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Stern in Africa Business Forum: “The Tipping Point: Accelerating Africa’s Agenda”

  • NYU Stern School of Business Tisch Hall 40 West 4th Street New York, NY, 10012 United States (map)

On Saturday, October 28th, 2017, NYU Africa House cosponsored the 2017 Stern in Africa Business Forum.

The Forum featured three inspiring keynote speakers:

  • Bisila Bokoko, founder and CEO of BBES, a business development agency that represents, promotes and markets brands internationally

  • Chid Liberty, co-founder of Liberty & Justice, Africa’s first Fair Trade Certified™ apparel manufacturer

  • Samuel Alemayehu, active angel investor, Co-founder & Managing Director at Cambridge Industries Ltd., a renewable energy company in Africa

Through a TedTalk-style format, the keynote speakers discussed several topics including the journey of an entrepreneur, the energy landscape in Africa, and social entrepreneurship as a way to address challenges and gaps in social welfare. We also had six breakout panel sessions covering entrepreneurship, venture capital, entertainment & media, fashion, social impact, and technology, as well as an African-inspired lunch and networking reception!

The event concluded with a celebration of Stern in Africa’s partner organization, Young African MBAs (YAM), to commemorate YAM’s 5th-year anniversary. The celebration featured a performance from Congolese artist Young Paris, a keynote address from Charmaine Houvet, Public Policy Director at Cisco Africa, a cocktail hour, dinner, and great music! For more information please visit

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Photo Credit: Stern in Africa