The African Society of Cambridge University (ASCU) is proud to announce the fourth annual ‘Africa Together’ conference to be held on Saturday, 10th June 2017, in commemoration of the 2017 Africa Day. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Africa and a World in Transition’, and will be held at the Cambridge Union Building, University of Cambridge.
‘Africa Together’ is the largest student-led conference on Africa at the University of Cambridge. Over the last three years, the conference has grown into a leading platform that convenes some of Africa’s best minds, policy-makers, businessmen and women, scholars, students, and young professionals to discuss issues of critical importance to the continent’s future. With speakers from 15+ countries, this event promises to be one of the largest and most diverse commemorations of Africa Day in the UK.
The conference will include Keynote addresses as well as panel discussions, exhibitions and performances by African artists. Panel discussions will explore diverse issues affecting Africa ranging from good governance and the rule of law; women and leadership; trade, banking and finance; IT and infrastructure; development and private sector cooperation in Lusophone Africa; African higher education systems; and health.
Some of our confirmed keynote speakers include Zeinab Badawi who, among other distinguished roles, is currently chair of the Royal African Society; Yonov Frederick Agah, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organisation; and Nadir Mohamed, Country Director of the GCC Countries, Middle East and North Africa, The World Bank Group. Also featured are Armando Cabral – Managing Partner, McKinsey; Antonio Coutinho – CEO, Standard Bank, Angola; Gossy Ukanwoke – Founder, Beni American University, Nigeria and Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, Professor, the Graduate Institute, Geneva, named in 2016 by the New African Magazine among the top 50 most influential African intellectuals; and Peter Burdin, consultant for many African countries and former chief of BBC Africa Bureau.
Over 350 delegates are expected to attend the conference, with leaders and students representing all regions of the continent. The conference will provide opportunities for networking and one-on-one engagement with inspiring guest speakers, participating organisations, academics and diplomats from across Africa and the UK, as well as authors showcasing. The event promises to be one of the largest and most diverse commemorations of Africa Day in the UK.
The 2017 event builds on the success of the three previous ‘Africa Together’ conferences, that was attended by distinguished guests such as Kanayo F. Nwanze, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); Fadumo Qasim Dayib, presidential candidate for Somalia; Madame Bineta Diop, the African Union special envoy for women, peace and security; Sir David King, the UK Foreign Secretary’s Permanent Special Representative for Climate Change; Dr Agnes Kalibata, president of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA); Amadou Mahtar Ba, the Chief Executive of the African Media Initiative (AMI), Lord Michael Hastings, Global Head of Citizenship at KPMG International, Theo Sowa, chief executive officer of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), and Nana Ayebia Clarke (Ayebia Clarke Publishing), among others.
The ‘Africa Together’ conference is a collaborative effort between the African societies of Cambridge University and Anglia Ruskin University. We hope you join us in this conversation on the fate of Africa in our rapidly changing world.