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June 12, 2016 Permalink

Rethinking the Role of African Enablers

L-R: Temitope Ola, Centre for Digital Education, EPFL, MOOCS for Africa, Dr. Nkosana Moyo, Founder and Executive Chairman of MINDS, Dr.Patrick Jermann, Executive Director, Centre for Digital Education, EPFL, MOOCS for Africa, Nichole Yembra, Head of Risk Management & Investments for Venture Garden Group, myself, Rolake Akinkugbe, VP & Head Energy and Natural Resources and Demmy Adesina, Founder & CEO of Rensource Energy Ltd.

The 3rd edition of the Quantum Global Advisory Board Symposium focused on establishing what the main enablers are for Africa’s sustained socioeconomic development. The panel discussion was structured around Think Tanks, Universities and Technology and Start-up Facilitation, because each of these pillars are critical to the future of the continent, in particular its extremely young demographic, some 50 per cent of which are below the age of 19.

The dynamic panel was headlined by our Guest of Honor, Dr. Nkosana Moyo, Founder and Executive Chairman of MINDS as well as Temitope Ola, Centre for Digital Education, EPFL, MOOCS for Africa, Demmy Adesina, Advisor to Africa Programs for the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and Senior Executive for Business Development and Corporate Strategy at Aquifer Limited, Dr. Patrick Jermann, Executive Director, Centre for Digital Education, EPFL, MOOCS for Africa, Nichole Yembra, Head of Risk Management & Investments for Venture Garden Group and panel moderator, Rolake Akinkugbe, VP & Head Energy and Natural Resources of FBN Asset and capital Management.

I was really pleased to hear their highly pertinent views on how we, as a continent, need to rethink and put in to action what it takes to enable the continent to realize its full economic potential and reap its demographic dividend. I completely agree that while technology has a key role to play in terms of leapfrogging education challenges, educational models must also reconfigured to embrace new methods of knowledge transfer. Think Tanks too have to ensure that they are creating regulatory frameworks that do not hinder such transformation.

What I found very heartening was the general consensus that Africa as a continent is making great headway and that it is only matter of time before Africa’s enablers find the right synergies to take Africa’s growth story to the next level.