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EU-Africa Business Summit: Unlocking Africa's economic potential

The fifth edition of the EU-Africa Business Summit organised by ‘European Business Summit’ (EBS) will take place in June 2022 at the Palais d’Egmont in Brussels, Belgium.

The EBS is an event organised by European business to promote the voices of enterprises in Europe and Africa. This event is independent from the EU-Africa Business Forum (EABF) organised by the European Union (EU), the African Union (AU), and EU and African business organisations. In the wake of the institutional EU-AU events held in February, the EBS will be an occasion to follow up on the outcomes of the EABF 2022 held earlier this year.
African and European policymakers, business leaders and civil society experts will join the debate on how to unlock the full potential for intra-African and EU-Africa trade and investment, addressing topics such as Agribusiness, Digital Transformation, and Green Transition.
The event will represent the perfect stage to share success stories and business opportunities thanks to the extensive international media coverage. Furthermore, it will grant a significant advocacy opportunity for EU and African businesses to raise critical issues to senior policy makers of both the African and European Unions.

Speakers 2022

Jutta Urpilainen

EU Commissioner for International Partnerships

Albert Muchanga

AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry of the African Union Commission

Olivér Várhelyi

EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement 

Amani Abou Zeid

AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy  

Frans Timmermans

Executive Vice-President, EU Commissioner for the European Green Deal

Mohamed Belhocine

AU Commissioner for Education, Science, Technology, and Innovation

Janusz Wojciechowski

EU Commissioner for Agriculture

Minata Samaté Cessouma

AU Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development 

Kadri Simson

EU Commissioner for Energy

David Clarinval

Foreign Trade Acting Minister, Belgium

Akinwumi Adesina

President of the African Development Bank

Gilbert F. Houngbo

President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development

Vera Songwe

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa

Norbert Lins

Member of the European Parliament, Chair of Agri Committee

Samira Rafaela

Member of the European Parliament

Monique Nsanzabaganwa

Deputy Chairperson, African Union

Malik Azmani

Member of the European Parliament

Maria Shaw-Barragan

Director of Lending in Africa, Caribbean, Pacific, Asia, and Latin America, European Investment Bank

Simplice Nouala

Head of Division Agriculture and Food Security at Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission

Werner Hoyer

President of the European Investment Bank

Ivor Ichikowitz

Chairman, Ichikowitz. Foundation

Karen Kanenza

Vice-President, ADEPT Platform

Johannes Luchner​

Deputy-Director General, European Commission, DG HOME

Mante Makauskaite

Co-Founder of AfriKo

Michael Spindelegger

Director-General, ICMPD

Eden Alemayehu

INSPIRE Project Manager, ICMPD

Dawit Dame

Ethiopian Jobs Creation Commission

Mante Makauskaite

Co-Founder of AfriKo

Dr. Amr Talaat

  • Minister of Communications, and Information Technology (CIT), Egypt

John Clarke

Director for International Relations, European Commission, DG AGRI

Chrysoula Zacharopoulou

Member of the European Parliament, Rapporteur on the new Africa-EU Strategy

Bernd Ohnesorge

President Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Siemens Healthineers

Chiza Charles Chiumya

Acting Director, Trade Department, African Union

Sébastien Brack

Senior Advisor, Kofi Annan Foundation and European Institute of Peace

María Soraya Rodríguez Ramos

Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the committee for the Relations with the Pan-African Government

Arnaud Thysen

Director General
European Business Summits

Francesco La Camera

Director-General, IRENA

Patrick Child

Deputy Director General in DG RTD Research and Innovation, European Commission

María Soraya Rodríguez Ramos

Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the committee for the Relations with the Pan-African Government

Arnaud Thysen

Director General
European Business Summits


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Africa's value chain
Digital Transformation
Healthcare Innovation
Green Transition

“The executive team in Brussels has made Africa a priority. Collaboration with the continent will be based on equality. “

Joanna Drake

Deputy Director – DG ENVI, European Commission

“For its development, Africa does not need more aid but it needs investments”

Leila Farah Mokaddem

Country Manager, African Development Bank

“Listing problems is one thing, defining priorities is another”

Ibrahim Guimba-Saidou

Minister – Special Advisor of the President of Niger


Arnaud Thysen


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Baiba Petrusevica

Partnership Manager

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Sonia Zamparini

Eu-africa business summit project Assistant

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Fabrizio Delage Paganini

Associate Adviser

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