Oxford Africa Conference 2018
ENOUGH RHETORIC! Catalyzing an Era of Concrete Action. 18 - 19 May 2018
Conference Venue
Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford OX2 6GG
Gala Dinner
Rhodes House, Oxford OX1 3RG: 18 May 2018



Gala Dinner

About Us

The Oxford Africa Conference is the leading interdisciplinary conference on Africa delivered by a team of Oxford students. The Conference brings together heads of state, policymakers, business leaders, academics, artists, students, and professionals to critically expand the discourse on Africa. In its eighth year running, the conference will provide a vibrant platform for new thinking about a global Africa across all disciplines – politics, society, business, technology and academia – connecting inter-generational leaders from around the world to shape an integrated and innovative perspective on Africa’s future.




Join us (again) this year on 18 and 19 May 2018 at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford for another promising conference.




Catalyzing an Era of Concrete Action

Many an African countries have been subjected to blame for development, democratization and economic policies that fall short in their implementation process, which arises from an array of reasons.  Our hope is that by discussing and delivering actionable approaches to tackling issues within Africa, Conference attendees will be able to contribute in meaningful ways as to how to fast track progress.

The 2018 Oxford Africa Conference  aims to examine the current social, political and economic landscape in Africa and provoke more pragmatic ways through which African countries can reposition themselves in relation to these dimensions. The Conference will focus on how to move beyond the rhetoric and bring to the fore contentious organizational, structural and societal issues that are rarely addressed adequately, but collectively are key for the continent’s forward trajectory. Intentionally daring, the theme aims to ensure that the 2018 conference is actionable.

In the spirit of concrete action, the key resolutions of the Conference will be collated and passed on to key decision makers in African institutions such as the African Union (AU) and key regional blocks mainly as Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and East African Community (EAC). In addition, credible think tanks, civil society organisations, and public-private platforms across the continent will be invited to mobilise thought and resources towards solidifying the Conference outcomes. The Oxford Africa Conference invites you to join us on May 18th-19th 2018.



2018 Pre-Engagement Keynote Speaker

 H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo


2018 Conference Keynote Speakers

 Georgina Wood

C.D. Glin

Madame Monica Geingos


2018 Panellists

Heinrich Mihe Gaomab II

Beryl Agyekum

Anita Erskine

Moses Kanduri

Enuma Okoro

Dr Ola Orekunin

Fadzayi Mahere

Neville Gabriel

Wanja Muguongo

He Liehui

Ally Angula

Tebogo Thothela


Keynote Speakers

 Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki 
 Dr. Donald Kaberuka 
 Graça Machel 
Fred Swaniker


2017 Panelists

Mallence Bart-Williams

Dr. Anne Makena 

Dr. Yene Assegid

Ade Olufeko

Mark Pursey

Thato Kgatlhanye

Gareth Ackerman

Temi Abimbola

Angel Jones

Kevin Marsh

Simukai Chigudu 

Dr Nawal Nour

Josephine Ojiambo
Dumile Dlamini
Upile Chisala
Eddie Ndopu

Abiola Oke
Martin J. Williams 
Jonny Steinberg
Sissi Johnson

Ethel Delali Cofie
Olalekan Olude
William Smith
Joseph Hundah

Nicolas Friederici

Yekbun Gurgoz

Mike Mason

Trevor Stuurman

Chuks Okereke

Yasmin Kumi

Ademola Adesina

Isabel Dos Santos

Olutayo Osunkunle

Rutendo Chigora 

Ishmael Dodoo

Eryca Freemantle

Ismail Ahmed

Vimbai Gwata

Bernard Chidzero

Bience Gawanas

Jake Okechukwu Effoduh

Stefan Dercon

Jono Hobbs

Touria El Glaoui

Seko Shamte

Dr. Mosa Moshabela


The Oxford Africa Conference 2018 will be held on May 18th and 19th at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.



Early Bird Tickets” for the Oxford Africa Conference now on sale. Limited tickets available for a limited period”.


Innovation Fair


“This year’s innovation fair invites pre-seed and early stage social enterprises to compete in the pitch competition. Shortlisted candidates will compete for the following prizes:

£4000 1st prize

£2000 2nd prize

£1000 3rd prize

… and receive mentorship from key industry players”

Each year, the Oxford Africa Innovation Fair brings together entrepreneurs and innovators tackling challenges in Africa. They participate in networking sessions and a pitch competition for a chance to win cash prizes to further their impact. The 2018 Oxford Africa Innovation Fair is sponsored by the United States African Development Foundation ( USADF)

The U.S. African Development Foundation (“USADF”) is an independent federal government agency established to support African-led development that grows community enterprises by providing seed capital and access to technical support. Partnering with Africans, USADF is answering the development demands from communities one partnership at a time.


Each venture must fulfil the following minimum requirements to be considered for shortlisting:

  1. Must be an impact driven, social enterprise creatively tackling a challenge in Africa.
  2. Core team must include at least one African national.
  3. Must demonstrate in-depth knowledge of target group and environment.
  4. Must operate in Africa.
  5. At least one core team member or founding member MUST be able to attend the conference.

(You will be awarded one free conference ticket. Please note that all other team members who wish to co-present must buy conference tickets)

Deadline for submissions is 23:59 GMT+1 on Wednesday 2nd May 2018.

How to Apply

  1. Download the application form, fill and submit to innovation@oxfordafricaconference.com  by  23:59 GMT+1, Wednesday 2nd May 2018.
  2. Shortlisted candidates present at the Innovation Fair pitch competition on 19th May 2018.

Getting Involved

Be part of the 2018 Oxford Africa Conference

Each year, the conference provides a lot of opportunities for corporate organisations, institutions, and entities to be part of the leading student-led event. Partnerships are available in a number of streams to suit your needs. Most notably, you could benefit from:

  1. Having your own exhibition desk
  2. Showcasing your promotional footage to conference participants
  3. Market your organisation through branded merchandise
  4. Gain access to top talent
  5. Special partnerships on talent acquisition

Read the full details here.

For more information on partnership opportunities or to discuss exciting partnership ideas for the 2018 Oxford Africa Conference, please contact:


Yolanda Kisenyi                                                                      Emmanuel Taiwo
Events Manager                                                                     Conference Co-Chair
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