About the Conference Annual Africa Conference on Social Entrepreneurship (AACOSE)

The Annual Africa Conference on Social Entrepreneurship (AACOSE) is an initiative set in place to foster the interaction between the key actors who contribute to creating favourable conditions for the growth of sustainable social enterprises in Africa Learn More

Meet our Conference Speakers

Maureen Mbaka

Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, Kenya

Maureen Mbaka

Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, Kenya

Maureen Mbaka is the Chief Administrative Secretary, ICT, Broadcasting and Telecommunications at the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, appointed by H.E. the President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2020.

She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Certified Public Secretary of Kenya.

She has formerly practised commercial law at TripleOKLaw Advocates as well as in the commercial department at Daly & Inamdar Advocates. She has also led the commercial team at Gumbo & Associates in matters projects, contractual agreements, company compliance and corporate governance. Maureen was also previously engaged as a legal researcher for the International Development Law Organisation as well as the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law.

She holds a Masters Degree in Energy Law (First Class Honours) from the University of Aberdeen, with her thesis focusing on Nuclear Energy Law. She is also an alumna of the University of Nairobi and Alliance Girls High School.

Pape Samb

Executive Director, Ashoka Africa

Pape Samb

Executive Director, Ashoka Africa

Arif Neky

Senior Advisor, UN Strategic Partnerships and Coordinator – SDG Partnership Platform

Arif Neky

Senior Advisor, UN Strategic Partnerships and Coordinator – SDG Partnership Platform

Arif Neky is the Senior Advisor for UN Strategic Partnerships at the Resident Coordinator’s Office and the National Coordinator of the SDG Partnership Platform in Kenya - co-created by the UN system and the Government of Kenya. He has also helped in the co-creation of the SDG Accelerator Lab for Kenya. He is Chairman of the Task Force for the National Advisory Board (NAB) for Impact Finance in Kenya and a member of the Africa Venture Philanthropy Alliance SAG (AVPA).

He was the founding Coordinator of the first SDG Philanthropy Platform in Kenya, Founding Co-Chair of the EA Philanthropy Network and helped create the Kenya Philanthropy Forum. Arif is currently active in broadening the SDG Partnership Platform in Kenya to unlock significant private, philanthropic, intellectual and blended finance capital and collaborations to accelerate high priority SDG impacts.

As the former Regional CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) East Africa for over 13 years, Arif was directly responsible for a wide portfolio of programs in health, education, rural development and civil society enhancement across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Arif was previously the Regional Representative across Eastern Africa for the French & International Bank - Société Générale. He was also previously the founder and CEO of the Microsoft certified Academy of Learning in Vancouver, Canada.

Prof. David Wang'ombe

V.C Designate, Tangaza University College

Prof. David Wang'ombe

V.C Designate, Tangaza University College

Dr. Olufunso Somorin

Regional Principal Officer, African Development Bank

Dr. Olufunso Somorin

Regional Principal Officer, African Development Bank
A professional with interdisciplinary competencies that cut across domains of natural resources management, climate policy, governance, environmental sustainability and development policies. Possess strong analytical skills, well-disciplined approaches and frameworks for analyzing complex issues of politics, economics and management. Multiple years of work experience with international organizations in Africa and Europe. Cognate experience in balancing theoretical perspectives on development and environmental issues with social realities and policy practices. Demonstrated capacity for strategic thinking and ability to conduct policy dialogues on development issues and priorities. Passionate for international development, original in generating ideas, excellent leadership and management skills, and effective team player with respect for diversity.

Prof. Mario Molteni

Chief Executive Officer, E4Impact

Prof. Mario Molteni

Chief Executive Officer, E4Impact

Mario Molteni is a Full Professor of Business Administration and Corporate Strategy at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan. He is a Founder of ALTIS, the Graduate School Business & Society of Catholic University, an international research and education institute on impact entrepreneurship and corporate sustainability.

From 1993 to 2008, he was the Scientific Director of ISVI, Institute for Business Values, a center of research for Corporate Social Responsibility promoted by important Italian universities, businesses, banks, and associations.

In 2006 he founded the CSR Manager Network, the Italian of CSR and sustainability managers from the principal Italian businesses. In 2015 he was named Ashoka Fellow for E4Impact (Entrepreneurship for Impact).

He is the author of numerous books and scientific articles on Corporate Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Social Entrepreneurship.

Thematic Focus

The conference seeks to uncover answers to critical questions that the governments, social entrepreneurs, development and private-sector stakeholders are grappling with, and have been hard hit because of COVID-19, including

  • Health Systems
  • Sustainable Food and Agriculture
  • Social Enterpreneurship Education
  • Technology & Sustainable Jobs
  • Economic Justice & Social and Impact Investing

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