Events & Courses

GSMA Mobile World Congress 2018 @ Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain
Feb 26 – Mar 1 all-day

With over 5 billion subscribers, mobile now connects more than two-thirds of the world’s population. It is fueling innovation, revolutionising industries and spurring exciting new opportunities, across developed and developing markets. Underscoring our industry’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, mobile is providing lifelines to hope, reducing inequalities, preserving our world’s resources and changing lives. Mobile is creating a better future. Today.


This annual event provides a unique platform for business opportunities and relationship-building. Mobile World Congress includes over 2,300 exhibitors, showcasing the latest innovations; a world-class conference featuring inspiring keynotes and discussions; one of a kind networking opportunities; and the annual Global Mobile Awards ceremony, which recognises leading mobile solutions and initiatives around the world.
In 2017, we hosted more than 108,000 professionals from 208 countries. Join us 26 February – 1 March 2018 to see how mobile is ‘Creating a Better Future’ in the Mobile World Capital, Barcelona. Visit to learn more.

3rd Annual Aid & Development Africa Summit 2018 @ Safari Park Hotel Nairobi
Feb 27 – Feb 28 all-day
3rd Annual Aid & Development Africa Summit 2018 @ Safari Park Hotel Nairobi  | Kenya

Now in its 3rd year, the Aid & Development Africa Summit returns to Nairobi, Kenya on 27-28 February 2018, once again uniting 300+ humanitarian and development leaders, decision makers and advisors committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.

Taking place at the Safari Park Hotel, the Aid & Development Africa Summit presents an opportunity to explore best practice, policy and project updates, innovation and partnerships in humanitarian logistics, health & WASH, emergency communication, shelter, disaster resilience, financial inclusion and use of mobile technology for development programmes in Africa.

Participants will gain first hand insights from development banks, donors and government agencies into their financing priorities and funding guidelines as well as benefit from networking opportunities.

The Summit agenda includes keynote presentations, interactive sessions, themed roundtables, speaker panels, Innovator of the Year Award and an evening drinks reception to engage with decision makers and key stakeholders in Africa’s aid and development sectors.

The Aid & Development Africa Summit advocates for cross-sector approach through inclusive, effective collaboration and coordination between national and international NGOs, government and UN agencies, Red Cross, donors, investors, development banks and the private sector.

 “The summit was well organised, it was beneficial and provided me with knowledge and insight on issues ranging from ICT, agriculture health, disaster preparedness, irrigation etc, all which are part of my job in the office” – Asanterabi C. Sangenoi, Prime Minister’s Office Tanzania

Save the date and reserve your place here to be part of the most influential aid and development conference in Africa.

For more information about Aid & Development Africa Summit, please visit or get in touch with Alina O’Keeffe, Head of Marketing, Aid & international Development Forum (AIDF) at

Africa Healthcare Summit 2018
Mar 5 – Mar 7 all-day
Africa Healthcare Summit 2018 @ London | England | United Kingdom

The 5th Africa Healthcare Week is the largest European based event of its kind to assess investment opportunities, new developments and technology in African health. Co-Hosted with Africa Dental Summit Africa’s only dental business event in Europe.


The event will be examining the latest healthcare developments across Africa, assessing current reform measures, and examining the impact of the huge investment boom that is currently forecast in Africa’s healthcare sector.

Join hundreds of senior level delegates from Ministries of Health, NGO’s, hospitals, healthcare providers, distributors and solution providers. This event allows African healthcare leaders the opportunity to meet international healthcare experts and suppliers. It will include a high government attendance from ministries of health; delivering presentations on public and private partnerships, financing health care plus case study insights from governments across the continent.

Sustainable Investment Forum Europe
Mar 13 all-day
Sustainable Investment Forum Europe @ Paris | Île-de-France | France

The Sustainable Investment Forum Europe is organised by Climate Action.

Building on the success of the Sustainable Investment Forum in New York during Climate Week NYC, the new European Forum will be taking place on Tuesday 13 March 2018 in Paris, France, gathering 250+ high-level decision-makers from the investment community, European governments and think tanks to meet, network, share ideas and to discuss concrete solutions to the current challenges of the European and global climate finance market.

For more information and to register, please click here.

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) Annual Meeting
Mar 22 – Mar 25 all-day
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) Annual Meeting @ Mendoza | Mendoza Province | Argentina

In 2018, the Annual Meeting will take place in Mendoza, Argentine Republic from 22 to 25 March. Special events will be offered on the first and second days of the Annual Meeting.

Participation at the Annual Meeting is by invitation. The list of special guests from each member country of the IDB and the IIC, including private sector organizations, banks, and associations, is prepared according to internal procedures established for that purpose and must be approved by the respective country authorities. The list for each country is updated yearly to include requests received after the previous Annual Meeting up to the time it is submitted to the Board of Executive Directors. Requests received after that are submitted to the respective Executive Director on an individual basis.

Institutions interested in being invited to the upcoming Annual Meeting should send a communication to the Secretary of the Bank at the address indicated below, requesting an invitation. Please include a description of the organization. There is no cost for registering. Guests are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and other expenses.

