GTABC 2020 Agenda

Shaping the Conversation

January 31st: GTABC Day 1

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ICC Auditorium

Tickets available onsite


New Venture Pitch Competition

ICC Auditorium

Startups from across the continent & the diaspora pitch for 1st, 2nd & People's Choice Prizes  

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China in Africa Happy Hour

Bulldog Tavern

Join conference attendees, New Venture Competitors & others for a Happy Hour sponsored by the China in Africa Project


February 1st: GTABC Day 2

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Registration + Coffee

Rafik B. Hariri Building

Register or purchase your tickets on the 1st floor of the McDonough School of Business, then grab coffee & a light breakfast


Welcome Address

Lohrfink Auditorium

Joel Hellman

Dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University


Joel Hellman joined the School of Foreign Service following 15 years at the World Bank, where he most recently served as Chief Institutional Economist and led engagement with fragile states as Director of the Center on Conflict, Security and Development. 


Keynote Address

Lohrfink Auditorium

Kevin Okyere

CEO of Springfield Energy Group

Kevin Okyere is the CEO and founder of Springfield Group, the first Ghanaian company to carry out deep-water drilling. Kevin started his career in the telecoms industry in Ghana. He is also a noted philanthropist, supporting a wide number of projects through his foundation.


Plenary Panel

Lohrfink Auditorium

The moderator will lead a discussion by a panel of leaders from the public and private sectors touching on conference themes and the Keynote Address 


Networking + Coffee

Rafik B. Hariri Building

Mix, mingle & drink coffee


Breakout Session 1

Rafik B. Hariri Building 

Three concurrent panel discussions broken out by industry


Talent of the Future

Hariri 250

Financing Growth

Hariri 240

Energy & Infrastructure

Lohrfink Auditorium


Networking + Lunch

Rafik B. Hariri Building

Network over lunch served on the 1st & 3rd floors of Hariri


Breakout Session 2

Rafik B. Hariri Building 

Three concurrent panel discussions broken out by industry


Foreign Influence

Hariri 240

Travel & Tourism

Hariri 240



Lohrfink Auditorium


Networking + Coffee

Rafik B. Hariri Building

Mix, mingle & drink coffee


Afreximbank Event

Lohrfink Auditorium

A special presentation by Dr. Hippolyte Fofack, Chief Economist of Afreximbank

At Afreximbank, our shared purpose is “to stimulate a consistent expansion and diversification of African trade so as to rapidly increase Africa’s share of global trade; and in doing so, to operate as a first class, profit-oriented, socially responsible financial institution and a center of excellence in African trade matters” and our shared vision is to consolidate the Bank’s position as “The Trade Finance Bank For Africa”.


New Ventures Competition 

Lohrfink Auditorium

Announcement of the winner of the 1st, 2nd & People's Choice prizes for the New Venture Pitch Competition

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Afternoon Keynote

Lohrfink Auditorium

Florizelle Lizer

President & CEO of the Corporate Council on Africa

Ms. Liser brings expertise and an extensive network on trade and Africa to the CCCA, along with a strong track record of working with the private sector to translate policy into action.


Ms. Liser joined CCA from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where she was the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa since 2003. At USTR, she led trade and investment policy towards 49 sub-Saharan African nations and oversaw implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). She is the first woman to lead the Council since its founding in 1993.

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Shaping Narratives Event 

Lohrfink Auditorium

Blitz Bazawule

Film screening & Director's Lecture


Closing Remarks 

Lohrfink Auditorium

Professor Scott Taylor

Director of Georgetown's African Studies Department

Scott Taylor’s research and teaching interests lie in the areas of African politics and political economy, with a particular emphasis on business-state relations, private sector development, governance, and political and economic reform. Professor Taylor has served as consultant for numerous organizations, including USAID, the African Development Bank, the World Bank, and the Carter Center. 


Social Hour 

1015 Lounge

Join conference attendees, panelists and others for a social hour sponsored by Creative Streetz. Open bar from 20:00 - 21:00, free admission into 1015 Lounge until 23:00


Brunch & Day Party

Decades DC

Join conference attendees, panelists and others for a brunch & networking session sponsored by Creative Streetz