Day 1: Collaboration

10 -10.45

Opening Ceremony​

Inspiring Talk

Joseph Nkandu

Ashoka Fellow, Executive Director
NUCAFE

Opening Remarks

Moses Anibaba

Regional Director
Sub Saharan Africa, British Council

Pape Samb

Executive Director
Ashoka Africa

Key note address

Arif Neky

Senior Advisor
UN Strategic Partnerships Coordination- SDG Platform

Walid Badawi

Resident Representative
UNDP Kenya

Peter Munya

Cabinet Secretary -
Government of Kenya

Ministry of Industry, Trade & Cooperatives

10.45 – 11.15

Tea and Networking break

11.15 – 12.15

Plenary panel: Collaborative finance for social innovation

Session Brief:

The goal is to provide insights on how collaboration could fostered to support growth of Social Innovations in Africa. By highlight the miss-match between availability and demand, existing models and to come up with suggestions for innovative financing approaches and processes required to meet the funding gap facing Africa.

Moderator

Edward Mbucho Mungai

Chief Executive Officer
Kenya Climate Innovation Centre

Panelists

Dr. Frank Aswani

CEO
Africa Venture Philanthropy Alliance

Yvonne Ofosu

Investment Director
Wangara Green Ventures

Clement Ugorji

Director, Public Affairs & Communications
The Coca Cola Company

Dr. Moka Lantum

Founder / CEO
SAGITARIX Ltd

12.15 – 13.45

Lunch break

13.45 – 14.45

Plenary panel: State of Impact investment in Africa

Session Brief:

The goal is to provide insights on impact investment has the potential to complement public spending and development assistance by crowding in private sector capital and skills to reduce Africa economic vulnerability, providing market based solutions to the continent’s most pressing needs.

Moderator

Michael Sudarkasa

CEO
Africa Business / Group Chair Impact@Africa Network

Panelists

Thomas Sales

Regional Private Sector Special Advisor
Regional Private Sector Special Advisor

Maryanne Ochola

East African Regional Manager
ANDE Aspen Institute

Moses Anibaba

Regional Director
Sub Saharan Africa, British Council

Pape Samb

Executive Director
Ashoka Africa

Dramane Coulibaly

Chairman
ICON

15.00 – 17.00

Parallel sessions: Master class and thematic workshops

master classes

Session 1: Model of Integration supporting sustainable and innovative solutions to promote good nutrition in Africa: ICON

Session Brief:
  • ICON presentation: shared vision, objectives, strategy / approach; instruments put in place to strengthen the impact of the members
  • ICON presentation: the 3 phases of evolution of ICON
    • A collective brand serving the quality of African products
    • Networking entrepreneurs for more impact of each
    • What mechanisms to facilitate & support access and consumption of local nutritious products in Africa

Moderator

Session 2: Measuring and Articulating Impact: B-lab East Africa

Session Brief:

A practical work session to dive deeper into measuring and managing the impact of organizations. The B Impact Assessment is a holistic impact framework that helps you consider the impact of all your stakeholders not just shareholders to balance profit and purpose in-order to keep scaling your social innovation and impact

Moderator

thematic Sessions

Session 3: Real talk – with Impact Investors: Impact@Africa Network

Session Brief:

The breakout session “Real Talk with Impact Investors” will connect social entrepreneurs with asset managers from the continent and provide insight on how social entrepreneurs can prepare themselves to engage with impact investors.

Moderator

Panelists

Session 4: Social Venture Building Model: Enviu

Session Brief:

Enviu will use the food program that they are building in Kenya as an example of a social venture building model.

  • Why a social venture building model?
  • How does this model work?
  • What are key lessons of Enviu?

Moderator

Session 5: Collaborative Leadership

Session Brief:

What is the effect of Team Leadership on Collaboration?
Why is Social capital necessary?

