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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 Programme

Africa's Business Event in London

The Annual Debate is the flagship event of Invest Africa – Business Council for Africa and is a staple in the diary for anyone investing and operating across the Continent. Returning in April for its 4th edition it has consistently positioned itself as Africa’s business forum in London.

Always connecting businesses across Africa, The Annual Debate places key decision makers, thought leaders and senior officials together to discuss the region’s most pertinent themes.

This year we will focus on the topics of:

• Africa’s Role in the Global Economy

• Inclusive Financing in Africa

• Driving Africa’s Industrialisation: Now or Never

• Designing Creative Businesses for the Continent

• Entrepreneurship in Africa: Beyond the Hype




09:00   Registration


09.30   Welcome and Opening Remarks

Lanre Akinola, Editor, African Business (Chair)

          Arnold Ekpe, Honorary President, Business Council for Africa  

Rob Hersov, Chairman and Founder, Invest Africa


09:45   Debate: Africa's Role in the Global Economy

Rt. Hon Mark Simmonds, Chairman, Invest Africa - BCA Advisory Board (Moderator)

Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade, UK Department for International Trade

Emir Mahammadu Sanusi II, Emir Kano State, Nigeria (invited

Mohamed Mansour, Chairman, Mansour Group

Christopher Marks, Managing Director and Head of Emerging Markets, MUFG

Andrew Patterson, Region President - Africa, Bechtel


10:45   Keynote: What Next for Africa's Businesses

Lanre Akinola, Editor, Africa Business (Chair of Proceedings)

Aliko Dangote, Chairman, Dangote Group (invited)


11:15   Break


11:45   Debate: Inclusive Financing in Africa

Nicholas Norbrook, Editor, The Africa Report (Moderator)           

 Ade Ayeyemi, CEO, Ecobank (invited)

Ibukun Awosika, Chair, First Bank Nigeria

Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah, President, Afreximbank (invited)

Philippe Valahu, Exeuctive Director, Private Infrastructure Development Group (invited)


12:45   Lunch


14:00   Debate: Driving Africa's Industrialisation: Now or Never

Lanre Akinola, Editor, Africa Business (Chair of Proceedings)

Mimi Alemayehou, Managing Director, Black Rhino Group (invited)

Tonye Cole, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Sahara Group

Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman, Econet

Mo Dewji, CEO, MeTL Group (invited)


15:00   Debate: Designing Africa's Creative Businesses

Hannah O'Leary, Director and Head, Africa Contemporary Art, Sotheby's (Moderator)

Sir David Adjaye OBE, Founder and Principal, Adjaye Associates (invited)


16:00   Break


16:30   Debate: Entrepreneurship in Africa: Beyond the Hype

Manji Cheto, Business Development Manager - Africa, London Stock Exchange Group (Moderator)

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Flutterwave (invited)

Grant Brooke, CEO, Twiga Foods (invited)

Joel Jackson, CEO and Founder, Mobius Motors (invited)

James Mworia, CEO, Centum Investments (invited)


17:30   Closing Remarks

Karen Taylor, CEO, IA-BCA


17:45   Drinks Reception


19:00   Gala Dinner


21:00   Carriages