Promoting the voices of companies
in Europe & Africa
to achieve concrete outcomes

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

The EU-Africa Business Summit is an event organised by European Business Summits to promote the voices of enterprises in Europe and Africa. This event is independent from the EABF organised by the European Commission and the African Union.

The fourth edition of the EU-Africa Business Summit, held in a new hybrid format, will seek answers to the most critical economic challenges shaping the shared future of both continents by bringing influential business leaders, policymakers and experts together. Thanks to its role of stable North gate to the African continent, Morocco continues to represent the perfect host of the Summit within the renewed EU-Africa Alliance.

After the interruption due to the Covid pandemic, EU and African companies cannot miss the chance to resume their business relations and take them to the next level. This ambitious Summit will position itself in this framework, providing a privileged debating and networking platform to directly engage in finding answers to the most crucial challenges. In particular, the participants will address the topics of Africa’s Value Chain Expansion, Healthcare Innovation, Digital Transformation and Clean Energy Transition.

The aim of the event is to bring politics and business together in order to provide them with an opportunity to debate and pursue their common goals. For the future of EU and Africa to be mutually prosperous, all actors must be involved in creating a new alliance based on fair and sustainable partnerships.

Confirmed Speakers

Jutta Urpilainen

European Commissioner for International Partnerships

Didier Reynders

European Commissioner for Justice

Albert Muchanga

Commissioner for Trade and Industry of the African Union Commission

Ilias El Fali​

Advisor to OCP’s Chairman & CEO and former COO, OCP GROUP

Phil Hogan

Former EU Commissioner on Agriculture

Chiza Charles Chiumya

Acting Director of the Directorate of Industry, Mining and Entrepreneurship, African Union Commission

Maria Shaw-Barragan

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

Chrysoula Zacharopoulou

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

Markus Thill

President, Region Africa, Bosch

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

WHO Regional Director for Africa

Patrick Child

Deputy Director General, DG ENVI, European Commission

Lacina Koné

CEO, Smart Africa 

Dr. Vera Songwe

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

Samira Rafaela

Member of the European Parliament

Fatou Haidara

Managing Director, Directorate of Corporate Management and Operations, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Marina Sereni

Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy

Shada Islam

Brussels-based commentator and analyst and founder of New Horizons Project

Jeremiah Fisayo-Bambi

AfricaNews Journalist

Ricardo Mourinho Felix

Vice President EIB

Kabelo Rabotho

Managing Director, South Africa, Nissan

Ali Zerouali

Director of International Cooperation, Masen

Fifi Peters

CNBC Africa

Steven Stone

Deputy Director, Economy Division UNEP

Federico Maria Grati

Head of Agroenergy services, ENI

Ivor Ichikowitz

Chairman of the Ichikowitz Family Foundation and TransAfrica Capital

Gainmore Zanamwe

Senior Manager (Trade Facilitation), Afreximbank       

Badreiddine Mansouri

Managing Director, Sub Sahara Africa, Stellantis

Willi Schulz-Greve

Head of Unit DG Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI), European Commission 

Andres Schipani

East and Central Africa Correspondent for the Financial Times

Linda Munyengeterwa

Regional Industry Director of Infrastructure, IFC

Joakim Reiter

Chief External and Corporate Affairs Officer, Vodafone

Prof. Daniel Nahon

Professor at the Institute of Political Studies of Aix-en-Provence

Godfrey Bahiigwa

Director of the Agriculture Department at African Union Commission

Fabrizio Delage Paganini

Co-founder, CPO Valeur-Tech

Cristina Miranda Gozalvez

Head of Unit, DG TRADE, EU Commission

Arnaud Thysen

Director General
European Business Summits

4 PILLARS

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Africa's value chain
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Digital Transformation
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Healthcare Innovation
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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

CONTACT

Arnaud Thysen

DIRECTOR GENERAL

+32 (0) 2 645 3 482

Raffaello Stefani

Eu-africa business summit project manager

+32 (0) 2 645 3 485

Marco Pozzi

Project Officer

+32 (0) 2 645 3 481