Meet the Speakers

From very hardworking and inspiring backgrounds, our ABF 2019 panel speakers are very excited to speak on the forum theme. Learn more about them through their profiles below:

Alberto Mokak Teguia

Panel: Finance

Assistant Professor in the finance division of UBC Sauder School of Business. His research focuses on both behavioral finance and portfolio choice over the life-cycle, additionally he has also expertise in research around strategic trading by institutional investors: hedge funds, mutual funds and others. He is interested in better understanding of how psychology impacts investors’ financial decisions and markets outcomes, and the feedback between the two. Alberto holds a B.S. in Mathematics from University of Buea, Cameroon.

Emilian Popa

Panel: Finance 

Emilian is an investor and entrepreneur with more than 10 years of experience in technology ventures in Africa. He is the current principal with DiGAME (Digital Growth Africa). DiGAME makes growth‑stage equity investments in companies with proven digital strategies and visibility on revenues. Previously he focused on eCommerce growth in African companies. He had previously worked in Angola, Gabon, Cameroun, Kenya, Equatorial Guinea, Morocco and Algeria. Emilian has an MBA Columbia Business School and London Business School.

Hurley Doddy

Panel: Finance

Hurley Doddy is a Managing Director, Founding Partner, and Co-CEO of Emerging Capital Partners (ECP). ECP is an 18 year old Growth Investment and Private Equity firm that has raised over $3.0Bn and made 60 investments in 44 of Africa's countries. Before ECP Doddy was the Executive Director at Sumitomo Finance International in London, where he managed operations of a $200 million equity risk arbitrage book and prior to that, he managed equity derivates and fixed income positions at Salomon Brothers. Hurley Doddy is also Chairman of the African Venture Capital Association (AVCA) and serves on multiple boards across Africa. 

Cherae Robinson

Panel: Entrepreneurship

Cherae Robinson is the founder of Tastemakers Africa a company committed to disrupting what the world thinks about travel to Africa. TastemakersAfrica, is a mobile app and content platform where hip travelers book curated experiences in African cities on demand.  (Learn More)
Cherae was named one of 10 emerging women entrepreneurs to watch by Forbes.com, as well as one of 10 Women to Watch by the United Nations Foundation. She was also the First Place Winner (2014) of She Leads Africa Startup Competition.

Awamary Khan

Panel: Entrepreneurship

Awamary is the Founder, CEO of Innovate Gambia and The Woman Boss; initiatives created to help revitalize economic development in The Gambia and region, and to be a catalyst for Innovation for Girls and Women. She left her corporate America 9 to 5 job, to focus on giving back to the community where it all started for her. She is also the President/ Co-Founder of PointClick Technologies, LLC; an IT cloud hosting and dedicated managed services company, operating in 4 continents.

Darlington Ahiale Akogo

Panel: Infrastructure and Technology

Darlington Ahiale Akogo is a Deep Learning/Machine Learning Engineer & Researcher who founded minoHealth which develops Artificial Intelligence systems for medical diagnoses and prognoses. They also use Data Science and Cloud Computing to collect, analyse and visualize health data. He also heads minoHealth AI Labs where they research and apply Artificial Intelligence to fields like Biotechnology, Regenerative Medicine/Tissue Engineering, Neuroscience, Optometry, Epidemiology, Dietetics/Nutrition and Agriculture.                                   Learn More

Ali Mufuruki

Panel: Geopolitics

Ali Mufuruki is the Chairman & CEO of Infotech Investment Group. Infotech Investment Group has interests in IT and telecoms services, retail and real estate in the East Africa region. He currently serves as chairman of the board of the Wananchi Group Holdings Kenya, chairman of the CEOs’ Roundtable of Tanzania, trustee of the Mandela Institute of Development Studies (MINDS), chairman of Muhimbili University (MUHAS) Grants Committee, member of the Presidential Investors Roundtable of Uganda (PIRT), member of the Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC), and is a member of the Advisory Group on Sub-Saharan Africa (AGSA) for the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Learn More

David Luke

Panel: Geopolitics

Mr. David Luke is the Coordinator of UN Economic Commission for Africa. He is responsible for leading ECA's research, policy advisory services, training and capacity development on inclusive trade policies and in particular the boosting intra-African trade and the continental free trade area initiatives. His portfolio also includes WTO, EPAs, Brexit, AGOA, Africa's trade with emerging economies, and trade and cross-cutting policy areas such as trade, industrialization and structural transformation, trade and gender, trade and public health and trade and climate change. Read more at: https://www.ictsd.org/about-us/david-luke. Learn More

Babajide Sodipo

Panel: Geopolitics

Babajide Sodipo is the Regional Trade Adviser at the African Union (AU). Regional Trade Adviser at the African Union Commission, Babajide Sodipo provides strategic technical assistance and advice on continental trade policy matters and the development of relevant trade related African economic policies. He has previously provided advice on trade policy, investment and regional integration issues and policies in East and West Africa as well as provided support to the Rwandan government in the negotiation of key trade and investment agreements including the EAC Common Market protocol, the Economic Partnership Agreements with the EU as well as its Bilateral Investment Treaty with the US. Learn More