Agenda

You will get the opportunity to interact and collaborate through networking breaks, keynote talks, problem-solving sessions, entertainment, insightful panels and unstructured time for 1:1 meetings. Brace yourselves for a galvanizing and mind opening experience!
Some sessions require that you sign-up before arriving at the conference. To improve your experience at the conference, please log back into your registration portal to select these sessions. If you are yet to register, session selection is part of the registration process, please register and pick your sessions.
Friday, September 6, 2019
Rwanda national gorilla naming ceremony: Kwita IzinaKwita Izina9:00 AM - 6:00 PMVolcanoes National Park
Drive up through Rwanda's lovely mountain scenery to Musanze for Rwanda’s annual celebration of conservation and the benefits it brings to Rwandans - Kwita Izina. Join celebrities from around the world for the naming ceremony of baby gorillas in the stunning Volcanoes National Park. Wrap up the day with a glamorous Gala dinner with guests and colleagues. This event is strictly by invitation from the Rwandan Government. To attend, please indicate your interest here to receive an official invitation
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Attendee Registration Registration7:00 AM - 8:00 PMRegistration Area - KCC
All day registration
Hermosa Life Student Debate FinalsStudent Debate8:30 AM - 11:30 AMMH3 - KCC
Hermosa Life Tours and Travel is an accredited youth-led social enterprise that provides business and leisure travellers with expert travel advice and is hosting a debate series that range from current wildlife and conservation policies and programs and the importance of environmental conservation in Rwanda..Read more...
Collaborations in Conservation - One-on-One meetingsOne-on-One meetings9:00 AM - 5:00 PMConcourse - KCC
Doing business in Africa is heavily dependent on relationships, so leverage this time to strengthen your relationships with key players on the continent. Use our conference app to identify those you’d like to meet with, schedule a time, select a location and expand your network or reconnect with an old colleague..Read More...
RDB Hosted Exhibition (Open to the public)Exhibition9:00 AM - 5:00 PMMH 1 &2 - KCC

Exhibition and presentations by ‘next generation’ conservationists hosted by the Rwanda Development Board, the Conference will feature two days of an exhibition showcasing private sector models for conservation in areas such as tourism, forestry and agricultural products, which is open to the public...Read more... 

Students Poster PresentationsStudent Session9:00 AM - 5:00 PMMH 1 &2 - KCC
The Student posters presentation will focus on high calibre conservation students across Rwanda showcasing solutions of at least one of the growth factors required to become a Growth Industry
Maliasili Event - Catalyzing Africa’s Conservation Economy: Making Enterprises work for Communities, Business and NatureSide Event- By Invitation Only9:30 AM - 3:30 PMKigali Convention Center (KCC)
This side session at the Business of Conservation Conference 2019 will explore the intersection of conservation, communities, and business. It will share insights from innovative joint venture models that are driving investment in securing land, benefiting local economies and delivering conservation outcomes in East Africa and the wider region..Read more...
(Re)Telling Africa’s Conservation Story - Movie Night Movie Night4:00 PM - 7:00 PMAD12 -KCC
During this session, we will offer viewings of films such as the new Lion King, National Geographic’s documentary Into the Okavango, or The Elephant Queen before engaging in a lively debate about the advantages and disadvantages of how Africa’s story is portrayed in mainstream media today...Read more...
Opening Cocktail Opening Cocktail7:00 PM - 9:00 PMPiazza - KCC
As the sun sets over Kigali, engage with 300 leaders from around the world as you sip cocktails and listen to live entertainment. Build relationships with passionate minds who are bringing innovation to conservation
Sunday, September 8, 2019
Attendee RegistrationRegistration7:00 AM - 7:00 PMRegistration Area - KCC
Registered attendees checking in to pick up badges, bottles and other items at registration desk
Welcome Ceremony Plenary8:30 AM - 10:00 AMAuditorium - KCC
Enjoy uplifting live entertainment as Fred Swaniker, Founder & CEO of African Leadership Group officially welcomes you to day 1 of the conference. Fred will introduce the “Environmental Investing” theme and set the stage for how we will explore its three sub-themes of BCC 2019: 1. Enabling political environment, 2. Talent, and 3. Sustainable business models. We will also provide updates on progress made towards commitments made during BCC2018 and launch the commitment desk for BCC2019
Breakout Session 1: Sustainable ConservationBreakout Sessions10:30 AM - 11:45 AMAD 11 -KCC
How does one create a viable, self-sustaining business model in conservation? Come prepared for a mind shift as you learn from ‘conservation entrepreneurs’ with successful business models
Breakout Session 2: Innovative Conservation FinanceBreakout Sessions10:30 AM - 11:45 AMAD12 -KCC

