Seven thought leaders explain the one thing they would change if magic wands existed.
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Juanita Clark is the Chief Executive Officer of the Digital Council Africa.
Vino Govender is Executive for Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions and Innovation at Dark Fibre Africa.
Dr. Geci Karuri-Sebina is a multi-disciplinary scholar-practitioner currently occupied in several capacities working at the intersection between people, place and technological change, focusing on the global south.
Steve Apps is a Smart City and Industry 4.0 technology expert. He’s past CTO of Huawei Southern Africa for government services.
Bronwyn Williams is a Partner at Flux Trends. She's a Futurist, Economist, and Business Trends Analyst.
Dmitry Pozhidaev is Global Advisor at UN Capital Development Fund, he’s based in Uganda.
About the Digital Council Africa
Digital technologies offer widespread disruption and will, with it, unlock new opportunities for rapid economic growth, innovation, job creation, and access to services. The goal of the organisation is to stimulate growth in the digital sector by sharing knowledge on this subject with policymakers, operators, and influencers.
The Digital Council's mission is to support public and private sector to work together to deliver on the expectations of a gigabit society. Through developing the digital transformation stack - we hope to educate and guide all involved in the framework and infrastructure for the next generation of Internet applications and platforms and ultimately to remove the boundaries of technological inclusion.
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