Tuesday, March 14
10:20 to 11:20
Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5

This fireside chat will unveil how various entrepreneurship ecosystems are enabling startups to scale via innovative projects, like the development of big data commons. Countries like Estonia, India and the United States are building big data projects with Application Program Interface (API) features that allow startups to plug in on a massive scale.

The conversation will feature Arvind Gupta, the mastermind behind Prime Minister Modi's #DigitalIndia program which made it an imperative that the benefits of the digital age also percolate to a very critical aspect of human welfare, including health and education. In addition, Shivani Shiroya will share with the GEC audience her experience creating an alternative scoring model to scale bottom-of-the-pyramid in Africa and Philippines, while  Ali Faramawy will share Microsoft's insights on such opportunities in the region.


Moderated by Lesa Mitchell, Managing Director for Kansas City, Techstars

  • Arvind Gupta, Head & Co-Founder, Digital India Foundation
  • Shivani Shiroya, CEO & Founder, Tala
  • Ali Faramawy, President of Microsoft Middle East and Africa, Microsoft
  • Yassi Hadjibashi, Chief Creation Officer, Barclays Africa Group


Lesa Mitchell

United States

Speaker Bios: 
Yasaman Hadjibashi
Barclays Africa Group

South Africa

Ali Faramawy


Arvind Gupta
Digital India Foundation, IdeasWall Incubator


Shivani Siroya

United States