AACOSE Day 1 Highlights

The 7th Annual Africa Conference on Social Entrepreneurship (AACOSE7) kicked off with a powerful and inspiring opening day, setting the tone for the transformative discussions and activities that would follow over the next three days.

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Keynote Speeches

The conference began with a series of compelling keynote speeches from some of the thought leaders in the field of social entrepreneurship. Br. Dr. Jonas Yawovi Dzinekou, Director of the Institute for Social Transformation, opened the session by emphasizing the critical role of social entrepreneurship in addressing Africa’s socio-economic challenges. Rev. Prof. Patrick Mwania, Vice Chancellor of Tangaza University, wrapped up the keynote session by reiterating the university’s commitment to fostering ethical leadership and social transformation.

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High Panel Discussion: Shaping the Future of Human Capital in Africa

The first high-level panel discussion of AACOSE7 focused on the crucial topic of human capital development. This session brought together leading voices to discuss strategies for shaping the future of human capital in Africa. The discussion featured two showcases: Wambui Nganga from Soma Siri, Kenya, and Dr. Zipporah MBA, Coordinator of Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability, who shared their innovative approaches to education and workforce development.

The panelists, including Mr. Mike Korir of Verb Education Ltd., Mr. Owen Muzambi from Gold Youth, South Africa, Ruth Yohannes from Social Enterprise Ethiopia, Dr. Neolina Kirabo of Kyusa, Jane Thiong’o of Alive & Kicking Zambia and the moderator, Dr. Evelyne Jepkemei of Education org engaged in a vibrant dialogue. They explored the intersection of education, entrepreneurship, and sustainable development, highlighting successful models and identifying areas for further innovation and investment. This panel underscored the importance of equipping Africa's youth with the skills and knowledge necessary to drive social and economic progress.

Breakout Sessions

The first high-level panel discussion of AACOSE7 focused on the crucial topic of human capital development. This session brought together leading voices to discuss strategies for shaping the future of human capital in Africa. The discussion featured two showcases: Wambui Nganga from Soma Siri, Kenya, and Dr. Zipporah MBA, Coordinator of Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability, who shared their innovative approaches to education and workforce development.

  • Environmental Sustainability: Addressing Climate Change in Africa
  • Legal & Policy for Social Entrepreneurship in Africa
  • Healthcare for All
  • Faith-Driven Social Entrepreneurship

Each breakout session featured expert-led discussions, case studies, and practical solutions, providing participants with valuable insights and actionable takeaways.

Plenary Session: Agriculture, Food Safety & Sovereignty

This session gathered leading experts and practitioners to delve into sustainable agricultural practices and address the critical issue of food sovereignty in Africa.

 

The session began with a compelling showcase by James Nyamai of BioAfriq, who presented innovative solutions for sustainable agriculture. His presentation highlighted the transformative potential of integrating advanced agricultural techniques with traditional practices to enhance productivity and ensure food security.

Awe-inspiring closing ceremony speech by Dr. Vincent Ogutu, VC Strathmore University

The first day of AACOSE7 concluded with inspiring closing remarks from Dr. Vincent Ogutu, Vice Chancellor of Strathmore University. Dr. Ogutu’s address encapsulated the spirit of the conference and the unwavering determination of social entrepreneurs.

"Social entrepreneurs are like bulldog tenacity...

..they’ll stop at nothing to get the job done. They’ll figure out how to make it happen,” he said, reinforcing the message that relentless perseverance and innovative thinking are key to driving social change.

The energy and enthusiasm of the first day set a positive and hopeful tone for the remainder of the conference, with participants eager to continue their journey of learning, networking, and collaboration in the days ahead.

Day 1 Highlights

The 7th Annual Africa Conference on Social Entrepreneurship (AACOSE7) kicked off with a powerful and inspiring opening day, setting the tone for the transformative discussions and activities that would follow...

Day 2 Highlights

The second day of AACOSE7 continued the momentum from the opening day, featuring a series of insightful speeches, panel discussions, masterclasses, and significant announcements. The day's events focused on innovative...

Day 3 Highlights

The final day of AACOSE7 was dynamic and engaging, with a strong focus on youth empowerment, sustainability, and academic discourse. The day was filled with inspirational speeches, vibrant panel discussions,...