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Run Digital: Digitalization in Africa | June 26th, 2019

In light of today’s major problems such as climate change, population growth, and poverty, Africa faces enormous challenges. At the same time, this continent, which hosts many of the world’s fastest-growing economies, harbors enormous potential. Can digital transformation be the key to capturing it? Can digitalization open up new avenues for strengthening the economies of African countries and integrate them fairly in global value chains?

We’d like to discuss these questions together with the participants and cordially invite you to attend our event on June 26, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:45 p.m.) at Data Space by SAP (Rosenthaler Straße 38, Berlin – courtyard). Dr. Gerd Müller MdB German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, will open the evening with a keynote speech.

Following this, Michael Kleinemeier, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, will describe SAP’s activities in Africa. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications of the Republic of Ghana, will share her experiences with digitalization and the opportunities it presents for her country. The economist James Shikwati will provide an insight into how Africa's economic development can be driven by innovation.

The speakers will then be available to answer questions of the attendees in a panel discussion. We are pleased to announce that Geraldine de Bastion will serve as our moderator.

During the subsequent flying dinner, we will have the opportunity to discuss the presented solution approaches and we are looking forward to a lively interchange.  If you want to attend to the event, please let us now by sending an email at event@rundigital-sap.com. The event will be held in English.




Dr. Gerd Müller MdB,German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

Dr. Gerd Müller MdB has served as German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development since 2013. From 2005 to 2013, he served as Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Nutrition, Agriculture, and Consumer Protection, where he was responsible for international relations, development projects, and world nutrition


Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications

The Ghanaian lawyer, women's rights activist and parliamentarian Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has been the Minister of Communications of the Republic of Ghana since 2016. Prior to this, she held various management positions at ZAIN and Western Telesystems, as well as chairing the Social Development Committee.


James Shikwati, Economist and Expert on Economic Development in Africa

James Shikwati is a Kenyan economist, founder and director of the Inter Region Economic Network in Kenya and editor of The African Executive Online Magazine. He is currently championing a German-Africa technology road as an essential tool to economic development.


Michael Kleinemeier, Member of the SAP SE Executive Board

Michael Kleinemeier became a Member of the SAP SE Executive Board in 2015, where he is responsible for Digital Services. Prior to his Board appointment, he worked in a number of management positions at SAP, including President of the MEE Region.


About the Moderator



Geraldine de Bastion

Geraldine de Bastion advises public institutions, NGOs, and enterprises in the use of digital technologies. She is Managing Director of konnektiv – a communications service provider and agency that advises on the use of ICT in international cooperation and carries out collaborative projects in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere.



About Data Space by SAP

The Data Space is SAP’s new flagship space in Berlin, where we give inspiring people space to develop inspiring ideas. It is a space to meet, work, and eat together in a stimulating and innovative environment. We offer a physical handshake to all people interested in Digital Transformation.