Toby Shapshak

Editor and Public Speaker in Johannesburg, South Africa

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Toby Shapshak writes and speaks about how innovation is better in Africa.

His TED talk on how Africa is solving real problems has had over 1,4-million views; and he has been featured in the New York Times.

Toby is the editor-in-chief and publisher of Stuff magazine; is a contributor to Forbes and writes a weekly column for the Financial Mail. He co-hosted a weekly TV show on CNBC Africa for the past three years.

He believes Africa is a mobile-driven continent, about which he has written for CNN, The Guardian in London and for Forbes. He is writing a book on innovation in Africa, looking at how the problems Africa is solving for itself will benefit the rest of the world.

Toby was named in GQ's top 30 men in media and the Mail & Guardian newspaper's 300 influential young South Africans list; and has won the ICT Journalist of the Year. GQ said he "has become the most high-profile technology journalist in the country".

The M&G wrote: "Toby Shapshak is all things tech... he reigns supreme as the major talking head for everything and anything tech."

He has spoken at numerous conferences about innovation in Africa, including TED Global in Edinburgh (2013). Toby has spoken four times at the South by South West (SxSW)

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    • Stuff, Forbes, Maven Media