EURAFRICAN FORUM

AMBITION


The EurAfrican Forum exists to explore and promote the power of diasporas as a connecting force between cities, regions and continents, between cultures, companies and people. It is an action-oriented platform that aims to: Foster stronger collaboration between Europe and Africa – Better promote a shared green and inclusive growth – Uncover new business and social impact investment opportunities – Create synergies between both innovation models. African and European leaders from government, business and civil society, young entrepreneurs, activists, social influencers, NGOs and media, gather each year constituting the ‘EurAfrican Community Network’. Under the theme “In Search for a Common Ground”, the 2020 Forum will focus on common challenges and issues, will be sharing initiatives for sustainable solutions, exploiting synergies and promoting business opportunities with mutual benefits, in search for a common ground. 

 

 


In the first edition of the EurAfrican Forum, under the theme “Crafting Coalitions for Change”, prominent speakers debated a call to action for building trust between Europe and Africa and taking the opportunity to rebalance and promote the EurAfrican geographies and reinforce the diaspora networks. The second edition under the theme “Partnerships of Equal: Sharing Values, Sharing Prosperity” focused on a new approach for the relationship between Europe and Africa, changing the narrative for both continents to create an accountable, prosperous and sustainable future together. This year, the EurAfrican Forum will take in account the common issues and challenges Europe and Africa are facing to build a common ground. Attended by more than 700 people in the firsts editions, the Forum provides a major opportunity for networking and exchanges between those that are crafting innovative approaches for common challenges. 

 


THE

TOPICS


Deep conversations will occur to meet the challenge of a dynamic and prosperous partnership for all. Exploiting synergies and promoting business opportunities with mutual benefits, the event will be sharing initiatives, in search for a common ground.


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PANEL 1

Perspective on Africa and EU relations

The year 2020 marks the beginning of a promising decade for EU-AU relations. The EU’s members are Africa’s main trading partners, foreign investors and chief source of remittances. Collective action and dialogue among African and European key players are pivotal to improve the livelihoods of all under the blueprint of the SDG, the AfFCTA and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. Now is the time to reinforce our partnership to generate sound strategies, attract investment, deepen regional and global engagement for sustaining economic growth. Will the growing AfCFTA elevate the competitiveness of African economies? Is Africa on track for the 2030 and 2063 agendas? What role can Europe fit in when endorsing African aspirations? Is economic integration key to make the African continent a global player?
PANEL 2

Matrix (Energy) just transitions

With impressive economic growth rates and a growing, young population, Africa has huge potential to embark upon a low-emission economy. While the EU aims to become the world’s first climate-neutral economy and achieve the Paris Agreement objectives, Africa needs to increase industrialization capabilities while keeping the lowest level of emissions of today. A fair and global agreement for the energy transition is needed to prevent risks of jeopardizing past and future progress. The stage is set for a new wave of dynamism among policymakers and business communities, with falling costs and increasing efficiently key renewable technologies, opening new avenues for innovation and growth. How to achieve the strategic long-term vision for a climate-neutral economy by 2050? Could Africa show the world how to achieve a low carbon industrialization path? What are the implications of an energy Just Transition for Europe and Africa?
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PANEL 3

Made in Africa: Emerging and Fast Track Business

African innovation hubs and entrepreneurs are changing the business landscape across the continent, deepening financial inclusion and unlocking market opportunities in diverse sectors such as entertainment, music, manufacturing, fintech, education, agriculture, and healthcare, attracting international capital. Boosting investment, will further attract private investors, support education and skills development for employability, as well as boost trade and improve the business climate. Fast business and impact investment are also contributing to solving acute societal problems in Africa and building bridges towards a sustainable future. Why these fast-growth businesses are generating so much interest? Who are their leaders? What are their strategies and business models for the disruption of incumbents? What is the role of diaspora networks pulling power to attract investors and mentors? Can Europe and Africa benefit from stronger bonds of their innovation hubs?
PANEL 4

African culture feeding the world

African artists and creators are inspiring the world with their colorful and energetic works, exporting trends and connecting emotions. The richness of the African cultures and diverse History, ethnicities, languages, traditions, social realities and identities are increasingly being translated in films, music, writings, designs that the world is increasingly appreciating and loving. It comes as no surprise that filmmakers, actors, musicians, writers are being distinguished in the billboards, awarded and become Netflix’s next success. From the contemporary writers blossoming in the continent to the emergent Nigerian film industry “Nollywood” – considered the third major cinema industry in the world – and the contagious design patterns, the African culture is feeding the world. Is Africa is really becoming a major world cultural power? Why African pop-culture exports are becoming more and more accepted and appreciated? What are the cultural traces that most appeal to Europe and the rest of the world? Can these cultural industries change the image of Africa and its influence in the world?
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PANEL 5

