Lagos State, Nigeria
The event is set to gather investors, government leaders, members of the diplomatic community, United Nations representatives, and sustainability specialists from the private sector to shape business solutions that will advance investment in the African continent to achieve the SDGs by 2030.
LAGOS, NIGERIA, 12 July 2022 — Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, is billed to welcome entrepreneurs, private sector business leaders, investors, DFIs, non-governmental organizations, the public sector, chambers of commerce, international organizations, policymakers, and academia for the Africa Social Impact Summit (ASIS), taking place at the Transcorp Hilton on 13 and 14 July 2022, at 9 AM. Over 2,000 participants are expected to attend the hybrid event in-person in Abuja and online.
Themed “Rethink, Rebuild, Recover—Accelerating Growth For The SDGs”, the priority focus of the engagement will be on climate solutions, circular economy, health, renewable energy, agriculture and WASH.
According to the UN, there is a $3 to $5 trillion annual funding gap for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Meeting the SDGs in less than eight years will necessitate the continued mobilisation of large-scale public and private resources. As custodians of capital, corporate leaders are uniquely positioned to integrate corporate financing with the SDGs and collectively find innovative, long-term solutions to Africa’s developmental issues.
The Summit will feature a series of panel discussions and presentations from state and non-state actors—social entrepreneurs, local and international investors, the private sector, and the representatives of governments—who will map out the future of finance and investment as a driver of development, value creation, and social impact. In addition, a deal room session will be held for shortlisted entrepreneurs who will pitch their businesses to investors for a chance to win the support of investors.
Confirmed speakers include Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Zainab S. Ahmed, Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Sharon Ikeazor, Federal Ministry of Environment, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State Governor, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, Kaduna State Governor, Matthias Schmale, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator – Nigeria, United Nations, Abubakar Suleiman, MD, Sterling Bank, Naomi E. Nwokolo, UN Global Compact Network Nigeria & Chair, African Regional Network Council- United Nations Global Compact, Adaora Ikenze, Head, Public Policy (Anglophone West Africa) Meta, Ade Adefeko, Vice President, Corporate & Government Relations, Olam International, Adekanla Adegoke, Head, Oando Foundation, Adetomi Soyinka, Director of Programmes, British Council, Bankole Eniola, Chief Engagement Officer, DFS Africa, Bankole Oloruntoba, CEO, Nigeria Climate Innovation Center, Benedict Llewellyn-Jones, Deputy High Commissioner, British High Commission, Nigeria, Bosun Tijani, CEO, CoCreation Hub, Usie Charles, Country Director, PLAN International Nigeria, Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima, Senior Program Officer, Ford Foundation, Daniel Ikuenobe, Country Head, Tony Blair Institute, Malawi, Dele Faseemo, Group Head, Energy | Corporate Banking, Sterling Bank, Etemore Glover, Projects Lead, Impact Investors Foundation, Femi Taiwo, Executive Director, LEAP Africa, Folawe Omikunle, CEO, Teach for Nigeria, Hansatu Adegbite, Executive Director, Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), Janet Byaruhanga, Senior Program Officer, African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD), Joseph Nnanna, Chief Economist, Development Bank of Nigeria, Kenneth Amaeshi, Professor of Sustainable Finance and Chair in Transnational Governance (Global South), European University Institute, Florence, Italy, Matthieu Seguin, Managing Director, Nigeria Bottling Company Ltd, Michael Ilesanmi, Senior Social Development Specialist – Africa Region, World Bank, Mojisola Bakare, General Manager, Corporate & Investment Banking, Sterling Bank, Mukhtar Muhammad, National Coordinator, Presidential Health Steering Committee for COVID-19, Odunayo Sanya, Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, Olaokun Soyinka, Chairman, One Health Workers Fund, Olapeju Ibekwe, CEO, Sterling One Foundation, Olasubomi Sofowora, Brand Marketing Program Manager – Agro-Allied Division, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, Olawale Samuel, Regional Africa Hub Coordinator, USAID, Olayinka Makinwa, Head, Competence Centre Agribusiness, Delegation of German Industry and Commerce, Nigeria, Patricia Obozuwa, Vice President, Public Affairs, Communications, Sustainability – Africa, The Coca-Cola Company, Pearl Uzokwe, Executive Director, Sahara Foundation, Richard Olong, Regional Programme Manager, North, East and Southern Africa, Oxfam, Sean Melbourne, Head, Climate Change, Energy – West Africa, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), to mention but a few.
The Africa Social Impact Summit is an initiative of the Sterling One Foundation and the UN Global Compact Network Nigeria. Official partners include Sterling Bank, The Coca-cola Company, Impact Investors Foundation, VDF Group, Giving, Nigeria Climate Innovation Centre, the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), ProShare, TechCabal and Ventures Africa.
Naomi Nwokolo, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network Nigeria
About The UN Global Compact Network Nigeria
The United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria is one of the 71 local networks (country offices) of the UN Global Compact.
Guided by The Ten Principles and the 17 SDGs, we support companies and stakeholders in understanding what responsible business means within a global and local context and provide guidance to translate sustainability commitments into action. The UN Global Compact Network Nigeria stimulates and facilitates the creation of local connections and serves as a catalyst to companies and stakeholders to achieve Agenda 2030.