Learn how to structure large-scale conservation projects that develop communities, enable healthy ecosystems and yield financial returns. Impact investing, project finance, and other forms of capital will be explored.

Note: This session will be translated into French as well.

Breakout Session 3: Scaling up Community-Private Sector Business ModelsBreakout Sessions10:30 AM - 11:45 AMAuditorium - KCC
Conservation business models face the challenge of developing sustainable nature-based enterprises that generate real value and opportunities for local communities. This session will provide an overview of promising models for community-private sector partnerships and opportunities to unlock greater wealth creation from wildlife, forests, and other resources.  Co-organized by McKinsey & Company Partnership for Forests Program and Maliasili.
 
Note: This session will be translated into French as well.
Breakout Session 4: How to get a yes: Creating large scale protected areasBreakout Sessions10:30 AM - 11:45 AMAD1 - KCC
How do conservation organisations approach the challenge of “from scarcity to abundance” in creating parks, maintaining parks or bringing different kinds of investors into different types of parks and what does each stakeholder need to get to their “yes”.
Breakout Session 5: The New Lion EconomyBreakout Sessions10:30 AM - 11:45 AMAD6 - KCC
The session will provide interested business people and conservationists with step-by-step guidance to unlocking the ecosystem service values in lion landscapes, and a set of tools to help. Panellists will give a series of very brief presentations to describe the context and the various ecosystem services available, along with examples of how they have been transformed into business ventures. An interactive session will then: (1) start with guidance on judging if a country or region is “benefits-ready” for the sustainable use of ecosystem services; (2) then introduce various methods for assessing these services; and finally (3) describe ways of exploiting the business opportunities provided by ecosystem services. 
Breakout Session 6: Beyond Hunting and Tourism: Evaluating current options other than hunting and tourism, and brainstorming additional approaches for funding community conservationBreakout Sessions10:30 AM - 11:45 AMAD4 - KCC

The session will comprise both an evaluation of the current funding approaches in addition to hunting and tourism and brainstorming on possible additional models for funding community conservation.

The session will begin with a brief presentation of the WWF- Norway/ Luc Hoffman Institute project and research on current community-led conservation funding models apart from hunting and tourism; followed by interventions from community conservation experts and conservation financing experts, and then an open brainstorming session around possible new funding models that can help sustain community-led conservation in a rapidly changing world. These ideas will be presented for further inputs and discussion.

Breakout Session 7: Return On Investment for community panelBreakout Sessions10:30 AM - 11:45 AMBlu Lounge - KCC 
Leopard's CovePitch Competition12:00 PM - 1:30 PMAuditorium - KCC
You may be familiar with the TV show ‘Shark Tank’, where entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of investors. At BCC2019, we’re doing our own conservation version: Leopard’s Cove. A selection of innovative conservation entrepreneurs will step up to pitch their cutting edge scalable ideas to a panel of investors for the chance to secure the funding they need to launch and/or scale their enterprise. Sign up here to qualify for one of eight slots in the cove to pitch a business idea that can leverage Africa's unique biodiversity for sustainable economic development. Selected entrepreneurs will receive coaching and support to fine-tune their idea and prepare a compelling pitch for the competition
Lunch (Exhibition & Student presentations open over lunch) 1:30 PM - 2:30 PMAuditorium club - KCC
Take time to establish new relationships and deepen old ones over an unstructured lunch break
Meet the Future of ConservationPlenary3:00 PM - 3:32 PMAuditorium - KCC
Young people today dream of working at technology companies like Google, Amazon, Netflix and Facebook. This is a signal that technology is a ‘hot’ growth industry. How can we get Africa’s most dynamic young talent to view “environmental investing” (a.k.a. conservation) as an exciting career option as well? How can we get more women to work in conservation? During this session, you will meet young African leaders who are changing the face of conservation. You will better understand what excites them, what turns them off, and how we can ‘refresh’ the talent pool for conservation. This is a crucial issue to address given that many ‘old-timers’ in conservation are close to retirement
Jennifer Oppenheimer Memorial LectureLecture3:32 PM - 4:33 PMAuditorium - KCC
Named after a notable philanthropist and conservationist—the late Jennifer Oppenheimer—this lecture aims to honor an outstanding and inspiring global leader who understands and supports the vital connection between economic development and wildlife conservation. Please join us to honor Jennifer's memory and meet this year's honoree. This lecture will leave you with key insights you can apply to your own work
Back to School Session 1Back to School5:23 PM - 6:03 PMGabon - Kigali Heights

