June 14-15, 2017 (Lagos, Nigeria): The Annual GEIA Economic Summit is the Institute’s flagship event held in Africa every year. This is a red carpet event attended by heads of government, Ministers, senior government officials, CEOs, senior business leaders, leading academics, industry experts and other international trade and development dignitaries from different parts of the globe. The 2017 Summit is being organized in partnership with three principal organizations: (i) Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) (ii) Nigerian Economic Summit Group and (iii) Centre for International Governance Innovation. Kindly visit summit website for more information: www.geia-ecowas-summit.com
March 22-24, 2017 (Capetown, South Africa): GEIA President/Chief Economist, Dr. Fred Olayele chairs and delivers the keynote speech at Marcus Evans’ 2nd Annual Chief Series titled, “The Race to Breakthrough: Building a Pathway for African C-Suites to Grow in Today’s Global Economy”. For more information, click here
February 6, 2017 (Lagos, Nigeria): To discuss the challenge of Africa’s future cities at the 2017 CVL Annual Symposium, GEIA President/Chief Economist, Dr. Fred Olayele, joins renowned scholar and Professor of African economies at Oxford University, Prof. Paul Collier; Mr. Jabber Bin Hafez, CEO Smart City Dubai; Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State; Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Governor of Enugu State; Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State; Senator Imoke, former Governor of Cross River State; Dr. Taibat Lawanson, Associate Professor, University of Lagos; Mrs. Udo Okonjo, CEO, Fine and Country West Africa; Mr. Kingsley Eze, Managing Director, Private Estates International West Africa; and Chief Host, Prof. Utomi.
September 29, 2016 (Toronto, Canada): Infrastructure in Africa: Needs and Opportunities. Speakers include Excellency Fatima Haram Acyl, Commissioner for Trade and Industry, African Union Commission; Dr. Fred Olayele, President/Chief Economist, GEIA; John Foster, British-Canadian Energy Economist; Martin Doble, Global Managing Director, Infrastructure, Hatch; Dr. David Lametti, Parliamentary Secretary for International Trade, Parliament of Canada; His Excellency Membathisi Mdladlana, South African High Commissioner to Canada; and other eminent speakers. For more information, click here
February 6, 2016 (Lagos, Nigeria): GEIA President/Chief Economist, Dr. Fred Olayele, joins other Guest Speakers at the February 2016 Annual Leadership Symposium organized by the Centre for Values in Leadership in Lagos, Nigeria. Titled, “Wealth, Poverty and Human Dignity”, speakers include Prof. Yemi Osibajo (Vice-President, Federal Republic of Nigeria), Prof. Pat Utomi (Founder, Centre for Values in Leadership), Dr. Pinkie Mekgwe (Executive Director, Internationalization, University of Johannesburg), Ms. Nana Afadzinu (Executive Director, West African Civil Society Institute, Ghana), Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah (Ghana’s Minister of Trade and Industry) and others.
December 2015 (Ottawa, Canada): GEIA President/Chief Economist, Dr. Fred Olayele, dissects African Development Bank’s New Deal on Energy for Africa, a partnership-driven effort with the aspirational goal of achieving universal access to energy in Africa by 2025.
October 2015 (Pittsburgh, USA): Massive transformations in how and where energy is produced and consumed are drastically changing our energy economy. This dynamic energy landscape is challenging government and industry decision makers to formulate a clear path forward. Olayele’s presentation examines the growth-diversification nexus. For more information, click here