The Mastercard Foundation EdTech Conference 2024

8-10 July 2024 | Abuja, Nigeria

Welcome to the Mastercard Foundation EdTech Conference 2024, where innovators, leaders and young people gather to drive transformative change in education across Africa. Join us for this high-level convening of stakeholders committed to accelerating quality and equitable education for young people through technology. Together, we’ll explore cutting-edge ideas, strategic partnerships, and the future of education technology in Africa.

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  • Ministry of Youth Development
  • Ministry of Digital Economy
  • Ministry of Education

600Attendees

40+Speakers

20Exhibitors

03Days

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Discussing the current state of EdTech in Africa and its impact on learning challenges.

  • Graduation hat icon Key challenges & opportunities
    Identifying challenges and opportunities for creating resilient, tech-driven education systems
  • Graduation hat icon Potential Awareness
    Increasing awareness of the potential of EdTech to strengthen education systems
  • Graduation hat icon Innovative Solutions
    Showcasing innovative EdTech solutions and sharing best practices

The event will bring together hundreds of participants across various stakeholder groups

Policy Makers

Policy Makers

Ministers of Education, youth, ICT, Innovation & Digital; local government officials and more.

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Learning institutions

Learning institutions

School administrators, professors, educators, teacher training institutions, universities, vocational training institutions.

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Tech Innovators

Tech Innovators

EdTech start-ups, established EdTech companies, online learning platforms, educational content creators, and research institutions.

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Ecosystem Enablers

Ecosystem Enablers

Investors, venture capitalists, development partners, philanthropic foundations, tech hubs, NGOs

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Young People

Young People

Students, youth leaders, EdTech users.

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Telcos

Telcos

Mobile network operators, internet service providers, and telecommunications companies.

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Bringing together seasoned speakers from across the globe

Professor Tahir Mamman, OON, SAN

Professor Tahir Mamman, OON, SAN

Honourable Minister of Education, Federal Republic of Nigeria

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Dr. ‘Bosun Tijani

Dr. ‘Bosun Tijani

Honourable Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Federal Republic of Nigeria  ​

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Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim

Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim

Honourable Minister of Youth Development, Federal Republic of Nigeria

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Prof. Peter Materu

Prof. Peter Materu

Chief Program Officer, Mastercard Foundation

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Tina Muparadzi

Tina Muparadzi

Executive Director, Education and Transitions, Mastercard Foundation​

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Joseph Nsengimana

Joseph Nsengimana

Director, Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning, Mastercard Foundation

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Sophia Ashipala

Sophia Ashipala

Head of Education Division, African Union

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Albert Nsengiyumva

Albert Nsengiyumva

Executive Secretary, Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA).

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Ms. Chido Mpemba

Ms. Chido Mpemba

Special Envoy on Youth, African Union

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Rosy Fynn

Rosy Fynn

Country Director, Nigeria Programs, Mastercard Foundation

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Suraj Shah

Suraj Shah

Head Strategic Partnerships and Thought Leadership, Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning, Mastercard Foundation

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Joyce Muchena

Joyce Muchena

Head, Gender Mainstreaming, Mastercard Foundation

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Eliud Chemweno

Eliud Chemweno

Head, EdTech Ecosystems, Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning, Mastercard Foundation

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Nathalie Niyonzima

Nathalie Niyonzima

Head, Programs Learning and Innovation, Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning, Mastercard Foundation

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Oluwaseun Kayode

Oluwaseun Kayode

Founder, Schoolinka

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Dr. Martha R. L. Muhwezi

Dr. Martha R. L. Muhwezi

Executive Director, Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)-Africa

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Joseph E. Manirakiza

Joseph E. Manirakiza

Youth Catalyst Portfolio Lead, UNDP Tanzania

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Prof. Muhammed Olawale Hakeem AMUDA 

Prof. Muhammed Olawale Hakeem AMUDA 

Professor, Faculty of Engineering, University of Lagos,

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Dr. Yousif Asfour

Dr. Yousif Asfour

Chief Innovation and Transformation Officer, American University of Beirut

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Samuel Yalew Adela

Samuel Yalew Adela

Country Director, Ethiopia Programs, Mastercard Foundation

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Prof. Robert Oboko

Prof. Robert Oboko

Dean, Faculty of Science & Technology, University of Nairobi

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Dr. Philip Machoka

Dr. Philip Machoka

Assistant Professor of Information Systems and the Director of e-learning at United States International University - Africa

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John Hall

John Hall

Chief Product Technology Officer for African Leadership University Foundation.

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Keelan Whiting

Keelan Whiting

CEO and co-founder of Reflective Learning

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Helinna Ayalew

Helinna Ayalew

Head of Innovation Partnerships Liquid Intelligent Technologies, Ethiopia

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Rosemary Nduhiu

Rosemary Nduhiu

Executive Director, Country Programs, Mastercard Foundation.

