Keynote Highlights

Day One: Friday 15th June

Keynote Address: Main Stage, 10:20 - 10:50


Justin Reilly

Justin Reilly has led the Mwabu Group to become one of Africa's most successful Ed-Tech organizations, present in seven countries, used by 1million beneficiaries.

His mission- to improve education standards for those hardest to reach through innovative solution design and sustainable business, working with governments, NGOs and corporate sponsors (through CSR).


Justin will be speaking on Digital Transformation in Education

  • Why it is important to be commercially sustainable?
  • How sustainability can also be achieved through efficacy; internal and external approaches M&E
  • How good EdTech solutions and effective implementation can be transformational in rural Africa

Keynote Panel: Main Stage, 10:50 - 11:45

Africa is facing a critical shortage of hands-on tech and engineering skills, with a particular need for technicians to build and maintain major projects all over the subcontinent. Africa has also been haemorrhaging and exporting African talent to the rest of the world.

In this session, we take a deeper look at the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how the landscape of Africa’s education sector needs to rapidly adapt to meet the demands of the future job market.


Dr Nhlanhla Thwala - Academic Director: Pearson Institute of Higher Education 


Genevieve Mannel, Head of Business Intelligence, TFG

Cindy Ross, Director, Jala-Peo Foundation

Kenneth Kayser, Vice-President: Open Innovation 

Lillian Barnard, Public Sector Director, Microsoft, South Africa 

Day Two: Saturday 16th June

Keynote Address: Main Stage, 10:30 - 11:15

Alan Whitaker

Alan J Whitaker, founder and CEO of the Billion Child Foundation is an extraordinary speaker whose unique and refreshing outlook inspires and motivates his audience.

He provides every conference with a dynamic energy and future focus.

He brings elegance, wit and leadership to every conference he addresses. 

Presentations are punctuated by breaks for audience participation, laughter, comments from the floor, high levels of interest and real learning with a high take home component.  It may sound like learning with lots of fun.  It is.  That's the way he likes it!

Each presentation is specifically researched and designed to meet the needs of the conference organiser and to provide the audience with important and relevant information.

Alan will be unpacking how we can Transform every public school in Africa into a Centre of Excellence.

  • Unpacking the issues caused by schools for district offices and vice versa
  • How to reinvent every district office and every school in your country into a centre of excellence within 4 years.
  • Highlighting the successes the BCF International Education District Centre of Excellence Programme has enjoyed