Nairobi To Host The First Climate Change Global Business Summit On Africa

by Business Watch Team
Climate Change

The 1st “Climate Change Global Business Summit on Africa” will take place on 19-20 March 2024 in Nairobi.

Conceived in the aftermath of the Africa Climate Summit chaired by President Ruto in September 2023, the event will be an annual action-oriented international business platform built for Africa and based in Africa.

It will bring together 200 CEOs, economists, and influential personalities to raise global attention on the contribution that the private sector can provide in addressing the most pressing challenges caused by climate change in Africa.

If, on the one hand, climate change is having severe impacts on all countries and continents, the impacts on Africa are considerably higher and more disruptive than in other regions. Thus, the need to promote closer collaboration and foster dialogue between the public and private sectors to effectively address these challenges.

Among the key topics:

  • Climate finance: challenges and opportunities
  • Clean operations for climate protection
  • Agro-Industry and Energy transition
  • Communicating climate change in Africa for Africa
  • The role of healthcare

Among the most outstanding confirmed speakers:

Michal Mlynár (UN Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN-Habitat), Wamkele Mene (Secretary General, African Continental Free Trade Area), Sidi Ould Tah (President, Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa), Roberto Natali (Ambassador of Italy to South Africa), Hennie Heimans (CEO Sub- Saharan Africa, DHL), Khadija Al-Makhzoumi (Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Somalia), Imran Manji (CEO East Africa, Uber), Tony Hayward (former CEO, British Petroleum; former Chairman, Glencore), Adil El Youssefi (CEO East and West Africa, Liquid Intelligent Technologies), Muthoni Wachira (Managing Partner, Katapult Africa), Nhlanhla Nene (Chairman, Thebe; Chairman, TEHA Africa; former Minister of Finance, South Africa), Nyimpini Mabunda (Chairman, Schindler Southern Africa), Patricia Ithau (CEO, WPP Scangroup), Alcinda Pereira (Chairwoman, African Business Aviation Association), just to name a few.

Pietro Mininni (CEO, The European House – Ambrosetti Africa) states: “We look forward to the first edition of the Summit which will become the annual cornerstone of the climate change debate with a focus on the private sector. We have built a unique community where influential business leaders can meet and nurture long-term international partnerships, with the aim of creating a positive and concrete outcome for the African continent in addressing climate change issues. We are thrilled to start this journey in Kenya, which is driving the agenda on climate change in the African Continent and internationally”.

The European House – Ambrosetti is a Think Tank and consulting firm based in Milan, Italy, leader in the organization of events for the business community. Founded in 1965, it is no.1 Italian Private Think Tank, no.4 in Europe and among the top 100 in the world, in the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go To Think Tank Index Report. The European House – Ambrosetti is “Top Employer 2024” in Italy, and it has been working in the African Continent in the last 20 years.

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