Parallel Session 2.1: By Taking Advantage of the Digital Age
Bitange Ndemo is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Nairobi’s Business School. His research centres on the link between ICTs and small and medium enterprises with emphasis on how ICTs influence economic development in Africa. Professor Ndemo chaired the Kenya Distributed Ledgers and Artificial Intelligence Taskforce that developed the country’s road map for digital transformation. He is an advisor and Board member to several organizations including Safaricom, one of the leading telecommunication companies in Africa and is a member of the OECD Expert Panel for Blockchain, World Economic Forum Global Blockchain Council (part of the World Economic Forum’s Global Fourth Industrial Revolution Councils). Besides having been a Permanent Secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Communication where he was credited with facilitating many transformative ICT projects, he has also served as a Senior Advisor to UN’s Global Pulse (Big Data initiatives) and the UNCDF’s Better than Cash Alliance and UNICEF’s Innovation Council. He is an Open Data/Big Data evangelist and dedicated to simplification (visualization) of data for ordinary citizens to consume. He writes two columns every week for the Business Daily and Nation on-line.