We are excited to announce the 15th annual African Economic Forum (AEF) at Columbia University, especially because we are official media sponsors again this year. We look forward to meeting you there. You, together with their line up of distinguished speakers, will explore this year’s theme — African Innovation: Leveraging the Present to Shape the Future. Use AYIBAAEF2018 for a special discount!

This year’s conference will build upon last year’s theme of Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers: Harnessing the Power of an Open Africa, providing an opportunity to consider new perspectives and growth initiatives within the African continent and the diaspora.

The 2018 theme touches on many timely issues including technology, energy, and the continent’s fast-growing youth population. The goal for this year’s conference is to examine the potential opportunities and hurdles facing African countries as innovation becomes increasingly central to the economy, development, and policymaking. This year’s conference will provide a lively space to consider the ways in which innovative and transformative ideas can be successfully leveraged to positively shape the future for Africans.

Through candid and holistic conversations, they hope to showcase how African stakeholders have already begun to deploy unexpected and entrepreneurial solutions to solve a number of issues facing the continent. By bringing together an expert and diverse range of panelists and keynote speakers, Columbia aims to ensure that AEF continues to provide a forum for meaningful engagement. They anticipate that participants will leave this year’s conference with a renewed sense of what a successful future may look like for Africa and what role they may be able to play in the continent’s development.

RESUME DROP: To be a part of the AEF 2018 Resume Book that is shared with our Career Partners, please submit your resume at the link below.

Tickets are now available


Sat, April 7, 2018

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM EDT


Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia Law School

435 West 116th street

New York, NY 10027