Connecting the unconnected

The race to spread solar power across Africa via off-grid solutions is attracting entrepreneurs and investors from within and outside the continent, helping millions of Africans overcoming shortcomings of centrally managed power grids services. Africa is a mobile-first continent. Broadband expansion and digital inclusion are being driven by innovative and last-mile solutions as packaged plug-and-play connectivity for rural communities. The growing African Airline industry is fast connecting the major cities and business hubs. Online and virtual education is reaching more and more people, allowing flexible learning options that allow them to work, learn, and earn, all at the same time. Using mobile money, micro-health insurance platforms are connecting low-income earners to healthcare services. These new and innovative infrastructures are connecting and deliver services for millions of people in need. How these new infrastructures are evolving? Will these meet the demands of a booming population with its specific needs for basic infrastructure and services? Who are the front runners? What are the takeaways and lessons for European policymakers?


EURAFRICAN FORUM

HOSTS


WORLD PORTUGUESE NETWORK / PORTUGUESE DIASPORA COUNCIL


A non-profit private association, founded in 2012, by indication of the President of Portuguese Republic – also Honorary President – as well as of the Minister of State and of Foreign Affairs – Honorary Vice-President. The main purpose of the association is to enhance Portugal’s brand and international reputation involving the Portuguese diaspora of proven influence who keep most of their activity abroad and who have distinguished themselves in their field of expertise, namely in Culture, Citizenship, Science and Economics. The World Portuguese Network currently comprises 93 Counselors, spread over 26 countries and 48 cities, on the 5 continents.



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José Manuel Durão Barroso

Chairman of the EurAfrican Forum

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Filipe de Botton

Chairman of the Board of the Portuguese Diaspora Council



MUNICIPALITY OF CASCAIS

 


Located west of the Tagus estuary, between Sintra and the Atlantic Ocean, the territory occupied by the municipality of Cascais is bordered to the north by Sintra, to the south and west by the ocean and to the east by the municipality of Oeiras. The Municipal Council of Cascais is the autonomous organ of this county and its mission is to define and execute policies in order to defend the interests and satisfy the needs of the local population. In this sense, it is incumbent on it to promote the development of the municipality in all areas of life, such as health, education, social action and housing, environment and basic sanitation, land use and urban planning, transport and communications, public supply, sport and culture, consumer protection and civil protection.


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Carlos Carreiras

Mayor of Cascais

MEET THE

INSTITUTIONAL SPEAKERS

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Filipe Nyusi




President of the Republic of Mozambique, Mozambique

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Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa




President of the Portuguese Republic, Portugal

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Augusto Santos Silva




Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, Portugal

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Miguel Pinto Luz




Deputy Mayor, Municipality of Cascais, Portugal


EURAFRICAN FORUM

SPECIAL MESSAGE

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António Guterres




United Nations Secretary-General (Special Video-Message), Portugal / USA





MEET THE

KEYNOTES

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António Vitorino




Director General to the International Organization for Migrations – UN Migration Agency, Portugal / Switzerland

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Elijah Amoo Addo




Founder and Executive Director of the Food for All Africa, Ghana

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Siyanda Mohutsiwa




Satirical Writer, Bostwana / USA



MEET THE

SPEAKERS

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Ana Mendes Godinho




Tourism Secretary of State of Portugal, Portugal

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Camilla Rocca




Head of Research at Mo Ibrahim Foundation, United Kingdom

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Christelle Kupa




Founder and CEO of Uhusiano Capital, Congo / Belgium

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Didier Acouetey




President and Founder of the AfricSearch Group, Togo / France

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Elísio Macamo




Professor of African Studies at the University of Basel, Mozambique / Switzerland

