Lead the 22nd Century:

Africa’s Future and

the Role of China


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9:00 AM Keynote Address

Professor Kevin Urama, Senior Director, African Development Institute, African Development Bank, on behalf of the president of AfDB, H.E. Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina

9:00-9:50 AM Unlock Africa’s Economic Potential: Innovation and Sustainability

Professor Kevin Urama, Senior Director, African Development Institute, AfDB

Philip Thigo, Senior Advisor, Data, Innovation and Open Government, Office of the Deputy President of Kenya; Senior Director for Africa for the Thunderbird School for Global Management

Blake Goud, CEO, RFI Foundation

Chair: Professor Shirley Ze Yu, the LSE


10:00-10:50 AM Game Changer: AfCFTA for One World Market

Ambassador Alan Wolff, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute, former Deputy Director-General of the WTO

Dr. Knosana Moyo, Zimbabwean physicist, an economist and politician; Former COO, African Development Bank

Hannah Ryder, Founder, Development Reimagined

Chair: Professor David Luke, the LSE

12:30-1:30 PM Lunch Dialogue: China-Africa Trade and Investment Future Roundtable

H.E. Dr. Rania A. Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, Egypt

Jingdong Hua, Vice President and Treasurer, the World Bank

Dr. Martin Kimmig, Chief Risk Officer, Asian Infrastructure Development Bank

Leslie Maasdrop, CFO, New Development Bank

Moderator: Shirley Yu, director, China-Africa Initiative, FLIA, LSE

2:45-3:30PM Delivering the Promise of Africa’s Youth, in China

Ruth Kagia, Deputy Chief of Staff, the President of Kenya

Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator, China

Professor Haifang Liu, Director of Center for African Studies, Peking University

Moderator: Shirley Yu, Director, China-Africa Initiative, FLIA, the LSE

4:45-5:30 PM China: Friend or Foe?

Dr. Knosana Moyo, former COO, African Development Bank

Professor Stephen Chan OBE, Chair Professor in World Politics, Foundation Dean of Law & Social Sciences. SOAS University of London

Moderator: Shirley Yu, Director, China-Africa Initiative, FLIA, the LSE

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