Roundtable topics

40+ interactive roundtables connect you with experts, potential partners and your most important peers

Hosted by an export moderator, roundtable discussion groups bring together a cross section of the tower industry supply chain to share ideas, expertise and challenges around specified topics or markets. Each roundtable will assemble up to 20 executives and will last an hour. With two roundtable sessions scheduled on each day, participants will have the opportunity to join four roundtables during the course of the event.

Take a look at our Buyer Briefings from Airtel Africa, Atlas Towers, IHS Towers, Safaricom and ANTOSC here. Check out our Energy, Data Collection and Utilisation, African Fibre and Ethiopia Working groups here.

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Session I | Tuesday, 12:00 – 13:00

1A Lessons for Africa from 5G around the world 

Alessandro Ravagnolo, Principal, Consulting, Analysys Mason 

1B Ensuring your towers are safe for additional and next technologies

Damien Kelly, Senior Project Manager, Delmec

1C Working with government and regulators to attract investment in communications infrastructure

Chuck Green, CEO, IDIA

1D How to make cell sites smart and secure

Rani Ariss, Vice President Sales – EMEA, Acsys International Ltd

1E Mozambique

Godwin Makyao, Founder, Maktech 

1F Small cells, big changes 

Lars Stuber, Founder, Smallcell

1G Southern Africa

Randi Clendennen, Chief Strategy Officer, Atlas Tower Group

1H How do you set up an edge data centre at a cell-site?

Jakob Carnemark, Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer and Vice Chairman, Aligned Energy

1J Nigeria 

Nabil Haddad, CEO, IPT PowerTech 

1L Ethiopia Focus Group (by invitation only)

Session II | Tuesday, 14:30 – 15:30

2A To what degree has investing in African towercos been derisked?

Nate Foster, CEO, Atlas Towers Group

2B Site design optimisation for Africa: what works and where? 

Darragh Stokes, Partner, Hardiman Telecommunications

2C Upgrading sites efficiently to maximise lease-up

K Suresh Babu, Business Development Director, Towers & Telecom, Ramboll

2D Getting ready for 5G: what profitable opportunities exist today?

Matthew McNulty, Project Director, Rain South Africa

2E Towerco diversification and investibility

Eric Crabtree, Chief Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation 

2F How do you approach establishing an IBS business or division?

Lars Stuber, Founder, Smallcell

2G East Africa 

Terry Rhodes, CEO, Eaton Towers 

2H ESCOs: successes so far and future plans across Africa

Jocelyn Karakula, DCTIO, Orange

2J  Renegotiating tower leases

Alessandro Ravagnolo, Principal, Consulting, Analysys Mason

2L African Fibre Working Group (by invitation only)

Session III | Wednesday, 11:30 – 12:30

3A How to accelerate the permitting process

Chuck Green, CEO, IDIA

3B Managing landlords and ground rents: realistic relationships and returns 

Simon Nyadzani, Site Acquisition Supervisor – Network Deployment and Chief Technology Officer – Property Management, MTN 

3C How to identify opportunities and build a business in indoor, public and enterprise wireless

Philip Cooper, Independent Consultant, formerly Managing Director EMEA Digital Bridge & COO Digital Colony UK; CFO, Apollo Towers Myanmar; Group Commercial Manager, Eaton Towers

3D Introduction to Africa Fibre

Juanita Clark, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, FTTX Council Africa

3E From tower sharing to radio sharing 

Godwin Makyao, Founder / Executive Director, Maktech

3F Structural upgrade for 5G implementation

K Suresh Babu, Business Development Director, Towers & Telecom, Ramboll

3G Operational excellence

Darragh Stokes, Partner, Hardiman Telecommunications

3L Energy Working Group (by invitation only)

Session IV | Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:00

4A Rural connectivity, low-cost solutions and viable business plans 

Jocelyn Karakula, DCTIO, Orange

4B Nurturing long-term towerco/MNO relationships

Lieuwe Boonstra, Business Development Director, Atlas Tower Group

4C How are emissions reduction targets and CSR affecting energy investment?

Stuart Kelly, VP Market Development, Bladon 

4D Lease-up strategies and amendment revenue 

Cornelis Wessels, CFO, Atlas Towers Group

4E Opportunities with data centres 

Wouter van Hulten, CEO & founder, PAIX, Founding Member & Board Member, Africa Data Center Association

4F Practicalities and economics of deploying fibre to the tower

Isfandiyar Shaheen, Infrastructure Sharing Advocate, NetEquity Networks

4G Value creation and destruction by towercos in contract design and negotiation 

Henco Pretorius, Legal Director: South Africa & Kenya, Atlas Tower Group

4L Data collection and utilisation working group