Innovation and Tech

The world is in a constant fight to increase productivity through the use of new and advance technology in the most innovative way possible. As many countries across the world increase their expenditure in tech, so is the increase in the need for innovators. 

Sakina Agoumi

Senior Innovation Consultant

Sakina has been on innovation management for years in various professional environments.

In 2014, she participated in the launch of a new bank before heading to the development of one of the first eco-cities in Casablanca, Morocco. She got to work on the strategy and business development of the city as a whole and some of its major activities before diving into the social development of its vulnerable inhabitants. Sakina was the first Innovation Consultant managing Open Innovation programs lead by big corporates in Telcos, banking, and Energy fields with startups at the African scale. She is currently a Senior Consultant in a major consulting firm in Morocco assisting big corporates in setting and implementing their strategy.

Andrew Caramba-Coker

Director - Digital Solutions at DXC Technology

Andrew has 20+ years experience helping clients transform by managing teams to design and deliver innovative and transformative digital solutions, initially with Mobile, Web, Enterprise Integration inc SOA, Business Intelligence and now Internet Of Things (IoT), (AI & Machine Learning, Immersive technologies, Virtual Assistants, etc).

Fatou Wurie

Specialist (Innovation)

Fatou is a social justice advocate,  passionate about gender equity and female leadership. She is a Specialist in practical applications of design and technology in delivering services and programs, Fatou has led initiatives to improve human development outcomes in over 15 countries, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Her experience includes working with UNICEF as Emergency Specialist (Innovations) which includes systemizing the use of innovative solutions to improve the quality of humanitarian action in countries like Bangladesh, Indonesia, Jordan, North-East Nigeria, and the DRC. In UNICEF, she served as the Gender & Innovations global coordinator and prior to that, founded the Survivor Dream Project, a feminist non-profit for women and girls’ survivors of Ebola and Sexual Violence. During West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, 

As a writer, Fatou has featured in a host of print and digital publications including the Huffington Post, Amnesty International, Open Society, National Geographic, New Africa Magazine, Forbes, and is a contributing author to the New York Times Bestseller book ‘The Moth: Occasional Magic’. She also regularly speaks across university campuses and conferences on women’s health, ending violence against women and girls, catalyzing social and tech innovation for social change.
She is An Abshire-Inamori International Leadership fellow.

Godha Bapuji

Cyber-Security Expert

Godha Bapuji has over 2 decades of experience in various technical roles in Information Technology, Security and Risk Management, having started as a computer programmer after gaining her vocational diploma in Computer Science and Engineering, 25 years ago. She has several professional certifications in the field and is a license Cloud security professional by ISC2. Originally hailing from India, she has worked and lived in the corporate sector in India, the US, and the UK and has a broad experience working across industries for the EMEIA regions. She is an alumna of Harvard University and has worked for one of the top 4 consulting firms in the world, EY at their Global headquarters in London, and later in the US. She serves as a volunteer Citizen Diplomat at WorldBoston, Boston, MA focussing on the UNSCR1325 Women, Peace, and Security Agenda and Cybersecurity. She is currently growing her own organisation aligned with WPS1325 and UN SDGs – Women in Crisis Response (WiCR) and volunteers with a students-led pandemic taskforce in Cambridge, MA USA, and The Internet of Things Security Institute, Australia, helping out with Industrial Security and Resilience building through their security framework.

Bria Okonkwo

CEO & Managing Partner Avante Capitale LLC

Bria Okonkwo CEO and Managing Partner Avante Avenue & Avante Capitale LLC. A Kaizen-Spirited Executive with hybrid management skills and strategic understanding of technology-driven business change. Bria brings to the table a wealth of knowledge across borders and industries. She is a successful Entrepreneur and a prolific IT/Business consultant with an in-depth foundation in innovation and technology. With over 16 years of consulting experience for major international companies across various industries. She has expertise in large-scale software development (operating systems and programming environments). Bria holds a BSc in Electrical/Computer Engineering, MSc Communications Engineering from the University of Plymouth and an EMBA from the prestigious London Business School. In addition to professional qualifications such as Prince 2, Business Analysis and ITIL amongst others. Bria possesses a strong business and leadership record with a deep passion for women empowerment. A strong innovator abreast with new technology solutions and ideas which she has championed and helped various start-ups. She currently sits on the board of various companies as CTO and COO.

Dona Bellow

Responsible Innovationa Manager at Facebook

Dona Bellow is a Responsible Innovation Manager at Facebook, where she builds programs to support product teams in anticipating, surfacing and addressing potential unintended consequences of the technology they build, early in their development lifecycle. 

Prior to this, Dona focused her career on developing trust & safety policies and optimizing organizational processes. After joining Google in 2014, she worked on creating & operationalizing industry-leading policies to tackle complex legal and regulatory challenges (including EU data protection, counter-terrorism, child safety, etc.). She went on to co-develop a program supporting product teams across Google in mitigating abuse-related risks and integrating with proper anti-abuse fighting systems ahead of launch. In subsequent years, she joined Airbnb, collaborating closely with public policy teams on regulatory risks in the home-sharing space; and then worked on creating processes to better plan for and evaluate the impact of platform policies at Twitter.

Beyond her day-to-day professional responsibilities, Dona serves as an advisor for the Trust & Safety Professional Association – which supports the global community of professionals in the content policy space – and is also very passionate about career development and mentoring the next generation of technologists. Although she has now lived in the U.S. for over 15 years, Dona is a proud native of Togo (West Africa) and grew up in France where she completed a Masters in International and Humanitarian Law.