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Wednesday, July 20 • 9:00am - 10:00am
#WS28 Harnessing Africa's Youth Populace for the Global Cyber Workforce

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Africa boasts a very large youth population with quite a number of countries have a median age of 20 and below. Countries like Nigeria, which has about 200 million people, also have an underemployment and unemployment issue. At the same time, there is an increase in the rate of cybercrime and cyberattacks across the continent. It is not news that there is a direct link between an increase in unemployment and an increase in crime or insecurity. As such, it is important to explore avenues to reposition the teeming African youth for the huge gap in the global cyber workforce, before they become further drawn to the menace of cybercrime.
To consider initiatives the private sector, academia, and governments can execute to ensure the large youth population becomes skilled in cybersecurity.
To wake each stakeholder up to its responsibilities in upskilling our youth and repositioning Africa in the 21st century.

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Simbiat Sadiq

Cybersafe Foundation
Simbiat is a cybersecurity professional and a digital security advocate who is passionate about creating social impact in Africa's cybersecurity ecosystem. Simbiat has led pan-African projects in the cybersecurity space to improve digital resilience and cybersecurity awareness in... Read More →

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Gabriel Karsan

Founding Director, Emerging Youth Initiative
Mr. Karsan, Gabriel identifies as a Digital Dreamer, internet leader and activist. The protagonist of the youth narrative in building modern equitable civilizations leveraging the power of technology through equity and accessibility of the internet and technology resources distributed... Read More →
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Samaila Atsen Bako

Director of Communications, CSEAN
Samaila is a cybersecurity professional with interests in cybersecurity awareness and culture, digital forensics, products, and leadership. He provides training, consultancy, and advisory services to SMEs and start-ups within and outside Nigeria. He is passionate about volunteering... Read More →
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Elizabeth Kolade

Fellow, Young African Leaders Initiative
Elizabeth Wuraola Kolade is a Cybersecurity professional. She has been involved in the strategy,creation and implementation of security measures and the delivery of cyber security awarenessacross critical organizations. Elizabeth has served as an Analyst, Technical Specialist and... Read More →
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Confidence Staveley

Founder & Director, Cybersafe Foundation
Confidence Staveley is an award-winning Cybersecurity Professional, Cybersecurity Awareness Advocate and Cyber Talent Developer. Confidence has achieved numerous professional certifications and industry recognitions. She has recently won the Cybersecurity Woman of the Year 2021 Award... Read More →

Wednesday July 20, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am CAT
Ibis Room Conference Room 2