Wed, Nov 04 2020
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
The BigFive Virtual Summit Waiting Room -- Music, Videos, and Answers to BigFive’s “Big Questions”
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
The session will feature original research on the pandemic’s impact on local in the AME region.
Thabo Seopa
Lyndon Munetsi
Paul Plant
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
We will engage futurist and digital strategist Herman Singh in a candid and challenging conversation about how organizations must adapt to a dramatically transformed post-pandemic environment and how they can help SMMEs emerge stronger from this crisis. Singh is the author of a new book, “DI-VOLUTION: An essential guide to winni...
Herman Singh
2:30 PM - 2:50 PM
Africa’s banks and telecoms are sitting on a massive opportunity in the form of their large SMME customer bases. Yet are the equipped to successfully become the trusted advisor that helps SMMEs modernize their operations with technology, tools, and access to capital? We’ll assemble leaders from both sectors to answer these tough...
William Mzimba
Khomotso Molabe
Lunga Siyo
2:50 PM - 3:10 PM
The pandemic has created challenges for the region’s logistics players — ride-hailing services, food delivery apps, and others. But there is also a tremendous emerging opportunity to offer an ever-widening array of services. We will explore this landscape with Uber’s Kartik Taneja.
Kartik Taneja
3:10 PM - 3:30 PM
We’ve assembled a diverse group of Africa-Middle East entrepreneurs and small-business operators to learn how digital technology has helped them through the COVID crisis.
Ayanda Mbatha
Brian Abel
3:30 PM - 3:40 PM
In this session, Mono Solutions and Bfound will share how websites have empowered Bfound to support their small business clients in the UAE during COVID-19.
Erik Bjerlestam
Matt Matergia
3:40 PM - 4:00 PM
Mapping and location data companies have played a unique role during the pandemic, from documenting how commerce partners are shifting to enable the emerging eCommerce economy. We’ll ask some key players how the experience is shaping the industry.
Yogan Naidoo
4:00 PM - 4:20 PM
Davos invitee Nikhil Kamath is described as India’s youngest billionaire. He has launched numerous FinTech ventures through his Bangalore-based incubator Rainmatter. He will share with us thoughts on the rapid rise of an ever-widening array of FinTech service businesses across AME and Asia.
Nikhil Kamath
4:20 PM - 4:40 PM
Small businesses are often intimidated by software. They believe it requires time and resources beyond their capability. Yet since the advent of the cloud and the Software as a Services (SaaS) business model, enterprise level software has been available in an affordable and user friendly package. This session taps into Xero’s ex...
Colin Timmis
4:40 PM - 4:50 PM
Matchcraft is one of the world’s leading Search Engine Marketing technology companies. Its AdVantage platform is a multi-award winning tool that supports digital agencies and resellers all over the world. We talk to CEO, Sandy Lohr about the present state of the global search market, and how it has been impacted by the global pa...
Sandy Lohr
4:50 PM - 5:10 PM
eCommerce was on the rise on the continent before the pandemic hit. As Africa entered and is now emerging from lockdown, we will examine how the trajectory of eCommerce has been altered, and what opportunities this presents to the BigFive community and the region’s small businesses. End of the Virtual Summit
Isaac Hunja