The proposal is to expand the work building the capacity of non- specialist health providers to offer safe anaesthesia care for emergency surgeries such as C-sections. After the successful implementation of the initiative’s first phase in Rukwa Region and an investment from the Tanzanian Government to scale the technology, additional funding is being sought to expand the training and mentorship program. The program has already showed success in Sierra Leone. Because the project is carried out under local leadership, it functions as a replicable model that can be tailored to the specific needs, experiences, and resources of health providers in a given setting.

Adam Lewis is the Director of Programs and Communications at Gradian—a nonprofit medical technology company based in New York and Nairobi. Adam leads a range of programs that bring together national governments, local NGOs and hospitals, international donors and Gradian’s network of partners to build capacity in anesthesia and critical care. Adam also directs Gradian’s external communications across and within the company’s 25+ countries of operations. Prior to joining Gradian, Adam consulted for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, Merck for Mothers and several social enterprises. He is also a freelance reporter covering global health and social justice.

Kijani Energy

To address food waste for small holder farmers, the Kijani Energy team has designed, developed and custom built a solar PV powered cold storage system with advanced battery technology that is both mobile and modular in design. These ‘agricooler’ units are operated by smart tech that allows them to be monitored 24x7. The agricooler unit has been piloted in farms and markets in the IsDB member country of Mozambique and in the large Muslim community city of Mombasa in Kenya. The demand for these units was extraordinary, with each unit being fully booked every single day with a waiting list of customers who wanted to use the facility. The units are locally constructed generating employment in the region.

A seasoned innovator and entrepreneur, Zor Hussain brings more than 20 years’ experience working with start-ups both as an investor and founder. He has assembled, led and mentored a strong team of engineers and innovators around the world predominantly in Green Tech innovation. Zor is passionate about tackling important social problems, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa by developing creative and high-impact solutions, and then guiding these to scale, whilst ensuring they are both long term and value creating for all stakeholders. Zor is an alumnus of Stanford University and sits on the boards of a number of innovative technology companies around the world.

Pale Blue Group

Pale Blue Group has been specifically set up to bring together capabilities, services and technologies to communities in such a way that will benefit all involved, not just the network or service providers. Pale Blue’s novel approach to communications will provide a high performance cost effective solution to network connectivity, e-commerce and e-education. Pale Blues community builder system providing connectivity for schools and community services will be subsidised by financial transactions for government and social payments handled through our system. This will provide real time satellite connectivity for less than a domestic wired connection. Our System will provide a server system with internet connectivity and Wi-Fi or wired network connectivity. The server will store the school’s curriculum and all the documents required on a daily basis. This will also allow for connectivity to any additional physical devices e.g. printers etc. The full community system can also provide additional power for running the school system and for charging portable devices for areas where electricity supply is poor.

Ian Murphy is a serial entrepreneur having started and developed over 10 companies. He is a radio systems and product engineer with over 38 years of product and system development ranging from the first mobile phones to current state of the art communications and signal processing platforms. Experienced in the integration of multiple technologies to generate new product and system capabilities that include the design, development and production of Hardware software and mobile financial services. He has a BSc (Hons) in Electronic & Electrical Engineering, and is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the IET, the IEEE and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Enhancing production and utilization of Energy and Micronutrient rich crop varieties among refugees and host communities in West Nile region of Uganda

The West Nile Region of Uganda has been affected by rapid population growth and influx of refugees. Consequently, malnutrition and food in security are high: 30% of children aged 6-59 months are stunted, 18% underweight and 7% wasted. This project proposes to enhance production and utilization of Energy and Micronutrient rich crop varieties among refugees and host communities to address the food and nutrition insecurity in the West Nile Region of Uganda. The flagship is to increase Foundation seed production to enhance QDS supply & bridge seed gap of particularly Energy and Micronutrient rich varieties. Foundation seed will be produced as a business based on Local Seed Business (LSB) model of Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) project for sustainable seed supply to communities.

Dr. Sadik Kassim is a Ugandan holding a PhD in Plant Breeding and Biotechnology. He works with Uganda’s National Agricultural Research Organisation as Director of Research at Abi Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute. Abi Zone in North Western Uganda shares a long porous border with Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan which presents both opportunities and challenges that require innovative solutions. Thus Dr. Kassim’s overriding role is mobilizing resources including partners, and supervising research and development programs that can sustainably contribute to economic development and improvement of livelihood of about 4 million people comprising both nationals and refugees.

Smart Havens Africa

Most Ugandans self-build their housing using semi-permanent, and unsustainable materials to match their personal affordability criteria which results in high carbon emission and greenhouses gases that adversely affects people’s lives. Smart Havens Africa targets those on the Bop who earn less than $6 per day, a segment served inadequately by both the public & private sectors. The social impact business model provides a roof, a skill, & a market in a way that solves the current problem, creates jobs, & protects the environment. A roof (we build affordable homes using earth materials (Soil blocks) at a cost of < $4,000 as compared to the market cost of $45,000. We equip homes with environmentally efficient products such as cookstoves and solar heaters and provide self-financing option through rent-to-own & ISSB Banking-Financing scheme to enable lo-moderate people secure their home- ownership dream a reality. Help create job opportunities by training of youth & women masons, women engineers thus promoting gender equality & women empowerment.

Anne Kyomugisha has a working experience of more than 10 years in academic, humanitarian, development and Advocacy work. Her experience involves management and implementation of assistance and Housing research projects. She has worked with several international organizations to enhance their humanitarian, development and advocacy work through provision of services including project management, research to inform programming (situation analysis, needs assessments, baseline surveys, evaluations, documentation of experiences and lessons learnt), facilitation of programme related processes and capacity building and enhancement. She as experience working in areas affected by armed conflict and other emergencies. I also have international experience working in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and South Sudan.


