2015 Business in Africa Conference

‘Sustainable Growth in Times of Uncertainty’

Registration 1 - Sepia

Saturday 6 June 2015 | Cambridge Judge Business School 

After over ten years of relatively high growth, Africa is no longer just a land of opportunity, but a region full of success stories. The World Bank has projected that African economies will continue to expand at a moderately rapid pace with regional GDP growth strengthening to 5.2 percent yearly in 2015/16. However, volatile oil prices, disease outbreaks, persistent security challenges, and weak governance structures have exposed the fragility of African economies. We believe the African continent presents a myriad of evolving experiences – both successful and not – that can be utilized to establish new approaches for future aspiring African business leaders.


At our daylong conference, we hope to explore innovative opportunities while highlighting potential challenges that could make or break ideas that can contribute to the next decade of growth. We will feature panels that confront the issues that have the greatest economic and social relevance in Africa in the areas of Governance, Finance, Energy & Infrastructure, Healthcare, Creative Industries and Entrepreneurship & Innovation.


Conference Agenda

08:45 – 09:30 Breakfast & Registration (Common Room) 09:30 – 09:45 Welcome Remarks (LT1)

Dr. Yemisi Bokinni & Anthony Ngige, Cambridge Africa Business Network (CABN) Dr Simon Taylor, University of Cambridge, Judge Business School

09:45 – 10:30 Opening Keynote: Sola David-Borha, CEO, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC (LT1) 10:30 – 11:40 Keynote Panel: ‘Sustainable growth in times of uncertainty’ (LT1)

Moderator: Lanre Akinola, Director, Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Mo Abudu, CEO, EbonyLife TV
Sola David-Borha, CEO, Stanbic IBTC Holdings
Devakumar V. G. Edwin, Group Executive Director, Dangote Group David Cowan, Managing Director & Africa Economist, Citi Group

11:40 – 12:00 Coffee Break (Common Room)
12:00 – 13:00 Breakout Panel: (LT1) Creative Industries

Moderator: Ronke Lawal, CEO, Ariatu PR
DJ Abrantee, Radio Presenter, Capital Xtra UK & TV Personality
Nosarieme Garrick, Founder, MyAfricaIs Documentary Series
Claude Grunitzky, Founder of TRACE Magazine, & Co-founder TRUE Media Minna Salami, Founder, MsAfropolitan

12:00 – 13:00 Breakout Panel: Governance & Social Development (LT2)

Moderator: Fatimah Kelleher, International Social Development & Equalities Consultant Oluseun Onigbinde, Co-founder, BudgIT
Rosalind Kainyah MBE, CEO, Kina Advisory Services
Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka, Founder, Me FiRi Ghana

Imad Mesdoua, Political Analyst, Africa Matters Limited

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch & Networking (Common Room)

14:00 – 15.00 Breakout Panel: (LT1) Finance

Moderator: David Cowan, Managing Director & Africa Economist, Citi Group Paul Njaga, CEO Chase Bank Kenya
Tosin Runsewe, Chief Client Officer/Group Executive of AXA Mansard
Dr. Simon Taylor, University of Cambridge, Judge Business School

14:00 – 15.00 Breakout Panel: (LT2) Healthcare

Moderator: Dr. Titilayo Banjoko, Healthcare Manager & MD, Africa Recruit
Dorcas Gwata, Nurse & African Affairs Analyst
Dr. Ebun Bamgboye, Clinical Director, St Nicholas Hospital
Dr. Muntaqa Umar-Sadiq, CEO, Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria Miles Mudzviti, CEO & Founder, PharmaAfrica

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break (Common Room)
15:30 – 16:30 Breakout Panel: (LT1) Entrepreneurship

Moderator: Imad Mesdoua, Client Manager, North & Francophone Africa, Africa Matters Limited
Parminder Vir OBE, Director of Entrepreneurship, Tony Elumelu Foundation Professor Jaideep Prabu, University of Cambridge, Judge Business School Victor Asemota, CEO Swifta Systems

Nzube Ufodike, Director, Amoo Venture Capital Advisory
15:30 – 16:30 Breakout Panel: (LT2) Energy, Infrastructure & Urban Development

Moderator: Afua Osei, Business Development Director, Cambridge Executive Education Ademola Adeyemi-Bero, CEO First Exploration & Petroleum
Devakumar V. G. Edwin, Group Executive Director, Dangote Group
David Lashbrook, Head of Africa Investment Strategies, Momentum

16:30 – 17.15 Closing Keynote: Mo Abudu, CEO, EbonyLife TV (LT1)

17:15 – 17:30 Acknowledgements & Closing Remarks: Dr. Yemisi Bokinni & Anthony Ngige, CABN (LT1)

17:30 – 18:30 Networking & Drinks Reception (Common Room) 19:00 Trinity Hall Dinner (Invited guests & Cambridge faculty)


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