The Centre focuses on research and executive development for company managers (irrespective of company size) and for public officials.


In 2017-2018, the AECIT is carrying out research on:

  • Reciprocity and fairness: Do soft principles have a place in trade law
  • Evidence based trade negotiations: How to achieve inclusiveness

Executive Development

All programs are tailor made and many are specifically designed for capacity acceleration in small and medium sized business. AECIT is integral to Henley Business School in Africa. Henley Business School is one of the world’s premier executive education providers, whose alumni network is ranked n.1 in the world by the Economist is 2017 for ‘potential to network’. Apart from a range of accredited qualification programmes, which can be adapted to different context, issues, and disciplines, AECIT and Henley Africa provide innovative and original custom-designed programmes, designed on demand, for the public and private sector.

Examples are:

  • Innovation and leadership programmes
  • Management of scientific, research, fintech and technology organisations and businesses
  • Management skills for public sector organisations
  • Management and growth of creative enterprises
  • Management and organisational skills to build resilience and sustainability in agriculture, healthcare, major projects and infrastructure development
  • Governance, control, accountability and ethical leadership
  • Entrepreneurship, business model innovation, early stage business growth

Think Tank
In order to investigate potential reforms in trade agreements to combine the benefits of free trade with better management of its collateral effects, the Center participates in the independent High Level Group on Trade Policy Innovation*, a partnership between European governments, the EU Commission, corporations and academia. The High Level Group is chaired by John Bruton, former Prime Minister of Ireland and former EU Ambassador to the USA. Their purpose is to examine practical adjustments inspired by the economic theory of Nicholas Kaldor and John Hicks, or the work of Vilfredo Pareto, and more recently Bertil Ohlin (Nobel Prize 1977) or Joseph Stiglitz (Nobel Prize 2001).

Round Table 6 November 2018:

Round Table Agenda Summary Of Discussions
Round Table Invitation Program Brussels 6 May 2019:

Round Table Agenda Summary Of Discussions


In all programmes, the Centre’s approach is on markets as an integral part of societies, on the inter-actions of the public and private sector for sustainable wealth creation and distribution and on the entire value chain of companies, including the often overlooked part provided by governments and supra-national institutions.
The Centre focuses on research and executive development for company managers (irrespective of company size) and for public officials. In addition, it serves as a think tank for collaboration between the public and private sector.