GTABC 2022 Panels
Shaping the Conversation
GTABC 2022 will feature 4 panels highlighted below.
The time for each panel is listed and times are US Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Leapfrogging & accelerating change
2021 saw a boom in venture capital funding for African technology startups, a 200% increase from 2020 in spite of or perhaps powered by the dynamics of the COVID-19 macro environment. What opportunities exist for tech practitioners to heighten the positives effects of an open global digital economy? What support is required to equip and position the tech ecosystem to scale and provide broad and sustainable economic growth? What picture does the rapid growth of technology startups on the continent tell?
Plugging into greener & sustainable energy
Even as the world undergoes energy transition to sustainable sources, Africa is at the forefront of distributed energy systems that can increase energy access faster than conventional systems. At the same time, the ongoing market dynamics of carbon-based fuels could hold unfavorable consequences for some of the continent's biggest economies.The panel will address climate change's impact and discuss the challenges and opportunities in the energy transition phase.
Sowing the seeds for sustainable growth
According to the World Bank, about 1 in 2 Africans are employed in agriculture. Yet, food insecurity remains a challenge and import reliance for value-add value chain activities in agriculture remains a challenge for many African economies. An explosion in interest in agriculture entrepreneurship among educated young Africans and technology-driven innovations are driving optimism on the continent. This panel will feature agri-tech disruptors, entrepreneurs and thought leaders in Africa's changing agro sector.
Africa's anchor for shared and sustained growth
According to the African Development Bank, 22% of Africa's working-age population are starting businesses, the highest entrepreneurship rate in the world and the solution to youth under and unemployment, women's empowerment on the continent and the seed for broad and shared sustainable growth.
The panel will feature public and private sector entrepreneurs and thought leaders to discuss the opportunities and challenges for entrepreneurs.
GTABC 2022 Speakers & Advisors
The 2022 Conference will feature keynote addresses and conversations from seasoned panelists. A subset of the speakers can be seen below.