An entrepreneur and a consultant, Samir Abdelkrim is the French-speaking expert on African innovation. Samir Abdelkrim is the Founder of EMERGING Valley, the international summit on African innovation and emerging technologies he created in Marseille and thecamp after a thorough exploration of African start-up ecosystems for 3 years. From 2014 to 2018, Samir Abdelkrim traveled across innovative Africa and analyzed the digital ecosystems of 25 African countries. A field experience which turned into a book, Startup Lions, prefaced by Xavier Niel and Tidjane Deme. Samir Abdelkrim is also a columnist on African tech and regularly speaks out on the main national newspapers like Le Point, le Huffington Post, Les Echos or Le Monde. He is also the founder of StartupBRICS. “Today Lusophone Africa is rising. It represents a growing force and the EurAfrican forum in Portugal is a strategic opportunity to strenghten business ties between Europe and Africa” Samir Abdelkrim