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Folaseto Akin-Olugbade, Chair of the Africa Business Summit

The London Business School Africa Club is excited to present its 16th Annual Africa Business Summit scheduled to be held in London on Saturday 22 April 2017. The Summit has established itself as a leading forum in Europe for shaping an integrated and innovative perspective on Africa’s future.

Ahead of this year's summit, we met with Chair Folaseto Akin-Olugbade (MBA2017) to find out what drives her.

What interested you in becoming Chair of the Africa Business Summit? 

I am African and I am very proud to be Nigerian, irrespective of the bad press about my country. I am also extremely passionate about economic development in Africa. The Africa Business Summit provides the ideal platform to convene with people that share my passion, discuss pertinent issues, and brainstorm ideas and feasible solutions that add value to the continent. 


What are you most looking forward to at the Summit?

The fact that the planning process for the summit will be finally over… haha! 

On a serious note, I look forward to gaining valuable knowledge from the line-up of keynote speakers, as well as networking with like-minded individuals, and finding inspiring contacts to join me in making a lasting impact on the African continent.


What has been your biggest challenge so far in organising the Summit?

I learnt a lot working with the team to organise the summit. Overall, it was a positive planning process. Characteristic of all projects, we experienced a few challenges along the way that we capitalised on and plan to apply to future projects - notably, soliciting financial sponsorship from companies for the summit. Fundraising can be a daunting task, but as a team, we rose to the occasion and we made it work. 


If you had the power to solve one and only one problem in the world, what would it be and why?

Access to clean water. 

Over 40% of the world is affected by unsafe water supply. In Nigeria, over 50 million people lack access to clean water and about 50 thousand children die annually from water borne diseases. Access to clean drinking water is crucial to human health, and Slingshot, a water purification technology, whose potential I believe in, helps generate drinking water from any source. 


What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

“Spend time to get to know yourself, and when you do, you will take better control of your life and make better decisions.”


Tell us something surprising about you.

My favourite meals are those that are best eaten with my bare hands.


The LBS Africa Business Summit is on 22 April 2017. Find out more http://abs2017.lbsafricaclub.org/  

Eight reasons to attend the 2017 LBS Africa Business Summit, blog post from Adesoji Solanke: