For the 12th Annual Africa Innovate Conference, our theme is “The Next Frontier: Building Resilient and Strategic Leadership in Africa.” We plan to highlight the innovative approaches that companies and governments are using to propel the longterm growth and prosperity of the continent. We will assemble eight panels spanning Agriculture, Education, Entertainment, Art & Culture, Finance & Investment, Healthcare, Mobility, Real Estate, Startup and various keynote speeches to give life to the theme. Please join us!
DATE: April 14th – 15th, 2023
VENUE: E14 – 75 Amherst St. Cambridge, 02142
Theme: Leapfrogging education: The role of technology
Overview: Technology, data and digitization have transformed industries in Africa, from mobile banking and fintech to retail. Education is an area ripe for disruption. It is both a grand challenge and grand opportunity to leverage digital technology to improve quality of education, increase access, re-imagine curriculum and build schools of the future. The focus of this panel is to explore the big strides that are already happening to disrupt and improve education, discuss what more is needed to accelerate these developments and what are the big roadblocks that need to be overcome.
Time and location: April 15th, 3:15 - 4:00 PM @ 75 Amherst St. (Silveman Skyline)
Lead: Dragana Marinkovic
Theme: Building Sustainable Agrifood Systems: A focus on climate resilience and nutrition
- Climate Resilience: What operational and investment adaptation strategies do we need to implement to build climate resilience into the continent's Agrifood systems?
- Nutrition: Africa is the only continent in the world where poverty and malnutrition are on the rise. How can we make sure Agriculture is a source of nutritious food and income, enabling families, especially women, to afford diverse foods and services, such as better healthcare?
Time and location: April 14th, 5:10 - 5:55 PM @75 Amherst St. (Silverman Skyline)
Lead: Ayodele Owopetu
Finance & Investment Panel
Theme: Unlocking growth: the value chain of capital in African businesses
Overview: The finance panel is seeking to capture the value chain of capital for businesses in Africa. In particular, it is seeking to explore the challenges faced by startups and SMEs as they scale into larger enterprises and will invite discussions from players across the value chain to provide a more informed view to our audience.
Time and location: April 15th, 10:10 - 10:55 AM @ 75 Amherst St. (Multi Purpose Room)
Lead: Kishan Popat
Theme: Innovating through Entropy
Overview: As the continent faces many challenges from climate, leadership, political, and economic instability, how are founders and startups innovating through chaos and disorder. Startups generally get more complicated as they grow but adding context of the continent adds more complexity. The discussion of the panel will focus on navigating those challenges and the lessons learned.
Time and location: April 15th, 3:15 - 4:00 PM @ 75 Amherst St. (Multi Purpose Room)
Lead: Yaphet Tedla
Theme: Borderless Africa: Mobility beyond Goods
Overview: As Africa moves to become more integrated through AfCFTA and increased globalization, this panel sees to discuss and explore avenues through which African businesses can utilize AfCFTA to enhance mobility beyond just the movement of physical good. This includes the mobility of capital, people and services not just on the content but with the large active diaspora.
Time and location: April 15th, 11:10- 11:55 AM @ 75 Amherst St. (Silverman Skyline)
Lead: Kundai Gurundoro Chifamba
Theme: Healthcare Logistics: Reaching the Underserved
Overview: Today's health care organizations need leaders who can respond to the challenge of delivering greater value through a combination of higher quality, lower cost, safe and broader access. Managing health care delivery, logistics and infrastructure will help companies innovate and build the capabilities to provide quality and compassionate care in a cost-effective and integrated manner—even in the face of rising expectations, shifting health policies, and constrained resources.
Time and location: April 14th, 5:10 - 5:55 PM @ 75 Amherst St. (Multi Purpose Room)
Lead: Lili Wondwossen
Real Estate & Infrastructure Panel
Theme:The Infrastructure Leap: Challenges and Opportunities
Overview: Exploring the challenges and opportunities in providing affordable housing in Africa. The panel intends to delve into the bottlenecks of financing facing investors and developers of real estate and infrastructure projects while highlighting some of the innovative solutions, emerging technologies and policies that can alleviate such issues. Beyond these, the panel will also dig into the environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors that investors and developers should consider when investing in real estate and infrastructure projects in Africa.
Time and location: April 15th, 10:10 - 10:55 AM @ 75 Amherst St. (Silveman Skyline)
Lead: Obianuju Nsofor
Entertainment, Arts & Culture Panel
Theme: Leveraging creative space in Africa for economic development
Overview: Africa has over the past decades been an emerging global powerhouse in the creative space (culture, music, tourism). However, there seems to be a disconnect between this boom and the creative economy in-continent. The focus of this panel is to explore how the continent can fully leverage its contribution to global pop culture for economic growth and empowerment. The panel will discuss the challenges and way forward.
Time and location: April 15th, 11:10- 11:55 AM @ 75 Amherst St. (Multi Purpose Room)
Lead: Amos Adu Akoto