The Advance Africa Conference

The Advance
Africa Conference

From Ideas to Impact: Advancing Africa Together


The Advance Africa Conference is a strategic endeavour to address a pressing question faced by African professionals in the diaspora: “How can I contribute to the advancement of Africa?”

We have observed that while many African professionals are seizing global opportunities such as scholarships, talent programs, and jobs, and excelling in their respective fields, there remains a deep yearning to leverage their expertise for the betterment of the continent.

Sadly, access to a seamless infrastructure that enables meaningful contributions to the African economic value chains from the diaspora is severely lacking. 

Our mission for this conference is clear: we aim to forge fruitful connections between African talents, business leaders, and change-makers, fostering opportunities across the UK and Africa, and we aspire to reignite the passion for accelerating the continent’s development, regardless of geography.

Meet Our Speakers


Head Africa Strategy & Resourcing
Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

Eugene Nizeyimana

CEO of SSCG Consulting, CEO at African Business Chamber (AfBC)

This transformative event is set to:


The Advance Africa Conference


More details about the conference


November 17th

  • Registration + Networking
  • Welcome Address from LSE & AAC Conveners
  • Keynote Address
  • Panel Discussion
  • Closing Remarks
  • Refreshment & Networking


November 18th

  • Registration + Networking
  • Welcome Address from Oxford & AAC Conveners
  • Keynote Address
  • Panel Discussion
  • Advance Africa Lab
  • Closing Remarks
  • Refreshment & Networking


Frequently asked questions

The Advance Africa Conference is a strategic initiative designed to foster connections, empower professionals, and create opportunities for impactful contributions to Africa’s socio-economic development.

The conference welcomes participation from African professionals, students, and individuals based in the UK, who share an interest in contributing to Africa’s development.

Attendees can expect insightful sessions, networking opportunities, and engaging discussions on topics related to career advancement, opportunities for impact, and innovative solutions to Africa’s development challenges.

Registration is simple! Click here and follow the prompts to complete your registration. You will receive all the details you need to access the conference.

Registration is free but space is limited! Click here to complete your registration.

Absolutely! We invite professionals and thought leaders to share their expertise, ideas, or research during the dedicated networking sessions at the conference.

No, the conference will be conducted physically at the specified locations.

Yes, networking is a key component of the conference. Attendees can connect with fellow professionals, potential collaborators, and experts in various fields during the networking sessions.

Registered attendees may have access to session recordings after the conference is concluded.

You can stay informed by subscribing to our newsletter here. Additionally, follow our social media channels for real-time updates, announcements, and engaging content leading up to the conference.

Ed Barnett

Ed Barnett assumed the role of Head of Africa Strategy and Resourcing at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in October 2023. Prior, he served as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the British Embassy in Mogadishu. Ed’s civil service career commenced in 2012 as an education adviser with the Department for International Development (DFID), including a 4-year stint in Uganda.

From 2019 to 2021, he led the UK’s humanitarian efforts in Lebanon, addressing the Beirut Port explosion. Recently, Ed managed the FCDO’s Humanitarian Response Group in the UK, overseeing the response to the Russia/Ukraine crisis. Preceding his civil service career, he worked with VSO and various NGOs and earned a PhD in economics of education at the London School of Economics.

Eugene Nizeyimana

Eugene Nizeyimana, an entrepreneurial engineer and international management consultant, boasts 20+ years of experience in diverse industries, spanning 15 global markets. As the Managing Partner of SSCG Consulting and CEO of the African Business Chamber (AfBC), he excels in Professional Services, Management Consulting, Oil and Gas (E&P), Technology, Manufacturing, and Automotive sectors.

Eugene serves on the boards and as a Business Advisory Panel member at Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA). His extensive background includes roles with International Oil Companies, Innovate UK, Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), GTC Energy, NHS Institute of Innovation, and major automotive OEMs like Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, and Alexander Dennis.