Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Ms. Arumah Oteh

Former Vice President and Treasurer of the World Bank

Prof PLO Lumumba

Immediate Past Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya School of Law

Dr Kandeh Yumkella

Former Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)

Dr. Mo Ibrahim

Founder and Chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation

H.E. Felix Tshisekedi

President of the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Session A1 Speakers: Taking Stock of Africa’s Cultural Capital for Social and Economic Development

Ms. Carol Ndosi

CEO, Alta Vista Events
Country: Tanzania

Ms. Carol Ndosi

CEO, Alta Vista Events
Country: Tanzania

Ms. Pumela Salela

United Kingdom's Country Head for Brand SA
Country: South Africa

Ms. Pumela Salela

United Kingdom's Country Head for Brand South Africa
Country: South Africa

Mr. Ze Belinga

Author and Expert on Cultural Economics and Cultural Industries
Country: Cameroon and France

Mr. Ze Belinga

Author and Expert on Cultural Economics and Cultural Industries
Country: Cameroon and France

Ambassador Johanna Swanikier

(Panel Sponsor), Founding President and CEO of the Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa (HACSA)
Country: Ghana

Ambassador Johanna Swanikier

(Panel Sponsor), Founding President and CEO of the Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa (HACSA)
Country: Ghana

Swaady Martin

Founder of YSWARA
Country: Ivory Coast

Swaady Martin

Founder of YSWARA
Country: Ivory Coast

Session A2 Speakers: Amandla! Awethu! Social Movements Challenging the Status Quo for Good Governance

Ahmed Maher

Position(s): Co-Founder
Org.: April 6 Youth Movement
Country: Egypt

Ahmed Maher

Position(s): Co-Founder
Org.: April 6 Youth Movement
Country: Egypt

Aya Chebbi

Position(s): Activist and African Union Youth Envoy
Org.: Youth Programme of Holistic Empowerment Mentoring (Y-PHEM)
Country: Tunisia

Mickey Meji

Position(s): Advocacy Manager
Org.: Embrace Dignity
Country: South Africa

Dr. Aliyu Modibbo Umar

Position(s): Politician, Activist and Academic & Publisher
Org.: Rariya (Hausa Newspaper)
Country: Nigeria

Kate O'Raegan

Former Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
Country: South Africa

Kate O'Raegan

Former Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
Country: South Africa

Carine Kaneza Nantulya

Position(s): Africa Advocacy Director
Org.: Human Rights Watch, Africa Division
Country: Burundi

Session A3 Speakers: Agritech and Agribusiness: Innovations and Opportunities for Producing and Consuming Locally

Mr Bakye Baligi

Senior Economist, National Food Buffer Stock Company
Country: Ghana

Mr Bakye Yelviel-Dong Baligi

Senior Economist, National Food Buffer Stock Company
Country: Ghana

Mr Simon Derrick

Head of Corporate Communications and Sustainability at Blue Skies Holdings Ltd
Country: UK

Mr Simon Derrick

Head of Corporate Communications and Sustainability at Blue Skies Holdings Ltd
Country: UK

Prof Jane Ambuko

Head of Horticulture at Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection of the University of Nairobi
Country: Kenya

Prof Jane Ambuko

Head of Horticulture at Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection of the University of Nairobi
Country: Kenya

Session A4 Speakers: Showcasing and Scaling up Indigenous Innovations in Health and Wellbeing

Alhaji Farouk Aliu Mahama

Position(s): (Panel Sponsor),
Board Member of the Aliu Mahama Foundation,
Son of Ghana's Former Vice President
Org.: Aliu Mahama Foundation
Country: Ghana

Ms. Fatou Wurie

Emergency Specialist with UNICEF Innovation
Country: Sierra Leone and USA

Ms. Fatou Wurie

Emergency Specialist with UNICEF Innovation
Country: Sierra Leone and USA

Dr. Asmaa Shaboun

Public Policy Student at the University of Oxford
Country: Egypt

Dr. Asmaa Shaboun

Public Policy Student at the University of Oxford
Country: Egypt

Session C1 Speakers: The Political Economy of Africa’s International Relations: Investment, Trade and Balance of Power

Ekerete Umoetok

Position (s): Investment Executive
Org: RMH Property
Country: South Africa

Ekerete Umoetok

Position (s): Investment Executive
Org: RMH Property
Country: South Africa

Erhan Barutoğlu

Position (s): Vice Chairman of Turkey Africa Business Councils & Chairman of Turkey Mozambique Business Council
Org: Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) of Turkey
Country: Turkey

Ms. Niole Cohen Des Santos

Chairperson, Angola Cables
Country: Angola

Ms. Niole Cohen Des Santos

Chairperson, Angola Cables
Country: Angola

Mr. Phuthuma Nleko

Chairman and Non-Executive Director of MTN Group
Country: South Africa

Mr. Phuthuma Nleko

Chairman and Non-Executive Director of MTN Group
Country: South Africa

Mr. Stephan Dercon

Professor of Economic Policy at University of Oxford
Country: Belgium/UK

Mr. Stephan Dercon

Professor of Economic Policy at University of Oxford
Country: Belgium/UK

Mr. Keiichiro Komastu

Principal, Komatsu Research and Advisory, UK
Country: Japan

Mr. Keiichiro Komastu

Principal, Komatsu Research and Advisory, UK
Country: Japan

Dr Zhao Changhui

Manager at The Export-Import Bank of China (China Eximbank)
Country: China

Dr Zhao Changhui

Manager at The Export-Import Bank of China (China Eximbank)
Country: China

Session C2 Speakers: …3rd Industrial Revolution, 4th Industrial Revolution or OUR own Development Revolution?

