About TEDx

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection.
TEDxIUEA

THE SPEAKERs

Dr Daniel Masaba

Dr Daniel Masaba

Medical Doctor, Poultry Farmer

Idea: From Medical Doctor to chicken Farmer

“I do vaguely remember what I wanted to be when I grow up: a pilot. Of course, I didn’t become one but I didn’t fall so far either. I ended up becoming a medical doctor.”

After learning that medical doctors in Uganda did not earn as much as other doctors elsewhere around the world, I decided to look in another direction. And, I have never regretted it since.

Biography:

Dr Daniel Masaba is a practising medical doctor with a deep passion for farming. His passion drove him into starting a poultry farm from scratch and on an extremely low budget. Through his Youtube channel that boasts of over 10,000 subscribers, he offers free information about poultry farming.
Dr Emeka Akaezuwa

Dr Emeka Akaezuwa

Vice Chancellor IUEA

Idea: The future of innovation and Education in Africa

“Africa is one of the richest continents in the world but also has the poorest people in the world.

We need to rethink our education system. When we rethink it, we must start with the purpose of our education system. Not by copying Cambridge, not by copying Oxford, not by copying MIT blindly.”

Biography:

Dr Emeka Akaezuwa holds a PhD in Information Systems and Structures from Rutgers University USA. His ideas on Pan Africanism are unmatched. Dr Emekas thought leadership has seen IUEA sour to great heights. He has been at the forefront of Building solid partnership with stakeholders as well as championing Uganda’s greatest innovations.
Ms Lucrezia Biteete

Ms Lucrezia Biteete

Strategic Advisor Refractory

Idea: Why is building confidence key for digital transformation?

“Digital transformation is really about learning new skills. it’s about skills and tools that we use to interact with the world around us. 

And those skills and tools keep changing, And in technology, they change at a very very rapid pace”

Ms Biteete tells of how training youth with confidence embedded in their learning is important for digital transformation.

Biography:

Ms Lucrezia Biteeteholds a deep love for building companies, with this passion, she armed herself with all knowledge about the complexities of leadership. This knowledge helped her build Refectory. An Innovative training offering for aspiring IT professionals in Uganda. After her move to Uganda, her biggest win was Laboremus. A software development consultancy in banking and Finance that helped serve banks both in the Scandinavian region and Uganda. She has worked as Chairperson of the board of an NGO-The Fontes Foundation and for-profit consultancy Fontes Uganda. She has served as Chairperson of the Nordic Business Association in Uganda for 2 years and is a sitting board member of YME Jibu a social enterprise in Goma DRC. Ms Lucrezia is currently part of the board in Walindi point. A company developing a staycation destination on an island in Lake Victoria.
Mr Micheal Kiberu Nagenda

Mr Micheal Kiberu Nagenda

CEO KIPYA bit2Big

Idea: The future of crypto is in Africa

We are looking into the 4th Industrial technology about the latest smart technology. The future of currency is digital. And the future of cryptocurrency is in Africa.

Biography:

Consultation and Service in the field of Blockchain, Crypto Currencies, Cyber Security, Finance, DevOps Michael Michael Kiberu N. is an African, Ugandan, Swiss-German who is running multiple African tech initiatives in the FinTech and Cybersecurity space. He is the forerunner in the Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Cybersecurity space. Also founder and Vice Chairman of the Blockchain Association of Uganda, Bit2Big, African Token Lab, KIPYA | Connect, and Director of Umbrella Kids NGO. As a father of 5, he has multiple hobbies.
Mr Raymond Malinga

Mr Raymond Malinga

Executive Director Creatures Animation

Idea: The spirit of the Africa Animation Industry

“Several years ago, I dropped out of university… It was to change from computer science in Uganda to go to do animation in Malaysia. With all the awards and fame, the money still wasn’t quite coming in the way it was supposed to.”

Biography:

Mr Raymond Malinga is the CEO of Creatures Animation studio based in Kampala. He directed a short animated film “A Kalabanda Ate my Homework” that was selected in the Festival De Cannes Short Film Corner 2018 as well as winning multiple awards around the world. His graduation short film White Collar Time (2014) earned him several accolades in several International student film award competitions. He worked on hit animated Malaysian Series Ejen Ali for Wau Animation Studio as an Animator, Screenwriter and Concept Developer. In 2014 he decided to quit his job and return to start his journey towards making an impact on the local and continental animation industry in Africa by starting Creatures Animation Studio.
Miss Patience Ankunda

Miss Patience Ankunda

Founder AfrocanFit

Idea: Changing career paths

“I joined university at the age of 18 on full scholarships for a course that I had worked so hard to join which is a bachelor of architecture. There was no way I was not going to become an architect that was the one thing I was very certain about. I recently turned 24 and guess what, I’m currently completing my bachelor’s degree in computer science. And I’m also a fitness entrepreneur”

