About the Event

The Eisenhower Fellowships Program (https://www.efworld.org) was started in 1953 in honor of Dwight Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States of America.

Eisenhower Fellowships (EF) exists to inspire leaders around the world to challenge themselves to think beyond their current scope, to engage others, including those outside of their current networks, and to leverage their own talents to better the world around them.

Wider engagement, heightened creativity & collaboration have widely been stated as the enablers to preparedness for inclusive global socioeconomic growth in this fast changing technology driven era.

This year's theme, The Future of Africa’s Global Integration, will unpack the opportunities, challenges & solutions that will foster the exchange of ideas, people, goods & services that will contribute to the new social compact between citizens and leaders for the public good.

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The Eisenhower Fellows, together with government representatives, business leaders, academics, scientists, journalists and the youth, will drive discussions & debate focused on:

  • Fostering new partnerships aimed at creating new programs & policies required to promote a just, peaceful and prosperous world that reverses rising inequality

  • New frameworks for national, regional, continental & global cooperation to drive inclusive economic growth...

The areas of focus will be:

  • The Future of Trade

  • The Future of Work

  • Technology & Innovation

  • Governance


Active participation of all delegates and action oriented dialogue will focus on leading all to a consensus on:

  • Innovative ways to reframe education systems & skills development to prepare youth for the Future of Work

  • Programs & partnerships aimed at closing the digital divide for a globally inclusive socioeconomic development agenda

  • How to foster Intra African trade in the context of Globalization 4.0...

  • Solutions for gaps in existing and upcoming policies that will accelerate free movement of ideas, people, goods & services

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Day 1 June 14, 2019 Kigali Convention Center
Day 2 June 15, 2019 Kigali Convention Center
Day 3 June 16, 2019 Discover Rwanda Day
09:00 - 10:00

Arrival of Delegates

Guests are requested to be seated by 9.15

10:00 - 10:30

Opening Ceremony

  • The Future of Africa’s Global Integration: A short film from EF Africa Fellows

  • Welcome remarks from EF Africa Fellow

  • Opening remarks from Eisenhower Fellows President

  • Keynote speech from the Guest of Honour

10:30 - 11:00

Spotlight conversation with Guest of Honour

What should globalization & opportunities for the next generation look like 20 years from now?

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:45

Integration in a global innovation driven economy. How do we keep up?

Increasingly, countries the world over recognize that knowledge-based innovation is a major driver of competitiveness. That requires a powerful knowledge base, often centered on technology and innovation, as an important precondition for building and developing a genuine innovation economy.

  • What can Africa do to achieve a competitive edge in today’s global marketplace?

  • What shall it take to grow and mature innovation ecosystems in Africa?

12:45 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:15

The Future of Work – What is it and how do we ensure global inclusiveness?

Relevant education and skills are the foundation for the economy of the future. 21st century skills and competencies are emerging as more and more important for innovation, growth and participation in the future economy. The challenge for leaders both from the private and public sector across the globe is to create an environment to nurture these skills and to ensure supply and demand for appropriate skills and competencies are matched. This session will explore and unpack the following:

  • What are the major trends in technology that will continue to shape the way we work and learn?

  • How do we ensure that these emerging trends create opportunity for all our citizens and not just a few?

  • How do we prepare for these changes, and what unintended circumstances can we circumvent, avoid, or mitigate?

  • Do we need new approaches to training and learning and/or new ways of certifying skills and knowledge to create technologically resilient life-long employment opportunities?

15:15 - 15:45

Coffee Break

15:45 - 18:00

The Digital Divide - Strategies for bridging the digital divide for inclusive socio economic development

The digital divide is a new form of socioeconomic inequality. Today, more than 50% of the global population still doesn’t have access to internet. The digital divide has created a new distinction basis in the society that has critically in uenced daily operations and livelihood of persons globally. Effects of the digital divide are immensely felt in the following areas: education, job opportunities, communication, politics, consumer satisfaction, health information, community Involvement, government, and emergency information. The ever-widening gap in the digital divide has signi cantly undermined industrialization in the developing world; creating a notion of dependency and insuf ciency. This session will explore and unpack the following:

  • What are the factors for the digital divide, and what speci c initiatives regionally are being taken to narrow this gap?

  • Is there a contextual process in bridging the digital divide for countries that lag behind, re ecting the complex landscape that is the global digital economy?

  • How can we ensure that innovation and governance nd new ways of collaboration to bridge the digital divide for socio-economic development in emerging economies?

18:00 - 19:00


19:00 - 21:00

Gala Dinner