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Harvard’s 18th Annual Africa Business Conference

We can’t know where we are going, without looking back and appreciating where we have come from. This helps us understand which strategies, innovations and solutions work versus those that don’t. When we say that

We can’t know where we are going, without looking back and appreciating where we have come from. This helps us understand which strategies, innovations and solutions work versus those that don’t. When we say that “Africa is rising” this isn’t just a nice new trend that can’t be put into context- the facts are real: since 2005, 20 countries in Africa are among the top 50 most improved world economies, hunger levels have dropped by 25% between 1990 and 2013, the proportion of people living in poverty has fallen from over 50% in 1991 to less than 45% in 2012 etc. How did we get here? Simply put, by coming together.

 

The Africa Business Club, a student club at Harvard Business School, is excited to invite you to the 18th Annual Africa Business Conference, scheduled to be held on the Harvard Business School Campus, Boston, MA from February 26th to February 28th, 2016.

 

This year’s theme “Unite.  Innovate.  Disrupt:  Homegrown models for Africa’s prosperity” highlights the conference’s focus on existing innovative solutions that have worked in Africa. The conference will provide a platform to share lessons that have been learned and hope to inspire a generation of people to continue to create fresh approaches to create prosperity.  

 

As the largest student-run Africa business conference globally, the conference will bring together ~1,500 diverse people – working professionals, students, Africans on the continent and those in diaspora who are passionate about business opportunities in Africa.  The conference will feature engaging keynote sessions, highly inspirational content sessions in TEDtalk fashion, a new venture competition, professional and industry networking opportunities, interactive workshop sessions and personal story sessions with current and future Africa business leaders. 

 

This year’s keynote speakers include Makhtar Diop, VP, Africa at the World Bank, Ashish Thakkar, Entrepreneur and Founder of Mara Group, Khanyi Dholmo, Founder and CEO of Ndalo Media and Clayton Christensen, Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth.

 

The panel discussions include sessions on Finance, Infrastructure, Sports, Consumer, Natural Resources, Entrepreneurship, and many more. We have lined up a series of thought-leaders on each of these topics and we look forward to stimulating and honest conversations. 

 

Finally, to close out the conference, a banquet and after-party will be held on Saturday, February 27th at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The after-party will feature world-renowned artists Iyanya, Sarkodie and DJ Deemaks.

 

The conference will have plenty of opportunities for attendees to meaningfully engage with each other and the conference speakers in order to foster partnerships that will lead to the deployment of more innovative solutions in Africa.

 

The conference team looks forward to you joining the conference as we all work to unleash more homegrown innovation that will lead to a better and more prosperous Africa for us all.

 

Visit: http://www.africabusinessconference.com/ for registration and more information.

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