Over one billion people in developing countries do not have access to safe drinking water. A lot of water can be lost through leaks, evaporation, and seepage. Fixing or replacing broken or leaky pipes and cracked tanks are very costly and impossible in some places and conditions. The proposed solution, BUYAN Self Sealing Coating, is a coating that is developed with the aim of an application on substance carrying tanks and tubes. This coating is sprayed as a thin layer on the object surface. It is adhered on surface regardless of the geometry or form of the object and is cured in a couple of seconds. When covered with this coating, if a tank, pipeline or channel wall is punctured because of an external impact, the coating self-seals and prevents leakage. The specially developed coating starts permanent volume expansion right after contact with water. Such an expansion covers the cracks and punctures and repairs the coated surface. Furthermore, when coated with BUYAN, pipelines or water tanks become immune to corrosion and deformations caused by time.

Dr. Masoud Latifinavid was born in 1982. He received his PhD. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey in 2017. Dr. Latifinavid is assistant professor in Mechatronic Engineering Department of University of Turkish Aeronautical Association (THKU). He founded TULPAR R&D CO with Dr. Hamed Tanabi and Dr. Matin Ghaziani from THKU and Mr. Enis Yasar as business management expert in 2017. TULPAR was awarded as the best R&D project in METU YFYI-2017 competition and got capital support from Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, and Ankara Development Agency for innovative projects.


This solution offers digital libraries with African content. In 2017, NENA commercially launched its African digital libraries, which include two types

  • Digital libraries on e-readers 
  • Online digital libraries

The company is now expanding beyond Senegal with the intention of being a pan-African business. The present focus is French books, with plans to introduce African National Languages as well as English and Portuguese. There are agreements with 35 African content publishers and the platform is designed to protect duplication of materials.

Lamine Sarr defines himself as a social entrepreneur in the fields of digital publishing. He is motivated by the African youth who represent more than 65% of the African population and who will double by 2050. The major challenge of the coming years is to feed young people, to educate them and give them work. With NENA we try to contribute to our modest level to the quality of education by setting up quality digital libraries. Through our example and our vision of social entrepreneurship, we want to inspire the young generation to take control of their destiny and to create businesses or activities in areas with high social impact.

Sehat Kahani - The Story of Health

60,000 female medical doctors in Pakistan are not practicing medicine & are excluded from the healthcare workforce due to social pressures or family constraints. Underpaid female nurses & CHWs are underemployed in marginalized, rural communities and/or urban slums. Sehat Kahani is a telemedicine company started by 2 women, which taps into this underutilized potential, and is focused on serving 108 million low‐income women & families in rural areas, urban slums and middle income communities of Pakistan who lack access to affordable, quality, cost effective healthcare. Healthcare services are delivered via three main channels: Access via E-Hubs for lower income communities. Outreach via preventive health portfolio for lower & middle income communities. Efficiency via Sehat Kahani Mobile Application for middle income communities.

Dr. Iffat Zafar is the Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer for Sehat Kahani, a tele-health company which works on improving basic health care in communities through a spectrum of services focused on primary health care consultation, health awareness and health counselling, utilizing ICT enabled platforms. She is currently doing her Masters in Global E-Health from University of Edinburgh for which she has been awarded with the Commonwealth Scholarship. She has also been selected for Good Fund Fellowship 2017-18 this year. She was selected as a Mentor for the GIST Tech-I Applicants 2017-18 and she is also a Mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation.

Shurokkha: ICT-based Livestock Management Solution

Shurokkha provides timely and affordable veterinary service at the fingertips of marginalized farmers, with the intent to ensure food and financial security to those who toil away not just in Bangladesh around the world. Using Shurokkha generated data, we can integrate with the systems used by animal health product companies and government to track diseases, production levels and demand for certain inputs in an area. Livestock input companies (veterinary pharma, feed seller, Artificial Insemination) will make B2B partnership with Shurokkha for their field livestock service delivery and gain customer loyalty. In-app adds of livestock relevant commercial companies will be integrated.

Mridul Chowdhury is the CEO of mPower, headquartered in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with deployments in more than a dozen countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. mPower specializes in innovative ICT-based solutions in health and agriculture to bring much needed services to the under-privileged using ICTs. Mridul completed his Masters in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Dean’s Fellow. While at Harvard, he co- founded mPower Social Enterprises (originally named ClickDiagnostics) in 2008 with fellow graduate students from Harvard and MIT after winning the MIT 100K Business Plan Competition in social enterprise track.

System of Rice Intensification (SRI) Single Seedling Nursery Tray

Rice intensification (SRI) requires transplanting of single seedling at a very young age of 8 - 10 days after seed germination in a nursery with a very proper lining and wider spacing patterns depending on climatic and fertility conditions of the rice field. We have developed an innovative SRI- tray technique as a means to nurse individual, young, delicate but healthier and root separated rice seedling with low density. A sliding base is attached to the tray to accurately transfer, safe and release seedlings to the rice field for single transplanting per hill.

Faiz Kharim is a CEO, PhD student, researcher and co-founder of a start-up company under a university start-up incubation program. His work now focus- es on the development of rice farming through modern technologies to tackle the issues of food security and poverty in the developing world. Before coming to PadeeTech Sdn Bhd, Faiz taught and trained plantation at RISDA, UCAM. In fact, Faiz had experienced in business management, strategic and marketing, banking thus involves in hard selling of agriculture produces. Faiz Kharim earned a bachelor of entrepreneurship in Agro-Technology from University Malay- sia Kelantan and a master in plantation management from University Putra Malaysia.