Each year, some of the world’s best universities host a conference focused on Africa and her progress in economics, development, and policy. These gatherings have been traditionally led by top business schools including Wharton, Harvard Business School, and MIT Sloan.

True to her tradition, Columba does it differently by collaboratively producing a program amongst three of its graduate schools, Columbia Business School, Columbia University School of Public and International Affairs and Columbia Law School.

This is why ZNews Africa proud to be a media sponsor for the 14th annual African Economic Forum at Columbia University. This year’s theme is “Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers: Harnessing the Power of an Open Africa.”

Headlining this year’s event are Amina J. Mohammed, Asiwaju Bola A. Tinubu, and Hakeem Belo-Osagie. The program also includes over 30 panelists across a range of topics including:

  • Women in Business
  • Shifting Face of Finance
  • Media, Fashion & Arts
  • African Entrepreneurship
  • Strengthening Africa’s Legal Frameworks
  • African Narratives –the panel which I will be speaking

The goal for this year’s conference is to highlight the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead as African countries continue to present themselves as “open for business.” This year’s forum will provide a platform to evaluate the ways in which collaboration in an era of technological transformation, integration, and innovation can bridge the development gap and fuel growth in Africa.

We hope to see you there.


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