6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Driving the African Century: Youth, Technology, and Entrepreneurship

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The Wilson Center’s Africa Program and the South Africa-Washington International Program proudly present, “Driving the African Century: Youth, Technology, and Entrepreneurship.” This event will focus on the prospects for African economic growth in the 21st century. Speakers will include the South African Ambassador to the United States, members of business, civil society, and international governance communities, along with current SAWIP students. Three panels will discuss “Africa's Possibilities in 2023,” “Business, Technology, & Entrepreneurship in Africa,” and “Impact Investing, Social Enterprises, & Innovators in Africa,” allowing for discussion amongst those actively involved in Africa’s growth. 


  • Steve McDonald

    Former Director, Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Ebrahim Rasool

    South African Ambassador to the United States
  • Richard Sergay

    Former ABC News Johannesburg Bureau Chief and Chief Curator, Curiosity Project, Discovery Communications
  • Renosi Mokate

    Former Executive Director, the World Bank Group
  • Mwangi S. Kimenyi

    Director, Africa Growth Initiative, The Brookings Institution
  • Rick Johnston

    Director and Senior Vice President, International Government Affairs, Citigroup
  • Tom Wheeler

    Chair, Partnership Board, UN mHealth Alliance
  • Andile Ngcaba

    Executive Chair, Dimension Data, PLC
  • David Frankel

    Managing Director, Founder Collective
  • Larry Irving

    President and CEO, The Irving Group, Former VP for Hewlett-Packard and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information
  • Sonal Shah

    Senior Fellow, The Case Foundation
  • Lawrence Yanovitch

    President, GSMA Foundation
  • Erick DeRidder

    SAWIP Alumnus and Co-founder of InKuluFreeHeid
  • Sizwe Mphofu-Walsh

    SAWIP Alumnus and Co-founder of InKuluFreeHeid