Make Games Africa Speakers
Company – Masseka Games
Founder of Masseka Game Studio, a video game company based in France and creating contents only on African stories, Teddy Kossoko with another company is developing Gara, a distribution platform to resolve the global distribution and monetization problems of mobile contents in Africa.”
Company – Spiel Fabrique
Professor Odile Limpach teaches Economics and entrepreneurship at the Cologne Game Lab and is managing the Incubator of the CGL. She also is the co-founder of the accelerator SpielFabrique 360° and works as Strategic Consultant for serious games and cross-media projects. Between, 2007 and 2014, she was the managing director at the German entertainment software studio Blue Byte. Before she was the managing director of Ubisoft GmbH. She graduated from business school in France and completed her MBA in the USA. Odile Limpach is also involved as a volunteer in the areas of vocational training and creative industries development. Furthermore, she acts as an advisor (CCEF) for the French Ministry for International Business Development.
Yves Le Yaouanq
Chief Content Officer
Company – FOCUS Entertainment
Yves started his career 25 years ago in the games industry, first on MUDs and MMORPGs, to then join Ubisoft for 11 years in strategic positions to help expanding the PC and Online expertise, while building bridges with external developpers.
In 2021, Yves joined Focus Entertainment as Chief Content Officer, to lead the Publishing and Acquisition Portfolio transformation, welcoming new games, talents and studios from accross the world.
Course Founder – Game & Interactive Media Development
Company – Friends of Design
Lars has been working in the game industry since 1993. In 2007 he developed his first 3-year game course for a German academy and ran it until 2014. In 2013 he developed and started the Game & Interactive Media Course at the Academy of Digital Arts in Cape Town. His alumni students work in the game industry and in many other industries.
Company – NetInfo 3D
Samia Chelbi is a university teacher who has more than 25 years of experience in different fields which are tightly linked to creative technologies. The founder of the first school of 3D, animation, and video game in North Africa for more than a decade. she contributed forward to the progress of this industry in Tunisia and Africa.
Co-Founder and CEO
Company – Ludique Works
Douglas Ogeto is an entrepreneur with a Decade of experience in Technology, Branding & Community Building. He has played a key role in designing, planning, and executing entrepreneurship & impact-related projects in Sub-Saharan & West Africa, having worked both in the private and NGO sector. He’s passionate about building communities and accelerating ventures across Africa.
Business Program Manager
Company – Xbox Game Studios
Christopher Douglas, 39, was born and raised in his beloved city of New Orleans, Louisiana. Chris attended the prestigious St. Augustine High School, Xavier University of Louisiana and has always wanted to work for Microsoft since he was 12 years old (Xbox in specific since he was 19). He has 20 years of experience in the gaming industry, starting as a professional gamer in 2001. He currently serves the gaming community as a Program Manager and D&I lead for Xbox Game Studios Game Camp, which looks to demystify and democratize game development for underrepresented groups in gaming. Chris believes that extraordinary talent resides everywhere when given access to tools and resources while providing a network to thrive in, the mission statement of XGS Game Camp. He is passionate about providing access, awareness, and skills for gaming and technology to underserved communities, specifically, people of color and women. Chris credits his motivation and purpose to his greatest gift and creation, his only son, Chris Jr.
Company – Humble Games
Sithe believes that more Africans should have a visible stake in the game development industry and benefit financially, culturally and socially from telling their own stories. She does her part by encouraging more people to make games. Sithe is currently an advisor for the Black Game Developer Fund and also documents the participation of African women in games through prosearium.net.
Company – Freelives
Evan Greenwood is the founder and creative director of Free Lives, Africa’s most commercially successful independent game studio. Free Lives has created Broforce, Genital Jousting, Gorn and Cricket Through The Ages. These games have sold an awful lot of copies.
Company – QCF Design
Danny is a South African game designer, programmer and community organizer with 16 years’ experience of not knowing what he’s doing. Danny has an IGF award for Desktop Dungeons, is a founder member of IESA, ran a dev community for a decade, and was once hit by a bus.
Business Developer & Production
Company – Nyamakop
Limpho Moeti previously worked at Free Lives (Broforce, Gorn) and was deputy festival director of South Africa’s playful media festival, Playtopia. Currently she works as a producer/biz dev at Nyamakop developing African-inspired video games.She is definitely not a robot sent from the future to destroy human but her boss did call her the nuclear bomb of bizdev.”
