ABOUT BLOCKCHAIN AFRICA CONFERENCE 2022

Ready for Business?

Bitcoin Events 2nd virtual and 8th annual edition of the Blockchain Africa Conference was hosted on the 17 and 18 March 2022. The conference attracted 1964 attendees from 113 countries and facilitated discussions on the exciting opportunities and developments taking place in the African and global blockchain ecosystem.

Over the years, the conference themes have evolved and aligned with the global adoption of blockchain technology: ‘Moving Africa Forward’, ‘Beyond the Hype’, ‘From Hype to Mainstream’, with the 2022 theme as ‘Ready for Business?’.

The Blockchain Africa Conference 2022 comes alongside the growing collective sentiment and increases in the adoption of blockchain technology. Many private and public organizations are implementing the technology and leveraging it to develop robust, enterprise-ready solutions. The industry has matured, and as a result, it is less susceptible to hype and speculation.

With incredible insights, discussions, debates and panel discussions, it is clear that blockchain and cryptocurrencies are ready for business.

The African and global blockchain ecosystems continue to grow rapidly, reshaping global industries and paving the way for a more digitally robust and inclusive future.

John Kamara, Founder of Adanian Labs and Afyarekod, and Chairman of the African Blockchain Centre, was the Master of Ceremonies of the conference.

The 3 keynote speakers were Dr. Edward Obasi, Chief Operating Officer at DafriGroup PLC, Misha Lederman, Director of Communications at Klever Finance and Charles Hoskinson, Founder and CEO of IOHK (Input Output Hong Kong) and Founder of Cardano.

Premier Sponsors were DafriBank, Klever Finance and Blockchain.com.

The Diamond Sponsors were AmaZix, Amber Group, BNB Chain, The HBAR Foundation, Huobi Global and Metis. Gold Sponsors were AltCoinTrader, CryptoCurrencyWire (CCW), Luno, QuidPro, Tacen, and The Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB).

Visit the Bitcoin Events YouTube channel here to watch the recordings of the talks and panel discussions and to read our full overview of the conference, visit the website here.

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Who Attended?

Speaker Videos

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John Kamara


Founder of Adanian Labs and Afyarekod and Chairman of the African Blockchain Centre
Welcome Address by Master of Ceremonies

Charles Hoskinson


Founder and CEO of IOHK (Input Output Hong Kong) and Founder of Cardano
Keynote Address: Input Output in Africa

Dr. Edward Obasi


Chief Operation Officer at DafriGroup PLC
Keynote Address: DafriGroup is Revolutionalising Banking and Finance in Africa Through DafriBank Digital Limited and DafriXchange Pro

Misha Lederman


Director of Communications at Klever
Keynote Address: Klever Finance and the Klever Ecosystem

Norbert Amankwaa Adomako


Chief of Communications at Metis
Metis Layer 2

Samy Karim


Ecosystem Development at BNB Smart Chain
Drivers of Blockchain Infra and Global Adoption

Jeff Mei


Director of Global Strategy at Huobi Group
Hacks and Checks: What Keeps a Cryptocurrency Exchange Secure?

Christopher Light


Founder and CEO of E-Livestock Global
Unlocking the Value of Livestock in Africa with Blockchain

Siddharth Singhal


Director of Enterprise at Parity Technologies
Polkadot: Providing Business Solutions

Ernest Mbenkum


Founder and CEO of Interstellar Inc. and Founder of the Bantu Blockchain Foundation
Blockchain in Action in Africa

Kamran Shahin


Vice President of Product Development – Blockchain and Digital Currencies for the EEMEA region at Mastercard
Enabling Safe and Compliant Crypto Transactions

Sophia Shluger


Managing Director at Amber Group UK
Digital Wealth: The Evolution of Value

Ian Putter


Head Blockchain COE, Innovation as a Service at Standard Bank
What is the Status of Blockchain in Banking in South Africa?

