Charles-Antoine Beyney

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Etix Everywhere

Charles-Antoine is a French serial entrepreneur and investor. Since his early 20s he has founded more than five companies and has invested in many others within the IT and Telecom sector. In 2004, he created BSO Network Solutions, a global company operating in 86 carrier-neutral data centers worldwide, with a strong reputation in ultra low latencies connections. In 2011, Charles-Antoine resold the biggest data center in France to Equinix before co-founding Etix Everywhere, a Luxembourg-based company designing, building and operating a global network of highly innovative colocation data centers.

Santiago Benedit

Group Chief Executive Officer of Wananchi Group

Santiago Benedit is currently the Group Chief Executive Officer of Wananchi Group since November 2015.

He has more than twenty years international experience in the telecom businesses. His career has spanned both in the technology and telecommunication sectors in which he has held ChiefFinancial Executive positions.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Wananchi he was the Chief FinancialOfficer at OrascomTelecomAlgeria-DJEZZY- (VimpelCom Group),  thelargestmobileoperatorinAlgeria withUSD2.5billionin revenues and over 17 million customers.

Prior    to    DJEZZY,    Santiago    was  the    Chief    Financial    Officer    for AVANZIT/EZENTISGroup,  aglobaltechnologyandinfrastructureSpanish listedCompanywithpresenceinmorethan20countries,  wherehewas credited with the successful turnaround of the company across the world. Santiago, 48 years old, a Spanish national, holds a degree in Business Administration and Economics as well as an Executive General Management Master from the IESE Business School. He started his career with Alcatel/Lucent in Spainforwhomhealsoworked inBogota(Colombia)  andatitsheadofficeinParis. He alsoservedas Finance Director at the Spanish mobile operator AMENA prior to its acquisition by ORANGE. 

Ranjith Cherickel

Founder and CEO of

Ranjith Cherickel is the founder and CEO of, a carrier neutral data center operator that designs, builds and operates open access data centers in Kenya. He started his career in New York and Silicon Valley working for technology companies like Verizon Wireless architecting, building and consolidating their technology platforms. After moving to Europe, he worked as a product manager at Skype in London and later moved to Munich to work in sales with Nokia. In his last role with Nokia, he was the Head of Sales for Nokia Networks in Africa. He is a Board Member of an Africa focussed early stage technology incubator called 88mph and is involved with many of their investments.

Ranjith is an Industrial Engineer by training, has a Masters in Computer Science and did his MBA at INSEAD. His personal interests include wildlife in their Habitat, technology trends and photography. He lives in Nairobi with his family.

Mr. Tunde Coker

Managing Director, Rack Center 

Mr. Tunde Coker is a technology executive with over 30 years’ experience in Engineering ICT. He has international experience across Europe, USA, Asia and Africa with global blue chip organisations, such as GSK, ABN Amro, UBS, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch and The Prudential.

He has held the position of Global Applications Director at BP the global oil and gas company, and prior to returning to Nigeria, was Chief Technology Officer for the United Kingdom Criminal Justice System, and CIO, UK Ministry of Justice. In Nigeria, Tunde was previously the Group CIO of Access Bank PLC and also served as the MD/CEO of Emerging Markets Payments, West Africa.

Mr. Coker is a post graduate alumni of Cranfield University, UK. He is a Fellow of British Computer Society, Fellow, Institute for Government Research Leadership Technology, Member, UK Institute of Directors and Fellow of Institute of Credit Administration.

Steve Collar

Chief Executive Officer, O3b Networks

Steve Collar has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of O3b Networks since 2011.  In that time, Mr. Collar has guided the company through the successful build and launch of its constellation of state-of-the-art satellites and has led the business into full operations and revenue generation.  O3b now serves some of the world’s largest Telecommunications, Maritime and Energy companies as well as Governments on a global basis.  Mr. Collar is a satellite industry veteran, having previous worked in a variety of commercial, business development and technical roles at SES, New Skies Satellites and Matra Marconi Space (now Airbus). 

Judah Levine

Chief Executive Officer of HIP Consult, Inc.

Judah Levine is the Chief Executive Officer of HIP Consult, Inc., an independent, internationally-oriented management consultancy with a specialization in ICT in emerging markets. His responsibilities include day-to-day management of the firm, new business development, strategic initiative delivery, and thought leadership. With an extensive background in strategic planning, commercial development, technology innovation, and management for organizations in both developed and emerging markets, Judah enjoys assisting clients to conceptualize, qualify, and pursue ambitious investment projects and to analyze and solve complex operational problems. Previously, he served as Vice President of International Business Development forTeligent, New Markets Manager of Arbinet, and Consultant with A.T. Kearney's Communications and High-Tech Practice. Judah received his MBA from the Ross School of Business (University of Michigan), MA in Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the Rackham Graduate School (University of Michigan), and BA in Government and Certificate of Arab Studies from Georgetown University.

Tage Rasmussen

{NEEDS EDITING} Group CTO for Afrimax Group, where he was previously Group Implementation Director and  CEO for Vodafone Uganda. Interim CEO for Danske Telecom, a Danish WiMax 16d/e operator. Previoiusly CEO for RTX Telecom, a world leader in development and OEM production of short range wireless products such as DECT and IT-phones, IP-PBX systems. COO at Celtel Int. (now Bharti Airtel, Africa) with special focus on East Africa operations CEO at End2End the world’s first wireless application provider, an early version (WAP) of Google Play and iStore CTO, COO and Deputy CEO at Sonofon, the first privately owned GSM operator in Denmark.

Wouter van Hulten


Wouter van Hulten is VP Corporate Development at Interxion [“inter-action”] a leading carrier neutral data centre operator in Europe. Wouter was with Interxion from 1998 until 2002, and returned in 2008. Over the years, he was involved in various industry initiatives: in 2000, he initiated the Euro-IX Association with AMS-IX and LINX, co-founded the Swiss Internet Exchange in Zurich, promoted the development of France-IX in Paris in 2009. He is a co-founder and Board Member of the European Data Centre Association. From 2003 until 2006, he worked for Microsoft in the Netherlands. He holds a degree in Software Engineering from Imperial College, and an MBA from INSEAD. Wouter enjoyed growing up in Mali and Burkina Faso from 1977 to 1984.

Nicholas Williams

Nicholas Williams is a Manager at the AfDB responsible for public loans and grants to Governments and Regional Economic Communities in Africa for ICT.  Areas of investment include broadband backbone infrastructure, technology parks and data centres, as well as services and applications.  Prior to joining the AfDB in 2013 he worked on the liberalisation of two telecoms markets in Asia.  He has worked for Ericsson in Africa, for Vodafone in global group functions and was responsible for UK mobile telecoms policy when the Government auctioned 3G mobile licences in 2000.