Innovation, Infrastructure, Technology, and the Promise of New Growth for Natural Resource Management in Africa

  • DATE / TIME:
    2019•04•25    14:00 - 17:00

    On 25 April 2019 UNU-INRA will host “Innovation, Infrastructure, Technology, and the Promise of New Growth for Natural Resource Management in Africa – Blind Alleys or Transformational Change?” with Dr. Frannie Léautier, Chief Operating Office of the Trade and Development Bank (TDB).

    The event will start at 14:00 on 25 April 2019 at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) Conference Room, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana.

    As the inaugural event of the Professor Alexander Adum Kwapong Nature Speaks lecture series, the event will take the format of a structured conversation, with a lecture to be delivered by Dr. Léautier, followed by a Q&A session.

    About the Professor Alexander Adum Kwapong Nature Speaks lectures

    Africa’s natural resources have come under increased scrutiny as more and more countries discover oil and gas resources, and as climate change continues to degrade ecosystems and negatively impact economies in the region. The continent is currently grappling with mega-trends related to rapid urbanisation, youth unemployment, technology deficits, migratory fluxes, and gender inequalities. At the same time, natural resources are increasingly recognised for their potential in driving Africa’s socio-economic transformation and charting the continent’s sustainable development pathway.

    Nature Speaks lectures seek to provide a platform for diverse groups from various spheres to debate and exchange ideas about Africa’s natural resource sector contextualised in relation to the continent’s growth trajectory.

    For registration or inquiries please contact Vicentia Quartey by email ( or phone (+233 244 766 492).

    About the speaker

    Dr. France Léautier is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Executive Director, Asset Management, of the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB). Prior to that, Dr. Léautier had a distinguished international career in development finance, having served as Senior Vice-President and COO of the African Development Bank in Abidjan, and previously, as Vice-President at the World Bank, in Washington DC. In addition, she brings with her an extensive knowledge and networks from across the African continent and globally, having served as Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation in Harare and having occupied several other senior executive and non-executive roles and thought leadership positions.

    A Tanzanian national, she holds a Ph.D. in Infrastructure and a MSc from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

  • ISSER Conference Room
    University of Ghana, Legon
    LG 74 Legon – Accra, Botanical Gardens Rd, Accra