The HealthTech Hub Africa is hosting its first summit to bring together experts and leaders in health and technology, and from the public and private sectors in Africa and beyond.

The first two days of the summit will focus on three main themes dedicated to building successful public and private partnerships: Inspire, Learn and Transform. Participants will learn from successful innovations and the challenges they overcame, join inspirational dialogues on health and technology trends, discover some of the most advanced innovations in the 2022 startup cohort, and have the chance to engage in new partnership opportunities.

The third day of the summit will be dedicated to launching The Future of Virtual Health and Care - driving access and equity through inclusive policies, which is the latest report from the Broadband Commission Working Group on Virtual Health and Care, co-chaired by the World Health Organization and the Novartis Foundation.

The Novartis Foundation has co-chaired the Broadband Commission working groups on digital and AI in health since 2016. The working groups convene global experts to develop recommendations for how policymakers and other stakeholders can develop sustainable digital and AI health strategies and solutions that address national health priorities, while managing associated risks. Each of the working groups publish policy recommendations that build on the earlier working group’s efforts, and inform other Novartis Foundation initiatives.

*Space for this event is limited to only 200 seats and is by invite only. If you would like to join the event but haven't been personally invited via email invitation, please reach out to The entire event will be livestreamed -- if you would like to attend digitally, fill out the RSVP and click the digital RSVP option. 



Day 1: 

11:00 - 12:00 Arrival and registration
Open entry - Startup booths and initiatives
1:00 - 1:25 Opening speech [Dr. Ann Aerts, Head, Novartis Foundation]
1:30 - 2:00 Keynote speaker
2:05 - 2:50 Panel 1: The Acceleration of HealthTech innovation - how to create a pan-African model to fast-tracking innovation for population health [Dr. Ann Aerts, Head, Novartis Foundation; H.E. Ms. Paula Ingabire, Minister of Information Communication Technologyand Innovation, Ministry of ICT and Innovation of Rwanda; Aisling Quirke, Partnerships Lead, Financial Services and Tech, The Global Fund; Joris Cyizere, Strategy Lead, The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution]
2:50 - 3:05 Coffee break
3:05 - 3:50 Panel 2: The Integration of HealthTech in Smart-Cities for health equity
[Lucy Setian, Director of Digital Transformation, Novartis Foundation; Romalice Ishimwe, Chief Digital Officer, Rwanda Ministry of Infrastructure; EduAbasi Chukwunweike, Partner Development Manager, Microsoft-Cloud, ISVs & Start-ups; Amine Mansouri, Senior Principal, North, East & West Africa, IQVIA] 

3:55 - 4:40 Panel 3: How to build a unicorn: Global Problems, Local Solutions in Health
[Dr. Shivon Byamukama, MD, Babyl Health Rwanda; Tesi Rusagara, Managing Director, Kigali Innovation City;  Innocentia Kwalar, CEO, Klarah; Candace Nkoth Bisseck, CEO & Founder, Innoa Consulting Sarl]

4:30 - 5:45 Masterclass
5:00 - 5:30 Pitch sessions/cocktails & networking 

Day 2:

11:00 - 12:00 Arrival and registration
Open entry - Startup booths and initiatives
1:00 - 1:15 Opening speech 
1:20 - 1:50 Keynote speaker
1:55 - 2:40 Panel 4: Navigating Data Sharing, Consumer Protectionism and Privacy Laws in the Region [Shami Eden Benimana, Managing Director, Zipline; Alain Ndiyishimye, Project Lead, Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution] 
2:45 - 3:45 Pitch sessions
3:50 - 4:35 Panel 5: Artificial Intelligence powering efficiency in the public health system[Marlene Mumukunde, Project Coordinator, City Cancer Challenge; Yvonne Keeza-Kamili, Medical Imaging Annotator, IRCAD Africa; Matt Ames, Instructional Technologist and Assistant Professor, University of Global Health Equity; Audace Nakeshimana, Founder, Insightiv; Sharon Batamuriza, Senior Program Manager, HealthTech Hub Africa]
4:35 - 5:20 Masterclass: Centre for Fourth Industrial Revolution Rwanda
5:25 - 5:30 Closing remarks [Lucy Setian, Director of Digital Transformation, Novartis Foundation]
5:30 - 6:30 Reception 

Day 3:

11:00 - 12:00 Arrival and registration
[Fiona Muthoni Naringwa, Lead Anchor, CNBC Africa] 

12:00 - 12:15 Video message
[Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, World Health Organization]

12:20 - 12:40 Keynote address
[Dr. Ann Aerts, Head, Novartis Foundation]
12:45 - 1:25 Panel [H.E. Ms. Paula Ingabire, Minister of Information Communication Technology and Innovation, Ministry of ICT and Innovation of Rwanda; Dr. Brian Chirombo, Representative of the WHO to the Republic of Rwanda; Dr. Ann Aerts, Head, Novartis Foundation; Mr. Lacina Koné, CEO, Smart Africa; Mr. Bocar Ba, CEO, Samena Telecommunications Council; Fiona Muthoni Naringwa, Lead Anchor, CNBC Africa]
1:30 - 1:45: Closing remarks [Hani Eskandar, Senior Coordinator - Digital Services at the International Telecommunication Union]
2:30 Reception