Herco Steyn


Senior Fintech Specialist in the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) Fintech Unit
Divergence or Convergence: CBDC, Stablecoins and Crypto

Dr. Christopher Cleverly and Rory Bowen


Dr. Christopher Cleverly: President at Tingo International Holdings
Rory Bowen: Chief of Staff at Tingo International Holdings
Using Blockchain Technology to Change Farming in Africa

Fireside Chat: New Economy: Crypto as the Financial System of the Internet?


Hosted by Piers Ridyard: CEO at RDX Works

Lane Kasselman: Chief Business Officer at Blockchain.com

Panel: Next Generation of Cross-Border Payments in Africa


Moderator: Ernest Mbenkum: Founder and CEO of Interstellar Inc. and Founder of the Bantu Blockchain Foundation

Emmanuel Babalola: Director at Binance Africa
Elendu Uche: CEO of AppZone Switch
Elizabeth Rossiello: Founder and CEO of AZA Finance

Panel: Smart Contract Blockchains for Businesses


Moderator: Elisha Akyaw: Social Media Specialist at Cointelegraph

Viv Diwakar: Director of Technology, Strategy at The HBAR Foundation
Dave Uhryniak: Director of Blockchain Strategy at TRON
Samy Karim: Ecosystem Development at BNB Chain

Panel: Crypto and Blockchain Investments – From a VC Perspective


Moderator: Ruby Nimkar: Fund Partner at GreenHouse Capital Africa

Anil Hansjee: General Partner at Fabric Ventures
Chris Maurice: CEO and Co-founder of Yellow Card
Gideon Greaves: Managing Director for Africa at CV VC
Cyrine Ben Fadhel: Investment Associate at Global Ventures

Panel: The Value of SSI to Organisations and Citizens in a South African Context


Moderator: Lohan Spies: Founder and CEO of DIDx and Chair of Sovrin Steward Council

Anushka Soma-Patel: Product Manager for Atala PRISM Ecosystem at Input Output (IOHK)
Mark Brits: Senior General Manager at The Banking Association South Africa
Sean Mouton: Chief Technology Manager Head of R&D at Absa
Terry Kelly: Founder and Director at The Digital Databank
Dalene Deale: Executive Head at Secure Citizen

Panel: Blockchain: Improving Margins, Visibility and Transparency Throughout the Supply Chain


Moderator: Nathan Williams: Founder and CEO of Minespider

Sabrina Tachdjian: Head of Fintech and Payments at the HBAR Foundation
Anzill Adams: Founder and CEO of DataLedger
Michael Awori: Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer: Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB)
Gerhard Dinhof: Senior Architect and Blockchain Country Lead for IBM South Africa

Panel: The State of Digital Asset Regulation in Africa and Globally


Moderator: Carmelle Cadet: Founder and CEO of EMTECH

Wiehann Olivier: Partner and Digital Assets Lead at Mazars South Africa
Arushi Goel: Data Policy and Blockchain at World Economic Forum (WEF)
Dr Praphul Chandra: Founder at Koinearth

Panel: Cryptocurrency Institutional Investment: Increasing Returns and Improving Diversification


Moderator: Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr: Editor-in-Chief at Cointelegraph

Kalin Metodiev: Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Nexo
Dimitrios Kavvathas: Chief Strategy Officer at Amber Group

Panel: Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs): How Will the Future Unfold?


Moderator: Ciaran Adrian Ryan: Editor at Moneyweb Crypto

Chinedu Obidiegwu: Business Development Lead at Luno Nigeria
Bishnen Kumalo: Executive Head of Modernisation South Africa, BankservAfrica
Carmelle Cadet: Founder and CEO of EMTECH

Panel: Blockchain in Gaming in Africa


Moderator: Jackson Vaughan: Managing Partner at Konvoy

James Zhang: Founder of Jambo
Tessy Mosindi: Co-founder & COO of Kingdom of Kush and Founder of Educating Africa
Jay Shapiro: Founder and CEO of Usiku Games
Cordel Robbin-Coker: Co-Founder and CEO of Carry1st
Yele Bademosi: Co-Founder and CEO at Nestcoin

SPEAKERS

Our global speakers are well-known thought leaders and experts in the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology space.

