Guest post on behalf of The African Society of Cambridge University

CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM – The African Society of Cambridge University (ASCU) is proud to announce the fifth annual ‘Africa Together’ conference to be held on Saturday, 16th June 2018. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Pathways to a New Africa’, and 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 four years, the conference has grown into a leading platform that convenes some of Africa’s best minds, policy-makers, businessmen and women, scholars, students, and young professionals to discuss issues of critical importance to the continent’s future. With a list of multi-national speakers, this event promises to be one of the largest and most diverse conferences centered on Africa in the UK.

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 STEM research and education; women empowerment; lessons that can be learned from emerging markets; battling corruption; a debate on whether home or abroad is the greatest place to be impactful; and the relevance of pan-Africanism in today’s Africa.

Some of our confirmed speakers include Her Excellency Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid who serves as the the African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy, ICT, and Tourism ; Professor Mthuli Ncube, former Dean and Professor of Finance at Wit Business School, South Africa and the founder of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Wits University. He is currently managing Quantum Global Research Lab in Switzerland and a visiting Professor at SAID Business School at the University of Oxford; and Prof Benno Ndulu, who served as Governor of the Bank of Tanzania, the first director of the African Economic Research Consortium and is currently directing the Commission on Technology and Inclusive Banking. Also featured in our distinguished line up is Professor Stephen Toope, the Vice-Chancellor, Cambridge University, who will deliver the welcome address. Among our panelists we have Esther STANFORD-XOSEI, a Pan-Afrikanist jurisconsult and Afrikan Heritage Community advocate specialising in the critical legal praxis of ‘law as resistance; Professor Atayero, the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Nigeria; Franklin Cudjoe, CEO IMANI Center for Policy and Education, a think tank of global repute dedicated to the promotion of the institutions of a free society across Africa; Lucy Quist, President of the African Institutes of Mathematical Sciences Ghana as well as founder and CEO of Quist Blue Diamond which leverages technology, engineering, and data sciences to transform business models.

Over 350 delegates are expected to attend the conference, with leaders and students representing all regions of the continent. The conference will provide opportunities for networking and one-on-one engagement with inspiring guest speakers, participating organisations, academics and diplomats from across Africa and the UK, as well as authors showcasing.

The 2018 event builds on the success of the four previous ‘Africa Together’ conferences, that was attended by distinguished guests such as Zeinab Badawi, the chair of the Royal African Society; Kanayo F. Nwanze, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); Fadumo Qasim Dayib, presidential candidate for Somalia; Madame Bineta Diop, the African Union special envoy for women, peace and security; Sir David King, the UK Foreign Secretary’s Permanent Special Representative for Climate Change; Dr Agnes Kalibata, president of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA); Amadou Mahtar Ba, the Chief Executive of the African Media Initiative (AMI), Lord Michael Hastings, Global Head of Citizenship at KPMG International, Theo Sowa, chief executive officer of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), and Nana Ayebia Clarke (Ayebia Clarke Publishing), among others.

The ‘Africa Together’ conference is a collaborative effort between the African societies of Cambridge University and Anglia Ruskin University. We hope you join us in this conversation on the fate of Africa in our rapidly changing world.