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The Business Council for Africa and Invest Africa’s flagship event, The Annual Debate 2018 returns 24th April for its forth edition. It has established itself as an important platform for everyone interested in and committed to African business.



The 2nd edition of The Annual Debate ran in April 2016 and was a tremendous success, firmly establishing the event in the business calendar. It enabled business leaders to network with Business Council for Africa (BCA) members and other people of influence in Africa in the fields of finance, law, technology and energy






PANEL DEBATE: African Affluence; Keeping Pace With Africa’s Growing Middle Class

  • Michael Mabuyakhulu, MEC, KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs  
  • Mthuli Ncube, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford Ayo Salami, Chief Investment Officer, Duet Asset Management
  • Tony Uzoebo, Executive Director, Business Development, Zenith Bank 
  • Adrienne Klasa, Editor, This is Africa at Financial Times (Moderator)


KEYNOTE: Igho Sanomi, Chief Executive, Taleveras

An Investor’s Perspective On The Emerging Nigerian Electricity Market; Learning Points For A Sustainable Reduction In Power Deficit

PANEL DEBATE: How Will Africa Reduce Its Power Deficit?

  • Simon Bransfield-Garth, Chief Executive, Azuri Technologies
  • Dr Am y Jadesimi, Managing Director, LADOL
  • Mr Akinwole Omoboriowo II, CEO, Genesis Energy
  • Jamal Saghir, Senior Regional Advisor, Africa Region, World Bank 


KEYNOTE:  Ashish J Thakkar, Founder, Mara Group

What The New Generation Of Young And Entrepreneurial Africans Mean For The Future Of Africa

PANEL DEBATE: What Does Africa’s Future Trade And Investment Look Like?                                                                           Moderator:     

  • David Cow an, Africa Economist, Citi
  • Alain Taieb, President, AGS Worldwide
  • Dorothy Tembo, Deputy Executive Director, International Trade Centre
  • Geoffrey White, CEO, Agility Africa
  • Akosua Annobil, Founder, AB2020  (Moderator)



  • Welcome: James Duddridge, MP,Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (FCO)
  • In Conversation: Peter Okwoche, Broadcaster, BBC and Dr Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa

Thank you for organising such a great event. We have arranged meetings with leading businesses and African diplomats as a direct result of the event.
— Dr Mike Santer, Blupoint
I have participated in many similar panels in the past, but found this debate was particularly stimulating
— Jurgen Heppe, Standard Bank Group