Royal African Society events during CHOGM 2018

Thursday, 19 April 2018


This week the UK hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London, with various activities for 53 Commonwealth member states, including 19 African countries.

We were delighted to organise the following three events for our corporate members and partners on Tuesday 17th April:


‘Economies to Watch: Driving Ghana's transformation & growth’ with H.E. Ken Ofori-Atta, Finance Minister of Ghana at The Holborn Bars, moderated by Afua Hirsch

In partnership with Prudential, the RAS hosted Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta for a breakfast briefing on his ministry's ambitious plans for infrastructural and industrial development. An economist by trade, Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta worked as investment banker at Morgan Stanley and Salomon Brothers on Wall Street in New York, he then went on to co-found the Databank Group, one of Africa’s most successful regional banking groups in Ghana in 1990.


‘Opportunities for international business in Malawi’ with H.E. Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of Malawi at The Cinnamon Club

At this high level lunch-time roundtable, H.E. Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika shared his strategy for socio-economic development in his country and highlights crucial sectors for partnerships with international business. The event was organised in partnership with CDC Group and De La Rue


‘Women and leadership: Driving economic empowerment in Africa’ at One Great George St, moderated by Zeinab Badawi

This roundtable discussion was organised in partnership with CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution, and Members of the Women's World Banking/ FSDA Africa Advisory Council. We hosted a dynamic group of speakers and attendees for a discussion on how women leaders can unlock and drive Africa’s economic and social potential. Speakers included Laurie Spengler, NED, CDC Group and CEO of Enclude; Dr. Jennifer Riria, Chair, Kenya Women Holding; Anne-Marie Chidzero, CEO, Alitheia Identity Fund; Debra Mallowah, General Manager, GSK East Africa and Nunu Ntshingila, Head of Africa, Facebook.


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Photography by Ivan Gonzalez