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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.