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iHub By Jessica Colaço / March 13, 2012

The New Nomads and Cloud Computing in Africa – Public Lecture by Carnegie Mellon University – Rwanda

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Carnegie Mellon University – Rwanda (CMU-R) will host an evening of intellectual engagement as we hear from Dr. Michel Bézy, of Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda. Dr. Professor Michel Bézy, will be giving a public lecture on “The New Nomads and Cloud Computing in Africa”:

The Nomads of the Sahara are called the “children of the clouds” and in Africa, clouds announce the rain that brings hope. A new type of cloud is bringing hope for the next generation of African innovators and unleashing their creativity: Cloud computing. The integration of mobile, broadband internet and cloud computing is opening new opportunities for SMEs, a key development sector for Africa.

This lecture will be immediately followed by an interactive forum on “Weaving Tomorrow’s ICT Ecosystem”. The forum will examine the current state of the ICT landscape in the region, and explore the roles of industry, academia, government and most
importantly, the “afropreneur “, in creating an effective ecosystem to support the next big technological breakthroughs in Africa and in the world. The panelists will be announced in due course.

Dr. Michel Bézy has more than two decades of experience in developing business strategy for market introduction of emerging innovative software technology and has been working with executives in enterprises to understand the value of emerging technology for their business.

Dr. Bézy’s research and teaching areas are:

  • Innovation Management
  • Strategic Use of Digital Information in Enterprises
  • Information and Communication Technology for Development

Prior to his current position, Dr. Bézy worked for IBM Corporation for 25 years. He was program director for Cloud Computing solutions, business development manager in IBM Research, strategy manager for IBM Autonomic Computing technology and IBM WebSphere platform and marketing manager for IBM Digital Library.

For three years, he was the CEO of a library automation software company based in Europe and delivering solutions to more than one hundred large corporations in the world.

Prior to joining IBM, he was a professor at the National University of Congo (ex Zaire) and Research Assistant at the Université Catholique of Louvain in Belgium.

Dr. Bézy was also adjunct professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Bézy has a degree of Engineering in Applied Mathematics from the Université Catholique of Louvain in Belgium, a Master Degree in Sciences from Carnegie Mellon, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from the Université Catholique of Louvain.

Venue: iHub

Date: Thursday 15th March 2011

Time: 6 pm


Refreshments will be served

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

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  • LouiV at 09:49:36AM Thursday, March 15, 2012

    This is a must attend


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