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8th Annual African Economic Forum (AEF)
The SISGI Group (2011)
  • Ufuoma Barbara Akpotaire, Columbia University

Friday and Saturday, March 25th & 26th, 2011, were two amazing days in New York City. On both days, Columbia University held the 8th Annual African Economic Forum (AEF), organized by the graduate school of business, the School of International Public Affairs (SIPA Pan African Network – SPAN), and the Africa Law Students Association at Columbia Law School.

The forum brought together an estimate of about 400 people to discuss key issues facing the African continent and strategies for a prosperous Africa. This years theme is Roaring Giant: Africa’s Economic Ascent. I felt truly privileged to attend some of the amazing sessions which highlighted Entrepreneurship in Africa, the Emergence of African Film, Innovations in Healthcare Delivery, Energy & Infrastructure, the Changing Picture of Financial Services in Africa and many more.

Some of the key panelists included:

J. Kofi Bucknor, Managing Partner, Kingdom Zephyr

Fola Adeola, Co-Founder, Guaranty Trust Bank

Shantayanan Devarajan, Chief Economist – Africa Region, The World Bank

Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Charles W. Brumskine, Esq., Senator, Liberia

Dambisa Moyo, NY Times Bestselling Author and Economist

Although most sessions were really interesting and highly interactive, one session that in my view took things up a notch, was the session on Entrepreneurship in Africa. The panelists in this session were...

  • CUAF,
  • African Economic Forum,
  • Sustainable Development,
  • Entrepreneurship in Africa
Publication Date
Spring March 28, 2011
Citation Information
Ufuoma Barbara Akpotaire. "8th Annual African Economic Forum (AEF)" The SISGI Group (2011)
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