SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

Conference: Entrepreneurship and Development in Africa


Date: 10 March 2012Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 10 March 2012Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Conference

Key areas to be addressed:

  • Tackling Africa problems through entrepreneurship.
  • The role of the government to promote and support private sector development in Sub Saharan Africa.
  • Creating conducive environment for business to flourish.
  • Creating employment opportunities through entrepreneurship.
  • Sustainable investment in Africa.
  • Growing interest in frontier market investment.

Organised by SOAS Centre of African Studies in association with Sub-Saharan Consulting Group


08:30 - 09:00Registration
09:00 - 09:10Welcome
Dr Chege Githiora, Chairman, Centre for Africa Studies, SOAS.
09:20 - 09:40Opening Address
Edwin Laurent, Adviser & Head of International Trade, Commonwealth Secretariat.
09:40 - 10:30Entrepreneurship Development in Africa's Economy
Dr John Hancock, senior policy advisor, World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Adam Green, Senior Reporter, This Africa Magazine, Financial Times.
10:30 - 11:00Break
11:00 - 12:30The Role of the Governments to Support and Promote Private Sector Development in Africa
Moderator: Natalie Mutisya, Cass Business School.
Linda Kalimba, 1St Councillor, Rwanda High Commission.
Wanja Michuki, Principal Counsellor, trade and Economic affairs, Kenya High Commission.
Hirut Zemene, Minister Chancellor-Trade and Investment, Ethiopia Embassy.
12:30 - 13:30Lunch
13:30 - 15:00Exploiting Untapped Investment Opportunities in Africa
Moderator: Kevin Korgba, ETK Consulting.
Nick Rouse, Managing Director of Frontier Market Fund Managers, Standard Bank.
Geetha Tharmaratnam, Investment Principal, Aureos Capital.
Dr Steward Iyala, Director and Head of Trade, Centre for African Trade (CATFLD).
Wiliam So, Former President and current Chief Advisor of China Unicom Africa.
15:00 - 15:30Break
15:30 - 16:20Creating Conducive Business Environment for SMEs to Flourish
Moderator: Sarah Teacher, Director, Africa Innovation Prize.
Rita Spada, CEO, World Trade Centre London.
Ida Horner, Ethnic Supplies.
David Smith, Chairman, British Africa Business Association.
16:20 - 16:50Closing Address
Gibril Faal, Chairman of AFFORD and Director of GK Partners
16:50 - 17:00Closing Remarks
Eugene Nizeyimana, Chief Operating Officer, Sub-Saharan Consulting Grou

Organiser: Centre of African Studies

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