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 in a post COVID world”, 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 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. After two successful editions in Cascais, Portugal, the EurAfrican Forum will be held digitally in 2020 taking in account the common issues and challenges Europe and Africa are facing to build a common ground in a post COVID world. 





ONLINE FORUM 2020 Edition

At a time when most gatherings are postponed or cancelled, the EurAfrican Forum has decided to hold its 3rd edition online to find common solutions between the twin continents. This online platform will give you access to all the features of a physical forum, all in one space and just one click away.

By attending the EurAfrican Forum Digital 2020 you will get a unique opportunity to access and interact with the European and African leaders.

With live and recorded programming: talks, firechats, networking, performances, and art exhibits you will be engaging with multiple changemakers from startupers, artists, activists, scientists to business and political leaders.


Your EurAfrican Forum Digital Pass provides access to:

  • EAF live panels, engaging with +60 high-level speakers to understand the latest industry knowledge and trends to stay on the top of innovations.
  • EAF live networking rooms, where you will create new exciting business opportunities.
  • EAF Partners, product demo videos, downloadable materials and live chats.
  • EAF Art Exhibition, watch the latest arts and cultural trends in the virtual gallery.




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.

Perspective on Africa and EU relations

The year 2020 marks the beginning of a promising decade for the 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 the African aspirations? Is economic integration key to make the African continent a global player?

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 industrialisation 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 jeopardising past and future progress. The stage is set for a new wave of dynamism among policy makers 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 industrialisation path? What are the implications of an energy Just Transition for Europe and Africa?

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 business climate. Fast business and impact investment are also contributing to solve 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 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?

African culture feeding the world

African artists and creators are inspiring the world with their colourful 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?

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 is 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 million 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 is the take-aways and lessons for European policy makers?



Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa

President of the Portuguese Republic, Portugal

António Guterres

Secretary-General, United Nations

Carlos Carreiras

Mayor, Cascais


Moderators & MC

Thora Arnorsdottir

Managing TV Editor at INBS – The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, Iceland / Italy

Fabio Scala

Founder of FurtherMarkets, United Kingdom

Wandiswa Ntengento

Former Senior Producer, BBC News World, South Africa

Enuma Okoro

Author, Nigeria / USA

Nana Mariam Maïga

Young Professional, WTO, Mali / Switzerland



Biola Alabi

CEO, Biola Alabi Media and Entertainment, Nigeria/USA

Joshua Amponsem

Executive Director, Green Africa Youth Org, Ghana

Ed Clinkett

Founder & CEO, ESRC Consulting Ltd and HyModa Ltd, UK

Tsitsi Dangarembga

Author, Zimbabwe

Dr. Bakary Diallo

CEO of The African Virtual University, Senegal

Carlos Lopes

Honorary Professor at The University of Cape Town, Guinea-Bissau


Singer, Namibia

Vanessa Nakate

Climate Activist and Founder of the Rise Up Climate Movement, Uganda

Marcello Schermer

Head of International Expansion at Yoco, South Africa

Prof. Landry Signé

Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution & Full Professor & Co-Director at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Cameroon

Monika Skadborg

President, Youth Climate Council, Denmark

Stewart Sukuma

Singer/Composer/Performer, Mozambique

Unico van Kooten

EU Regulatory and Public Affairs Secretary, Vereniging Afvalbedrijven, Belgium



Emmanuel Assom Neyeng

Co-Founder & CEO, OuiCare, Cameroon

Kiran Bhagotra

Founder & CEO, ProtectBox, UK

Dr. Sibongile Gumbi

Founder & CEO, iVacBio, South Africa

Jon White

Founder & CEO, IMPACTAGRI, France


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




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