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GSMA Announces Speakers for Mobile 360 Series – West Africa

GSMA Provides Further Details on Global Mobile 360 Series of Events 

LONDON-Thursday 7 March 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- The GSMA today announced the first speakers for the 2019 Mobile 360 Series – West Africa conference, which will take place 16-17 April at the Radisson Blu Abidjan Airport Hotel in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. The event sponsors include Mastercard (Headline Sponsor), Visa (Industry Sponsor) and Intelsat (Supporting Sponsor).

“The mobile industry is playing a major role in leading digital, financial and social inclusion in many African countries by providing access to essential information and services,” said, John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. “We are excited to be returning to West Africa for a third time to continue examining what is needed to overcome critical roadblocks in technology, governance, business models and investment. The event will provide an invaluable opportunity for attendees to share their experiences and expand the positive impact of mobile throughout this vibrant region.”

Mobile 360 – West Africa will take a look at the role of the Digital Citizen – questioning what citizens of the future want as the number of active users and investment continues to grow. The 2018 event focused on who is leading the digital revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2019, GSMA builds on this and looks at who benefits from the digital revolution. What impact will digital have on the job market, content creation, commercial trends and what are the key stepping-stones for creating a digital society that is inclusive and secure for the future?

The first speakers confirmed to present at Mobile 360 – West Africa include:

    Francis Obirikorang, CEO, AgroCenta
    Dr Precious Lunga, CEO and Co-Founder, Baobab Circle
    Grégoire Landel, CEO and Founder, City Taps
    Genesis Ehimegbe, Co-Founder and CFO, COLIBA
    Carole Attoungbre, Country Director, Eneza
    Onyeka Akumah, CEO and Founder, Farmcrowdy
    Alain Nteff, CEO, GiftedMom
    John Giusti, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA
    Delmas Ehui, CEO, ICT4DEV
    Vèna Arielle Ahouansou, CEO, KEA Medicals
    Claudette Irere, Director General, Ministry of Information Technology and Communications (MiTEC) Rwanda
    Ogunlana Olumide, COO and Founder, Prepclass
    Samba Sow, CEO and Founder, SudPay

The full conference agenda is available at

In addition to the conference, Mobile 360 – West Africa will highlight the initiatives and activities undertaken by the GSMA Mobile for Development programme. The event will focus on the GSMA’s work to increase access to and use of life-enhancing mobile services; accelerate socio-economic improvements for the underserved, especially women, rural populations and youth; drive digital and financial inclusion; and provide identity services for the unregistered.

Mobile 360 – West Africa Registration Now Open

Registration for Mobile 360 – West Africa is now open; individuals wishing to attend should visit For further information on Mobile 360 – West Africa, including sponsorship opportunities, please visit Follow developments and updates on Mobile 360 – West Africa (#M360WA) on Twitter @GSMA, on Facebook and LinkedIn on

Mobile 360 Series

The 2019 GSMA Mobile 360 – West Africa is the first in a series of industry-focused events held in major cities across the world. The GSMA Mobile 360 Series of events fosters regional engagement and examines the pressing issues that are shaping the mobile industry on both a local and global scale. Confirmed Mobile 360 Series events for 2019 include:

Mobile 360 Series Conference






Mobile 360 – West Africa

Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

16 - 17 April

Mobile 360 – Security for 5G

The Hague, Netherlands

29 - 30 May

Mobile 360 – Latin America

Mexico City, Mexico

4 - 6 June

Mobile 360 – Africa

Kigali, Rwanda

16 - 18 July

Mobile 360 – Digital Societies

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

24 - 26 September

Mobile 360 – Eurasia

Moscow, Russia

8 - 9 October

Mobile 360 – MENA

Dubai, UAE

26 - 27 November

Further information on the entire Mobile 360 Series of events is available at Follow developments and updates on Mobile 360 Series (#mobile360) on Twitter @GSMA and on Facebook

About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with over 350 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.


Beau Bass
+44 79 7662 4962

GSMA Press Office

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