DEC 8-9, 2020 • LAKESIDE KISUMU, KENYA

TOWARDS A POST-COVID AFRICA:

RECOVERING TOGETHER

The Kusi Ideas Festival seeks to build a “Pan-African ideas transaction market” to capitalise on the opportunities and innovations available to Africa to help her win in the 21st Century. This is in line with Nation Media Group’s vision of being the “Media of Africa for Africa”, which aims to contribute to shaping the agenda that will enable Africa be a leading player in global politics and economics.

This second edition of the festival builds on the momentum of the inaugural one which we successfully convened under the theme, “The Next 60 years in Africa” on 8-9 December 2019, in Kigali, Rwanda.

This edition, a hybrid in-person and virtual conference, on the theme “Toward a Post-Covid Africa: Recovering Together” will examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on African economies and livelihoods. It will concentrate mostly on what has worked, explore the tremendous African resilience that has been on display, and look ahead at how to emerge from the crisis.

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ABOUT KUSI IDEAS FESTIVAL

Nation Media Group (NMG) launched the Kusi Ideas Festival early in 2019 as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, to be an “ideas transaction market” for the challenges facing Africa, and the various solutions and innovations the continent is undertaking to secure its future in the 21st century.

Kusi is the southerly tradewind that blows over the Indian Ocean between April to mid-September, and enabled trade up north along the east African coast and between Asia and Africa for millennia.

Beyond trade, over the centuries, Kusi and other tradewinds made possible cultural, intellectual, and technological exchanges, and considerably shaped the history of the nations on the east side of Africa, its hinterland, and the wider Indian Ocean rim.

In the 21st century, the spirits of the tradewinds express themselves in new ways. The Indian Ocean is a rich bed of the fibre optic cables that make the Information Age possible in a large part of Africa.

The inaugural edition of the festival was held in Kigali, Rwanda and co-hosted by H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda

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SCHEDULE DETAILS

Thematic Areas

01

The African Exemplars: How African Resilience and Smarts were revealed by the pandemic

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The Pandemic Taught Us That African Integration Is A Winner

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Securing Growth: The Shape of the Post-Covid African Economy

04

Covid-19 And The Case For New Ways; Urbanisation, Technology, and Global Leadership

05

From the Ashes: Virtual Fashion Shows, Concerts, And African Story-Telling

06

Digging the African Economy Out of the Crisis

07

Protecting the Environment Is the Best Weapon Against Virus, and the Secret to a Sustainable post-Pandemic economy

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The Vaccine Race: Africa Shouldn’t Be Left Behind

09

Covid-19 And The New Urbanisation Realities: Challenges for Africities 2021

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A Kenyan Recovery, An East African Recovery

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Blue Economy: Intra East African Trade, and the new Opportunities on Lake Victoria

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ABOUT KISUMU

Kisumu City, the third largest city in Kenya, is a port town located on the shores of Lake Victoria and is the nerve centre of the Lake Region Economic Bloc.

It has been steadily rising in terms of its infrastructure and private investment over the years with thriving sugar and rice irrigation industries that contribute to the national economy.

In addition to being an economic hub, the city is the home of the Kisumu Impala Sanctuary, a bird sanctuary, Hippo Point, Kit Mikaye and breathtaking sunsets.

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EVENT SPEAKERS

H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta
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H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta

President of the Republic of Kenya

H.E. Paul Kagame
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H.E. Paul Kagame

President of the Republic of Rwanda

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Rt. Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga

Africa Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development

Mukhisa Kituyi
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Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi

Secretary-General United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Peter Anyang' Nyong'o
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Prof. Peter Anyang' Nyong'o

Governor - County Government of Kisumu

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Nathalie Munyampenda

Chief Executive Officer Kepler

Dr. Jomo Sundram
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Dr. Jomo Sundram

Malaysian economist

Matsi Modise
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Matsi Modise

Founder and CEO Furaha Afrika Holdings

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Philip Thigo

Senior Director for Africa Thunderbird School for Global Management

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Dr. Catherine Kyobutungi

Executive Director African Population and Health Research Center

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Prof. Karuti Kanyinga

Research Professor, Institute for Development Studies

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Dr. Shivon Byamukama

Managing Director, Babyl Rwanda

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Capt. Mike Mukula

Chairman, Mabathi Infra Uganda Limited

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Prof. Khama Rogo

Founder, Centre for the Study of Adolescence

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Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

Author, Dust

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Tewolde GabreMariam

Group Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines

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Tejal Dodhia

Managing Director, Thika Cloth Mills

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Dr Ally-Said Matano

Executive Secretary, EAC Lake Victoria Basin Commission

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Dr Rashid A. Aman

Chief Administrative Secretary Ministry of Health, Kenya

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Dr. Sabin Nsanzimana

Director General Rwanda Biomedical Centre

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Frank Matsaert

Chief Executive Officer TradeMark East Africa

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Dr.John Kitui

Oxfam Kenya - Country Director

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Wanjiru Gikonyo

Founding Trustee and National Coordinator of The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA)

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Ms. Clare Akamanzi

CEO of the Rwanda Development Board

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Isaac Kwaku Fokuo Jr.

Founder of Botho Emerging markets Group

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Lolem B. Ngong

Chief of Staff - Amref Health Africa

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Silas Balabyekkubo Babaluku

Founder and Executive Director of The Bavubuka Foundation

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Maimunah Mohd Sharif

Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director UN-Habitat

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Elizabeth(Lizz) Ntonjira

Global Communications Director Amref Health Africa

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Maureen Mbaka

Chief Administrative Secretary -Ministry of ICT, Broadcasting and Telecommunication, Kenya

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William Nanjero

Sol Generation - General Manager

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Bohani Hlungwane

ABSA Group Head of Sales for the Trade and Working Capital Business

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Hosea Machuki

CEO, Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK)

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Louis Otieno

Non-Executive Director, Nation Media Group

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Dr. Carmen Nibigira

Destination Management & Tourism Policy Analyst B.A. (Hons), M.A., Ph.D.

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Dr. Narendra Raval

CEO Devki

Why Participate

Shape the narrative of the African continent
Participate in provocative discussion on business, economic and environmental trends for Africa
Deliberate on the continent’s strategic direction with Africa’s brilliant minds
Enhance collaboration and partnership across countries and organizations
Foster innovation and creativity in solutions to continental conundrum
Enhance organization reputation through thought leadership
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