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NCC, Zoho, Digital Encode, Galaxy Backbone, other Sponsors, Partners announced for AfriTECH 2.0

Commenting on the importance of AfriTECH 2.0, Peter Oluka, the Editor of TechEconomy, says: “AfriTECH2.0 will delve into the nitty-gritty of ‘Sustainability and The Company Of The Future’.

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AfriTECH 2.0 Speakers

Stakeholders will gather in Lagos, Nigeria, on 09 November 2022 for another edition of Africa Tech Alliance Forum (AfriTECH 2.0) sponsored by Zoho Corporation, Digital Encode, Galaxy Backbone Limited, ESET, Layer3Cloud; including partners drawn from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), and InnovationBed.Africa.

Taking place both virtually and (physically) at Oriental Hotel, Lekki Road, this year’s theme is: ‘Sustainability and the Company of the Future’ and will convene an array of industry leaders, and tech-entrepreneurs, decision-makers, and tech ecosystem players from across the continent.

Delegates can expect two days of expert panel discussions, keynote addresses, case studies, live-demo experiences, and networking with leaders in the private sector, government, civil society, investors, and academia – all with their unique insights around ‘Harnessing Digital Identity for Digital Economy Agenda’; ‘Creating Sustainable Future through Connectivity’; ‘Blockchain & Cryptocurrency – The Future of Money’; and ‘Cloud Computing in 5G Era – Everything-As-A-Service’.

Chike Onwuegbuchi, Co-Founder of TechCastle Foundation says: “Africa Tech Alliance Forum, now in its second year, is an annual event that brings together stakeholders from different sectors of Nigeria’s economy to share ideas, trends, opportunities around technology, innovation and entrepreneurship development in Nigeria and Africa at large.

“The Forum promotes the need for Africa to become more innovative and apply technology to drive her economic growth and sustainable development using emerging technologies and trends, research, development, entrepreneurship, commercialization and investments as key drivers. AfriTECH also creates awareness and encourages innovation in the private and public sectors”.

He expressed excitement about the Forum, adding that it will culminate in an awards ceremony which aims to celebrate and reward companies and individuals on the African continent that have demonstrated excellence in the areas of innovative product/service development, policy/regulations, amongst other areas.

He said that attendees can look forward to a robust presentation by the Professor Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and a keynote address by Mr. James Agada, the Immediate Past CEO of CWG PLC and Founder of IxzdoreLab, as well as an in-depth discussions by Malam Kashifu Inuwa, Director General, National Information Technology Agency (NITDA); Professor Muhammad Abubakar, MD/CEO, Galaxy Backbone Limited; Kehinde Ogundare, Country Manager for Zoho Technologies Nigeria; Dr. Adewale Peter Obadare, Co-Founder/Chief Visionary Officer of Digital Encode Limited; Dr. Oluseyi Akindeinde, Co-Founder/CTO of Digital Encode Limited; Professor Adesina Sodiya, President, Nigeria Computer Society (NCS).

The keynote speaker, James Agada, is notable for solving technical challenges. Helping customers use technology to solve their problems and grow is the ultimate icing on the cake for him. Agada inspires youth and others to do a lot better than they think possible.

Before establishing Ixzdore Laboratories he was the CEO, CWG PLC., where he played majors in developing the company’s growth and sustainability plan. Agada’s rise to a top chief executive followed years of hardwork, resilience and demonstration of understanding of the business climate in Nigeria, Africa and the world at large.

Meanwhile, a session will be dedicated to Innovators for the UN World Summit Awards 2022 led by the Programos Foundation. Mr. Emmanuel Amos will also enlighten the Forum participants on the World Summit on Information Society process towards 2025.

Commenting on the importance of AfriTECH 2.0, Peter Oluka, the Editor of TechEconomy, says: “AfriTECH2.0 will delve into the nitty-gritty of ‘Sustainability and The Company Of The Future’; adding that top on the list of lessons from COVID-19 pandemic is ‘build back better’, where businesses and governments must reflect on what to do differently and what to stop doing altogether’ to move the economy forward.

AfriTECH 2.0 is also supported by media partners; Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, TechTrends.Africa, TechBuild.Africa, ITPulse.com.ng, TechnologyMirror, Ravenewsonline.com, DigitalTimesng.com, ITRealms.com.ng, ITNewsNigeria.ng, DigiVation Network, TechandBiz and GrassRoots.ng. 

Participation in AfriTECH 2.0 is FREE but you need to register ahead of the date; 09 November 2022, using the link herehttps://africatechallianceforum.africa/index.html

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Meet Kingsley Adonu

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In the dynamic world of entrepreneurship, there are visionaries who not only navigate the business landscape but redefine it. Meet Kingsley Adonu, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the SMobile Group, a conglomerate that stands as a beacon of excellence and diversity in the global business arena.

Kingsley Adonu is a visionary entrepreneur and the Founder of the SMobile Group, a conglomerate synonymous with excellence and diversity. As the Chief Executive Officer, he has steered the group to remarkable heights, overseeing a spectrum of businesses that span across Telecommunications, Oil and Gas, Real Estate, Hospitality, Water Production, Agriculture, Technology, E-commerce, Energy, Sports, Entertainment, Education, Health, Logistics and Financial Services, with branches extending globally to UK, USA, China, South Africa, and Canada.

