Microsoft, policy adviser to host digital talk series

Microsoft headquarters in Seattle, Washington State. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Microsoft headquarters in Seattle, Washington State. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Software giant Microsoft has partnered with international strategy and policy advisory firm Dalberg to enable experts to meet and discuss digital transformation.

The talks, dubbed Digital Transformation Series, kicked off on Tuesday and will be held regularly at Strathmore University’s Policy Innovation Centre.

“The Digital Transformation Series puts into action what we set out to do which is to provide a platform and an environment for policy nurturing, discussion and creation.

The notion of the centre creating a frontier for financial inclusion and faster economic growth really looks set to become a reality through this,” said Microsoft general manager for West, East, Central Africa and the Indian Ocean islands Amr Kamel.

The sessions will run through 2018 and touch on topics that drive economic and social growth including healthcare and government at the Strathmore Law School.

Microsoft has financed the construction of the Policy Innovation Centre and will be overseeing the talks while Dalberg will offer research and consultancy services during the talks.

The Sh41.2 million facility is the first of its kind to be established outside Microsoft office territory, the other two being in Brussels in Belgium and Washington DC.

The centre will host academia, industry, government and policy experts to discuss local policy challenges and find solutions to them.

“Digital disruption can be seen as one of the most prevalent and crucial conversation in the continent today — through this, there is absolutely no doubt that technology will continue to change the manner in which we live,” said Mr Kamel.