Moderator

Session 6: Making More Health: Ashoka

Session Brief:

“The only thing more powerful than a new idea in the hands of an entrepreneur is a group of entrepreneurs working together.” Bill Drayton – Founder of Ashoka

Co-creation occurs when all partners involved acknowledge and leverage each other’s strengths, recognize and respect each other’s value, align around a shared vision, and believe that the final product, service or business model will lead to positive systemic impact, for all stakeholders.Yet, what are the requirements, levers and tools necessary for co-creation to be successful? How is a co-creation different from a “traditional” partnership, and what internal challenges and opportunities does co-creation trigger? Come, learn and explore these questions and more, through the lens of social entrepreneurs and their co-creation journeys with companies, foundations and NGO’s. Discuss and interact with our panel to uncover insights on how co-creation can lead to increased healthcare access.

Moderator

Panelists

Session 7: Shifting Attitudes; opportunities for increased collaboration between NGOs and social enterprises: ActionAid

Session Brief:
Traditionally, the purpose of NGOs and Enterprise have been viewed as fundamentally different. The purpose of one is to support the alleviation of poverty and address social and environmental issues, and the other is to make profit. In the minds of many, even in relation to social enterprises, this dichotomy remains. This needs to change. In order to achieve the SDGs, strong and meaningful cross-sector partnerships are essential. This panel explores the ways in which NGOs can collaborate to help address some of the challenges faced by social enterprises by looking at the ActionAid-run SDG Ambassadors program. In the SDG Ambassadors program, ActionAid, and international NGO active in over 45 countries is working with 7 social enterprises to attempt to maximise their social impact and help address challenges they face. In this panel, representatives from the SDG Ambassadors and ActionAid will share reflections on NGO-social enterprise collaboration.The benefit of NGO-Social Enterprise collaboration is not a one-way street. This panel will also explore the ways in which NGOs can learn from social enterprises.

Moderator

Panelists

Day 2: New Leadership and Ecosystem

8.20 - 8.30

Welcome & Recap of Day 1

Inspiring Talk

Ngu H. Morcho

Ashoka Fellow
Three Arrows Impact Partner

8.30 - 9.30

Plenary panel: The future of financing for social innovation

Session Brief:

This session is looking at the now, the future and generally the next now on financing for social Innovation in Africa with regards to New Leadership, ecosystems building and collaboration

Moderator

Amadi Nwokocha

Group Controller
Ashoka

Panelists

Manuela Pastore

Global manager
Social entrepreneurial initiative Making More Health

Christie Peacock

Founder and Executive Chairman
Sidai Africa

James Odero

Executive Assistant to Chairman & MD General Manager
Toyota Kenya

Noluvo ‘Vovo’ Ngcwabe

Head Group Corporate Social Investment
Barloworld Limited

Iqbal Paroo

Managing Partner
Paroo and Associates LLC

Anthony Annan

Co-founder, CEO and Board Member
Impact Capital Advisors

9.30 -10.00

Tea and Networking break

10.00 - 11.30

Parallel sessions

Session 1: The Financing Continuum and Innovations: Institutions, Services And Products

Session Brief:

This session will seek to engage participants in the need for the development of a financing continuum along an innovation’s lifecycle with adaptable instruments and financing structure for African ventures. Looking at existing products and services with a keen eye on the role of media

Moderator

Wilmot Allen

Founder
VentureLift Africa

Panelists

Daniela Henrike Klau-panhans

Consultant
IFC

Philomena Dsane

Director
Women Entreprise Development, National Board for Small Scale Industries (Ghana)

Emanuele Santi

Fund Manager
Bamboo Capital

George Gichingiri Mugweru

Housing Market systems Specialist
Terwilliger Centre for Innovation and Shelter in Europe, Middle East & Africa

Session 2: MMH And Women’s Health Ecosystems

Session Brief:

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”  Maya Angelou

Women across Africa and around the world are standing up for themselves and for each other.  In this session we will be sharing the stories of women leaders and social entrepreneurs working together to increase health access for women and young girls across the continent.  Followed by an open discussion on how pockets of eco-systems supporting women’s health can be better supported and nourished.

