Dr Ayotunde Coker is the Chief Executive Officer of Open Access Data Centers (OADC). OADC is Africa’s leading constructor and operator of Tier II certified data centre facilities .
Dr Coker has over 35 years of international experience across Europe, USA, Asia and Africa. For the last eight years, he has been CEO and Managing Director of Rack Centre, building it into a household name in West Africa and a leading data centre brand in Africa, with global recognition and numerous international awards. Prior to that, he worked as MD and CEO of Emerging Markets Payments, West Africa, repositioning the business as a top brand in its market, and before that as Group CIO of Access Bank.
He is the current President of the Africa Data Centres Association and served as Chair of the UK Government Enterprise Architecture Board.
Africa is in the midst of a digital revolution: approximately 473 million Africans are online, and an additional 300 million will likely join them by 2025. Average download speeds in Africa doubled between 2015 and 2019, while data costs halved. Underpinning this growth is the installation of digital infrastructure (fiber optics, data centers, and more) serving the continent. In this panel, we will hear from the folks building that infrastructure. We will understand the history, opportunities, and challenges in this sector.