Conversation with Rwandan President Paul Kagame

James was invited to moderate a conversation with Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, at the 45th St. Gallen Symposium on May 8, 2015. The live event was attended by 700 leaders from industry, government and academia who each year are selected for the annual conference that is held at St. Gallen University in Switzerland. The conversation followed an introduction by Lord Griffiths, Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs and a keynote by President Kagame, during which he outlined the role small nations like Rwanda effectively play in today’s global village.

The conversation build on that vision, with James facilitating an in-depth 40 minute discussion that ranged from the current political crisis in Burundi to the experiences Rwanda share from its own 1994 genocide. Drawing on the his personal story and how it links to the social transformation since, James asked President Kagame about his early years as a refugee in Uganda to where he escaped with his parents at the age of three. They also explored political aid, the China-Africa relationship and also the opportunities offered by the growth of social media on the African continent.

The keynote and conversation (starting at 25 mins 15 seconds) can be viewed here. James first interviewed President Kagame at the UN in New York in September 2011 and a second interview based on their conversation at the St. Gallen Symposium will be broadcast on China Central Television.

Photos: St. Gallen Symposium; Rwandan Presidency