Head of the Game Maker Fund
Company – The Sandbo
With nearly 20 years of experience in the Gaming Industry, Katleen Evers, strongly believes in the importance of human capital, while also maintaining a good balance between business and technology perspective. As Head of The Game Maker Fund, she is handling a portfolio of over 50 projects that are supported by the GMF, managing the entire project lifecycle, from concept to launch, ensuring that all technical aspects are successfully delivered on time and within budget. An Entrepreneurial spirit, specializing in product management and digital transformation, building out cross-functional teams. Passionate believer of The Metaverse and the importance of DAO’s.
Founder & Business Strategist @ Gamerging Consulting
Company – Gamerging
Voted 100 GameIndustry.biz Game Changers in 2020, Johana is an award-winning diversity advocate, guest speaker, and business strategist.
A gaming industry expert within EMEA markets, having secured government-level Gaming partnerships, Johana is known for her pioneering approach to economic developments.
From developing business strategies at Unity technologies, a Real-time 3D platform, leader in mobile games development and immersive content development, Johana has founded Gamerging Consulting.
The consulting agency focuses on disruptive innovation in Emerging Markets (Africa and the Middle East), leveraging Emerging technologies (Gaming, Immersive Technologies, AI/ML).
Business Development Manager
Company – Nordic Game Discovery Contest
Thor joined Nordic Game in 2021. His journey started over two decades ago with metal bands and transformed into a professional obsession with the writing, production, and performance of audio material. Since he has been involved with event-making for the majority of his life, he decided to also join forces with Nordic Game in Business Development, Co-Moderation, and execution of the NGDC and conference.
Founder / Editor at GamesIndustryAfrica.com (GIA)
Company – Games Industry Africa (GIA)
Vic Bassey is a regular fixture of the games industry and works as business development manager at the indie publisher – Raw Fury. He is also a contributor to GamesIndustry.biz, an advisor to Griffin Gaming Partners as well as the founder and editor of GamesIndustryAfrica.com.
As a veteran of the games industry, he has successfully mentored game studios, sat on numerous juries and advisories including most recently Batch54, which supports budding studios from emerging markets.
Company – Games Industry Africa (GIA)
Wendi Ndaki is a visual artist and a writer who is passionate about the fusion of art and technology. As a result, she likes to refer to herself as @wendiartit on all social media platforms. She has worked in the gaming industry as a writer for 3 years now and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Technology. She writes for Games Industry Africa.
MADIBA Guillaume Olivier
Company – Kiro’o Games
MADIBA Olivier is the founder of Kiroo Games, the first video game studio in Cameroon. The studio has produced Aurion l’Héritage des Kori-Odan, the world’s first African fantasy video game for PC. Aurion is also adapted into a comic book for the general public (already 2 volumes on Amazon) and a cartoon. Born in Douala in 1985, he holds a secondary school diploma (Bac C) from Joss High School and a degree in computer science from the University of Yaoundé 1, MADIBA Olivier is self-taught in his current profession (Video game designer). Today, his team and he are creating the Most Scalable Gaming Catalogue from Africa: www.kirooworld.com.
Director of business development
Company – Global Top Round
Pontus “Zlapped” Mahler is an ex-professional gamer who has attended and won multiple tournaments globally in Heroes of Newerth. He simultaneously ran his Twitch & Youtube and had over 40M views and 300,000+ followers. He transitioned from a player to a CEO of an Esport company in Thailand and managed over 80 athletes and influencers. Now he’s transitioned to Director at GXC (HQ of Global Top Round & Game Round) and uses his knowledge and experience from his pro-gaming career as well as his Esport and Gaming consulting for major companies to assist gaming startups & publishers grow. Pontus primarily leads Investor & Publishing relations for the various portfolio companies under GTR securing long-term partnerships and strategy for Game Round.
African Video Game Developer + Senior Graphic Designer
Company – Africa Space Programme Video Games and Design Studio
African Video Game Developer passionate about African Video Games, African Video Game Players and African Developers. *World Record holder for the number of times you can write ‘African’ in a sentence. MSc Video Games Enterprise, Production & Design. Birmingham City University. Birmingham. UK PhD Candidate. Research Subject: African Video Game Players. Stellenbosch University. Stellenbosch. SA
Dealmaker, Digital Media
Company – Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)
Bhavanesh is a passionate development financier with a keen interest in digital media. He has vast experience in looking at transactions in the wider media space. When he’s not helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses, he enjoys reading, ranking up in CODM, and hiking.
Business Development Manager
Company – Renderheads
Nicholas Hall is South Africa’s leading lawyer in the digital entertainment industry. Nicholas has worked and trained at one of South Africa’s leading ICT law firms.
Nicholas is very well known in the South African video games industry (where he is a founding member and chair of Make Games South Africa the largest online community for game developers in South Africa, and CEO of the local industry association for video game development, Interactive Entertainment South Africa.).