Programme & Speakers

The largest convening of entrepreneurs, policymakers and business leaders in one location


Tony O. Elumelu

Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation

His Excellency Paul Kagame

President of Rwanda

His Excellency Macky Sall

President of Senegal

His Excellency
Felix Tshisekedi

President of DRC

Dr. A.V Elumelu

TEF Trustee & CEO, Avon Medical

Kennedy Uzoka

GMD, United Bank for Africa Plc

Dr. Benedict Oramah

President of AFREXIMBANK

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina

President of AFDB

Tony Okpanachi

MD, Development Bank of Nigeria Plc

Simbo Ukiri


Pradeep Pahalwani

Serial Entrepreneur, Life Coach and Trainer

Bogolo Joy Kenewendo

Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Botswana

Ahunna Eziakonwa

Assistant Administrator and Regional Director

Jennifer Blanke

Vice-President Agriculture, Human and Social Development, AFDB

KOLA aina

Partner, Ventures Platform

Mofoluwaso Ilevbare

Confidence & Peak Performance Coach


African music mogul

Aaron Fu

MD, MEST Africa

Chike Onyia

Certified Emotional Intelligence Expert

Yomi Jemibewon

Head of Principal Investments at Cardinal Stone Partners, Investment Arm

Dr. Maxwell Uba

Corporate Transformation Expert and Executive Coach

Jocelyn Songco

Principal at Soros Economic Development Fund, Open Society Foundations

Khadijat Abdulkadir

Chief Technology Officer Africa Prudential

Ugo Mozie

Founder, Aston Mozie

Mr Aziz Mebarek

Founder AfricInvest

Claude Borna

Managing Director and Chief Innovation Officer at Sèmè City Development Age

Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu

CEO, Tony Elumelu Foundation

Cathia Lawson

Senior Banker SGCIB (Société Générale Corporate and Investments Banking)

Andrew Alli

CEO, Southbridge

Claudine Moore

CEO, C.Moore Media


Panel Discussions

The headline panel will be moderated by Tony Elumelu, Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, and will feature an interactive dialogue with His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda; His Excellency, Macky Sall, President of Senegal, and His Excellency Felix Tshisekedi, President of DRC​


The TEF Forum will host the Founder’s Den; an interactive and dynamic pitching competition that aims to provide a platform for emerging talent across the continent.


In this panel policy makers, development leaders, and TEF Entrepreneurs discuss how we can create an enabling environment for entrepreneurship across Africa.

Fireside Chat with Wizkid & UBA GMD, Kennedy Uzoka

When an African music mogul and the Group Managing Director of Africa’s global bank come together, there is bound to be an interesting conversation on how big businesses can collaborate with startup entrepreneurs.

Plenary 1: Plug-in or Get Left Out

A discussion on how entrepreneurs across Africa can leverage technology to improve their business operations and expand their impact regardless of sector.

Plenary 2: Disruptive Healthcare

In this plenary, Dr. Elumelu will host a dynamic session alongside other global healthcare leaders to share global trends, insights, and emerging opportunities within the industry to generate impact.

Plenary 3: The Business of Africapitalism

Entrepreneurs will learn more about the transformational potential of Africapitalism – the belief that the private sector has its role to play in the socio-economic development of any country.

Plenary Session: Getting Past the Roadblocks

In this rapid-fire session, entrepreneurs will get practical business and personal nuggets to reach success. The session will provide the opportunity to share success stories, challenges and motivate others.

Masterclass 1: Exporting African Excellence

In an ever-globalizing world, entrepreneurs must learn how to expand their reach beyond their local market. In this masterclass, entrepreneurs will learn how to gain access to both regional and international markets, as well as how to ensure that their brand can compete across borders.

Masterclass 2: Leveraging the Agriculture Value Chain

In this masterclass, leaders from across the agriculture value chain come together to discuss strategies for tapping into the different segments of the agricultural value chain. Entrepreneurs will gain insights on how they can expand their business operations in order to capture more value for their businesses.

Masterclass 3: Commercializing Your Talent

In this masterclass, entrepreneurs will be provided with tips on how they can turn their talents into viable and profitable businesses. It will also delve into how they can put in place measure to protect their intellectual property against competitors.

Masterclass 4: Shaping the Leaders of Tomorrow

In this masterclass geared towards aspiring leaders, attendees will learn how to continue building a successful business or career, while also creating impact by supporting and mentoring others.

Masterclass 5: The Art of Networking

As part of this masterclass, entrepreneurs will learn tips on how to successfully network and build relationships that could help propel their business to the next level.

Masterclass 6: The Strategy of Scaling a Business

In this session, entrepreneurs will learn how to scale their business beyond the launch stage.

Masterclass 7: Building Brand Equity

This masterclass will teach the entrepreneurs how to develop a strong and dynamic brand which will create a solid foundation for their business.

Closing Plenary/ Founders Session

The Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Tony Elumelu, will engage directly with the entrepreneurs. He will share his personal business lessons and steps to be taken to achieve success.