Rebecca Enonchong, founder and CEO of AppsTech, a provider of enterprise application solutions and chair of ActivSpaces, Cameroun was elected board chair AfriLabs during the 4th edition of the AfriLabs Annual Gathering held from the 28th – 30th October, 2019 at the African Union Headquarters.
Moataz Helmy from the District, Egypt was elected Board Secretary while the new Board Treasurer is Kudzai M. Mubaiwa from iZone Hub, Zimbabwe.
The new Francophone Representative is Fatoumata Niang Niox of Jokkolabs, Senegal while Kenya’s Nekesa Were from iHub is a Board Member. Other Board Members include Daniel Chinagozi of Innovation Growth Hub, Nigeria and Linda Kwamboka of iBiz Africa at Strathmore University, Kenya.
The outgoing Board include: Bernard Chira (Board Secretary), Rakotoarivo Noharintsafidy Sarobidy (Board Treasurer), Regina Mbodj (Francophone Representative). Rebecca Enonchong was unopposed and re-elected as the Board Chair of AfriLabs, while a position on the Board (occupied by Nekesa Were) wasn’t open for election as a means to ensure smooth transition and continuity from the previous Board to the new Board.
Apart from appointing a new board, highlights of this year’s Gathering included the official launch of Catalyst – a new investment solution for African startups, in partnership with the African Business Angels Network (ABAN); the EdTech Hub – an education technology research project that seeks to develop education technology in developing countries, in partnership with the University of Cambridge, the Overseas Development Institute, Results for Development, Brink, Jigsaw, Open Development and Education, INJINI, e-Learning Africa and BRAC; and the AfriLabs Capacity Building Programme (ACBP) – a 36 months intensive capacity building programme for hubs across Africa, with a funding of 2 Million Euros by the French Development Agency (AFD).
“Following our theme, “Connect: Toward An Integrated Innovation Ecosystem” we succeeded in bringing together key actors from innovation hubs, the investment space, development, corporate, academia, the diaspora and government to not only have very important conversations and proffer solutions but more importantly, build relationships and, as evident in some of the programme pledges and MoUs signed, take concrete steps in meeting our collective agenda. This to us was a huge success and we are grateful to everyone who made it happen!” – Anna Ekeledo, Executive Director, AfriLabs.