The group’s signature annual event took place virtually on March 5 and 6.
The Africa Business Club, founded two years ago, is a platform enabling Johns Hopkins students interested in business on the African continent to connect and collaborate.
Mahamed Konfrou (Flexible MBA ’21) co-founded the club after attending a conference where Carey students discussed their findings regarding a class trip to Africa.
The annual Africa Business Conference has engaged with business leaders in Africa to help find solutions for the pressing issues facing the continent.
“Although navigating the virtual world can be challenging, it brought a lot of opportunity for us to connect with business leaders in Africa,” Konfrou said.
The group reached out to students at top business schools on the continent to virtually facilitate and take ownership of specific parts of the conference.
Keynote speakers included Admassu Tadesse, president and CEO of the Eastern and Southern Africa Trade and Development Bank, and Owen Omogiafo, president and CEO of the Transnational Corporation of Nigeria.
Before the start of the pandemic, several markets in Africa experienced double-digit growth. However, the economic stresses created by COVID-19 quickly became an overarching continental issue.
“We wanted to think about how we will see Africa after this crisis and how we can reinvent the systems to become more resilient,” Konfrou said.
Technology and youth leadership
Throughout the two-day conference, four topics were addressed – technology, healthcare, finance and development, and youth leadership.
With over 600 registrants, the conference brought together many possible ideas for creating a brighter future for Africa. It even considered the pandemic as a way for Africa to transform.