How can Swedish relations and research and education cooperation with countries in Sub-Saharan Africa be activated and intensified?
- How can Swedish companies and Swedish expertise contribute to African growth while also providing positive effects in Sweden? How can we facilitate cross-fertilisation between Swedish and African innovators?
- How can Swedish commercial contacts and R&D cooperation with Sub-Saharan countries be kick-started and intensified?
- What business opportunities could be created in Africa by the strong Swedish economy? And vice-versa how can Swedish companies benefit from the rapid growth in many African countries?
- How can African and Swedish entrepreneurs and ideas meet and work together?
These are some of the topics that will be covered in the seminar.
The seminar is moderated by Magnus Ericsson and Ann Louise Johansson, IVA’s Africa Council
08.00 - 09.30
Seminar with key note speakers:
Dr Hamadoun Touré, Founding Executive Director of SMART Africa Alliance, which has as its goal to transform Africa trough ICT. Prev. Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and as such member of the UN Chief Executive Board (CEB). He also served as Chairman of the UN ICT Network.
Mr Ousmane Kane, Executive chairman ENCO & Associés, prev. vice-president African Development Bank and CEO of Mauritanian iron ore miner SNIM, Minister of Finance and governor of the Mauritanian Central Bank.
Åsa Jarskog, president Swedish-Southern Africa Chamber of Commerce, and Founder and President Global Leadership for Sustainable Development. Åsa has lived and worked in 34 African countries. She works as a consultant and career coach, specialised in Business Development, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Management in challenging markets.
Karl-Johan Nybell, Vice President and Global Customer Unit Head at Ericsson. Karl-Johan has spent six years in Africa with Ericsson.
Anna Ryott, Deputy CEO of Norrsken Foundation. Anna Ryott has extensive professional experience from business and civil society organisations. She worked most recently as CEO of Swedfund, the Swedish Government's Development Finance Institution. Anna Ryott also sits on the board in the World Childhood Foundation, the UN Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council and the Anna Lindh Academy.