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GSMA announces speakers for mobile 360 series- Africa

By Standard Reporter | July 13th 2015

The GSMA has announced the first speakers for the 2015 Mobile 360 Series Africa conference, including executives from organisations such as China Mobile, Huawei, the Internet Society, MTN and Telenor.

The event will comprise thought-provoking keynote addresses, fireside chats, pitch sessions and panel discussions.

In addition to the main conference, Mobile 360 – Africa will incorporate additional programmes that highlight the initiatives and activities undertaken by the GSMA Mobile for Development programme, as well workshops focusing on key policy and regulatory issues for the region. 

“The mobile industry is playing a key role in driving digital, financial and social inclusion in many African countries by providing access to quality information and services, and Mobile 360 – Africa will convene key stakeholders to examine the practical steps needed to overcome critical roadblocks in technology, governance, business models and investment,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA.

“Sub-Saharan Africa has been the fastest-growing mobile market over the last five years, both in subscribers and connections, and our research shows that it will remain so through to at least 2020. It is an exciting and vibrant time in Africa and this dynamic and diverse market will be reflected across the entire Mobile 360 – Africa agenda.” 

At Mobile 360 – Africa, CEOs and senior executives from leading mobile companies and from throughout the digital ecosystem, will address the most pressing trends and issues in mobile. Speakers confirmed to present at Mobile 360-Africa include: Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO, Telenor Group and Chairman, GSMA

Dawit Bekele, Regional Bureau Director – Africa, The Internet Society

Dr. Vanu Bose, CEO, Vanu, Inc.

Eric Chinje, CEO, African Media Initiative

Sifiso Dabengwa, Executive Director, Group President and CEO, MTN Group

Dr. Wang Jianzhou, Chairman, China Association for Public Companies and former Executive Chairman, China Mobile

Adam Lane, Director of Sustainability Programs, Huawei

Dr. Jimmy Shindi, CEO of Econet Services, Zimbabwe

Ayo Stuffman, CEO, VAS2Nets

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