The Conference on
Technology, Innovation & Society



تحت الرعاية السامية لصاحب الجلالة الملك محمد السادس نصره الله

CyFy 2018, Africa

If 2017 was the year that social media disrupted democracies and humanoid robots learned to do backflips, 2018 will be the year that we begin scripting the rules of behaviour for a new technology-embedded society. As governments increasingly rely on the internet for governance and delivery of social benefits, technology simultaneously holds the promise of transformation and the potential for exclusion. With many nations, especially in Asia and Africa, banking on technology, robotics and artificial intelligence to reshape humanity, we need to discuss and resolve a range of apprehensions around gender, race, ethnicity and equity.

CyFy pillars

  • Connectivity

    This pillar will explore themes such as affordable connectivity and digital empowerment in Africa, discussing policies around which governments, businesses and civil society can coalesce to provide universal digital access.

  • Digital Inclusion

    The challenges and prospects of building Africa’s mobile payments market and fostering greater interoperability have been brought into sharp relief as more and more of the African continent goes digital. With governments leveraging the internet for delivery of social services, what lessons must be internalised to make these initiatives more inclusive and plural?

  • Security

    For the realisation of the true potential of the internet, many apprehensions around the security of networks and ICT systems need to be resolved. From petty cyber-crime to attacks on critical information infrastructure to online extremism, many key issues remain that undermine the trust of cyber systems. This pillar will address this range of apprehensions by engaging with internet communities, businesses and governments to realise next steps in securing an African internet.

  • Innovation

    This pillar will examine how the integration technologies into the existing physical and digital world will affect our lives, be it through the accessible services or the development of skills. As the foundations of the next big digital revolution are being laid, what must investors, both local and international, do to keep this momentum of transformation moving forward? How will innovation-led economies of the future manage the crisis of employment loss, especially for women and marginalised sections of the society?

  • Trade

    As the internet becomes a primary vessel for innovation and commerce what regulatory changes are necessary for the transference of knowledge, goods and services? This pillar will explore options for boosting growth and economic productivity among African states as well as chart a course ahead for the rest of the world to do business with the Continent in a manner that is equitable.

  • Society

    Since the first industrial revolution humanity has been agitating over questions of whether technology shapes societies or is shaped by the needs of society. Today, with pervasive technologies in both personal and professional life these questions have assumed complex ethical dilemmas. This pillar will explore policy debates around technological determinism and its impact on the future of governance.



Introducing CyFy Africa

CyFy Africa | Chairman Sunjoy Joshi's address

Samir Saran on what to expect from CyFy Africa

​CyFy Africa | ​Film​maker Raja Krishna Menon on how AI will affect ​making movies

​CyFy Africa | Sanjay Kumar Verma (MEA) speaks on taking India's digital initiatives to Africa


  • Abdeslam Ahizoune

    Abdeslam Ahizoune

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Maroc Telecom, Morocco

  • Abdou Khadre Lo

    Abdou Khadre Lo

    Director for Africa, Access Partnership

  • A​bunaw Gwendoline

    A​bunaw Gwendoline

    Managing Director, EcoBank Foundation

  • Angela Mckay

    Angela Mckay

    Senior Director, Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy, Microsoft

  • Bharat Bala

    Bharat Bala

    Film​m​aker​, India​

  • Craig Wing

    Cathleen Berger

    Global ​E​ngagement ​L​ead​, M​ozilla

  • Cecilia Pagkalinawan

    Cecilia Pagkalinawan

    Founder, AppLoud; Consultant​, ​E-Commerce

  • Craig Wing

    Craig Wing

    Futurist and CEO, Future World

  • Eran Feigenbaum

    Eran Raven Feigenbaum

    Former Chief of Security, Google

  • Faïçal Laraïchi

    Faïçal Laraïchi

    Chairman SNRT⎯RTM & Soread 2M⎯Moroccan TV

  • Hala Abdala Sarhan

    Hala Abdala Sarhan

    ​Former Television Show Host and Vice President, Dream TV, Egypt

  • Helen Hai

    Helen Hai

    CEO, Made in Africa Initiative, African Development Bank

  • Kamran Elahian

    Kamran Elahian

    Founder and Chairman, Global Innovation Catalyst, LLC, US

  • Katharina Jahrling

    Katharina Jahrling

    Euro-Mediterranean Arab Association (EMA) Board

  • Karim Tajmouati

    Karim Tajmouati

    Director General, National Agency for Land Conservation, Cadastre and Cartography, Morocco

  • Karsten Geier

    Karsten Geier

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Germany

  • Marc Porret

    Marc Porret

    CT Coordinator, Counter-Terrorism Committee, Executive Directorate (CTED), United Nations

  • Mohamed El Laaraj

    Mohamed El Laaraj

    Minister of Culture and Communication, Morocco

  • Mohamed Sajid

    Mohamed Sajid

    Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicraft and Social Economy, Morocco

  • Noureddine Ayouch

    Noureddine Ayouch

    Communications Expert, Morocco

  • Pali Jobo Lehohla

    Pali Jobo Lehohla

    Statistician-General of South Africa

  • Paula Kift

    Paula Kift

    Civil Liberties Engineer​, ​Palantir Technologies

  • Raja Krishna Menon

    Raja Krishna Menon

    Filmmaker​, India​

  • Sanaa Tazi

    Sanaa Tazi

    Vice President, Digital and Data Management, Royal Air Maroc

  • Sanjay Kumar Verma

    Sanjay Kumar Verma

    Additional Secretary, Administration and Cyber Diplomacy, Government of India

  • Sean Kanuck

    Sean Kanuck

    Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation

  • Tarek Sijilmassi

    Tarek Sijilmassi

    Chief Executive, Agricole Bank, Morocco

  • Venkatesh Krishnamoorthy

    Venkatesh Krishnamoorthy

    Country Manager, Business Software Alliance


Just 14 km away from Spain, Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region is Europe's gateway to Africa. Situated in the north-western part of the Moroccan Kingdom, the region has the Atlantic Ocean as its western border, with the Mediterranean Sea and Spain to its north. The population of the region is close to 3.55 million and has Tangier as its capital city.

Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region is considered as a crossing and exchange point, a historical and geographical area, rich in economic potential and human resources, the Region is considered as the perfect spot of economic growth since it offers countless opportunities for investment: Privileged geostrategic position, perfect quality infrastructure, significant human and economic potential, suitable land supply and a pleasant living environment.


CyFy Africa will be co-hosted by the Government of the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima Region, Morocco, The Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy and Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi.

  • Council of the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima Region, Morocco

  • Observer Research Foundation (ORF) is one of Asia’s preeminent think tanks with is headquarters in New Delhi, India. ORF provides non-partisan, independent analyses and inputs on matters of security, strategy, economy, development, energy, resources and global governance to diverse decision-makers (governments, business communities, academia, civil society).

  • The Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, Morocco is responsible for the conception and implementation of government policy in the areas of industry, commerce and new technologies. It provides strategic intelligence, monitoring and evaluation and promotes innovation in the fields of industry and new technologies.

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