Agenda

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

Discussant:

Policy paper presentation:           

Presenters:             

16:00–16:15     Tea/Coffee Break

16:15– 18:15     Fourth session

Public/Private Sector Policy Panel

Chair:                      

Panellists:                    

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