JIM OVIA, IT PRACTITIONERS TO HEADLINE ZENITH TECH FAIR
The Second Edition of the Zenith Tech Fair, themed “Future Forward 2.0”, will be held on
Tuesday, November 22 and Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at the Eko Convention
Centre, Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. daily.
Conceived in the mould of global technological events such as the Consumer Electronics
Show (CES) and EmTech Asia, the fair will showcase leading technology innovations that
cut across different aspects of life, such as Artificial Intelligence, Computing, Machine
Learning, Blockchain, Robotics, Big Data, FinTech, Augmented Reality, Data Analytics, 5G
and Communication Technologies, among others. The event will also feature Hackathon
sessions to identify innovative startups, panel discussions, masterclasses and exhibitions.
The two-day fair will feature a welcome address by Jim Ovia, CFR, Founder and Chairman
of Zenith Bank and opening remarks by Ebenezer Onyeagwu, Group Managing Director of
Zenith Bank Plc and Chairman, Body of Banks’ CEOs, Nigeria. The keynote address, “The
Future of Banking: Digital Transformation Journey”, will be delivered by Brett King, a
renowned futurist, bestselling author, award-winning speaker, Founder of Moven and Author
of Bank 4.0. Other eminent IT practitioners who represent top global brands will make
presentations. These include; Tarik Alatovic, Senior Partner, McKinsey; Juliet Ehimuan,
West Africa Director, Google; Ola Williams, Country Manager, Microsoft Inc.; Andrew Uaboi,
Vice President/Head, Visa West Africa; Mrs Rakiya Mohammed, Director of Information
Technology, CBN; Chris Lu, Managing Director, Huawei Technologies Nigeria, and Dame
(Dr.) Adaora Umeoji, OON, Deputy Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc, amongst others.
The fair will feature three panel discussions. The first panel, which will examine “The future
of payments: what next and how can we get there”, has Prof. Yinka David West of Lagos
Business School as the host, with four discussants, including Agada Apochi, Managing
Director, UPSL; Olu Akanmu, Managing Director, Opay; Premier Oiwoh, Managing Director,
NIBBS; and Kari Tukur, V/P & Head of Products East/West Africa, MasterCard.
The second panel will explore the theme “What are the main challenges of digital
transformation in the financial industry? How do we solve them?”. It will be hosted by Brett
King and has four discussants, including Tosin Eniolorunda, Managing Director, TeamApt;
Obi Emetarom, Managing Director, Appzone; Dr. Babatunde Obrimah, COO, FintechNGR;
and Olugbenga Agboola, Founder/CEO, Flutterwave.
The third panel discussion is titled “Driving the global trade revolution with technology:
current transformation trends”. The panel, which will be hosted by Samuel Eze,
Founder/CEO, Ourpass, has five discussants, including Mike Ogbalu III, Managing Director,
PAPSS; Akeem Lawal, Divisional CEO, Interswitch; Massimiliano Spalazzi, Country
Manager, Jumia; and Dr. Ozoemena Nnaji, Director of Trade & Exchange, CBN.
The first edition of the Zenith Tech Fair was held on November 27, 2019, at the Landmark
Events Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. Tagged ‘Future Forward’, the fair featured a
hackathon which produced ten winners, including Octave Analytics Limited, who won the
grand prize of N10m; Neohaul Technologies, the first runner up who received N6m prize;
and reQuid Technologies, the second runner up who won N5m. Other winners who took
home N1m each includes Termii, Xcard Nigeria Limited, Payonhold, Escrow Inc, Alerzo,
Nairapacket and Qview.ai.
To register and participate, visit www.zenithbank.com/techfair. After registering, you will
receive a confirmation email. The fair will be live on Zoom for participation and streamed on
the bank’s social media pages including YouTube.