Technological innovation is growing at an exponential rate around the world, transforming daily lives and creating more opportunities for connections than ever before. Technology is transforming fields from healthcare to media to education. How can technological innovations best be capitalized for Africa's development, and what are the costs and tradeoffs associated with an increasingly linked world? How does technology impact people's societies and culture?
TRUE Africa: Founder
Claude Grunitzky is the founder of TRACE and TRUE Africa, a new media tech platform championing young African voices all over the world. TRACE, which now reaches an audience of more than 100 million people across 150 countries, was successfully sold to a French investor group in July 2010.
Claude was raised between Lomé, Togo; Washington, DC; Paris and London. Growing up, Claude, who speaks six languages and carries three passports, was exposed to many different cultures. These foreign interactions shaped his transcultural philosophy and informed the creative energy of his media ventures.
An MIT Sloan Fellow, Claude is the founder of the Young Entrepreneurs Forum in Togo. Claude is also board member at Humanity in Action, a foundation that works internationally to build global leadership, defend democracy, protect minorities and improve human rights.
DreamAfrica: Lead Product Evangelist
Torin Perez's role at DreamAfrica is to promote the importance of celebrating cultural diversity in the world. As the person who brings the company’s WHY to life, he has represented the company on various stages including a TED Talk in 2016. By leveraging technology, DreamAfrica aims to showcase how important it is for diverse stories to be heard and shared by connecting African content creators to a global audience in Africa, the Diaspora and beyond. DreamAfrica is growing to become a multimedia destination where entertaining and educational African stories can be explored from every country in Africa.
Outside of DreamAfrica, Torin is an inspirational speaker and leadership development coach who engages audiences including Fortune 500 company leaders, university students, and entrepreneurs. Previously, Torin worked on an award winning digital and mobile advertising sales team at Bloomberg LP, and was recognized for significant contributions to the firm as a leader of diversity & inclusion initiatives. In 2015, he was selected to represent the United States at One Young World, convened for leaders from 196 countries to address the United Nations Global Goals. Torin is a recipient of the Posse Foundation leadership scholarship, graduating with his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Economics and Business from Lafayette College.
Tony Blair Foundation: Senior Advisor, Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative
Dan Hymowitz is a Senior Advisor with the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) where he is responsible for thought leadership. Dan’s previous roles with the organization have included serving as Acting Director of Development and External Relations and working alongside the head of the Ebola response in Greater Monrovia, Liberia to help devise and implement a strategy to tackle the final cases of Ebola in the country.
Prior to joining AGI, Dan set up and managed the Philanthropy Secretariat, a unit within the Office of the President of Liberia, which pioneered a new approach to how governments work with international foundations and philanthropists. Dan has a post graduate degree in Public Policy from UC Berkeley and a Bachelors from Tufts University. He is a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and a Truman National Security Project Fellow.
Chike Ukaegbu is an Educator, Entrepreneur, Investor, Humanitarian and Biomedical Engineer who is passionate about diversity and inclusion in tech and entrepreneurial spaces.
Chike is an ardent believer in the social and economic benefits of diversity and continues to advocate for its support and adoption. He is currently raising a diversity focused Venture Capital fund and was recently invited to The White House to do a briefing on initiatives that support diversity, STEM education and entrepreneurship for youths and underserved communities.
Chike co-founded Re:LIFE Inc, a 501c3 nonprofit with the mission to empower youth through entrepreneurship and education and have served over 400 youths since its inception. He is also the founder of Startup52, NYC's first diversity focused accelerator with a mission to increase the representation of founders from untapped communities in tech and startup entrepreneurship.
He is an ex-fellow of the prestigious Colin Powell Leadership Fellowship on leadership and public policy, was named a 2014 NYC Rising Star by Pave for his contributions to youth development and recently, a 2015 Ashoka Emerging Innovator Finalist. He gave a 2014 TEDx talk on entrepreneurship in Hawaii and continues to advocate for economic empowerment of disenfranchised communities through various outlets, among other achievements.
Chike and his endeavors have been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Ebony, BizJournal, Opportunity Lives, Entrepreneur, UrbanGeekz, etc and was recently interviewed by Randi Zuckerberg on her SiriusXM show, Dot Complicated!
Chike studied Venture Capital & Investments at Stanford, MBA courses at UPenn, Executive Leadership and Management at Cornell, and Biomedical Engineering at The City College of New York, where he taught Math for seven years and served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence for two.