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Rica Rwigamba

Rica Rwigamba

Country Director, Ghana Programs, Mastercard Foundation

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Obum Ekeke 

Obum Ekeke 

Head of Education Partnerships, DeepMind.

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NONYE UJAM

NONYE UJAM

Government Affairs Lead, Nigeria, Microsoft

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Mark Horner

Mark Horner

Director of Learning & Impact, Siyavula

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Dr. Amy Ogan

Dr. Amy Ogan

Professor of Learning Science, CMU

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Evans Atis

Evans Atis

Education-Economist, Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

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Rodwell Mangisi

Rodwell Mangisi

Digital Economy Director, Mastercard Foundation

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Titi Adewusi

Titi Adewusi

Co-founder & CEO, 9ija Kids

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Alex Twinomugisha

Alex Twinomugisha

Senior Education Specialist, the World Bank

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Ruth Jacob

Ruth Jacob

EdTech Student, University of Lagos

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Georgine Auma

Georgine Auma

Director, eKitabu

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Muluneh Atinaf (PhD)

Muluneh Atinaf (PhD)

eLearning Coordinator, ICT & Digital Education, Ethiopia

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Umar Kakumba (PhD)

Umar Kakumba (PhD)

Professor of Public Sector Management and the Deputy Vice Chancellor/ Vice President (Academic Affairs) at Makerere University

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Gilbert Ngaira

Gilbert Ngaira

CEO and Founder, Ntemata, Kenya

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Dr. Adefunke Ekine

Dr. Adefunke Ekine

Deputy Director, Research and External Relations, Tai Solarin University of Education

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Ojoma Ochai

Ojoma Ochai

Managing Director, CcHub

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Tom Vandenbosch

Tom Vandenbosch

Global Director of Programs, VVOB

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Stijn De Lameillieure

Stijn De Lameillieure

Head of Private Sector & Foundations, GPE

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Minu Limbu

Minu Limbu

Regional Lead for Innovation & Technology for Development, UNICEF

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Professor Angela Owusu-Ansah

Professor Angela Owusu-Ansah

Provost, Ashesi University

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Timothy  Brown

Timothy Brown

Director of Research Carnegie Mellon University Africa

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Adrian Bukenya

Adrian Bukenya

Country Director, Uganda Programs, Mastercard Foundation

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Dawn Straw

Dawn Straw

Executive Director, University Design Institute, Arizona State University

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MICHAEL JIN FUNG (DR)冯进能(博士)

MICHAEL JIN FUNG (DR)冯进能(博士)

Executive Director, Institute of Future of Education, Tec de Monterrey

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Nissi Madu

Nissi Madu

Managing Partner, CcHub

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Nana Gyamfi Adwabour

Nana Gyamfi Adwabour

Executive Director, Centre for National Distance Learning and Open Schooling (CENDLOS), Ghana

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Karen Muriuki

Karen Muriuki

Neurodiversity Consultant, Ubongo International

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Jennifer Otieno

Jennifer Otieno

Co-Founder and CEO of EdTech East Africa

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Frequently asked questions

Who should I expect to see at the conference?

Participants of the main conference will include Education and Technology stakeholders: Ministers of Education and their technical advisors, development partners, Tech Hubs, public and private sector leaders in ICT for education, telcos, EdTech entrepreneurs, innovators, EdTech experts, Education institutions, teachers, young people, media and more.

The Ministerial Forum will bring together Ministers of Education from 20 African countries: Nigeria (host country), Ghana, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Ethiopia, Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, Liberia, Morocco, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mozambique.

What is the format of the conference?

The conference sessions are a mix of keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, and networking breaks. Event staff will be available at the venue to assist with any questions or concerns. For more information please see the conference schedule.

What key outcomes should I expect from the conference?

Key outcomes from the conference include identifying and documenting young people's learning challenges; aligning on the status of focus for action in the EdTech ecosystem in Africa; and raising awareness of EdTech's potential to address challenges of access to learning. The conference will foster the sharing of best practices and demonstrate innovative EdTech solutions, identifying key challenges and opportunities for creating resilient education systems in Africa.

The conference will seek to establish a baseline for commitment to clear and measurable goals to be reached by 2026. Each represented country will identify and share 3-to-5 items it intends to progress on before the next conference in 2026. Progress will be reported during the 2026 conference as a means to hold governments accountable.

How do I access visa application support?

The Foundation will provide support including direct applications, issuing visa invitation letters, providing documentation assistance, and offering travel advisory information. Please indicate interest in the RSVP link included in the email invitation.

Will travel arrangements be made?

The Foundation will assist guests with travel arrangements, including booking flights and accommodation. Hotel reservations and/or transportation options will be provided. To access this support, please indicate interest in the RSVP link included in the email invitation.

Will airport transfers be available?

Transfers will be provided to and fro the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, Nigeria. There will be conference attendants awaiting your arrival at the airport, to usher you to your hotel.

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