Under Kingsley’s astute leadership, SMobile Group has emerged as a major partner for MTN, evident in the impactful presence of the SMobile brand in the telecommunications landscape. His strategic insights and forward-thinking approach have positioned the group as a dynamic player in multiple industries.

Beyond the boardroom, Kingsley Adonu is a dedicated philanthropist, committed to making a positive impact in communities. His philanthropic efforts extend beyond business, reflecting a deep-seated belief in the responsibility of successful individuals to contribute meaningfully to society.

Kingsley’s influence is not confined to national borders; he has actively participated in numerous international telecom conferences, further enriching his understanding of global industry trends and fostering valuable connections with industry leaders worldwide.

With an unwavering commitment to excellence, Kingsley Adonu continues to inspire and lead the SMobile Group towards new horizons, blending business acumen with a passion for positive societal change.

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SHELT Global Unveils Security Operations Center, Training Academy

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Mr. Youssef Abillama, Managing Partner (3rd right); Walid Bou Abssi, country manager of SHELT Cyber Immune Limited (2nd right), in company of business leaders and guests at the unveiling of SHELT Global Limited SOC and training academy in Lagos on February 16, 2024

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SHELT Global Limited recently held a cocktail party at its new headquarters in Nigeria to unveil their upgraded Security Operations Center and the SHELT Training Academy.

SHELT has been operating in Nigeria across Lagos and Abuja for six years, serving the country’s leading financial, telecom, and government institutions in their cybersecurity needs.

This headquarters relocation consolidates the determination of SHELT in investing in Nigeria’s economy and in growing cybersecurity talent for the country.

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Mr. Youssef Abillama, managing partner of SHELT Global Limited flanked by the team, at the unveiling of SHELT Global Limited SOC and training academy in Lagos on February 16, 2024

The party was attended by SHELT’s clients and partners, and the guests were taken on a tour of the newly opened premises.

The new SHELT Headquarters boasts a state-of-the-art 24/7 SOC to support the needs of the company’s clients all over Nigeria and the rest of Africa.

SHELT also revealed its Training Academy where young talents and experienced cybersecurity professionals looking to enhance their cybersecurity skills can enroll and benefit from the knowledge and experience of the company’s experts.

SHELT Training Academy will be issuing certifications to students in coordination with international cybersecurity bodies and affiliations.

Mr. Youssef Abillama, Managing Partner of SHELT Global Limited, said: “Our Nigeria offices are quickly turning into the company’s flagship, and we believe the country is playing its part as a role model to the rest of Africa when it comes to cybersecurity regulations. Today, with the launch of this new headquarters and the opening of our Training Academy, we can give back to the community that welcomed us from the start.”

Mr. Walid Bou Abssi, Country Manager of SHELT Cyber Immune Limited, said: “I see so many opportunities ahead of us in the future with the launch of the Academy. We hear of so many people wanting to enter the field of cybersecurity and we will be working hard to support the youth and cybersecurity professionals in their careers.”

Source: Techeconomy

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Sophos Expands Commitment to the Channel with New Dedicated Partner Care Offering

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  • Partner Care Delivers 24×7 Administrative and Operational Support to Boost Channel Partner Profitability

Sophos, a global leader in innovating and delivering cybersecurity as a service, is expanding its commitment to the channel with the addition of Partner Care, a new offering in its global partner program that features a dedicated, 24×7 team of Sophos experts who handle non-sales related questions and operational support.

The offering is designed to speed up response times for Sophos partners and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) needing assistance with administrative and operational tasks, freeing them up to focus on selling and securing their customers with Sophos’ portfolio of innovative managed services and endpoint, network, email, and cloud security solutions.

“Based on our decades of experience successfully supporting partners who sell to mid-market and small business organizations, we know that administrative and operational issues take away valuable time needed to build customers relationships, pursue prospects and close new business deals,” said Kendra Krause, senior vice president of global channels and small business sales at Sophos. “Partner Care reinforces Sophos’ longstanding strategy to be ‘channel-best,’ which is our commitment to provide partners with optimal, conflict-free revenue and profitability opportunities, curated training and support, and advanced security solutions that defend customers from data breaches, ransomware and other debilitating cyberattacks.”

Sophos Partner Care offers a single point of contact for quoting, navigating the partner portal, addressing licensing queries, Not For Resale (NFR) requests, and more. With this high level of service, partners working with small and mid-market organizations can better boost their productivity and increase profitability.

“Being busy with administration can consume a lot of time and cost, so the idea that Sophos now has a focused Partner Care program and dedicated team to handle it is unbelievably beneficial,” said Richard Wenger, account executive, Point Broadband LLC, a Sophos channel partner based in Alabama. “We are looking forward to the training and enablement of the ‘tool,’ so we can start executing right away. Every bit of time away from the sales cycle is time away from building relationships and being trusted advisors to our customers. This Sophos Partner Care program is essential to my business.”

In addition to Partner Care, Sophos is offering several enhancements to its global partner program, including an additional 5% reward on top of a deal registration discount for partners selling Sophos Managed Detection and Response (MDR). This expires March 31, 2024.

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