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Future of Africa Development Focus of Georgetown, Coca-Cola Summit

July 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Georgetown University issued the following information:

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will be among the top global leaders exploring the future of African development and business during an Aug. 4 forum hosted by Georgetown in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company.

The forum will look at key emerging opportunities for private investors and business in Africa, the biggest obstacles to private investment, and the role such investment plays in reducing poverty and improving health and education.

Donald Kaberuka, president of the African Development Bank, and Nathan Kalumbu, president of the Eurasia and Africa Group for The Coca-Cola Company, will join Johnson Sirleaf during the forum, which will be webcast live beginning at 2:30 p.m. from Gaston Hall.

Zeinab Badawi of BBC's World News Today will moderate the discussion.

Steven Radelet, the Donald F. McHenry Chair in Global Human Development at Georgetown, will introduce the panelists.

Radelet, distinguished professor in the practice of development, is Georgetown's first chair of global human development in the School of Foreign Service - thanks to a $4 million gift from The Coca-Cola Foundation.

The professor previously served as chief economist for U.S. Agency for International Development and has served as an economic adviser to Johnson Sirleaf and the president of Malawi.

Other Georgetown faculty also will delve into the nuances of business and development in Africa.

Scott Taylor, associate professor and director of the African studies program, will talk about the continent's emerging big business culture, while Sonal Shah, professor of practice and founding executive director of Georgetown'sBeeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, will talk about social innovators making change on the continent.

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