Sir Demola Aladekomo, Chairman of SmartCity Resorts Plc, Chams Consortium Limited and founder of Chams Plc. He is also a Fellow of the Nigeria Computer Society (FNCS) and past president of the Nigeria Computer Society.
Kelechi A. Kalu is Vice Provost of International Affairs and Professor of Political Science at University of California, Riverside. Kalu previously served as Associate Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs and Professor of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. His Ph.D. (1997) is in International Studies from the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. Kalu earned an M.A. (1988) in Political Science from the University of Dayton, Ohio and a BA (1986) in Political Science from University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. His research and teaching interests are in International Politics, African Political Economy and U.S. Africa Relations.
Kalu was a Mellon Research Fellow in the Department of Government, Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut in 1994-1995, Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley (1990-2008) and Faculty affiliate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University. He is widely published and has served as a consultant to the World Bank on Public Sector Governance and to the Asian Development Bank on Managing Sustainable Development in Resource-Rich Countries. He is a recipient of grants from The Ford Foundation, The Mershon Center and The Korea Foundation. He is co-editor and contributor of West Africa and the U.S. War on Terror (Routledge, 2013), Territoriality, Citizenship and Peacebuilding: Perspectives on Challenges to Peace in Africa (UK: Adonis and Abbey, 2013) and United States—Africa Security Relations (Routledge, 2014).
Dr. Valentine Fontama, Principal Data Scientist at Microsoft. He is an international expert in Cloud & Enterprise Analytics and Insights and co-author of: Predictive Analytics with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning: Build and Deploy Actionable Solutions in Minutes, and Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight.
Professor Ezekiel Ette s the Chair of the Department of Social Work, Delaware State University. He is the author of Annang Wisdom: Tools for Post Modern Living; Nigerians in the USA: Identity, Race and Acculturation, and Refuge in the Battlefield: A Story of Love and Survival. He will speak on strategies for navigating and balancing the contemporary imperatives of technology in the context of cultural values/spirituality.