Business Programme


At the Royal African Society, we believe the private sector is a key vehicle for achieving sustainable and inclusive growth in Africa. 


From the outset, the Royal African Society has maintained close links with British and African businesses operating on the continent. The private sector is critical to Africa’s future and an essential vehicle for achieving sustainable and inclusive growth in Africa. 


As part of our Corporate Membership, we provide a forum for in-depth and solutions-oriented debate and offer our corporate members the latest briefings on current African issues and the best access to visiting African leaders and economic actors. Leveraging our unique position and convening power, we bring in expertise from the worlds of business, government, civil society, academia, culture and media enabling us to offer uniquely valuable discussions for our corporate members and partners. 


Our Business Programme hosts high profile speakers to discuss key economic trends shaping the current business environment in both large and small African economies. We organise closed breakfast briefings, high-level roundtable meetings, and exclusive lunch/dinner discussions, enabling our corporate members and partners to meet and network with like-minded business leaders, government representatives, and parliamentarians, including the members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Africa, which we administer. Our Business Programme also features high impact public events, such as our flagship Annual Lecture, and cross-sector symposiums, bringing together business and academic insights.  


As a charity, we rely on the support of our corporate partners and welcome new partnerships with companies that share our values and vision. Please click here for more information on opportunities for corporate partnership.