China-Africa Conference 2021

Hosted by the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa

Online public event


Conference Director - Shirley Yu

Conference Director - Shirley Yu

Director, China-Africa Initiative, LSE

Conference host - Tim Allen

Conference host - Tim Allen

Director, Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa, LSE

Lead the 22nd Century: Africa’s Future and the role of China

China has become Africa’s largest investor, biggest trading partner, preeminent digital services provider and, increasingly, a soft power influencer. It is clear that China’s role in Africa’s future will be both complex and enduring.

As part of the launch for the China-Africa Initiative at LSE, the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa is thrilled to announce the first virtual China in Africa conference, Lead the 22nd Century: Africa's future and the role of China. 

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Key speakers

  • Leslie Maasdorp, CFO, the New Development Bank
  • Jingdong Hua, Vice President and Treasurer, World Bank Pension Finance Administrator, World Bank Group
  • Dr Nkosana Moyo, Former Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and Founder of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS)

Visit here for the full programme and list of speakers.



(British Summer Time/BST)

9:00-9:50am Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential: Innovation and Sustainability

  • Phillip Thigo, Senior Adviser, Data, Innovation and Open Government, Office of the Deputy President of Kenya; Senior Director for Africa, Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • Professor Kevin Urama, Chief Economist/ Vice President, African Development Bank
  • Blake Goud, CEO, RFI Foundation
  • Chair: Professor Shirley Ze Yu, Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa, LSE

10:00-10:50am Game Changer: AfCFTA for One World Market

  • Ambassador Alan Wolff, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute, former Deputy Director-General of the WTO
  • Dr Knosana Moyo, Former COO, African Development Bank
  • Hannah Ryder, Founder, Development Reimagined
  • Moderator: Professor David Luke, Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa, LSE

12:30-1:30pm Lunch Dialogue: China-Africa Trade and Investment Future Roundtable

  • Jingdong Hua, Vice President and Treasurer, the World Bank
  • Dr Martin Kimmig, Chief Risk Officer, Asian Infrastructure Development Bank
  • Leslie Maasdrop, COO, New Development Bank
  • Dr Rania A. Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, Egypt
  • Moderator: Shirley Yu, Director, China-Africa Initiative, FLIA, LSE

2:45-3:30pm Delivering the Promise of Africa’s Youth, in China

  • Ruth Kagia, Deputy Chief of Staff (Policy & Strategy) in the Executive Office of the President of Kenya
  • Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator, China
  • Professor Haifang Liu, Director of the Center for African Studies, Peking University
  • Moderator: Shirley Yu, Director, China-Africa Initiative, FLIA, the LSE
4:45-5:30pm China: Friend or Foe?
  • Dr Knosana Moyo, former COO, African Development Bank
  • Professor Stephen Chan OBE, Chair in World Politics, SOAS University of London
  • Moderator: Shirley Yu, Director, China-Africa Initiative, FLIA, LSE

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