“Unite in a spirit of peace” – Kenyan Deputy Prime Minister at NSF’s Africa Forum

“We are here, because the unique conditions of our time make the discussion on security ever more important and ever more personal to each one of us”. With these strong words, part of a powerful rallying speech aimed at all…

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Auma Obama Speaks for Kenya’s Youth at Africa Forum on Business and Security

Auma Obama, Chairman and founder of the Sauti Kuu Foundation in Kenya, and half-sister of U.S. President Barack Obama, spoke for the youth of Africa during her speech during the session Education, Training, and Skills: How to Develop the Skills…

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Africa Forum on Business and Security – A New Form of “Partnership”

New Security Foundation Chairman Dr Harold Elletson invoked the spirit of the founder of modern Kenya, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, when he described the aim of the Africa Forum on Business and Security.  Kenya’s founding father had “harambee” (togetherness) as is…

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Panel “Information and Communication Security” discusses the Power of Digital

The speakers of the panel on Information and Communication Technology have raised key issues that affect both growth and security.  The importance of updated and safe databases; understanding the power of ICT from economic and educative perspectives and more importantly,…

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Panel “Africa’s Private Security Sector: Perspectives, Problems, and Potential” raises Importance of Regulation and Education

Speakers at the panel were very adamant about the need for regulation and oversight of the private security sector whether as international standards (Daniel Shepherd) or local regulations (Stephen Kirimi, Njeri Kururu). The panel also raised the important issue of…

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Opening Session at Africa Forum on Business and Security sets Tone by advocating Partnership

“Working together”. This expression can resume the speeches delivered during the opening session of the Africa Forum on Business and Security. All speakers advocated the need to “come together”, “bridge differences” and reassert awareness of the interactions and interdependence that…

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New Security Foundation Chairman opens Africa Forum on Business and Security

Welcoming participants in the first Africa Forum on Business and Security, Dr Harold Elletson, Chairman of The New Security Foundation, said:
” Twenty-five years ago, we lived in a world that was very different. Security was still defined by…

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Kenya Presidential Candidate to Speak at Africa Forum on Business and Security

Kenyan presidential candidate and Deputy Prime Minister, Honourable Uhuru Kenyatta, son of the country’s modern founding father Jomo Kenyatta, will address participants at the Africa Forum on Business and Security during a special session on September 14. The presence of…

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Major Speech by Kenya’s Defence and Security Minister

Hon Mohamed Yusuf Haji, EGH MP, Kenya’s Minister of Defence and Acting Minister of Internal Security and Provinicial Administration will deliver a major speech on the current security situation at the Africa Forum on Business and Security. Mr Haji assumed…

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Ambassador Gary Quince, the European Union’s delegate to the African Union, will address the Forum and discuss cooperation between Africa and Europe in the fields of economic development and security.  Colonel Sandy Wade, Military Advisor, European Union Delegation to…

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Dr Auma Obama, Chair of the Sauti Kuu Foundation and half-sister of US President Barack Obama, will lend her philanthropic voice to the Africa Forum on Business and Security.…

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An intriguing collection of leading entrepreneurs and investors will join political leaders and security specialists at the Africa Forum on Business and Security. They include Sir Paul Judge, Chairman of the Schroder Income Growth Fund and one of Britain’s best…

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As Kenya counts down to the first general election to be held since the enactment of a new constitution in 2010, Kinuthia Wamwangi, Chairman of the County Transition Authority, will speak about the country’s move towards devolution and how this…

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A major theme on the agenda at the Africa Forum on Business and Security will be energy security. Vincent Gilles, a Managing Director at Credit Suisse and the firm’s leading specialist on utility equities, will chair a session on ‘resource…

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The distribution of land and natural resources continues to be a source of conflict and contention across the Continent.  Kinyua M’Mbijjewe, Monsanto Corporate Affairs Lead in Africa, will open a discussion on how the private sector can work with farmers…

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A skilled workforce is at the heart of any successful economy.  As the former Director General of the UK Defence Academy, Lieutenant General Andrew Graham CB, CBE is well placed to give an insight into the relationship between education, national…

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The role of private security firms will be up for discussion at the Africa Forum on Business and Security. One of the biggest employers in many African countries, the private security sector is already making a major contribution to securing…

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Keynote Speakers include: View All

  • Ambassador Ochieng Adala


    Acting Executive Director of the Africa Peace Forum

  • Victor Bwire


    Programmes Manager at the Media Council of Kenya

  • Marco Caccavale


    General Manager Africa, GE Oil & Gas

  • M’Hamed Chérif


    Managing Director at ACP Business Climate Facility

  • Brigadier General Marcel Chirwa


    Executive Secretary of the African Peace Support Trainers Association (APSTA)

  • Sarah Collins

    Sarah Collins

    Founder of  the Wonderbag, CEO at Natural Balance

  • Edouard Dahome

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    Director, Responsible for Africa, EDF International

  • Dr Bakary Diallo

    Dr. Bakary Diallo

    Rector of the African Virtual University

  • Issouf Diallo


    Secretary of the ICT Best Practices Forum, Burkina Faso Ministry of Transportation, Postal Service and Digital Economy

  • Christopher Donnelly

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    Director, Statecraft and former special adviser to the Secretary General of NATO

  • HE Hon. Charles Gaetan Xavier-Luc Duval


    Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Economic Development of Mauritius

