Past-Events RAIN-Africa Workshop: Responsible AI and Start-Ups

Date: 17/03/2021

Time: 13:00 CET

Registration: Here

Moderator: Lavina ramkissoon, Chairperson, Advisor, Conscious Creator

AI is anticipated to be a major force shaping the socio-economic structure of development systems in Africa and create efficiencies gains by optimizing key business activities such as supply chain and pricing. In this context, the entrepreneurial opportunities of AI applications in Africa will likely increase with advances in infrastructure and new methods of data collection.

Join RAIN-Africa on 17 March from 13:00 CET as we discus these and other questions about AI application business in Africa as they pertain to start ups. Discussion topics include:

  • The role of various AI stakeholders: government, regulator and entrepreneurs.
  • Challenges for AI development and implementation in Africa.
  • Best practice examples of responsible AI start ups in Africa.

We encourage all interested stakeholders to join in on the discussion.


John Kamara, Tech Entrepreneur

John Kamara is a Tech Entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience working in new market acquisitions across various technology verticals in Europe, America, Asia and Africa. He is a Pan African renowned business leader, entrepreneur, investor, consultant, mentor and public speaker. John’s current focus is how smart technologies can be leveraged in solving some of the most prominent and pertinent socio-economic challenges in Africa; and how various players can play a role through empowerment of existing structures and systems to build holistic sustainable ecosystems in problem solving. Having founded and successfully sold his first company SpadeSocial – a lifestyle and entertainment focused tech start-up (2009 – 2012), John dedicates his time sharing his knowledge, experiences and network with up-and-coming entrepreneurs in tech and beyond fueled by his passion to see more successful tech driven companies launch out of Africa.

Ida Nganga, Regional Head Anglophone Countries, UNESCO Emerging Technologies for Development

Ida Nganga is the Global President, Startup Innovation at the Global Council for the Promotion of International Trade; the Regional Head Anglophone Countries, UNESCO Emerging Technologies for Development which is based in Bordeaux, France; and on the Boards of the International Centre for Enterprise Development (ICED Digitizing Trade Taskforce) and Globe Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Mentor Ida is also a certified leadership and management trainer by Dale Carnegie International which uses the behavioral science approach, as well as a much sought after global speaker known for her oratory prowess

Jessica Colaco, co- founder and VP of Growth of Brave

Jessica is the co- founder and VP of Growth of Brave, a HR tech company building a workforce planning app for managers to bet on the right mix of people to complete a project and hit targets. She is passionate about how ecosystems arise and evolve over time and has  built various communities in the last 10 years from developers, start-ups, corporates and investors as part of the founding team at iHub. She is a TED fellow and Harambean Oppenheimer 2020 fellow. In her spare time, she is a musician and bass guitarist