Crowne Plaza Nairobi: Kenya Road, Upper Hill Nairobi KE, Kenya
For delegates who prefer to access the venue via local transportation systems, Crowne Plaza is in Upper Hill along Kenya Road. From Nairobi CBD, make your way to Kencom Stage along City Hall Way outside Kencom House. Board Bus Route 7C. Request to be dropped at Crowne Plaza. Once you arrive, Kenya Road will be on your left. Walk a distance of about 50 meters and you will see the hotel on your left.
For delegates who prefer to drive to the venue, please be advised that the Kenya Road from Hospital Road that is the KCB entrance leading to the main hotel entrance has been temporarily closed off due to ongoing road construction. Due to this, we advise delegates to access the main hotel entrance on Kenya Road through Kilimanjaro Avenue and the annex entrance through Longonot Road from Kilimanjaro Avenue.
About the Summit
Digital reading is key to sustainability. The Digital Reading Summit offers an exclusive, invitation-only opportunity to connect with Worldreader’s expansive network of prominent partners, as well as non-profit, social enterprise, and public and private sector leaders from across Kenya and the greater region.
Strategic roundtable discussions will investigate the power of digital literacy and digital reading to advance health and wellbeing, education, gender equality, and economic growth – culminating in a call to action in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The summit offers a unique opportunity to:
- Network and collaborate with other committed leaders such as Chris Capossela, Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer, Ben Andoh, Group Head at Ecobank, and Kate James, former Chief Corporate Affairs and Global Marketing Officer at Pearson
- Contribute your sectoral expertise to achieving the SDGs 3, 4, 5, 8, and 17
- Seed vital solutions to ensure the prosperity of future generations
Digital Reading and the SDGs
The fastest growing economies are those that invest in human capital. Kenya will have millions of knowledgeable workers, educated consumers, and empowered entrepreneurs, but only if leaders from across sectors partner to invest in digital literacy.
Digital reading improves educational, economic, and health outcomes. It’s a 21st century solution for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals while offering a competitive advantage in an increasingly digital world economy.
Speakers will include:
Director, Social and Political Pillars, Kenya Vision 2030
Dr. Ammit N. Thakker
Executive Chairman, Africa Health Business
Dr. Amarendra Prasad Behera
Joint Director of Central Institute of Educational Technology, Government of India
Dr. Anastasia Mirzoyants-McKnight
Group Head Internal Control, Ecobank
Founding Partner, Zinger Labs
Charles Mwangi Waituru
VSO’s Africa Policy and Advocacy
Microsoft CMO and Executive VP of Consumer Business
Co-founder and Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, Worldreader
CEO and Co-founder, Worldreader
Advocate of the High Court
Regional Director, East Africa, Worldreader
Former Chief Corporate Affairs and Global Marketing Officer, Pearson
Chairman, Kenya Publisher Association
Emerging Market Innovation Delegation Co-founder
Exec. Director – CAP Youth Empowerment Institute
COO BRCK, Co-founder eLimu
Musical Artist and Philanthropist
Dr. Peter Joyce
Senior Advisor, USAID Kenya East Africa Mission
Member of the Anasoma review panel
CEO and Founder of Exclamation Marketing Ltd.
Agenda – May 8
Opening of the Digital Reading Summit 2019
Mwihaki Muraguri, Emcee, Principal, Paukwa House
Ms. Joan Mwachi, Regional Director, East Africa, Worldreader
Ms. Sejal Shah, Chair, Worldreader Kenya Board
Mr. David Risher, CEO and Co-founder, Worldreader
Ms. Ada Mwangola, Director, Social and Political Pillars, Kenya Vision 2030
Mr. Joseph Wakaba Mucheru,Cabinet Secretary, Minister of ICT, Kenya
Role of Digital Reading in Achieving SDGs by 2030
Session Chair: Ms. Kate James, Former Chief Corporate Affairs and Global Marketing Officer, Pearson
Dr. Amarendra Behera, Joint Director of Central Institute of Educational Technologies (CIET), Government of India
Dr. Amit Thakker, Chairman, Africa Healthcare Federation
Dr. Anastasia Mirzoyants-McKnight, Head of Knowledge and Learning, Well Told Story
Ms. Sharon Makena and Mr. Brian Mugiira
Students, Kaaga School for the Deaf, Meru, Kenya
Mr. John Kibaara, Teacher and Interpreter, Kaaga School for the Deaf, Meru, Kenya
Setting the Stage for Collective Brain Trust Sessions
Brain Trusts are a rapid design-thinking process mining the collective genius of a room to tackle a significant challenge, question, or opportunity.
Tea Break – Networking
Transfer to Sessions
Brain Trust Session 1: Behavior Change for Social Good – Digital Content and Reading Adoption
Focus on SDG 4 (Education) & SDG 17 (Partnerships)
Problem Statement: How can we change behavior in support of SDGs 4 and 17 through the development and marketing of high-quality digital content?
Ms. Mariam Olalekan Shodeinde, Claned Group
Ms. Pauline Kiraithe, Talent Gurus
Brain Trust Session 2: Digital Literacy and Reading for Youth Opportunity
Focus on SDG 5 (Gender Equality) and SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth)
Problem Statement: How can we develop and leverage digital content to create greater economic opportunity for youth as outlined in SDGs 5 and 8?
