Useful Information

When & Where

Careers in Africa UK Summit
Friday 18th May – Sunday 20th May 2012

Hilton London Canary Wharf Hotel
South Quay
Marsh Wall
E14 9SH


South Quay DLR Station is the closest station to the hotel.

Canary Wharf Station (Jubilee Line) is approx a 5 minute walk from the hotel.  Exit Canary Wharf Station via the large escalators entering Reuters Plaza.  Turn left and proceed directly through the small glass square building (Jubilee Place, next to the Lehman Brothers building) and out the other side. Continue over the bridge and turn left. The hotel is 50 metres down the road on the right hand side.

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Please plan your journey carefully as it is critical that you are on time.  All interviews and presentations will start promptly and latecomers will not be admitted entry.



Friday 18th May Activity Location
14:00 Candidate Registration Opens* Hotel Foyer
15:30 – 17:30 Candidate Training (Interview Skills Workshop)**
17:30 – 19:30 Networking Reception Quayside Suite
Saturday 14th May Activity Location
09:00 – 18:00 Interviews Commence Interview Floors
09:00 – 18:00 Exhibition Open Quayside Suite
09:00 – 17:00 Company Presentations Presentation Rooms
Sunday 14th May Activity Location
09:00 – 12:00 Interviews Interviewing Floors

* In order to register – please bring a copy of your confirmation email.

**Please note that you are required to pre-register for the Interview Skills Workshop. There is a fee to attend. There are limited spaces available and pre-paid candidates will have priority. To register, please view the ‘Training Session’ tab on this page.


Important Information


On registering at the Summit, you will receive your badge and programme. Please note that your  badge is your entry pass and should be worn AT ALL TIMES throughout the event.
No replacements will be issued for misplaced name badges.

Should you be unable to register on Friday, please ensure you do so before 9am on Saturday.

Networking Reception

We strongly advise that you attend the official opening of the Summit and the Networking Reception on Friday 18th May at 17:30.

During the Networking Reception you will have the chance to meet with senior delegates from all the companies before your interviews. It will also provide you with an invaluable opportunity to secure additional ‘On-the-Spot Interviews’.

‘On-the-Spot’ Interviews

In addition to your pre-scheduled interviews, you will have the opportunity to secure additional ‘On-the-Spot’ interviews.

Companies may organise these with you directly. Please notify a member of staff from GCC.
GCC staff will contact you on your mobile phone to give you the details.

Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched on throughout the event as we will use this to contact you regarding additional interviews. (Please ensure you leave it SILENT during any presentations or interviews)

Special Interview Arrangements:
Should you have any special considerations (i.e. travel schedules) that we should be aware of when arranging you interview times, please call us on +44 (0) 207 348 9097

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I need to attend all 3 days of the Summit?

We advise you to attend for the full duration of the event.
Following registration on Friday, the Networking Reception will give you the opportunity to meet with the senior delegates from attending companies before your interviews.
If you cannot attend on Friday, you must register on Saturday morning between 08:00 and 09:00.

Will my travel and accommodation expenses be covered?

The Summit is free of charge for invited candidates to attend, however, all expenses incurred must be covered by yourself.

What kind of interview can I expect? / Will I have to do an assessment test?

Interviews will last between 30 minutes to 1 hour. 

Details of any additional assessments or test will be confirmed with you closer to the event.

To maximise your chances of success, please ensure you have thoroughly researched the company/ies with whom you are interviewing. You will be meeting with Senior delegates from each company and the interviews will be conducted at a high level so preparation is essential.

What do I need to bring?

  • Confirmation Email and Printed Schedule – This is your ‘entry ticket’ for the Summit
  • Mobile Phone – we will use this to contact you with any additional interview opportunities
  • Copies of your CV
  • Pen and Notebook

When will I receive feedback on the outcome of my interview?

This will vary from company to company, and it is something that you should discuss with your interviewer. Some companies may give an offer at the end of the summit, however, for more experienced positions the process may take longer. Please take contact details of interviewer so that you can follow up at a later date.


Please find below a selection of hotels in the close proximity of the Hilton London Canary Wharf:

Coriander Avenue
Off East India Dock Road
E14 2AA
Tel: +44 (0)870 191 1691
Fax: +44 (0)207 515 9178

Approximate cost: £49 +VAT (The earlier you book the cheaper it is)

Ibis London Docklands Hotel
1 Baffin Way
Preston Road
E14 9PE
Tel: +44 (0)207 6100 880
Fax: +44 (0)207 3814 450

Approximate cost: £61

The Britannia International hotel – London
Marsh Wall
London E14 9SJ
Tel: +44 (0)20 7712 0100
Fax: +44 (0)20 7712 0102
Reservations LoCal: 0845 838 1010

Approximate cost: £85 incl VAT

Crowne Plaza London – Docklands
Western Gateway
Royal Victoria Dock
E16 1AL
Tel: +44 (0)870 990 9692
Fax: +44 (0)870 990 9693

Approximate cost: From £90 excl VAT. 

Holiday Inn London – Limehouse
469-475 The Highway
Tel: +44 (0)20 7791 3850

Fax: +44 (0)20 7791 3851

Approximate cost: £128.50

Visa Information

Contact the Consular Division of your local British Embassy/High Commission for full details concerning visa requirements for entry into the UK.  Useful information and applications forms can also be downloaded from the following website:

If you do need to apply for a visa, we very strongly advise that you begin the application process immediately

In most European Countries, the British Embassy/High Commission has implemented a new visa application procedure whereby arrangements now need to be made through their commercial partner, WorldBridge Services –

The changeover has resulted in slightly longer processing times and it is therefore vital that you allow sufficient time to fully complete the application.

We are happy to provide you with an official invitation letter to take to the British Embassy to assist with your application.  Please email – Subject: Visa Letter URGENT with the following information as soon as possible:

  • Full name (as it appears on your passport)
  • Date of birth
  • Passport number
  • Date of issue
  • Expiry date
  • Nationality
  • Address and fax number/email address of the British Embassy where you will be applying for your visa

Training Session

Maximise your chances of success at interview!

Develop your personal impact and interview techniques to ensure you maximise your chances of success at The Careers in Africa Summit.

Candidates invited to the Careers in Africa Summit in London are eligible to attend an interview techniques and personal impact session held by Global Career Company.

Why attend?
These sessions are intended primarily to provide support for graduates and professionals to maximise their impact and chances of success at interview.
In a competitive job market, how you present yourself and how you manage an interview can have a huge impact on your chances of securing your ideal role and this session will help to guide you through some of the key things to consider and more importantly to avoid during the interview process.


Friday 18 May 2012
Time: 14.00 – 16.00
Venue: Meeting Rooms 3, 4 & 5, Hilton London Canary Wharf Hotel


Saturday 19 May 2012
Time: 09.00 – 11.00
Venue: Meeting Rooms 3, 4 & 5, Hilton London Canary Wharf Hotel


Saturday 19 May 2012
Time: 16.00 – 18.00
Venue: Meeting Rooms 3, 4 & 5, Hilton London Canary Wharf Hotel


Included in the training session:

  • Interviewing techniques: how to respond to the most challenging interview questions, top 10 tips for a successful interview …
  • Personal Impact: how to present yourself, personal impact, dress code, how to make the best impression ….
  • Information about the Summit and participating companies


  • Early Bird Rate: £35
  • On the day: £40

A Certificate of Participation will be awarded to everyone who confirms on the Early Bird Rate.