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Africa Development Conference 2020

the african promise: exploring catalysts for change

With regrets, per policy from Harvard University, ADC2020 is cancelled due to Coronavirus restrictions. Please visit for updates and further information.

Harvard Kennedy School. Cambridge, MA
March 27-28, 2020

The Conference

Africa is at a decisive moment in its history. As the continent with the youngest population and a growing middle class, it is charting a path of structural transformation that will unleash the potential of its emerging markets to create a powerhouse of sustainable growth.


This year’s edition of the Africa Development Conference at Harvard University will bring together influential players to further the debate and share progressive policies and practices for a better future for Africa. The conference is designed to support Africa's expedited structural transformation by offering a platform that advances intellectual and practical debate and enhances partnerships between governments and investors in rebranding and reshaping Africa in the international development arena. This reshaping will require a comprehensive evaluation of development with considerations from the fields of law, government, technology, health, education, design, media, and more.


Speakers include: Ebba Kalondo ∙ Meghan McCormick ∙ Habib Bamba ∙ Wura Mosuro ∙ Hezekiah Shobiye ∙ Tej Nuthulaganti ∙ Chinny Ogunro ∙ Dr Mwaba Kasese-Bota ∙ Dr. Chipo Dendere ∙ Fatou Wurie ∙ Jennifer Musisi ∙ Kaleba H. Ngoie-Kasongo ∙ Nafissatou Jocelyne Diop ∙ Moses Tut ∙ Clarence K. Moniba ∙ Lual Mayen ∙ James Wanki ∙ Corina Sanders ∙ Rehmah Kasule ∙ Kola Oyeniyin ∙ Mark Doumba ∙ Mohamed Abuwari


And many more

The Conference

Meet the Chairs


Samlara Baah is a Mid-Career MPA candidate and Edward S. Mason Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Brice Ngameni

Brice is a JD candidate at Harvard Law School. He was most recently with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates

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Faith Adesua

Faith is an LL.M. Candidate at Harvard Law School. She is a legal strategist and an editor for the Africa Policy Journal

Djénéba Gory

Djénéba Gory is a social entrepreneur and an MPA student at the Harvard Kennedy School. She has previously consulted with the World Bank.











Friday - March 27, 2020


14:30 - 16:00 - Registration

16:00 - 16:15 - Welcome Address

16:15 - 17:00 - Keynote Address by Special Guest of Honor at the JFK Forum

17:00 - 18:30 - Reception at the Harvard Kennedy School

19:00 - 21:00 - VIP Dinner (Private Event)

Saturday - March 28, 2020


07:15 - 08:15 - Registration and light breakfast

08:15 - 08:30 - Welcome Address

08:30 - 09:45 - JFK Forum Panel 01: How to use fame and celebrity to make an impact on the continent.

​09:45 - 10:00 - Break

10:00 - 11:00 - JFK Forum Keynote Address

11:00 - 11:15 - Break

11:15 - 12:30 - Panel Set 01

                             Technology and Digitalization


                             Rule of Law

                             Intersection of Public and Private Sectors (PPP)

12:30 - 13:30 - Break

13:30 - 14:45 - Panel Set 02


                             Gender Equality and Children's Rights

                             Conflict Resolution

                             Entrepreneurship and Development



15:00 - 16:15 - JFK Forum Panel 02: Trade and Investment



16:15 - 16:30 - Break

16:30 - 17:45 - JFK Forum Closing Keynote Address

17:45 - 18:00 - Vote of Thanks

20:00 +   Afterparty


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