Dr. Dennie M. Beach to serve as a Distinguished Panelist @ Africa Business Conference @ the Harvard Business School on February 14th & 15th 2020.

I am honored to attend and serve as a Distinguished Panelist @ Africa Business Conference @ the Harvard Business School on February 14th & 15th 2020.

I will serve as Distinguished Panelist on Foreign Investment & Trade Policy on the African continent Panel.



Registration for the 22nd Annual Africa Business Conference is live! Join us for the world’s largest student-run conference on Africa, taking place Feb 14-15, 2020 at the Harvard Business School. Get your ticket now at http://www.africabusinessconference.com/registration/

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This year’s theme is “Africa 2020: Creating clear visions for future prosperity.” 2020 not only represents the year we are currently in, but also represents the 20/20 vision necessary to execute on our collective goals. Which brings us to the overarching question for this conference: What is our collective vision for Africa? In other words, what is the Africa we want to see in 20 years? How can we harness our capabilities and resources to make that vision a reality? What will our narrative be?

In order to fully understand our vision, we must also understand where the continent stands today relative to the future. We must be fully aware of the current challenges we are facing such as the infrastructure gap, underdeveloped capital markets, misallocation of resources, access to electricity, sustainable energy production, food insecurity, and environmental degradation. We must also understand our advantages and opportunities – a rapidly growing young population, economic integration fostered by free trade agreements, increasing popularity of our creative industries, and the penetration of digital technology in our urban and rural communities.

As in the past, we are bringing together over 1,000 people from across the African continent and diaspora: students, professionals, officials, executives, creators, thought leaders, and all inventive minds in between. This year, your input is critical.

Below are 3 questions for all attendees to think about and prepare to discuss at the conference:

  1. 20 years from now, when I think of the word “Africa”, what do I want to see? 
  2. How will I play a direct role in this vision, starting today? 
  3. After committing to this role, how will I hold myself accountable?

To help stimulate the dialogue, we are curating a set of panels and discussions encompassing the essential challenges and opportunities within our various industries. We hope each panel session will provide you with ideas on the direct role you can play in developing the narrative you see for the continent.

We believe that the Africa Business Conference will leave you with meaningful insights, takeaways, and connections that will spur you to actualize your vision for Africa’s future. We look forward to having you in Boston in February!

Kind Regards,
Chinedu Okpala and Zainab Lasisi

2020 Africa Business Conference Chairs

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For more information Contact Mr. Richard Iyasere,  646 838-1330  ext 847 senior Director for African Affairs & promotions Email: RIyasere@GoAfricaLLC.com

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Go Africa meeting with Bacanda producers & Cacao Cooperatives from Trade Mission to Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire from 09/06/2017 – 09/14/2017

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Summary report and assessment of Trade Mission to Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire from 09/06/2017 – 09/14/2017

The Go Africa team arrived prior to the official start of the Trade mission in order to meet and establish relationships with the various Cacao Cooperatives and farmers outside of Abidjan.


Overall the Go Africa Team regards the mission as highly successful. As such we are working toward the launch of Go Africa® Dark Chocolate Covered Cashews in the nationally U.S. sometime in the early November timeframe (see attached draft document).


From 09/06 – 09/10/2017 we met with the following Individuals and Cacao Cooperatives

  • Bacanda producers and cooperatives 09/08 – 09/10/2017
  • Guy M’Bengue, CEO, APEX-CI
  • Sadiku Adjao, sadiku@unfpa.org United Nations Population fund


As a result of meetings with the various cooperatives, Go Africa pledged and delivered and investment of 500.00 USD on 09/11/2017 toward the Bacanda Farmers.


We will continue to work toward the following initiatives over an evolving timeframe:

  • Partnership agreement with the Bacanda cooperative
  • Securing the Exporter license and the structure involved in making such an arrangement work
  • Support for health & education for the cooperatives and producers which would be included in the partnership agreement (we are looking to time this in the Jan/Feb 2018 timeframe)

From 09/11 – 09/14 we met with the following individuals and entities as part of the official trade mission


  • Severin Kassarate, consultant, African Development bank
  • Gerard Amangoua, Deputy CEO, APEX CI
  • Glady Anoh, Strategic partnership Manager, APEX-CI
  • Kaldji Fadiga PhD, General Manager of International Trade, Ministry of Commerce & promotion.


All action items has been captured above and attached.