Event: 2016 LSE Africa Summit



8:00 am - 5:00 pm



Key Participants Announced for 2016 LSE Africa Summit

Researchers and business leaders announced for student-led summit


London – The London School of Economics and Political Science today announced key panel participants for its third annual Africa Summit to take place on April 22 and 23, 2016. The Summit, themed “Africa within a Global Context,” will feature an interdisciplinary research conference and a transnational business conference focused on economic development in the African continent. The Summit is proud to announce that Dr. Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa will provide the key note remarks.


As Vice Chair the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows, Dr. Carlos Lopes will also be participating in the panel on Law and Illicit Financial Flows along with Dr. Leonce Ndikumanaof the University of Massachusetts- Amherst, the Rev. Suzanne Matale of the Independent Commission on the Reform of International Corporate Taxation, and Dr. Thomas Pogge of Yale University. This panel will be chaired by Alex Cobham, Director of Research at Tax Justice Network.


The Summit is also proud to announce that this panel is sponsored by the Alistair Berkley Charitable Foundation.


“The importance of challenging conventions requires thorough research to understand and define key issues as well as to develop constructive ideas and advance policy making,” said Research Conference Co-Director Nejat Abdella.


“Challenging traditional thinking and unpacking the complexity of illicit financial flows has allowed us to present Africa as a resource rich continent and a net creditor to the rest of the world.”


WHAT: 2016 Africa Summit: Africa within a Global Context. The summit will feature a research and business conference


WHERE: London School of Economics, London, UK


WHEN: Friday 22 and Saturday 23 April, 2016


REGISTRATION: To register for the conference please visit: http://www.lseafricasummit.com/


MEDIA: For more information regarding coverage opportunities, please contact the Head of Media and Communications for the LSE Africa Summit, Yossie Olaleye, or the PR Manager, Meredith MacKenzie.


The Research Conference

The research conference, subtitled “Challenging Conventions,” will feature a panel discussions on Law and Illicit Financial Flows, the Politics of Knowledge, and the importance of Social Media as a Space for Agency. During break out sessions in the afternoon, established and upcoming researchers will present papers on China-Africa relations, the ‘global’ land grab and responses to gendered realities.


The Summit is exited to announce the panelists for “Law and Illicit Financial Flows.”  This panel will discuss the need for the international community and domestic policymakers to apply greater pressure on sub-Saharan African wealth extractors through changing domestic and international laws that consider this behavior, creating accountability structures that allow the public to trace transfers of wealth and utilizing the capacity that lawyers, financial advisors and accountants have to reduce the extent of illicit financial outflows.


Dr. Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa and Vice-Chair of the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows will provide a key note address and serve as a panelist.


Dr. Leonce Ndikumana,  former director of research and operational policy at the African Development Bank, specializes in macroeconomics and economic development with a focus on: external debt and capital flight, financial markets and growth, macroeconomic policies for growth and employment, and the economics of conflict and civil wars in Africa.

Prof. Alex Cobham is an economist and director of research at the Tax Justice Network, and a visiting fellow at King’s College, London. His work focuses on illicit financial flows, effective taxation for development, and inequality. He has been a researcher at Oxford University, Christian Aid, Save the Children, and the Center for Global Development, and has consulted widely, including for the Economic Commission for Africa, DFID, and the World Bank.


Rev. Suzanne Matale is ordained minister in the Africa Methodist Episcopal Church and currently serves as General Secretary of the Council of Churches on Zambia and is a member of the Independent Commission on the Reform of International Corporate Taxation. She advocates for justice and peace and for political, economic and social policy change to bring in line the demands of the much needed positive change for the common good of all people.


Dr. Thomas Pogge is the Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs and founding Director of the Global Justice Program at Yale. He also serves as President of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP), an international network aiming to enhance the impact of scholars, teachers and students on global poverty, and of Incentives for Global Health, a team effort toward developing a complement to the pharmaceutical patent regime that would improve access to advanced medicines for the poor worldwide.


The LSE Africa Summit is an annual gathering that showcases Africa’s contributions to the world and fosters debates on the challenges facing the continent. By gathering renowned scholars, corporations, and influential leaders, whilst centering the authentic voices of Africans at the London School of Economics, we seek to create a platform that enables the power and potential of African nations to be transformed into action to boost investment, influence policy, and challenge narratives
CONTACT: Yossie Olaleye, O.Olaleye1@lse.ac.uk, +44 (0) 7508 533177