The LSE Africa Summit is an annual student-led conference that showcases Africa's expertise and global contribution, promoting debate around the continent's contemporary challenges and opportunities. Gathering renowned scholars, leading politicians, change-makers, activists and forward-thinking entrepreneurs, the Summit provides a unique platform for sharing ideas and nurturing relationships, translating thought into meaningful action. Today, the LSE Africa Summit is the biggest event of its kind in Europe.
First established by LSE students and held in 2014, the two-day conference has since earned a reputation for centring afro-centric scholarship and exploring issues critically, in response to a rapidly evolving continent. Each year a new student team designs, fundraises and delivers the Summit, supported by the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa. Panel discussions and keynote speeches are often accompanied by practical workshops, concerts and exhibitions.
In 2014, the founders of the Summit created the event to overturn narratives of the continent as diseased, hungry and underdeveloped. This ethos speaks to understanding Africa as a diverse region best articulated by those on the continent, which includes both the influential and the marginalised.
2023 LSE Africa Summit
The 2023 Summit was held on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March. The weekend's programme included panel discussions and policy workshops, around the theme: 'The Now and Next Generation'. The Summit brought together policymakers, academics, and industry leaders from the continent to highlight the importance of African youth to future decision making.
Follow this link to see the programme for the 2023 LSE Africa Summit.
In previous years, the Summit has brought together Heads of State, prestigious academics, senior government officials, visionary entrepreneurs, influential artists, philanthropists and leading thinkers from across Africa and its diaspora.
Politicians have included Presidents, Vice Presidents and Supreme Court Justices from Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Mauritius and Ethiopia including Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Yemi Osibanjo and Meaza Ashenafi, as well as leading policymakers such as Dr Donald Kaberuka (former president of the African Development Bank), Ibukun Awosika (chairman of First Bank of Nigeria), Dr Albert Zeufack (Chief Economist for Africa at the World Bank) and Secretary General of the African Continental Free Trade Area, Wamkele Mene. Many more special guests have included film director and actress Genevieve Nnaji, Founder of WorldRemit Ismail Ahmed, musician Sean Kuti, activist and academic Stella Nyanzi and Cristina Duarte, the United Nations Special Advisor on Africa.
Past Summit themes have included Entrepreneurship (2014), Innovative Governance (2015), Africa within a Global Context (2016), African Solutions to African Issues (2017), Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialisation (2018), Africa’s Future Frontiers (2019),The Global Crisis as a Catalyst for Change (2021) and African Prosperity through Peace, Health and Development (2022). The March 2020 Summit was cancelled to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Visit the Africa Summit website.
Hosted by the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa
The 2021 Africa Summit asks how Africans can drive positive change in local communities following the COVID-19 global crisis. Over two days the event brings together prestigious speakers to address topics ranging from grassroots activism, womanhood, policymaking as a vehicle for change, African identity and the role of art in imagining new directions.
Date: Saturday 27 March - Sunday 28 March 2021
Watch the Summit on YouTube.
Read the event programme.