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Podcast/Video Interviews by Stephen Ibaraki

A Chat with John Kamara: Tech Entrepreneur; Founder, AI Center of Excellence Africa; Founder, Ada Labs about how new technologies can be leveraged in solving some of the most prominent and pertinent socio-economic challenges in Africa

This week, Stephen Ibaraki has an exclusive interview with John Kamara.

John KamaraJohn Kamara is a Tech Entrepreneur with over 20 years' experience working in new market acquisitions across various technology verticals in Europe, America, Asia and Africa. John is one of Africa's leading experts on how businesses can leverage key technology trends, transform organizations and drive competitive advantage for impact in industries including finance, agriculture, health, education, gaming and startup enterprises.

He is a Pan African renowned business leader, entrepreneur, investor, consultant, mentor and public speaker.


  • Founder Afyarekod : Health data storage and patient management platform.
  • Former CEO – Cortex Africa – A tech Company that focuses on Software Development around AI & Blockchain
  • Director Non-Executive – Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa
  • Director for Strategy – Data Driven Innovation Center under CREATES Center of Excellence at the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology
  • Director for Growth - Global Gaming Africa
  • Founder –Ada Labs
  • Investor – eCobba (Fintech) | Twaa (Mentoring & Learning) | PhermaAgri (AgriTech)

John is actively involved and heavily invested in new technologies focusing on IoT (Internet of Things), AI (Artificial Intelligence), Blockchain and Crowdfunding. Having worked in market growth leadership roles for global technology companies at Google, Sun Microsystems, eir Ireland, Digicel, BMC Software and others, John is committed to seeing technology play a critical role catapulting Africa into the Fourth Industrial Revolution while creating critical mass impact.

He has excited audiences in many countries and continents as he shared insights in various global stages like AI Expo Africa, AI For Good Global Summit, Bio2019, ICE London, Abuja Blockchain & AI Roundtable, Malta Blockchain Summit, Delta Summit and Africa Fintech Summit to name just a few.

John's current focus is how new technologies can be leveraged in solving some of the most prominent and pertinent socio-economic challenges in Africa; and how various players can play a role through empowerment of existing structures and systems to build holistic sustainable ecosystems in problem solving.

Having founded and successfully sold his first company SpadeSocial – a lifestyle and entertainment focused tech startup (2009 – 2012), John dedicates his time sharing his knowledge, experiences and network with up and coming entrepreneurs in tech and beyond fueled by his passion to see more successful tech driven companies launch out of Africa.