Africa is now hot for big business. As recent as a couple of weeks ago, UK Prime minister Theresa May, on a visit through Africa, promoted British investments and joint ventures. Prior to that, China invited all African heads of state to Beijing to further promote their investments in the continent.

One should ask, who really benefits? Furthermore, what is Europe’s policy in this regard? What kind of entrepreneurship is sustainable?

The University Centre for Development Cooperation (UCOS) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) cordially invite you to this seminar to tackle these complex questions. A variety of high level speakers will defend their vision and debate the issues.

Academic staff, students, entrepreneurs and third parties are all welcome!

This event will fully be in English.


Karel Uyttendaele

Karel Uyttendaele is the coordinator of the program Circular Migration for African higher educated, and has interviewed more than 500 young engineers and economists in Burundi, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Mali & Senegal on the topic of industrialization of Africa. As a former Manager at Agoria and Business Director at Hewlett-Packard, he has 45 years of experience in global industrial value chains, in particularly in West-Africa. His writings on investments in Africa appear in various national magazines and he holds passionate talks about large scale investments in Africa as the leverage for development.

Uzo Madu

Uzo Madu is an integrated communications professional with deep knowledge of EU Public Affairs. She is founder and board member of the non profit organization What’s in it for Africa, a media outfit dedicated to providing informed debate and analysis about crucial policy decisions affecting the political and business relationships between Europe and Africa.

Prof. Dr. Nikolay Dentchev

Nikolay Dentchev is professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at the Solvay Business School, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, researching Sustainable Innovations, Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility. He currently seats the Chair for Social Entrepreneurship at the VUB, bringing the academic and business world together in researching sustainable business-models.

Prof. Dr. Patrick Develtere

Patrick Develtere is Principal Adviser for European Social Policy at the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), the in-house think tank of the European Commission. He is also part-time professor at the University of Leuven, teaching development cooperation, researching the emergence of non-state actors and their relations with the state, private sector and international cooperation.

Jean Bossuyt (Moderator)

Jean Bossuyt is Head of Strategy of the European Centre for Development Policy Management, where he focuses on ACP-EU cooperation and is involved in policy work on issues related to governance, civil society participation, and reform processes. He did fieldwork in several ACP countries and has published extensively on ACP-EU cooperation.


» Date: Wednesday 28 november – 14:30 – 17:00

» Location: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Campus Etterbeek, Brussel – auditorium will be specified later

  • By public transport: the easiest way is to take the train to Etterbeek Station. From there it is a 2min walk to the VUB Campus. Tram 7 and tram 25 also stop right infront of the campus.

» This event is free: academic staff, students, entrepreneurs and third parties are all welcome!

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