The 2nd Edition of EurAfrican Forum will take place on July 4 and 5, 2019, at the Grand Auditorium of NOVA School of Business and Economics, Cascais, with the theme “Partnership of Equals: Sharing Values, Sharing Prosperity”.
This edition intends to focus on a new approach and paradigm for Europe and Africa’s relations, faced as equals, to create the framework and forge impact transformation, changing the narrative for both continents for a shared prosperous and sustainable joint-future. The topics for debate will be the following: 

Panel 1 – African entrepreneurs driving inclusive innovation and growth – sponsored by Omatapalo

Panel 2 – From donor-recipient towards equal participation

Panel 3 –  Changing the narrative: valuing talent and diversity from migrant flows

Panel 4 – Africa: the new frontier for impact investment and innovation

Panel 5 – Legacy to growth: rehabilitating the heritage, culture and tourism – sponsored by Turismo de Portugal

It will also occur five parallel sessions outside the Grand Auditorium, after the closing remarks, on July 4:

Session 1 – Rebuilding Mozambique

Session 2 – Security, Migration and Talent – This session will be designed in collaboration with the Institute of Security and Strategy Foundation of Poland.

Session 3 – Tools and strategies for woman and youth empowerment

Session 4 – EU-AF Economic Integration and Digital Infrastructure for Africa

Session 5 – Data insights to data investment in Africa

For this edition it is confirmed António Vitorino,  Director General for the International Organization for Migrations – UN Migration Agency (IOM) for a keynote address about the migration dialogue between Europe and Africa, as well as Elijah Amoo Addo, Founder and CEO of the Food for All Africa Programme. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, is also confirmed to participate with a special video message. As institutional speakers it is confirmed the Filipe Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique; Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Portuguese Republic; Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Portugal, and Carlos Carreiras, Mayor of Cascais.

The panelists are: Camilla Rocca, Head of Research at Mo Ibrahim Foundation (United Kingdom); Chams Diagne, Founder & CEO at Talent2Africa (France /Senegal); Didier Acouetey, President and Founder of the AfricSearch Group (Togo / France); Emmanuel Noutary, General Delegate of ANIMA Investment Network (France); Enuma Okoro, Author, (Nigeria / USA); Erick Yong, Africa CEO of GreenTec Capital Partners (Germany); Eugene Boadu, Head of Corporate Affairs of mPedigree (Ghana); Fabio Scala, Founder of FurtherMarkets (United Kingdom); Grzegorz Malecki, President of the Board of Institute of Security and Strategy Foundation (Poland); Jacek Raubo, Security Expert (Poland); Jasandra Nyker, CEO of BioTherm Energy (South Africa); Khadija Idrissi Janati, Founder of I-AFRIKAn (Morocco); Lilian Ore, Founder and CEO of Global Connections for Women foundation (Nigeria/USA); Linda Mabhena-Olagunju, Founder and Managing Director of DLO Energy Resources Group (South Africa); María Ángeles León López, Co-Founder of Open Value Foundation (Spain); Markus Lienkamp, Professor of Automotive Technology at Technical University of Munich (Germany); Michael Stopford, Managing Director of Oxford Analytica (United Kingdom); Mossadeck Bally, Founder and CEO of the Azalai Hotels Group (Mali); Mourad El Ajouti, Founder of Green Justice Association (Morocco); Oyin Solebo, COO & Founder – Movemeback (Nigeria /UK); Precious Lunga, Co- Founder & CEO of Baobab Circle (Zimbabwe); Rob Withagen, Co-founder and CEO of Asoko Insight, Reino Unido); Samir Abdelkrim, Founder of EMERGING Valley (France); Sérgio Pimenta, Vice-President of International Finance Corporation for the Middle East and Africa (Portugal /USA); Stéphanie Asare, Secretary General of Welcoming Diasporas (Ghana /France); Tina Charisma, Founder of “Charisma Campaign“ (Ghana /UK); Tunde Kehinde, Co-Founder of Lidya (Nigeria); Vèna Arielle Ahouansou, CEO of Kea Medicals (Benin); Yemisi Mokuolu, CEO & Founder HATCH Ideas, (Nigeria /UK).

The confirmed moderators are: John Gapper, Associate editor of the Financial Times (United Kingdom); Jonathan Rosenthal, Africa Editor of The Economist (United Kingdom); Marie Lora-Mungai, Founder and CEO of Restless Global (France); Nozipho Mbanjwa, Founder and Lead Moderator at Akwande Communications (South Africa). Thora Arnorsdottir, Media personality and documentary film producer (Iceland) is the master of ceremony.

An Advisory Board was constituted for this second edition, to support on the definition of strategic and innovative advice, knowledge, expertise and different perspectives about the topics of concern of the EurAfrican Forum platform, to encourage the development of the framework for sustainable growth and prosperity. It is composed by a group of highlight personalities from the Euro-African diaspora: Christian Kamayou, CEO MyAfricanStartUp, France; Kola Karim, Founder & CEO of Shoreline Group (Nigeria); Sophia Bekele, Founder & CEO of CBS International and DotConnectAfrica Group (Etiopia); Manuel Mota, CEO of Mota-Engil Africa (Portugal); Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl, Innovation Catalyst, PROWAH Co-Founder and Angel Investor (Switzerland); and  Ziad Oueslati, Managing Director and Co-Founder of AfricInvest (Tunisia).

A selected group of Portuguese Diaspora Counselors – the Special Interest Group of the Portuguese Diaspora Council – was also constituted for the development of relevant topics and for the positioning and worldwide awareness of the EurAfrican Forum. It is constituted by: Carlos Pone, Former CEO AECOM Africa and Former CEO ABB SSA (Portugal/South Africa);  Christophe Fonseca, Portuguese-French film director and member of the Portuguese Diaspora Council  (Portugal/France); Gonçalo Terenas, Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Cultural Promotion (Portugal/ Senegal and West Africa); Pedro Pereira da Silva, General Manager of Pick n’ Pay Retail (Portugal / South Africa); Sérgio Pimenta, Vice-President of International Finance Corporation for the Middle East and Africa (Portugal / USA).

The EurAfrican Forum platform is founded on the idea that the diaspora work as a connecting force between cities, regions and continents, between cultures, companies and people.

It is an action-oriented platform that aims to foster stronger collaboration between Europe and Africa, to better promote a shared green and inclusive growth for the two continents, uncover new business and social impact investment opportunities and challenges, creating synergies between both innovation models.

The launching of the 1st edition of the EurAfrican Forum took place on July 10, 2018, in Portugal, with the theme ‘Crafting Coalitions for Change’ and had 350 participants (35% Africans and 65% Europeans) African and European leaders from the entrepreneur sector, academy, culture, non-governmental organizations, public institutions, young entrepreneurs, media and social influencers. Four topics were under discussion: trust, resource share, the Fourth Revolution impacts and the role of the Diaspora on re-balancing the Euro-African regions. Watch the VIDEO of the 1st edition of the EurAfrican Forum.

The EurAfrican Forum has the High Patronage of the Presidency of the Portuguese Republic and the Portuguese Government, and is co-hosted by the Municipality of Cascais. The event is sponsored by Mota-Engil, Omatapalo, Turismo de Portugal, MDS Group and EDP. The partners are Asoko Insight and the Institute of Security and Strategy Foundation of Poland. The media partners are APO Group, o, o Aptantech, a DTV Algérie, a Forbes Portugal, o Further Africa, o ITBusinessDirect e a Lusa. TAP is the event’s official carrier

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By Portuguese Diaspora Council, June 2019

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