Over three days, The LSE will play host to some 800 guests attending the Alistair Berkley Lecture, Research Conference, and Business Conference.

Alistair Berkley Lecture

With impressive growth rates, it is not surprising that the African continent has attracted global investors and entrepreneurs seeking out new opportunities. While Africa Business Conferences are organised all over the world, these conferences often fail to address the issue of the impact of legal systems on the business environment. However, a favourable legal environment is essential to attract investment and promote entrepreneurship. The aim of the Alistair Berkley Lecture is to explore this uncharted territory. A panel of lawyers and entrepreneurs will discuss legal challenges that entrepreneurs may encounter while doing business in Africa.

Research Conference

The Research Workshop will provide a forum for researchers interested in engaging with the African continent, development professionals, policy practitioners and the general public. Paper proposals will be selected by a panel comprising of LSE academics and experts. Proposals from African scholars are particularly encouraged. A number of selected papers will be gathered into an online publication as well as a print output of the Conference and a prize will be awarded to the most original research paper.

Business Conference

The Business Conference will feature prominent speakers from all over the African continent, including the Chief Economist of the African Development Bank, Mthuli Ncube and other high profile guests yet to be confirmed. Speakers will sit in respective panels using the lens of entrepreneurship to debate issues on Agriculture, Innovation and Finance.