The eighth annual African Economic Forum at Columbia University will take place on March 25 and 26, 2011. With over 400 participants last year, the forum has grown to be the largest Africa-focused event on campus, and seeks to highlight opportunities and challenges through stimulating discussion, insights and strategies for a prosperous Africa. This year, the theme is Roaring Giant: Africa’s Economic Ascent. Africa is experiencing faster GDP growth rates than most other regions in the world right now, and we encourage those who are interested to attend Columbia’s AEF and hear the giant roar.
A number of distinguished keynote speakers have already confirmed attendance, including Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee, J. Kofi Bucknor, managing partner of Kingdom Zephyr Africa Management, Dr. Shatayanan Devarajan, chief economist for the Africa Region at the World Bank, and Fola Adeola, co-founder of Guaranty Trust Bank.
There will be a diverse range of panel discussions touching on areas of interest including business, legal, political and economic development. The forum will also include a gala dinner with a concert and an African-inspired fashion show. Most events will take place at Jerome Greene Hall at Columbia‘s Law School, located on West 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in New York City.
The African Economic Forum is jointly hosted by the SIPA Pan African Network (SPAN) at the School of International and Public Affairs, the African Business Club at the Graduate School of Business, and the African Law Students Association at Columbia Law School. For more information, please visit www.aef2011.com.