Hilton Hotel
Hilton Hotel, Menelik II Ave, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Event Date Tue Mar 3 +03 - Thu Mar 5 +03 (almost 2 years ago)
In your timezone (EST): Tue Mar 3 1:00am - Thu Mar 5 4:30am
Location Hilton Hotel
Menelik II Ave, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Region EMEA

Even those having access to the Internet pay, access is expensive and often unreliable. As a result, Ethiopians risk from being marginalized from the Internet economy. Fortunately, this is changing since the state monopoly on telecommunication that was the root cause of most of the problems has been abolished and competition is in the horizon.

The objective of the conference is to create awareness amongst policy makers, regulators, businesses, technologists, and potential entrepreneurs about the Internet model, technology and organizations and create the foundation for a robust internet Ecosystem in Ethiopia in this new post-monopoly era. Specifically, the conference will:
• Address the main issues and challenges the country is facing in relation to the Internet.
• Explore different technical options to improve the local internet infrastructure and to make better use of the regional and global internet infrastructure.
• Explore the potential and future Internet related obstacles, threats and discuss potential solutions and recommendations.

Who should attend:
the conference targets policy makers, regulators, businesses, technologists, and potential entrepreneurs. The conference is planned as a non-profit event and international sponsorship and support have been sought to convene the event.


2020 Speakers and Panelists

Brice Abba
Community Development Manager, AFRINIC

Lishan Adam
researcher and consultant with extensive experience in ICT sector analysis in emerging economies

Dr. Ahmedin M. Ahmed
State Minister, Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MInT), Ethiopia

Zelalem Assefa
Director-General, Ethiopian Education and Research Network (EthERNet)

Dawit Bekele
Regional Vice President - Africa

Meried Bekele
CEO, IE Networks

Dawit Birhanu
CEO, WebSprix

Noel Daniel
Co-founder and Managing Partner, Kudu Ventures

Anriette Esterhuysen
Commissioner, Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace

Lydia Gachungi
Regional Adviser on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists

Nishal Goburdhan
Internet Analyst, Packet Clearing House (PCH)

Ahmed Hussien
Senior Cyber Security Expert, HiLCoE Computer Systems Engineering

Malcolm Hutty
Head of Public Affairs, London Internet Exchange

Solomon Kassa
Tech Strategist, TV Personality & Author

Julie Kearney
Global Head of Communications Regulation and Policy, Loon LLC

Robel Kitaba
Network engineer, Backbone & Edge network, Facebook

Olaf Kolkman
Principal - Internet Technology, Policy, and Advocacy

Victor Kyalo
Communications Engineer

Verengai Mabika
Senior Policy Advisor - Africa

Robert Mullins
Partner, Roha and President, Raxio

Alice Munyua
Policy Advisor for Africa, Mozilla

Michuki Mwangi
Senior Director, Internet Technology and Development

Mercy Ndegwa
Head of Public Policy for the East and Horn of Africa, Facebook

Bitange Ndemo
Professor, Business School, University of Nairobi

Adugna Necho
Hardware and Networking Department Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty, Bahir Dar University

Ghislain Nkeramugaba
Consultant at Internet Society (ISOC)

Bob Ochieng
Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) – Africa, ICANN

Reg Orton
Co-founder and CTO, BRCK

Andrew Sullivan
President and Chief Executive Officer

Moctar Yedaly
African Union Commission