Transform Africa: CIPI Director to speak about innovation at Transform Africa Summit-Center for International Policy & Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, October 28, 2013

Transform Africa: CIPI Director to speak about innovation at Transform Africa Summit

Transform AfricaDr. Jendayi Frazer, Director of the Center for International Policy and Innovation, is one of several Carnegie Mellon University participants in the Transform Africa Summit taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, October 28-31. Transform Africa revisits the 2007 Connect Africa Summit that championed broadband connectivity and other measures to mitigate the digital divide threatening to separate African citizens from the technological advances occurring in other regions. Frazer is serving as a panelist for the Plenary Session entitled "Connect. Innovate. Transform." on October 29. The distinguished service professor also serves as Chairman of the Board for the Kigali-based East Africa Exchange, where her work is focused on the establishment of an innovative regional exchange intended to increase transparency in the East Africa Community's commodity markets.

Carnegie Mellon University is a key partner in the Transform Africa Summit, which is organized by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Government of Rwanda. The university has a graduate campus in Kigali and it is the first major U.S. higher education institution to offer graduate engineering degree programs in Rwanda. Dr. James H. Garrett Jr., Dean of the College of Engineering, will also participate in the "Connect. Innovate. Transform." plenary to discuss the importance of educating the next generation of African technology leaders and the role entrepreneurship plays in boosting local economies. He was also a panelist for the October 28 session on The Foundations of a Digital Africa.

To learn more about the Transform Africa Summit, Carnegie Mellon's participation, and to watch the sessions, please visit:

You can also view a video from Day 2 of the Summit where Dr. Frazer is one of two CMU panelists: