By Emeka Aginam
The GSMA has announced additional speakers for the 2016 Mobile 360 Series Africa conference slated to take place end of this month at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Similarly, the GSMA has confirmed the start-up companies that will be presenting as part of Jumpstart programme during the forum.

At Mobile 360 – Africa, CEOs and senior executives from leading mobile companies and from players across the digital ecosystem will address the most pressing mobile trends and issues.

Already, new speakers confirmed to join the existing line-up at Mobile 360 – Africa will include, Paul K. Bomani, General Manager, Projects Division, AIM Group, Esther Maina, Head of Strategy, AIM Group

Daddy Bujitu Mukadi, Chief Regulatory Officer, Airtel Africa, Thomas Losendjola, Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and New Technologies (PTNTIC), Democratic Republic of Congo, Taha Jiwaji, Founder and CEO, Bongo Live and Co-Founder, Kinu

Nisha Malhan, Senior Manager, Policy, Mozilla, Thecla Mbongue, Senior Analyst Middle East and Africa, Ovum, Chantal Umutoni Kagame, Deputy CEO, Tigo Rwanda, Nick Hurd, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for International Development, UK, Jack Rabah, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Middle East and Africa, Wikimedia Foundation, Edward Anderson, Senior Technology and Innovation Specialist, World Bank.

“Mobile 360 – Africa is now only two weeks away and we are looking forward to convening players from across the mobile ecosystem and adjacent industries to discuss the unprecedented opportunity that mobile provides to improve and enhance social and economic development in the region,” Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA, said.

According to the organizers, the event will comprise thought-provoking keynote addresses, fireside chats, and panel discussions.

With the overall event theme of “Accelerating Access for All to Create a Digitally Inclusive Society”, each session, according to the promoters will tackle a different aspect of the empowerment story, such as “Developing Ecosystems for Future Digital Services”, “Creating Opportunities for Local Content” and much more. The full conference agenda is available at www.mobile360series.com/africa/#agenda/.

In addition to the main conference, Mobile 360 – Africa will highlight the initiatives and activities undertaken by the GSMA Mobile for Development programme.

The event will focus on the GSMA’s work to increase access to and use of life-enhancing mobile services; acceleration of socioeconomic improvements for the underserved, especially women, rural and youth; and particularly digital and financial inclusion and identity for the unregistered.

Jumpstart Pitch Platform Participants Selected

Jumpstart is in its second year at Mobile 360 – Africa and links the mobile industry with entrepreneurs and start-ups from across Sub-Saharan Africa. The event combines a keynote session and an energetic pitch stage, with an informal networking reception.

The start-up pitch platform will showcase companies including AlemHealth, Edutariffa, KopaGas, mPaper, WeFarm and Wonderkid, who will each give a brief five-minute pitch to a panel of operators and to the audience. The pitch platform offers a unique opportunity for start-ups to pitch for potential business and possible partnerships with mobile operators.

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