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 gathering of leaders that aims to foster stronger collaboration between Europe and Africa to promote a shared green and inclusive growth for the two continents, fostering mechanisms for collaboration and creating new synergies and partnerships. Under the theme “Partnership of Equals: Sharing Values, Sharing Prosperity”, the 2019 Forum will focus on common challenges, changing relationships, aiming to create fresh opportunities, showcasing examples of progress and inspiring transformation for a shared prosperous and sustainable common future of Europe and Africa.

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. Attended by more than 400 people in the first edition, the Forum provides a major opportunity for networking and exchanges between those that are crafting innovative approaches for common challenges. Notably African and European leaders from government, business and civil society, young entrepreneurs, activists, social influencers, NGOs and media, gathered to constitute the ‘EurAfrican Community Network’.



The Forum positions the youth of the two continents as the hope for a better future and will address new partnership paradigms between Africa and Europe to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and new skills.

African entrepreneurs driving inclusive innovation and growth.

Sheer ambition and aspiration of Africa’s youth is the inner challenge to retake the narrative and reinvent the continent’s technological and entrepreneurial future. Innovation is an opportunity, mobilizing knowledge, expertise and resources to enhance Africa’s innovation ecosystem and raise awareness of the ‘continent of the future’ innovation potential. Is Africa leading the innovation revolution? How to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities from the digital transformation that Africa is offering? Which are the most entrepreneurial cities in Europe? Which African cities are growing and blooming now?

From donor-recipient towards equal participation.

Building a new Africa–Europe relationship based on mutual respect and collective decision-making presents a huge challenge. How to move towards a more balanced, mutually respectful, relationship between both continents? How to shift Europe-Africa relationship away from aid, towards investment and trade? How to exploit the geographical advantage between both continents in terms of proximity at the same time as it confronts the politically divisive issue of uncontrolled migration?

Changing the narrative: valuing talent and diversity from migrant flows.

It is only a matter about perception – changing the problem and changing the narrative, bringing in a new generation of the African diaspora and perspectives through writers, artists, actors, producers, singers, addressing well known issues about legacy in a creative and simple way. What can be done so Europe and Africa can profit from each other? Which are the cultural and psychological barriers regarding Africa and Europe relations? How to strengthen cooperation between south of Europe and the North of Africa to take the most of proximity opportunities?

Africa: The new frontier for impact investment and innovation.

In Africa, impact investing is a growing phenomenon, albeit one which is developing at different speeds in different parts of the continent where Southern Africa is leading the field. Home to some of the fastest developing economies and markets in the world, with real challenges to solve and real ways to solve them. Africa is the land of opportunity and the playground where impact investment and innovation is the upfront. How are these projects evolving in Africa? In which areas can impact investing make a difference? Can “impact” be measured credibly?

Legacy to Growth: Rehabilitating the Heritage, Culture and Tourism.

In view of the renovation and use of the cultural and historical heritage throughout countries, it is possible to transform them into an economic asset for countries’ economies, suitable for tourism-oriented economic activity, generating wealth and jobs, enhancing the attractiveness of regional destinations the development of different regions. Tourism of Portugal has recently launched the REVIVE project, leveraging the cultural values as a connecting force between Africa and Europe.




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.

José Manuel Durão Barroso

Chairman of the EurAfrican Forum

Filipe de Botton

Chairman of the Board of the Portuguese Diaspora Council



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.

Carlos Carreiras

Mayor of Cascais



Filipe Nyusi

President of the Republic of Mozambique, Mozambique

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa

President of the Portuguese Republic, Portugal

Augusto Santos Silva

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, Portugal

Miguel Pinto Luz

Deputy Mayor, Municipality of Cascais, Portugal



António Guterres

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



António Vitorino

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

Elijah Amoo Addo

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

Siyanda Mohutsiwa

Satirical Writer, Bostwana / USA



Ana Mendes Godinho

Tourism Secretary of State of Portugal, Portugal

Camilla Rocca

Head of Research at Mo Ibrahim Foundation, United Kingdom

Christelle Kupa

Founder and CEO of Uhusiano Capital, Congo / Belgium

Didier Acouetey

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Elísio Macamo

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

Enuma Okoro

Author, Nigeria / USA

Erick Yong

Africa CEO of GreenTec Capital Partners, Germany / Cameroon

Eugene Boadu

Head of Corporate Affairs of mPedigree, Ghana

Fabio Scala

Founder of FurtherMarkets, United Kingdom

Francisco Pereira

Executive Director, Mozambique Post-Cyclones Reconstruction Office, Mozambique

Gregor Binkert

Board Member of Beluluane Industrial Park of Mozambique, Switzerland

Grzegorz Małecki

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

Jacek Raubo

Security Expert, Poland

Jasandra Nyker

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João Figueiredo

Chairman and CEO Moza Banco, Mozambique

Khadija Idrissi Janati

Founder of I-AFRIKA Morocco

Kim Kreilgaard

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

Koen Doens

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

Lilian Ore

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

Linda Mabhena-Olagunju

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

Luís Cunha

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María Ángeles León López

Co-Founder of Open Value Foundation, Spain

Markus Lienkamp

Professor of Automotive Technology at Technical University of Munich, Germany
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Michael Stopford

Managing Director of Oxford Analytica, United Kingdom

Mossadeck Bally

Founder and CEO of the Azalai Hotels Group, Mali

Oyin Solebo

COO & Founder – Movemeback, Nigeria / UK

Precious Lunga

Co- Founder & CEO of Baobab Circle, Zimbabwe

Samir Abdelkrim

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Stéphanie Asare

Secretary General of Welcoming Diasporas, Ghana / France

Tina Charisma

Founder of “Charisma Campaign“, Ghana / UK

Tunde Kehinde

Co-Founder of Lidya, Nigeria

Vèna Arielle Ahouansou

CEO of Kea Medicals, Benin

Vivian Onano

Founder/Director at Leading Light Initiative, Kenya



Cristina Esteves

RTP Journalist, Portugal

John Gapper

Associate editor of the Financial Times, United Kingdom

Jonathan Rosenthal

Africa Editor of The Economist, UK

Marie Lora-Mungai

Founder and CEO of Restless Global, France

Nozipho Mbanjwa

Founder and Lead Moderator at Akwande Communications, South Africa

Thora Arnorsdottir

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


Advisory Board

Christian Kamayou

CEO MyAfricanStartUp, France

Kola Karim

Founder and CEO of Shoreline Group, Nigeria / UK

Manuel Mota

CEO of Mota-Engil Africa, Portugal

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard

Owner of APO Group, Gabon / France

Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl

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

Sophia Bekele

Founder & CEO of DotConnectAfrica Group, Ethiopia / USA

Ziad Oueslati

Managing Director and Co-Founding Partner of AfricInvest, Tunisia


SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP of the Portuguese Diaspora Council

Carlos Pone

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

Christophe Fonseca

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Gonçalo Terenas

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Miguel Azevedo

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

Pedro Pereira da Silva

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

Sérgio Pimenta

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



NOVA School of Business & Economics

Grand Auditorium

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