African Entrepreneurs & AI: How To Use AI To Innovate & Grow Your Business.

Oct 5, 2023, 3:30 – 5:30 PM

Workshop17 West Street, 138 West Street, Sandton, 2031

Join us for an exciting fireside chat with Jade Abbott & Takalani Madzhadzhi. Jade is Founder of Lelapa.AI & Masakhane; & Takalani is the founder of Ashanti AI, a qualified actuary & data scientist. For this exciting installment, we will dive into the potential of AI and how startups can leverage it to solve pressing issues. Keen to learn how to take your business to the next level? Join us.

In-person event
Fireside Chat

About this event

What truly lies at the heart of AI's transformative potential, especially in the context of Africa?

Join us for an enlightening in-person fireside chat featuring two distinguished guests who have left their indelible marks on the AI landscape. First, we have Jade Abbott, founder at Lelapa.AI & Masakhane, and a visionary in the realm of AI and NLP for African languages. Her journey takes her from the forefront of ML model deployment to leading Masakhane, a grassroots open research movement dedicated to advancing NLP for African languages. Jade's passion is to challenge and reshape the Western world's perception of Africa and Africans, advocating for inclusivity and empowerment.

But that's not all – we're equally delighted to welcome Takalani Madzhadzhi, a renowned entrepreneur, data scientist, and qualified actuary. As the founder of Ashanti AI, Takalani leverages data science and AI to tackle complex industry challenges. With over a decade of industry experience, including pivotal roles at Liberty, Old Mutual, and ABSA, he has transformed the financial services sector. Takalani is also an active member of the Actuarial Society of South Africa and a former president at the Association of South African Black Actuarial Professionals.

This fireside chat promises an exploration of AI's profound impact, not just as a buzzword but as a dynamic force shaping Africa's technological landscape. Join us as we dive deep into the potential, challenges, and transformative power of AI, with two brilliant minds leading the way. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with Jade and Takalani, gain fresh insights, and contribute to the conversation that's shaping the future of AI in Africa. Join us in person for an unforgettable event where innovation, empowerment, and activism converge.

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Thursday, October 5, 2023
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM UTC


Networking, Food, Drinks
Fireside Chat
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  • Samuel Ngobeni

    Fottis Finance

    Chapter Director

  • Brian Mlambo

    Akha Ventures

    Ecosystem Builder


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