PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR THE CONFERENCE CO-CHAIR POSITION IF YOU HAVE APPLIED FOR A POSITION ON THE AFRICA SOCIETY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. Applicants will not be allowed to occupy two offices (e.g. Treasurer and Conference Co-Chair) of the Society. Those who would like to volunteer for both opportunities are encouraged to do the following:

apply for the executive committee

wait to hear results by Thursday 11th October

If you are unsuccessful on the executive committee application cycle, submit an application for the conference co-chair by Friday 12th October at noon (12:00PM).


The Oxford Africa Conference is the leading interdisciplinary conference on Africa delivered by a team of Oxford students. The conference brings together heads of state, policy-makers, business leaders, academics, artists, students, and professionals to critically expand the discourse on Africa. In its eighth year running, the conference aims to provide a vibrant platform for new thinking about a global Africa across all disciplines – politics, society, business, technology and academia – connecting inter-generational leaders from around the world to shape an integrated and innovative perspective on Africa’s future.

Last year’s conference included high profile speakers, such as HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (President of the Ghana), Ms. Amina J. Mohammed (Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations), Madame Monica Geingos (First Lady of Namibia), Ms. Linda Mabhena-Olagunju (Founder and Managing Director of DLO Energy Resources Group) among many others: www.oxfordafricaconference.com.


About the role: The Conference Co-Chairs will lead a committee in planning and delivering the conference. Responsibilities include managing sponsorship, speakers, conference programming (including overall theme), media and publicity, logistics, and an innovation fair showcasing entrepreneurs from the continent. The co-Chairs will work closely with the Africa Society committee, as well as other Africa-focused groups in Oxford to organize the conference. Given the intensity of an Oxford post-graduate degree, co-chairs need to be extremely organized and competent in managing often stressful and potentially frustrating environments, while maintaining their academic standards. We stress that potential candidates should fully commit to the conference, and not be involved in too many other activities in Oxford, as this role is demanding.

Skills required:

  • Highly motivated and engaged
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills, organisational ability and time management
  • Attention to detail and ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Negotiation skills
  • Willingness to work unsociable hours
  • Wide network across Africa (useful, but not mandatory)

How to Apply

Applications are now open. Entry requirements for all roles are:

  • Matriculated graduate student at the University of Oxford
  • Member of the Oxford University Africa Society (register now)

Send your CV and a 1-page Cover letter to africa.society@studentclubs.ox.ac.uk and cc president@oxforduniversityafricasociety.com. Your email should have the following subject: OxAfrica19 - Application - [Role]

Please note that the applications of those who apply for executive committee positions will not be considered until after the committee positions have been filled. If anyone is interested in both, we suggest they apply for executive first and then apply for the co-chair roles after the results of the executive are announced on Thursday 11th October

Application deadline

Friday 12th October at noon.

Oxford Africa Conference 2019 – Call for Applications