The largest annual gathering of the African private sector

Founded in 2012, the AFRICA CEO FORUM is an annual gathering of decision-makers from the largest African companies, as well as international investors, multinational executives, heads of state, ministers, and representatives of the main financial institutions operating on the continent.

As a platform for high-level business meetings and a place to share experiences and to identify trends that affect the business world, the AFRICA CEO FORUM is committed to offering concrete and innovative solutions to help the continent and its companies move forward. Through its ‘Women in Business‘ and ‘Family Business‘ initiatives, it also aims to increase the representation of women in decision-making positions on the continent, and to support the transformation of African family businesses. 

1,800 participants from 70 countries, including 40 African states, came to Kigali for the 2019 edition of the Forum. Among them were almost 800 CEOs, four heads of state, 100 ministers and financial donors, and more than 150 journalists from Africa and overseas.

The AFRICA CEO FORUM is part of Jeune Afrique media group. Since 2018 the Forum also hosts the Women in Business Annual Leadership Meeting, devoted to women business leaders. In 2019 the Forum launched the Africa CEO Network, the most powerful and influential network of business leaders in Africa.

1800 Participants in 2019
70 Countries represented in 2019
150 Journalists in 2019
800 CEOs in 2019
3000 Participating companies since 2012
140 Heads of state and ministers since 2012

The annual gathering of African women business leaders

First held in July 2018, the Women in Business Annual Leadership Meeting is based on a strong conviction that African women leaders are a powerful force for transformation on the continent. The two-day event brings together more than 200 of Africa’s most influential women from the private sector each year. It is a rare opportunity for women leaders from across the continent to come together and expand their networks. Organized around a particular theme each year, the event shines a light on female leadership in Africa and offers opportunities to share experiences and benefit from high-level coaching.


A powerful and influential community of decision-makers in Africa

Live the AFRICA CEO FORUM experience all year round with the AFRICA CEO NETWORK, the first networking and business development community for decision-makers active in Africa. To boost your business on a daily basis, the Africa CEO Network offers:

  • A web and mobile platform optimized for networking and available every day of the year, giving you visibility and contact with potential business partners;
  • A dedicated team of relationship managers managing your contacts throughout the year, who will recommend people you should meet according to your business interests;
  • Exclusive events every three months in the main African economic hubs, including Abidjan, Kinshasa, Lagos, Nairobi, Casablanca, Paris, London, etc. 

What they say about us

Kuseni Dlamini
Chairman, Massmart

Tewolde Gebremariam
CEO, Ethiopian Airlines

Sola David-Borha
CEO Africa, Standard Bank Group

Mohammed Dewji

Tonye Cole
CEO, Sahara Group

Chris Kirubi
Director, Centum Investment

Corneille Karekezi
CEO, Africa RE

Mossadeck Bally
CEO, Azalaï Hotels

Delphine Maïdou
CEO, Allianz Global Corporate Specialty Africa

Vuyani Jarana
Chief Executive, Vodacom Business

The organizer

Since it was first established in 1960, Jeune Afrique Media Group has played a key role in every major stage of African development and has promoted Africa’s progress worldwide. Jeune Afrique Media Group is a leading media group which specializes in the African continent. It is a major player in event management, audiovisual production, electronic media, publishing and consulting industries.