Africa—with its weak institutions—is at the mercy of its leaders.  Yet today, the majority of African conservation efforts are not led by Africans. Get a first-hand taste of how the ALU School of Wildlife Conservation is changing this by developing African conservation leaders. You will learn directly from our expert facilitators, interact with our young leaders, and solve conservation problems as you experience ALU’s innovative learning methods. Bring your notebook and get ready to be a student again! This is also a great opportunity to find bright young talent for your organization

Duration: 40-minute session
Back to School Session 2Back to School5:23 PM - 6:03 PMKenya - Kigali Heights

Africa—with its weak institutions—is at the mercy of its leaders.  Yet today, the majority of African conservation efforts are not led by Africans. Get a first-hand taste of how the ALU School of Wildlife Conservation is changing this by developing African conservation leaders. You will learn directly from our expert facilitators, interact with our young leaders, and solve conservation problems as you experience ALU’s innovative learning methods. Bring your notebook and get ready to be a student again! This is also a great opportunity to find bright young talent for your organization

Duration: 40-minute session
Back to School Session 3Back to School5:23 PM - 6:03 PMMali - Kigali Heights

Africa—with its weak institutions—is at the mercy of its leaders.  Yet today, the majority of African conservation efforts are not led by Africans. Get a first-hand taste of how the ALU School of Wildlife Conservation is changing this by developing African conservation leaders. You will learn directly from our expert facilitators, interact with our young leaders, and solve conservation problems as you experience ALU’s innovative learning methods. Bring your notebook and get ready to be a student again! This is also a great opportunity to find bright young talent for your organization

Duration: 40-minute session
Back to School Session 4Back to School5:23 PM - 6:03 PMMorocco - Kigali Heights

Africa—with its weak institutions—is at the mercy of its leaders.  Yet today, the majority of African conservation efforts are not led by Africans. Get a first-hand taste of how the ALU School of Wildlife Conservation is changing this by developing African conservation leaders. You will learn directly from our expert facilitators, interact with our young leaders, and solve conservation problems as you experience ALU’s innovative learning methods. Bring your notebook and get ready to be a student again! This is also a great opportunity to find bright young talent for your organization

Duration: 40-minute session
Back to School Session 5Back to School5:23 PM - 6:03 PMTanzania - Kigali Heights

Africa—with its weak institutions—is at the mercy of its leaders.  Yet today, the majority of African conservation efforts are not led by Africans. Get a first-hand taste of how the ALU School of Wildlife Conservation is changing this by developing African conservation leaders. You will learn directly from our expert facilitators, interact with our young leaders, and solve conservation problems as you experience ALU’s innovative learning methods. Bring your notebook and get ready to be a student again! This is also a great opportunity to find bright young talent for your organization

Duration: 40-minute session
Back to School Session 6Back to School5:23 PM - 6:03 PMCameroon - Kigali Heights

Africa—with its weak institutions—is at the mercy of its leaders.  Yet today, the majority of African conservation efforts are not led by Africans. Get a first-hand taste of how the ALU School of Wildlife Conservation is changing this by developing African conservation leaders. You will learn directly from our expert facilitators, interact with our young leaders, and solve conservation problems as you experience ALU’s innovative learning methods. Bring your notebook and get ready to be a student again! This is also a great opportunity to find bright young talent for your organization

