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Transforming African
MedTech Conference

AUG 24-25, 2023


Building a Vision for the Future of a Comprehensive & Transformative African Medical Technology Industry

Villgro Africa & Jaza Rift Ventures, in collaboration with Rice360 Institute for Global Health Technologies, Kenyatta UniversityIfakara Innovation Hub, and PDP Forum are convening the first annual pan-African medical technology conference with the aim of building a vision for the future for a comprehensive and transformative African medical technology industry. For the purpose of this conference, we are defining medtech as medical devices & equipment, robotics, AI, and wearables. The first convening will be in August 2023 in Nairobi, Kenya.

​By increasing linkages across the continent, we aim to strategically support the realisation of locally conceived, developed, and manufactured medical technology that can be distributed and used throughout the African continent.


Organising Committee

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Eng. Wambui Nyabero

Chief Technology Officer at Villgro Africa


Since June 2021, Eng. Wambui Nyabero has been the Chief Technology Officer at Villgro Africa where she provides strategic, technical and business leadership for Villgro Africa’s medtech program and is growing an invention-based health technologies pipeline through training, mentoring and partnerships. Wambui is a mentor to many of the technology startups in Villgro Africa’s portfolio. She is also a member of the Global Health Advisory Council, which seeks to expand the impact of behavioural science applications in healthcare. In addition, Wambui is a 2021 AVPA Africa-Asia Impact Investing Fellow.


Sewu-Steve Tawia

General Partner at Jaza Rift Ventures


Sewu-Steve Tawia is a Ghanaian-French investment and development finance professional with over 20 years of experience in development finance, strategy consulting, angel investing and venture capital funds and fund of funds in Europe and Africa. He is currently General Partner at Jaza Rift Ventures, a $5m seed fund backing East to West Africa-focused health tech, medtech, and biotech startups, developed in partnership with Villgro Africa


Dr. Kenneth Iloka

Biomedical Engineer and Lecturer at Kenyatta University


Dr. Kenneth Iloka holds a PhD in Management Information Systems (Kenyatta University), MBA in Management Information Systems (Kenyatta University), Bachelor of Industrial Technology in Medical Engineering (Egerton University) and a Diploma in Medical Engineering (Technical University of Mombasa). He has over 24 years’ experience in healthcare technical services consultancy and delivery as well as 7 years of teaching and research in areas of biomedical engineering, healthcare technology & information systems management and project management.

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Dr. June Madete

Head of Department, Electrical and Electronic Engineering  at Kenyatta University


Dr. June Madete is an enthusiastic and dynamic engineer, researcher, and senior lecturer, with over 16 years of experience in biomedical engineering training and research. Her specialty is biomechanics, looking at the body as a machine. She earned her PhD in medical engineering specialising in biomechanics, motion capture, imaging studies and patient data collection. She seeks to develop biomedical engineering in Africa through knowledge and skill transfer.

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Dr. Robert Karanja

Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer at Villgro Africa


Dr. Robert Karanja is a biomedical scientist and development entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in STEM and development sectors. He holds a PhD in Parasitology and Entomology from JKUAT. As a scientist at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Robert was actively involved in the establishment of the intellectual property (IP) and technology transfer office (TTO), where he discovered his passion for innovation. This paved the way for his entrepreneurial career as co-founder at Villgro Africa. Robert is passionate about transforming Africa through innovation and building local value chains. In addition, he is an active angel investor and serves on the board of several firms and organisations in Kenya and the region.

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Khatuchi Khasandi

Rice 360 Director of Invention Education Partnerships


Khatuchi Khasandi is the Director of Invention Education (IvE) Partnerships, at Rice University’s Rice 360 Institute for Global Health Technologies. In this role, she leads Rice 360's visioning, planning, and coordination of IvE projects and collaborations to sustainably advance innovation and entrepreneurship addressing healthcare challenges in low-resource settings.


Masoud Mnonji

Director at the Ifakara Innovation Hub


My ambition in life is to contribute to the development of life-saving innovations, and technology as well as build a sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Tanzania. At this stage in my career, I am extremely motivated to work and contribute to translating innovations and insights from African health research that support wellness and livelihood into marketable goods and services.



Aug 24th 2023

7:00 - 8:45

Breakfast & Vision Setting Workshop (Invitation Only)

Floor 3, Mara Room

8:00 - 9:00

Registration & Name Tag Pickup
Collect your attendee packet


Welcome Remarks

Eng. Wambui Gachiengo Nyabero Villgro Africa & Ms. Khatuchi Khasandi, Rice 360
Floor 14

9:10 - 9:20

Patient Story I

Dr. Moses Ochora , Photokabada

Floor 14

9:20 - 9:30

Remarks by Chief Guest​

Vice Chancellor of Kenyatta University
Prof. Paul K. Wainaina
Floor 14

9:30 - 9:50

Opening Keynote
The Transformative Potential of a Robust African Medtech Industry
Dr. Victor Konde
Scientific Affairs Officer, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
Floor 14

9:50 - 10:15

Coffee Break & Networking


Press Conference

 Floor 3, Mara Room

10:15 -11:15

Medtech Ecosystem Landscape & Discussion

Moderator: Eng. Wambui Nyabero (Villgro Africa)

Panelists: Phoebe Khagame (Oxygen Alliance), Dr. Kamau Gachigi (Gearbox Kenya), Wilfred Njagi (Villgro Africa) 

Floor 14


Panel: What Does African-Centred Medtech Look Like? 

