25-26 MARCH 2021 – LIVE STREAM / 10:00 GMT

Green Energy & Smart Cities Digital Transformation Forum

[Our Speakers]

Kelvin Joseph Bwalya
South Africa

University of Johannesburg

Ivan Reutener,
South Africa

Leading Professional Smart Mobility
Royal Haskoning DHV

Jabu Madlala
South Africa

African Smart Cities

Jatin Lad

Founder & Managing Director
Stratz Technologies

Ibrahima Aminu

Business Development Director
Invest in Africa

Mohammad Shalan
Saudi Arabia

Head of Technology
Omar Kasem Alesayi Group

Ahmed Abdelwahab

Technology Centers & Energy Planning

Yolanda Mabuto
South Africa

CEO and Founder
Divaine Growth Solutions

Dr. Amin Faraji

Assistant Professor at University of Teheran President of Smart City Research Center of Iran

Drew Corbyn

Head of Performance & Investment

Macdonald Ndovi

Business Development Director
Cloud Suite Ltd.,

Asmaa Hanafi

University of Alexandria

Zander van Pletzen
South Africa

Business Development Manager

Eng. Amin Gharibi

Vice President
Smart City Research Center

Thierry Suzanne

European Sales Manager
Lucy Zodion Ltd

Heinrich Geldenhuys
South Africa

Infrastructure Transitions & Project Management
Stellenbosch University

Hesham El Alaily

Executive President & CEO
Digital Transformation & Smart Cities

[Our Timetable]

The organizers reserve the right to change the program!

25 MARCH 2021

10.00 – 11.30 GMT

Session 1: Embracing the power of digital-smart technologies in Africa`s renewable future
  • Deployment of innovative technologies and new business model to facilitate the transformation of the sector
  • Can digitalization be the solution for Africa`s energy deficit?
  • PAYGo Solar – powering the inclusive digital revolution in Africa (Drew Corbyn)
  • Prospects for digital mini GRIDs  
  • Internet of Things (IoT) in the energy sector (Asmaa Hanafi)
  • Aggregation of new renewable energy models through AI and blockchain
  • Q&A
Moderator: Ibrahima Aminu, Business Development Director, Invest in Africa, Ghana
Drew Corbyn, Head of Performance & Investment, GOGLA, Netherlands
Asmaa Hanafi, Professor, University of Alexandria, Egypt
Yolanda Mabuto, CEO and Founder Divaine Growth Solutions, South Africa
11.30 – 11-40 Virtual Coffee Break

11.40 – 13.00 GMT

Session 2: Digitalizing Africa`s energy sector – challenges, opportunities and new business models

  • Reducing cost and improving performance of the solar value chain
  • Blockchain technologies potential in the future urban development
  • Wats Watt with role of drones in renewable energy (Zander van Pletzen)
  • Openness and Interoperability : Pillars for your smart city project (Thierry Suzanne)
  • Q&A


Zander van Pletzen, Business, Development Manager, Rocketfarm, South Africa
Thierry Suzanne, European Sales Manager, Lucy Zodion Ltd., France
Heinrich Geldenhuys, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Dr. Amin Faraji, Assistant Professor at University of Teheran, President of Smart City Research Center of Iran
Eng. Amin Gharibi, Vice President, Smart City Research Center of Iran

26 MARCH 2021

10.00 – 11.30 GMT

Session 1: Unclicking the Smart City Revolution in Africa

  • Smart Cities sustainable development planning – social and economic impacts for Africa`s cities
  • Urban innovation and mobility
  • Smart City meeting Smart Industry
  • Opportunities of self-consumption business models for both residential and commercial buildings
  • Advantages for the growth of the smart city development in Africa
  • Limited regulatory drawbacks attracting investment potential and implementation of smart city programs
  • Q&A


Kelvin Joseph Bwalya, Professor University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Jabu Madlala, Founder, African Smart Cities, South Africa
Macdoland Ndovi, Business Development Director Cloud Suite Ltd., Zimbabwe
Jatin Lad, Founder & Managing Director,  Stratz Technologies,  UAE
11.30 – 11-40 Virtual Coffee Break

11.40 – 13.00 GMT

Session 2: Technologies to drive change in the African smart urban development

  • Penetration of digital smart technoligies in the everyday urban life
  • Smart Mobility Solutions entering Africa`s biggest cities
  • Vehicle to Vehicle Communications in Smart Cities Environment – Technical & Policy Considerations for Africa (Kelvin Joseph Bwalya)
  • Tunring Africa`s megacities into playground for technological innovations
  • Unique Value Generators for Smart Cities in Africa (Mohammad Shalan)
  • Effective operational models for Smart Cities (Ahmed Abdelwahab)
  • Q&A


Mohammad Shalan, Head of Technology Omar Kasem Alesayi Group – Aqarat Real Estate Development Saudi Arabia
Hesham El Alaily, Executive President & CEO, Digital Transformation & Smart Cities, Egypt
Ivan Reutener,  Leading Professional Smart Mobility Royal Haskoning DHV, South Africa
Ahmed Abdelwahab, Technology Centers & Energy Planning, Vodafone, Egypt

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[About Conference]

The ,,Green Energy & Smart Cities Digital Transformation Forum” highlights the tools, technologies and people working to make our cities smarter, more efficient, better places to live.

Today, more than ever, people’s lives are dependent on energy. Most of our known energy sources come from exhaustible sources, some of which will not be available soon. Also, solid fuels have a negative impact on the cleanliness of the air and the environment. What are the opportunities, challenges, and ways we can use green energy?

Hear from industry leaders, connect with colleagues and gain new ways of thinking about the cities of the future. Technology is continuing to move at an immensely fast pace, and cities must keep up with this change by progressing their IoT initiatives.