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Wednesday, June 16 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Our Digital Future for Our Citizens

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The main overarching theme of the Horizon Europe Strategy and Africa 2063 Agenda set by the African Union - smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and development – designs the framework for a successful Africa and Europe cooperation under challenging economic, social and environmental conditions.  The common main aims of these Agendas is to develop an economy based on knowledge and innovation, contributing to welfare creation, peace and collective prosperity.   
This common framework has seen the tremendous technological challenge posed by COVID pandemics and has accelerated the usage and societal penetration of Information and Computing technologies (ICT).  As the UN Secretary-General Roadmap for Digital Cooperation emphasizes, digital technologies do help to confront the threat and keep people connected. Supercomputers are essential to analyze thousands of drug compounds to identify candidates for treatments and vaccines. E-commerce platforms prioritized household staples and medical supplies, while videoconferencing platforms enabled education and economic activity to continue.  To this end, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence and enablers like enhanced connectivity and digital infrastructures, 5G roll-out corridors can provide a smart cross-fertilization ground addressing key societal challenges and policies.

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Antonio Jose Saenz-Albanes

ICT e-Infrastructure Operations Coordinator, LifeWatch ERIC
Antonio José Sáenz-Albanés is the ICT e-Infrastructure Operations Coordinator of LifeWatch ERIC. He received a Diploma of Advanced Studies of the Official Postgraduate Program in Engineering and Technology of the Information of the University of Seville. He has 29 years of experience... Read More →
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Mafini Dosso

Project leader, European Commission JRC
Dr Mafini Sarratou Dosso currently works as an Economist and Policy Analyst at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (EC JRC) in Seville, Spain.Mafini is leading the project ‘Smart Specialisation Strategies with sub-Saharan Africa’ and coordinates the exploratory... Read More →
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Pascal Doh

Senior Researcher, Diaspora Academic Network for Africa
Dr. Pascal S. Doh is Founder of a Finland-Africa Platform for Innovation in 2019 and of A Europe-Africa Diaspora Professional Network. He is specialised in Higher Education (HE) Management and Governance and resident in Finland. He holds a Ph.D in Higher Education Management from... Read More →
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Nick Vitalari

Chief Strategy Officer, Quantum Materials Corp
Topic: The Face of Identity in the Era of the DigitizationThe face of personal identity has changed. Fueled by digitization, traditional data privacy, security and anonymity rarely exists in our densely networked world. By mid-century, our digital self, that is, the compiled digital... Read More →
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Happy sithole

Sithole is the director of the Centre for High Performance Computing at the CSIR. He completed his PhD in materials science, focusing on electronic and atomistic simulation of iron sulphides, at the University of Limpopo. He has applied high-performance computing to solve problems... Read More →
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Domingos Barbosa

DR, Instituto de Telecomunicações
Domingos Barbosa, PhD in Astrophysics & Space Techniques (U. Paris VII), Marie Curie Fellow (1998-2000) :Senior Researcher at Radioastronomy Group, Basic Sciences & Enabling Technologies, Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), Portugal. Coordinates the ENGAGE SKA Research Infrastructure... Read More →

Wednesday June 16, 2021 3:00pm - 5:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Zambia