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The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 750 individuals from 76 countries and 320 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Thursday, May 19 • 14:00 - 15:30
Increasing Smallholder Productivity, Income and Financial Inclusion through Technology (1.5 Hours) FILLING

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This panel discussion will be hosted by the Mercy Corps AgriFin Accelerate and AgriFin Mobile programming teams, which extend through Asia and Africa working on technology innovation for smallholder farmers. Mercy Corps will host a panel discussion of leading practitioners across MNOs, banks, technology companies and alternative data providers to explore:
- Opportunities to serve farmers using digital financial and non-financial services
- Successful models to date
- Learning and Challenges to date
- Models for Collaboration and Bundling of Services across market stakeholders

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Sieka Gatabaki

Digital Financial Services Manager, AgriFin Accelerate
Sieka Gatabaki – Financial Services Manager. Before joining AgriFin Sieka served as Technical Advisor with IFC managing their Airtel Money Uganda accelerator program since August 2014. With over 12 years’ experience spanning from social entrepreneurship to telecommunications, he specializes in the mobile financial services sector. His extensive experience ranges from the launch of mobile payments services to commercialization and usage... Read More →

Lucy Kioko

Agriculture Product Manager, Mercy Corps
Lucy brings over 18 years’ experience working in agricultural development in Kenya and the East African region. She has worked with a number of local, international NGOs and private sector companies in agribusiness in the area of value chain development and pro-poor development initiatives with smallholder farmers. She has worked with business and Farmer Based organisations (FBOs) in Horticulture, oil seed sub-sector, dairy, coffee, Honey and... Read More →

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Craig Heintzman

Founder and CEO, Arifu
Craig founded Arifu in 2013 to help underserved people access the information, products, and services they need to climb out of poverty. The concept for Arifu came about during his time living with a low-income family in Zimbabwe as they struggled, failed, and eventually succeeded in building a microenterprise together. Prior to moving to Africa in 2011, Craig led business development for the World Wide Web Foundation, an NGO founded by the... Read More →
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Rita Kimani

Co-Founder and CEO, FarmDrive
Rita is very passionate about using technology to solve challenges and elevate life in her community and Africa at large. She was brought up in a community with many challenges which instilled in her a problem solving mentality. Rita holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Nairobi

Paul Mbugua

Group CEO, Eclectics Int'l. Ltd.
Mr. Paul Mbugua is a well-known Africa wide banking ICT professional with strengths in business process reengineering, project management and Innovations. He has been instrumental in implementing critical automation projects for many banks across Africa. As a Chartered qualified banker, a certified information systems auditor (CISA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer, Certified project management practitioner (PMP) among others, Paul... Read More →

Attul Mittal

Executive Director, Mount Meru Group

Thursday May 19, 2016 14:00 - 15:30
Giraffe 208

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