Africa 2.0: The inaugural MIT Sloan Africa Business Conference


On behalf of the MIT Sloan Africa Business Club and we would like to invite you the inaugural MIT Sloan Africa Business Conference. The conference will be a one-day event,themed “Africa 2.0: Achieving Growth through Innovation”, to be held at the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Friday, April 1st 2011.

This year, over fifteen countries in Africa celebrate 50 years of nationhood, at the same time MIT is celebrating 150 years of its existence. The confluence of these events provides us a great backdrop to launch a conference focused on Africa at the MIT Sloan School of Management where we spotlight ideas at work in shaping the future of the continent. The conference will bring together a mix of speakers and panel sessions covering areas of innovation in Africa including Technology,  Entrepreneurship, Finance, Energy and Media & Entertainment. The unifying theme will present perspectives on how today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders can impact the continent by putting ideas to work.  Additional information is available on the conference website; is a media sponsor for this event so we look forward to seeing you at this first class event. 


After the conference come check out the “After Effect” event hosted by Celebrity DJ OBI at:

DANTE Lounge

40 Edwin H. Land Blvd (Across the Cambridge Galleria Mall)
Cambridge, MA

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – Managing Director, The World Bank Group
  • His Excellency Amani Abeid Karume – Former President of Zanzibar

Energy Panel

Focus in renewables

  • Kola Karim – CEO, Shoreline Energy, Nigeria
  • Charles Darku – CEO, GridCo, Ghana
  • Dana Rysankova – Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank , USA
  • Jamie Yang – CEO, EGG Energy, Tanzania

Mobile Panel

Innovating beyond voice

  • John Waibochi – CEO, Virtual City, Kenya
  • Nathan Eagle – CEO, Txt Eagle, USA

Finance Panel

Reaching the unbanked

  • David Porteous – Director, Bankable Frontiers , USA
  • Julius O. Akinyemi – Entrepreneur-in-Residence, MIT Media Lab , USA
  • Bailey Klinger – Director, Entrepreneurial Finance Lab, USA

Entrepreneurship Panel

Made for Africa

  • Krishna Gupta – Co-founder, Romulus Africa, USA
  • Miguel Granier – Founder/Director, Invested Development, USA
  • Ashifi Gogo – CEO, Sproxil, USA

Media Panel

Reshaping Africa

  • Nt Etuk – Co-Founder & CEO, Tabula Digita, USA
  • Linus Gitahi – CEO, Nation Media Group, Kenya
  • Claude Grunitzky – Chairman, TRUE, USA


Stimulating ideas

  • Robert Stoner, Energy Panel – Assocaite Director, MIT Energy Initiative, USA
  • Tavneet Suri, Mobile Panel – Assistant Professor, MIT Sloan , USA
  • Iqbal Quadir, Entrepreneurship Panel – Founder & Director , Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, USA
  • Calestous Juma, Technology Panel  – Director, Science, Technology, Globalization, Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, USA


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