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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Professor Dr Deirdre Carabine

Virtual University of Uganda, Uganda
Deputy Vice Chancellor
Irish academic Deirdre Carabine has lived and taught in Uganda for twenty-three years. She
has recently been founder Vice-Chancellor at the Virtual University of Uganda (VUU), the first
fully online university in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to that she set up International Health
Sciences University in Kampala. She began her Africa adventure at the Uganda Martyrs
University as a pioneer staff member. Carabine is also an artist and published musician.
She attended the Queen's University of Belfast where she graduated with a PhD in philosophy, and University College Dublin where, as one of the first Newman Scholars, she gained a second PhD in Classics. She has taught at Queen's Belfast, University College Dublin, and Uganda Martyrs University.

Until relatively recently, she was actively involved in research until administrative duties took
more of her time. Currently, she is Director of Programmes at the young Virtual University of
Uganda, the first fully online university in sub-Saharan Africa! In that role, she is fully
responsible for the university's Virtual Learning Environment.