On Saturday, Apr. 26, NYU Stern Africa Business Club (“Stern in Africa”), NYU Africa House and Wagner Student Association for Africa will host the Third Annual Africa Economic Forum (AEF).  With the theme, “The African Gold Rush: Realities of Africa’s Economic Growth and Potential,” the program this year will illustrate the economic realities many African countries face today, and highlight promising transformations across the continent.  Discussions during the day will explore the challenges that lie ahead of Africa’s path to realizing its fullest potential as the world’s final investment frontier.


The day-long event will feature a series of panel topics ranging from Technology and Entrepreneurship, to Entertainment , Private Equity, and Global Labor Markets.  There will also be a Leadership Fireside Chat and a Five-Star Speaker’s Series.  Select speakers include keynotes delivered by Ladi Balogun, ceo and managing director of First City Monument Bank and Makhatar Diop, World Bank’s vice president for Africa.


Africa Gold Rush, 2014 NYUAEF (www.nyuafricaforum.com)

Africa Gold Rush, 2014 NYUAEF (www.nyuafricaforum.com)

The Five-Star Speaker Series features Entrepreneur Ladi Delano, Toronto Raptors Manager Masai Ujiri, and CEO of the African Media Initiative Amadou Mahtar BA.  Other speakers include Georg Kell, executive director at United Nations Global Compact; Charles Kie, group head at EcoBank; Daniel Monehin; Eric Kinoti, ceo of Shades Systems East Africa Limited; Amini Kajunju, president of the Africa America Institute, Kunle Olaifa, head of HR at Samsung West Africa; Chika Nwobi, managing partner at L4Lab, Eric-Vincent Guichard, chairman and ceo of GRAVITAS Capital Advisors, Inc., and Adebola Williams, founding partner of RED.


According to the event organizers,


“We are pleased to provide a platform for Africa’s top business thinkers, entrepreneurs, and innovators to dialogue and share insights on successfully maneuvering through these challenges, and identify best practices and opportunities for sustainable and inclusive growth in Africa.”


Some of the sponsors and media partners of the event include: NYU Africa House, PWC, First City Monument Bank, K&A Private Equity, Ynaija, Face2Face Africa, Young African MBAs, Made in Africa, MUI-The PR Company, Africa.com, Africa 2.0, and The Council of Young African Leaders.


About Stern in Africa (SiA): SiA is a student club at NYU’s Stern Business School. The club organizes professional, educational, and social events that enable thought leaders, industry practitioners, and MBA students to promote investments in Africa and highlight the growing importance of the continent in the global economy


For more information about the 2014 NYUAEF, please visit the forum website: http://nyuafricaforum.com.


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