AERC Plenary Session on

 Innovation and Incubation for Africa’s Transformation”


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Chair of Session: TBA

08:30- 09:30      Opening session

Welcoming remarks  :  Prof Lemma W. Senbet, Executive Director, AERC

Official Opening : TBA                                    

09:30–10:30     First session            

Paper 1: The Role Innovation in Africa’s Development

Presenter(s): Dr Domenico Fanizza, Executive Director, African Development Bank, Cote d’Ivoire.

Discussant: Prof David Sahn, Cornell University, USA

Floor Discussion

10:30–11.00     Tea/Coffee Break

11:00–13:00     Second session             

Paper 2: Barriers to Agricultural Innovation in Northern Ghana

Presenter: Prof. Christopher Udry, Northwestern University, US

Discussant: Prof Rodney Smith, University of Minnesota, USA

Paper 3FinTech in Developing Nations: What Has Worked Well and What Hasn’t?

Presenter: Prof. David L. Yermack, Leonard N. Stern School of Business Kaufman Management Center, US

Discussant: Dr Amadou Sy, IMF, USA

 Floor Discussion

13:00-14:30     Lunch

14:30–16:00     Third session   

Paper 4: Innovation and technology hubs in Africa

Presenter: Prof. Erika Kraemer-Mbula, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


Policy paper presentation:           


16:00–16:15     Tea/Coffee Break

16:15– 18:15     Fourth session

Public/Private Sector Policy Panel



Domenico Fanizza, Executive Director, AfDB

Ambassador Jankee Keshwar, Mauritius Ambassador to German, Mauritius

David L. Yermack, NYU Stern School of Business, USA

Amadou Sy, IMF, USA

Floor Discussion

18:00 – 18:15     Wrap-up

Dr. Witness Simbanegavi, Director of Research, AERC