Chief Tourism Officer at Rwanda Development Board.
Belise Kariza is also the Chairperson of the Great Virunga Trans-boundary Collaboration Secretariat, the organization that coordinates conservation efforts within DRC, Rwanda and Uganda. She also serves as Chair of the Joint Marketing Committee under the Northern Corridor Integration Projects. Her credentials demonstrate strong capability and expertise in developing and implementing government and corporate strategies. She has played a key strategic role in the execution of several international initiatives by various institutions ; for example as project manager for Project EDEN’s (Customer Relationship Management / Sales Execution) pilot capacity building project in Rwanda.
Executive Director of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVSB).
Mr Adedayo is also Journalist, Liberal Political and Economic Advocate, Theatre Artist/Critic and Philanthropist with strong believe in Free Market Economy, Peace and Prosperity. He is the Executive Director/Publisher of African Liberty Organization for Development (ALOD) and he is also the Africa Regional Director of Language of Liberty Institute, USA. At the Initiative for Public Policy Analysis (IPPA), he is the Director of Research and Operations. A regular guest speaker at over 50 universities spread across African continent on developmental and policy issues.
Mickey Gooch Jr. was born and raised in New Jersey and currently resides in Malibu, CA. He is a partner in Skitbags Entertainment and Kodiak Pictures which is currently producing 2 films with Academy Award Winning production house “Cross Creek Pictures”. Kodiak Pictures currently also in production has a co-finance deal with Telepool (Will Smiths company) and 30/30 Forbes listed producer ERIC Fleischman. As an actor, he is known for How to Be Single (2016), The Clapper (2017) Deported (2017) and most recently Madness in the Method (2018) and Monster Party (2018).
Since April 2011, Philipp Hoffmann consults and represents production companies in the field of international sales as well as project and corporate marketing. He has set up RUSHLAKE MEDIA GmbH in 2013. In its international sales business, the company has since then focussed on high quality African films and the African market. Among the films represented in the international market are hits like Nairobi Hlf Life, Cahier Africain, Supa Modo, Liyana and Sew The Winter To My Skin.
Sigmund Elias Holm is the head of the Western Norway Film Commission.
With the organization since 2007, Holm provides advice on all aspects of filming in Norway, promotes the region as an attractive production destination, and oversees partnerships with international industry institutions and training providers. He helped develop Norway’s 25% film incentive in 2015 and has since then welcomed a string of major feature films and drama series to the country. From 2011 to 2015 he served as Vice President of Scandinavian Locations and in 2015 Holm was elected to the Board of Directors of Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI). Holm graduated in Media Science from the University of Bergen, with stints at Wits Business School in South Africa and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain.
Managing Partner & Producer, One Fine Day Films, Nairobi
Born to a German mother and a Kenyan/Indian father, Sarika was raised in the South of Germany. She began her professional career as a production assistant and coordinator for Studio Babelsberg, followed by several national and international productions. Sarika studied Film Production from 2002-2006 at the German Film- & TV Academy (dffb) in Berlin, and completed a post-graduate program entitled “L`Atelier Masterclass”, a collaboration of the Film Academy in Ludwigburg and La Femis in Paris. During the Production of “Germany 09”, Sarika was approached by Marie Steinmann and Tom Tykwer to support their pilot project SOUL BOY. Today she is working as a producer for ONE FINE DAY FILMS, and is in charge of all operations.
Head of Unit Culture, Education, Health, European Commission, Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development
Aida Liha Matejicek has been managing the Unit responsible for the sectors of Culture, Education and Health in international cooperation and development since 2016. She is responsible for management and overseeing of all activities related to policy development, management and programming of financial instruments in the three sectors, including through the support to the EU Delegations across the world, knowledge management, relations with the EU Member States and partner countries including the CSO sectors, project beneficiaries and other organisations. Aida is also responsible for management of the EC’s positions within the global education, health and culture (GAVI, WHO, UNESCO, Global Partnership for Education, IFFed etc.). Since 2016 Aida has served as the member of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Malaria, Aids and Tuberculosis on behalf of European Commission, Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Spain. She has also been actively engaged as the member of Executive Committee of Education Cannot Wait working in education in emergencies and crisis.
