The 2nd Annual Education Innovation Africa focuses on facilitating innovative partnerships that build sustainable and impactful education programmes across Sub Saharan Africa.

Alternative education models such as informal private schools, online learning platforms, skills-based programmes and alternative delivery models are contributing to the reach of education across Africa. However, sustainable finance and investment are required to increase the efficacy, reach and impact of these programmes. Under this year’s theme ’Delivering Impact’, the event will unite key education leaders at Ministries, Educators, Programmes and Edtech companies, together with Capital Providers at PE, VC, Impact, Development Banks and Corporate Programmes to find new partnerships and models that will provide sustainable and impactful education programmes across Sub-Saharan Africa. 
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Oliver Sabot

Nova Academies
Managing Director

Oliver Sabot is the founder and Managing Director of Nova Academies, a rapidly growing network of schools focused on making world-class education more affordable across the African continent. Sabot is also the founder and Director of Kepler and Spire, two new models focused on dramatically improving the quality, cost, and accessibility of post-secondary education in the developing world. Launched in East Africa in 2013, these organizations combine content from the best universities around the world with intensive in-person teaching and on-the-job learning. 

Sabot previously served as the Executive Vice President for Global Programs at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), leading the design and execution of large-scale programs to reduce child mortality and transform health systems in more than 20 countries and managing the organization’s relationships with major global institutions. He joined CHAI in 2006 to develop and launch a new malaria program. Since that time, he has grown the program beyond its original vision to a central strategic pillar of the organization, with operations supporting 12 countries in Africa and Asia to increase access to effective treatment and plan and execute malaria control and elimination programs. Among other efforts, he played a central role in the development and launch of a $400 million global initiative that delivered more than 270 million doses of quality malaria medicines in seven countries.

During his time at CHAI, Sabot served as the Chairman of the Market Dynamics Committee of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, guiding the development of improved strategies to better leverage the institution’s $22 billion of investments to shape health product markets. He also served as the Chairman of the market shaping group of the UN Commission on Life-saving Commodities, a group of CEOs and other leaders led by the Nigerian and Norwegian heads of government that has developed an unprecedented global effort to increase access to neglected medicines.

Prior to joining CHAI, he worked at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, advising its Executive Director on public relations and policy.  He also served as a founding staff member of Friends of the Global Fight, a nonprofit led by Jack Valenti to increase U.S. support for global health issues, where he helped drive the organization’s policy goals with the U.S. Congress and Administration.

Sabot is the author of more than two-dozen scholarly articles on global health and malaria published by Science, Cambridge University Press, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the British Medical Journal, and The Lancet, among others. He currently advises a range of non profit and for profit organizations applying new technologies and models in the developing world, including serving on the board of IDinsight and advisory board of the Global Health Group of UCSF.