Digital Content and Services

11th -12th May 2022

Sheraton Hotel – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia has been selected as the location for the 19th annual IAD – DCS Summit.

IAD DCS attracts the usual high caliber of attendee, synonymous with the IAD summit series. Attendance is restricted to senior decision makers from across Africa, who play a key role in the digital transformation of their country and is limited to 300 attendees with delegate participants qualified to participate.

The summit will also be attended by carefully selected international investors, consultants, solution providers and vendors, all vetted to ensure relevance to the objectives of the attendees. Alongside a World class conference agenda, attendees enjoy high level networking opportunities, focused workshops and facilitated business meetings over the 2 days of the summit.

Delegates leave an IAD summit with valuable, new knowledge and useful resources. They make high level connections with peers and potential partners, gain valuable insights through the panels, keynotes and workshops and assess potential solution partners, new ideas and innovative advances in technology through private meetings and networking.


This is an exciting time for Digital Content and Services. The Summit brings together the leaders of the Telecoms and ICT Market


8:00 – 9:30


9:30 – 10:30



Keynote – CEO Ethio Telecom

Keynote Opening National Objectives and Priorities – Minister

10:30 – 11:00


11:00 – 11:20

Leading Lights – Keynote Speech

ITU According to the ITU’s ICT development index in 2017, Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa and Cape Verde were the highest ranking African countries. What did they do well and have they retained their positions?

Programme Officer – ITU

11:20 – 11:35

Global Hosting – Fireside Chat

Datacentres are expensive but the alternative is to host your data in the cloud, probably in another country, possibly in another continent. We explore the security concerns and the cost implications of hosting data locally or globally or a mix of the two

Group CEO –

11:35 – 12:15

Technology as a Resource – Panel

Service providers and solution providers are collaborating to solve real world problems with technology. In this panel session we assess some of the latest innovations and the methods used to identify the priority problems that need solving

Moderator: Manager – Smart Africa

Advisor – Prime Minister’s Office,

Distinguished Engineer & Chief Architect – IBM Research

VP, Sr. Solution Architect  – Bank of America

CEO – Africom  Technologies Plc

12:15 – 12:30

Collaboration and Cooperation – Fireside Chat

Africa has many challenges to overcome in an attempt to accelerate the growth and investment into ICT and its enabling infrastructure. Collaboration and cooperation across the 54 countries that make up the African continent is an important factor. We take a look at the key initiatives that can give comfort to investors

Consultant, Digital Development – World Bank

12:30 – 12:45

Keynote address – Huawei

12:45 – 13:00


Short presentations from attending vendors and solution providers, showcasing solutions



Mobile Technologies,

Africom Technologies Plc,


13:00 – 14:15


14:15 – 15:00

ICT Contributing to GDP – Panel

ICT has the power to enable job and wealth creation enabling the smallest of enterprises to participate in the global economy. This panel looks at the opportunity as we see it and the future of employment in a digital age

Managing Partner Laurendau Associates

Chief External Affairs and Regulatory Officer – Safaricom Ethiopia

CEO Listing Central

Senior Expert African Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat

Director Policy, Digital Planning and Strategy – Ministry of Information and Communications (Sierra Leone)

15:00 – 15:15

Regulating Content – Keynote

Now more than ever we see accusations of fake news and mis-information. Social media platforms and the internet itself provides avenues for governments, companies and individuals on a mission with a direct channel to millions of unsuspecting viewers. Who should be the police and who will police the police?

DG – Ethiopia Communications Authority

15:15 – 15:45


15:45 – 16:45

Start Up Showcase

For ICT to be fully embraced and compelling, it needs to be relevant and that means localizing content to address the needs and interests of those people who consume it. Tech hubs and incubators discuss how they are supporting grass root development

Youth Leader and Trainer DOT Ethiopia (panel),

Chief Representative Dubai Chamber International Office – Ethiopia (panel),

Expert JICA (Japanese international cooperation agency) (panel),

Co-CEO Sewasew Inc. (Showcase),

CEO Zafree Papers (Showcase),

CEO EPhone (Showcase),

CEO Blue Health Medical Consultancy (Showcase),

Executive Assistant – ArifPay (Showcase)

16:45 – 17:15

Digital Ethiopia – Keynote

An insight into how the government of Ethiopia is developing Digital content and services to support their ambitions with regards to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

State Minister – Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MinT)

Day 2



10:00 – 10:45

Panel HTS, Fibre and – 5G Justifying the Investment – Panel

5G is not an upgrade or a replacement technology for previous generations. It will most likely start life as a stand alone network with specific use cases. We take a look at some of the more compelling use cases for 5G

Moderator Chief Executive – Digital Council Africa

COO WTES Projects Ltd Nigeria

Group CTIO Liquid Integrated Technonogies

Sales managing Director – Intelsat

CEO – Websprix

10:45 – 11:00

TBA – Safaricom

11:00 – 11:30


10:30 – 12:15

Connecting Rural Communities – Panel

Rural networks do not need to replicate urban networks and the economics will never enable the same level of investment. Our panellists will illustrate the critical functionalities of a rural network and how they have overcome the challenge of serving widely distributed populations.

Chief Technology and IT Officer – Safaricom Ethiopia,

CEO Hotspot Networks

CEO Raeanna

VP, Sr. Solution Architect Bank of America

12:15 – 12:30

Ethio Telecom

Waiting for Details

12:30 – 12:45

CEO – Safaricom Ethiopia

Waiting for Details

12:45 – 14:15


14:15 – 15:00

 Engagement – Retention – Panel

Engagement means keeping in touch with your clients and letting them know you are there for them. This session looks at how you can become your client’s best friend and be even before they know they need you! This session also looks at retention. The probability of selling to an existing customer is 60-70%, while the probability of selling to a new prospect is only 5% to 20%. Increasing customer retention by 5% increases profits by 20-90%. This session explores the most effective retention strategies

Dir. IT Risk and Security Hibret Bank,

CEO KEMMCOM Media&Comms,

Board Director – Africa Information & Communication Technologies Alliance (AfICTA)

Customer Experience Management Director Ethio Telecom

15:00 – 15:30

National Agenda Showcases


15:30 – 16:00

Digital Ethiopia Part 2

A continuation of an insight into how the government of Ethiopia is developing Digital content and services to support their ambitions with regards to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

Head of Digital Transformation Strategy – Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MinT)





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