Program – Keynote Speakers

BRIDGE to AFRICA - 02 Keynote speakers. ULPGC. Auditorium of the ULPGC headquarters

20-25 MAY. 2024

Location: Rectorate of the University of La Palmas (Calle Juan de Quesada, 30)

Inauguration of the Bridge to África & 1st Bridge to Africa Congress


10:45 Inaugural conference. Toyin Falola

16:00   Keynote Speakers

16:00 Innovation. Academia research and Scientific Parks

  • Moderator: Sebastián López, Vice-rector VIT, ULPGC.
    • Gonzalo Piernavieja, ITC R&D&I Director ITC. Canary Islands.

17:10 Energy. Challenges and Progress

  • Moderator: Julieta Schallenberg, Deputy Minister of Ecological Transition, Fight against Climate Change and Energy, of the Government of the Canary Islands and Prof. ULPGC, Canary Islands.
    • Veronique Aya Yoboue, Vice-rector for planning, programming and external relations and PhD in environmental physics, expert in pollution issues. Ivory Coast.
    • Abdel Kader, Electrical engineer. Ph.D. in Ph.D. in Technical Sciences (Mauritania)
    • José Segura, Director of Casa África

 18:20 Sustainability. Production and limit capacity

  • Moderator: Ciro Gutierrez Ascanio. ViceCouncilor of Universities and Research of the Government of the Canary Islands.
    • Edward Abingya Awafo, Senior Lecturer and Researcher in the areas of energy, environment and general circular economy at the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Ghana.
    • Victor Borges, Founder and President of the Cape Verde Foundation for Development and International Exchanges (FDI-CV),
    • Birame Boye, PhD / European Doctor in Physical

Location: Rectorate of the University of La Palmas (Calle Juan de Quesada, 30)

16:00   Keynote Speakers. Education and Innovation

  • Modera: Juan Ruiz Alzola, Full Professor ULPGC.
    • Sylvie Léa Ngnokam Wansi, Vice-Rector for Internal Control and Evaluation, University of Dschang, Cameroon.
    • Fatimetou Mohamed-Saleck,Professor University of Nouackchott, Mauritania.

17:45 Education and Action

  • Modera: Fina Ramal, Prof. ULPGC.
    • Dr. Babacar Diao, Prof. Cheikh Anta Diop University and the Military Health School of Dakar. Urologist.
    • Juan A. Bello, VCI Nurse of the Insular Maternal and Child University Hospital Complex (CHUIMI). Trainer of health professionals from Mauritania.
    • Alma Cruz Díez, Head of the ITC Innovation Area.

16:00   Keynote Speakers

16:00 Inmigration.

  • Moderator: Lucas Pérez, Dir. International Campus, VIMPI, ULPGC.
    • José Antonio Moreno, member of the Immigration and Integration Group of the Economic and Social Council of the EU.
    • Ismaila Ceesay, Head of Department of Social Sciences, University of The Gambia.
    • Nicole Ndongala, General Director of the Karibu Association.

16:50 Gender

  • Modera: Germán Santana, Coordinator with Africa, VIMPI, ULPGC.
    • Ndeye Khaira Thiam, Clinical psychologist and criminologist. Senegal
    • Crispina Gomes, President of the Cape Verdean Women’s Organisation.


18:40 Activism and HRDs

  • Modera: Carmelo Faleh, Prof. ULPGC.
    • Dagauh Komenan, historiador (Costa de Marfil)
    • Marco Aurelio Rodríguez, Presidente de Asociación Socio-Cultural Entre Mares
    • Carmelo Ramírez, Cabildo de Gran Canaria

16:00   Keynote Speakers

16:00 Circular Economy and Sustainable Tourism

  • Moderator: Desiderio García, Director of Cooperation, VIMPI, and coordinator of the HOST-EG project, ULPGC.
    • Erika Kraemer-Mbula,Expert in Innovation and Sustainable Development, Johannesburg University, South Africa
    • Alessandro Rainoldi, Just and Sustainable Economy at the Joint Research Centre, European Commission, European Commission Research, European Commission

17:10 Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Young Talent

  • Modera: Aridane, Dir. VIT
    • Fahd Hemeida, Assistant Professor at the school of Architectural Engineering, Universidad de Alejandría and Head of Startup Support Department at the Center of Entrepreneurship – Arab Academy for Science and Technology, Egipto.
    • Navin Khemlani, director of IBS Spain.
    • Peter Wells, Head of the UNESCO Education Office in Harare.

18:20 Investment and Economical resilience

  • Modera: Pilar Socorro, Vice-Dean of the Degree FEET
    • Ahmed Bastawy, Innovation Consultant | Managing Director at ICEALEX | Venture Builder | Human Centered Designer | Impact Investment | Circular Transformation Advisor, Egypt.
    • José Carlos Mauricio, Canarian politician Canarian politician, former Member of the Spanish Parliament and former Minister of Economy and Finance of the Government of the Canary Islands.