Mastering Disruptive Innovation and Technology

Mastering Disruptive Innovation and Technology

This event took place on 2 March 2017.

Aphropean Partners in collaboration with the Universität Wien, Global African Diaspora Research Platform, the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Chapter Central Europe, Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation, Kenyans in Diaspora Austria invites you to join #FOD17 FRONTIERS OF DIALOGUE.

WHEN? Thur, 2 March 2017 – 17:30 – 21:30

WHERE IS IT? Kleiner Hörsaal, Universität Wien, Universitätsring 1, A-1010 Vienna, Austria

WHY?  Understanding that emerging technologies disrupt the traditional way of doing business plays a huge role in driving efficiency and cost reduction combined with sustainability practices. Also, individuals benefit from the convenience and low-cost alternatives that disruptive innovations bring. It is important to create awareness of disruptive technology concepts in order to adequately plug into the opportunities, particularly in Africa’s emerging markets.

At this #FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue, we facilitate an open debate about Mastering Disruptive Innovation and Technology with a panel of intercontinental thought leaders and practitioners from the civil society, public and private sector.

We will close this inclusive discussion with an opportunity to network over drinks and canapés.

Our panel involves an exciting line-up of leaders of thought and practice from academia, civil society, public and private sector:

What we will cover:

  • Key trends moving environmental technology forward in Africa’s emerging markets
  • Challenges faced in improving environmental performance: lessons learned
  • Opportunities for cooperation and transfer of environmental  technology


18:00 – 18:30 Registration and refreshments
18:30 – 20:00 Panel Discussion + Q&A
20:00 – 22:00 Connect over drinks and canapés

Places are limited so to avoid disappointment register now.

6 reasons why you should join Frontiers of Dialogue

  1. Discover from leading experts in academia, private and public sector with international exposure;
  2. Great opportunity to ask questions and share your opinion;
  3. Get up to speed on key trends and issues affecting the way of business and work;
  4. Develop your knowledge for new ideas and approaches in business or work;
  5. Connect offline and meet professionals with international in spirit based in Austria;
  6. Have a great time after working hours with an inspiring mix of great people, music, drinks + snacks 🙂


More and more companies in Europe are seeking collaborating African partners to help tap into opportunities in Africa, and its complex environmental and social value chain challenges.

Rita Isiba, founder of Aphropean Partners established #FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue out of a desire for a continuous, accessible event for Austria’s international community working towards profitable sustainability. Discover trends and current affairs impacting the future of business, technology and sustainability in Africa.

The concept is pretty straightforward:
After work drinks and 90-minutes inclusive panel discussion or keynotes on key themes centred around the business, technology and current affairs on the first Thursday of every other month.

The goal is to bring together bright minds to actively exchange views from an international perspective on a wide range of subjects to inspire and provoke conversations that matter for business, work and a sustainable world.

We place emphasis on promoting intercontinental leaders of thought and practice based within the DACH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).

Events are recorded and held in the English language.


Annabella Johnson, Technologist and ICT Expert specialising in Humanitarian Affairs


Jacobs Edo, Business Transformation Expert and Author

Prof. Dr. Michael Heiss, Open Innovation Expert at Siemens and TU-Wien

Dr. Alain Nkoyock, Author, Scholar, Technologist at UN. Founder & President of Think Tank CABAC

Rita Okechukwu, Network Infrastructure Engineer, Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)

#FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue aims to shed light on mastering the role of disruptive technology and innovation for sustainability strategies in Africa’s emerging markets.

1st Frontiers of Dialogue Panel