The Financial Times is holding its fourth annual Africa Summit this October at Claridge’s.
Previous Summits held in London were outstanding successes that attracted over 300 senior attendees and expert speaker panels. The 2017 Summit will focus on what is working in Africa with the intention of drawing broader lessons that could benefit the whole continent.
The narrative of Africa has been written by outsiders for far too long, and this year the spotlight will be on Africa telling its own stories and learning from its own complex and diverse experience.
We will look at the new models of development finance and growth investing and discuss the rising prices of commodities, focusing on how to maximize the value of the extraction industry and big gas projects. The dynamic CEO panel will return and the agenda will include a session on what Africans want with panellists from the worlds of marketing, polling and publishing.
Though the emphasis will be on open, spontaneous and free-ranging discussion, some of the themes likely to be covered include:
- Which policies are producing fast growth in countries as diverse as Rwanda, Ivory Coast and Tanzania?
- How has Ecowas managed to establish democratic norms across West Africa, as we saw in Gambia earlier this year?
- How are some businesses seizing the opportunities that Africa’s youthful, fast-urbanising population presents?
- How are cities, which will be the engines of African development, adapting to the very real challenges of explosive growth?
- How are a whole new range of impact investors making a difference in stimulating African business and financing its entrepreneurs?
- How are multinational businesses, either African, from outside or inside the continent, finding opportunities?
Juliet Anammah, Chief Executive Officer, Jumia
Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Co-founder, Cassava Republic Press
Herman Chinery-Hesse, Founder, SoftTribe
Aliko Dangote, Founder, Dangote Group
Patrick Dupoux, Senior Partner, Head of Africa, The Boston Consulting Group
Helen Hai, Chief Executive Officer, China Africa Consulting Ltd
Yvonne Ike, Managing Director & Head of Sub Saharan Africa (Ex-RSA), Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Nancy Kacungira, Entrepreneur and Journalist, BBC
Moïse Katumbi, Former Governor of Katanga
Somik Lall, Chief Urban Economist, World Bank
Jabu Mabuza, Chairman, Telkom SA
Mohamed Mansour, Chairman, Mansour Group
Herman Mashaba, Executive Mayor, City of Johannesburg
Moeletsi Mbeki, Deputy Chairperson, South African Institute for African Affairs
Kingsley Moghalu, Professor of International Business, Tufts University
Godfrey “Gado” Mwampembwa, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Buni Media
Yaw Nsarkoh, Managing Director, Unilever Nigeria
Ebele Okobi, Africa Director, Facebook
Arkebe Oqubay, Senior Advisor, Government of Ethiopia
Nick O’Donohoe, CEO, CDC
Bright Simons, President, MPedigree
Sev Vettivetpillai, Managing Director, The Abraaj Group
Simon Wandke, EVP and CEO of Mining, ArcelorMittal
Adebola Williams, Red Media Africa
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