The Maslow Hotel, Johannesburg – South Africa

South Africa-Italy Summit/Indaba 2019

The Southern Africa Europe CEO Dialogue is
the only permanent platform
for high level business engagement
between the leaders of the two continents.

The Summit gathers once a year in South Africa, but the Think Tanks works year-round with an international Advisory Board to identify business opportunities and promising value chains.

The Summit is also built around the Ambrosetti CEO Community – African Chapter, an exclusive circle of Southern African and European business leaders aiming at promoting closed-door interaction and network building among its members and prominent guests.

Why the Summit?

The CEO Dialogue has a unique regional and inter-continental perspective: it involves business and government leaders from all over the SADC
Networking opportunities: participants are provided with a unique occasion to contact directly prominent European and African CEOs, and Ministers and Instituions
The Summit is the only platform for European and Southern African players to create business opportunities, share ideas and start together this path of growth
Innovative and updated contents: the Summit’s plenary sessions focus on issues of primary importance for Southern Africa and Europe cooperation
Personal feeling, knowledge and trust: this are the preconditions for  growing together: the Summit participants have the possibility to join an exclusive community of leaders from all over the world

Program at a glance

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Why South Africa

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Where we come from

Built on the previous bilateral South Africa-Italy Summit, the “Southern Africa Europe CEO Dialogue 2019” offers an exclusive platform of content and networking, capable of promoting the long-term growth of strategic economic relations between Europe and Southern Africa. In addition to Italy and South Africa, the 2019 CEO Dialogue involves other member states of the EU and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Find out more about the last edition

The Summit in brief

Now in its sixth year, the platform created by The European House-Ambrosetti in 2014 allows top-level business and institutional leaders from both continents to share ideas, build new and strong partnerships, and learn about the enormous economic and political opportunities that exist within  Euro-African relations today, with special focus on SADC. The Summit aims at providing concrete approaches that have a direct impact for business, regarding the EU’s growing attention and commitment towards Sub-Saharan Africa.

Thanks to a Think Tank of international experts and influential advisors, the Summit will address pivotal issues for Europe and Southern Africa, taking into consideration the geopolitical, economic, and social trends that will influence the future of both continents.

The Summit is designed to provide a high-level and unique opportunity to promote networking and debate. Moreover, it is a perfect occasion to share the work and the activities of the Leaders Community formed around the Summit, which is ready to welcome new members from among prominent individuals on the Euro-African institutional and business scene.

They say about us

“The South Africa Italy Summit has become the main event for the Italian and South African entrepreneurial leadership to strengthen bilateral economic relations. Building upon this bilateral framework, the Summit has evolved into a pan-European and pan-African platform to create strategic business partnerships at the highest level” (source: CNBC Africa)
Listen to the interview of Valerio De Molli on Power FM
See the press review of the Summit
from 2014 to 2018

This CNBC Africa features higlights from the 2018 Summit


For more information please contact:
➢ for European participants:
Ms. Alice Vertemati:  europe.sadc.summit@ambrosetti.eu – Tel. +39 02 46753.638
➢ for African participants:
Mr. Nico de Kock – info@ambrosetti.co.za, Tel. +27 82 941 4041