African Impact, Global Opportunities

17th & 18th April 2024

Trade Connect Cambridge Conferences welcomes you to Cambridge for an unforgettable experience.

  • Learn how to start new and innovative businesses targeted at the African Continent
  • Network and Forge valuable connections with key multinational companies already actively expanding into the African Single Market
  •  Get inspired and challenged by Seasoned Entrepreneurs who own global companies, Highly intellectual scholars who work at the University of Cambridge and listen to leaders of supranational organizations in charge of implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area
  • Be transformed by a new vision of the African continent
  • Gain CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points & Certificates that facilitate career advancement

200

Registered attendees

8

Talk sessions

7

Interactive hours

Why should you attend Conference ‘24

Learn how to start new and innovative businesses targeted at the African Continent

This groundbreaking creation of the African Continental Free Trade Area unlocks phenomenal consumer demand in Africa, with the recent integration of 1.4 billion people. It presents unprecedented opportunities to both individuals and companies for new inventions, new products and services, and new industries that unlock Africa’s wealth of physical and natural capital endowments. Come and discover how you also can start a new and innovative business that takes full advantage of the new African Single Market.

Network and forge valuable connections with key multinational companies already actively expanding into the African Single market

Africa will become a major contributor to the rapidly growing clean energy technologies, from electricity networks to electric vehicles. The Democratic Republic of Congo for instance is home to approximately 70% of the world’s cobalt – this is a critical mineral essential for batteries, mobile phones, and electric vehicle production. Locations such as Zimbabwe and Namibia have among the largest reserves of lithium globally. Come and discover the burgeoning opportunities on the African continent and most importantly forge valuable connections with key multinational companies already actively expanding into the African Single market.

Get inspired and challenged by Seasoned Entrepreneurs who own global companies, Highly intellectual scholars who work at the University of Cambridge and listen to leaders of supranational organizations in charge of implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area

Speakers at our conferences are of exceptional quality. Come and listen to and be challenged by Seasoned Entrepreneurs who own global businesses, Highly intellectual faculty who work at the University of Cambridge, and Leaders of supranational organizations in charge of implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area. This presents a really good opportunity for networking with high profile and very experienced professionals.

Be transformed by a new vision of the African continent

The right narrative of Africa should be one of extensive riches in natural resources ranging from arable land, water, oil, natural gas, minerals, forests, and wildlife. Africa is home to a huge proportion of the world’s natural resources, both renewables and non-renewables. At our conference we delve deeply into key strategic approaches and devise new ways of presenting Africa in a new and positive light. The investment opportunities across Africa today are enormous and can be utilized to transform this beautiful continent into a strong and robust contributor to global GDP. Come and understand how you through your new business ideas, innovations, and Entrepreneurship can contribute to rewriting the African narrative.

Gain CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points and certificates that facilitate career advancement.

In a fast changing and very dynamic global business environment most organizations recognise the need for professionals to keep learning and developing their capacities. We award CPD points to delegates for attending our conferences, this proof of distinctive learning on Africa can mean that you become more effective at planning global strategic initiatives for your organization, leading more confidently in business settings due to strong awareness of new opportunities across the globe, and demonstrating your capacity to recruiters if you were intending to change careers, secure employment or even advance up the corporate ladder.

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Our speakers are of global standing and have worked in places with relevant importance

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Dr. Sooter Nomhwange

Founder & Director Trade Connect Cambridge Conferences Ltd | Former Teaching Associate University of Cambridge, Institute of Continuing Education.

Dr. Sooter Nomhwange is Founder of Trade Connect Cambridge Conferences Ltd. Sooter has extensive experience in course directing, academic leadership, and designing highly impactful learning experiences of global standard. He previously worked at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education where he was responsible for designing pragmatic and rich learning experiences, coordinating internal and external stakeholders within and outside the University of Cambridge, and effectively handling multiple and frequently changing priorities. Sooter is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Education and Research (IIPER), has a Master’s and Doctorate in International Business and holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Economics. Sooter is also a Certified Quantitative Risk Analyst.

At TC-Cambridge Conferences in April 24’ Sooter will give an expository talk on how to build an international business strategy targeted at the African continental market. His talk is based on a pragmatic application of the Dunning Eclectic Paradigm; the dominant explanation for the growth of multinational activity since the 1980’s. The Dunning Eclectic paradigm is the most regarded framework in international business for investigating and analysing the internationalisation phenomenon. Sooter presents the framework to uncover how individuals and companies can decide on and arrive at the right strategic initiatives in accessing the different African markets based on their locational idiosyncrasies. He gives insight into how both start ups and already established firms can create and deploy company unique advantages to take advantage of the distinctive and non-imitable resources spread across the African Continent.

Sooter’s vision for Trade Connect Cambridge Conferences Ltd is to enlighten our delegates on how to take full advantage of the business opportunities now available in Africa through the new African Continental Free Trade Area, and hence empower each delegate with the ability to birth new businesses that contribute to the ongoing structural revolution that has just begun in Africa. He also wants to enable within delegates the capacity to develop long term relationships with key multinational companies already actively expanding into the African Single market. Ultimately, Sooter will like to help the world re-envision Africa as a new and dynamic global contributor to world economic development. Sooter is excited about the new African Continental Free Trade Area.

