The Africa Business Forum

The Africa Business Forum convenes global business executives, government officials, academic leaders and 25 Mandela Washington Fellows from over 17 African countries to discuss today’s business environment in Africa and opportunities for spurring economic growth, good governance and private sector investment. The format was designed to encourage informal dialogue and interactions among participants. The program includes moderated panel discussions, lightning roundtables, and an informal networking lunch.

2016 Plenary Speakers (in order of appearance)

Francois Baird

Africa at Edelman

Yaye-Mah Boye Sar


Anthony Carroll

Acorus Capital

Michael DiPaula-Coyle


Roslyn Docktor


Scott Eisner

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Steve Hanson

The College of William & Mary

Justin Holland


Temitope Lluyemi


Henry Michael Ligon

Universal Leaf

Florizelle B. Liser

U.S. Trade Representative for Africa

James B. Murray Jr.

The Presidential Precinct

Johnathan Miller

Airborne Lifeline

Aloysius Ordu

World Bank

Matthew Reisman


Gary Slaiman

Morgan Lewis


9:30 – 9:45 am
Arrival, Registration, Informal Networking

9:45 – 10:00 am
Welcome and Framing the Day

Scott Eisner, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
James B. Murray Jr., The Presidential Precinct
Steve Hanson, William & Mary

10:00 – 10:30 am
Panel 1 | Business in Africa: Time to get Serious/strong>

Moderator: Francois Baird, Africa at Edelman, Baird’s U.S.