The 2010 African Economic Forum, co-hosted by the graduate schools of Business, Law, and International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, brought over 350 people together to discuss key issues facing the continent as 17 countries celebrate fifty years of independence and the entire continentlooks forward to the next fifty years. As is the case each year, this year’s conference highlighted opportunities and challenges, from infrastructure development to re-branding Africa’s image in the media, to empower its audience, panelists and speakers with new ideas and fresh perspectives on the way forward. This year, the forum was fortunate enough to highlight the successes of many amazing women, from Dr. Oby Ezekwesili of the World Bank to Magatte Wade, a successful entrepreneur, highlighting the necessity of African women to growth and development on the continent. AEF 2010, reflecting the diversity of its organizing committee, highlighted the many talented individuals working in diverse sectors and organizations, from the World Bank to the Africa Channel, alongside events like the first professionally-run fashion show, film screening, and gala dinner featuring the next generation of musical talent to emerge from the continent. AEF hopes that by creating discussions and interactions like this, in the next fifty years African nations would have taken their place as great nations, where they belong.
Pictures from the banquet can be found in the photo section of Jaguda.com