By Cynthia Alo
THE Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), Africa’s leading entrepreneurship platform, has announced the line-up of speakers and activities for the 5th Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum, the largest annual gathering of African entrepreneurs.
For the Forum’s Presidential Dialogue, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Félix Tshisekedi, will join President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, and President of Senegal, Macky Sall, in an interactive plenary session that opens Day-2 of the Forum.
The Presidential Dialogue will be moderated by TEF Founder, Tony O. Elumelu, and will feature all three the Presidents engaging directly with an audience of 5,000, comprising of entrepreneurs, policymakers, investors and business leaders, with thousands of people interacting live online, throughTEFConnect.
The Forum presents the largest single annual opportunity for entrepreneurs and policy makers to interact directly and all sessions at the Forum have private sector and public sector leaders anchor panel discussions, master classes, and a dynamic pitching competition that will engage an audience of start-up entrepreneurs, development institutions and policymakers.
The speakers expected for this year’s Forum include Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of African Export-Import (AFREXIMBANK); Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of African Development Bank (AFDB); Dr. Awele Elumelu, Trustee, Tony Elumelu Foundation and Founder, Avon Medical; Kennedy Uzoka, Group CEO, UBA Group Plc; Mrs. Djene Kaba Conde, First Lady, Guinea; amongst other notable global business leaders.
Every year, the Tony Elumelu Foundation hosts the largest gathering of African entrepreneurs, policymakers and business leaders in one location. This year’s Forum, themed “Empowering African Entrepreneurs”, will take place at the iconic Transcorp Hilton Hotel, in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja. The Forum will also include the UBA Marketplace, where UBA, Africa’s global bank, brings together businesses from across the continent.
At the 2018 forum, TEFConnect, the largest digital platform for African entrepreneurs was launched to connect entrepreneurs to the opportunities they need for business success. TEFConnectwill take centre stage at this year’s Forum as global debates move to technology as a key driver of economic development in Africa.