  • Dr Harold Elletson


    Chairman of the New Security Foundation and former Member of the UK Parliament

  • Philipp Freiherr von Bodenhausen

    Managing Director, HSH Global Software (Pty) Ltd

  • Franck Galland


    CEO Environmental Emergency & Security Services and former Vice President Corporate Security at Suez Environment

  • Dr Costello Garang Ring Lual


    Special Adviser to the President of South Sudan and Executive Chairman of the New Sudan Foundation

  • Vincent Gilles


    Head of utility equity research and Managing Director at Credit Suisse

  • Lieutenant General Andrew Graham CB, CBE


    Lieutenant General Andrew Graham CB, CBE, Colonel of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and former Director General of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom

  • HE Hon Mohamed Yusuf Haji


    Minister of Defence and Acting Minister of Internal Security, Republic of Kenya

  • Sir Paul Judge


    Director of Standard Bank Group Limited, President of the Association of MBA’s and Chairman of Schroder Income Growth Fund plc, Member of Togolese President’s International Advisory Council

  • George Kabongah


    Senior Programme Officer, Africa Peace Forum

  • Dr Patrick Karani

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    Executive Director of BEA International

  • Stephen Kirimi


    CEO, PeaceNet

  • Hans-Joachim Karl


    Managing Director, Computerzentrum Strausberg

  • Njeri Karuru


    Senior Policy Officer, International Development Research Centre

  • Hon Uhuru Kenyatta


    Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya

  • Captain Twalib Khamis


    General Manager of Operations, Kenya Ports Authority

  • Richard Kiplagat

    Director Growth & Opportunity, Africa Practice East Africa Ltd

  • Jos Konzolo


    Former Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors of the Nairobi Securities Exchange, former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kenya Association of Stockbrokers and Investment Banks(KASIB)

  • Hon. Eng. James G. Kwanya Rege, MP


    Member of Parliament of the Republic of Kenya for the Karachuonyo constituency, Chair of the Energy, Information and Communications Committee of the Parliament of the Kenyan Republic

  • Daniel Lafayeedney

    Founder, the Institute for Statecraft

  • Dr Simon Mamosi Lelo

    Dr Simon Mamosi LELO

    Director General of the African Training and Research Center in Administration for Development (CAFRAD)

  • Dr Riek Machar

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    Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan

  • Betty Maina


    CEO, Kenya Association of Manufacturers

  • Kinyua M’Mbijjewe


    Monsanto Corporate Affairs Lead in Africa

  • Shadrack Mwadime


    Senior Deputy Secretary, Ministry of State for Provincial Administration and Internal Security

  • Maître Moustapha Ndiaye


    President of the Law Society of Senegal

  • Anne Ngugi


    Commissioner, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR)

  • David Njehia Ngugi

    David Njehia

    Managing Director, Bimasure Insurance Brokers, Councillor Ndururumo ward and former Mayor of Thika, Parliamentary Candidate for Thika Constituency

  • James Nyoro

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    Food Security Expert and Former Managing Director of the Rockefeller Foundation Nairobi

  • Dr Auma Obama


    Founder and Chair, Sauti Kuu Foundation

  • Paul Roy Owino

    PAul Roy

    Regional Partner Technology Advisor East and Southern Africa, Microsoft

  • Ambassador Gary Quince

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    Ambassador Gary Quince, Head of the European Union Delegation to the AfricanUnion, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

  • Arthur Rabjohn

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    Chairman, International Association of Emergency Managers

  • General Cheikh Sène


    Brigade of Gendarmes, Republic of Senegal

  • Vimal Shah

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    Group CEO, Bidco Group of Companies, an ABE Award Nominee

  • Imam Mohammed Shahibu

    Imam Shaib

    ANNOOR Mosque Thika

  • Daniel Shepherd


    Chair,  Security in Complex Environments Group, ADS

  • Dr Fr. Dominic Wamugunda

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    Dean of Students and Lecturer in Sociology, University of Nairobi

  • Kinuthia Wamwangi


    Chairman, Transition Authority, Kenya






Forum Themes

  • Emerging threats and opportunities
  • Business and security: partners in African development
  • Threats to business, stability and growth
  • Economic threats
  • Financial threats
  • eGovernment
  • Commercial / competitive threats – protecting trade
  • Political / strategic threats
  • Terrorism in Africa – perspectives
  • The African Union and peacekeeping
  • Peace-building initiatives
  • The modern security environment and its nature
  • Nodes of vulnerability
  • African cyber infrastructure and threats to it
  • Security and the private sector
  • The security dividend – a boost for business
  • Development, security and business
  • Legislation and legal frameworks
  • Infrastructure: protecting what we have, building what we need
  • Resilience and response
  • Reconstruction
  • Poverty and conflict
  • Education and conflict
  • Maritime security, including piracy, freight security, ports etc
  • Competing influences
  • Corruption
  • Africa’s resources
  • Vulnerabilities and strengths
  • International assistance available
  • Environmental security
  • Energy Security
  • Security of Supply
  • Fraud, counterfeiting and forgery
  • Identity
  • Public health, epidemics, genetics, bio-war etc.
  • HIV / Aids / Malaria
  • Culture and security
  • Liberty and security
  • The security balance for business
  • Women and business; women and peace
  • Youth
  • Private Security Companies
  • Special focus: Sahel, Maghreb, Congo, Nile, Sudan, Somalia