Francophone Agency for Artificial Intelligence
1st Francophone Artificial Intelligence Forum from November 18 to 19, 2020
French-speaking Agency for Artificial Intelligence
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A word from the President
Dr. Eric Adja - President of AFRIA
Presentation of the Agency's activities
AFRIA's primary role is to raise awareness among the public authorities, private sector and civil society actors to the challenges of AI.
To this end, AFRIA organizes events (forums, symposia, seminars, round tables, etc.) that enable these stakeholders to understand the risks and opportunities associated with AI and to develop appropriate strategies. In the continuity of these events,
AFRIA produces and disseminates knowledge and critical thinking on AI.
AFRIA supports governments and the private sector in the research and implementation of AI solutions and projects.
To do so, it draws on its academic, scientific and entrepreneurial networks to foster the co-creation of solutions adapted to local needs and realities.
AFRIA aims to ensure the controlled, responsible and economically viable development of AI projects.
The Partners of the Francophone Agency
for Artificial Intelligence
Centre des Hautes Etudes du Ministère de l'Interior
The Centre des Hautes Études du Ministère de l'Intérieur (CHEMI) is a service placed under the authority of the Secretary General of the Ministry and whose strategy is validated by a Ministerial Steering Committee chaired by the Minister or his Chief of Staff.
The CHEMI is responsible for complementing and consolidating the knowledge of the Ministry's civilian and military executives.
Advanced Cycle d'Artificial Intelligence
This cycle, the idea of which was put forward by Prefect Denis Robin, Secretary General of the Ministry, brings together over a six-month period nearly twenty senior officials from all the major departments of the Ministry.
Organised and conducted by the Centre des Hautes Etudes du Ministère de l'Intérieur (CHEMI), it will not only provide an opportunity to visit the problems of AI in the field of security (video surveillance, file exploitation, low frequency signals), but also to measure all the various contributions that AI is likely to make to the multiple facets of the Ministry's action.
Francophone Business Forum
The FFA is part of the economic Francophonie. The economic Francophonie is the choice of cooperation between economic actors. It strengthens their position by increasing their capacity to face economic and financial globalization. The economic Francophonie is a space of partnership and solidarity based on the intensification of economic and commercial relations as well as on the promotion of a vision of the world and the economy that takes into account humanist values while respecting cultural identities.
Vallet de France Foundation
The Vallet Foundation was created in 1999 under the aegis of the Fondation de France by Odon Vallet and his brother Jean-Daniel. At the heart of the approach of this eminent professor at the University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, Doctor of Law and Science of Religions, was the idea of donating a large inheritance to benefit the education of underprivileged young people, in particular by choosing courses and countries that receive little support from other sources.
Adrien Houngbédji Foundation
The Adrien Houngbédji Foundation for Digital and Youth (FAHNJ) aims to promote, in Benin and Africa, initiatives and innovations in the development of information and communication technologies.
Incognito Human Resources
Incognito Human Resources has created a place for people looking for work. AFRIA and IncognitoHR are joining forces to launch a new online recruitment platform for the digital professions. A solution that meets the challenges of employment and recruitment in the digital age and the digital transformation of African companies.
The management team
From its headquarters in Geneva, AFRIA manages the various departments (agriculture, health, education, urban planning...) and is active in various countries, mainly in Africa.
It already has an office in Paris and plans to open offices in some capitals in Africa, Europe and North America in the near future. In African countries, AFRIA relies on local organizations and resources for the organization of operations and activities.
At this stage, not all positions are filled. In addition, individuals whose profile or support will be crucial to the development of the Agency will be invited to join the FC, the HC and the SC.
Dr. Eric Adja, Professor at the University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin), Associate Researcher at the CNRS (France), Former Director of Digital at the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF)
Germaine Koumealo Anaté, Professor at the University of Lomé, Former Minister, Member of the National Assembly of Togo.
Mouhamadou Diallo, Director of CIOMag,
Marie de Freminville, International Expert in Cyber Governance and Data Protection
Armand Tessalonikos, Digital Director, Cabinet FIDAL
Olivier Gerspacher, Business Manager.
Alexandre Demont, Director General of AFRIA (ex-officio member)
Director General: Alexandre Demont
Director of Development and Partnerships: Olga Johnson
Director of Digital and Cybersecurity: Bertrand Kolb
Executive Assistant: Sandrine Koffi
Steve Gentili, President of BRED (Banque Populaire), President of the Francophone Business Forum.
Pierre Ouédraogo, Former Director of the Digital Francophonie, CEO ITTIC, Burkina Faso.
Destiny Tchéouali, Professor, Université du Québec, Montréal
Cossi Atchonouglo, Professor, University of Lomé, Togo
Nathalie Kienga, Cybersecurity Expert, Congo DRC/Switzerland.
Mouhameth Beye, Communication Officer, Agence universitaire de la francophonie (AUF), Dakar, Senegal