Speaker at the Event

africa fintech festival

Emeka Okoye

Semantic Architect, Cymantiks Limited, Nigeria
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He is a Semantic Architect with Cymantiks Limited, a company that makes People, Organizations and Machines smarter using Semantic technologies and Cognitive Computing to provide innovative customizable solutions that creates value from data for them. He is also able to help organizations navigate the fourth industrial revolution that will disrupt their landscapes.

Over the last 18 years, Emeka has been at the forefront of technology and innovation in Nigeria from building the first internet banking application (1997), co-founding the earliest startup, ngex.com (1997), to designing the first framework for Open Election data (2016), building a software platform that manages ATM transactions, that is being used in 34 African countries (2014. 4 time zones, 3 languages, 12 currencies) and building a knowledge graph for corruption in Ghana (2018).

His experience has embraced a breadth of technologies culminating today in the Enterprise, Mobile, Semantic Web and AI world with his primary focus being solution design, engineering and product development while working with a cross section of professionals across various cultures in Africa and Europe in solving problems at a complex level. Emeka is able to understand and explain technologies from deep diving under the hood to the value proposition level. He believes Linked Data and Smart (Conversational) Agents will change and improve the way we live and work, and he is passionate about designing and building systems that will make this a reality and teaching others to do it.

He has been listed among the top 20 most influential Technology people in Africa (2013) by South Africa IT News blog and also among the Global Top 20 Mobile Commerce, Mobile Payments, Mobile Banking and Mobile Money influencers in Social Media by Obopay (2012). Emeka can be followed on twitter via @EmekaOkoye where he evangelizes on the Open Data, AI, Analytics, Semantic Web, IoT, Smart Cities, Digital Platforms and also ways in which they can be used to re-develop Africa.