Financing Africa’s Growth: Who holds the Key?
Providers and seekers of funds will shed light on existing and emerging opportunities for investments on the continent. Is aid, trade, or private sector financing the answer? After the telecoms boom, what next? Are the merits of Private Equity and Venture Capital investing true for the continent? These questions and many more will be debated as the panel brings together thought leaders from private equity, development finance, and banking industries.
Making an Impact through Entrepreneurship and Innovation
How can Africa sustain its current growth trajectory, while making a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of its citizens? Entrepreneurs represent a special kind of hope for Africa. This panel will discuss how the winds of change are sweeping across the continent in the form of entrepreneurs who are making innovative strides in sectors such as business, education, youth development, health care, and many more.
Moderator Professor Robert Wolcott, Executive Director of Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN) and Senior Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Innovation,
Kellogg School of Management
Speakers Cedza Dlamini, Founder, the Ubuntu Institute for Young Social Entrepreneurs Eric Kacou, Co-founder and CEO, Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners (ESP) Femi Akinde, Founder and CEO, SlimTrader Lola Masha, West Africa Business Development Manager, Google Yinka Johnson (KSM '99), Head of Project Implementation, First Bank of Nigeria Plc
Interactive Debate: The Role of the Major Emerging Markets in Reshaping Africa's Economies
In recent years, economies in Africa have experienced an unprecedented boost, predominantly due to investments and trade from major emerging market countries like China and India. According to the IMF, trade between China and Africa has been growing by an average of 30 percent a year over the past decade, and likely exceeded $100 billion in 2010. This panel will discuss these emerging African partners and how their activities are changing the face of Africa.