African AI Leadership: Addressing Challenges, Opportunities, and Impacts

In the dynamic landscape of artificial intelligence (AI) development, Africa is emerging as a region of growing significance.

The continent's journey into the realm of AI leadership has been marked by a unique set of challenges, a wealth of untapped opportunities, and the potential for profound impacts on both local and global scales. As African nations harness the power of AI technologies to address their specific needs, they also find themselves in a position to contribute innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems.

Join us for our Africa AI Leadership Forum which aims to encourage an open and collaborative dialogue to tackle these vital issues and chart a course for responsible AI leadership in Africa. By bringing together experts, industry leaders, policymakers, and academics, the goal is to demystify AI, highlight its potential for positive impact in Africa, and address the challenges that must be overcome. This event is a unique opportunity to envision and shape the future of AI in the African context, with the ultimate goal of leveraging AI technologies for the benefit of the continent and its people.

We aim to demystify AI, shed light on its possibilities, and engage in open dialogue about critical issues, including:
  • The Impact of AI on the Workforce.
  • Evolution of Skill Requirements in the AI Age.
  • Privacy Issues and Intellectual Property Protection.
  • The Digital Divide: Widening or Narrowing?
  • Ethical Concerns and Bias in AI Models.
We look forward to exploring these vital topics and charting a course for responsible AI leadership in Africa.

Presented by: GIBS Business School and the African Academy of Artificial Intelligence


Professor Manoj Chiba is a seasoned management professional with a distinguished career that spans various sectors. Drawing upon his extensive experience in senior positions, he possesses a unique ability to discern opportunities and align strategies effectively. His qualifications and training, combined with a deep-rooted passion for data and its intersection with technology, underpin his unwavering commitment to the philosophy of evidence-based decision-making. As the Principal Consultant and Data Analysis Specialist at ATBMI Advisory, Prof. Chiba provides invaluable insights and guidance in the world of data analytics. Simultaneously, he imparts his knowledge as a Faculty member of GIBS, nurturing the minds of future business leaders. His influence extends to the corporate realm as well, where he serves as a Non-Executive Director for BioRecord Healthcare Solutions (Pty) Ltd and as an Advisory Board Member for CIRT, consistently contributing to the strategic direction of these organisations. Prof. Manoj Chiba's multifaceted roles reflect his dedication to shaping the future of data-driven decision-making and the ever-evolving landscape of business and technology.

Greg Serandos, the Co-Founder of the African Academy of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), is a visionary on a mission to bridge Africa's connection with the digital economy. With a deep commitment to advancing the continent's presence in the field of artificial intelligence, Greg's multifaceted approach involves offering masterclasses, courses, and strategic consulting. Through AAAI, he not only imparts knowledge and skills but also nurtures a culture of innovation. Greg's belief in the transformative power of education and AI is exemplified in his role as a Lecturer where he teaches subjects ranging from Marketing to AI and Entrepreneurship. Greg Serandos' influence transcends borders, with a rich tapestry of global experience, having spent five years in Tokyo and fifteen years in the vibrant and ever-evolving environment of South Africa. This extensive experience equips him with a unique perspective on the global dynamics of AI and its role in shaping the future of the African continent.

Event details
  • Dates: 28 November 2023
  • Times: 08:30-10:00
  • Venue: GIBS, Illovo
  • Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Costs: No cost
  • Booking: Contact Hlomla Sinthumule at +27 11 771 4390 or Forumadmin@gibs.co.za
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