Yale Africa Business Club

   2018 Seminar

Investment and Trade on the African Continent

December 1, 2018

Does the African Continental Free Trade Area signal the dawn of a new era on the continent? What does this new economic bloc signify for foreign investments and intra-continental trade?



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Chinedu Enekwe

Chinedu Enekwe is the founding partner of AffinitiVC a venture capital platform investing in a future of shared prosperity by focusing on minority-led startups in the US and startups on the African continent. After starting a career in Investment Banking at Merryl Lynch, he later became a Moonshot Fellow of the Kravis Lab for Social Innovation and a founding member of the Forbes Impact Community. He manages the largest syndicate of under-represented angel and micro-VC investors, AffinitiVC. Before launching AffinitiVC, Chinedu co-founded tiphub and managed its pre-accelerator program, Diaspora Demo, which supported over 35 early stage technology and social enterprises raised over $7 Million in after-program funding and achieved 3 exits since 2014.

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Ngozi Bell

Ngozi Bell is an investment partner at Trans-Sahara Investment Corporation — A private equity firm that originates, develops and actively manages direct investments in West Africa. Before her current role, she was the Regional Advocate appointee in President Obama’s administration for the US - Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, representing the mid-Atlantic states. Before that, she was Vice President of Birchmere Ventures Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania an early stage tech-focused Venture Capital firm with over $160M under management. Ngozi holds degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering.





Saturday, Dec 2

1:45pm – 2:00pm      Check-in

2:00pm – 2:30pm      Opening Keynote Address

2:30pm – 3:00pm      Venture Capital & Private Equity Trends in Africa

3:00pm – 3:30pm      Discussion Panel

3:30pm – 4:00pm      Q & A + Closing Remarks

3:30pm – 4:00pm  Cocktail Party + Networking (featuring African food and music)

Register Here

Networking + Cocktail Party



Travel & Lodging

Arriving by Train

The Amtrak train runs from DC, MD, PA, NJ and NY to New Haven. Amtrak mobile app can be found here

The Northeast regional , which is cheaper than the Amtrak, departs NY (Grand Central) for New Haven approximately every 30mins. You can check train times for the Northeast regional using this app

Arriving by Air

The closest Airport is the Tweed New Haven Airport (airport code: HVN).

Driving & Parking

To drive to the conference venue, simply enter "165 Whitney Avenue 06511" or "Yale School of Management" in your GPS.


Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale

Courtyard by Marriott New Haven at Yale



Yale School of Management

Yale School of Management

Yale Africa Initiative

Yale Africa Initiative

MacMillan Center Council for African Studies

MacMillan Center Council for African Studies



Prodigy Finance

Prodigy Finance