Kwaku Kyei Ofori

Position(s): Acting Deputy Director General
Org: National Information Technology Agency
Country: Ghana

Dr Sabastiano Rwengabo

Position(s): Political Scientist & Independent Consultant
Org: African Development Bank
Country: Uganda

Dr Adeyemi Dipeolu

Position(s): Economist and Politician; Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters in the Office of the Vice-President, Nigeria, Former Director of Capacity Development Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
Org.: Office of the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Country: Nigeria

Ms. Chidera Ogbonna

Political Economist and International Development Professional
Country: Nigeria

Ms. Chidera Ogbonna

Political Economist and International Development Professional)
Country: Nigeria

Session C3 Speakers: Education for Africa’s self-reliance and global relevance: Aligning education with our development needs

Prof. Mrs Goski Alabi

Vice-Chair of the African Network for Internationalization of Education
Country: Ghana

Prof. Mrs Goski Alabi

Vice-Chair of the African Network for Internationalization of Education
Country: Ghana

Prof. Malik Maaza

UNESCO & University of South Africa (UNISA) Chair in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Country: Algeria and South Africa

Prof. Malik Maaza

UNESCO & University of South Africa (UNISA) Chair in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Country: Algeria and South Africa

Ms . Bukola Adisa

Founder and CEO of Career Masterclass
Country: Nigeria and UK

Ms . Bukola Adisa

Founder and CEO of Career Masterclass
Country: Nigeria and UK

Mr. Ebenezer Azamati

MPhil Student in International Relations at the University of Oxford
Country: Ghana

Mr. Ebenezer Azamati

MPhil Student in International Relations at the University of Oxford
Country: Ghana

Dr Vongai Nyahunzv

Head of Teach For All, Africa
Country: Zimbabwe

Dr Vongai Nyahunzv

Head of Teach For All, Africa
Country: Zimbabwe

Session C4 Speakers: Taking Ownership of Africa’s Knowledge Capital: The Issues, Challenges and Way Forward

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Prof Funmilola Fagbamila

Position(s): Scholar, activist, playwright and artist
Org: California State University, Los Angeles
Country: Nigeria / USA

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Nana Ayebia Clarke MBE

Position(s): Publisher
Org.: Ayebia Clarke Publishing Limited
Country: Ghana/ Britain

Prof Kevin Marsh

Professor of Tropical Medicine, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford
Country: South Africa

Prof Kevin Marsh

Professor of Tropical Medicine, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford
Country: South Africa

Dr Ali Hassanali

Scientist from the African Physical Review Society
Country: Tanzania and Kenya

Dr Ali Hassanali

Scientist from the African Physical Review Society
Country: Tanzania and Kenya

Moderators

Ms. Angel Warira Mbuthai

Session A1 Moderator
Country: Kenya

Ms. Angel Warira Mbuthai

(Moderator), Secretary for Gender and International Relations, All African Students Union (AASU)
Country: Kenya

Peter Kwesi Kodjie

Session A2 Moderator
Position(s): Secretary General
Org.: All African Students Union (AASU)
Country: Ghana

Mr Achaempong Atta Boateng

Session A3 Moderator
Country: Ghana

Mr Achaempong Atta Boateng

DPhil Student at the Department of Plant Science, University of Oxford
Country: Ghana

Mr. Kevin Marsh

Session A4 Moderator
Country: South Africa

Mr Achaempong Atta Boateng

Professor of Tropical Medicine, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford
Country: South Africa

Matthieu Mandeng

Session C1 Moderator
Country: Cameroon

Matthieu Mandeng

CEO of Standard Chartered Bank, Mauritius
Country: Cameroon

Ms Yasmin Ahmed

Session C2 Moderator
Country: Somalia and Netherlands

Ms Yasmin Ahmed

Consultant at the European Union Commission and former BBC Journalist
Country: Somalia and Netherlands

Dr Anne Makena

Session C3 Moderator
Country: South Africa

Dr Anne Makena

Program Coordinator of the Africa Oxford Initiative (AfOx)
Country: South Africa

Errol A. Gibbs

Session C4 Moderator
Country: Trinidad and Tobago / Canada

Errol A. Gibbs

Session C4 Moderator
Position(s): Founder & CEO, Self-Inspired Researcher, Motivational Speaker, Mentor, and Author
Org.: FFHD Writers Inc.
Country: Trinidad and Tobago / Canada

Debate - THE MOTION: “This house believes African Unity is merely aspirational”

Dr Shola Mos Shogbamimu

(FOR THE MOTION)
Position (s): Lawyer, Founder, Political & Women's rights activist
Org: Woman in Leadership Publication & American Bar Association Africa committee
Country: Britain & USA

Carine Kaneza Nantulya

(FOR THE MOTION)
Position(s): Africa Advocacy Director
Org.: Human Rights Watch, Africa Division
Country: Burundi

Ms. Aya Chebbi

African Union Youth Envoy and Founder of the Afrika Youth Movement (AYM)
(AGAINST THE MOTION)
Country: Tunisia

Ms. Aya Chebbi

African Union Youth Envoy and Founder of the Afrika Youth Movement (AYM)
(AGAINST THE MOTION)
Country: Tunisia

Mr. Tet Kofi

Former Present of BBC Network Africa and Radio 5
(AGAINST THE MOTION)
Country: Ghana and Britain

Mr. Tet Kofi

Former Presenter of BBC Network Africa and Radio 5
(AGAINST THE MOTION)
Country: Ghana and Britain