The Future of Learning: Plenary with Bitange Ndemo
The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has brought to question the relevance of the current systems of learning. Sir Ken Robinson describes these systems as antiquated because they were meant to drive the first and second industrial revolutions. Time has come to reimagine new ways of learning to meet the needs of the future of work. Although the Covid-19 pandemic may have inadvertently pushed the world into the future of learning, there is more that needs to be done to take advantage of emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence and leave no one behind. Prof. Bitange Ndemo explores the emerging gap between current learning systems and the demands of the future of work.
ICT Champion and Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Nairobi, Kenya
Bitange Ndemo is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Nairobi’s Business School. His research centers on the link between ICTs and small and medium enterprises with emphasis on how ICTs influence economic development in Africa. Prof. Ndemo is an advisor to several organizations including the Better than Cash Alliance, a global initiative under UNCDF dedicated to promotion of cash alternatives; UN’s Global Pulse on Big Data; the I-Hub, a premier innovation hub in Africa and Vienna-based World Data Lab. He also sits in the Boards of Safaricom one of the leading telecommunication company in Africa, Mpesa Foundation, Research ICT Africa that is based in South Africa. He is a former Permanent Secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Communication where he was credited with facilitating many transformative ICT projects. After years of developing the supply-side of broadband, he has now changed gears to demand-side through assisting start-ups in Africa and actively playing a key role in building sustainable models of innovation hubs. Prof. Ndemo holds a PhD in Industrial Economics from the University of Sheffield in the UK, a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from University of St. Thomas. He is an Open Data/Big Data evangelist and dedicated to simplification (visualization) of data for ordinary citizens to consume.