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The African Leadership Centre (ALC) is pleased to invite you to a Keynote and Debate among academics, diplomats, and policy practitioners, titled: What should the future UK-Africa relationship look like? Priorities, collaboration and agencyThis event is a collaboration with the Labour African Network (LAN). LAN is a voice for Africans within the UK Labour Party.

The event aims to explore the complex dynamics surrounding UK-Africa relations with a focus on the future with attention to immediate, mid- and long-term priorities. The central question of whether African nations can be at the centre of UK’s strategic engagement with the continent underpins a discussion about charting a new direction in UK-Africa relations. The event asks what approaches are necessary to enable increasing focus on pertinent concerns including, industrial transformation, development finance/debt and just energy transitions vis-à-vis economic diplomacy; peace and security as an interdisciplinary agenda; integrated continental engagement vis-à-vis relevant national interests and; co-creating and co-designing across African and British expertise and communities of practice.

Welcome remarks:

Dr Eka Ikpe, Director and Reader (Development Economics in Africa) at the African Leadership Centre, King's College London.

Remarks from LAN:

Mr Ernest Ambe, Member of the Labour Africa Network and Councillor for West Hendon.


Professor 'Funmi Olonisakin, Vice-President, International, Engagement and Service (IES) at King’s College London. She is also Professor of Security, Leadership and Development at the African Leadership Centre in the School of Global Affairs.

Keynote Speaker:

Ms Lyn Brown, UK Shadow Minister for Africa and a UK Member of Parliament for West Ham.


  • Professor Karuti Kanyinga - Director, Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi, and ALC Trustee.
  • Ms Emma Ruiters - Labour African Network and Researcher, Tony Blair Institute for Government.
  • H.E. Amb. Macenje Mazoka - The High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia to the United Kingdom.

Closing Remarks:

Ms Shuvai Busuman Nyoni - Executive Director of the African Leadership Centre (ALC), Nairobi, Kenya.

Register here: Link

** This event will be in person and live-streamed. Please note that registration is mandatory to attend the event physically. A reception will follow the talk.

*Also note that spaces for this event are limited

At this event

Eka  Ikpe

Director, African Leadership Centre

'Funmi  Olonisakin

Vice President (International, Engagement & Service)

Event details

Bush House NE 1.02 The Exchange,
Bush House North East Wing
Bush House North East Wing, 30 Aldwych, WC2B 4BG