27-28 SEPTEMBER 2016

WorldPensionSummit Africa Special

The only platform 'for and by' Pension Professionals, exchanging knowledge and innovative ideas on securing sufficient pension provision. 


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Richard Dowden

Richard Dowden

Director of the Royal African Society | London

Richard Dowden first worked in Africa as a volunteer teacher at a rural school in Uganda in the early 1970s. On his return he worked for a peace organisation in Northern Ireland and then became a journalist, joining The Times foreign desk in 1980. He reported from the Middle East and Africa, before being appointed Africa Editor at The Independent when it was founded in 1986. During the next nine years he visited almost every country in subSaharan Africa. In addition to writing extensively about Africa, he made three full length documentaries on Africa for Channel 4 and the BBC and also several shorter films.

In 1995 he was invited to join The Economist as Africa Editor and continued to travel regularly to Africa. He left The Economist in 2001 and a year later became to work as a freelance journalist and writer. In November 2002 he became Director of the Royal African Society. This 100-year-old institution publishes African Affairs, Britain’s leading academic journal on Africa and holds conferences, seminars and other meetings on Africa. It administers the All Party Parliamentary Group on Africa at Westminster and publishes African Arguments, a series of books on African issues. The Society also hosts the annual film and literature festivals, Film Africa and Africa Writes.

Richard is on the board of the Nation Media Group in East Africa and the Mvule Trust, an education project in Uganda. He also continues to write on African issues and lectures frequently, also frequently appearing as a commentator on African affairs on the BBC, CNN, Sky News and other broadcast media. Richard Dowden’s book, Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles was published in 2008 and updated with an extra chapter in 2015.


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