Africa 2024: Prospects and Forecasts (LONDON)



6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre


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Africa 2024: Prospects and Forecasts (London)

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Kick off your year with a wide-ranging look at the Prospects and Forecasts for Africa in 2024 by an expert panel from diverse fields of work.

Join the Royal African Society and Edinburgh University for a wide-ranging look at the Prospects and Forecasts for Africa in 2024. An expert panel will examine the political, economic, climatic and cultural outlook for Africa in the year ahead, at SOAS, London (30th January) and Edinburgh University (6th February).

  1. 2024: a global year of elections: Impact of elections on the continent
  2. Debt and the return of IMF austerity: Impact of continued high inflation, food insecurity and high fuel prices across the continent.
  3. Resilience: are global processes like COP28 able to reach people and businesses on the continent to strengthen their capacity not only to withstand climate and economic shocks, but also to grow? How are young populations in African countries leading change?
  4. Justice: How does community level activism feed into and influence concepts of justice in energy transition? Can grass roots engagement and greater understanding of these complex issues really power political change in 2024 – the global year of elections?
  5. Creative narratives: Africa’s creative industries have fabulous filmmakers, musicians, artists, writers, fashion designers. How will their artistry influence 2024?

And that’s not all! Come and join us for the liveliest of debates moderated by RAS’ Director and Chief Executive Officer, Janet Rogan.



Janet Rogan |Director and Chief Executive Officer, Royal African Society


Razia Khan | Head of Research, Africa and Middle East, Standard Chartered Bank

Patrick Smith | Editor, Africa Confidential

Moky Makura | Executive Director, Africa No Filter

Omnia El Omrani | Youth Envoy for the President of the 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) and the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs

Samia Dumbuya | Climate Justice Advocate

This will be a hybrid event and registration is mandatory. For online registration, access the link here.



Janet Rogan | Director and Chief Executive Officer, Royal African Society

Janet joined the Royal African Society as CEO in 2023. She is an accomplished UK and UN diplomat with over 35 years of experience in Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans and China. She was the UK’s climate ambassador for Africa and the Middle East, bringing a strong focus on implementation on the ground. She has wide policy, sustainable development, climate and humanitarian credentials and works extensively with governments, private sector and investors, civil society and youth.

Razia Khan | Head of Research, Africa and Middle East, Standard Chartered Bank

Razia is Head of Research, Africa and Middle East, with over two decades of experience covering emerging and frontier markets. She is a well-known commentator on the region and provides regular updates to central banks, finance ministries, institutional investors and corporates in the region. She currently serves as a Trustee of the Royal Africa Society and Save the Children UK, and has been appointed to serve on the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC) established by the presidency of the Republic of South Africa.

She has previously served on the WEF’s Global Future Council on Migration and the Global Agenda Council on ‘Poverty and Economic Development’. She was named one of the ‘100 most influential Africans’ in 2015 by New African magazine, and one of ‘100 Africa economics leaders’ by Institut Choiseul (2017). Razia holds BSc and MSc (Econ) degrees from the London School of Economics.

Patrick Smith | Editor of Africa Confidential

Patrick Smith is Editorial Director of Africa Confidential, the premier news and analysis service on economic, political and security in Africa, owned by London-based Asempa Ltd. He was a founding editor of the Paris-based The Africa Report, owned by Jeune Afrique Media Group. In 2021 he co-organised a conference with the International Crisis Group and the Royal African Society on Demography, Climate Change and Security in Africa. He has edited and contributed to two volumes on politics and economics in Africa and is working on book of “geo-history” –– the enduring power of trade and warfare in shaping the international system. After a stint at the UN, he worked as a producer on television documentaries on conflict and resources in Africa. Patrick’s short story “The Situation” was published in “Accra Noir”, a collection of short stories about Ghana (Akashic Books, New York, 2020).

Moky Makura | Executive Director, Africa No Filter

Moky Makura was born in Nigeria, educated in England and has lived in London, Johannesburg and Lagos. She has been a TV presenter, producer, author, publisher and a successful entrepreneur in her own right. She is currently the Executive Director of Africa No Filter, a donor collaborative focused on shifting the African narrative.

Moky started her media career as the African Anchor and field reporter for South Africa’s award-winning news and actuality show – Carte Blanche. She conceptualized, co-produced and presented a lifestyle TV series for the pan African pay TV channel MNet called “Living It”, which focused on the lifestyles of the African continent’s wealthy elite. She also played a lead role in the ground breaking and popular MNet Pan-African drama series Jacob’s Cross.

Her book Africa’s Greatest Entrepreneurs with a foreword written by Richard Branson, featured on the top 10 best-selling business books in South Africa when it launched. Moky has since compiled and published a number of non-fiction titles under her imprint MME Media. Titles include South Africa’s Greatest Entrepreneurs, Going Global which tells the stories of South Africa’s most successful global companies and a biography of one of its top entrepreneurs; Herman Mashaba, called Black Like You. Moky started a fiction book series called Nollybooks aimed at getting young Africans to read, and then adapted the series for television co-producing over 21 television movies for the South African TV station etv. The books are available on Worldreader, and Okadabooks.

Omnia El Omrani | Youth Envoy for the President of the 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) and the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs

Omnia El Omrani is a medical doctor and was the first official Youth Envoy for the President of the 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) and the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs. She is a with over seven years of experience in climate change and health policy, research, and education facilitating over 74 hours of capacity building and training sessions in 15 countries globally.

She was a Commissioner at the Lancet-Chatham House Commission on Post-COVID Population Health, a Youth Sounding Board member of the European Commission DG-INTPA, an associate at Women Leaders for Planetary Health, and a member of the Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety and the first cohort of the UNICEF-Az Youth Leaders Programme. Omnia has attended the last four UN Climate Change Conferences in Katowice, Madrid, and Glasgow, representing more than 1.3 million medical students worldwide in the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA) as the Liaison Officer for Public Health Issues for two consecutive terms, and in Egypt representing youth globally.

She is passionate about developing strategies and solutions at the intersection of planetary health, climate justice, and intergenerational equity to unlock systematic change for the health and prosperity of people and the planet.

Samia Dumbuya | Climate Justice Advocate

Samia Dumbuya (she/they) is a freelance consultant, facilitator and community organiser focusing on community and movement building for climate justice. They are also currently a Master’s student at UCL studying MSc Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions observing the flow and availability of global natural resources using tools from multiple disciplines, such as economics, political science, environmental science, engineering and more. Samia’s research aim is to explore visions and pathways for African communities to benefit from the Just Energy Transition.

Samia’s background is centring community care and empowerment in their professional experience. They co-authored Towards Climate Justice: Rethinking the European Green Deal from a Racial Justice Perspective, a project led by Equinox: Initiative for Racial Justice. The paper critiques the European Green Deal and highlights the gaps of Europe’s vision for sustainable future. Samia sees Europe’s direction as neocolonialist and remaining as business as usual.

Samia has the drive to weave different approaches led by communities and green organisations to eliminate silos, as working in silos brings us further away from climate justice. They work with youth groups, community groups, local councils and academic institutions across the UK and Europe to build collective power shaped by different perspectives and lived experiences.

Samia is a part of the Decolonising Economics collective, Young Friends of the Earth Europe network, Seize the Vote and Diaspora Dialogues.


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