Dr. Ayotunde Coker (CEO Rack Centre)
Dr Coker has over 30 years’ international experience across Europe, USA, Asia and Africa. He returned to Nigeria in 2009 and became CEO of Emerging Markets Payments, West Africa of Access Bank. As CEO, he has led Rack Centre to become a household name in Nigeria, leading brand in Africa with global recognition and numerous international awards.
Dr. Coker holds a PhD (Honoris Causa) by ESCAE University, Republic of Benin. He was recently identified in the Power 200: The Worlds Most Influential Data Economy Leaders by the Data Economy Magazine in the UK.
Wouter van Hulten (CEO PAIX Data Centres)
Wouter is the founder and CEO of PAIX data centres, a Pan African cloud and carrier neutral data centre operator. In 2018, PAIX completed its first African investment in RackAfrica, Ghana’s leading carrier-neutral data centre.
Before founding PAIX, Wouter worked for Interxion in Europe. Over the years, he was involved in various industry initiatives: the Euro-IX Association, the Swiss Internet Exchange, the France-IX and the launch of the Datacenters World Map. He was a Board Member of the European Data Centre Association, and co-founder of the ADCA.
Timi Fadeyi (Head of Data Center Services Galaxy Backbone)
Timi Fadeyi is Head of data center hosting and infrastructure services at Galaxy Backbone. Timi is an IT professional with more than two decades of hands-on experience, knowledge and expertise of leading-edge infrastructures and emerging technologies across various multi-national organizations. He has a track record of excellence and able to drive changes within organizations.
Patrice Tano (Managing Director Databridge)
Patrice Tano is Deputy Managing Director at Databridge West Africa. Patrice is an IT professional with a master’s degree in computer networks and telecommunications. He has more than 10 years of professional experience in various positions from Data Center Engineer to Deputy Managing Director.
Fatoumata Sarr Dieng (CEO Orange Services Group)
Appointed CEO of the Orange Services Group, a pooling structure created in 2011 by Orange in Côte d’Ivoire, Ms. Fatoumata Sarr Dieng returns home, at Sonatel in 2018, as Head of International Operations. Ms. Fatoumata Sarr DIENG, a Telecom Engineer, has been CTO, subsequently for Sonatel and Orange France.
Fatou, per her colleagues is also a well-known field worker. She is endowed with exceptional entrepreneurial skills and flawless toughness. Thanks to her deep understanding of what is at stake, she is one of the greater architects of telcos pooling in Africa.
Stephane Duproz (CEO Africa Data Centres)
Stephane Duproz is CEO at Africa Data Centres (ADC), where he oversees the commercial and operational development of the pan-African network of data centre facilities. As well as growing ADC’s customer base of local and international cloud providers, carriers and enterprises, Stephane manages the expansion of ADC’s network of data centres across the continent.
Stephane has also served as Chairman of the Board for the European Data Centre Association (EUDCA), and acted as Vice President Member of the French Data Centre Association (CESIT).
Ing. Lawrence Nkala (CTO TelOne)
Ing. Lawrence Nkala is an accomplished ICT expert with over 20 years’ experience in Telecommunications/ICT business. Ing. Lawrence Nkala is a Board Member for Standard Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) and is also an alternate Director for West Indian Cable Company (WIOCC). Mr. Nkala has extensive experience in Telco strategy, network transformation and customer service. Lawrence is the TelOne’s Chief Technical Officer and he is also in charge of the Wholesale business. He is currently seized with deployment of datacenters across the country to provide solutions to governments, businesses and individuals in Zimbabwe and beyond.
Managing Director ADCA
Paul-Francois Cattier (Venture Partner Energy Access Venture Africa)
As VP Economic Development, Paul-Francois Cattier focuses on off-grid energy, the water grid and data centers. In the past, he was Schneider Electric President of French speaking Africa & Islands, covering over 60 countries.
Prior to Schneider Electric, he held different positions in sales and general management functions in companies like Alcatel, Philips, Digital Equipment Corporation, Cabletron & Anixter.
Paul-François is also Founder and former President of ADCA (Africa Data Center Association), and Founding Member of Club Abidjan Ville Durable (Abidjan Smart City club).