Wednesday  Thursday, August 23
8:00  Registration Opens
   
9:00 Speed Networking
  An Atlas Network tradition. This opening session gets participants in a participatory mode and improves odds that attendees will discover ways to help one another.
   
9:45

Welcome Remarks

 
  • Brad Lips (Atlas Network, USA)
  • Olumayowa Okediran (African Students for Liberty, Nigeria)
   
10:00 Cornerstone Talks
  This first session of the Africa Liberty Forum sets the tone for the conference as it is about liberty in Africa. Speakers will share what is happening in a particular project, in their institute, or in their country. The perspective of this session is broad enough to inspire a broad range of discussions. 
  Moderator: Casey Pifer (Atlas Network, USA)
  Speakers:
 
  • Linda Kavuka (Students for Liberty, Kenya) on Building Africa's Champions for Liberty
  • Brad Lips (Atlas Network, USA) on Doing Development Differently - Why Homegrown Solutions to Poverty Succeed where Big Aid Fails 
  • Dr. Denis Foretia (Nkafu Policy Institute, Cameroon) on Creating Space for Small Businesses in Africa
  • Rejoice Ngwenya (COMALISO, Zimbabwe) on Populist Elections in Southern Africa - A Threat to Property Rights Advocacy
  • Kofi Bentil (Lex Praxis Incorporated, Ghana) on Holding Government Accountable: The Story of IMANIfesto
  • Andrew Mwenda (Independent Publications Limited, Uganda)
11:15 A Dialogue on Combating Corruption
  This panel will feature expert partners who have experience generating new ideas in combating corruption.
  Moderator: Manali Shah (India)
  Speakers:
 
  • Dr. Denis Foretia (Nkafu Policy Institute, Cameroon)
  • Kofi Bentil (Lex Praxis Incorporated, Ghana)
  • John Mustapha Kutiyote (Students' Organization for Liberty and Entrepreneurship, South Sudan)
   
12:15

Luncheon: A Celebration of Honorary Cheetah, Dr. George Ayittey

   
13:30 Concurrent Sessions:
   
  A) Panel Discussion: Living Together
  A productive discussion on how to overcome tensions between different communities and co-exist peacefully and productively
  Moderator: Dr. Tom Palmer (Atlas Network, USA)
  Speakers:
 
  • Olumide Makanjuola (The Initiative for Equal Rights, Nigeria)
  • Chukwuemeka Ezeugo (Global African Christians for Liberty Initiative, Nigeria)
   
  B) Panel Discussion: From Student Group to Think Tank 
  Activists from Students for Liberty are building careers advancing the ideas of liberty. Learn how they're creating new organizations using the skills they developed as student leaders.
  Moderator: Kyle Walker (Students For Liberty, USA)
  Speakers:
 
  • Evancy Exaudy Nkya (Liberty Sparks, Tanzania)
  • John Socrates Mugabi (Action for Liberty and Economic Development, Uganda)
  • Aimable Manirakiza (Centre For Development and Enterprises Great Lakes, Burundi)
   
14:45 Concurrent Sessions: 
   
  A) Workshop - Building High Performance Teams
  This session will look at some tools and best practices to help organizations foster a work environment where team members can operate at their best.
  Facilitator: Dr. Lyall Swim (Atlas Network, USA)
  *1 Atlas Network Leadership Academy Credit
   
  B) Expanding Property Rights
  Why are property rights essential? What can be done to extend the blessings of property rights to marginalized communities?
  Moderator: John Socrates Mugabi (Action for Liberty and Economic Development, Uganda)
  Speakers:
 
  • Rejoice Ngwenya (COMALISO, Zimbabwe)
  • Chukwuemeka Ezeugo (Global African Christians for Liberty Initiative, Nigeria)
  • Feyisade Charles Adeyemi (Chale Institute, Nigeria)
   
16:00 A Partner Projects Snapshot
  Facilitator: Vale Sloane (Atlas Network, USA)
  Join us for a discussion of projects making a difference for freedom in Africa!
   
18:30 Reception
   
19:30 Africa Liberty Awards Dinner
  Keynote Speaker: June Arunga Kimani (Usafi Comfort, Kenya) on Africa's Entrepreneurial Future
  Master of Ceremonies: Brad Lips (Atlas Network, USA)
   
  Friday, August 24
   
9:00 Think Tank Leadership Exchange
  Facilitator: Dr. Lyall Swim (Atlas Network, USA)
   
10:15 Crowdsource Liberty
  Too often, conferences ask you to sit down and stay quiet. Not here! You are invited to speak up and exchange ideas where presenters are ready to discuss projects under development to advance liberty. Play an active role in sharpening their plans to make a difference!
  Facilitator: Tarun Vats (Atlas Network, USA)
   
12:00 Concurrent Sessions:
   
  A) Panel Discussion: Barriers to Trade and Migration
  Join us for a discussion on the institutional barriers to trade and migration within the continent of Africa and what can be done to improve the freedom of movement for people and goods in Africa.
  Moderator: Vale Sloane (Atlas Network, USA)
  Speakers:
 
  • Olumayowa Okediran (African Students for Liberty, Nigeria)
  • Garreth Bloor (South African Institute of Race Relations, Canada)
   
  B) Workshop: Effective Use of Social Media
  This interactive workshop will explore how an organization can more effectively employ social media.
  Facilitator: Japheth Omojuwa (Alpha Reach, Nigeria)
   
1:30 Think Tank Shark Tank Luncheon
  Watch live as think tank leaders pitch their project ideas to a panel of judges! 
  Master of Ceremonies: Brad Lips (Atlas Network, USA)
 

Judges: June Arunga Kimani (Usafi Comfort, Kenya) • Linda Edwards (UK) • Kofi Bentil (Lex Praxis Incorporated, Ghana) 

  Contestants: Nathan Tjirimuje (Chevauchee Foundation, Namibia) • Denis Foretia (Nkafu Policy Institute, Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation, Cameroon) • Olumayowa Okediran (Students For Liberty, Nigeria)