Programme

25 September 2019

 

26 September 2019

  • 0800h
  • Registration opens
  • 0900h
  • Chair’s opening remarks
  • 0905h
  • Ministerial Address
    Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications, Government of Ghana
  • 0920h
  • Ambassadorial Address
    Mr. Ron Strikker, Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana
  • 0930h
  • Why delivering Africa’s digital transformation means ripping up the data center rulebook
    Africa’s digital transformation continues to accelerate. For example, according to analysts, more data center facilities will be built across Africa over the next two years than were established over the past three combined. Data center colocation space, power, and revenue are all set to double over the next five years. But delivering that kind of new data center capacity – from the core to the edge - won’t be possible using conventional data center infrastructure; especially when set against the power availability and other environmental challenges the region continues to face. Join Giordano Albertazzi, President of Vertiv EMEA, to discuss how disruptive approaches to data center design and build such as modular data centers can drive out complexity, improve resiliency and compress build-times.
    Giordano Albertazzi, President, EMEA, Vertiv
  • 0950h
  • Market Analysis – Africa’s Digital Journeys
    The 54 nations that make up the vast continent of Africa are all at different stages of their digital journeys and requirements. Here we take a sample of some of the key markets, the development of DC infrastructure, projections for future advances and potential bottlenecks.
    Guy Zibi, Founder/Managing Director, Xalam Analytics
  • 1005h
  • Africa’s Digital Leaders Roundtable
    Leader’s from within some Africa’s key data center, cloud and communications infrastructure operators come together to discuss their perspectives on the market. The roundtable will shed some light on key trends in business strategy, investment, demand and perspectives on the future of the Africa’s digital ecosystems.
    Chair: Reda Ben Talha, Head of Sales & Marketing, N+One
    Funke Opeke, Chief Executive Officer, MainOne
    Ayotunde Coker, Managing Director, RackCentre
    Stephane Duproz, Chief Executive Officer, Africa Data Centres
    Wouter Van Hulten, Chief Executive Officer, PAIX Data Centres
    Mourad Younes, C&SP Segment Director, Middle East & Africa, Schneider
  • 1105h
  • Morning Networking Break
  • 1125h
  • Results from African Union and European Union Digital Economy Task Force
    Benoit Denis, Digital Economy Division – Projects Directorate, European Investment Bank
  • 1140h
  • Panel Discussion: Finance & Investment – Market Appetite and Models
    Our panel discuss some of the key trends for data center and communications infrastructure investment for Africa. Where are the key markets? What investment types are proving most attractive? How do market profiles differ across the continent?
    Chair: Ada Ogbunude, Investment Officer, IFC
    Benoit Denis, Digital Economy Division – Projects Directorate, European Investment Bank
    Robert Mullins, Executive Director, First Brick Holdings
    Stéphane de Vaucelles, Managing Partner, Cadmos
  • 1210h
  • Keynote Address: 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 monitoring and management in complex IT and data center environments with cloud-based management systems, big data analytics, mobile insights, and optimized operations.
    Christophe Jean Paul Begat, Managing Director, Schneider Electric, West Africa
  • 1230h
  • Etix Accra #1 - first operational solar powered Tier IV data center in West Africa
    Etix Accra #1 is a 1,800 kVA colocation data center located in Accra built and operated by Etix Everywhere. The first module of 450 kVA is in operation since September 2019. We will discuss how the innovations implemented in this new infrastructure are crucial to initiate Ghana’s digital transformation; as well as the development of data centers on the African continent.
    Ikechukwu Nnamani, Chief Executive Officer, Medallion Communication Limited
  • 1250h
  • Panel discussion: Building World-Class Infrastructure to meet growing Local needs
    Recent reports are indicating that Data usage from African Individuals is rapidly becoming the highest globally, thanks to increasingly popularity of media streaming for social Media and on-demand content, as well as high take-up of online banking. To support this growth the Datacenter industry needs to ensure that world-class infrastructure is in place from day one, and has the capabilities to provide a constant, resilient digital experience for all. In this panel discussion Uptime Institute will bring together panellist from a spectrum of industries with a stake in supporting this growth, to discuss the best approaches to take, and what are the recommendations in the future.
