Leveraging innovation towards vision 2030

The AFRO-x-DUBAI Innovation Conference is a first of its kind, organised and hosted by Samora & First Consultants in collaboration with its UAE  government, semi-government and private sector innovation partners and it’s associate partners Palladium Zimbabwe and BMatanga IP Attorneys for Africa.


  • Bring together local Zimbabwean innovation players and institutions with Dubai innovation thought leaders who are ahead in the journey to share practical experiences;
  • Create a platform which allows domestic players and key stakeholders to learn and possibly adopt and utilize some approaches into the Zimbabwean innovation ecosystem;
  • Foster dialogue between participant Dubai institutions, local industries and institutions with a view to establishing long term, sustainable partnerships and exchange programmes.
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Key Participants

  • Captains of industry.
  • Private Sector Executives
  • SMEs and Innovators
  • Innovation Hubs
  • Venture Capitalists
  • Universities & Research Institutions
  • Government Innovation Players

Expected Outcomes

Expected outcomes of this conference include, but are not limited to:

  • learning on policy approaches towards knowledge driven economies from innovation thought leaders,
  • establishing potential areas for collaboration between Zimbabwe and Dubai innovation players
  • marketing brand Zimbabwe as a preferred investment destination
  • making recommendations to government which will be sent through the lead Ministry after the conference.

Key Discussion Areas

Agenda Coming Soon

  • Zimbabwe’s current policies on innovation, innovation hubs and intellectual property – Zimbabwe
  • Creating and Managing a functional innovation ecosystem among government departments – Dubai
  • Tech Innovation Hubs: Challenges and lessons – Dubai
  • Promoting investment in IP intensive industries through enforcement – Dubai
  • Public Private Partnerships: Efficient provision of government services by the private sector – Dubai
  • Innovation within the transport system – Dubai
  • Internet access as a catalyst for innovation – Dubai
  • E-Zimbabwe & Innovation – Dubai

Confirmed Partners & Sponsors


Confirmed Speakers / more coming soon!

Ghanim Al Falasi

SVP of People Happiness and Innovation, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

Vice Chairman of Smart City Project Committee, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (more…)

Waleid Abdulkareim

Founder, OnTime Group Middle East

OnTime is the biggest private sector Government Services provider in UAE. (more…)

Abdulmuttalib Hashim

Founder, TBH Consulting

TBH Consulting is a Dubai based People and Business Advisory firm. (more…)

Simbarashe Makahamadze

Head IP Services, Samora & First FZE

Samora & First FZE is a Strategy & IP Consulting Firm in Dubai with associate offices in Zimbabwe & South Africa.  

Alper Celen

Tech Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

Tech Entrepreneur | Investor | Advisor (Enhance Digital-joiGifts.com). (more…)

Dr Hashem Al Mansoori

UAE Senior Advisor on Smart & e-Government

Former Director General of e-Gov Authority (more…)

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are great opportunities for sponsorship of this important Afro-x-Dubai – Zimbabwe International Conference on Innovation covering the Tourism, Platinum, Gold and Silver categories. Each package has various benefits with the Tourism and Platinum packages, including exclusive sponsorship of a unique aspect of the conference (e.g., Tourism packages for our visiting international delegates, Reception Dinner, closing cocktail, the Conference delegate bags, etc.). Furthermore, each sponsorship package delivers other great benefits, such as the promotion of your company brand and expertise internationally, both before the conference and at the event itself, discussion panel membership opportunities, offering complimentary delegate registrations, and much more.

Why Sponsor

  • Promote your company brand to industry, government and international leaders
  • Develop collaborative local and international partnerships and business leads
  • Network with top influential business people locally and internationally
  • Obtain a prominent speaking/panel discussion moderation role
  • Promote your business to conference attendees
  • Be promoted to local and international media and press outlets in conjunction
    with the Conference
  • Include your logo on all Conference documentation
  • Gain knowledge and insight in the latest thinking on innovation with special lessons from experts from the developed world

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Event Location


Contact Us

Samora & First Consultants 

Suite 1702, Level 17, Boulevard Plaza Tower 1, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard,
Downtown Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971-4-4070564, Mobile: +971-50-895 8365 (Voice and Whatsapp)
08:30 – 17:00 (Dubai Time) Sunday – Thursday
Email: afro-x-dubai@samorafirst.com
Website: www.samorafirst.com