Driving the African Century: Youth, Technology, and Entrepreneurship

June 25, 2013 // 1:15pm5:40pm

The Wilson Center’s Africa Program and the South Africa-Washington International Program proudly present, “Driving the African Century: Youth, Technology, and Entrepreneurship.” This event will focus on the prospects for African economic growth in the 21st century. Speakers will include the South African Ambassador to the United States, members of business, civil society, and international governance communities, along with current SAWIP students. Three panels will discuss “Africa's Possibilities in 2023,” “Business, Technology, & Entrepreneurship in Africa,” and “Impact Investing, Social Enterprises, & Innovators in Africa,” allowing for discussion amongst those actively involved in Africa’s growth. 

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 


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Event Sessions: 


1:15pm – Registration 

2:00pm – Welcome

Steve McDonald, Director, Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity, The Wilson Center

                Karin Strydom, Board Chair, SAWIP

2:05-2:10pm SAWIP Video

2:10-2:15pm – Greetings from South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool

2:15-3:15pm – Scene Setter: Africa’s Possibilities in 2023

Moderator: Richard Sergay, Senior Vice President, Media Development and Strategy,, Former ABC News South Africa Bureau Chief


Renosi Mokate, Former Executive Director, the World Bank Group

Mwangi S. Kimenyi, Director, Africa Growth Initiative, The Brookings Institution

Rick Johnston, Director and Senior Vice President, International Government Affairs, Citigroup, Chair, Trade and Investment Committee of the United States Council for International Business

3:15-3:25pm Coffee break 

3:25-4:25pm – Business, Technology and Entrepreneurship in Africa

Moderator: Tom Wheeler, Managing Director, Core Capital Partners, Former Chair, Partnership Board, UN mHealth Alliance and former CEO, Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association


Andile Ngcaba, Executive Chair, Dimension Data, MEA, Former Director General of Communications for South Africa

David Frankel, Managing Director, Founder Collective

4:25-5:25pm – Impact Investing, Social Enterprises and Innovators in Africa

Moderator: Larry Irving, President and CEO, The Irving Group, Former VP for Hewlett-Packard and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information


                Ross Baird, Executive Director, Village Capital

Lawrence Yanovitch, President, GSMA Foundation

Erik de Ridder and Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, SAWIP Alumni and Co-founders of InKuluFreeHeid


5:25-5:35pm – SAWIP Students’ Perspectives on Africa’s Future

Speakers: Timothy Taylor, Zizipho Pae and Mario Meyer, SAWIP Class of 2013

5:35-5:40pm – Close and Thank You

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