Readers of this site probably already know that growth in Africa outpaced that of the rest of the world last year. You wouldn’t be surprised, then, to find that 17 of the top 40 fastest-growing countries of the last decade are in Africa.As the rest of the world starts to tune in to the exciting opportunities and growth in Africa, the Wharton Africa Business Forum remains at the forefront of business thinking and scholarship on investment and operations on the continent.
The Wharton Africa Business Forum, or WABF, is among the oldest and largest Africa investment focused events in the United States. The Forum draws together Africa’s top business thinkers, innovators, and executives to debate the themes and best practices that are driving growth and development on the continent. Hundreds of participants from universities and business schools, start-ups, multinationals, and everything in between convene to share insights, learn about new ventures, and make and strengthen connections.
Renowned for advancing dialogue and exploring the cutting edge of business thinking, WABF moves past familiar discussions of whether or why invest in Africa, and dives into explorations of innovation and operation already taking place. Under the theme This is Africa: Celebrating Innovation and Operational Excellence, WABF shines a spotlight on large- and small-scale enterprises operating across the continent in various sectors, featuring panels on marketing, supply chains, mergers and acquisitions, and the business climate, to name just a few.
The conference will be held November 4-6 at The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Most of the conference content takes place on the 5th, but you won’t want to miss the parties and networking events on Friday and Sunday.
WABF welcomes anyone with an interest in learning more about business in Africa. Tickets are still available and can be purchased through the WABF website, where you can also find more details on the conference.