28 Jul

Dr Evans Baiya (pictured), a technology and innovation strategist with over fifteen years of experience in various IT fields, is among the five invited international speakers and workshop facilitators.


Last year, two important international personalities graced the rising annual Nairobi Innovation Week then held between August 3 and 7 last year.

Led by Saul Singer, a prolific Journalist and co-author of the best-selling Start-up Nation book, the first edition of the event also attracted another star on innovation space.

Mr Langdon Morris, co-founder and Senior Partner at InnovationLabs and leading consultant on innovation, facilitated pre-event workshops as Mr Singer.

However, this year, a number of international keynote speakers and workshop facilitators have confirmed attendance.

On the front-line of the five icons happens to be the Evastrategics, Inc. Chief Executive Officer and Chief Innovation Strategist, Dr Evans Baiya ,who is expected to facilitate the ‘commercialization of research and innovation’ topic on the first day.

According to the Organising Committee team leader Prof Peter Mbithi, the four others come from various fields in the IT space, which he remarked is very “encouraging”.

This variety will make anyone want to attend this forum,” commented the UoN Vice Chancellor during a media briefing held on Tuesday, where he gave an update on the status of the ongoing preparations of the approaching Innovaiton Week.

On the list of the internationally celebrated speakers, coming in next is the Senior Advisor on Innovation at UNICEF New York, Mr Christopher Fabian.

Representing the last three is the founder and CEO of a business development firm in the United Arab Emirates, Dremmwel MEA, Mr Bruno Haubertin; the Israel Innovation Authority Executive Director, Mr Avi Luvton, as well as Dr Taslimarif Saiyed, Director and Chief Operations Officer at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms of India (C-CAMP).

Incidentally, back home, leading the pack of public sector speakers is the new Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology, Mr Joe Mucheru.

The Communications Authority of Kenya Director General, Engineer Francis Wangusi; Kenya Vision 2030 Director General, Prof Gituro Wainanina; Konza Technopolis Development Authority chief executive, Engineer John Tanui, and Cabinet Secretary for Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Adan Mohammed, among others, comprise the long list.

On the other hand, representing the private sector, Dr Laila Macharia, Vice Chair of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) is expected to moderate a VVIP panel on the third day of the event, which will also be the official opening.

The same category features Equity Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive, Dr James Mwangi; Barclays Bank of Kenya Managing Director, Jeremy Awori, among others.




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