Breakout 1
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Saturday
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10:15 am
Aldrich 112
Culture

Navigating Global Fashion Markets with African Identity

The past few years has seen a renewed focus on African arts on the global stage: Afrobeats, Nollywood on global streaming platforms, African fashion being shown at various global fashion weeks and carried by global retailers. How can African brands leverage this momentum to build sustainable (economically and ethically) business models that enable their products to be accessible to local and global clientele and withstand the test of time? What are the opportunities to innovate across the value chain and what unique competitive advantages do we have on the continent? This panel will dive into these questions through the lens of various ecosystem stakeholders - designers, retailers, investors, manufacturers - at the forefront of innovating African fashion and bringing it to the global stage

Navigating Global Fashion Markets with African Identity

The past few years has seen a renewed focus on African arts on the global stage: Afrobeats, Nollywood on global streaming platforms, African fashion being shown at various global fashion weeks and carried by global retailers. How can African brands leverage this momentum to build sustainable (economically and ethically) business models that enable their products to be accessible to local and global clientele and withstand the test of time? What are the opportunities to innovate across the value chain and what unique competitive advantages do we have on the continent? This panel will dive into these questions through the lens of various ecosystem stakeholders - designers, retailers, investors, manufacturers - at the forefront of innovating African fashion and bringing it to the global stage

America/New_York
Feb 17, 2024 10:15 AM
Aldrich 112

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Breakout 2
Saturday
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11:25 am
Aldrich 112
Unleashing Africa's Entertainment Soft Power on the World Stage
How Africa can harness the increasing soft power of its entertainment industry to effectively compete in the global arena
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Unleashing Africa's Entertainment Soft Power on the World Stage

This panel will explore how Africa can harness the increasing soft power of its entertainment industry to effectively compete in the global arena. With the continent's vibrant music, film, and cultural offerings are gaining international recognition, it's essential to understand the potential for economic growth and global influence. Discover the strategies, challenges, and opportunities as we delve into the role of African entertainment in enhancing the continent's global competitiveness, fostering economic development, and shaping perceptions on the world stage. Join us to unravel the untapped potential of Africa's entertainment soft power and its significance in the era of global competition.

America/New_York
Feb 17, 2024 11:25 AM
Aldrich 112
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Keynotes
Saturday
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5:00 pm
Klarman Hall
Redefining the African Narrative
Cultural narratives and the interplay between social development and economic progress in African countries
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Redefining the African Narrative

This session is dedicated to exploring the intricate social fabric of African nations and their influence on the global stage. We'll delve into topics such as innovation, cultural influence, economic development, and the challenges and opportunities faced by African countries in today's interconnected world and explore subjects like gender equality, cultural narratives, and the interplay between social development and economic progress in African countries. This is a unique opportunity to gain insights from one of the most articulate voices on African development and global competitiveness.

America/New_York
Feb 17, 2024 5:00 PM
Klarman Hall
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Breakout 1
Saturday
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10:15 am
Aldrich 110
Demographic Dividend: Leveraging Africa's Growing Workforce in a Globalized World
Unlocking Africa's massive workforce talent both for the continent and on the global scale
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Demographic Dividend: Leveraging Africa's Growing Workforce in a Globalized World

Over the last decade, widespread debate has occurred over the opportunities and risks of Africa's fast-growing youth population and the implications which this will have on Africa's workforce. How do we unlock Africa's massive workforce talent both for the continent and on the global scale for decades to come? Are there other geographies which African leaders should be drawing inspiration from as they position their nations for a new era in an increasingly globalized workforce? As working populations become older in many Western nations and African nations experience a rise in youth talent, what implications does this have for the dynamic of global talent and migration? Finally, which sectors should Africa be prioritizing its talent development efforts in to ensure a well-balanced skills distribution?

America/New_York
Feb 17, 2024 10:15 AM
Aldrich 110