co-chair of the 2016 Africa Innovate conference.
Kadi was born and raised in Guinea-Conakry until she graduated from high school, after which she moved to Morocco to start her college education. After two years in Morocco, Kadi moved to the US to complete her Bachelor Degree in Business and Accounting.

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Temitayo Raphael Olufowose

Africa Innovate Conference Co-Chair

Tayo is the co-chair of the Africa innovate conference 2016 and a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Prior to Sloan, he spent several years working across 5 countries, Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Guinea and Kenya as a management consultant with McKinsey and Company, and in-house strategist with Chase Bank Kenya. He was born and raised in Nigeria until the age of 15, after which he attended Wellington College in England and obtained BA and MEng degrees from the University of Cambridge in civil, structural and environmental engineering.

Ready to Join Us?

We are excited to host our 2016 conference in the MIT Media Lab. Please join us on April 8th & 9th for a transformative conversation on the growth of the continent.

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