The Royal African Society's Annual Lecture 2016
Delivered by Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB)
Chaired by Zeinab Badawi, Chair of the Royal African Society
Date & Time: Friday, 21 October, 6-8PM
Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE
In recent years much of the media has documented the fall in commodity prices and the impact of global and regional downturns in African countries. How can African governments increase their resilience to external shocks and what are the pitfalls they should avoid? Join President Adesina as shares his insights on the next chapter of Africa’s growth story.
Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina is the 8th elected President of the African Development Bank (AfDB). He is a distinguished development economist and agricultural development expert with 25 years of international experience.
Adesina has held a number of high-level roles including at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), and in the Food Security division of the Rockefeller Foundation in New York. He has received international recognition for his leadership and work in agriculture, and in 2010 was appointed by the UN as one of 17 global leaders to spearhead the Millennium Development Goals.
During his service as Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (2010-2015), he implemented bold policy reforms in the fertilizer sector and pursued innovative agricultural investment programs to expand opportunities for the private sector. Now at the AfDB, the priority areas for his five-year term as president include growing the private sector for industrialization and wealth creation, jobs for youth and women, rural economies for inclusive growth and regional integration.
We invite guests to attend a wine reception in the atrium of the Royal Society of Medicine before the lecture (included in the ticket price).