Kofi Amegashie

Kofi Amegashie

An impactful CEO/COO - Managing Director with 33+ years of experience spanning sectors & geographies

Kofi Amegashie has tremendous business experience with leading global companies and institutions. His rich and accomplished experiences in the past include Managing Director- Drayton Glendower & Associates, Executive Director- Africa Leadership Initiative South Africa, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa - Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Managing Director - Adcock Ingram Africa, and CEO - Alexander Forbes Africa. Kofi has also led managerial initiatives at Coca cola, the World Bank, Shell, and Chevron. Kofi is a Sloan Fellow with a Master’s in Management from the London Business School and holds a BSc in Applied Science from Exeter University, as well as a PgDip in Air Transport Planning & Management.

At TC-Cambridge Conferences in April 24’ Kofi is going to bring his wealth of experience to showcase how Africa’s rapidly increasing population represents its greatest asset as it makes advancement towards industrialization. A rapidly growing youth population, especially, represents opportunities for a huge workforce and a significantly growing consumer demand. Kofi will also lead a panel discussion where he and his panellists delve deeper into the kinds of skills, talents and entrepreneurship required by individuals and companies who are interested in getting jobs, securing contracts, starting up companies, and contributing in the coming years to this crucial structural revolution that has just begun across Africa.

Kofi excels in fostering matrix and global cross-functional collaboration and motivating and instilling confidence and capability into people. Kofi is currently a Senior Lecturer at St Mary’s Business School, has served as a British expatriate in the United States, Australia and the emerging markets of Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa, including residing in the Philippines, Australia, the United States, Thailand, India, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Kenya & South Africa.

Alex Carter

Dr Alexander Carter

Associate Professor for Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education. Fellow and College Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge

Dr. Alex Carter is Academic Director for Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Cambridge, Institute of Continuing Education where he has designed and delivered courses in creativity theory, philosophy, and ethics. He also oversees the Institute's undergraduate research courses. Alex is also a Fellow and College Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge.

The industrialization of the African continent represents a novel challenge that can only be tackled by individuals who have the right creativity skills to produce idiosyncratic innovations. Unlocking the power of creativity in the African person will therefore be crucial to achieving economic development for Africa, and this can significantly lead to unleashing innovation and new business ideas across the continent. The real challenge for Africa will be one of moving past learned behaviour to achieving new and effective unique solutions for itself, creativity makes possible the complete overhauling of old ways of doing things and forces the mind to come up with new approaches.

At TC-Cambridge Conferences in April 24’ Alex through a historical and philosophical approach offers a powerful expository talk on creativity. He looks back at the most pivotal moments in human history and tries to identify what it was that made particular cultures, societies, and individuals creative through history. Alex will also Co-host a panel discussion that critically assesses creative thinking skills in business, how to develop a creative mindset, and how to induce a culture of deliberate creativity in a high paced business environment. The panellist will offer a broad understanding of the application of creative processes, to business and engineering, through identifying components of creative work and highlighting the skills and tools involved in a creative process.

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Qun Yang, FCA, CFA, FRM

Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Biorbyt Ltd | Council Member of ICAEW | Former Executive Director of the Wo+Men's Leadership Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School.

Qun Yang is the Co-Founder of Biorbyt Limited, a successful biotechnology company based in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Qun is an experienced entrepreneur with rich experience in start-up, a Chief Operating Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the biotechnology industry and a long history in accounting and investment banking. Qun started her professional career as an auditor with Deloitte and later working for Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank. She gained an MPhil in Therapeutic Sciences from Queens' College, University of Cambridge in 2019, master’s degree in Entrepreneurship from the Cambridge Judge Business School in 2016, with additional qualifications such as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Financial Risk Manager (FRM).

At TC-Cambridge Conferences in April 24’ Qun is going to bring her wealth of experience from working in Biotechnology. Qun will be speaking on The significance of health to industrialization; she will draw parallels with and offer examples from the Chinese economy, discuss key innovations in the pharmaceutical industry and be part of a panel that critically discusses Africa’s potential of a healthy population to achieve a healthy workforce for industrialization.

Qun is a shining example of leadership, is passionate about Women in Entrepreneurship and was the first Chairwoman of the UK Chinese Women Connect Association. Qun is excited about AI technology and sees herself as a Tech Enthusiast.

KEN DICKSON

Ken Dickson BAcc(Hons), FCMA, CGMA, FRSA

Founder/Director of Axiom-e Limited, Cambridge, UK | ‘The Financial Doctor’- Advisor to many early-stage businesses| Course Director: The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education | Faculty Member: BE:iT (Business & Entrepreneurship: Ideathon and Training) Jos, Nigeria.

Following 20 years in leading multi-national corporations (Unilever, Kodak, Rexam and Johnson Matthey), Ken established Axiom-e to provide board-level advice focused on strategic financial management. He has secured £ms in grants, R&D tax credits, loans and equity for his eclectic mix of early-stage clients. Ken is passionate about helping younger entrepreneurs establish businesses built on sound foundations and supports them through courses, articles and mentoring. He regularly speaks at international conferences.

At TC-Cambridge Conferences in April 24’ Ken will be exposing through his presentation the fundamentals of business success. He will showcase a methodology he personally devised; this demonstrates to early-stage businesses especially what the “Pillars of Business Success” need to be. Business is inherently risky and challenging, hence success can only be achieved through meticulous planning. Using a framework developed from working with companies large and small, Ken will consider key personal and business factors to focus on to optimise success. He will outline some challenges and opportunities for businesses in Africa that his research has identified.

Since developing ‘The Pillars of Business Success’ (POBS) for Zambia 2050 in 2017, Ken has presented it several times at the University of Cambridge to students from more than 35 countries. Elements of POBS have been presented in conferences and courses to delegates in/from many African countries and at universities and research centres. Companies Ken directs have won £ms in grant competitions and been short-listed for international awards, including the prestigious Conrad N Hilton Humanitarian Prize.

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