An overview of what is happening on the African continent.
It has become a relatively well-worn fact that over the past two decades the African economy has grown faster than the world economy by some two percent per annum. This translates into impressive headlines:
- Africa has 400 companies with revenues of more than $1 billion and 700 companies with revenue of more than $500 million.
- The fastest growing economy in the world over this period is Ethiopia, having averaged more than nine percent per annum.
- Jumia Technologies stands out as an African unicorn, with a market cap of $1 billion.
Along with fast economic growth, Africa is undergoing impressive urban growth. By 2030, it is expected that six of the world's 41 megacities will be African, including Cairo, Lagos, Kinshasa, Johannesburg, Luanda and Dar es Salaam. This puts an imperative on policymakers to establish competitive host cities for the newly urbanised. Smart cities are arguably a key arrow in the policymaker's quiver.
What is less well-known – or often little known and many times misunderstood – is the detail beneath these headlines. Understanding the drivers, dividers, diversions, distractions and complexity that make up this continent, is key to building stronger businesses, implementing more effective policies and developing paths to prosperity for our companies and countries.
- Unicorns, Dragons, Lightning Birds and Lions (An Economic Overview of What's Happening on the Continent)
- Africa 2035: Can a Focus on Key Strategies Accelerate Africa's Transformation to Prosperity?
- Smart Cities in the African Context: Inclusive Urban Economies
- Blackouts to Smart Grids: Driving the Energy Transition in Africa
- Mobile Tech: Bringing Financial Inclusion and Disruption to the Continent
- Agriculture Transformation and Innovation
Speakers confirmed to date:
- Professor Adrian Saville, director of the GIBS Centre for African Management and Markets (CAMM)
- Marius Oosthuizen, GIBS faculty, director of the Future of Business Project (an initiative that uses strategic foresight methods to explore the future of South Africa, Africa and BRICS), and author of The Future of Energy and Power Utilities in Africa (white paper)
- Ronak Gopaldas, GIBS fellow, director at Signal Risk and Africa specialist
Brian Bosire, Founder, UjuziKilimo & Hydrologistics Africa (HydroIQ). Brian is a Kenyan
entrepreneur and innovator and was voted a UN young leader. His interests lie
in building water & agriculture technologies in emerging markets. Brian has passion for emerging technologies in Big
data, internet of things and AI & applying them to solve the biggest
challenges in Africa focusing on Agriculture, Water & Sanitation with the
goal of building resilient food and water systems to support the additional 2
billion people and create a sustainable livelihood for the current population.At the age
of 19, Brian developed a technology that reads soil to inform thousands of
smallholder farmers how to better utilize resources like fertilizer and water.
Ph.D, Director │
Africa Region, International
Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Regional Office
for Africa – Nairobi, Kenya
Architect and Urban Designer at Urban Works
Karuri-Sebina, Associate: South African Cities Network
Dr. Tijsbert Creemers-Chaturvedi,
Managing Director and Partner
Johannesburg, South Africa, BCG (Boston Consulting Group)
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