Rudy de Waele

CEO & Co-founder, Nyota Media

Rudy De Waele is CEO and co-founder of Nyota Media – the world’s first growth agency for innovative African entrepreneurs, start-ups and international companies that use technology to improve the lives of Africans.

He is a Mobile Strategist, Business Angel and Appreneur with over 18 years of experience in Internet technology, specialising in mobile innovation and start ups since 1999.

He is a co-founder of dotopen, Mobile Premier Awards, AppCircus  and MobileMonday in Barcelona Spain, and is a member of the Mobile 2.0 Advisory Committee in both San Francisco and Barcelona.

Rudy has curated ground-breaking presentations in Mobile Trends 2020 (2010), Mobile Trends 2020 Africa (2011), and most recently Mobile Opportunities in Africa – Engaging the next Billion (2012).

Rudy has consulted for Telefonica, Vodafone, MTN, Orange, Telcel, Millicom, Samsung, Nokia, BlackBerry, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Admob (acquired by Google), Louis Vuitton, Philippe Starck, Young & Rubicam, Cheil Worldwide and many startups globally.

A graduate from Singularity University, he has lectured at Web 2.0 Expo, The Next Web, PICNIC, next, MIDEM, Mobile 2.0, Mobile Monday, MIPTV and Plugg.

Rudy plays the saxophone, enjoys art, music, travelling, running and yoga; a father of three grown daughters, he lives happily with his fiance and one step-son outside of London, UK.