DAY- 1
28 October, 2022
Day 1
Time
Topic
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Alumni Suite - Geffen Hall
Arrivals, Registration & Breakfast
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Cooperman Commons - Geffen Hall
Opening Ceremony and Keynotes
With Fred Swaniker, Kuseni Dlamini
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Alumni Suite - Geffen Hall
Lunch & Networking
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Kravis 620
Harnessing Innovative Health for Africa
With Lishan Aklog, Eddwina Bright, Dr. Svjetlana Lozo MD MPH, Jennie Nwokoye
What type of innovation (public health, digital health, medical technology) is needed to advance healthcare in Africa? What is the role of government vs the private sector? Are there any regulatory changes that need to occur? Is this a Pan-African effort or country specific? The harnessing innovative health for Africa panel features many prominent individuals with decades of experience in the healthcare sector both in the US and Africa.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Kravis 690
The African Influenced Aesthetic
With Hussein Suleiman, Nana Agyemang, Chelsea Boatey, Paakow Essandoh, Joey Lit
The influence that Africa has in fashion spans across the world from African textiles to African art. This panel will explore how successful African professionals are influenced by their roots and how in return they influence aesthetics in the fashion industry.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Kravis 640
The New African Giant: VC Perspectives on Africa’s Next Unicorn
With Maria Rotilu, Andre Bennin, Lewam Kefela, Eunice Ajim, Faridah Usman
African tech startups are certainly meeting the moment when it comes to securing venture capital funding in 2022, raising a record-setting $4 Billion in total funding thus far. Notably, the vast majority of these investments have been at the earliest stage of investing, the seed round, however there’s also been an uptick in later stage investments. Following in the footsteps of the five African startups that were minted as unicorns (reaching $1 Billion valuation) in 2021, what will be required to take this year’s newly venture-backed companies from seed funding to unicorn status similar to exemplars such as Chipper Cash, Andela, and Wave? Furthermore, what can the next wave of entrepreneurs looking to raise early stage rounds on the African continent learn from VCs about what it takes to build a venture-backable business with $1B valuation potential? Finally, what role do VCs play post-investment in facilitating this trajectory of growth, and how should entrepreneurs think about which investors to invite onto their cap table? A panel of seasoned venture capitalists, including former entrepreneurs and operators in their own right, will discuss these questions and more, unpacking what we’ve learned this year in the VC landscape, and what we can expect going into the end of this year across Africa’s VC and entrepreneurial ecosystem.
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Kravis 870
Expanding the Conversation of Beauty
With Tomi Talabi, Ofunne Amaka, Asmeret Berhe-Lumax, Whitney Madueke, Eni Popoola
This panel will focus on the evolution of beauty standards and the transformation of the beauty industry within and beyond Africa. Additionally, we will discuss the cross section of beauty and social media and how that intersection impacts beauty in the Black and African communities.
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Kravis 840
Examining the Role of Heritage & Culture in Socioeconomic Progress and Development
With Johanna Svanikier, Sibahle Magadla, Vidette Adjorlolo, Topaz Smith, Yolanda Sangweni
This panel will focus on examining the links between promoting and celebrating African heritage and culture and socioeconomic development and will discuss the evidence of the impact investing in heritage and culture has had on changing narratives about Africa, heightened interest in foreign investment in Africa and revenue generation from tourism in African communities and communities of people of African descent.
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Kravis 820
African Leaders on Wall Street
With Peter Akwaboah, Leke Osinubi, Johnbull Okpara, Sabina Dankwa, Sonia Silva, Ama Karikari-Yawson
This panel brings together African leaders on Wall Street and the banking sector who are leading global organizations and have navigated successful across the industry. Our esteemed panelists have worked at various Wall Street firms, including Standard Chartered Bank, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America.

Panelists will discuss their personal journeys to Wall Street, and the importance of developing a global mindset for success. Finally, they will discuss how globalization is shaping the future of Wall Street and what it means for the next generation of leaders.

Join this insightful discussion to learn how these leaders, with deep origins in Africa, have leveraged their different cultural backgrounds and perspectives to succeed at global levels of the corporate environment.
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Cooperman Commons - Geffen Hall
Keynote
With Alexander Cummings
Session description
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Cooperman Commons - Geffen Hall
Fashion Show
DAY- 2
29 October, 2022
Day 2
Time
Topic
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Kravis 2nd Floor Dining Hall
Arrivals, Registration & Breakfast
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Kravis 490
The Future of the Pan-African Dream
With Samia Nkrumah, Phiwokuhle Mnyandu, Pierre De Gaétan Njikam-Mouliom, Mosito Ramaili, Uzodinma Iweala
This panel focuses on the vision of Kwame Nkrumah's pan-african dream. This dream envisioned a united Africa free from neocolonial exploitation and capable of representing itself as an equal on the world stage. During this time, we will discuss how each speaker is carrying out this vision through their impactful work and organizations to move the continent forward and achieving the pan-african dream.
