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Columbia University hosts 11th Annual Africa Economic Forum, tagged “A Continent Ascends, Emergent Perspectives from the Frontier”

  Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, School of International and Public Affairs, Law School, and Mailman School of Public Health jointly present the 11th Annual African Economic Forum (AEF) to be held at Columbia University’s

 

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, School of International and Public Affairs, Law School, and Mailman School of Public Health jointly present the 11th Annual African Economic Forum (AEF) to be held at Columbia University’s School of Law on April 4th and 5th 2014.

 

Themed Africa Rising: Emergent Perspectives from the Frontier, this year’s Conference will look to some of the most powerful voices to emerge from the Continent, people who have best been able to navigate uncertain conditions and prevail successful. By taking note of the perspectives offered by today’s change-makers, we stand to best support the future of the world’s most promising Continent.

The Forum has grown from its modest beginnings to become the largest Africa-focused event at Columbia, bringing over 400 participants to campus last year. AEF has hosted a number of important scholars, policy makers, and practitioners, including: Lamido Sanusi, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria; H.E. Amina S Ali, African Union Representative to the US; Danny Jordan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee; Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance for the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Mark Walton, former Executive Vice President of The Africa Channel;  Dr. Jian-Ye Wang, Chief Economist of the China Export-Import Bank; Mrs. Folorunso Alakija, entrepreneur and philanthropist; Dr. Alex Otti, Group Managing Director of Diamond Bank; Mr. Arnold Ekpe,  Former CEO of Ecobank; and, Dr. Babtunde Osotimehin, United Nations Under-Secretary General to Ban Ki-Moon and Executive Director of UNFPAThe Forum comprises a variety of engaging panels covering relevant topics across the continent such as entrepreneurship, private equity, women in leadership, energy, and infrastructure.

This year’s Conference will include the AEF Pre-Conference Kickoff Party on March 28th at Lair in Soho, a Night of African Arts featuring a South African play, concert and dance performance at the Lincoln Centre, inspiring keynote addresses, interactive panel discussions, several networking sessions, a Career Fair, and an elegant Closing Gala, bringing together some of today’s most influential actors on the Continent.

We are excited to introduce Mr. Wale Tinibu- Group Chief Executive Oando PLC- one of Africa’s largest integrated energy solutions provider – and Professor Emmanuel Nnadozie, the Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) as keynote speakers. Panel discussions will engage participants in a wide range of topics, including private equity, healthcare, energy, capital markets, corporate social responsibility and more. Registration has begun and space is limited so we encourage you get your tickets as soon as possible. Please visit our website for the latest conference updates. We look forward to seeing you there!

Applause Africa is an official media partner of the Columbia’s Africa Economic Forum. For more information, please visit http://www.columbiaaef.com, https://www.facebook.com/CUAEF or email Columbia.aef@gmail.com.

 

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