Improving Africa's Service Economy
Africa’s middle class is growing, meaning individuals have more income to spend after covering basic needs. In order to provide services that meet the demands of the middle class, the private sector needs an educated and skilled workforce, a suitable business environment, and effective legislation. To name a few, the high-skilled service industries include technology, healthcare, finance, and law. Africa’s extractive industry has stunted emerging markets on large scales, but this is changing rapidly in cities throughout the continent. Urban populations are growing, and there is an unprecedented opportunity for Africans to design service sector solutions to suit specific and unique demands.
chair: chimzulum ezigboh
Chimzulum Ezigboh is the founder of Think Home Initiative. The Think Home Initiative provides the opportunity for diaspora Africans to become informed about the developmental issues, progress and investment opportunities in Africa. We seek to achieve this by using Think Home Talk as a platform for bringing together the most promising young Africans in the diaspora along with some key players of African economies who wish to share their expertise with the next generation. Chimzulum was also a former Senior Special Adviser on Development to a Member of the Nigerian House of Representatives. In this role, heled on rural electrification projects and successfully lobbied for the passage of Legislative Bills to protect persons awaiting trial whilst also leading the Prison Decongestion Programme in the Member’s constituency. Chimzulum studied Marketing at the University of Brighton.
Sylvia Mulinge is currently the General Manager Enterprise Business Unit at Safaricom, one of the leading integrated communications companies in Africa. With a keen interest in consumer marketing and brand activation, Sylvia has spent over a decade in marketing with half of this in the telecommunications industry. She joined Safaricom in February 2006 from Unilever and rose from the role of Prepay product manager to Head of Retail, then Head of Safaricom Business and eventually taking her current position as GM, Enterprise Business. A first class honours graduate in Food Science and Technology from the University of Nairobi, Sylvia is a member of the Marketing Society of Kenya and she has distinguished herself by winning various marketing awards in the industry. A wife and a mother of two, Sylvia is a mentor and leader in both her private and public life. She was recently voted as one of the top 40 most influential women under the age of 40 in Kenya by Business Daily, the East Africa's premier business newspaper.
Derrydean Dadzie is a Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at DreamOval Limited. He has played a pioneering role in the emergence and development of Ghana’s tech start up sector through his entrepreneurial endeavours. After completing Ashesi University with a Computer Science Degree, Derry and three other classmates started DreamOval Limited. Over the years as the company’s CEO, Derry leads DreamOval’s growth and transformation. Derrydean is passionate about people development and utilizes his vast experiences in the tech startup sector, to mentor and inspire many young ladies and young men across Africa to explore business as alternative to economic and social empowerment.
Kwaku Osei is an Associate in Energy and Infrastructure – Global Project Finance at Linklaters LLP, a leading global law firm and a member of the ‘Magic Circle’ of City of London law firms. In this role, he advises sponsors, investors and lenders on large scale energy and infrastructure projects in a number of African and European jurisdictions. He recently completed a six month secondment with the Projects department of South African law firm, Webber Wentzel.
Kwaku graduated from Yale University with a BA in Political Science and French and from Clare College, University of Cambridge where he obtained an M.Phil. in International Relations.