Dr Edward Obasi

Dr. Edward Obasi (Keynote Speaker) COO at DafriGroup PLC

A Chartered Accountant (CPA) and Doctorate Degree holder (Honoris Causa) with over

Charles Hoskinson (Keynote Speaker) Founder and CEO of IOHK (Input Output Hong Kong) and Founder of Cardano

Charles Hoskinson is a Colorado-based technology entrepreneur and mathematician. He attended Metropolitan

John Kamara Founder of Adanian Labs and Afyarekod and Chairman of the African Blockchain Centre

John Kamara is a Tech Entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience working

Misha Lederman (Keynote Speaker) Director of Communications at Klever

Misha Lederman serves as the Director of Communication for Klever Finance, working

Norbert Amankwaa Adomako Chief of Communications at Metis

Norbert is the Chief of Communications and Community Manager at Metis and

Lane Kasselman Chief Business Officer at Blockchain.com

Kasselman has spent well over two decades consulting on public policy, crisis

Jeff Mei Director of Global Strategy at Huobi Group

Jeff Mei leads global expansion efforts for Huobi, one of the world’s

Elizabeth Rossiello Founder and CEO of AZA Finance

Elizabeth Rossiello is the CEO and founder of AZA Finance, a global

Samy Karim Ecosystem Development at BNB Chain

Samy works on ecosystem development for BNB Chain, supporting developers and project

Elendu Uche CEO of AppZone Switch

Elendu Uche is the CEO of AppZone Switch, an AppZone Group subsidiary.

Emmanuel Babalola Director at Binance Africa

Emmanuel Babalola is the Director for Africa at Binance and the interim

Anil Hansjee General Partner at Fabric Ventures

Anil Hansjee is General Partner at Fabric Ventures. For the past 19

Siddharth Singhal Director of Enterprise at Parity Technologies

At Parity, Siddharth is responsible for driving the adoption of Polkadot, Kusama

Sophia Shluger Managing Director at Amber Group UK

Sophia Shluger is the Managing Director for Amber Group in the UK,

Herco Steyn Senior Fintech Specialist at South African Reserve Bank

Herco is a Senior Fintech Specialist in the South African Reserve Bank’s

Yele Bademosi Co-Founder and CEO at Nestcoin

Yele Bademosi is CEO and Co-Founder of Nestcoin. Yele was previously the

Dr. Christopher Cleverly President at Tingo International Holdings

After completing a law degree at Kings College London LLB, Chris was

Michael Awori Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer: Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB)

Michael Awori is a seasoned banker with over 20 years of experience

Bishnen Kumalo Executive Head of Modernisation South Africa, BankservAfrica

Bishnen Kumalo has over twenty years of experience in the field of

Dave Uhryniak Director of Blockchain Strategy at TRON

Dave Uhryniak is the Blockchain Strategy Director at TRON, a leading blockchain

Ruby Nimkar Fund Partner at GreenHouse Capital Africa

Ruby’s interest lies in the intersection of innovative technology and frontier markets.

Ciaran Adrian Ryan Editor at Moneyweb Crypto

Ciaran has written for most financial publications in SA. He spent time

Dr. Praphul Chandra Founder at Koinearth

With over 2 decades of experience in the software industry, Dr. Praphul

Chinedu Obidiegwu Business Development Lead at Luno Nigeria

Chinedu is currently the Business Development Lead for Luno Nigeria, which is

Gideon Greaves Managing Director for Africa at CV VC

Gideon is a proud South African with a deep passion for startups

Anzill Adams Founder and CEO of DataLedger

Anzill is the Founder and CEO of DataLedger.  He has held senior

Chris Maurice CEO and Co-founder of Yellow Card

Chris Maurice is an entrepreneur, writer, and public speaker who has led

Jackson Vaughan Managing Partner at Konvoy

Jackson Vaughan is a Managing Partner at Konvoy, investing in platforms and

Dalene Deale Executive Head at Secure Citizen

Lohan Spies Founder and CEO of DIDx and Chair of Sovrin Steward Council

Lohan has been a Co-founder of various cybersecurity and blockchain-based ventures in

