LBS Africa Business Summit 2017

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London Business School

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Starts: 08:00 AM

Ends: 11:00 PM

London Hilton on Park Lane 22 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1BE, UK
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The London Business School’s Africa Club is excited to present its 16th Annual Africa Business Summit scheduled to be held in London on Saturday 22nd April 2017.

In keeping with the London Business School’s tradition of substantive thought leadership, this year’s summit theme "Made in Africa" will explore the new realities of doing business in Africa and provides a platform for frank debate on effective strategies for sustaining the continent’s positive momentum.

While a growing labour force and a large and emerging consumer market holds the promise of significant further growth opportunities, Africa’s resource dependent governments are fighting to manage the impact of failing commodity prices and depreciating currencies.  

This year’s summit will take place against the backdrop of critical questions for the continent:

  • As negotiations for a continental free trade agreement continue, how will its implementation impact regional integration and infrastructure?  How will we leverage Africa’s increasing comparative advantages in participating in global value chains?

  • How deep do China’s ties with Africa extend beyond infrastructure and natural resources? As the uneven global recovery unfolds, especially within Europe and China, who will emerge as the real trading partners to the continent?

  • How can niche-financing vehicles increase access to low cost and patient capital for SMEs and non-traditional entrepreneurial ventures?

  • Where will Africa’s first “unicorn”, an internet company with a billion dollar valuation, come from?

The day’s proceedings will culminate with our first ever Alumni awards ceremony during a seated Gala dinner with live African entertainment.  This is a chance to deepen connections in a relaxed setting and carry on the day’s active debates.

The 2017 Africa Business Summit in April promises to be a memorable event, and we look forward to welcoming you in London.

Best Regards,

2017 Summit Chair


Chief Executive OfficerGuaranty Trust Bank plc
President and CEOGE Africa
Founder and ChairmanHoneywell Group
Chief Executive OfficerSafaricom
Welcome and Housekeeping
08:30 - 08:40 v Grand Ballroom

Africa Business Summit Chair 

Dean’s Welcome
08:40 - 09:00 v Grand Ballroom

Sir Andrew Likiermann (Dean, London Business School)

Moderator’s Opening Remarks
09:00 - 09:15 v Grand Ballroom

Made In Africa: Introduction to the Summit

Opening Keynote Address
09:15 - 10:00 v Grand Ballroom

Made in Africa: A worthy ideal

Segun Agbaje. Chief Executive Officer. Guaranty Trust Bank plc.
Keynote Discussion Panel: Manufacturing A Self-Sufficient Africa
10:00 - 11:00 v Grand Ballroom

This session will discuss a number of key points and burning questions on the route to Africa's economic self-sufficiency through through trade investments . These include: Why is it critical that Africa is focusing on trading with itself?

Morning Tea/Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30 v Grand Ballroom Foyer
Technology Panel: Africa and the next wave of digitization
11:30 - 12:30 v Ballroom 2

Digital technologies have been a fundamental enabler of developement, inclusion and prosperity in Africa: Telecoms and internet democratized access to information , services, and opportunities; drones are saving lives in remote areas; mobile payment is revolutionazing finance and commerce. 

Finance Panel: Financing African Businesses - Successes, Challenges and the Way Forward
11:30 - 12:30 v Grand Ballroom

Africa is unique.  A continent combining 54 countries, all emerging markets with unique demographics, economic and political dynamics. Similarly, its businesses face constant challenges, meaning financing solutions often need to be adapted to local conditions. 

Energy & Infrastructures Panel: Resource-Full but not yet power-full
11:30 - 12:30 v Ballroom 1

power ought to be one of the best "Made in Africa" stories because the continent is resource rich but access remains poor, echoed through facts such as 600+ million Africans living without access to electricity. 

12:30 - 13:30 v Grand Ballroom Foyer
2nd Keynote Address
13:30 - 14:15 v Grand Ballroom

Made in Africa in 2025 and beyond: The GE Africa journey to “Made in Africa” solutions and products.

Jay Ireland. President and CEO. GE Africa.
Creative Industry Panel: Maximising Africa’s creative economy
14:15 - 15:35 v Ballroom 2

Given the abundance of talented professionals in the creatives space in Africa, the continent has underperformed in profiting from this talent. According to an UNCTAD report, Africa’s contribution to the world export of cultural goods was reported as marginal, amounting to less than 1% with the key […]

Entrepreneurship Panel: “Made in Africa” Entrepreneurs: Why, When and How to Build and Invest in an African Start-up
14:15 - 15:35 v Ballroom 1

Why, When and How to Build and Invest in an African Start-up? Panel Description: “Entrepreneurs love problems [and] solving them through innovative business models and the application of new ideas and technologies. Never has the advancements of new technology been more pertinent in solving social issues than in Africa” […]

*Bringing Intellectual Property (IP) to work an Onshore Services Model for Africa
14:15 - 15:35 v Grand Ballroom

*Will start at the same time as Entrepreneurship and Creative Industry Panels. Manufacturing & Services Panel will follow immediately after

Manufacturing & Services Panel: Africa and the 4th Industrial Revolution
14:35 - 15:35 v Grand Ballroom

The Professor Klaus Schwab, founder of the world economic forum, declared that “The First Industrial Revolution used steam power to mechanize production. The Second used electric power to create mass production. The Third used electronics and information technology to automate production. Now a Fourth Industrial […]

Afternoon Tea/Coffee Break
15:35 - 16:00 v Grand Ballroom Foyer
3rd Keynote Address
16:00 - 16:45 v Grand Ballroom

Made in Africa Products: “Commitment and confidence in what is indeed African”

Dr. Oba Otudeko. Founder and Chairman. Honeywell Group.
4th Keynote Address
16:45 - 17:30 v Grand Ballroom

Made in Africa Solutions: How Safaricom is using mobile money services to provide Kenya with tailor-made solutions

Bob Collymore. Chief Executive Officer. Safaricom.
Summit Wrap Up with Moderator
17:30 - 17:50 v Grand Ballroom

Key takeaways and learning

Vote of Thanks
17:50 - 18:00 v Grand Ballroom

Africa Business Summit Chair

African Opportunities Panel: Navigating African career and entrepreneurial opportunities
18:00 - 19:00 v Ballroom 2

Panel Theme: Navigating African career and entrepreneurial opportunities Panel Description: As messages of Africa’s potential continue to be narrated in spite of economic pressures, students, professionals and entrepreneurs living outside of Africa are turning their heads towards the Continent and wondering if, how and when they should move to Africa to take on a new […]

Networking and Drinks Reception
18:05 - 19:30 v Wellington Ballroom and Harvest Suite
Gala Reception and Alumni Awards Ceremony
19:30 - 22:00 v Grand Ballroom

Guests who have purchased gala tickets are advised to promptly make their way to the Grand Ballroom; dinner will be served at 19h30. — The day’s proceedings will culminate with our Alumni Awards Ceremony during a seated Gala Dinner Reception with live African entertainment for a chance to deepen connections in a relaxed setting and […]







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