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Friday, February 21 • 1:00pm - 1:10pm
The bridge of bones over the Atlantic: The Conduit for collaboration in the new millennium

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The Information Technology Age is belatedly embracing the African continent in an unprecedented fashion. Hundreds of technical and innovation hubs are springing up in this digital transformation. Major multinational corporations are taking a new look at sub-Saharan Africa. So why is the IMF and the World Bank cutting their 2019 economic growth projections for the region? Nothing will counterbalance this perceived sluggishness swifter than the advent of a Tech Generation pioneering an “expert skills revolution,” and the vast potential of the continent with the World’s youngest populace.
This discussion focuses on the perceptions to overcome in this Post-Colonial and Post Jim Crow Millennium. The barriers haven’t dissipated only morphed. There is so much to glean from the experience of those whose coming before paved the path. Let’s explore it. There is great value in the synergy of a shared cultural identity and the empowerment of collaboration across the great Atlantic. So, let’s consider how to embrace it like an ‘Africentric’ version of the Chinese guanxi. Experience matters and enthusiasm matters, let’s bring the convergence into reality together.

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Donald Wilson

Senior Software Engineer, SAP Concur
My career had humble origins as a Computer Operator on IBM 370 MVS Mainframes. By the early 1980s, I transitioned into Data & Voice Communications. In this capacity, I engineered the installation of one of the first Fiber Optic Networks in the Southern California region. Eventually... Read More →

Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 1:10pm WAT
Addis Ababa Zone Tech Park