Shaping Africa’s Future: Geopolitics. Business. Sustainability.

19 Sep 2023

This conference brings together people from policy, business, and academia from African and European countries to discuss the forces shaping Africa’s economic future.

10117 Berlin
AXICA Kongress- und Tagungszentrum, Pariser Platz 3
  • How is the way of doing business in Africa influenced by global developments?
  • What opportunities and risks arise for Africa from the global hunger for energy and critical resources?
  • How do geopolitics and the tighter global lending environment affect the outlook for African countries?
  • And how can Africa’s economic future be put on a sustainable footing?

These and many other questions will be discussed at the conference in in Berlin on September 19, 2023. Join the conference, join the discussion!


11:00-11:30: Welcome

  • Dr. Dorothea Schütz (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action)
  • tbc (Federal Ministry of Finance)

11:30-13:00: Session 1: Doing Business in Africa

  • Prof. Dr. Kenneth Amaeshi (European University Institute)
  • Dr. Simon Züfle (ESB Reutlingen)
  • Prof. Dr. Aoife Hanley (Kiel Institute)

13:00-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:00: Session 2: Mobilizing Trade and Investment

  • Dr. Cecilia Hornok (Kiel Institute)
  • Dede Gafa, Ph.D. (African School of Economics)

15:00-15:30: Launch of The Kiel Institute Africa Monitor

  • Sebastian Krantz (Kiel Institute)
  • Prof. Dr. Tobias Heidland (Kiel Institute)

15:30-16:00: Coffee break

16:00-17:30: Session 3: Financing the Transition to a Sustainable Future

  • Prof. Ashenafi Fanta, Ph.D. (Stellenbosch University)
  • Prof. Bård Harstad, Ph.D. (Stanford Graduate School of Business)
  • Dr. Sebastian Horn (World Bank)

17:30-18:30: Panel discussion: Africa’s Role in Securing Energy and Critical Resources

  • Dr. Ingrid Hamm (Global Perspectives Initiative)
  • Cobus van Staden, Ph.D. (Managing Editor of the China Global South Project/Stellenbosch University)
  • Christoph Kannengießer (German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein))
  • Stefanie Schmid-Lübbert (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action)

From 18:30: Reception

Language: English