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The Africa Roundtable N°5

The Path to Success: Education, Skills and Leadership

The Africa Roundtable N°5

November 21, 2023

With Federal Minister Svenja Schulze

Under the patronage of Svenja Schulze, the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation & Development, the fifth edition of The Africa Roundtable focusses on “The Path to Success” for Africa’s Youth. A skilled workforce is the corner stone of economic growth. With emphasis on the relationship between Europe and Africa, we aim to explore strategies and initiatives that drive sustainable development and shape the future of both continents.

Key Topics

  • Developing Marketable Skills

    Equipping African youth with relevant and in- demand skills to meet the demands of the evolving labor market, particularly in the areas of green transition and digitalization.

  • Bridging the Gap

    Facilitating partnerships and collaboration between European and African private and public sector to ensure secure transitions from education to professional careers.

  • Unlocking Economic Potential

    Examining the role of youth entrepreneurship and innovation in driving economic growth and job creation.

  • Policy & Investments

    Exploring effective policies, funding mechanisms, and investments to support youth education and employment initiatives.

The Africa Roundtable in Berlin 2023

The Path to Success: Education, Skills and Leadership


Dr. Ingrid Hamm
Co-Founder & CEO, Global Perspectives Initiative
Christine Mhundwa
Moderator, Deutsche Welle
3:00 pm
Skills for a Sustainable Future: Building Bridges
Opening Remarks
H.E. Minister Svenja Schulze
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
H.E. Cabinet Secretary Eliud O. Owalo
Ministry of Information, Communication, and the Digital Economy in Kenya
3:20 pm
Skills for a Sustainable Future: Empowering Youth
Gerald Chirinda
Founder & CEO, Future Africa Group and Educate
3:40 pm
Skills for a Sustainable Future: Closing the Gap
Nathalie Delapalme
Executive Director, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi
Vice President, African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET)
Koen Doens
Director-General International Partnerships, European Commission
Amadou Hott
Special Envoy of the President, African Development Bank (AfDB)
4:30 pm
Coffee Break
5:00 pm
Skills for a Sustainable Future: Towards Action
Anna Bjerde
Managing Director for Operations, World Bank Group
Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir
Director, OECD Development Centre
Fred Swaniker
Founder & CEO, Sand Technologies
Wolfgang Niedermark
Member of the Executive Board, Federation of German Industries (BDI)
6:00 pm
Closing Remarks
Birgit Pickel
Director-General, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Ragnheidur Elín Árnadóttir, H.E. Eliud O. Owalo, Dr. Ingrid Hamm and H.E. Svenja Schulze at The Africa Roundtable in Berlin 2023

Networking at The Africa Roundtable N°5

Ragnheidur Elín Árnadóttir, H.E. Eliud O. Owalo, Dr. Ingrid Hamm and H.E. Svenja Schulze in conversation

In conversation with...

Teju Abisoye
A conversation about the importance of digital literacy and access to data for young African entrepreneurs. For Abisoye, these are essential ingredients for self-determination and prosperity on the continent. She also discusses the need for youth productivity and preparing young people for the global workforce.
Kola Aina
A conversation about strategies for a shared digital future. Kola emphasizes the need for a skilled workforce to fill talent gaps both locally on the African continent and abroad. For that, he coins the term talent "recycling" and explains the Digital Explorers program as an example.

Contact Persons

Stephanie Igunbor,

Supported by

ACET African Center for Economic Transformation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Mo Ibrahim Foundation

BDI Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie

BMZ Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung

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The forum for decision-makers on African-European cooperation, which deals with current pressing issues and challenges of the neighbouring continents and develops partnership-based solutions.

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