SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 7:00PM-9:45PM
BOSTON CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTER – ROOM 210 ABC
To close out the 2017 ABC conference, a banquet and after-party will be held on Saturday, February 18th 2017 at 7.30pm at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), located in Boston's historic waterfront district and offering sweeping views of Boston's expanding waterfront. The banquet will feature a custom menu with an African twist that is sure to delight! The banquet and the after-party will also include an array of entertainers, cultural acts and inspirational speeches. Dress code is evening formal or traditional African attire. Event is open to all registered participants with a valid banquet ticket.
Welcome cocktails, closing keynote address, gala banquet, musical entertainment and ABC Leadership Excellence Award presentation.
ABC Leadership Excellence Award winner
EUVIN NAIDOO, HEAD OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND PUBLIC SECTOR PRACTICES FOR AFRICA, BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP
Euvin Naidoo is the first South African Partner and Managing Director to join The Boston Consulting Group's Johannesburg office where he serves as Head of the Financial Services and Public Sector Practices for Africa. Euvin's global and pan-African experience over the past 15 years encompasses engagement across more than 20 African countries within investment banking, personal and business banking, insurance, and risk, incorporating public-private partnerships, digital innovation, infrastructure and energy projects. Selected in 2009 as a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum (WEF), in 2012 he was recruited to the Forum’s Global Agenda Councils, where he served on the United States Council for 2 terms. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School. Columbia University’s Journal of International Affairs has named Euvin one of the ‘Five Faces of African Innovation and Entrepreneurship’. In 2011, he was selected by Forbes as one of the African continent's Top 10 most ‘Powerful and Influential Men’ of his generation. Euvin was an opening speaker at TedX Global
Musical entertainer: Rafiya
RAFIYA has performed extensively locally and internationally treating fans to her electrifying blend of contemporary African rhythms and modern pop music. Last year, she sold out the Apollo Cafe with her live band and looks forward to continue engaging audiences across the globe. Sheinspires her audience with a message of solidarity and love- providing a unique experience that you will never forget.
MC: Kofi Williams
MC Kofi Williams will preside over the the Gala Banquet. Originally from Ghana, Mr. Williams is an unconventional MC that brings life to the party by creating a fun, lasting and a memorable event for his audience.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 10:30PM – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1:30AM
Our surprise guest of the night, Mr. Eazi is a hot Ghanaian hip pop and hiplife artist. Well known for the single “Dance for me”, “Hollup”, and “Skin Tight”, Mr. Eazi will turn up the whole place and make sure we finish the weekend strong. Get ready to “shoki”, “alkayida”, and “dab” !
Here is his hottest single, “Dance for me”!
DJ Kweks is making a return this year to deliver another epic experience for our guests at the afterparty.
Transport Arrangements to/from the gala banquet and afterparty
- 6:00PM- 7:45PM Buses depart from the Marriott Courtyard Cambridge approximately every 20-30 minutes, making stops at Harvard Business School, the Doubletree Hotel in Cambridge and the BCEC.
- 7:45PM – 9:30PM Service will only be as needed for guests wanting to depart BCEC, and will not pick up guests from the hotels or HBS so that nobody arrives during dinner
- 9:30PM- 11:30PM Service from Marriott Courtyard, Doubletree and HBS to BCEC
- 11:30PM-2:00AM Service from BCEC back to hotels and HBS