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.
To register for the conference click here: apo.af/Lc705x
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 (apo.af/dmDz9I)– 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 (http://www.apo.af/g4UDG2) 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
Visit www.africa2point0.org for more information.
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