Program

Africa Conference 2022

(GMT+1/UK/Nigeria Time Zone)

08:00

Registration, Networking, Roundtable selection, and TEF Mentoring

Connecting people, ideas and projects

13:50
13:55
14:00

Opening Keynote Panel: Optimising the Delivery of Africa’s Development Projects for Sustainable Growth and Social Good

To grow sustainably Africa needs reliable infrastructure: roads, railways, power, water, internet, schools, and hospitals. How can the delivery of Africa’s development projects be optimised? What are the limiting factors, and how can these be overcome?

14:40
15:00

Roundtable Dialogues: Peer-to-peer networking discussions

Meet changemakers from around Africa’s project management ecosystem through taking part in these small group conversations, have your say, and deepen your understanding around how to:

  • Harness your potential, and the potential of Africa’s resources and people
  • Drive sustainable growth and improve livelihoods
  • Add value both to your business and society

Better understand how your counterparts in business, education and government are responding to Africa’s project delivery challenges and add to your professional contacts list.

Tapping into the wealth of experience of the PMI Africa audience, these discussions are an opportunity built into the programme for delegates to reflect on what has been said on stage, and to share experiences and insights with peers.

Bring lots of business cards!

15:35

Networking tea and coffee break; exhibition visit

16:00

Keynote conversation: Delivering the goods

Hear the origin story of one of the continent’s most exciting start-ups and how it is helping small traders’ get their goods from A to B, faster.

16:20

PANEL: The Evolving African Project Management Profession (Bridging the Gap between Perception and Reality)

  • What does a project manager actually do? How is this role changing?
  • What is the role of government in creating the framework needed for the profession to grow and mature?
  • Is project management and the role of the project manager misunderstood by business? What can be done to change this perception?
  • Understanding project management in the African context
17:00

Spotlight

17:10
17:30

Spotlight: Achieving Organizational Strategic Objectives Through Project Portfolio Management (PPM)

17:40

Ministerial Address: Strengthening Africa’s Ecosystem for Delivering Large & Medium Scale Projects

  • Creating policy frameworks that facilitate the growth and maturation of the project economy
  • Dealing with the shortage of qualified project managers
  • Improving cross-border collaboration
  • Tailoring project management to the African business environment
18:00

Chair’s closing remarks followed by networking drinks reception

08:00

Networking & Meetings

10:00
10:05

Opening Keynote Address

10:40

Panel: Fuelling Africa’s Tech Boom

Africa’s tech sector is attracting attention. Last year alone, the continent secured $5billion in venture capital, a leap from the already eye-catching $2bn figure recorded in 2020. Africa’s young, tech-savvy population and a regulatory focus on tech talent development is helping drive this growth. What does the future look like for Africa’s emerging tech ecosystem? Where are the most exciting areas for growth? And what more can be done to bring the region’s still untapped tech talent on stream?

11:10
11:30

PANEL: Will the Metaverse Revolutionise Project Management and Delivery?

The Metaverse is being touted as one of the major trends that will change the web, life and business as we know it. Major brands are already building their own ‘mini metaverses’. Some commentators see life and work increasingly shifting over to this 3D simulation of reality. Surveys have shown that 42% of business leaders already believe that it will be ‘transformational’. Others, however, are more sceptical. Is the metaverse all hype, or is it going to become the new reality for the future of project delivery and management? How will it change things for project managers and how should they prepare?

12:10

Keynote interview

12:30

Networking Lunch & Exhibition Visit

14:00

BREAKOUTS PART 1: Topic-driven, peer-to-peer roundtable discussions hosted by practitioners and experts

Join two consecutive 40-minutes discussions on a topic area that matters to you. These are small group discussion with a maximum of 10 participants.

These immersive roundtable sessions focus on boosting women, professional skills & development, making a positive social impact, and cutting-edge tech.

Conducted in French and English.

Topics to include (not an exhaustive list).

  • Upskilling opportunities for project managers
  • Boosting the role of women in the decision-making process
  • Project management for social good
  • Metaverse: New ways of working and delivering projects
  • Unlocking the strategic value of PMO (The connection between the PMO and organisational strategy)
  • Strengthening the ecosystem for Africa’s project management sector
  • Career paths for young project managers
  • Setting up a Project Management Office (PMO) from Scratch
  • Understanding the wider forces and trends reshaping and impacting the project management profession (digital transformation; climate change, inclusion and diversity)
  • The post-pandemic hybrid boom: The opportunities and challenges of distributed and remote teamwork
  • Digital transformation: Ensuring projects are aligned with the best-in-class technologies
  • How PMs can come together to lobby and advocate for their profession
  • Adapting PM practices to the African context
  • Managing the work/life balance
15:15
15:35
15:55

Networking Tea and Coffee & Exhibition Visit

16:20
16:40
17:00
19:00

PMI Africa Party and Gala Dinner

A more informal opportunity for delegates to network, plus buffet food and live music

08:00

Networking tea & coffee

10:00
10:10

Keynote Conversation: Women at the Top

How women are rising, thriving, and driving Africa’s economic growth one project at a time

10:30

Panel: The Wider Context - Megatrends 2023 & Africa Outlook

The pandemic accelerated many business trends already underway. What does our panel of thought leaders consider to be the key trends and forces shaping Africa’s future trajectory? What impact will these have on the project economy and achieving sustainable and inclusive growth on the continent?

11:10

Tea and coffee break. Exhibition visits. 1-1 meetings.

11:40
12:00
12:40

Networking Lunch. Exhibition Visit. 1-1 Meetings.

14:00

BREAKOUTS PART II: Topic-driven, peer-to-peer roundtable discussions hosted by practitioners and experts

Join two consecutive 40-minute discussions on a topic area that matters to you. These are small group discussion with a maximum of 10 participants.

These immersive roundtable sessions focus on boosting women, professional skills & development, making a positive social impact, and cutting-edge tech.

Conducted in French and English.

Topics include:

  • Upskilling opportunities for project managers
  • Boosting the role of women in the decision-making process
  • Project management for social good
  • Metaverse: New ways of working and delivering projects
  • The connection between the PMO and organisational strategy
  • Strengthening the ecosystem for Africa’s project management sector
  • Career paths for young project managers
  • Setting up a Project Management Office (PMO) from Scratch
  • Understanding the wider forces and trends reshaping and impacting the
  • project management profession (digital transformation; climate change, inclusion and diversity)
  • The post-pandemic hybrid boom: The opportunities and challenges of distributed and remote teamwork
  • Digital transformation: Ensuring projects are aligned with the best-in-class technologies
  • How PMs can come together to lobby and advocate for their profession
  • Adapting PM practices to the African context
  • Managing the work/life balance
  • Have you got PQ? Getting your projects successfully over the line with project intelligence, hosted by Fola Alabi
15:30
15:40

Tea and Coffee Break. Exhibition Visits. 1-1 Meetings.

16:10

Keynote Interview: Managing Technology-Enabled Projects -Jetstream's experience developing human-led systems alongside digital infrastructure

16:30

Joint Keynote Address

16:50

PANEL: Education and Entrepreneurship – Building a Bridge to Employment

People are the most important asset to an organization.  Preparing individuals and teams to have the technical, financial, leadership and innovation skills is the heart of this discussion and the key to elevating business and community success.  This panel of education and entrepreneurship leaders will discuss how organizations can ensure employee readiness through education and building entrepreneurial skills.

17:30