a note from the conference co-chairs

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Africa Business Club, a student club at Harvard Business School, we are excited to invite you to the 18th Annual Africa Business Conference, scheduled to be held in Boston, MA from February 26th to February 28th, 2016.

This year's theme "Unite.  Innovate.  Disrupt:  Homegrown models for Africa's prosperity"  is one that is pertinent to us. Despite the media's focus on the challenges in Africa, we are proud of the progress Africa has made over the years and we see Africa not as a land plagued with challenges but one also filled with opportunities and remarkable success stories. We also believe that significant and sustainable progress can be achieved not only from the top but also from us, the African people.

During this year's conference, we aim to celebrate and promote awareness of existing innovative solutions that have been deployed in Africa, in addition to motivating attendees to create more innovative solutions to overcome the challenges in Africa. To quote a popular African proverb ‐ "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." This suggests that we as people can progress further, faster and better if we work together and so this year,  the conference will be focused on igniting action and channeling our collective efforts towards creating solutions that will contribute to Africa's prosperity in the long‐term.

As in previous years,  the conference will bring together ~1,500 people,  from both the diaspora and the continent,  who are passionate about business opportunities in Africa.  The conference will feature highly inspirational content sessions, a new venture competition, and professional networking opportunities with current and future Africa business leaders.  This year,  in line with the theme,  we will also be introducing interactive workshop sessions,  TED‐style keynote sessions,  industry networking sessions,  personal story sessions with panelists, and more. Through these, we hope to enable more 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.

Unity is key for progress and so we look forward to you joining us in February as we go about our quest of unleashing more solutions that will lead to a better and more prosperous Africa for us all.

Warmest regards,

Oare Avbuluimen & Humbulani Dombo

2016 Africa Business Conference Co‐Chairs

 

OARE AVBULUIMEN

 

HUMBULANI DOMBO

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NEW IN 2016

  • MYTAKES - THE INNOVATOR WITHIN : TED‐STYLE KEYNOTE SESSIONS

  • STARTUP LABS : A DESIGN THINKING AND HANDS-ON PROBLEM-SOLVING WORKSHOP

  • MARKET CREATING INNOVATION WORKSHOP LED BY A HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL PROFESSOR

  • MEET THE PANELISTS : SMALL GROUP SESSIONS WITH SELECT PANELISTS

  • INDUSTRY DISCUSSION/NETWORKING LUNCH SESSIONS

  • NVC ON FRIDAY EVENING

We are pleased to announce 4 of the keynote speakers of the 2016 Africa Business Conference. More will be announced shortly.

 

CLAYTON CHRISTENSEN

Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. One of the world's top experts on innovation and growth.

 

KHANYI DHLOMO

Founder and CEO of Ndalo Media

 

 

MAKHTAR DIOP

Vice President for Africa at the World Bank

 

ASHISH J. THAKKAR

Executive Chairman of Mara Sokoni and Founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation

download the APP

Conference app is now available for registered attendees. Download at iOS & Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, laptops.

  • Connect - Connect with speakers and other attendees on the app and on their linked social media pages. Request a meeting with speakers.
  • Update  - Engage in discussions with others and share photos/comments pre, post and during the conference.
  • Agenda - View the conference agenda, curate your own personal schedule and signup for conference sessions
  • Engage - Provide input into conference sessions such as questions to panelists, votes in the New Venture Competition, feedback on sessions and speakers
  • Opportunities - View advertisements and messages from sponsors which can include job postings

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