Moderator

Yeleka Barrett

Global Community Manager
Making More Health

Panelists

Manuela Pastore

Global manager
Social entrepreneurial initiative Making More Health

Session 3: Financing for women involved with social entreprises

Session Brief:

Access to finance for women-led small and medium-size businesses, and business advice, training and support for women entrepreneurs and women-led businesses, which will scale up their businesses and change the way they work.

Moderator

Alice Wekesa

Senior Consultant Gender & Inclusion
British Council

Panelists

Robert Mboya

COO & Co Founder
Cherehani Africa

Josephine Nzerem

Director, venture and fellowship
Ashoka Africa

Alexandra Machado

Founder
Girl Move Academy/Ashoka Fellow

Session 4: Future Of Financing For Youth Social Innovation

Session Brief:

Young people are the demographic dividend for Africa. Poised to be one of the ‘youngest’ continent in years to come, we cannot discuss the future of social innovation leave alone financing without the future of financing for youth social innovation. This session thus looks at the now and next now taking into account models, funds and initiatives aligning towards this goal

Panelists - Global Social Thinkers Showcase

Moderator

Wanjuhi Njoroge

Founder
People Planet Africa

Panelists

Danny Mucira

Managing Director East Africa
Trace TV

David Müller

Program Analyst
UNDP Regional Service Centre

Session 5: Responsible Leadership for Venture Philanthropy And Impact Investment Success

Session Brief:

In 2017 World Economic Forum delegates signed a compact for Responsible and Responsive Leadership in order to respond to the demands of a rapidly changing social,  environmental, economic and political context. This session explores how responsible leadership, guided by purpose and values, and building on strengths to serve the sector and its beneficiaries, comes into play both within the impact investment community and amongst investees. The panellists will unpack what makes a responsible leader, how we can hold each other to account, and how we can ensure responsible leaders are supported and promoted thus allowing them to contribute to solutions to current and future societal challenges.

Moderator

Rachael Millson

African Partnerships Director
Social Enterprise Academy

Panelists

Kibret Abebe

Founder and CEO
Tebita Ambulance Pre-Hospital Emergency Services

Arielle Molino

Associate Vice President
Intellecap Advisory Services PV LTD / Impact@Africa

11.30 - 12.40

Plenary panel: Framework for social innovation

Session Brief:

This session seeks to gather innovators, investors, government, academia and all other interested stakeholders in consultation and experience sharing towards developing a framework to; guide social innovation management and or funding, providing a framework for registration and operation.

Moderator

Shalom Ndiku

Legal Programme Manager for Africa
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Panelists

Ayodeji Adewunmi

President & Co-CEO
Gokada

Susannah Farr

Sawa Nakagawa

Founder & Partner
Three Arrows Impact Partner

Ngwing Kimani

Executive Director
B Lab East Africa

Irungu Nyakera

Entrepreneur &
Philanthropist

12.40 - 13.40

Lunch break

13.45 - 15.00

Plenary panel: Policy and regulations for social entrepreneurship

Session Brief:

This session will seek to gain the perspective of policymakers, government regulators, innovators and ecosystem stakeholders on their assessment of innovation regulation in Africa and the necessary steps to advance a positive policy environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship across the continent.

Moderator

Annette McGee Johnson

Global Legal Counsel
Ashoka Africa

Panelists

Shalom Ndiku

Legal Programme Manager for Africa
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Simon Berry

Ashoka Fellow & Freelance Consultant

Key Note

Peter Munya

Cabinet Secretary -
Government of Kenya

Ministry of Industry, Trade & Cooperatives

15.00 - 15.15

Tea and Networking break

15.15 – 16.15

Parallel sessions

Session 1: Scaling Innovative Models through Social and Business Co-Creation

Session Brief:

This session will launch a new publication from Ashoka on 5 Social & Business Co-Creation Cases in Africa. We will explore how social entrepreneurs and corporates can partner and build win-win collaboration models to scale up innovative models, tapping into their complementary strengths and creating strategic opportunities for all partners.  #impact growth, #partnerships, #SDG 17, shared value, #Corporate Social Responsibility.

