• African private equity has lagged expectations for the last few years while African venture capital has enjoyed record levels of fundraising and fund formation. While the fundraising performance of VC is commendable, the relative plight of the PE industry serves as a natural cliff in terms of VC exits. This integrated panel will discuss the landscape of African investment and how PE and VC can integrate to create a sustainable investment picture.
Entrepreneurship is as the heart of innovation on the Continent. The leapfrog narrative is alive and well; however, the reality is more nuanced. Yes, the technology and talent are there; but, are the ecosystems, politics, and infrastructure developing in tow? This panel will explore the structural opportunities and issues that come with being an entrepreneur that does business in Africa.
Africa’s rich history has often manifested itself in the creative arts. Through literature, music, and theater, Africans across the continent and throughout the diaspora have managed to share unique stories, experiences, and cultures that combat stereotypes and misconceptions. Now, perhaps more than ever, African art is influencing the world and its industries. This panel explores how contemporary African expressions of art have influenced the diaspora, the global perception of Africa and Africans, and the historical economic calculus associated with African culture.
The prospects for Africa's growth in the long-term remain encouraging. A robust legal system is not only useful but essential to achieving optimal economic growth. In considering these important matters, the panel will discuss the role of law in all segments of the infrastructure, energy, and technology industries.
• Africa is urbanizing fast. But has that urbanization been linked with structural transformation? This panel will explore how urbanization is transforming African societies and how urbanization can be leveraged to sustainably diversify African economies.
• This panel will explore the role of technology in sustainability and attempt to explore innovative technology solutions as a next step in achieving sustainability in Africa