The 15th annual Africa Business Summit is scheduled to be held on Saturday 7th May 2016. In keeping with the London Business School’s tradition of substantive thought leadership, this year’s summit theme inspired by the Swahili phrase “UKWELI” will explore the new realities of doing business in Africa.

The summit attracts circa 400 delegates each year and provides a platform for a frank debate on effective strategies for sustaining the continent’s positive momentum. The Keynote addresses from a diverse and distinguished roster of high calibre leaders with significant experience on the continent offering practical insights: opportunities, challenges of doing business, individual market characteristics, and best practices

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

It is the ultimate networking and learning opportunity for students and professionals with a passion for doing business and investing in Africa.


past speakers

2014Beyond the hype: The not-for tourists guide to investing in Africa
Keynote Speaker : James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Bank.
Leadership Panel : Rt Hon Lord Hastings, Global Head of Corporate Citizenship, KPMG.
Private Equity Panel : Guido Funes Nova, Director, The Carlyle Group.
Healthcare Panel : Mphu Ramatlapeng, Executive VP, Clinton Health Access Initiative.
Keynote Speaker : Souad Benbachir, CEO, CFG Group. Keynote Speaker: Ben Magara, CEO, Lonmin.
Tactic Panel : Clive Carpenter, Vice Chairman, Business Council for Africa.
Healthcare Panel : Geetha Tharmaratnam, Director, Abraaj.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Panel : Tobi Oke, Investment Director, Intel Capital.
Keynote Speaker : Colin Coleman,Head of Investment Banking SSA, Goldman Sachs.
Keynote Speaker : Okechukwu Enelamah, CEO, African Capital Alliance.
Creative Industries Panel : Charles Ajidahun, Head of Licensing and Digital Ad Sales, Iroko TV.
Creative Industries Panel : Lindiwe Dovey, Senior Lecturer, SOAS University of London.
Creative Industries Panel : Naana Orleans-Amissah, Brand consultant.
Creative Industries Panel : Obi Asika, Founder, Dragon Africa.
Creative Industries Panel : Richard Mkoloma, Fashion Designer.
Creative Industries Panel : Salima Haddour, MD, Hopscotch Système Africa.
Healthcare Panel : Allan Pamba, VP East Africa, GA Africa, GSK.
Healthcare Panel : Akinoso Olujimi Coker, Clinical Adviser, Lagoon Hospitals.
Healthcare Panel : Ike Anya, Principal, EpiAfrica.
Keynote Speaker : Rt Hon Justine Greening, UK Secretary of State for International Development, UK.
Healthcare Panel : Rob May, Commercial Director, Janssen.
Infrastructure Panel : Amy Jadesimi, MD, Ladol.
Infrastructure Panel : Andrew Johnstone, CEO, African Infrastructure Investment Managers.
Infrastructure Panel : Cedric Mbeng Mezui, Coordinator African Financial Markets Initiative, AfDB.
Infrastructure Panel : Pradeep Paunrana, CEO, ARM Cement.
Infrastructure Panel : Raj Kulasingam, Senior Counsel, Dentons.
Keynote Speaker : Sanusi Lamido Sanisu, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Panel : Nick Hughes, Co-founder, M-Kopa.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Panel : Rajesh Chandy, Professor Marketing, London Business School.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Panel : Rapelang Rabana, Founder and CEO, Rekindle Learning.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Panel : Amrote Abdella, Director 4Afrika Initiative, Microsoft.
Leadership Panel : Dolika Banda, Regional Director Africa, CDC.
Leadership Panel : Dr. Frank Aswani, VP, African Leaderrship Academy.
Leadership Panel : Funmi Iyanda, Journalist & Broadcaster, Aspen Leadership Fellow.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Panel : Kamal Bhattacharya, Director, IBM Research Africa.
Leadership Panel : Omar Ben Yedder, Publisher & MD, IC Publications.
Private Equity Panel : Liesbet Peeters, Founder Partner, D Capital Partners.
Private Equity Panel : Jeremy Cleaver, Africa Portfolio Director, CDC Group.
Private Equity Panel : Idris Mohammed, Partner, Development Partners International (DPI).
Tactic Panel : Jérémy Hodara, Co-founder, Africa Internet Group.
Private Equity Panel : François Van Der Spuy, Head of Private Investments, Investec Asset Management.
Private Equity Panel : Florin Vasvari, Associate Professor, Coller Institute of Private Equity.
Tactic Panel : Monica Musonda, CEO & Founder, Java Foods Limited.
Tactic Panel : Samantha Pokroy, CEO & Founder, Sanari Capital.
2013Investing for Sustainable Success
Keynote Speaker : Yewande Sadiku, CEO, StanBIC IBTC Bank Plc.
Keynote Speaker : Wale Tinubu, CEO, Oando.
Keynote Speaker : Alain Ebobisse, Director of Global Infrastructure, IFC / World Bank.
Keynote Speaker : Alex Okosiu, CEO, MTV Africa.
Keynote Speaker : Leo Reif, Head of Investment Banking, Credit Suisse South Africa.
Keynote Speaker : Vanessa Kingori, Publisher, GQ Style.
Keynote Speaker : Eleni Gabre-Madhin, Co-Founder & CEO, Eleni LLC.
Keynote Speaker : Debu Purkayastha, Principal for New Business Development, Google.