Africa 2.0 Annual Leadership Symposium: Celebrating 5 years of Change and Leadership in Africa

The Africa 2.0 Annual Leadership Symposium is almost here, and the best and brightest minds from across Africa will be gathering in Maputo from 24-26 November, at the Joaquim Chissano International Conference Centre. This year marks the five year anniversary for Africa 2.0.

The conference theme is Synergy: Stronger Together with a focus on showcasing how, alongside partners, we can be faster, stronger and better through effective collaboration.

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The focus areas for their workshops, panel discussions, international speakers and hack-a-thons (workshops designed to crack the trickiest challenges we face) are:

Entrepreneurship: Building an enabling entrepreneurship ecosystem

The launch of the Africa 2.0 Youth Employment and Empowerment Programme (YEEP) and panel discussions with key investors, a StartUp Africa pitching competition for 20 African Entrepreneurs (including mentors and judges from local Mozambican StartUps)

Technology: Making the robots work for us

Africa 2.0 will be launching their partnership with We Think Code (teaching young Africans to code), and looking at the critical themes of how to get more women in to science & technology and how technology can help leapfrog Africa’s transformation and address particularly African challenges.

Women: Women as drivers for change

Ensuring effective resource allocation for African women to access healthcare, as well as looking at the role of women in peace building activities and addressing the obstacles that female entrepreneurs encounter.

Agribusiness: Tackling food security through agropreneurship

The Africa 2.0 No Hunger programme will be launched in this workshop, and representatives from Dangote and FAO will look at how nurturing agro-entrepreneurs can support African development in sustainable ways. We will also have assess to how Governments have met the commitments of the Maputo Declaration through allocation of funds to agribusiness.

These areas are all part of the Africa 2.0 Manifesto (– a document put together by the organisation’s Champions, and endorsed by Institutions like the African Union and several Heads of State, to address the vaccuum that exists for a common and aligned vision for the youth of the continent.

Africa 2.0 will be launching the Youth Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Programme at this event – an innovative initiative that addresses the full entrepreneurship ecosystem by using technology, providing access to funding, mentorship and incubation support. Entrepreneurship is one of the ways to address youth unemployment by harnessing the demographic dividend of African Youth. In parrallel to the main conference, a StartUp Africa ( entrepreneurship competition will be hosted, showcasing over 20 young entrepreurs that are changing Africa and addressing critical African challenges with their innovative businesses.

The conference will begin on the evening of the 24th of November with an Opening Cocktail (with performances from Mozambican musicians Gabriella and  and an Award Ceremony, giving recognition to the change makers of Africa as well as announcing the new Africa 2.0 Advisory Board).

Expected participants and special guests:

H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of Nigeria

Ahmed Kassam, Advisor of President of Kenya

Dr. Sipho Moyo, Director of the Cabinet and Chief of Staff, African Development Bank

Tshepo Mahloele, CEO Harith Fund Managers

Diana Layfield, Regional CEO Standard Chartered

Amadou Gallo Fall, Managing Directors NBA Africa

Ambassador Charles Stith, Executive Chairman of The Pula Group

Mamadi Diane, Advisor to President of Côte d’Ivoire

Moustapha Ben Barka, Deputy Secretary General to the Presidency of Mali

Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University

Thomas Konditi, CEO GE Africa (Transportation)

Samba Bathily, Chairman & CEO Akon Lighting Africa

Anthony Kume, CEO Republic Oil

Alassane Doumbia, Vice President Sifca Group

Moise Katumbi, Governor of Katanga Province

Younes Maamar, CEO eONE Investments

Laureen Olsson, Director Amethis Investment Fund ($500m fund)

Aristide Ouattara, Senior Manager Deloitte Consulting

Akere Muna, Chairperson of the International Anti-Corruption Conference

Tewodros Ashenafi, South West Oil International (Ethiopia)

Ngugi Kiuna – Head Of Africa Rand Merchant Bank

Malenga Machel, CEO Whatana Group (Mozambique).

Hon. Maj. (Dr.) Mustapha Ahmed Rtd. MP minister of youth and Sport, Ghana

Tony Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings

Graca Machel, Chairperson of Graca Machel Trust

HE Joacquim Chissano, Former Mozambique President

Mozambican Ministers of Science & Technology, Gender & Social Affairs, Finance and Industry & Commerce

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