BLOCKCHAIN AFRICA CONFERENCE 2023
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).
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Founder of Adanian Labs and Afyarekod and Chairman of the African Blockchain Centre
Welcome Address by Master of Ceremonies
Founder and CEO of IOHK (Input Output Hong Kong) and Founder of Cardano
Keynote Address: Input Output in Africa
Chief Operation Officer at DafriGroup PLC
Keynote Address: DafriGroup is Revolutionalising Banking and Finance in Africa Through DafriBank Digital Limited and DafriXchange Pro
Director of Communications at Klever
Keynote Address: Klever Finance and the Klever Ecosystem
Chief of Communications at Metis
Metis Layer 2
Ecosystem Development at BNB Smart Chain
Drivers of Blockchain Infra and Global Adoption
Director of Global Strategy at Huobi Group
Hacks and Checks: What Keeps a Cryptocurrency Exchange Secure?
Founder and CEO of E-Livestock Global
Unlocking the Value of Livestock in Africa with Blockchain
Director of Enterprise at Parity Technologies
Polkadot: Providing Business Solutions
Founder and CEO of Interstellar Inc. and Founder of the Bantu Blockchain Foundation
Blockchain in Action in Africa
Vice President of Product Development – Blockchain and Digital Currencies for the EEMEA region at Mastercard
Enabling Safe and Compliant Crypto Transactions
Managing Director at Amber Group UK
Digital Wealth: The Evolution of Value
Head Blockchain COE, Innovation as a Service at Standard Bank
What is the Status of Blockchain in Banking in South Africa?
Senior Fintech Specialist in the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) Fintech Unit
Divergence or Convergence: CBDC, Stablecoins and Crypto
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
Hosted by Piers Ridyard: CEO at RDX Works
Moderator: Ernest Mbenkum: Founder and CEO of Interstellar Inc. and Founder of the Bantu Blockchain Foundation
Moderator: Elisha Akyaw: Social Media Specialist at Cointelegraph
Moderator: Ruby Nimkar: Fund Partner at GreenHouse Capital Africa
Moderator: Lohan Spies: Founder and CEO of DIDx and Chair of Sovrin Steward Council
Moderator: Nathan Williams: Founder and CEO of Minespider
Moderator: Carmelle Cadet: Founder and CEO of EMTECH
Moderator: Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr: Editor-in-Chief at Cointelegraph
Moderator: Ciaran Adrian Ryan: Editor at Moneyweb Crypto
Moderator: Jackson Vaughan: Managing Partner at Konvoy
Our global speakers are well-known thought leaders and experts in the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology space.
A Chartered Accountant (CPA) and Doctorate Degree holder (Honoris Causa) with over
Charles Hoskinson is a Colorado-based technology entrepreneur and mathematician. He attended Metropolitan
John Kamara is a Tech Entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience working
Misha Lederman serves as the Director of Communication for Klever Finance, working
Norbert is the Chief of Communications and Community Manager at Metis and
Kasselman has spent well over two decades consulting on public policy, crisis
Jeff Mei leads global expansion efforts for Huobi, one of the world’s
Elizabeth Rossiello is the CEO and founder of AZA Finance, a global
Samy works on ecosystem development for BNB Chain, supporting developers and project
Elendu Uche is the CEO of AppZone Switch, an AppZone Group subsidiary.
Emmanuel Babalola is the Director for Africa at Binance and the interim
Anil Hansjee is General Partner at Fabric Ventures. For the past 19
At Parity, Siddharth is responsible for driving the adoption of Polkadot, Kusama
Sophia Shluger is the Managing Director for Amber Group in the UK,
Herco is a Senior Fintech Specialist in the South African Reserve Bank’s
Yele Bademosi is CEO and Co-Founder of Nestcoin. Yele was previously the
Michael Awori is a seasoned banker with over 20 years of experience
Bishnen Kumalo has over twenty years of experience in the field of
Dave Uhryniak is the Blockchain Strategy Director at TRON, a leading blockchain
Ruby’s interest lies in the intersection of innovative technology and frontier markets.
Ciaran has written for most financial publications in SA. He spent time
With over 2 decades of experience in the software industry, Dr. Praphul
Chinedu is currently the Business Development Lead for Luno Nigeria, which is
Gideon is a proud South African with a deep passion for startups
Anzill is the Founder and CEO of DataLedger. He has held senior
Chris Maurice is an entrepreneur, writer, and public speaker who has led
Jackson Vaughan is a Managing Partner at Konvoy, investing in platforms and
Lohan has been a Co-founder of various cybersecurity and blockchain-based ventures in
Cordel Robbin-Coker is Co-Founder and CEO of Carry1st, the leading mobile games
Wiehann joined Mazars in 2010 after completing his Accounting Degree at the
A passionate advocate for financial inclusion and economic development in emerging markets,
Mark Brits is a Senior General Manager at The Banking Association South
Terry grew up in Cape Town and after military service joined SAB
Sean is Chief Technology Manager Head of R&D at Absa with 32
Since 2014, Gerhard is hands-on exploring blockchain for IBM, making this technology
Tessy Mosindi is Head of Computer Science and COO and Co-founder at
As CSO of Amber Group, Dimitrios is responsible for formulating and driving
Anushka has been shifting the dial on blockchain-based digital identity since 2018
Ian currently holds the title of Head Blockchain COE in the Innovation
Kristina Lucrezia is the Editor-in-Chief of Cointelegraph. M.A. in political science and classical
Kalin Metodiev, CFA is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of leading digital
Chris Light is a seasoned executive, serial entrepreneur, technologist, and Program Manager
Ashlin is an M&A lawyer and Partner at Baker McKenzie with years
Cyrine is an Investment Associate at Global Ventures, where she joined in
Elisha (GhCryptoGuy) has been preaching the good news of cryptocurrencies in Africa
Arushi Goel is a specialist for data policy and blockchain at World
Kamran Shahin is the Vice President of Product Development – Blockchain and
Ernest is a Cameroonian/Canadian entrepreneur, inventor, investor, and computer scientist who has