Matthew Dawes is the founder of All Amber, organisers of Mobile Web Africa. Launched in 2009, Mobile Web Africa is an annual event that focuses on mobile data, products and services.
After graduating, Matthew started his career in London focusing on the digitisation of the defence industry and organising conferences on the subject. He quickly developed an aptitude for understanding the impact of technology, complex relationships and delivering international, industry leading conferences. Following 18 months of worldwide travel, where he visited 17 countries spread over 5 continents, he continued to work in the defence industry, this time as an analyst and consultant. In 2006, Matthew switched industries to work at the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation where alongside senior individuals from governments, regulators and the private sector his focus was on maximising the potential of telecommunications, particularly mobile, in the emerging Commonwealth countries.
In June 2009, Matthew created his own company, All Amber. Since its inception All Amber has assisted in enabling the growth of the mobile industry in Africa by supporting the abundance of young and ambitious entrepreneurs, concentrating on innovation and facilitating business relationships within countries, across the continent and international stakeholders. In July 2011, Matthew joined the UK Prime Minister's Trade Delegation to South Africa & Nigeria. He is also a member of the UKTI's sub-Saharan Africa Task Force and has spoken at the 17th Nigerian Economic Group Summit (November 2011, Abuja), SXSW (March 2012 & 2013, Texas), Aim for Africa (June 2012, London) and Social Media Week (September 2013, London). He has also been interviewed both on radio and television about the potential and impact of the mobile device on the continent, entrepreneurship and contributes to articles on those topics.