Mr Ndungu Kahihu, Executive Director, CAP Youth Empowerment Institute
Mr. Mwangi Waituru, Africa Regional Policy Advisor, VSO International
Ms. Wangari Ireri, member of the ANASOMA Review Panel, Nairobi, Kenya
Mr. Dennis Muiga, member of the ANASOMA Book Club, Nairobi, Kenya
Mr. Julian Namboozo, Librarian at National Library Uganda
Mr. Peter Balaba, Librarian at Nakaseke, Uganda
Brain Trust Session 3: Positive Gender Transformation through Digital Reading
Focus on SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and SDG 17 (Partnerships)
Problem Statement: How can digital content and reading influence gender norms and support transformation within society?
Ms. Nasikiwa Murimirwa, Camfed Tanzania
Ms. Esther Kyalo, Advocate, High Court of Kenya
Brain Trust Session 4: Digital Reading – A Cross-Sectoral Approach for Early Childhood Development
Focus on SDG 4 (Education) & SDG 17 (Partnerships)
Problem Statement: How can we leverage digital content and reading so that parents, family members, and communities are able to support the cognitive development and school readiness of children?
Mr.Lawrence Njagi, Chair, Kenya Publishers Association
Mr. Bhanu Potta, Worldreader India, Board Member
Building Digital Reading Through the Power of Digital Financing
Session Chair: Ben Andoh, Group Head Internal Control, Ecobank
Ms. Sue Omanga, Founder/CEO Exclamation Marketing Ltd
Dr. Peter Joyce, Senior Advisor, Youth and Workforce
Brain Trust Recommendations to Enable SDGs
A read-out of the four breakout sessions and a call to action.
Moderator: Ms. Nivi Mukherjee, President of BRCK
Mr. Chris Capossela
Chief Marketing Officer, Microsoft
Mr. Colin McElwee
Prepare for your trip to Kenya
Situated in the eastern coast of Africa and with a population of about 49 million, Kenya is comprised of over 40 different ethnic tribes who have their own distinct languages, but across the country they share a commonality in the languages they speak, Swahili and English.
Kenyan culture is rich and diverse, made up of Kenya traditions and customs, music and dance, arts, and the warmest of hospitality.
“Harambee”, known as one of the national symbols of Kenya is the country motto that means “to pull together”, which speaks of their strong sense of community, and of helping each other in work and shared responsibilities.
To enter Kenya, you’ll need a visa. You can either get a visa on arrival at the airport or before you travel. To minimize time spent queuing at the airport, we recommend you get a visa before you travel. You can apply for single-entry and transit visas on the evisas website.
The Kenya Shilling (KES) is the national currency. Banks are generally open from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm Mondays to Fridays, and from 8.00 am to 1.00pm on Saturdays. International Credit Cards are widely accepted for payment in most hotels, restaurants and shops, particularly Visa, MasterCard and, on a more limited basis, American Express. Exchange bureaus and ATM machines are available throughout the Country and at the Airports. US Dollars, Euros and Sterling Pounds are most accepted and cause least delay. Please check for exchange rates on www.xe.com.
The electricity supply in Kenya is 240 volts AC. Sockets are usually 3 pin, and take the 13 amp “square” variety plugs.
Kenya has only one time zone which covers the entire country. East Africa Time (EAT) is the time zone used in Eastern Africa and is 3 hours ahead of UTC (UTC+3).
We have affordable & safe rides in Nairobi from reliable taxi services such as Uber, taxify, easy cab, etc. We recommend that you always confirm driver details and costs before embarking to your destination.
Kenya lies on the equator and thus has a pleasant, tropical climate, with regional variations mostly related to altitude. Kenya’s daytime temperatures average between 20°C/68°F and 28°C/82°F with a temperate dry wind.
It is recommended that visitors drink only bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. Hotels and Lodges generally provide bottled water or a thermos flask in your room with safe drinking water.
Taking photographs at airports, of state officials, policemen, state properties, military installations or the national flag is prohibited. Prior to taking photographs of local people, permission should ideally be obtained and in some cases you may be required to offer a tip for those pictures.
Tipping & Porterage
Although hotels and lodges include a service charge, it is customary to tip porters and waiters (USD 2-5 per service rendered) and safari drivers/guides (USD 15-20 per person per day is acceptable).
Liability and Insurance
Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance as they would normally do when travelling abroad.
Safety and Security
As in any other destination, normal precautions should be taken. Don’t leave bags or briefcases unattended when inside or outside the session halls. Hotels recommend that you use their safety deposit boxes for cash and valuables. It is also advisable not to walk alone in isolated areas in towns particularly after dark, just as you would do anywhere in the world.
Letter of Invitation
Upon request, the Secretariat of the summit can email a personal invitation to participants. This invitation is meant only to help visitors to obtain a visa. Official letters of invitation designed to help overcome administrative difficulties in certain countries may also be sent on request. If you require an original letter, it is recommended that you send your request well in advance to account for postal delivery times. Requests can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crown Plaza Hotel
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OPTIONAL HOTELS CLOSE TO THE VENUE
Radisson Blu Hotel- https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-nairobi
Fairview Hotel- https://clhg.com/hotels/901/Fairview-Hotel-Nairobi
Silver Spring Hotel-http://www.silversprings-hotel.com/