Moderator

Stephanie Schmidt

Partnership Lead
Ashoka in Africa

Panelists

Adama Kane

Ashoka Fellow
Founder Jokko Sante

Joseph Nkandu

Ashoka Fellow, Executive Director
NUCAFE

Wanja Mwangi

Director of Corporate Affairs
Developing Middle East and Africa, Mars Wrigley

Session 2: Transparency & Accountability

Session Brief:

Traditional aid projects rarely provide incentives for countries to try new, innovative approaches from the grassroots level, nor do they aim to build ecosystems for change. The Lab’s Accountability Incubator aims to promote and support start-ups that priorities integrity and transparency. Using a selection of case studies from our global network, this session looks at the conditions necessary for internal and external accountability for social enterprises.

Moderator

Sheena Adams

Global Director of Communications
Accountability Lab

Session 3: Data for Social Innovation

Session Brief:

There are many different facets of innovation especially when it is targeted towards solving Africa’s unique challenges. Innovation can be in the form of a new product or business model. In Africa’s context, some of the innovations needed to solve some of the critical social issues being faced, may already exist. The question now is what informs investments in scaling up existing but promising innovations versus channeling finance towards innovations with prospects? Insights into how data should inform social innovation and its financing.

Moderator

Panelists

Philip Thigo

Director
Africa for the thunderbird school for Global Management

Lukman Jaji

Policy Officer (ICT & Documentation)
African Union Commission

Uche Kenneth Udekwe

Founder
NATAL CARES

Session 4: The Deal Room

Session Brief:

The Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) offers incubation, capacity building and financing options to new, small and medium business ventures that have developed innovative solutions towards mitigating and/or facilitating climate change. The focus is in five thematic areas: agribusiness, renewable energy, water management, commercial forestry and waste management.

Social enterprises providing climate smart solutions face numerous challenges that become a bottleneck to their growth, thereby slowing down their social impact. KCIC fosters innovation in these enterprises through financing, business acceleration, market development and matchmaking with potential investors.

The “Deal Room” is an interactive session where investor ready entrepreneurs from renewable energy, water management, waste management and agribusiness sectors, pitch to a panel of selected potential investors with a shared objective of clinching an investment deal. The entrepreneurs will also have an opportunity to exhibit their products and/or service offerings to other conference attendees.

Moderator

16.30 - 17.30 pm​

Closing plenary: Getting everyone aligned

Highlights of recommendations, lessons and messages from Concurrent Workshops, plenaries and networking conversations

Moderator

Edward Mbucho Mungai

Chief Executive Officer
Kenya Climate Innovation Centre

Remarks

Moses Anibaba

Regional Director
Sub Saharan Africa, British Council

Pape Samb

Executive Director
Ashoka Africa

Key note address

Irungu Nyakera

Entrepreneur &
Philanthropist

Kgopotso Ramoroka

Deputy Permanent Secretary
Government of Botswana - Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture

4&5 Dec

AFRICA CAFÉ - Conversations with Social Innovators

Session Brief:

Show case transformative models depicting the theme and sub themes of the summit for increased visibility of social innovations.

Exhibitors

  1. Innovative Co-Operative for Optimal Nutrition (ICON)
  2.  Kenya Climate Innovation Centre
  3. Resolution Health
  4. E4IMPACT FOUNDATION
  5. Habitat For Humanity
  6.  Kayzel Africa Limited
  7. British Council- Ghana
  8. British Council-Sudan
  9. Shop Soko