Private Equity and Venture Capital: The Lay of the Land

• 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.

Ndidi Ezenwa
Associate, White and Case

Eric Osiakwan
Managing Partner, Chanzo Capital

Emilian Popa
Principal, DiGAME

Labi Williams
Partner, Kuramo Capital

Dmitry Fotiyev
Partner, Brightmore Capital

Industrialization & Workforce Development in Africa

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Efe Ukala

Bridget Boakye
Founder, TalentsinAfrica

Bunmi Otegbade

Wamkele Mene
Director, Dept. of Trade, South Africa

Building The Future: Entrepreneurship In Africa

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.

Charles Sekwalor
CEO, Movemeback

Viola Llewellyn
Founder, Ovamba

Nichole Yembra
Founder, The Chrysalis Company

Essie Bartels
Founder, Essiespice

Mehemed Bougsea
Founder, Think.iT

The Business Case for Art and Literature

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.

Kweku Amoako
Co-Founder, Afropolitan Cities

Tunde Ogundipe
Global Lead of African Music Culture, Spotify

Idil Ibrahim

Adeolu Olufeko
Founder, Visual Collaborative

Jeremiah Ojo
Founder, Creative Milieu

Rachel Hislop

Law, Industrialization & Technology in Africa

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.

Emeka Chinwuba
Partner, Baker McKenzie

Inosi M. Nyatta
Partner, Sullivan and Cromwell

Anjli Parrin
Legal Fellow, Columbia Law School

Kwaku Andoh
Legal Fellow, Columbia Law School

Alicia Bowen

Urbanization and Structural Transformation in Africa

• 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.

Nse Esema
Senior Program Manager.
100 Resilient Cities (Rockefeller Foundation)

Lucy Mbabazi
AVP, Push Payments.Ecobank

Fatoumata Dianè
Investment Officer – IFC

DK Osseo-Asare
Founder, Low Design Office

Sustainability in Africa

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• 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

Akin Banuso
Nigeria Country Manager – Microsoft

Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh
Ghana Country Manager – IBM

Segun Oyebanji
GM, Downstream and Chemical IT – Chevron

Berla Mundi (Moderator)
TV Personality and Radio Host - Ghana

Doyin Oluntona
Co-Founder, Mzuzah

We are excited to announce the 16th 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 - Technology vs. Industrialization: The Way Forward.

13 April '19
Jerome Greene Hall
Columbia Law School
New York
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