GTABC 2022
Keynote Speeches
Leading the Conversation

Keynote Speeches

GTABC will feature keynote addresses and panel discussions from business leaders and policy makers helping to drive growth and reframe narratives across the African Continent. 

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Headline Fireside Chat


Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman | Cassava Technologies &

Econet Wireless


in conversation with

Eloho Omame, Co-Founder & General Partner| FirstCheck Africa

 

Strive Masiyiwa is Founder and Executive Chairman of Africa’s leading tech company, Cassava Technologies, which owns and operates some of Africa’s most recognized brands covering fibre broadband networks, data centres, renewable energy, cloud and cybersecurity, fintech, and on-demand digital platforms.

He is also a pioneer of Africa’s mobile telecoms revolution as Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet Wireless, a leading mobile telecoms operator in Africa.

Born in Zimbabwe, Masiyiwa left the country in 2000, and is based in London. He serves on several international boards including Unilever Plc, Netflix, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, National Geographic Society, and the Global Advisory boards of Bank of America, the Council on Foreign Relations (USA), Stanford University, Bloomberg New Economy Forum, and the Prince of Wales Trust. Masiyiwa is the only African member of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience.

He previously served for 15 years on the board of the Rockefeller Foundation, and over the decades has served on several other prominent international boards and initiatives focused on digital transformation, public health crises, education, youth entrepreneurship, agricultural development, and protecting the earth.

As a philanthropist, Masiyiwa and his wife Tsitsi co-founded the Higherlife Foundation and Delta Philanthropies which for more than 20 years have supported the education of 250,000+ orphaned, vulnerable, and gifted children across Africa, as well as social impact investments in health, disaster relief and preparedness, and rural transformation. They are signatories of the Giving Pledge.

In 2020, Masiyiwa was named amongst Bloomberg’s 50 Most Influential People, New African Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Africans, and Mail & Guardian’s 100 Africans of the Year. In 2014, 2017 and 2021, Masiyiwa was listed amongst Fortune Magazine’s “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”.

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Opening Fireside Keynote


Ralph Mupita, President and CEO of MTN Group

Ralph Mupita is the President and CEO of MTN Group, a position he has held since the 1st September 2020, having recently served as the MTN Group’s Chief Financial Officer since April 2017. Prior to joining MTN, Ralph served as the Chief Executive Officer for Old Mutual Emerging Markets, providing financial service solutions to individuals and corporates across 19 countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

 

Under his leadership, the Insurance Group’s Emerging Market business serviced over 19 million customers and had R1 trillion of assets under management. Ralph is a seasoned business leader with experience in engineering, construction, financial services, and telecommunications. Since joining MTN, Ralph has played a pivotal role in the strengthening the Group’s financial position, strategy pivot, and successful listing on the Nigerian and Ghanaian Stock Exchanges.

 

Ralph serves as a Non-Executive Director on several MTN subsidiary Boards, is serves as an executive Board member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and a member of the Harvard Business School Africa Advisory Board. Ralph is a Commissioner on the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, and a Champion of the World Economic Forum EDISON Alliance. Ralph holds an MBA and BSc Engineering Hons degree from University of Cape Town and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School General Management Programme. Ralph is passionate about the African continent and the role that mobile operators can play in driving sustainable digital and financial inclusion through fit-for-purpose solutions

2022 Keynote Tariye Gbadegesin

Energy Keynote


Tariye Gbadegesin


CEO, ARM Harith Infrastructure Fund Managers


Chairman, Twin City Energy


Member of the Advisory Council, Millennium Challenge Corporation


Co-Chair, Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative (VCMI)

An investment professional with over 20 years’ experience in finance, principal investments, and infrastructure, Tariye has mobilized over US$3 billion of capital for infrastructure projects across the African continent.

Tariye is a member of the Advisory Council of the Millennium Challenge Corporation in Washington D.C., and the Advisory Committee on Infrastructure for the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing (PRI). She is also the co-chair of the steering committee for the Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative launched by the UK Government and the Children’s International Investment Fund.

Her global experience includes roles at the Africa Finance Corporation, the International Monetary Fund, the Boston Consulting Group, & Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Tariye holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Amherst College, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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Closing Keynote Address

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji
Co-Founder & CEO Future Africa , Co-Founder Andela & Flutterwave

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji is the General Partner and Co-founder of Future Africa, a platform that provides capital, coaching and community for mission-driven innovators building an African Future where purpose and prosperity is within everyone's reach.

He is passionate about partnering with missionary talent and capital to build an African future. He spent the last few years as the CEO of Flutterwave, a business building payments technology and infrastructure to connect Africa to the global economy. Over those years, he led the company to become one of the fastest growing payments technology businesses of all-time processing over $2 billion across over 50 million transaction with annual revenues of millions of dollars a year. It also attracted significant investment from experienced players in the global payments arena such as Y Combinator (investors in Stripe), Greycroft (investors in Braintree), Greenvisor Capital (Led by the Former CEO of Visa), Mastercard amongst others.

 

Prior to helping to co-found and lead Flutterwave, Iyinoluwa co-founded Andela - Africa's largest engineering organization with over 1000 software engineers which has received investment from Mark Zuckerberg and Google Ventures amongst others. Iyinoluwa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies from the University of Waterloo; and sits on the board of several institutions including Paris’ Share Africa Project, Rainbow Educational Services Limited and Filmo Realty. He served as the Deputy Director General for Madam Oby Ezekwesili’s 2019 Presidential Campaign; he is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree and a member of Nigeria's Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council.