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Wednesday, June 16 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Developing A Skills Agenda that Works for Future Generations in Africa. Convened by SKA Africa and InnoPharma

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) presents new opportunities for developing nations to fully participate and compete in a global digital economy. The Covid-19 pandemic has, however, accelerated this transition into a digital world forcing economic sectors to adapt conventional methods by providing digital solutions. This digitisation has been seen across sectors ranging from education and training, health, manufacturing and many more, while in parallel supporting the possibility of achieving global sustainability goals through this advanced digitisation. To respond to the rapid digitisation of many sectors, regional policies within Africa and the EU have been formulated to take on the skills revolution required by the 4IR, especially in a post-Covid recovery world.

The African continent requires a skills agenda that empowers its growing youth population at all levels of eduction to address the consistent unemployment challenges facing the continent. The skills agenda has become a priority in regional economic recovery strategies for the continent given the increased youth unemployment due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The opportunities presented by new and emerging skills needed for the 4IR, represents an opportunity for African youth to actively participate in a knowledge economy in creating jobs of the future, which can allow Africa to fully participate in the global digital economy.

This session will be hosted in celebration of Africa’s youth as part of South Africa’s Youth Day on 16 June. The session will showcase existing Africa-EU partnerships in emerging skills development areas in sectors of astronomy, agriculture, manufacturing and health, as well as overarching skills that are multidisciplinary. We will also explore the empowerment of Africa’s youth through training programmes offering widespread digitisation skills in developing a digital society on the continent. Through the discussions, we intend to identify Africa-EU partnerships that can advance Africa’s transition into the 4IR by equipping its youth with skills that are relevant in building a more prosperous and thriving Africa of the future.   

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Racey Muchilwa

Head of Novartis Sub Saharan Africa (SSA), Novartis (KENYA), Novartis
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Jose Manuel Avila

Environmental Scientist, Agroecology Technical Officer, LifeWatch ERIC
He is an Environmental Scientist who specialized in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology and has a PhD in Environment and Society. He has more than twelve years of experience in R&D projects across different sectors (research center, academia and industry). At the beginning of his... Read More →
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Ashley Lumsden

Director of Government and Public Affairs, Huawei Technologies
Ashley Lumsden currently serves as Director of Government and Public Affairs, in charge of Huawei’s UK strategy for relationship building with the UK Government, Parliament, and Regulators. Over the past 5 years at Huawei he has worked with colleagues in the UK, Brussels and Shenzhen... Read More →
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Valério Ribeiro

Researcher in Astrophysics, Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal
Valério Ribeiro is a Mozambican astrophysicist and currently a Researcher in Astrophysics at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal. Previously he has worked at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Radboud University (Netherlands) and the University... Read More →
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Ian Jones

CEO and President, InnoGlobal
Founder and CEO of Innopharma Group, IrelandProfessor Ian Jones is the CEO and President of Innopharma Group – an Education and Technology Institute. He has worked for the past 25 years supporting high-tech manufacturing (particularly Digital, (Bio)pharma and Agri/FoodTech) where... Read More →
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Bonita de Swardt

Strategic Partnerships for Human Capital Development, SARAO
BONITA DE SWARDTManager of Strategic Partnerships for Human Capital Development (South African Radio Astronomy Observatory)Dr Bonita de Swardt carried out her initial training in astronomy at Rutgers University in the US. She completed her PhD in 2009 working on science commissioning... Read More →
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Dr Nikiwe Bam

Director, NPB SMT Academy
Dr Princess Nikiwe Bhabhanomhlehlo Bam is a 38 year old cultural, traditional, social and educational activist. She hails from  Ngcobo in Eastern Cape, South Afrika.She is a Maths and Science Educator, and recently been conferred with an Honorary Doctrate in Leadership and Governance... Read More →
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Anna Scaife

Professor of Radio Astronomy, University of Manchester
Anna Scaife is Professor of Radio Astronomy at the University of Manchester, where she is head of the Jodrell Bank Interferometry Centre of Excellence and academic Co-Director of Policy@Manchester. Her research focuses on the use of artificial intelligence for discovery in data-intensive... Read More →

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