The prospective owner of English football club Newcastle United, His Highness Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed al Nahyan is set to give a keynote address at the Africa Blockchain Conference slated for July.
The second edition of the conference, hosted by Crypto Savannah, the Blockchain Association of Uganda, Africa 2.0 Foundation and Ubuntu Coin in collaboration with the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance will be held at the Kampala Serena Conference Center.
The conference will run under the theme “Africa 4.0” with a focus on “Preparing Africa for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”
Sheikh Khaled, a relative of Manchester city owner Sheikh Mansour, is in talks with Mike Ashley, the current owner of Newcastle United about the proposed acquisition of the football club at a sale price of about £350million (Shs1.66trn)
He has previously failed in his bid to buy Liverpool Football Club for £2 billion last year.
Newcastle finished 13th in the Premier League this season under manager Rafael Benitez, whose contract expires on 30 June.
Sheikh Khaled, a member of the Al Nahyan ruling family of Abu Dhabi is the Chairman and co-founder of the Bin Zayed Group – a leading conglomerate established in 1988 with diverse business interests in the local and international markets.
The group specializes in construction and energy, trading and industry, real estate, technology and financial services.
According to Kwame Rugunda, the CEO of Crypto Savannah, Sheikh Khaled will be delivering a keynote address at the conference in relation to business and technology.
The Arab royal will join several other high profile speakers including His Excellency Yoweri Museveni and HE Julius Maada Bio, President of Sierra Leone at the conference to address key issues in technology and blockchain.
The Blockchain Conference and Tech Expo will host 3,000 people, comprising the public and private sector, experts and leaders from global technology companies, entrepreneurs, innovators, youth and government representatives.
Topics to be discussed include ‘Africa’s readiness for the fourth Industrial Revolution’, ‘Fintech, payment systems and digital financial services’ as well as ‘The future of work and education.’ Also discussants will tackle Sustainable Development Goals and technology for impact.