Columbia University Presents The 10th Annual African Economic Forum

Columbia University Presents The 10th Annual African Economic Forum

Africa Ignited: Exploring Ideas, Shaping Outcomes

NEW YORK, Feb. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Columbia Business School, Columbia
University's Graduate School of International and Public Affairs, Law School,
and Mailman School of Public Health jointly present the 10th Annual African
Economic Forum (AEF) to be held at Columbia Business School on March 1st and
2nd, 2013.

Themed "Africa Ignited: Exploring Ideas, Shaping Outcomes", the 10th Annual
African Economic Forum will embrace the momentum achieved during the last
decade, and explore business opportunities for attendees in the African

Debuting in 2003, AEF has grown from a small student event to the largest
Africa-focused event at Columbia, gathering over 400 attendees from across the
US. In the last ten years, the forum has hosted some of Africa's top
contemporary business leaders, scholars and decision makers, including: Lamido
Sanusi, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria; Her Excellency Amina S Ali,
African Union Representative to the US; Danny Jordan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA
World Cup Organizing Committee, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance
for the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Mark Walton, Executive Vice President of
The Africa Channel, and Dr. Jian-Ye Wang, Chief Economist of the China
Export-Import Bank.

"This is our 10thanniversary, and we are excited to reach this important
milestone" said Eda Henries Toussaint, Co-Chair of the 10th African Economic
Forum Committee "In the last decade, Africa as a whole has defied predictions,
and now provides the world with the most robust economies and business
opportunities. The growth and importance of this conference is a direct
reflection of the growing importance of Africa. It remains an honor to bring
African leaders to the US audience, and host panel discussions and events that
provide a rich learning and networking experience for all involved".

AEF 2013 boasts an impressive line-up of keynote speakers including:

- Alex Otti – Group Managing Director and CEO, Diamond Bank
Diamond Bank is one of the leading banks in Nigeria renowned for technological

- Arnold Ekpe - Former Chief Executive Officer, Ecobank Group
Ecobank Group is the leading pan- African bank with operatives in 32 countries
across the continent

- Folorunso Alakija - Executive Vice Chairman, FAMFA Oil
Mrs. Alakija, a former banker and serial entrepreneur, recently surpassed
Oprah Winfrey as the richest black woman alive and is a passionate

In addition to the keynotes, AEF will provide attendees with a variety of
engaging and interactive panels exploring topics such as entrepreneurship,
real estate, agriculture, mining, healthcare, social media, banking,
urbanization, and infrastructure.

The diverse panels, will highlight the array of inspiring projects discussed
during the last decade, and analyze their challenges and subsequent solutions
on the journey to success.

"After a decade of successful events that have gathered some of the countries
brightest students alongside progressive business executives, the focus of
this year's milestone event will be the essential transition from exploring
ideas to shaping and creating positive outcomes." said Freda Yawson, Co-Chair
of the 10th African Economic Forum Committee "Attendees can expect an exchange
of knowledge and a demonstration of tools to aid success"

Sponsors of AEF 2013 include:

Diamond Sponsor: Diamond Bank

Platinum Sponsors: Arik Air, Computer Warehouse Group, Security Systems &

Gold Sponsor: C Moore Media, International Public Relations

Silver Sponsors: Omar Lababidi, Immersion Journeys

Media Partners:, Enovative TV, Applause Africa, Face2Face Africa,
Africa Style Daily

AEF 2013 takes place on Friday March 1st - Saturday March 2nd and the forum
will culminate with a black tie gala held at Columbia University's Low
Library. The post gala reception will feature musical artist Bez.. The
conference agenda can be accessed at

Space is limited and media must register to attend. If you have any questions,
related requests and/or would like to attend and cover the conference, please
contact Keshia Mark at or Evan Nowell at

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