ASBF Webinar Series: Transport and Logistics Technology Opportunities in Africa
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With a current estimated value of US$ 150 billion (~S$ 202 billion) and the COVID-19 pandemic further accelerating its growth trajectory, Africa’s transport and logistics sector holds much potential. To strengthen sector resilience, African governments are now focusing their efforts on building domestic supply chains and related transport infrastructure. Companies in Africa have also embraced digitalisation to reduce inefficiencies in all parts of the logistics chain and deliver optimal results.
Riding on increasing internet and smart phone penetration, the industry is innovating on a scale not seen in the past. Technologies across a broad-spectrum including Internet-of-Things (IoT) for real-time tracking, blockchain for document and data integrity and exchange, and drones for last mile delivery of critical supplies are adopted in the continent. The recently launched African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will help to further boost the adoption of these solutions as intra-African trade will likely increase multi-fold over the next decade.
Join us to learn more about the fast-evolving transport and logistics landscape in Africa and the myriad of opportunities for Singapore companies, as the continent seeks to realise its full potential.
- Hear from industry experts on the latest trends and market opportunities in Africa’s transport and logistics sector
- Understand from industry representatives about in-market challenges and the innovations that the market needs
- Get a practitioner’s perspective on successful business models that work in Africa
Welcome and Presentation by Enterprise Singapore
Panel Discussion: Transport and Logistics Technology Opportunities in Africa
Ciku Muthoni Mugambi, Associate Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries.
Cesar Nyagah, Investment Officer, Partech
Partech is a global venture capital firm investing at seed, venture and growth stages. It has offices in Dakar, San Francisco, Paris and Berlin.
Trish Vermeulen, General Manager (Africa), Cartrack
Cartrack is a leading global provider of vehicle telematics, providing services such as fleet management and vehicle GPS tracking.
Kagure Wamunyu, Global Head of Operations, Kobo360
Kobo360 is a global e-logistics platform that aggregates end-to-end haulage operations to help cargo owners, truck owners and drivers, and cargo recipients to achieve an efficient supply chain framework.
Raphael Dana, Co-Founder, GoZem
GoZem is a Super App technology platform developed to rapidly improve lives across Africa.
Moderated Question and Answer
Investment Officer, Partech
Ceasar Nyagah is an Investment Officer at Partech’s Africa Fund. He joined in January 2019. Prior to joining Partech, Ceasar spent five years as an Investment Manager in Fanisi Capital, an East Africa focused Private Equity Fund. Prior to that he worked as a Business Analyst at Seven Seas Technologies Group and a sell side M&A consultant at Nautilus Capital. He is a chartered accountant and a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, ACCA. He holds a Bsc. in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University. He is also a Global Shaper, the youngest community of the World Economic Forum, based in the Nairobi Hub.
Ceasar grew up in Nairobi, Kenya and is passionate about increasing the survivability of youth enterprises as he believes this can help reduce unemployment among Africa’s youth population.
General Manager (Africa), Cartrack
With more than 15 years’ experience in the tech and telecommunications industry, Trish Vermeulen is a seasoned professional with a proven track record and an all-round understanding of the business landscape in Africa.
Her strong background in sales and operations is complemented by her astute business mind aligned with relationship building which sets her apart in her ability to secure and manage large, multi-national customers for Cartrack. This experience, combined with her deep industry knowledge, gives her the required skills to deliver on Cartrack’s ambitions to drive digitalisation in Africa.
Trish is a driven leader renowned for building and coaching strong and high performing sales and operational teams, with a focus on developing the future leaders of Africa’s tech industry.
She offers a wealth of knowledge on Africa’s unique business opportunities and challenges, and has since expanded her influence by providing support and insight to Cartrack in its drive to expand globally.
Global Head of Operations, Kobo360
Kagure Wamunyu is Kobo360’s Global Head of Operations, leading the operations in all Kobo360 markets and focused on delivering growth in revenue. She manages Kobo360’s existing customers, transporters and execution on logistics ensuring business growth. Previously, she was the Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for growth and expansion across Africa, with a special focus on Eastern Africa, as well as strategic projects.
Kagure has a passion for transport, which she believes will be an important factor in the economic development of Africa. Previously, Kagure served as the Senior Director of Strategy for Bridge International Academies in East Africa, where she focused on policy and PPPs. Before Bridge, she worked as the country manager for Uber in Kenya where she joined as the first hire in Nairobi at launch and grew Uber to a major transportation option in Nairobi.
Kagure is currently pursuing a part-time PhD at the University of Oxford. She holds a master’s degree in city planning with a focus on transportation from UC Berkeley, a BSC in Civil Engineering with a focus on Transport Engineering from North Carolina State and a BA in Mathematics from Meredith College. Kagure sits on the Board of Fuzu and the Somo Project. She is an active alumna of the Zawadi Africa Education Fund.
Raphael Dana is a serial entrepreneur whose specialties include corporate finance, blockchain, disruptive business ideas, start-up modeling, go-global strategy, recruitment of growth team, sales and marketing.
Prior to founding Gozem, Raphael founded Galixo, a boutique consultancy with deep exposure to emerging markets (APAC MEA) in 2013. Galixo’s leading client has been Viber (Rakuten) for their market entry strategy in APAC and Africa.
Prior to moving to Singapore, Raphael co-founded a media group in Switzerland specialising in business, finance and lifestyle. He has scaled the business through franchising in more than 20 key cities around the world. Raphael was also awarded the most promising entrepreneur of the new millennium award by Bilan magazine in Switzerland in 2000 when he was 26 years old.
Raphael is a global citizen, a father and a private pilot as well as a kite surfer.
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