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About The Conference

We are excited to announce the 14th 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 - Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers: Harnessing the Power of an Open Africa.

This year’s conference will build upon last year’s theme of A Continent Connecting: Solutions from Within, providing an opportunity for fresh views and further discussion of initiatives for growth within the African continent and in relation to the rest of the world.

The 2017 theme touches on many issues including development, investment, and technology. Our goal for this year’s conference is to highlight the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead as African countries continue to present themselves as “open for business.” This year’s forum will provide a platform to evaluate the ways in which collaboration in an era of technological transformation, integration, and innovation can bridge the development gap and fuel growth in Africa.

By exploring these issues, we aim to expose the meaningful ways in which African actors have increasingly begun to look outwards and consider alternative options. By bringing together a broad range of panelists and insightful keynote speakers, AEF will continue to be a platform for meaningful engagement. We hope to stimulate fresh approaches to tackling ongoing and emerging challenges faced by a modernizing Africa.

Keynote Speakers

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Hakeem Belo-Osagie
Nigerian Entrepreneur
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Adebola Williams
Co-Founder, Red Media Africa
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Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
Author of Powder Necklace
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We are excited to announce the 14th 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 - Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers: Harnessing the Power of an Open Africa.

01 April '17
Jerome Greene Hall
Columbia Law School
New York
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