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Africa Business Forum 2016


Africa Plugged In: Sparking Ideas, Unlocking Innovation

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Africa Business Forum 2016


Africa Plugged In: Sparking Ideas, Unlocking Innovation

The 2016 Haas Africa Business Forum was held on April 23rd under the theme “Africa Plugged in”. The Forum brought to UC Berkeley conversations on the opportunities and growth that improved access to power across the continent will unlock.

Africa has 15% of the world’s population, but only 3% of its power. This is rapidly changing with over $12 billion in public assistance and private finance invested in power over the last decade, and a further $800 billion over the next 25 years is expected to take Africa from 35% to 80% electrification.

The Forum was kicked off by an inspiring keynote by Fred Swaniker, Founder of Africa Leadership Academy, and over 140 attendees were invited to explore the rapid energy-driven growth the continent will experience in the coming years. In addition to the stimulating panels, industry experts, business leaders, and students were given a rare space to network and exchange ideas about the future of business in Africa.

 
This year’s Africa Business Forum themed “Africa Plugged In” showed me the significant impact that work in the energy industry will have on the future of Africa going forward. It also taught me about the many wonderful cultures within Africa that I previously knew nothing about. It has inspired me to go out and make a difference.
— Patrick Tan (EWMBA 2017)
The Berkeley-Haas Africa Business Forum 2016 is an informative, intimate event which shines a light on business activities and opportunities across Africa. The size of the forum allowed for interaction and networking among attendees ranging from those new to conducting business in Africa and those who have years of experience. I came away with new insights and practical contacts I am sure will help me and others.
— Ahren E. Lehnert
I knew a little bit about the emerging market & growing African tech space, but wanted to learn more and about investment opportunities on the continent. The Forum was excellent and the selection of panelist/speakers was impressive! This is a must-go for anyone interested in renewable energy or the start-up market in Africa.
I was inspired by the conference, the conference organizers, the speakers and the possibilities for entrepreneurship and growth in Africa.