Aaron’s energy comes from building, scaling and investing in technology products in corporate and startup environments. He has co-founded both B2B & B2C businesses, in Africa – he has led seed stage equity investments in 20+ startups (totalling $2m+), driven the exit of 3 startups in Africa, he also sits on the board of of startups ranging from AgriTech to Transport and has worked with 100s through partners like Visa, MTN, Airbus, Société Générale and the World Bank. Prior to the Catalyst Fund – which backs transformative inclusive fintech startups across Africa, Asia and Latam, he was the Managing Director of MEST, Africa’s Largest Pre-Seed Incubator, and Managing Partner for Africa at Nest.vc, a Hong Kong based fund, which he joined after a career in financial services.
More than 15 years of Management Consulting experience advising Fortune 500’s in Strategy and Operations.
Served as Senior Advisor to the Jobs Creation Commissioner under the Primer Minister’s Office in Ethiopia, Vice President of the Location Strategy group for BNP Paribas in San Francisco, Africa Regional Director for a Silicon Valley based big data analytics startup.
Having read Electrical and Electronics Engineering at University of South Wales, Ayela immediately began hits working life as a techpreneur, feeding his passions for solving problems and creating value for those around him. In 2017, he got his first exposure to the cryptocurrency space, and in 2019 he co-founded BitAprica . His experience on the ground has provided Ayela with a unique perspective enabling him to understand first-hand the challenges faced by crypto businesses in Kenya and Africa.
Ayela has been collaborating with governments and the private sector over the last 2 years, he believes this approach will be beneficial in the long run as it will pave the way for mass adoption of blockchain technology and digital virtual assets in a sustained manner.
“BitAprica is a truly African decentralised P2P cryptocurrency market place with emphasis on simplicity and cost reduction
Kieno has spent more than 20 years in the broadcasting space, with more than 12 000 hours of his life getting to know people, especially through his talk radio experience.
He has hosted the biggest non-SABC commercial breakfast show in South Africa on Jacaranda FM, and is currently flirting with his love, Talk Radio.
At 43 he is a father of 3, the host of the morning show on Cape Talk and runs a strategy business called KKStrategic (KKS), which focuses on helping really clever people understand human beings.
KKS focuses on people centered value proposition creation and market entry strategies, and has a keen interest in Enterprise and Supplier Development. Through KKS, Kieno is partnering with a Brazilian start-up to widen the blockchain reach into Africa, and is on the verge of bringing home produced thermal imaging solutions to South Africa. Kieno also gains entry to markets through his extensive trust networks which range from the USA to Central and Eastern Europe, and is in the process of developing a European based business which will scale developing world tech, globally.
Dr. Yegor Aushev, is the CEO at CyberUnit.Tech and a cybersecurity expert who popularized the concept and legal use of Ethical Hackers, in particular for objects of critical infrastructure. Furthermore, he is a co-author of several international working papers on legislative cybersecurity reforms in Ukraine and has presented at over 50 conferences. Yegor Aushev holds a Ph.D in High Energy Physics.
PhD in Computer Science, Sikorskiy Kyiv Polytechnic Institute; MSc (with Hons) in Computer Science, Institute for Applied System Analysis, NTUU “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”.
Results-oriented IT Executive with over 10 years of development and technical leadership.
Expertise in Machine and Deep Learning (including Computer Vision and Natural Language processing), Data Science (big data analytics and information retrieval), development of complex intelligent and decision making systems, blockchain based secure platforms design, penetration testing and security audit.
With more than 25 years of experience in Technology of which more than 12 years as a CIO/COO in Financial Services industry (Conventional and Islamic). Mohamed Roushdy had been working for major financial services, conglomerate, Management Consulting (PWC, Booz & Co), Real-estate asset management and software services companies in the region. He had the distinction of being an executive team member on establishing four Islamic Finance startups in MENA as well he led the IT team on the
first ever transformation of conventional to Islamic Bank back in 2001.
Mohamed has a strong expertise in Digital strategy, Governance, Applications Services, Networking, Information security and Infrastructure management / Cloud computing models. Mohamed had been focusing on recent years on technology disruptions in financial services such as Blockchain, Big Data, artificial intelligence/ Machine learning and IOT and he had many keynote speeches in these disruptive Technologies , Fintech , as well consider as one of the main Fintech and Digital Banking contributors in the Middle East in different channels including TV and news portal interviews about recent market developments.
Mohamed hold MBA from Manchester Business School (MBS) and received the award of Distinguished Ambassador of Manchester Business School – Middle East, as well studied Blockchain strategy at Saïd Business School – University of Oxford.
Mohamed has been rated amongst the top 50 Digital leaders (CXO50) in Middle East by CXO Insights Middle East Magazine in 2020 and had been considers on the best 50 CIOs in the Middle East 2012 by CNME magazine, and had been nominated as one of the technology leaders in Middle East by FT Summit in many years and had been speaking and chairing major regional and international Technology and Finance conferences.
Machine Learning Trainings
Designed a Curriculum & conducted 20+ Training sessions on ML.
Conducted a one day workshop on RPA – UiPath in Emirates Towers UAE for Industry Experts and College Grads.
Digital Transformation Initiatives
As a part of Digital Transformation, worked on multiple Customer Journeys to design & develop intelligent applications using Big Data, Machine Learning, Chatbots and RPA.
Participated multiple hackathon. Ideated, Designed and Developed prototypes using ML, BlockChain, IoT and REST API.
Worked in multiple locations in US for around 4 years and in Middle East.
Deep Learning A-ZTM: Hands-On Artificial Neural Networks IBM Blockchain Foundation Developer UiPath Solution Architect – Robotic Process Automation Apache Spark with Scala – Hands On with Big Data!
Top 100 Blockchain Leader in World, Salman is Managing Director of “Avantas Technology Accelerator” as a way to expand Blockchain Technology Solutions for government entities, international bodies & large scale enterprises. Managing the ‘daily pulse’ of the cutting edge initiatives he is leading the team focused on defining, launching, and scaling the accelerator globally and thus imparting his passion for societal impact through digital transformation initiatives. Avantas Tech under Bin Zayed Group is currently co-creating a technology enabled future with United Nation body and government entities in several countries. MedsLOCK (medslock.com) is highlight project supporting government authorities, healthcare officials & businesses countering COVID-19 outbreak.
A key influencer in the space of Enterprise Blockchain adaption. He has moderated events & presented keynotes at stages around the world including a talk at esteemed TED platform. He’s a Blockchain & FinTech specialist in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Faculty. A results-driven professional with over 19 years in corporate & entrepreneurial roles aligning People, Performance and Profit. He has been featured as success story in “Soul Beats @ UAE” the book published by Dubai Government. Pursuing his Doctorate degree, he is a CIPD Member and one of the pioneer Lead Auditors of ISO 29990:2010 for L&D operations.
Salman lives, plays and works in Dubai and on stages around the world committed to empower the human potential.