Moderator: Dr. June Madete (Kenyatta University)

Panelists: Daniel Atwine (SOAR Research Foundation), Dr. Muhammad A. Rushdi (Cairo University and New GIza University), Dr. Data Santorino (CAMTech)

Floor 14


Panel: Financial Sustainability in Medtech

Moderator: Sewu-Steve Tawia (Jaza Rift Ventures)

Panelists: Arnold Mwangi (DOB Equity), Dr. Emma Waiyaiya (Beyond Elephant Advisory), Bernard Chiira (Innovate Now/AT Ventures)

Floor 14



Floor 3


Local Manufacturing Capacity

Moderator: Dr. Kamau Gachigi (Gearbox)

Panelists: Roneek Vora (Revital Healthcare), Eng. Gabriel Bruwer (Sinapi Biomedical), Eng. Habtamu Abofoge (Simbona)

Floor 14


Panel: Market Access

Moderator Khatuchi Kasandi (Rice360)

Panelists: Dr. Erick Mbuthia (Ilara Health), NellyAnne Ndumi (VIA Global), Eng. Ali Khalid (Hatch Technologies)

Floor 14

4:30 - 5:00

Closing Remarks

Prof. Maina Mwangi (Director of Incubation, Innovation, and Industry Linkages, Kenyatta University)

Floor 14


Networking Mixer


Aug 25th 2023

Rice360/KU Academia/Industry Breakfast Workshop (Invite Only)

Moderators: Khatuchi Khasandi (Rice360), Dr. June Madete (Kenyatta University) 

Floor 3, Mara Room


Judges Breakfast and Briefing Session 

Floor 3


Startup Pitch Session

Judging Panel: Wilfred Njagi (Villgro Africa), Arnold Mwangi (DOB Equity), Sewu-Steve Tawia (Jaza Rift Ventures), Dr. Emma Waiyaya  (Beyond Elephant Advisory) Astuti Sharma (Ascent Capital) 

Floor 14


Coffee Break & Networking 

Floor 14


Keynote Speech

How Can We Accelerate Medtech Innovations and Products Across the African Continent?

Prof. Ndirangu Kioni (Ag. Head, Research-Innovation Ecosystems and Entrepreneurship Education Office, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology)

Floor 14 


Patient Story

Dr. Mary Waiyego (Neonatologist at Kenyatta National Hospital)

Floor 14


Medtech Innovation Ecosystem Stories

Moderator: Will Moyo


1. Masoud Mnonji (PDP Consortium)

2. Dr. Gerard Rushingabigwi (EA Biodesign; University of Rwanda College of Science  & Technology)

3. Bernard Chiira (Innovate Now)

4. Elizabeth Asma (Nest 360)

Floor 14


Regulatory & Policy Landscape

Moderator: Dr. Robert Karanja (Villgro Africa)

Panelists: Dr. David Karenye (MEDAK), Dr. Lutchmee Nobaub (Clinear Research) Grace Baloyi (South African Medical Research Council)

Floor 14



Floor 3


Agenda/Vision Setting Workshop: Fostering Partnerships to Accelerate Medtech Commercialisation in Africa

Breakout Rooms: 

  1. Industry/Academia — Floor 3, Mara Room 

    Moderators: Khatuchi Khasandi & Dr. June Madete

  2. Manufacturing/Innovation — Floor 14
    Moderators: Eng. Wambui Nyabero, Eng. Shaukatali Hussein & Eng. Paul Nyaki

  3. Investment Community — Floor 14
    Moderators: Sewu-Steve Tawia & Wilfred Njagi


  4. Market Access — Floor 14
    Moderators: Moses Waweru & NellyAnne Ndumi

  5. Regulatory and Policy — Floor 14
    Moderator: Dr. Robert Karanja

4:00 -5:00

Closing Plenary

Report on Partnerships Agenda

Floor 14


Closing and Awards Ceremony

Closing Remarks & Vote of Thanks: Wilfred Njagi

Startup Awards

Floor 14


Networking Reception

Floor 14

The Venue

Mercure Hotel

5.400 KM, 11 min from Wilson Airport

Set in the Upper Hill commercial district, 23 km from Nairobi National Park and 6 km from Nairobi National Museum.

The Venue

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