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The MIT Sloan Africa Business Club is proud to announce the 9th annual MIT Africa Innovate Conference at the MIT Samberg Conference Center on April 14, 2019.


The annual Africa Innovate Conference is a unique and intimate forum that brings together leading entrepreneurs and change-agents from across the African continent. The conference attracts over 350 business leaders, entrepreneurs, influencers, students, professors, and alumni, all with strong interests in Africa.


Over the years, we have welcomed illustrious speakers such as her Excellency President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim of Mauritius; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, ex-Minister of Finance of Nigeria; Mostafa Terrab, CEO of OCP; Sara Menker, Founder and CEO of Gro Intelligence; Donald Kaberuka, ex-CEO of the African Development Bank; and Ismail Ahmed, Founder and CEO of WorldRemit.


The theme for this year is “Made In Africa”


Through a series of panels, workshops, and keynote addresses, we aim to celebrate endeavors, innovations, and breakthroughs with an impact on the continent and beyond. As one of the largest Africa-centric conferences held outside of Africa, our event will focus on unpacking the best practices and strategies required to accelerate the scaling of impactful enterprises and innovations on the continent across sectors. The conference will also include an Innovation Expo & Networking Reception.



  • Open MIC Africa Panel with TechCrunch Africa contributor Jake Bright
  • AgTech & Food Security | Growing Local, Exporting Global
  • Fintech | Financial Innovations for Inclusive Growth
  • Manufacturing | Made in Africa for the World
  • Energy & Natural Resources | Backbone for Empowering Sustainable Business Growth and Achieving Climate Action Goals
  • Human Capital | Building a World-Class Talent Pipeline
  • Entrepreneurship | Beyond the Startup, Building an Ecosystem for Scale


Our host for the 2019 Africa Innovate Conference will be Claude Grunitzky, Chairman of TRUE Africa and Co-Founder of TRACE. This edition’s guests include:


  • Thione Niang, Co-founder of AKON Lighting Africa
  • Olugbenga Agboola, CEO of Flutterwave
  • Okendo Lewis-Gayle, Founder and CEO of Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance
  • Jake Bright, TechCrunch Contributor
  • Abai Schulze, CEO of the Zaaf Collection
  • Chris Folayan, CEO of Mall for Africa
  • Lydie Hakizimana, Co-Founder and CEO of Happy Hearts Preschool
  • Joe Shields, CEO and Co-Founder of EthioChicken
  • Karan Kapoor, Founder and CEO of Snow International Trading Group
  • Matthias Papet, Founder and CEO of CoinAfrique
  • Efosa Ojomo, Co-author of The Prosperity Paradox
  • Saad Sheikh, Head of Investment and Portfolio Operations at TLG Capital
  • Benjamin Fernandes, Founder and CEO of Nala
  • Mossadeck Bally, Founder and CEO of Azalai Hotel
  • Christian Wessels, Founder and CEO of Sunray Ventures


With many more guests to come, visit our website: for more info!

The Conference is brought to you by: Royal Air Maroc, OCP, Genser Energy, MIT Legatum Center, MIT Sloan School of Management, MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives, MIT Africa, MIT Sustainability Initiative


Student rates and Group discounts are available. We look forward to seeing you there!

Location and directions

MIT Samberg Conference Center, 50 Memorial Drive, Floor 6 - 7, Cambridge,, Massachusetts, 02142, United States

About MIT Sloan Africa Business Club

An all-inclusive organisation fostering relations between the MIT Sloan community with the African business and cultural communities. The MIT Sloan Africa Business Club hosts the Africa Innovate Conference each year to share groundbreaking ideas and debate issues that will shape Africa’s future.