2022 Additional Functions

Additional Meetings and Functions 2022

A range of additional meetings and social functions will be held during the conference. ADU forms the central pillar of “Africa Week”, which comprises a full week of satellite events on research, education, infrastructure, sustainable development, capacity building and energy.

This page will be updated as further information about each event becomes available.

All queries contact Angelique Julien

Sunday 28 August

  • Africa Week 2022 Welcome Reception – UMA Restaurant, Pan Pacific Hotel | 17:30 to 19:00 

*By invitation only.

Monday 29 August

The forum, themed “Australia-Africa Research & Education Futures”, will discuss and identify how to re-build and enhance research collaboration and higher education partnerships between Australia and the African continent as we re-emerge and re-engage globally after several years of covid challenges. 

*Registration required.

Access the programme and registration link here.

Tuesday 30 August

  • 12th Annual Africa Australia Research Forum – Meetings on 5 – Pan Pacific Hotel & on-line | 15:30 to 17:00

Topic : Food Security in an Insecure Age

We will focus on the genuine threat of food insecurity in Africa. We will explore impending shortages caused by supply constraints and enablers of agricultural community resilience and climate change adaptation strategies, African farming system solutions, the nexus between mining and agriculture and opportunities for food trade and agri-innovation partnership between Australia and the countries of Africa.Our distinguished panel will offer insights based on their research and that of their colleagues. Our moderator will facilitate a lively and interactive discussion with both the physical and virtual audiences.
*All ADU delegates welcome

Access the registration link here.

  • Welcome Reception – Stage, Pan Pacific Perth
    17:00 (TBC)
    *All ADU delegates welcome
    Sponsored by ASX

Wednesday 31 August

  • South African Investment Lunch – UMA Restaurant, Pan Pacific Hotel | 12:30 to 14:00


*Free attendance, first in, best dressed. All ADU delegates welcome.



Thursday 1 September


  • AIIA (Australian Institute of International Affairs) Breakfast – UMA Restaurant, Pan Pacific Hotel | 7:00 – 8:45 




Panel on Australia-Africa Relations


This year, the Western Australian branch of Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) is pleased to be partnering with Africa Down Under to host a breakfast event centred on taking a pulse check on the state of Australia’s broader relations with Africa and to explore what opportunities there may be to develop a more strategic relationship with a dynamic continent that is becoming increasingly more important – economically, demographically, geopolitically and the list goes on. 


Join us for this breakfast event, at which our expert panel, moderated AIIA WA President, Brendan Augustin, will provide views on this topic and be ready to answer your questions. The Panel will comprise:


Ms Nkandu Beltz, Director, Beltz Mining
Dr David Mickler, Dean Global, Africa, Curtin University
Ms Alison Chartres, Assistant Secretary, Africa Branch, DFAT


*Tickets at $65pp 


Register here.


  •  LIVE MEO DEMO connecting to remote Africa with a latency sub 150msec! 







Telstra and SES discuss how the next generation of Medium-Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite connectivity is enabling cost efficiencies and digitisation of the mining eco-system in the remotest parts of Africa.


 Join us on Thursday 1st September 10.30am-11.30am in the Boardroom, located on the C floor of the Pan Pacific Hotel where we will be demonstrating the O3b MEO system along with our partner, SES.  Experience the latency, throughput, and performance of our MEO satellite system, the industry’s pioneering non-geostationary network.  


This demonstration will enable you to: 


  • View first-hand the power of O3b MEO.  
  • Experience how O3b MEO connectivity can fully extend the cloud to any location. 
  • Discuss with us how Telstra and SES can enable you to take your applications anywhere, through our combination of cloud and satellite technologies.  
  • Learn how the latest MEO technology powered the world’s first fully automated mine in remote Africa, a project that saw 2,500% ROI since its launch. 
  • Ask the experts any questions you have 


*Free attendance, first in, best dressed . All ADU delegates welcome. 


  •  Meet Australian and African Ambassadors and High Commissioners |  Thursday 1 September 2022 |10:00am to 11:00 am  |Pan Pacific, Meetings on 5.


*Free attendance, first in, best dressed . All ADU delegates welcome 

  • Ghana Unlocked Lunch  – UMA Restaurant, Pan Pacific Hotel | 13:15 – 14:30



*Free attendance, first in, best dressed . All ADU delegates welcome

  •  AMPAA Seminar – Boardroom, Conference Level,  Pan Pacific Hotel | 15:30 – 17:00 

* By invitation only

  •  Africa Awards Ceremony
    18:00 (tbc) onwards – Further details regarding the 2022 Africa Awards can be viewed here

  • 19:00 (tbc) onwards – AAMEG Awards Cocktail Function, Exhibition Area, sponsored by Perenti

*All ADU delegates welcome. 

  • Africa Down Under Football Cup
    15:00 to 19:00 *timing subject to change – Wellington Square, Perth 
    Come and support the football cup with competing teams from Perth’s African Communities
    *All welcome

Friday 2 September

  • Political Risk Insurance Panel Discussion – Meetings on  5 , Level 5 , Pan Pacific Hotel | 08:30 and 10:00
    Please join us for breakfast and hear first-hand from our panel of experts as they discuss the impact of global events on mining projects in Africa.
    Hosted by Gallagher, AXA XL, Chubb and Control Risks.
    Booking essential. Please contact Jacqui.moxham@ajg.com.au to secure your seat.

Seats are limited.

  • Let’s discuss African mining concessions Boardroom , Conference Floor, Pan Pacific Hotel | 10:45  (for a 11:00  start) – 12:15

Be part of the discussion on African mining concessions: How a balanced deal delivers an enduring relationship, facilitated by leading African mining arbitration expert, DLA Piper’s Michael Ostrove.This invitation only event will commence in the morning tea break at ADU on Day 3, Friday 2 September. Register your interest to attend, contact Events.Australia@dlapiper.com

  • “Spotlight on Ethiopia” Lunch  – UMA Restaurant, Pan Pacific Hotel | Cancelled.

With considerable gold reserves, and a rapidly developing governance structure in place, Ethiopia could be one of the most attractive investment destinations for the global mining industry, especially for foreign firms looking for a stake in the gold sector. Ethiopia boasts around 200 tons of gold, and with a further 360 million tons of coal and 69 million tons of iron, therefore there is every reason to be optimistic about the country’s mineral future.

Mr. Abera Mamo, Country Manager, Tulu Kapi Gold Mine Sc

Mr. Girma Desissa Bedada, Deputy and Mineral Exploration Head, Oromia Mineral Development Authority

*Free attendance, first in, best dressed . All ADU delegates welcome.


  •  Africa Down Under Conference Closing Drinks

16:00 (tbc) – Stage – Pan Pacific Lobby , Pan Pacific Hotel

*All ADU conference delegates welcome
Sponsored by PwC

  • APA & Murdoch University Diaspora Business and Networking
    17:00 to 18:30 – Boardroom – Conference floor , Pan Pacific Hotel
    The African Professionals of Australia has the pleasure of inviting all its
    members and partners to its business and networking event organised as part of the
    Africa Downunder mining conference
    For more information and to register click  here



Saturday 3 September

  • West Australian African Community Awards Gala Dinner
    18:00 – Pan Pacific Hotel
    The Western Australian African Community Awards (WAACA Awards) recognise the positive contribution and impact of African-Australians in WA. The awards acknowledge young people, innovators, business leaders, community leaders and champions for their contributions to the African Australian community locally, state-wide and nationally. The Awards also reward outstanding community groups and organisations that support the state’s multicultural agendas.
    Purchase your tickets today here