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Oxford Africa Conference to challenge African narratives

DISCUSSIONS: 2017 Oxford Africa Conference

THE OXFORD University Africa Society announced the final programme today for its 207 Oxford Africa Conference on May 19 and 20. Themed “Breaking the Frame[works] – Redefining Africa’s geopolitical, economic and cultural influence today”, the two-day event held in the University’s iconic Blavatnik School of Government will bring together international experts and influencers to exchange insights into contemporary African affairs. These include issues surrounding governance, the role of young innovators and the continent’s business landscape.

As one of the largest and most globally recognised African conferences of its kind, this year’s speakers include Mrs. Graça Machel, Founder of the Graça Machel Trust, Dr. Donald Kaberuka, Former President of the African Development Bank Group, and Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, Former Prime Minister of Niger and currently CEO of the New Economic Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

The diverse range of speakers will be debating issues including approaches to improving governance frameworks, harnessing the power of Africa’s soaring young population, the requirements for nurturing future leaders and mitigating volatility in Africa’s commodity markets.

Vivian Ojo, a Master of Public Policy student at the Blavatnik School of Government and co-chair of this year’s conference, said: “Africa can excel not just in spite of, but because of its past challenges. The 2017 Oxford Africa Conference questions the lens through which the continent has been viewed by providing a platform to redefine Africa’s geopolitical, economic and cultural identity in the 21st century.”

This year, the conference will welcome Mrs. Graça Machel, Founder of the Graça Machel Trust, Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, Former Prime Minister of Niger and currently CEO of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Dr. Donald Kaberuka, Former President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) and Fred Swaniker, CEO and Founder of the African Leadership Group, as its keynotes.

Delegates at the event can also look forward to plenary sessions on Innovative Health, Leadership and Governance, Green Energy, Urbanisation, Education, Art and Representations, and more.

These will be animated by experts and individuals who have contributed to reshaping the African continent in the past decade, including Dr. Josephine Ojiambo (The Commonwealth Secretariat), Professor Kevin Marsh (University of Oxford; African Academy of Sciences), Mark Pursey (BTP/Advisers), Abiola Oke (OkayAfrica), Temi Abimbola (AfDB), Gareth Ackerman (Pick n Pay Stores), Gossy Ukanwoke (BAU Executive Education), Yene Assegid and many more

The conference will also include a gala dinner on May 19 at Oxford Town Hall which will include a key note address from African Leadership Group president, Frederick Swaniker.

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