The African Business Day 2018
THE AFRICAN DREAM
This year’s African Business Day will be under the theme, The African Dream” and will take place on Wednesday 16th May 2018. During this years conference, we will share ideas on Africa’s social, political and economic future. Furthermore, we intend to celebrate and promote awareness of existing innovative business solutions that have been implemented by Africans on the continent and abroad, as well as contemporary cultural movements such as, ‘Women’s Empowerment’, a theme our all-female committee is quite excited about.
What does the day look like?
The ABD is set up to ensure you get the most out of this excellent opportunity. The day will begin with several workshops with the aforementioned companies, which participants can sign up for beforehand.
10:00 - 14:00 Workshops
14:00 - 14:45 Lunch
15:00 - 18:30 Conference
18:30 - 19:30 Dinner and drinks
After a lunch break of authentic tastes of Africa, we will continue with the business conference where all our esteemed guest speakers will share their perspectives on business in Africa.
Meet our esteemed speakers
For three years, Ada was the Senior Investment Adviser to Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria’s former Minister of Agriculture. She was Vice President at Kuramo Capital, a New York-based private equity firm, and from 2005 to 2009 was a Senior Investment Officer at the African Development Bank (AFDB).
“Empowering the African girl child” is the motto of Queens of Africa; a Nigerian brand of dolls founded by Taofick Okoya in 2007. Okoya’s mission is to spread a message of empowerment for young black girls in an effort to promote good self-esteem by allowing them to have role models they can relate to from an early age.
Minna Salami is a Nigerian, Finnish and Swedish writer, blogger and public speaker. She is the founder of the feminist blog, MsAfropolitan, which connects feminism with contemporary culture from an Africa-centred perspective.
Tonjé Bakang is the Founder CEO of, ‘Afrostream’, the “Netflix for African, African- American and Caribbean content” a streaming site serving the European and African markets. Afrostream is equally a platform for the digital distribution of Black films and series.
OBINNA JOHN UKWUANI
Obinna is passionately engaged in education, social entrepreneurship, and technology. In 2012, he successfully founded and directed the Exposore Robotics program, a first-class, first-of- its-kind robotics education program in Lagos, Nigeria - the Exposure Robotics Academy (XRA). The Exposure Robotics Academy (XRA) is an intense MIT student-facilitated five-week boarding summer program based in Lagos, which teaches high school students computer programming and engineering fundamentals through building
and operating robots.
"Keturah King is first and foremost an avant-garde journalist with a solid track record. She had her first stint with journalism whilst working at Arise News Network as a showbiz and fashion correspondent before moving on to become the host of CNN African Voices and consequently the face of CNN Africa.
She has interviewed Hollywood Stars such as Kevin Hart, David Oyelowo, international celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Aml Ameen, Akon and notable statesmen President Mohammadu Buhari of Nigeria, former President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and former President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria as well as numerous influential entrepreneurs across Africa.
Keturah recently hosted the Gala Dinner heralding Canon Central & North Africa’s pivotal launch in Nigeria.
Find your dream job!
The kick-off of the event starts at 10 am where students can attend interactive workshops conducted by multinational companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, Rabobank, Ringier, Nile Dutch and The Nationale Nederlanden. These companies are interested in meeting and recruiting motivated and high performing students for both full-time and internship positions! ASAH is proud to note that three participants at last years African Business Day secured full time jobs with some of the companies present, and are now working in Ghana and Senegal! You have until Thursday 10th May 23:59 PM to subscribe for the workshops.
As Rabobank is increasingly active in Africa, the firm's representatives will talk about the bank's role on the continent, and the initiatives they have been working on. You will also be able to learn about recruitment opportunities and will get time to ask questions.
Ringier is the largest internationally operating Swiss media company. In this workshop, it's subsidiary Ringier Africa Digital Publishing will give you an overview of its operations, before discussing an interactive case about its expansion with you.
The firm is interested in recruiting motivated and high performing students for both full-time and internship position
NileDutch has grown to be one of the largest container shipping companies in the world. You will learn about how they focus on the links between (West) Africa and the rest of the world, supporting companies as they discover the opportunities the African continent offers.
Royal Dutch Shell
At Shell's workshop, you will learn about the firm's operations in Africa and learn about projects of renewable energy. You will also be provided with information about the numerous recruitment opportunities at the company.
Nationale-Nederlanden is one of the largest insurance and asset management companies in the Netherlands. Nationale-Nederlanden offers a full range of products, including insurance, pensions, savings, mortgages, investments and loans.
Move Me Back
The scale of opportunity on the African continent remains at an all-time high, matched with ever-increasing appetite from talented individuals across the world interested in engaging with Africa. However discovering, accessing and navigating the path to securing African opportunities is challenging due to scarcity of information and unfamiliar structure. MoveMeBack is a members’ community, connecting talented professionals, students and entrepreneurs to high-potential career, entrepreneurial, investment and partnership opportunities. Having worked across Africa with multinationals, NGOs, local organization and startups, Movemeback, will share their learnings and provide practical advice to help you discover and secure the most exciting opportunities on the continent.
VENUE: THE ERASMUS CENTRE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) is the leading centre for entrepreneurship in Europe. Fueled by our belief that entrepreneurship is the primary driver for innovation, we strive to embed entrepreneurship in the DNA of people. We don’t create companies, we create entrepreneurs through the knowledge and network of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, a university founded by entrepreneurs more than 100 years ago.
"If you wish to move mountains tomorrow, you must start by lifting stones today. "