We are excited to announce the 15th annual African Economic Forum (AEF) at Columbia University. We look forward to having you join us and our distinguished speakers while we explore this year’s theme — African Innovation: Leveraging the Present to Shape the Future.
This year’s conference will build upon last year’s theme of Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers: Harnessing the Power of an Open Africa, providing an opportunity to consider new perspectives and growth initiatives within the African continent and the diaspora.
The 2018 theme touches on many timely issues including technology, energy, and the continent’s fast-growing youth population. Our goal for this year’s conference is to examine the potential opportunities and hurdles facing African countries as innovation becomes increasingly central to the economy, development, and policymaking. This year’s conference will provide a lively space to consider the ways in which innovative and transformative ideas can be successfully leveraged to positively shape the future for Africans.
Through candid and holistic conversations, we hope to showcase how African stakeholders have already begun to deploy unexpected and entrepreneurial solutions to solve a number of issues facing the continent. By bringing together an expert and diverse range of panelists and keynote speakers, we aim to ensure that AEF continues to provide a forum for meaningful engagement. We anticipate that participants will leave this year’s conference with a renewed sense of what a successful future may look like for Africa and what role they may be able to play in the continent’s development.