How Do We Innovate to Create ‘New Collar’ Jobs in Africa?

February 27, 2018
February 27, 2018

Rashik Parmar

On 27th February, the PEI will hold its first Africa Breakfast Club meeting with longstanding Partner, IBM Research-Africa. With a presentation from IBM Distinguished Engineer, Rashik Parmar, the meeting will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with the new digital economy in Africa. We’ll also examine technology’s role in driving sustainable development on the continent, and IBM Research-Africa’s focuses for 2018.

Rashik is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and previously President of IBM’s Academy of Technology. During his thirty years of practical experience in IBM, he has worked for financial, retail and manufacturing clients on IT projects of all sizes. Rashik is also IBM’s Partnership Executive for Imperial College – London. He is also an Adjunct Professor for Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Imperial College Business School and Visiting Professor to the Intelligent Systems and Net-works Group at the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering. In 2016, Rashik received an OBE for services to innovation and business.

As part of our advocacy and policy work, the PEI holds regular Africa Breakfast Club Meetings. These are invitation-only events that feature a presentation from a well-known speaker followed by discussion under Chatham House rules. The meetings also convene leading business people, academics and policy experts, making for fascinating debates and networking opportunities.

This is an invitation-only event. It is a Partners Forum meeting, which is a group of organisations committed to science, technology and innovation in Africa. Find out more here





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