October 19-21, 2022 | New York City


The 2022 Summit will take place from October 19-21 in New York City. With both domestic and external financing drying up in the aftermath of COVID-19, there is a need for fresh ideas and new strategies for financing sustainable development in Africa in the post-pandemic era – just like other regions of the world. This informs the broad theme of the 2022 Summit.

As Africa rides the wave of the digital revolution to transition from the margins to the mainstream of global commerce, this Summit is curated to foster commercial and policy solutions in a collaborative environment. Stakeholders from government, industry, academia, and the global development sector will explore and harness best practices from around the world – to help cultivate a deeper understanding of Africa’s position in the changing global economic order.

This invitation-only forum brings global leaders to the doorstep of participants, with exciting networking opportunities.


Her Excellency Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

Former President of Mauritius

Kathryn Wylde

President & CEO, Partnership for New York City

Dr. Fred Olayele​

Chairman, Economic Club of Africa, New York

Dr. Robin L. Garrell

President, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York

Dr. Witney Schneidman

Senior International Advisor for Africa Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, DC, United States

Ambassador Charles A. Ray

Chair, Africa Program, Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia

Pradip Madan

Managing Partner, Great North Ventures Silicon Valley, California, United States

Dr. Lourdes S. Casanova

Academic Director, Emerging Markets Institute Cornell University, New York, United States

Tunde Fafunwa

Managing Director, Kitskoo & Member, African Union, Digital Transformation Strategy

Dr. Marit Kitaw

Interim Director, African Minerals Development Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Modibo I. Toure

Special Envoy on Shareholder Relations to the President of the African Development Bank; Former Malian Minister of Telecommunications; & Board Director, Economic Club of Africa in New York.

Joshua Soloway

Chief Legal Officer & Head of Capital Markets, CarbonEthic & Board Secretary, Economic Club of Africa in New York

Dr. Mima S. Nedelcovych

Chairman, AfricaGlobal Schaffer, Washington, DC, United States

Karen Bhatia

Faculty, Stanford University

Dr. Bartholomew Armah

Acting Director, Macroeconomics and Governance, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ambassador Johanna Svanikier

Founder & President, Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa Foundation, Accra, Ghana

Eric A. Clement

SVP, Fund Manager, Social Impact & Sustainability Investments, RXR, New York

Jaclyn Kelly

Director, NYC Labor Market Information Service (LMIS), Center for Urban Research, The CUNY Graduate Center, New York

Dr. Akolisa Ufodike

Assistant Professor, York University, Canada

Amaha Kassa

Executive Director, African Communities Together, New York

Dr. You Zheng

Senior Research Associate, NYC Labor Market Information Service (LMIS), Center for Urban Research, The CUNY Graduate Center, New York

Daniel Clark

Director of Business Development, New York City Economic Development Corporation

Fergus Maclaren

Director of Knowledge Mobilization, Economic Innovation Institute for Africa, Canada

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