Cordel Robbin-Coker Co-Founder and CEO of Carry1st

Cordel Robbin-Coker is Co-Founder and CEO of Carry1st, the leading mobile games

Wiehann Olivier Partner and Digital Assets Lead at Mazars South Africa

Wiehann joined Mazars in 2010 after completing his Accounting Degree at the

Carmelle Cadet Founder and CEO of EMTECH

A passionate advocate for financial inclusion and economic development in emerging markets,

Mark Brits Senior General Manager at The Banking Association South Africa

Mark Brits is a Senior General Manager at The Banking Association South

Jay Shapiro Founder and CEO of Usiku Games

Jay Shapiro is Founder and CEO of Usiku Games. He has a

Terry Kelly Founder and Director at The Digital Databank

Terry grew up in Cape Town and after military service joined SAB

Sean Mouton Chief Technology Manager Head of R&D at Absa

Sean is Chief Technology Manager Head of R&D at Absa with 32

Gerhard Dinhof Senior Architect and Blockchain Country Lead for IBM South Africa

Since 2014, Gerhard is hands-on exploring blockchain for IBM, making this technology

Ernest Mbenkum Founder and CEO of Interstellar Inc. and Founder of the Bantu Blockchain Foundation

Ernest is a Cameroonian/Canadian entrepreneur, inventor, investor, and computer scientist who has

Nathan Williams Founder and CEO of Minespider

James Zhang Founder of Jambo

James grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa

Piers Ridyard CEO at RDX Works

CEO at RDX Works, Piers Ridyard is a YC Alumni and successful

Tessy Mosindi Co-Founder & COO of Kingdom of Kush and Founder of Educating Africa

Tessy Mosindi is Head of Computer Science and COO and Co-founder at

Dimitrios Kavvathas Chief Strategy Officer at Amber Group

As CSO of Amber Group, Dimitrios is responsible for formulating and driving

Anushka Soma-Patel Product Manager for Atala PRISM Ecosystem at Input Output (IOHK)

Anushka has been shifting the dial on blockchain-based digital identity since 2018

Viv Diwakar Director of Technology, Strategy at The HBAR Foundation

Sabrina Tachdjian Head of Fintech and Payments at the HBAR Foundation

Ian Putter Head Blockchain COE, Innovation as a Service at Standard Bank

Ian currently holds the title of Head Blockchain COE in the Innovation

Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr Editor-in-Chief at Cointelegraph

Kristina Lucrezia is the Editor-in-Chief of Cointelegraph. M.A. in political science and classical

Kalin Metodiev Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Nexo

Kalin Metodiev, CFA is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of leading digital

Christopher Light Founder and CEO of E-Livestock Global

Chris Light is a seasoned executive, serial entrepreneur, technologist, and Program Manager

Ashlin Perumall Partner at Baker McKenzie

Ashlin is an M&A lawyer and Partner at Baker McKenzie with years

Cyrine Ben Fadhel Investment Associate at Global Ventures

Cyrine is an Investment Associate at Global Ventures, where she joined in

Elisha Akyaw Social Media Specialist at Cointelegraph

Elisha (GhCryptoGuy) has been preaching the good news of cryptocurrencies in Africa

Arushi Goel Data Policy and Blockchain at World Economic Forum

Arushi Goel is a specialist for data policy and blockchain at World

Rory Bowen Chief Of Staff at Tingo International Holdings

Kamran Shahin Vice President of Product Development – Blockchain and Digital Currencies for the EEMEA region at Mastercard

Kamran Shahin is the Vice President of Product Development – Blockchain and