Duration: 40-minute session
Back to School Session 7Back to School5:23 PM - 6:03 PMBotswana - Kigali Heights

Africa—with its weak institutions—is at the mercy of its leaders.  Yet today, the majority of African conservation efforts are not led by Africans. Get a first-hand taste of how the ALU School of Wildlife Conservation is changing this by developing African conservation leaders. You will learn directly from our expert facilitators, interact with our young leaders, and solve conservation problems as you experience ALU’s innovative learning methods. Bring your notebook and get ready to be a student again! This is also a great opportunity to find bright young talent for your organization

Duration: 40-minute session

Gala DinnerGala Dinner7:45 PM - 11:00 PMKigali Marriot Hotel
This uplifting evening will celebrate what’s working in conservation and provide yet another opportunity for you to build your conservation connections and make new ones. Hear from a keynote speaker who is applying innovating methods to enable the wildlife economy. Enjoy energizing performances of song and dance
Monday, September 9, 2019
Building the Blue EconomyPlenary7:30 AM - 8:45 AMMH2 - KCC
Dive into a lively session about untapped opportunities to create a multi-billion dollar marine economy. Help create a Pan-African marine agenda to drive growth while protecting our oceans
The Politics of the EnvironmentKeynote9:00 AM - 11:32 AMAuditorium - KCC
Engage with high-level political leaders from several African countries in a dialogue about how leadership and government policy is enabling or hindering the potential for Africa’s wildlife economy
In the shoes of a Policymaker Experential11:44 AM - 1:24 PMAuditorium - KCC
This session will kick off with an interactive dialogue with African policymakers who are actually “in the trenches” setting conservation policies. With the insights you glean, you will get your hands dirty with a real-world simulation of how conservation policy is set in Africa. This lively simulation will give you a better perspective of the various interests at play, tradeoffs/compromises that have to be made, and what best practice conservation policy looks like. You will also explore how policy-making can be made more effective and efficient
LunchLunch1:24 PM - 2:54 PMAuditorium club - KCC
Take advantage of the incredible network at the conference to continue building relationships on this last day of the gathering
‘TED-style’ Talks ‘TED-Style' Talks2:54 PM - 3:42 PMAuditorium - KCC
Through a series of short ‘TED-style’ talks, several mavericks will share their innovative approaches to conservation and working across all three factors to transform conservation into a growth industry
Closing Ceremony Closing Keynote3:42 PM - 4:32 PMAuditorium - KCC

Enjoy an inspiring keynote from a leader who is focused on making conservation work for both wildlife and communities. Learn new practices and perspectives that you can apply to your own organization or policies. You will then hear about the commitments that have come from the commitment desk throughout the conference. Hear how this powerful group plans to invest in Africa and its environmental assets--in very tangible terms--over the next year. Commitments will be tracked by ALU, with progress reports at next year’s conference

Finance DinnerNetworking Dinners7:00 PM - 10:30 PMSeveral top restaurants around Kigali

Sign up to join a small group of conference attendees for a cosy evening of informal, unstructured conversation and reflection around financially sustainable business models at one of Kigali's top restaurants. Use this relaxed time to engage with fascinating people you’ve met or heard from over the last few days or conclude that last collaboration opportunity. This is your final chance to reflect and engage with friends before you fly home

Policy DinnerNetworking Dinners7:00 PM - 10:30 PMSeveral top restaurants around Kigali

Sign up to join a small group of conference attendees for a cosy evening of informal, unstructured conversation and reflection around how creating an enabling environment at one of Kigali's top restaurants. Use this relaxed time to engage with fascinating people you’ve met or heard from over the last few days or conclude that last collaboration opportunity. This is your final chance to reflect and engage with friends before you fly home

Talent DinnerNetworking Dinners7:00 PM - 10:30 PMSeveral top restaurants around Kigali

Sign up to join a small group of conference attendees for a cosy evening of informal, unstructured conversation and reflection around how to attract talent at one of Kigali's top restaurants. Use this relaxed time to engage with fascinating people you’ve met or heard from over the last few days or conclude that last collaboration opportunity. This is your final chance to reflect and engage with friends before you fly home