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For the past four years, IE Africa Club members have organized what can best be described as one of the biggest club events of the year and the 2016 edition certainly lived up to expectations.Clube Africa IE 2016 050 [1]

IE Africa Day took place on 13th June, at the IE Paper Paviilon and featured speakers from across industries and regions, many of whom flew in to Spain  especially for the occasion. Panelists included:  Emeraba Tony-Uzoebo, Co-Founder, Enviro-gro Farms Limited, Nigeria; Raphael Ani, Head of Africa Practice, KPMG UK; Matt Pelton, Africa Leadership University (ALU), Kenya; Grace Obado – Director, Africa 2.0 Spain; Emanuele Santi, Lead Strategy Advisor, African Development Bank, Cot D’Ivoire.

Clube Africa IE 2016 156 - Copy [2]Professor Gonzalo Garland, VP, International Relations, IE Business School, moderated the event.

To open proceedings, Neeta Sommers, Political Counsellor and  Second in Charge at SA Embassy, Spain gave an overview of the growth and industry potential in South Africa and across the continent. Other Ambassadorial attendees included: Bramwel Kisuya, Kenya’s Ambassador to Spain, and an official delegation from the Nigerian Embassy, Spain. [3]

Emanuele Santi continued the evening’s proceedings by presenting African Development Bank’s African Economic Outlook 2016 Report giving great Clube Africa IE 2016 074 [4]insight into trends and predictions across the African business and development landscape.



Clube Africa IE 2016 427 [5]The stimulating panel discussion, which lasted for close to two hours, included discussions around the challenges and triumphs of doing business in Africa. Matt Pelton gave insights into growing need for business education in Africa, while KPGM’S Raphael Santi brought forward his take on intra-African trade. Discussion points also included, population growth and the potential it poses, technological advancements across the continent as well as industry-focused engagement on Nigeria’s Agriculture sector from Emeraba Tony-Uzoebo.

To conclude Africa Day 2016, a networking cocktail was held in the patio and garden of the grounds- an ideal opportunity for guests to have deeper discussions and connections.



Written By: Felicia Okoye, IE Africa Club President.