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Welcome to the 2016 Africa Summit on Women and Girls in Technology! Below you’ll find the schedule for both days of the event, as well as details regarding session speakers, locations, and content. We’re excited you’ve joined us here to further this important work, and hope you’ll join in the online conversation around the event using #TechWomenAfrica
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Tuesday, September 13 • 10:30 - 11:30
Affordability & Access

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Everyone should have access to the Internet. Underscoring the potential of the Internet to contribute to global development and empowerment, SDG target 9c calls for universal and affordable access in the world’s least developed countries by 2020. Reaching this goal will require bold and immediate action. But on our current trajectory, the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) predicts that we’ll only hit this target in 2042 — 22 years after the target date set by the global community. Without urgent reform, in 2020 we will see just 16% of people in the world’s poorest countries, and 53% of the world as a whole, connected. Women are particularly impacted by this high cost to connect — on average, women globally earn 30-50% less than men and, largely as a result of this added economic burden, are unable to afford a basic online connection and to take advantage of the opportunities for growth and empowerment that access to the Web can enable. This session will help us take stock of what’s working and what additionally needs to be done to fast track affordability and equitable access to the Internet for women and girls across the continent.

Lightning Talk: Access to Internet is like Access to Life: No One must be Left Out
Busayo Obisakin 

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Sonia Jorge

Executive Director, Alliance for Affordable Internet
Sonia Jorge is Executive Director of A4AI and Web Foundation Digital Equality Program Director. Sonia manages policy, advocacy, membership, partner and country engagement, and all other work across A4AI and the Web Foundation’s access focused programming. An expert in the confluence of development and communications policy, Sonia has over 25 years of diverse international experience in a career spanning both the private and not-for-profit... Read More →

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Mavis A. Ampah

Lead ICT Policy Specialist, The World Bank
Mavis Ampah is the Africa Regional Coordinator and Lead ICT Policy Specialist for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the Transport and ICT Global Practice of the World Bank. Mavis has led the Bank’s ICT programs in several countries in Africa and the Caribbean regions. Her areas of expertise include telecommunications policy and infrastructure development, IT industry, e-government, and public-private partnerships. Mavis... Read More →
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Akua Gyekye

Public Policy Manager, Africa, Facebook
Akua Gyekye is Facebook’s Public Policy Manager for Africa, where she focuses on issues relating privacy, safety and security, freedom of expression, the impact of the Internet on economic growth, and new opportunities for democratic engagement across Sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining Facebook, Akua was working as a project finance lawyer, qualified to practice in NY and the UK, at Clifford Chance. Akua previously worked in Nigeria and... Read More →
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Busayo Obisakin

Founder/President, Women Inspiration Development Centre
Busayo Obisakin. I am the CEO/Founder of Women Inspiration Development Center, an initiative designed to create a safe place for Nigerian women and girls in challenging life circumstances to envision and create new possibilities for their lives, families and communities. In 2009, I participated in the program Voice of our Future Correspondence (VOF) organized by World Pulse, USA. http://worldpulse.com/user/1463 I am also part of International... Read More →
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Clara Prinkah-Sam

Innovation Entrepreneurship & BPO Expert, e-Transform Ghana Project
Clara Pinkrah-Sam is a resourceful, diligent and achievement-oriented person with several years of extensive hands-on experience in training, operations, strategic planning, design and implementation of ICT related development projects. She has over 10 years’ experience as a Consultant in the ITES/BPO industry in Ghana and internationally. She has directed both private and public sector projects to their successful end and has facilitated... Read More →

Lucy Quist

CEO, Airtel Ghana
Lucy Quist is an international business leader. She is a technology professional who advocates for greater participation of young people in STEM for development. She is a highly sought after public speaker and multiple award winning personality. She is the Managing Director (CEO) of Airtel Ghana.

Tuesday September 13, 2016 10:30 - 11:30

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