Panels

Women In Business

The Women in Business panel brings together accomplished women in corporate, entrepreneurial and tech sectors to discuss their career paths, and how they have become leaders and succeeded in traditionally male dominated spaces. Panelists will share insights into the unique opportunities and challenges they have faced, and provide advice for empowering a new generation of African female leaders in this rapidly growing global economy.

Aniekeme Umoh (Moderator)

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Temilola Sobowale

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Chi Achebe

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Yoli Chisholm

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Adeola Adejobi

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Temi Adeniji

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African Narratives

Storytelling has and continues to be an important tradition in many African cultures. Yet for a long time, most of the stories about Africa were not told by Africans themselves . This panel looks at a new wave of narratives about Africa and Africans in literature, journalism and digital media, that rewrite past misconceptions about the continent and provide space for Africans to tell their own stories.

Lolade Olayokun

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Timothyna Duncan (Moderator)

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Amy Sall

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Michael Rain

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Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond

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Karen Ruggles

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Nosarieme Garrick

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Invest Africa!

The panel will look to explore the ways in which private equity and investment into Africa is helping to build strong sustainable businesses on the continent.

Murray B. Low (moderator)

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Kwame L. Dougan

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Stephen Murray

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Ashley Bendell

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Dana M. Reed

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Strengthening Africa’s Legal Frameworks

Breaking barriers to harness the power of an open Africa requires supportive legal frameworks. To achieve this, African legal practitioners, scholars and policymakers need to evaluate the efficacy of the current legal frameworks on the continent. In the context of the current climate of continued infrastructure investment, burgeoning digitization and industrialization in Africa, this panel will analyze the impact of laws toward achieving sustainable economic growth, discuss possible legislative strategies and solutions and explore the role of African legal transaction markets in developing strong legal frameworks and institutions.

Daniel Agbor

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Ejim Achi

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Emeka Chinwuba

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Clare Karabarinde

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Jenik Radon Esq.

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Witney Schneidman

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Media, Fashion & Arts Panel

From African prints to Afrobeats, representation and visibility of Africans in music, fashion and the arts has grown in recent years. This growth has been marked by an increase in the production of content by Africans, for Africans, which features various aspects of contemporary African cultures. This panel explores new developments and breakthroughs in African media, fashion, the arts and discusses the impact of digital media on this phenomenon.

Abiola Oke (Moderator)

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Laolu Senbanjo

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Nicholas Macauley

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Yolanda Sangweni

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Kibonen Nfi

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Aina Fadina

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Ayoinmotion

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Young African MBA's Presents:
Innovation and Entrepreneurship

A panel discussing the role of entrepreneurship in the development of Africa, including the roles of technology, government, and finance in creating innovation hubs across the continent. The panel will include African entrepreneurs whose innovative businesses are shifting the way that investors and consumers are engaging African business.

Jibolu "J.G." Ayodele

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Nadia Shash

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Nekpen Osuan (@NOsuan)

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Tomiwa Igun

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Harnessing Regional Integration

With last year’s launch of the African Union passport and talks of visa-free movement across the continent, this panel seeks to explore Africa’s current push towards closer integration. What possibilities exist for greater partnerships between African countries, and how can regional integration better harness Africa’s development potential? Through this discussion, we hope to grapple with the practical implications of pursuing an Open Africa.

Nicholas Githuku

Faridah Ibrahim

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Nicholas Githuku

Nicholas Githuku

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Kwadwo Sarpong

Kwadwo Sarpong

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Nicolas Maennling

Nicolas Maennling

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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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