Cortex Group & MIIA at TMT Finance Africa London 2019


CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 26 November 2019

Dr Jacques Ludik, Founder and Executive Chairman of Cortex Group, as well as Founder and President of the Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA), will be attending and speaking at TMT Finance Africa London on 28 November 2019 at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London, United Kingdom. The event forms part of the inaugural TMT World Congress – considered the largest gathering of technology, media, telecommunication, finance and investment leaders from across the globe. An attendance of 250+ CEOs, CFOs, Professional Advisors, Government Officials as well as Heads of Mergers, Acquisitions, Investment Banks and Private Equities is to be expected – all pursuing and engaging in strategic conversation regarding the latest opportunities in Africa.

The event will also see 75+ speakers from 30+ countries in more than 24 track sessions – with key themes including (1) TMT Growth Strategies, (2) Infrastructure Investment, (3) Media and Convergence, (4) Innovation and the Future of TMT, (5) Mergers, Acquisitions and Financing, (6) Regulation and Risk, (7) Datacentres and Cloud, as well as (8) Broadband Leadership and 5G. Dr Jacques Ludik will form part of a panel discussion that will gather insights from leaders and investors in emerging technology and digital companies on Investing in Digital Innovation. The panel will consist of Ebrima Fatty (CEO, AfrikaSokoni), Andrea Traversone (Managing Partner, Amadeus Capital Partners), Michael Orimobi (Global Chairman, Tokunbo Orimobi Legal Group), as well as panel moderator Yusuf Hoosen (CEO & Founder, Signific).

The panel will not only (1) highlight the latest growth strategies and trends shaping Africa’s technology scene, but (2) discuss which companies and subsectors are experiencing the most success in growing scalable businesses, (3) which subsectors investors are betting on, (4) whether an ecosystem for raising capital in Africa exists, (5) which business models are proving most effective, and (6) how to reach scale in a disparate continent and mitigate risk.

Dr Jacques Ludik said, “With the rise of rapid digital transformation, early adopters of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are progressing at full speed – combining novel, experimental and structured practices to achieve measurable value and grow their businesses at scale. Adopters in the TMT industry already possess significant AI expertise and a comparatively large number of production deployments –  and, see an investment in AI as an integral part of their growth strategy, the core of their novel business models and ultimately the primary source of a higher return on investment. This panel discussion will highlight these early adopters and their successes – but also, how and why those slower or negligent to adopt AI should follow suit. I will encourage leaders in TMT not to ask whether AI should be pursued, but rather how it should be pursued – to not only accelerate their businesses but impact the African continent positively at scale.”


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