Power & Energy
A large number of Africans are living outside the electricity grid, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa with close to two-thirds of the region’s population without access to electricity. Thus, improving access to reliable and affordable energy is key to elevating the majority of Africa’s population out of poverty and improving their quality of life. This panel intends to cover the various products and business models that are increasing power access across the continent. Find out more!
Despite the recent progress in population health indicators, wide population access to quality healthcare services remains a major challenge in many countries in the region. However, the ongoing digital revolution that is transforming various sectors of the economy, presents considerable opportunities to improve healthcare access. Find out more!
Populations on the continent that previously had no access to financial services now access a wide range of financial and payments services through their mobile phones. However, despite the demonstrated potential for increased financial inclusion for the continent’s poor, these services have yet to gain traction across Africa. This panel will probe how digitizing services like micro-finance, insurance, and many others are great opportunities to provide wider access to financial services. Find out more!
Urbanization & Infrastructure
Population growth across African cities is rapidly increasing. Recent studies and reports suggest that by 2020, 70% of the continent will be living in and around a city. This panel explores the challenges that await and how digital solutions can help to ensure that this transition is sustainable, enabling shared urban prosperity. Find out more!
Investment in Growth
Private equity and debt investment activities in Africa have increased significantly in recent years. This panel will examine how investors are thinking about the part they play in catalyzing inclusive growth on the continent--in terms of strategy, deal selection and supporting the investment value chain. Find out more!
Education & the Future of Work
With the increasing utility of artificial intelligence and the transformation automation is delivering across business sectors, the nature of work is rapidly changing and the need for educational institutions to adjust is ever more evident. Digitization introduces new avenues--from online learning platforms for remote learning to better metrics that change the future of work. This panel will discuss the opportunities and the challenges in maximizing human capital across Africa. Find out more!