SYPALA (Students and Young Professionals African Liberty Academy) is’s annual conference, bringing together students and professionals from around Africa to discuss issues relating to economic freedom and liberty.

In 2014, the event was held in South Africa for the first time. This was made possible by a partnership between and Ineng, who sponsored the event with Global Shapers Cape Town Hub as part of their Entrepreneurs in Public Policy programme.

The event featured top speakers from South Africa and the rest of Africa.

Below is a brief summary of the event.

Thursday 4 September – SYPALA Day 1 (photos)

Leon Louw (South Africa) – Executive Director at the Free Market Foundation

Friday 5 September – SYPALA Day 2 (photos)

Adedayo Thomas (Nigeria) – Director of  Outreach at
Temba Nolutshungu (South Africa) – Director at the Free Market Foundation
Sheraan Amod (South Africa) – Tech entrepreneur and founder of Personera
Xolani Nyali (South Africa) – Global Shaper and founder of Pan African Youth Dialogue
Chofor Che (Cameroon) – Second Assistant Prefect at Government of Cameroon
Franklin Cudjoe (Ghana) – CEO at IMANI Center for Policy & Education
Ruben Richards (South Africa) – CEO at Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Deman Yusuf (Tanzania) – Lecturer at University of Dodoma
Kris Mauren (U.S.A) – Co-founder and Executive Director of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty

 Saturday 6 September – SYPALA Day 3 (photos)

Rapelang Rabana (South Africa) – Global Shaper and Founder and CEO of Rekindle Learning
Rejoice Ngwenya (Zimbabwe) – Writer and head of COMALISO (the Coalition for Market and Liberal Solutions)
Akosile Foluke Damilola (Nigeria) –
Moronfolu Adeniyi (Nigeria) – President of African Students Liberty Organization
David Duarte (South Africa) – CEO at Treeshake
Franklin Cudjoe (Ghana) – CEO at IMANI Center for Policy & Education
Chofor Che (Cameroon) – Second Assistant Prefect at Government of Cameroon
Garreth Bloor (South Africa) – Global Shaper

 Saturday 7 September – SYPALA Day 4 (photos)

An optional sightseeing trip around Cape Town to enjoy the scenery and cement new friendships. The students visited Groot Constantia wine farm, Chapman’s Peak drive and Camps Bay.


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