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TEDxBayArea 12/08/11-Anat Bar-Gera-The Magical Effect of the Internet in Africa

Talk Title: The magical effect of the internet on Africa Anat is a Co--founder of several telecommunications companies with numerous successful exits. At present, Anat is a co-founder and Chairperson of 4G Africa, www.4gafrica.com. The company provides affordable, reliable and state-of-the-art broadband wireless Internet access services to the people and businesses in sub-Saharan Africa. 4G Africa is committed to closing the digital divide. In May 2011 the Company won the prestigious Red Herring's Top 100 Award, for the most promising innovative technology companies of Europe. Recently, 4G Africa signed a cooperation agreement with Microsoft, and as such is the first partner of Microsoft Windows-Live in frontier markets in sub-Saharan. Prior to this, Anat was part of the founding team of the only cross border, wireless broadband operator, in emerging markets in Europe. The company deployed hundreds of base stations in Austria, Slovakia and Croatia, winning the "Best of WiMAX World Awards" in 2006 and 2007. The company was acquired by Nextwave. Anat was also a co-founder and the CEO of surfEU, a pan European ISP, which was formed as a joint venture with the Media Markt group (largest electronic retailer in Europe). surfEU gained 1.5 million subscribers within less than 2 years, and in 2001 was acquired by Tisacli. Anat is a member of the Entrepreneurship Advisory Council of INSEAD, a member of UNICEF Swiss national committee, and a member of the Board of the Swiss Technion Society. Together with her husband, Dov, she was chosen as one of the leading entrepreneurs of INSEAD Anat holds an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, and an LL.B. from the Law School of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. She is married, has 3 children and lives in Zurich. Follow Anat & Dov @4GAfrica About TEDx? In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.) At our TEDxBayArea events, TEDTalks videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connections in a small group setting.
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