Symposium ”Enterprising Africa – perspectives for economic development for a young population”

The symposium will focus on the question of how Africa's economic potential can be unleashed, which actors will be crucial in this, and what role education, entrepreneurship, and business skills should play.
Kursaal Bern
Kornhausstrasse 3
01. October 2019
17:00 to 19:30 o'clock

Program of the Symposium

  • Welcome and introduction

  • Keynote speech I: Ndidi Nwuneli,  co-founder of social enterprise AACE Foods Africa, Nigeria

  • Keynote speech II: Kizito Okechukwu, Executive Head of Africa’s largest startup campus “22 On Sloane”
  • Panel discussion:
    • keynote speakers
    • Zenebe Uraguchi, advisor market systems development, Helvetas
    • NN
  • Closure and Apéro Riche


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Keynote speakers

Founder of LEAP Africa
Ndidi Nwuneli
© Helvetas
Executive Head of 22 On Sloane
Kizito Okechukwu

Ndidi Nwuneli is a co-founder and managing partner of Sahel Consulting and has shaped agricultural strategy and policy in West Africa for a range of clients in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She is also the co-founder of AACE Foods, a social enterprise working on value chains for smallholder farmers in West Africa, as well as the founder of LEAP, which works across Africa inspiring, empowering and equipping the next generation of dynamic, principled and innovative young leaders. Ndidi was selected one of the Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum and is the author of the book “Social Innovation in Africa” (2016).

Kizito Okechukwu is the executive head of SEA Africa, a research and development firm focused on linking businesses to African markets. He is also the co-chairperson of the Global Entrepreneurship Network 22 on Sloane, which is Africa’s largest startup campus based in Johannesburg, South Africa. His past experience and roles include heading up guest relations, internal sales and marketing for the Tsogo Sun Group, editor for the African Entrepreneur magazine, head of research at the BAM-SA group, and associate at Centre for Creative Leadership. 


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