    Chair: Eben Owen, Business Development Director, Africa, Uptime Institute
    Wale Ajisebutu, Chief Executive Officer, 21CTL
    Ayotunde Coker, Managing Director, RackCentre
    Ikechukwu Nnamani, Chief Executive Officer, Medallion Communication Limited
    James Byaruhanga, General Manager, Raxio Data Center
    Funke Opeke, Chief Executive Officer, MainOne
  • 1320h
  • Lunch
  • 1420h
  • Panel Discussion: Building the Digital Factory – How can Africa’s Data Center Capabilities keep pace with the Continent’s Soaring Demand?
    Demand for data center services is on the increase across the continent and as supporting infrastructure developments investment and development is set to accelerate. How can data center design and construction ensure facilities are up to the demands of increasingly sophisticated workloads? Is the supply chain in place? Are modular deployments the answer? What new technologies can be deployed to meet demand?
    Lee Smith, Managing Director, Mission-Critical Data Center Expert & Consultant, DataCenterDNA
    Dan Kwach, General Manager, East Africa Data Centre
  • 1450h
  • Panel Discussion: Powering the Digital Revolution – Power Security and Development for DC Infrastructure
    Reliable power provision is a cornerstone for data center operations. As investment pours and Africa’s home grown data center sector expands how is the grid keeping pace? How are utility and DC operators working together to ensure uptime? What role is there for renewables? Are off grid options viable? And what investment is in place to develop grid infrastructure for the continent?
    Shatse Kakwagh, Executive Director of Business Development and Strategy, Layer3
    Pierre Havenga, Managing Director, MEA, Vertiv
    Redouane Saidi, Data Center Business Developer, MEA, Legrand
  • 1520h
  • Panel Discussion: Africa’s Digital Highways – Advances in Subsea, Terrestrial and Wireless Connectivity
    Connectivity is key to the evolution of digital advancement. However, historically most traffic has been routed through international servers, with irregular connectivity distribution for the continent creating a digital divide. What connectivity initiatives are in place to bridge the digital divide and provide capacity for Africa’s economies?
    Antonio Nunes, Chief Executive Officer, Angola Cables
    Alexander Sulzberger, Chief Executive Officer, Ecoband Networks
    Osvaldo Coelho, Business Development, Africa Lead, Athonet
    Samuel Owusu Yeboah, Chief Technical Officer, Csquared
    Emmanuel Kwarteng, Head of Network, MainOne, Ghana
  • 1550h
  • Afternoon Networking Break
  • 1610h
  • Panel Discussion: Cloud Deployment and Adoption – Cloud Provider and Enterprise Customer Engagement Strategies
    Cloud deployment and migration have only recently seen traction in the market for the continent of Africa. Here we explore some of the requirements for enterprises to engage on a cloud strategy, the sectors most ready to migrate and cloud providers’ plans for service development.
    Adetayo Ganiyu-Obafemi, CIO, Nestle Central & West Africa
    Dr Olufemi Oyenuga, Chief Customer Architect, Oracle
    Ezekiel Egboye, Chief Operating Officer, RackCentre
    Seynabou Nakoulima, Head of Commercial Cloud department, Sonatel
  • 1640h
  • Workforce Development and Retention for Africa’s Digital Economies
    Skilled workforce pipeline, development and retention is an area of concern for DC, IT and infrastructure sectors the world over. However is accentuated in high-growth potential, emerging economies. An initial need import expat workforce to set up and establish operations is costly, as is the development of home grown training and education infrastructure – particularly with competition for skilled workforce high across the globe. What can be done to help foster and retain Africa’s workforce requirements to ensure the future development of the continent’s digital requirements?
    Lee Smith, Managing Director, Mission-Critical Data Center Expert & Consultant, DataCenterDNA
  • 1700h
  • Internet Affordability: A key driver for digital transformation in Africa
    The African Union cites the two most important factors in African economic development as sustainable power generation and widespread internet connectivity. However, many barriers still stand in the way, with cost-effective internet services provided in only 7 out of the 54 African countries. In this unique session, Mulang Mika will present the case for widespread affordability of internet for Africa’s economic advancement, exploring how data centre providers, telecom operators and the wider IT ecosystem can drive efficiency as the continent undergoes a wider digital transformation.
    Mulang Mika, Internet Affordability Activist & Cloud Architect, Microsoft*

    *Disclaimer: The views expressed by Mulang Mika do not reflect the views of Microsoft inc.
  • 1720h
  • Chair’s Closing Remarks
  • 1730h
  • Networking and Datacloud Africa Awards Reception