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Registration Ends 28 September 2018

Datacloud Africa Leadership Summit

28 September 2018

Four Seasons Resort Marrakech


  • 0800h
  • Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 0920h
  • Chairman’s Welcome
    Ivo Brook, Head of Content, BroadGroup
  • 0930h
  • Africa Managing its Own Destiny in Datacenter Industry in Creating ADCA
    Paul-Francois Cattier, VP Economic Development, Africa & Middle East, Schneider Electric
  • 0950h
  • Industry Analysis: Africa Data Center Markets - Opportunity and Forecasts
    Nicola Hayes, Founder, Andrastra
  • 1010h
  • Africa Data Centre Leadership Roundtable
    Leaders from Africa’s data center and cloud infrastructure sector discuss the latest industry and technology trends impacting the sector and the position of the market on the global stage.
    Chair: Michael Tobin, OBE, Industry Entrepreneur
    Paul-Francois Cattier, VP Economic Development, Africa & Middle East, Schneider Electric
    Stephane Duproz, COO, Africa Data Centres, Liquid Telecom
    Wouter van Hulten, CEO & Founder, PAIX
    Amine Kandil, Founder & CEO, N+One
    Ayotunde Coker, Managing Director, Rack Centre
  • 1050h
  • Morning Networking Break
  • 1130h
  • Investment and Finance: Data Centre, Cloud and IoT Expansion for Africa’s Data Economy
    Our panellists discuss current Investment trends for infrastructure finance and the outlook in the sector. Where are we seeing the most activity in the African market? What is driving appetite? How are emerging technologies impacting on investment appetite?
    Chair: Conor Plant, Partner, Hardiman Telecommunications
    Eric Crabtree. Chief Investment Officer, IFC – International Finance Corporation
    Christophe Fichet, Partner, Simmons & Simmons
    Ross Macdonald, CEO, Etix Africa; Ngoya Limited
  • 1200h
  • The Challenge of Connectivity: Developing Rapid Data Centre Connectivity
    How will operators bring free transit to the continent through Fibre and Peering? Growth plans for connectivity, local and offshore hosting, and subsea connectivity. How will innovative Fibre and Satellite Broadband solutions succeed?
    Chair: Conor Plant, Partner, Hardiman Telecommunications
    Ayo Adegboye, Managing Director, BCX
    Mohamed Diallo, CEO, GUILAB
    Emmanuel Léonard, Business Development Director, Helios Towers
  • 1240h
  • Uptime Institute 2018 Annual Data Center Survey Results
    The 8th Annual Uptime Institute Data Center Survey provides an overview of the major trends shaping IT infrastructure and strategy. Are you on top of what's happening in the industry? Find out what 900 data center operators and IT practitioners worldwide had to say.
    Mustapha Louni, Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Uptime Institute
  • 1300h
  • Lunch sponsored by the
  • 1400h
  • Data Centers in the Cloud and at the Edge
    Businesses are undergoing a digital transformation to get ahead in the Digital Economy. EcoStruxure IT is helping them tackle complex IT and DC environments with Cloud-based management systems, big date analytics, mobile insights & optimized operations
    Luc Gaubert, ITB Vice President, Schneider Electric
  • 1420h
  • Fireside Discussion: Nurturing Dialogue Between the Public and Private Sector for Africa’s IT Infrastructure Ecosystem
    Adrianus Melkert, Independent Advisor
    Nicholas Williams, Head of ICT Division, African Development Bank
  • 1440h
  • Data Centre Design, Build and Operate Challenges Unique to Africa
    Economies of scale have dramatically altered the way facilities are constructed and operated. New technologies for power, cooling, and network as well as Open Compute Project (OCP) have played major roles in the way facilities are designed, built and operated.
    Coupled with variable power supplies across the continent, often lacking in investment and necessarily slow in development, the challenges for the physical construction and support of data centres on the continent are many and varied. As we enter an era of increased proliferation of IoT, Smart Cities and hyperscales, what solutions can be drawn on to support the physical design and operation of data centres? Can technologies proven in more mature markets be directly applied, or are there regionally specific solutions that need to be focussed on?
    Chair: Nicola Hayes, Founder, Andrastra
    Amy Daniell, Director – Mission Critical, EMEA&I Region, AECOM
    Olivier Labbe, CEO, CAP DC
    James Wilman, CEO, Future-tech
  • 1510h
  • Afternoon Networking Break
  • 1540h
  • Cloud and the Future Compute Delivery – Can Africa Leapfrog Legacy Infrastructure Development Models?
    Cloud enabled technologies have been identified as key economic enablers and Africa is no exception. Across the continent we can identify significant projects and uptake in Fintech, IoT, as well as emerging technologies such as Blockchain and other ‘edge’ capabilities. Our panel discuss the evolution of cloud and cloud enabled technologies for the continent. What lies behind the adoption of emergent technologies? What use cases can we observe? Is the infrastructure in place to enable universal adoption? And can we speculate on how this will shape the future of IT infrastructure for the continent?
    Chair: Luca Beltramino, MD and NED in the Data Center and Cloud Sector
    Ed Galvin, CEO, DC Byte
    Zied Ouled Ali, Founder & General Manager, SAFOZI - Rock Solid Cloud Infrastructure
    Mounir Soussi, General Manager NWC Africa, Dell EMC
  • 1610h
  • Regulations Role in Promoting Africa’s Digital Economies
    Africa’s booming digital economies sees the continent sitting alongside Europe in the adoption and acceptance of new models of digital economy, industry and society. As with an exponential amount of data generation the issue of data sovereignty between jurisdictions must be addressed in a constructive manner. Europe’s GDPR has provided an industry standard that has seen adoption across the globe, but is by no means perfect. This presentation explores how regulation should be seen as a tool to help rather than hinder Africa’s digital journey.
    Christophe Fichet, Partner, Simmons & Simmons
  • 1630h
  • Building a Business Plan for Africa’s Data Centres
    Data Centre infrastructure development plan in short, medium and long term. What is critical? What may be practical? What might be possible? Our panel explores the priorities for the future development of the continent’s IT infrastructure delivery
    Chair: Michael Tobin, OBE, Industry Entrepreneur
    Lassaad Belhiba, Site Manager, DataXion
    Dan Kwach, General Manager, East Africa Data Centre
    Ross Macdonald, CEO, Etix Africa; Ngoya Limited
  • 1700h
  • Chair’s Concluding Remarks and End of Conference
  • 1700h
  • Networking Reception sponsored by