In-Person: Chat for Impact Summit 2022

Speakers confirmed for Chat for Impact Summit ‘22

One week to go to the Chat for Impact Summit – a gathering of the global impact community that using new technologies like Chat to make a positive impact

The speakers have been announced for the Chat for Impact Summit ‘22, a hybrid event taking place next week on November 16 and 17 in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Chat for Impact Summit is an opportunity for the global impact community that uses new technologies like Chat, to gather and collectively share knowledge, opinions, best practices and key insights about how to use Chat to help solve the problems of our time.

Andy Pattison, Team Lead of Digital Channels at the World Health Organization

Alex Meadow, Senior Advisor at

Anubhav Arora, Head of Product at Noora Health

Ben Supple, Global Head of Public Sector & Nonprofit Partnerships, Meta Business Messaging at WhatsApp

Caroline Grant Senior Adviser English and Education at the British Council

Debbie Rogers CEO of

Harneet Singh, Senior Solutions Architect at Meta

Jade Abbott, a full stack ML engineer at Masakhane

Joanne Newton, Head of Partnerships and Business Development at British Council

Jonathan McKay, co-founder at SameSame

Laura Botsford, Doing Good 

Marcha Bekker, Senior Manager: Development and Partnerships at Sesame Workshop

Marnie Webb, Chief Community Impact Officer, TechSoup

Mark Griffioen, co-founder at Sudonum

Milton Madanda, General Manager of

Neville Teitz, Senior Strategy & Experience Designer at

Pippa Yeats Co-founder at

Another exciting part of the Summit will be a series of Demo presentations delivered by the 20 organizations selected earlier in the year for the Chat for Impact 2022 Accelerator. In what will be a fascinating glimpse into how each uses chat to scale their impact, the organizations will demonstrate their unique chat services and their theory of change.

The final 2022 Chat for Impact Accelerator cohort comprises:

Cystercare – an organization offering a collaborative care approach, tailored for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) recovery.

Everwell Health – a social enterprise that invents, designs, builds and deploys user-centric technology for healthcare programmes across the world.

MedPiper – a health-tech startup that verifies and connects doctors and healthcare professionals (HCPs) with hospitals and healthcare organizations.

‍Saajha – an organization catalyzing India’s public education reforms through parent and community leadership. It is building an ecosystem for parents to feel connected and supported in their efforts to impact the lives of children, and drive transformative change – (Support without financial contribution)

Chalo Network – Chalo Network provides suitable financial, welfare, documentation, identity, and healthcare services to low-income migrant households in India through a strategic last mile agent network.

EiE Project  – Enough is Enough (EiE) Nigeria (aka The EiE Project) promotes good governance and public accountability in Nigeria through active citizenship.

Prestasi Junior – Prestasi Junior Indonesia is part of Junior Achievement Worldwide, one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs, that prepares young people for employment.

Guidepost – Guidepost was established in 2012 to help improve the quality of life of people living with diabetes, a condition that affects more than 400 million people globally.

Zuri Health – Zuri Health provides affordable and accessible healthcare solutions for people living in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, Rwanda and Ghana.

Hera Digital Health – HERA’s mission is to provide a mobile health platform that connects refugee populations with existing healthcare worldwide.

CARE Nigeria – CARE works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice.

Darsel – Darsel is an AI-powered chatbot that helps K12 students learn math in environments with limited devices and internet access.

Committee to Protect Journalists – The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, non-profit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide.

VoteRiders  – VoteRiders’ mission is to ensure that no eligible voter is prevented from casting a ballot that counts due to a lack of acceptable ID or because of voter confusion.

Taskeen Health – a non-profit organization working on increasing mental health awareness, providing free mental health support, and advocating for mental health policy change in Pakistan.

‍Violetta – Violetta is a chatbot service that acts as a “digital confidant” for women facing gender violence, guiding them, answering their questions and connecting them with a professional who can support them.

NewGlobe – NewGlobe supports national and state governments by creating powerful technology-enabled education systems. An education expert and leader in learning, NewGlobe has unequaled experience in dramatically transforming educational outcomes at speed and at scale.

Proxalys – ProXalys is a Senegalese startup specializing in B2B commerce, with informal sector retailers as its main target.

Junior Achievement Americas – As part of one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs, JA Americas activates youth for the future of jobs. Through the delivery of cutting-edge, experiential learning in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship, it creates pathways for employability and job creation.

Friend – Support for the mental health of people suffering during the war in Ukraine.

The Chat for Impact Summit ‘22 comes at a time when the world is facing many complex crises, from increased poverty to lack of access to education and healthcare, food insecurity, economic inequality, deepening humanitarian needs, increasing climate changes, gender inequality and more. Within this context, urgent access to information, services and tools that can advance the work of organizations working in social impact is key.

Having seen the innovative use of chat in health during the COVID-19 pandemic, humanitarian efforts for refugees, gender inclusivity, and, more recently, as a crisis response tool in the conflict in -Ukraine, the Chat for Impact Summit will celebrate the past year’s innovations and successes as well as foster new collaborations and explore new innovations for the future.

The Chat for Impact Summit ‘22 is hosted by in partnership with WhatsApp and is the culmination of a series of Chat for Impact bootcamps, webinars and an Accelerator which have been taking place during 2022.

For more information or to register for the physical or virtual event visit

Live In Person Event 16 November in Cape Town South Africa – please register here

Time: 8:30 – 17:00 Cape Town, South Africa

Location: Innovation City Cape Town Darter Studios, Darter Road Longkloof Cape Town, WC 8001 South Africa

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2022