Deadline to request an invitation is March 15, 2018

Invitation Request
The Secretary
Inter-American Development Bank
1300 New York Avenue, N.W. Stop E-1205
Washington, D.C. 20577

2018 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group Washington, D.C.
Apr 20 – Apr 22 all-day
2018 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group  Washington, D.C. @ Washington | United States

The Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group (Bank) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) each year bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness. Also featured are seminars, regional briefings, press conferences, and many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial system. This year’s Spring Meetings events will take place in Washington, DC, April 20-22, 2018

AFSIC 2018 confirms over 150 excellent speakers @ Park Plaza, Riverbank,
May 2 – May 4 all-day
AFSIC 2018 confirms over 150 excellent speakers @ Park Plaza, Riverbank, | London | England | United Kingdom

AFSIC 2018 has this month confirmed over 150 speakers from a variety of excellent financial services companies and at the beginning of December will release a full agenda to the market.  With ABSA Corporate Investment Bank heading up an impressive group of supporting sponsors AFSIC 2018 promises to be one of the most important African Investment events held globally.

AFSIC, in its sixth year, has a very strong investment focus and is attended by many of the most important global investors investing into Africa and by investors interested in learning more about African investment opportunities and will be held in London on 2nd to 4th May 2018.

AFSIC 2018 will see a gathering of African companies including many African Financial services companies including Banks, Insurance Companies, Microfinance Companies and Leasing Companies, as well as a wide array of Fintech companies. The dynamic conference will see structured presentation sessions complemented by an array of networking events, meetings and country focussed sessions,  offering multiple opportunities to network and develop strong and sustainable business relationships with investors.

For full details please see the AFSIC website:

Asian Development Bank Annual Meeting @ Asian Development Bank Headquarters
May 3 – May 6 all-day
Asian Development Bank Annual Meeting @ Asian Development Bank Headquarters | Manila | Metro Manila | Philippines

The Annual Meeting of the ADB Board of Governors is an opportunity to provide guidance on ADB administrative, financial, and operational directions. The meetings provide opportunities for member governments to interact with ADB staff, nongovernment organizations (NGOs), media, and representatives of observer countries, international organizations, academe and the private sector. ADB’s annual meetings have become a premier forum for the discussion of economic and social development issues in Asia and the Pacific.

The 2018 Annual Meeting will be held from Thursday, 3 May to Sunday, 6 May 2018.

Key dates:

  • Online registration opens: 15 January 2018
  • Meetings, Seminars and Networking Events: 3–6 May 2018
  • Opening Session: 5 May 2018
  • Business Session: 5 May 2018


Asian Development Bank Headquarters
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City
1550, Philippines
+63 2 632 4444

Organizing committee

Annual Meeting Coordination Office
Office of The Secretary, Asian Development Bank
Contact information

EBRD 2018 Annual Meeting and Business Forum @ King Hussein bin Talal Convention Centre
May 9 – May 10 all-day
EBRD 2018 Annual Meeting and Business Forum @ King Hussein bin Talal Convention Centre | 0

EBRD’s Twenty-seventh Annual Meeting and Business Forum will be held in Jordan, a country famed for its hospitality, rich in history and with an extraordinary cultural heritage.

Our theme is Energising Economies and we aim to engage participants with informed, sometimes provocative discussion and debate on a variety of topical issues – from business climate to economic growth, from targeted, profitable investment to environmental protection. In each of our discussions, we will bring together knowledgeable, renowned speakers to assess today’s state of affairs, while looking ahead to the challenges and prospects for tomorrow.

The Business Forum typically attracts senior government officials, leading financial and corporate executives, and entrepreneurs large and small – as well as representative of civil society organisations and the international and regional media. As a guest of the Business Forum, you will have ample opportunity to network at official and social events.

The Forum will take place in the King Hussein bin Talal Convention Centre, located near Sweimeh and overlooking one of the world’s most inspiring natural landscapes, the Dead Sea.

Registration will open in January. 

Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Congress @ Trademark Hotel
May 15 – May 16 all-day
Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Congress @ Trademark Hotel  | Nairobi | Nairobi County | Kenya

The inaugural Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Congress is taking place on 15-16th May 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Congress will bring together senior representatives from ministries of agriculture, heads of key agri-related public institutions, UN agencies, agricultural firms, NGOs, farm associations, agriculture research and development institutes, investors, donors and the private sector to look at innovations, partnerships and financing to advance climate smart agriculture in East Africa.


The agenda will cover technological innovations, capacity building, innovative financing, partnerships and the use of big data to advance climate-smart agriculture practices across East Africa. The participants will discover how to secure financial investment for CSA initiatives, improve agricultural productivity and scale adoption of technological innovations in agricultural systems. View agenda


By offering keynote addresses, panel discussions and interactive roundtable sessions, the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Congress enables robust debates on sustainable agricultural transformation and innovations in seed technology, soil and drought management in the region.


  • Meet key decision makers and agricultural experts to establish public-private partnerships for a sustainable and secure food future in East Africa
  • Discuss practical solutions to the prominent climate change challenges, especially around drought management and irrigation best practice
  • Improve agricultural productivity: strategies for better soil fertility management, water utilisation, mechanisation, precision farming and crop diversity
  • Discover ICT for agri and mAgri innovations: support farmers through technology, data collection, and sharing among actors
  • Create economic opportunities while ensuring sustainability for communities and the environment, and learn about financing trends in the region


Save the date and reserve your place to be part of engaging discussions and connection building in climate smart agriculture in Africa. Register here

For more information about the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Congress, visit or email Alina O’Keeffe, Head of Marketing, Aid & international Development Forum (AIDF) at