Why Tech Today Matters
As One Belt One Road investments accelerate, it is more important than ever that China has community buy-in to be successful on the continent. China Africa Tech Initiative (CAT-I, pronounced cat eye) is playing a pivotal role in facilitating not only high-level mutual understanding, but also creating ties with Africa’s future— the tech community. Neither Chinese nor African companies know how to contextualize their learnings within the others’ ecosystems, so exchange programs are ineffective and don't create sustaining change. CAT-I is a platform based on collaboration-based peer mentoring, market entry advisory, and results-driven matching of tools and products. We believe in substantiated projects, solving for very tangible problems in Sub-Saharan Africa.
6+ countries and growing
Founder, China Africa Tech Initiative
Head of Marketing & Communications, BitPesa
Having lived on three continents, Stephany strives to create stories that knit together diverse backgrounds and is currently fostering China-Africa tech ecosystems. Entrepreneurial at heart, Stephany founded ecommerce site BUNDSHOP.com, and League X, a boutique tech branding firm. She helped launch SAP’s flagship SME product in China, as well as consulted for a number of Chinese SOE’s, including Ping’An and China Telecom. She is currently the Head of Marketing at Duma Works, a human-centered, technology powered Her passion project is Phoenix Risen, a nonprofit to bring men and women together to combat sexual violation, active in New York, Nairobi, and Shanghai.
Founder, Kente & Silk
China Director, Development Reimagined
Zahra Baitie is a Ghanaian, British and Lebanese consultant focused on promoting African agency in the China-Africa relationship. She is a graduate of Yale University, and the Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University. Fluent in Mandarin and keen to positively impact Sino-Africa relations, she is currently serving as the ‘China Director’ of Development Reimagined a firm that aims to use real, on-the-ground data and tangible experiences to drive development in the Global South. Zahra also organized Beijing’s first ever Africa Week: a series of events and activities aimed at increasing positive engagement of Africa in China in May 2018.
James Da Costa
Director, Partnerships & Innovations, CAT-I
Co-Founder, Mandala Group
As a Co-Founder of Mandala Group, James specialises in designing and developing mobile applications for low-income and rural communities across Asia and Africa. He has spent significant time in the Nairobi and Shanghai startup eco-systems. He is also a Regional Director for Hult Prize, the world's leading platform for the creation and launch of for-good, for-profit start-ups emerging from universities. James regularly engages in public speaking about social impact and technology, including Startup Grind, TEDx and UK Parliament.
Isaac Kwaku Fokuo
CEO and Principal, BOTHO
Founder of SACE
Isaac Kwaku Fokuo, Jr. offers strategic and leadership guidance to support clients successfully navigate the nuances of emerging growth markets. Kwaku is the founder and principal of BOTHO Limited, an emerging markets investment advisory firm. Kwaku is also founder of the Sino-Africa Centre of Excellence (SACE), an organization that facilitates partnerships between Chinese and African private and public sector actors. Most recently he served as the VP for Strategy and Linkages for the African Leadership Group (ALG). Kwaku is a member of the China-Africa Wildlife Conservation Council (CAWCC), an Aspen Institute and Africa Wildlife Foundation Initiative. Kwaku holds an MA in International Relations with a focus on security and regional integration from the UChicago, an MBA Kellsdtadt School of Business, and a Certificate in Executive Education in Leadership from the Oxford University Saïd Business School.
First African on Chinese TV News Anchor turned Africa "Perception Change Agent" and startup founder in branding and advertising; Spends time in tech hubs across Africa and moderating or speaking on panels at conferences around the world; Striving to be a better champion for people with Autism.
- Lean Startup Machine winner; Lagos
- World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and Dangote Fellow
- African Leadership Network New Generation Leader
- ZimbabweTop 10 Under 40 Most Influential
Founder, China Africa Podcast
is a veteran new media and broadcast journalist with over 25 years experience in Asia, Africa, the United States and Europe. Eric has worked with many of the world’s leading news companies including CNN, the BBC World Service, the Associated Press and at FRANCE 24 in Paris where he served as the network’s Editor in Chief of New Media. Currently, Eric is the Managing Director of the APAC Ford Content Factory at PRISM. Eric has a degree in East African history from the University of California at Berkeley and a masters degree in international public affairs from the University of Hong Kong. He is fluent in both Mandarin Chinese and French while becoming increasingly conversant in Vietnamese.
Assistant General Manager at Transsnet Financial
Annie Hu is a Nairobi-based social entrepreneur and a Harvard SEED fellow in 2014. She has traveled repeatedly to Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda and other African countries for the past 4 years and has kept a close eye on East Africa’s tech ecosystem. She is currently working for a Chinese high-tech company investing in Africa market by delivering the most localized mobile internet services. Before that, she co-founded China House in April 2014, the first Chinese social enterprises to operate in Africa.
CEO and Founder, Development Reimagined
Hannah is a former Kenyan and British diplomat and economist with over 15 years of experience. She has recently founded Development Reimagined, a wholly foreign owned enterprise based in Beijing, and she is also China Representative of ChinaAfrica Advisory. These two consulting firms provide strategic advice and practical support to Chinese and international organisations and stakeholders on issues from the Belt and Road Initiative, to Africa’s growth markets, development effectiveness, green growth and China’s foreign aid. Prior to this she led the United Nations Development Programme’s work with China to help it scale up and improve its cooperation with other developing countries, including in Africa. She writes for a range of publications including Project Syndicate and the Guardian, and in 2016 was nominated “New African Woman on the Rise”. She has contributed to a range of publications, most notably in 2006 she co-authored the Stern Review of the Economics of Climate Change.
Senior Consultant at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
was a founding member of Bain & Company Lagos office (2014-2016). Claire has more than 4 years of experience in Africa, mainly in Nigeria and South Africa, working as a consultant on banking, e-commerce, and government. Claire is also a promoter of 'China-Africa technology cooperation' and actively speaks at various conferences to promote this idea. Beyond work, she runs a personal blog continuously featuring business insights and social stories of Africa, and also organized offline thought leadership talk events to share with hundreds of Chinese young professionals the real Africa, on technology, entrepreneurship and social innovation. She graduated from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
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