The hottest new song in the international business world is Africa is rising! Everyone wants a seat on this supersonic rocket as it breaks boundaries and reaches new heights. However, who will be there to make sure the continent remains on the right path? There is no denying that the Africa rising phenomenon is being directly driven by entrepreneurs, growth in opportunities as well as discovery of even more resources on the continent. Three young vibrant Africans studying at McGill University in Montreal Canada have come together to motivate, inspire and educate these very leaders I speak of. The three vibrant Africans are Aissatou, Aissata & Larissa who are the official co-founders of the Desautels African Business Initiative. They aim to do this at the first ever student African Business Conference in Canada on Saturday, January 24th 2015.
As I have stated numerous times, information is power and this conference represents that statement flawlessly. The character of the conference is to “equip our generation with the necessary tools to gain an extensive and encompassing understanding of the African business landscape.” This will be facilitated by amazing keynote speakers, discussion panels on hot topics and finally a networking cocktail where attendees “can make the connections of a lifetime.” Some keynote speakers that deserve special mention include William Nkontchou who is a Director of Emerging Capital Partners based in Paris, which has an astounding $2 billion under their management. Additionally there is Anita Bakal who is the Business Development Manager here at Inspire Afrika Magazine.
It promises to be an exciting day with mining and energy, entrepreneurship, media, IT and telecommunications, banking and microfinance as well as women in business all being covered throughout the conference. Registration is still ongoing at http://desautelsafrica.wix.com/desautelsafrica#!registration/ceo4. I know if I was in Montreal I would not miss this remarkable opportunity to be empowered.