Transforming Africa in the 21st Century: Africa’s leaders speak

Transforming Africa in the 21st Century: Africa’s leaders speak

| Updated Apr 25, 2018 at 3:46pm



Former African Heads of State will gather from April 24-26, 2018 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts ahead of Africa Month celebrations in May.

The gathering will focus on mobilizing the continent’s potential, promoting knowledge economies, exploring economic opportunities and ensuring that the 21st Century is known as The African Century.

In addition to former Presidents Alpha Konaré of Mali, John Kufuor of Ghana; Festus Mogae of Botswana, Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, and Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, Africa’s Leaders Speak will feature prominent African business people and senior policymakers from the African Academy of Sciences, African Union Commission, African Development Bank, Africa Export-Import Bank, and the United Nations Economic Commission on Africa.

Topics for debate include the role of agriculture and agribusiness, industry, trade, finance, education, technology, security and continental integration.

A public forum at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard will be live-streamed and live-tweeted at @AfricaHarvard and #AfricasLeadersSpeak. The event is sponsored by the Harvard University Center for African Studies and the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School.

The Harvard Center for African Studies (CAS) is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary body at Harvard University that aims to broaden public and scholarly awareness about Africa, African experiences and perspectives.

CAS has an Africa Office located in Johannesburg, South Africa, that facilitates relationships with business, cultural, and academic leaders across the African continent.

The Africa’s Leaders Speak Public Forum at the Harvard Kennedy School on April 25, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. is open to the public.

Please see for more information about ticketing and live streaming.


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