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Kravis 440
Closing Africa’s infrastructure Gap: Success Stories and Lessons Learned for the Future
With Delphine Siino Courtin, Jean-Jacques Ngono, Linda Muyengeterwa, Damilola Agbaje
This panel will feature seasoned professionals across different fields key in delivering infrastructure projects: Law, Financial Advisory, Investments and Asset Management, Development Finance. The panel will seek to explore challenges and practical solutions in sourcing, developing, structuring, funding, and executing infrastructure projects across Africa. The panelists will also discuss recent landmarks transactions and lessons learned to replicate those successes at scale across the continent.
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Kravis 420
Women in Business: Leading for Tomorrow, Today
With Mona Muguma Ssebuliba, Joycee Awosika, Sneha Sanghrajka Shah, Sola Yomi-Ajayi, Busie Matsiko-Andan
Women in business are at the helm of shaping the next generation of African innovators and global shapers. With diverse experiences and backgrounds, this panel explores each speakers’ journey to the leadership positions they are in today and discusses what it takes to unlock new thinking as leaders and and translate ideas into impact.
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Kravis 2nd Floor Dining Hall
Lunch
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Samberg Commons - Kravis 1st Floor
Cultural Gallery
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Geffen 590
Alumni Panel: Where Are They Now?
With Jude Kofi Bucknor, Olivia Byanyima, Pekun Bakare, Oheneba Ama Nti Osei, Efosa Uwaifo
From Columbia Business School (CBS) to the big(ger) stage, CBS’ alumni will use this time to discuss their road to individual success post business school and how CBS has impacted their current professional and personal status today. Moderated by our former CBS ExBo Board Member, Efosa, we are so lucky to invite these former Lions back to campus and impart their wisdom on our current student body.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Geffen 420
Engineering a Better Africa
With Constance Swaniker, Heritier Adam, Elohor Thomas, Nya Alemayhu, Dr. Quinta Warren
What are the innovation, technology, engineering, entrepreneurship and infrastructure needed to develop pragmatic solutions to local needs. Questions will be geared towards defining those needs, ideating solutions that best benefit local needs and how diverse avenues (art, engineering, technology and infrastructure) can be part of the solutions.
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Geffen 620
Cultural Shifters & Creatives of the Continent
With Addy Awofisayo, Dayo Ogunyemi, Tunde Oguntimein, Elizabeth Oputa, Tunji Balogun
This panel focuses on shifting the western narrative of African culture from the African continent to the U.S., Europe, Middle East and more. This panel will highlight how each panelist expresses their culture and creativity in their every day life and the challenges and roadblocks associated with doing so. To better position our as visionaries, we will discuss how to create a footprint that leverages our upbringing and influences innovative ideas and global transformations.
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Geffen 590
Investing in Africa
With Lorraine McGowen, Kwaku Andoh, Tshepidi Moremong, AJ Okereke, Travis Adkins
Every year, global investment dollars seem to eclipse its prior year’s record. Is the continent receiving its fair share, particularly at the later stage of the cycle? This panel will cover mature investing classes, the continent’s export profile, and Africa’s talent (at home and through the Diaspora) contributing to the continent’s growth.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Geffen 590
Cutting Edge Careers
With , Nonso Ogbonna, Nyaniki Quarmyne, Joseph Egbulefu, Edwin Nartey, Aile Momoh
The panel will feature successful Africans working in cutting-edge industries. It will be focused on learning about each speaker's area of focus, how they got to where they are & how they see it impacting the African continent.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Geffen 620
The role of Music in Africa's Global Relevance
With Tunde Ajaba-Ogundipe, Elizabeth Sobowale, Cecil Hammond, Bizzle Osikoya, Denisha Kuhlor
Music stemming from the continent has taken the Global stage and dancefloors all over the world by storm. A party isn’t a party if you don’t hear an Afrobeat or Amapiano song. What was once a subgenre of Hip Hop has now fully developed into its own immersive genre with its own rightful seat at the table. How does music and entertainment more broadly meet the moment? How do we sustain this incredible success that we have seen? How will technology continue to play a role ? What should we be wary of as Africa get its well deserve time on the global stage? Come hear from some of the leading experts from the continent who represent some of the biggest artists and companies in the space. One thing is for sure, music from Africa is here, it’s powerful, and it will keep people on the dance floor for years to come.
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Cooperman Commons - Geffen Hall
Final Keynote
With Dr. Vera Songwe
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Cooperman Commons - Geffen Hall
Closing Ceremony
10:30 PM - 11:59 PM
Skinos - 123 Washington St, New York, NY 10006
Closing Party!
The party will start at 10:30pm and end at 3:00am