The University of Nairobi will host Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Thursday 17th November 2022. The hybrid event will include a live audience of 500 students from universities in Nairobi and a virtual audience of students from universities across the continent. 
The event themed  "Innovating for Food Security and Climate Change in Africa" will feature discussions between Gates and university students. The 60-minute moderated town hall format will focus on the challenges and opportunities in food security and climate adaptation in Africa. It will also aim to highlight examples of African innovations needed to help accelerate progress.

At a time when COP27, the United Nations conference on climate change, is taking place on the continent, and when the impact of climate change has been increasingly threatening lives and livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa, conversations about innovating for food security and climate adaptation in Africa are especially relevant, says the event.

Pan-African and international journalist Uduak Amimo will moderate the live discussion in Nairobi. Amimo has over 20 years of experience as a broadcaster, during which time she interviewed many African leaders and luminaries.

Teresa Clarke, Chair of, will host the virtual audience. Clarke is the board chair of the Legal Resources Centre of South Africa's United States organisation. She co-founded the Student Sponsorship Programme of South Africa and serves on the advisory boards of the:

  • Rhodes Scholarship for West Africa
  • Human Rights Watch, and
  • the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

Virtual audience attendees will be invited to submit questions and participate in real-time polls to gauge interests and opinions throughout the event. 

Individuals can register for the event here.

Thursday, November 17, 2022 - 5:00pm