Date & Time: Thursday 22 March 2018, 18:00 – 21:30
Veue: London Business School, 26 Sussex Pl Marylebone London, NW1 4SA
Tickets: £12 - Please book your tickets by visiting the Eventbrite website.
Complimentary tickets for RAS Corporate Members and Partners.
Discussion of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is widespread, across the media, within development institutions, boardrooms and beyond. There is, in particular a growing recognition that the private sector will have an important role to play in achieving the targets underlying the SDGs, both due to the scale of funding required and the increasingly shared view that businesses and private investors have the ability and responsibility to make a difference.
But in many respects, none of this is new. What is different now? What do we really mean when we say that the SDGs create new opportunities for businesses and investors? What are the most forward leaning companies and investors doing, and what is working?
This event, led by Dalberg Advisors and the Royal Africa Society, hosted by The Africa Club at London Business School, aims to bring together business executives, investors, social entrepreneurs and development actors to pierce the veil on the SDGs, go beyond broad-based discussions and start a dialogue about key questions that face investors and businesses with current or potential interests in Africa.
How are the SDGs relevant to businesses and investors today and how do we expect them to change the way we need to operate in Africa going forwards?
What new opportunities and markets can be opened up by taking an ‘SDG lens’?
How do we need to change the way we operate to make these opportunities a reality? What are the risks? What are firms and funds doing and what is working so far?
Welcome remarks: Boko Inyundo, Business Development, DLA Piper, and Council Member, Royal African Society
Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, Former United Nations Deputy Secretary-General & Chairman of Smartmatic
Nick O'Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer, CDC Group
Two panels of business leaders and investors include:
Dougie Brew, Director External Affairs, Communications and Sustainability for Africa, Unilever
David Croft, Global Sustainability Director, Diageo
H.E. Dr Hailemichael Aberra Afework PhD, Ethiopian Ambassador in the UK
Kate Robertson, Co-Founder of One Young World & Former Global President of Havas
Yemi Babington-Ashaye, Former Head of Africa, World Economic Forum
Jean-Paul Melaga, Co-founder & CEO of Smartphorce
Aly-Khan Jamal, Partner, Dalberg
Geetha Tharmaratnam, Partner, T5 Africa Capital Partners
Karima Ola, Partner, LeapFrog Investments
Tracey Austin, Global Head, Impact Investments, Palladium
Shami Nissan, Head of Responsible Investment, Actis
Christoph Scaife, ESG analyst, Investec
Adesoji Solanke, Co-President, The Africa Club at London Business School
Date & Time: Tuesday 24 April 2018, 19:15 – 21:00, followed by a reception
Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
When Hissène Habré, the deposed dictator of Chad, was found guilty of crimes against humanity in 2016, it was described as ‘a watershed for human rights justice in Africa and beyond’. For the first time, a former African head of state had been convicted on African soil.
In this event, we discuss the trial of Habré, the key role played by grassroots activists, and the future of the fight against impunity in Africa.
Celeste Hicks, author of The Trial of Hissène Habré
Thierry Cruvellier, journalist
Gaëtan Mootoo, Amnesty International West Africa researcher
JJ Wangui, journalist, Kenya
Chair: Dr Chaloka Beyani, LSE
Copies of The Trial of Hissène Habré (Zed Books, 2018) by Celeste Hicks will be on sale at the event.
Presented in partnership with the International Africa Institute.
Photo: Hissène Habré, © Daniel Simon/Getty
This event is free and open to all but space is limited. Please register your place on Eventbrite.
Date & Time: Tuesday 13 March, 19:15 - 21:00
Venue: Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Paul Webley Wing, SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
ASAUK Biennial Conference
Date & Time: Monday 19 February 2018, 17:15 - 19:00
Venue: DLT, SOAS, University of London Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square London WC1H 0XG
Africa in 2018: Prospects & Forecasts
Edinburgh: Tuesday 23 January 2018, University of Edinburgh. Catch up: video
2017 saw some moments of huge significance in Africa. In The Gambia, Zimbabwe and Angola, leaders whose combined years in office amounted to nearly a century finally left power. In Kenya and Liberia, the courts demonstrated remarkable judicial independence around elections. And in countries from Togo to Cameroon to Eritrea – to name a few – citizens demanded change as governments discovered new ways to refuse it and maintain control.
2018 is likely to contain similar pivotal moments. Elections – which have become all the more unpredictable in Africa recently – are due to be held in Sierra Leone, Mali, Cameroon, Zimbabwe and DR Congo. Economically, growth on the continent is expected to reach 3.5% and plans to boost intra-African trade should continue, but progress could be undermined by instability, environmental shocks and fluctuating commodity prices. Conflicts in the CAR, South Sudan and the Sahel stretch on.
Meanwhile, Africa’s young population continues to assert itself not just politically and economically, but culturally. The unpacking and redressing of historical and contemporary violence continues, across film, art, literature and music, where there is an increasing drive amongst the continent’s youth to see their own lives and experiences reflected. This creative energy is, in turn, impacting global culture, where Africans and diasporans are mapping out the kind of continent they envisage for the future.
Join us for the Royal African Society’s flagship events in London and Edinburgh, delivered in partnership with the British Council, to discuss and debate what 2018 holds in store for the continent.
London: Monday 22 January, 18:30 – 20:00, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS.
Followed by a networking reception.
Presented in partnership with the Centre of African Studies, University of London
Register - £6 / £10 / Free for RAS members
Edinburgh: Tuesday 23 January, 18:30 – 20:00, The Meadows Lecture Theatre (G.07), University of Edinburgh.
Followed by a networking reception.
Presented in partnership with Edinburgh Global and the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh
Sethembile Msezane (artist, South Africa)
Nanjala Nyabola (writer and independent political analyst, Kenya)
Hazel Gray (Centre of African Studies)
Ritah Namwiza (International Development, Mastercard Foundation Scholar)
Chair: Zoe Marks (Centre of African Studies)
Image: Sethembile Msezane, Chapungu, The Day Rhodes Fell (2015)