Africa Together 2017
The fourth annual ‘Africa Together’ conference will be held on 10th June in commemoration of the 2017 Africa Day with the participation of several Gates Cambridge Scholars.
The conference is hosted by African Society of Cambridge University, whose president is Gates Cambridge Scholar Harum Mukhayer. Previous presidents of the Society have included two Gates Cambridge Scholars - Njoki Wamai and Johanna Riha. The Gates Cambridge Trust is one of th econference partners.
The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Africa and a World in Transition’ and it will be held at the Cambridge Union Building, University of Cambridge. ‘Africa Together’ is the largest student-led conference on Africa at the University of Cambridge. Over the last three years, the conference has grown into a leading platform that convenes some of Africa’s best minds, policymakers, businessmen and women, scholars, students and young professionals to discuss issues of critical importance to the continent’s future.
Speakers come from 15+ countries. The conference will include Keynote addresses as well as panel discussions, exhibitions and performances by African artists. Panel discussions will explore diverse issues affecting Africa ranging from good governance and the rule of law; women and leadership; trade, banking and finance; IT and infrastructure [organised by Gates Cambridge Scholar Christine Mbai]; development and private sector cooperation in Lusophone Africa; African higher education systems; and health.
Keynote speakers include Zeinab Badawi who is currently chair of the Royal African Society; Yonov Frederick Agah, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organisation; and Nadir Mohamed, Country Director of the GCC Countries, Middle East and North Africa, The World Bank Group. Also featured are Armando Cabral – Managing Partner, McKinsey; Antonio Coutinho – CEO, Standard Bank, Angola; Gossy Ukanwoke – Founder, Beni American University, Nigeria and Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, Professor, the Graduate Institute, Geneva, named in 2016 by the New African Magazine among the top 50 most influential African intellectuals; and Peter Burdin, consultant for many African countries and former chief of BBC Africa Bureau.
Over 350 delegates are expected to attend the conference, with leaders and students representing all regions of the continent. The conference organisers say it will provide opportunities for networking and one-on-one engagement with guest speakers, participating organisations, academics and diplomats from across Africa and the UK, as well as authors showcasing.
The ‘Africa Together’ conference is a collaborative effort between the African societies of Cambridge University and Anglia Ruskin University.