She walks us through her journey of making a career change from architecture to computer science and going against odds to pursue her passion

Biography:

Miss Patience Ankunda is one of the few Ugandans who were fortunate enough to attain a full government scholarship to study architecture at Makerere University. A few years into the programme, she found it rather unsettling. The whole concept of architecture did not sit well with here. Upon this realisation, she sought solace in computers. Her newfound passion sparked a flame in her. This realisation saw her abandon her architecture programme at Makerere University and start a Computer Science career at the Uganda Christian University. She has morphed into a Women’s and Girls in Tech enthusiast, Community development lead, ALC 4.0 scholar, web developer and Founder of Afrocanfit.
Mr Aaron Kim Elton

Mr Peter Hogel

Founder Sayari Safaris

Idea: Starting a new life from nothing. 

“The cost of success varies, of course, someone once said it’s lonely at the top. and sometimes the most expensive price is walking a long journey alone”

Mr Hogel tells a story of how difficult his journey of starting everything from scratch in his life has been after leaving Sweden and settling in Tanzania.

Biography:

Mr Peter Hogel started off as a freelance photographer in Stockholm Sweden. After a lifetime of travelling around the world, he ended up in Tanzania, East Africa. He instantly fell in love with the country and what was meant to be a two-month stay, turned into years. He ventured into Safaris and lodges but still held a firm grip on photography. He later moved to Uganda where he founded yet another thriving tour agency. Sayari Safaris.
Mr Aziizi Kafeero

Mr Aziizi Kafeero

Founder Kafeero Foundation

Idea: Curiosity for young entrepreneurs.

“Power is so much about assignment and service. Many young people today want to be paid for availability but not productivity. There is also a predominant problem of youth not understanding why they studied what they studied.”

Biography:

Mr Aziizi Kafeero is the brainchild behind the Kafeero foundation. A non-government organization that creates safe places for young African visionaries, game-changers, outcasts and challengers striving to design tomorrow’s future.
Mr Solomon King Benge

Mr Solomon King Benge

Founder Fundi Bots

Idea: Why kids should be taught robotics

Children are stuck because they don’t know the possibilities out there. We help them discover this through robotics.

Biography:

Mr Solomon King Benge, founded Fundi Bots, a robotics non-profit that uses robotics training inside and outside African schools to create and inspire a new generation of students and innovators. As a 2014 Ashoka Fellow. His work with Fundi Bots received recognition by Google through a Google RISE grant in 2012, the BBC, Voice of America and Wired Magazine UK. He created and Founded Elemental Edge, a leading Ugandan visual effects production house that produces immersive, interactive experiences across physical digital media. He founded Node Six in 2006, a web solutions firm offering domain, email and hosting services.
Ms Nada Andersen

Ms Nada Andersen-Media and Advertising

Media and Advertising

Idea: You are your biggest obstacle

“Change the way you see you and you will change the way life treats you”

There is no genetic preconditioning for success. The key ingredients for success include finding your passion, living your purpose every day and never forgetting to dream.

Biography:

Ms Nada Andersen is passionate about people and human achievement. She Chairs the Provisional Board of Directors Media Research Foundation of Uganda, She has worked in the capacities of Director at Star Leo Advertising, Sports TV Uganda limited, Uganda Associate Business Consult at The Confidant Group and served as a technical expert at MoICT Revamp team for UBC TV.
Mr Ojok Okello

Mr Ojok Okello

Community Organiser

Idea: Okere’s Quest to become a sustainable Rural City.

“My father died when I was a toddler, I didn’t get to know my father as a child, so I went back to his village to connect with my ancestors. By the time I had gone back home I was equipped with a master’s degree in development management from the prestigious London School of economics. I had also Trained in rural development at Makerere university…. I just wanted to see home. But when I went back home, the home wasn’t a bed of roses.

I then set out to bring my village back from the ashes and turn it into a city”

Biography:

Mr Ojok has worked on several development initiatives that contributed towards the post-conflict reconstruction of Northern Uganda with organizations such as War Child UK and Volunteer Efforts for Development Concern (VEDCO). He managed governance projects at the Uganda and South Sudan Officer of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, a German political foundation. In 2018, he co-founded RISE-UP, an urban refugees economic empowerment initiative that specializes in African fashions. In 2019, he founded Okere City, an ambitious integrated rural development project on a journey to build a sustainable city in my remote and rural village in Otuke District, Northern Uganda. He is also an Ashoka Visionary Fellow, PfAL Fellow at LSE and an alumnus of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in East Africa.