Columbia’s 11th Annual African Economic Forum


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Date(s) - Apr 4, 2014 - Apr 5, 2014
All Day

Columbia University


ARTS EVENING (April 4th) – Clark Studio Theatre, Lincoln Centre 

“Ndebele Funeral.” The acclaimed work examines the world of modern South Africa through the aspirations and loss of three characters whose lives intersect in a Soweto shantytown. Poignant and darkly funny, Ndebele Funeral features original music from Spirits Indigenous, and gumboot dancing from the mines in Jo’burg. The work has been named a Critic’s Pick by Time Out NY and has been awarded an Overall Excellence Award for Best Play by FringeNYC.

CONFERENCE (April 5th) – Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia Morningside Campus 

We are excited to invite you to the 11th Annual African Economic Forum at Columbia University on April 4th and 5th, 2014. This year’s theme, “A Continent Ascends: Emergent Perspectives from the Frontier” recognizes the need for dialog that is specific to the African context to propel the growth story of the Continent. There will be nine panels on the following topics: Energy and Power in Africa, Capital Markets, Media, Education, Private Equity, Extractives, Microfinance, Entrepreneurship and Healthcare Our panelists include: Wale Adeosun– Founder, Kuramo Capital (inaugurated into the Wall Street Hall of Fame), Elizabeth Nyamanaru – Advisor, Under Secretary UN, Gary Licht – Executive, Africa Trading at Standard Bank, Omoyele Sowore – Founder, Sahara Reporters, Koffi Annan – Principal, Annansi LLC and many more!

Keynote Speakers:

Mr. Wale Tinubu- Group Chief Executive Oando PLC- One of Africa’s largest integrated energy solutions provider

Named “Global Young Leader” by World Economic Forum

Professor Emmanuel Nnadozie –  Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation 
Led the production of the acclaimed annual Economic Report on African from 2010 to 2013

Rosalind Kainyah – Managing Director of Kin Advisory Limited and Kina Investments Limited
Formerly with Tullow Oil Plc and De Beers

GALA (April 5th ) – Location 5, Hell’s Kitchen

At the beautiful Location 5 in Hell’s Kitchen, this will be an evening filled with music, drinks and a three-course meal. Starts at 7pm.





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