African Solutions for
3 April 2019
THANK YOU FOR JOINING US!
The MBA Africa Club, HEC AfricAntilles Association together with HEC International Affairs and Executive Education would like to thank you for your presence and participation at the 3rd Edition of AfricaDays@HecParis.
Your attendance made the event a success for the third-year running and it was a pleasure to welcome you onto campus.
With HEC Paris’ own development in Africa becoming one of our top priorities, the event shone the spotlight on young entrepreneurs and those who are building the Africa of the 21st century, raising awareness about two sectors of development,
each distinct from the other but of equal importance for economic development: The Electrification of Rural Zones in Africa and The Music Industry.
Panel 1 discussed new means of sustainable energy production to combat Africa’s energy supply problems. Panellists highlighted the importance of capitalizing on and leveraging the country’s renewable resources such as geothermal, hydro and solar power and the impact of energy on the environment, national security issues and human development. Other key points discussed were distribution models and energy as an engine for maximizing productivity in other sectors by way of a harmonised policy.
Panel 2 talked about the emergence of a music economy in Africa associated with digital development. Panellists emphasised the opportunities for development of the music industry in Africa and the problems faced in terms of difficulties with distribution and copyright of the music produced. Also discussed were solutions that bring together technology, innovation, the artist and the younger generation to enable the music sector in Africa to grow.
The positive feedback received from many who attended reflects the energy and ambition felt by all for building a more prosperous Africa.
We hope that this will mark a long-lasting and fruitful cooperation between HEC Paris and African experts and leaders of the academic and economic world, in support of a sustainable and inclusive development of the continent.
Yele Olatunbosun, Nefe Etomi, Abou Toure, Barria Achimi, Badisson Zeade
H.E. Prof. Judi Wakhungu
Kenya Ambassador to France
Former Minister for Environment
Effective Solutions for the Electrification of Rural Zones in Africa
With more than 600 million people – almost two thirds of its population – without electricity and with growing demands, Africa is still confronted with numerous energy supply problems that slow down and endanger its economic growth, which is nonetheless promising. The lack of infrastructure and the poor road conditions prevents the transport and delivery of energy and several other essentials to rural areas, which are not connected to the national grid.
More than 730 million people are still dependent on charcoal for cooking or on petrol for lighting, even though the continent has abundant renewable energy resources at its disposal. The usage of these clean energies and the development of new means of electricity production is one of the major challenges that the continent faces. For several years now, young entrepreneurs have proposed new solutions to respond simultaneously to transport and distribution problems, to environmental performance and impact, and finally to providing easy payment methods.
Setting up micro-networks is a great response to the needs of the continent, and could also become the best solution to the planet’s climate and energy issues. Lots of startups have already made significant progress setting up electricity networks for villages thanks to out of the box solutions. It’s a real revolution taking place on the African continent, similar to that already witnessed with mobile telephones.
Ambassador of Kenya to France
Paul-Francois Cattier VP Economic Development
Africa & Middle East
Dr Meseret T. Zemedkun
Energy Africa Office UNEP
Founder and CEO Baobab+
Shedding Light onto Untapped Industries in Africa
The Music Industry
Blues, jazz, soul, RnB, funk... Africa has long been a source for music. And music can be considered a cultural wealth for Africa.
While the music industry is historically in the hands of an oligopoly, the emergence of a music economy in Africa associated with digital development can reshuffle the cards. To what extent can this economy be built for the benefit of Africa? Is the African music industry primed to be a driver of economic growth in Africa? Can Africa be the place of affirmation of a new, more diverse music economy?
The panel will focus on the roles of key stakeholders (artists, online music platforms and music labels), both locally and in the diaspora, in driving the industry forward. Discussions will revolve around how technology, record labels, and musicians have collaborated to create music and continent originating out of the continent. Especially with the increase of smart devices into Africa, it is becoming easier for Africans to create, commission, and consume content with the global community.
Singer and Songwriter
Sony Music West Africa
International Development Africa
Singer and Poet
16:00 - 17:00
Registration and Reception at Building T, Amphitheatre Blondeau.
17:00 - 17:45
Opening with Keynote Speaker
17:45 - 19:00 Panel 1
Effective Solutions for Electrification of Rural Zones in Africa
19:00 - 19:15
19:30 - 20:45 Panel 2
Shedding Light onto Untapped Industries in Africa - The Music Industry
20:45 - 22:00
Arriving at HEC Paris
ACCESS BY BUS
Bus Mobicaps Ligne 9
Les Ulis Centre commercial - Jouy-en-Josas Train Station
Bus Phebus Ligne GHP
Jouy en Josas Train Station - HEC Campus
Bus Phebus Ligne Z
Versailles Gare Rive Gauche - Saclay Le Christ
Versailles Gare des Chantiers - Campus HEC
Navette SAVAC HEC
Campus HEC - Massy-Palaiseau Train Station
Campus HEC - Pont de Sèvres
Campus HEC - Igny - Denfert-Rochereau Train Station
ACCESS BY TRAIN
Access by train (RER C or B)
REC C - Gare de Jouy-en-Josas (Avenue Jean Jaurès 78350 Jouy-en-Josas)
At Jouy-en-Josas train station take bus line Z or line GHP
RER B or C Gare de Massy-Palaiseau (6, Place Pierre Sémard 91300 Massy)
At Massy Palaiseau take RER line C towards Versailles Chantiers until Jouy-en-Josas or the shuttle bus (SAVAC)
HEC Paris Campus
1, rue de la Libération
78351 Jouy en Josas Cedex
Phone: 33 (0)126.96.36.199.00
Fax: 33 (0)188.8.131.52.40