In the field of culture Aida oversees the implementation of the EU Strategy in Culture in external relations and implementation of a number of programmes and projects across the three key pillars of inter-cultural dialogue, culture as a tool for economic and social development, (creative industries, creation, market access, job creation, enabling policy) and cultural heritage in development, while fostering mainstreaming of the cultural dimension of development in international cooperation. She has been actively involved in initialising a number of recent EU initiatives in culture such is support to Fespaco 2017 and 2019, support to culture and creative industries in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific through EDF programme, and has taken part in initialising new programmes in culture and cultural heritage as drivers of sustainable and inclusive development in Iran, Central Asia, Latin America and Caribbean.
Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Information Society Authority (RISA), Kigali, Rwanda
Muhizi Innocent is a Technology and Business Executive with over 14 years of industry experience both in the Public and Private sector. He has been CEO of the Rwandan Information Society Authority (RISA) since 2016. In mid-2017, RISA took over responsibility for the government’s digitalization programme from the Rwandan Development Board as the country strives to be an ICT model nation in Africa. Innocent is now in charge of e-government, ICT skills development, cyber security, new technology adoption and ICT infrastructure development
President of The iHills, ICT Entrepreneurs’ Association, Kigali, Rwanda
Alex Ntale is founding President of The iHills, Rwanda’s Young ICT Entrepreneurs’ Association, where his work involves bridging the gap between private and public sector players in the ICT industry as well as overseeing and establishing new innovation centres for technology startups among them KLAB, Fablab Rwanda and a new Applied Research Labs. He is currently Director of the ICT Chamber Secretariat in PSF and a visiting lecturer at Universite Libre de Kigali (ULK). Before ICT Chamber Alex was a freelancer software developer and lecturer at Université Libre de Kigali,
in faculty of Finance and Banking. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Investment and Quantitative Finance from the University of Westminster in United Kingdom, a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Business Information Technology from National Computing Centre (NCC Education) in UK as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Makerere University in Uganda.
European News Editor, The Hollywood Reporter, Cologne
Scott Roxborough is European News Editor at leading U.S. entertainment industry magazine The Hollywood Reporter.
He has been reporting on the German and European film and television industries for more than a decade.
Scott Roxborough also works as a producer and on-air presenter for German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, where he produces and presents the weekly cinema magazine Kino.
Scott Roxborough lives in Cologne, Germany with his wife and two children.
Delegate General for Fespaco, Director of the African Film Library of Ouagadougou, Responsible for selecting and programming films at FESPACO (Pan-African Film & TV Festival of Ouagadougou).
Ardiouma Soma is a graduate of the African Institute for Film Education (INAFEC) from the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He also studied at the Teaching and Research Unit (UER) for Arts and Archaeology from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne, France. Ardiouma Soma started his career as a journalist reporter at the national television for a short while, before joining FESPACO. Since 1988, he is responsible for coordinating film selection at FESPACO (393 films were presented during the 21st edition in 2009). Ardiouma Soma took an active part in the establishment of the African Film Library of Ouagadougou, opened in 1995.
Director & Producer, Natives At Large, Johannesburg, South Africa
Ramadan Suleman, director, writer and producer was born in 1955 in Kings Rest Bluff, near Durban, South Africa. He studied at the School for Research in African Theatre. He was one of the founding member of the Dhlomo Theatre, a first black theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa. He first studied in Paris and later at the London International Film School. His feature Zulu Love Letter (2004) won several awards internationally. In 2009 Suleman released Zwelidumile a feature length documentary at the Durban International Film Festival. His latest project as producer is Noire Ici, Blanche La-Bas a documentary by Claude Haffner and Beyond the Picket Line, a first feature by Lentswe Serote. For the past three years, Suleman has produced 20 short films by first time directors.
International Exchange Programs & Scolarships, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Ludwigsburg, Germany
Márk Szilágyi was born in Pécs, Hungary in 1984. He holds a M.A. Degree in Media Economics (Universität Siegen) and a Diploma in TV, Film and Media Production (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg). At the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg he coordinates international exchange programs and scholarships. From 2014 to 2017 he worked at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) as Development Advisor for Creative Economies and Film, TV and Media Producer. Furthermore he gained experience while working as a Producer at the Kwetu Film Institute in Kigali, Rwanda.
I’m Film Director, Researcher and Lecturer at University of Rwanda since 2002. I hold a Master’s Degree in Francophone Studies, with majors in Texts, Languages and Cultures from Université de Limoges (France, 2005), a Certificate in film directing from Ecole de Cinéma et de Télévision de Québec (Canada). I’m pursuing my PhD in Film Studies at Kenyatta University (Nairobi-Kenya)