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Keynote speakers | 2020

Minister of Finance,
Federal Republic of Somalia
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Minister of Finance,

The Federal Republic of Somalia

Keynote: “Development finance and building resilient and stable African economies”

Dr. Abdirahman Dualeh Beileh is the current Minister of Finance of the Federal Republic of Somalia. He was successfully elected as a Member of the Somalia Federal Parliament in February 2017 and appointed to his Ministerial post in March by H.E. Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire. During the 2017 elections, Dr. Beileh served as the Chair of the Parliamentary Committee that elected the Speaker of the National Assembly and his two Deputies. Following this, he was duly elected to lead the Parliamentary Committee that oversaw the historic Presidential election. 

Dr. Beileh has 30 years of finance and development experience in Africa with the African Development Bank of which 17 years have been in senior management and leadership roles. This allowed him to directly and significantly contribute to the development of the Bank’s policies, programs, strategies and Africa’s economic future through these actions. 

Dr. Abdirahman Dualeh Beileh served as Somalia’s Foreign Minister from January 2014 to February 2015 and in this period he oversaw the strengthening of bilateral and multilateral relations with established and new partner nations, agencies and organisations including the United Nations, African Union, European Union and Arab League. Dr. Beileh also set the vision for the first national Cabinet adopted Foreign Policy which today guides Somali Foreign Policy. 

Dr. Beileh has a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and enjoyed a successful academic career as an assistant professor in Finance at both Tennessee State University in the USA and King Saud University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

Dr. Beileh speaks English, Arabic and French alongside his native language of Somali. 


Former Deputy Prime Minister,

The Republic of Zimbabwe

Keynote: “Africa Leading the 4th Industrial Revolution”

Professor Arthur Mutambara is the Former Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of  Zimbabwe. He is the author of a new trilogy: In Search of the Elusive Zimbabwean Dream: An Autobiography of Thought Leadership. He was one of the three Principals who created and led the Government of National Unity (GNU). The other two were Prime Minister Tsvangirai and President Mugabe. As the DPM, his key functions included assisting the PM in policy formulation and supervision of policy implementation. He worked on three national efforts: Shared National Vision, Rebranding Zimbabwe, a National Infrastructure Master Plan.

Mutambara is currently a Visiting Full Professor at the University of Johannesburg. He is also an independent technology and strategy consultant, based in SA. He was recently, the President of the African News Agency (ANA). His primary mandate included media technology innovation, digital platform development, and harnessing social media tools. He was driving the use of Artificial Intelligence and deployment of Intelligent Algorithms in media, resulting in the development of new business models. 

Former Deputy Prime Minister, 
The Republic of Zimbabwe
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He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), a Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers (ZIE), a Fellow of the Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences (ZAS), and a Senior Member of IEEE. He was a Research Scientist at NASA, Visiting Professor at MIT, Professor at FAMU-FSU, and a Management Consultant with McKinsey & Company. He has written two electrical engineering books. Prof Mutambara holds a PhD in Robotics and Mechatronics and an MSc in Computer Engineering, both from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He graduated with a BSc (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from UZ. In 2007, Mutambara was accorded the World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader status and subsequently attended WEF events, from 2007 to 2013, in Davos, China, India, and Africa.

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