Celebrating the legacy of Amb. Chiedu Osakwe

A memorial lecture in honour of Amb. Chiedu Osakwe will be held on 22 September 2021, two years after his passing. To remember his lasting legacy, AfCFTA Secretariat SecGen @MeneWamkele will speak on “AfCFTA and WTO: Shaping the Future of the MTS”

Register here: 



The Commonwealth Trade and Investment Summit will be taking place next week from Mon 13 –  Tue 14 September 2021

The virtual summit will bring together Government and senior business leaders from across the Commonwealth and will investigate how member states can leverage their Commonwealth connections to collaborate and drive the global recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, and set up a platform for sustained economic growth.

The full agenda for the two-day Summit can be found below. You will also receive e-mail reminders prior to each session starting.

You will then receive your unique joining link to access CTIS throughout the two day summit. Your unique link will be e-mailed to you from: no-reply@zoom.uswith the subject line: Commonwealth Trade & Investment Summit 2021: Build Back Business Confirmation


Monday 13 September

0950 – 1100 BST – Commonwealth Trade: The Lever for Future Prosperity:

  • The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP – Secretary of State for International Trade, UK
  • Mr A H M Mustafa Kamal FCA MP – Hon’ble Finance Minister of Bangladesh
  • Dr James Mwangi – Group Managing Director and Group CEO, Equity Group Holdings
  • Clive Vacher – CEO, De la Rue
  • Chandrajit Banerjee – Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry
  • Jim Ovia – Chairman, Zenith Bank

1200 – 1300 BST – Vaccines: Lessons Learned; Preparing for the Next Pandemic:

  • Hon Dr Jane Ruth Aceng Ocero, Minister of Health, Ministry of Health Uganda
  • Frank Hester – CEO, TPP
  • Prof Richard Hobbs – Head of Department and Nuffield Professor, Primary Care Health Sciences
  • The Hon Samantha Sacramento MP, Minister for the Health Authority, Justice, Multiculturalism, Equality and Community Affairs, Government of Gibraltar

1400 – 1500 BST – A Sustainable Future: Decarboning the Economy and Race for Renewables:

  • Richard Abel – MD, UK Climate Investments LLP
  • Magdalena Kouneva – Director General, Renewable Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEP)
  • Hon EP Chet Greene – Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration
  • HE Mohamed Nasheed – Speaker of the People’s Majlis, The Maldives

Tuesday 14 September

1000 – 1100 BST Financial Services: Fintech to Consumer Finance:

  • Senator Ian Gorst – External Relations Minister, Government of Jersey
  • Wilf Blackburn – Regional CEO, Insurance Growth Markets, Prudential Corporation Asia
  • Nana Dwemoh Benneh – CEO, Universal Merchant Bank
  • Michael Kent – Chairman, Azimo
  • Bhairav Trivedi – CEO, Crown Agents Bank
  • Alex Manson – Global Head SC Ventures, Standard Chartered

1330 – 1430 BST – The Shape of the 21st Century Workplace: New Challenges, New Opportunities:

  • Dr Mohamed Althaf – Board Director, Lulu Group International
  • Ian Livingstone – Executive Chairman, London + Regional Properties
  • Dr Joanna Newman – Chief Executive and Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • Dr Paul Noon – Pro-Vice Chancellor for Enterprise and Innovation

1445 – 1545 BST – Gaps and Gains on the Road to Equality: Showcasing Exceptional Women Leaders and Preparing the Next Generation:

  • Amanda Pullinger – CEO, 100 Women in Finance
  • Shalom Lloyd – Founder and CEO, Naturally Tribal
  • Dame Martina Milburn – Group Chief Executive, The Prince’s Trust Group
  • Folonrunsho Alakija – Vice Chairman, Famfa Oil
  • Enitan Solarin – Managing Director, YOA Insurance Brokers

1600 – 1700 BST – The African Opportunity: AfCFTA and Beyond:

  • Hon. Minister Béata Uwamaliza Habyarimana, Minister of Trade and Industry, Rwanda
  • The Rt Hon William Russel – Lord Mayor of the City of London
  • Nana Adjoa Hackman – Co-founder and Managing Partner, Africa Legal Associates
  • Wole Oshin – Founder and Group Managing Director, Custodian Investments Plc
    Olasupo Shasore – Partner, Africa Law Practice NG & Co
  • Sir Graham Wrigley – Chairman, CDC Group

To register, click on the link below:



Sound decisions for filmmakers masterclass

12th  annual Silicon Valley African Film festival (SVAFF) invites you to our pre-festival Masterclass:

SOUND DECISIONS FOR FILMMAKERS with two-time Academy Award winner, Professor Russell Williams.


Invite your team, students and other colleagues in the film industry to participate in this rare opportunity. Dr. Williams will break things down, use film clips from his past work to illustrate best practices and tricks, and take your understanding of Sound in film to a whole new level.

Register ASAP at:


** Spaces are limited