209 Joralemon Street Brooklyn Borough Hall


African Government Speakers


U.S. Government Speakers

AFRICA IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS / learn about business and investment opportunities

With six of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world, Africa offers untapped markets and tremendous business and investment opportunities for U.S. companies.

Whether you’re looking to start a business in Africa or expand a current venture, our forum and our range of speakers will give you the knowledge, insight and contacts you need.

The Africa Investment Forum will provide informed and engaged debate on doing business in Africa.  The forum is the ideal opportunity to:

  • Network and build business relationships with key decision makers and country specific government officials
  • Hear first-hand of new opportunities and challenges in Africa from distinguished speakers and panelists
  • Explore financing options and investment opportunities
  • Learn of the support offered by U.S. government agencies and Empire State Development Corporation-Global NY, for U.S. companies seeking to do business in Africa

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Can you identify the African cities above?  Click on the images to learn more and watch their investment promotion videos?

Africa Facts / Did You Know?

  • U.S. trade to and from Africa has tripled over the past decade and U.S. exports to sub-Saharan Africa now top $21 billion.
  • Africa is home to six of the ten fastest-growing countries in the world.
  • The International Monetary Fund projects sub-Saharan Africa to grow between 5 and 6 percent each year over the next two years.
  • The New York State Common Retirement Fund, one of the largest U.S. Pension funds and worth about $180 billion, plans to invest as much as 3% — more than $5 billion — of its assets in Africa on top of the $200 million they already have invested in Africa.  Read more.


Hosted by / Eric L. Adams, Brooklyn Borough President

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“I see Brooklyn as a gateway to limitless global economic opportunities.

Events like the Africa Investment Forum help connect this borough to opportunities that will allow the popularity of our brand translate into prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Event Speakers / In Formation

Honorable Eric L. Adams

Brooklyn Borough President

Honorable Kevin Parker

New York State Senator

John Moran

Vice President, OPIC Insurance

Ingrid Lewis-Martin

Senior Advisor to Eric L. Adams, Brooklyn Borough President

Claire McLeveighn

Vice President of Trade and Investment, Empire State Development Corporation & Global NY

Earl Phillips

Board Member, New York City Pension Retirement Fund & Secretary-Treasurer, Transport Workers Union Local 100

Andrew Steininger

Senior Vice President & Chief of Staff, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Mudunwazi Baloyi

USA Head, Brand South Africa

Melissa Cook

Founder & Managing Director, Member - President Barack Obama Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa

Aubrey Sibanyoni

Robert Brunner

Vice President - Americas, Arik Air

Claudine Moore

Founder, C. Moore Media, International Public Relations

Rosalind McLymont

Executive Editor, The Network Journal

Charles Radier

International Trade Specialist, Empire State Development Corporation & Global NY

Ruth Morrison

CEO, Executive Producer, and Founder of What’s The 411TV

Fritz-Earle Mc Lymont

Founder and Managing Partner, Mc Lymont, Kunda & Co.

Mona Davids

Managing Director, Azania

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Event Location

Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street
Brookyn, NY  11201
United States of America

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Event Venue / Historic Brooklyn Borough Hall

Organizers / The Protea Group & Azania