- Accra Edition
In December 2018, IE Africa Center launched the inaugural edition of “Africa Solutions, Global Challenges” in Accra, Ghana. The event was designed to create a space to discuss how the African continent’s unique innovations can offer an instructive path to the rest of the world.
With topics ranging from the entrepreneurship ecosystems, to African Fintech’s impact on global banking and financial renaissance, attendees were invited to consider how African change makers are solving dynamic global challenges. A number of IE’s senior leadership and IE Africa Center members were present to provide their insights and expert viewpoints, among them Executive President of IE University, Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño,.
- Lagos Edition
The Lagos edition of African Solutions, Global Challenges took place in June 2019 and was opened by the President of IE University Santiago Iñiguez. It featured a rich intellectual discussion with high-level speakers from various sectors such as technology, law, agriculture, civil society and Fintech proposing ideas that they have developed to address global challenges.
Speakers at the event included Dr. Nadu Denloye, Co-Founder, Telnet, Ndidi Nwuneli, Managing Partner, Sahel Consulting, Ayuli Jemide, Lead Partner, Detail Commercial Solicitors, Olusegun Adeniyi, Head, Africa Fintech Foundry, Access Bank, Gabriel Okeowo Principal Lead, BudgIT Nigeria and moderated by Tomilayo Aluko Head, TQM, Wholesale Banking Access Bank.
- The Unga Edition
IE Africa Center hosted the third edition of its flagship event series African Solutions, Global Challenges at the Ford Foundation for Social Justice in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Opened by IE University President Santiago Iñiguez, the event featured a rich panel of c-suite executives from diverse African multinationals who are integrating the Sustainable Development Goals into their business models. Panel discussions focused on the opportunities that exist for the private and public sector in SDG Implementation in Africa and the role that strategic communication plays in achieving these goals.
- The London Edition
On March 4, 2020, the fourth edition of the IE Africa Center’s “African Solutions, Global Challenges” forum, took place at London’s Chatham House. SOAS University of London, MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, The African Foundation for Development and the Royal African Society focused on the ways in which Africa’s diaspora is playing a leading role in defining the future of the continent. A highlight of the event was the two roundtable discussions that focused on generating new solutions and ideas to support African innovation across the diaspora through finance and entrepreneurship.