AFRICA CEO FORUM 2017: Re-inventing Africa’s “business model”

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Nahimah Ajikanle Nurudeen


The 5th edition of the Africa CEO Fovum will take place from 20 – 21 March in Geneva with focus on how to succeed in this new economic cycle on the continent. Having cemented its status as the foremost meeting dedicated to the development of the African private sector, the AFICA CEO Forum 2017 will bring together more than 1000 personalities, key decision makers in industry, finance and politics from the African continent and around the globe.

This year’s theme is “Re-thinking Africa’s business model”. The AFRICA CEO FORUM 2017 will open the debate on the economic boom of the 2000s, the context of economic growth in Africa and the critical decisions that must be taken to reach rapid and sustainable growth.

Major themes will include:Unleashing innovation and the entrepreneurial potential of youth and women, Making Africa more attractive for international investors, Turning African stock exchanges into competitive powerhouse and Creating the next generation of African exporters

The AFRICA CEO FORUM 2017 will also offer 20 sessions for debate and reflection, allowing participants to hit strategic topics for driving African corporate growth including: digital transformation, fintech, agribusiness, private equity, emerging African champions, electricity and innovation.

African and international personalities expected to lead discourse at the event will include Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank ; Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever ; Mo Ibrahim, President, Mo Ibrahim Foundation ; Naguib Sawiris, CEO, OTMT Investments ; Phuthuma Nhleko, Chairperson, MTN ; Tonye Cole, Co-Founder and Group Executive Director, Sahara Group ; Oluwatoyin Sanni, CEO, United Capital ; Ibukun Awosika, Chairperson, Firstbank ; Mohammed Dewji, CEO, Mohammed Enterprises ; Bruno Mettling, CEO, Africa and Middle East, Orange ; Diego Aponte, CEO, MSC ; Benedict Oramah, CEO, Afreximbank ; Marie-Yvonne Charlemagne, CEO, Rougier ; Sola David-Borha, CEO, Stanbic IBTC Holdings ; Julius Kipng’etich, CEO, Uchumi Supermarkets ; Issad Rebrab, CEO, Cevital ; Saïd Ibrahimi, CEO, Casablanca Finance City Authority as well as Jean Kacou Diagou, CEO, NSIA.


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