MTN speakers gear up for AfricaCom 2013

MTN Group Chief Commercial Officer Pieter Verkade will lead a team of MTN speakers who are expected to share insights and exchange ideas with their peers from across the world at the 16th annual AfricaCom Conference in Cape Town next week. 

Verkade will join a panel of speakers to deliberate on “unleashing Africa’s creativity for digital consumers” on the second day of the conference, which takes place from 12-14 November at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Other MTN speakers include Shaibu Haruna, General Manager for Sales and Customer Service at MTN Uganda, Jemima Kotei, Executive for Customer Service at MTN Ghana and Lambo Kanagaratnam, Chief Enterprise Business Officer at MTN South Africa.

Haruna will participate in a panel discussion on how mobile money strategies fit within mobile operators’ strategies, when the conference opens on 12 November. The next day, Kotei will join the Customer Experience Management panel to discuss the “do’s and don’ts of CEM strategies in Africa”. Kanagaratnam will deliver a presentation on “guaranteeing quality connectivity across the African continent” on the last day of the conference. 

MTN has been participating in the AfricaCom conference for the past seven years.

“MTN is looking to the future. And in keeping with our mission “to make our customers’ lives a whole lot brighter”, the conference is a platform for MTN to share ideas with like-minded leaders in our industry on how best we can serve the needs of our customers," says Rich Mkhondo, Executive for Group Corporate Affairs at MTN.  

The MTN exhibition stand at this year’s event will showcase some of MTN’s products and services such as MTN Mobile Money. In addition, the stand will feature the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car (Bloodhound SSC) model.

MTN partnered with Bloodhound Engineering Adventure, a company in the United Kingdom last year to support the Bloodhound SSC initiative. The Bloodhound SSC is a jet and rocket powered car which aims to break the land speed record.  Through the MTN Foundation, the partnership aims to inspire students to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

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