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Enuma Okoro




Author, Nigeria / USA

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Erick Yong




Africa CEO of GreenTec Capital Partners, Germany / Cameroon

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Eugene Boadu




Head of Corporate Affairs of mPedigree, Ghana

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Fabio Scala




Founder of FurtherMarkets, United Kingdom

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Francisco Pereira




Executive Director, Mozambique Post-Cyclones Reconstruction Office, Mozambique

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Gregor Binkert




Board Member of Beluluane Industrial Park of Mozambique, Switzerland

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Grzegorz Małecki




President of the Board of Institute of Security and Strategy Foundation, Poland

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Jacek Raubo




Security Expert, Poland

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Jasandra Nyker




CEO of BioTherm Energy, South Africa

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João Figueiredo




Chairman and CEO Moza Banco, Mozambique

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Khadija Idrissi Janati




Founder of I-AFRIKA Morocco

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Kim Kreilgaard




Head of Lisbon Office of the European Investment Bank, Luxembourg / Portugal

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Koen Doens




Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission, Belgium

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Lilian Ore




Founder and CEO of Global Connections for Women foundation, Nigeria / USA

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Linda Mabhena-Olagunju




Founder and Managing Director of DLO Energy Resources Group, South Africa

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Luís Cunha




Managing Partner of McKinsey Africa, Portugal / South Africa

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María Ángeles León López




Co-Founder of Open Value Foundation, Spain

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Markus Lienkamp




Professor of Automotive Technology at Technical University of Munich, Germany

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‘Россия. Москва. 14 октября. Исполнительный вице-президент Weber Shandwick Майкл Стопфорд на панельной дискуссии Образовательные

Michael Stopford




Managing Director of Oxford Analytica, United Kingdom

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Mossadeck Bally




Founder and CEO of the Azalai Hotels Group, Mali

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Oyin Solebo




COO & Founder – Movemeback, Nigeria / UK

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Precious Lunga




Co- Founder & CEO of Baobab Circle, Zimbabwe

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Samir Abdelkrim




Founder of EMERGING Valley, France

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Stéphanie Asare




Secretary General of Welcoming Diasporas, Ghana / France

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Tina Charisma




Founder of “Charisma Campaign“, Ghana / UK

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Tunde Kehinde




Co-Founder of Lidya, Nigeria

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Vèna Arielle Ahouansou




CEO of Kea Medicals, Benin

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Vivian Onano




Founder/Director at Leading Light Initiative, Kenya


MEET THE

Moderators&MC

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Cristina Esteves




RTP Journalist, Portugal

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John Gapper




Associate editor of the Financial Times, United Kingdom

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Jonathan Rosenthal




Africa Editor of The Economist, UK

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Marie Lora-Mungai




Founder and CEO of Restless Global, France

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Nozipho Mbanjwa




Founder and Lead Moderator at Akwande Communications, South Africa

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Thora Arnorsdottir




Media personality and documentary film producer (MC), Iceland / Italy


MEET THE

Advisory Board



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Christian Kamayou




CEO MyAfricanStartUp, France

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Kola Karim




Founder and CEO of Shoreline Group, Nigeria / UK

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Manuel Mota




CEO of Mota-Engil Africa, Portugal

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Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard




Owner of APO Group, Gabon / France

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Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl




Innovation Catalyst, PROWAH Co-Founder and Angel Investor, Switzerland

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Sophia Bekele




Founder & CEO of DotConnectAfrica Group, Ethiopia / USA

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Ziad Oueslati




Managing Director and Co-Founding Partner of AfricInvest, Tunisia


MEET THE

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP of the Portuguese Diaspora Council



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Carlos Pone




Former CEO AECOM Africa & Former CEO ABB SSA, Portugal / South Africa

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Christophe Fonseca




Film Director, Portugal / France

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Gonçalo Terenas




Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Cultural Promotion, Portugal / Senegal and West Africa

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Miguel Azevedo




Head of Investment Banking for the Middle East and Africa, Citigroup, Portugal / UK

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Pedro Pereira da Silva




General Manager of Pick n’ Pay Retail, Portugal / South Africa

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Sérgio Pimenta




Vice-President of International Finance Corporation for the Middle East and Africa / USA

MEET THE

VENUE



NOVA School of Business & Economics

Grand Auditorium
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Rua da Holanda, n.1, 2775-405 Carcavelos, Portugal

38º40’44.2″N 9º19’38.7″W


– An invitation-only event – The working language of the Forum will be in English, with live translation in French and Portuguese.

– Venue: Grand Auditorium of Nova School of Business & Economics settled on the Portuguese Riviera, 22 km distance from Lisbon city center and 12 km from Cascais.

– Train station: Carcavelos (Cascais line)

– For further information please contact info@eurafricanforum.org