On behalf of the Africa Business Club at Harvard Business School, we are excited to invite you to the 18th Annual Africa Business Conference, scheduled to be held in Boston, MA from February 26th to February 28th, 2016.
This year's theme "Unite. Innovate. Disrupt: Homegrown models for Africa's prosperity" is one that is pertinent to us. Despite the media's focus on the challenges in Africa, we are proud of the progress Africa has made over the years and we see Africa not as a land plagued with challenges but one also filled with opportunities and remarkable success stories. We also believe that significant and sustainable progress can be achieved not only from the top but also from us, the African people.
During this year's conference, we aim to celebrate and promote awareness of existing innovative solutions that have been deployed in Africa, in addition to motivating attendees to create more innovative solutions to overcome the challenges in Africa. To quote a popular African proverb - "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." This suggests that we as people can progress further, faster and better if we work together and so this year, the conference will be focused on igniting action and channeling our collective efforts towards creating solutions that will contribute to Africa's prosperity in the long-term.
As in previous years, the conference will bring together ~1,500 people, from both the diaspora and the continent, who are passionate about business opportunities in Africa. The conference will feature highly inspirational content sessions, a new venture competition, and professional networking opportunities with current and future Africa business leaders. This year, in line with the theme, we will also be introducing interactive workshop sessions, TED-style keynote sessions, industry networking sessions, personal story sessions with panelists, and more. Through these, we hope to enable more opportunities for attendees to meaningfully engage with each other and the conference speakers in order to foster partnerships that will lead to the deployment of more innovative solutions in Africa.
Unity is key for progress and so we look forward to you joining us in February as we go about our quest of unleashing more solutions that will lead to a better and more prosperous Africa for us all.
Oare Avbuluimen & Humbulani Dombo
2016 Africa Business Conference Co-Chairs
NEW IN 2016
MYTAKES - THE INNOVATOR WITHIN : TED‐STYLE KEYNOTE SESSIONS
STARTUP LABS : A DESIGN THINKING AND HANDS-ON PROBLEM-SOLVING WORKSHOP
MARKET CREATING INNOVATION WORKSHOP LED BY A HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL PROFESSOR
MEET THE PANELISTS : SMALL GROUP SESSIONS WITH SELECT PANELISTS
INDUSTRY NETWORKING AND WORKING LUNCH SESSIONS
NVC ON FRIDAY EVENING
We are pleased to announce the keynote speakers of the 2016 Africa Business Conference.