Dr Audrey Verheaghe is Chairman of SA Innovation Summit and holds a PhD in Technology and Innovation. Audrey started two firms that are making a difference in the space of innovation in South Africa and the continent, namely RIIS, an innovation consultancy and the SA Innovation Summit. The two firms grew to become the largest innovation eco-system on the continent of Africa. Both companies put structures in place that make it easier for large business to go into business with small businesses. Her work aims to place the tech-entrepreneur in the center of the conversation and makes him/her the hero of progress in Africa.