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Banking and Capital Markets, Investment and Asset Management, Emerging Markets

FT Africa Summit 2015

London |  - 
Speakers include:
Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber

Financial Times

Andrew Alli

Andrew Alli

Africa Finance Corporation

Ade  Ayeyemi

Ade Ayeyemi



The Financial Times held its second Africa Summit in October 2015 after breaking new ground last year in a relationship with the continent that stretches back to the paper’s opening issue more than 125 years ago. 

With an African-led agenda and backed by a special report, the Summit took a look at the slowdown in commodities, asked whether capital flows are on the up, and pit new money from the likes of china against old money from Europe with a focus on East Versus West – our take on the perennial Scramble for Africa.  The CEO Debate also created candid and topical discussion points.

The second annual FT Africa Summit gathered a sell-out delegation of 300 senior attendees and an expert speaker panel of finance ministers, investors and businesses leaders from around the region.

FT Live will host the annual FT African Infrastructure conference on 25 February 2016 in London, bringing together policy makers, regulators and C-level representatives from pension funds, asset managers, investment banks, family offices and multi-family wealth offices – as well as product specialists, economic development thinkers, lawyers and consultants – to debate the potential for sustainable African growth. Find out more about this event here.

fallback Add to my Calendar 10/04/2015 18:30:0010/05/2015 19:45:00trueFT Africa Summit 2015The Financial Times held its second Africa Summit in October 2015 after breaking new ground last year in a relationship with the continent that stretches back to the paper’s opening issue more than 125 years ago. With an African-led agenda and backed by a special report, the Summit took a look at the slowdown in commodities, asked whether capital flows are on the up, and pit new money from the likes of china against old money from Europe with a focus on East Versus West – our take on the perennial Scramble for Africa.  The CEO Debate also created candid and topical discussion points.The second annual FT Africa Summit gathered a sell-out delegation of 300 senior attendees and an expert speaker panel of finance ministers, investors and businesses leaders from around the region.FT Live will host the annual FT African Infrastructure conference on 25 February 2016 in London, bringing together policy makers, regulators and C-level representatives from pension funds, asset managers, investment banks, family offices and multi-family wealth offices – as well as product specialists, economic development thinkers, lawyers and consultants – to debate the potential for sustainable African growth. Find out more about this event here.FT-Africa-Summit-2015de3cf904e5a9658edebe980ac06627f9MM/DD/YYYY

Chaired by (1)

Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber

Financial Times

Lionel Barber is the editor of the Financial Times. Since his appointment in 2005, Mr Barber has helped solidify the FT’s position as one of the first publishers to successfully transform itself into a multichannel news organisation. During his tenure, the FT has won numerous global prizes for its journalism, including Newspaper of the Year, Overseas Press Club, Gerald Loeb and Society of Publishers in Asia awards. He has co-written several books and has lectured widely on foreign policy, transatlantic relations, European security and monetary union in the US and Europe and appears regularly on TV and radio around the world. As editor, he has interviewed many of the world’s leaders in business and politics, including: former US President Barack Obama, sitting US president Donald Trump, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani.

Mr Barber has received several distinguished awards, including the St George Society medal of honour and the Legion d’Honneur and in February 2018, the Media Society’s annual award for his outstanding contribution to journalism. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Carnegie Corporation of New York and is Chairman of the Tate.

Speakers (33)

Andrew Alli

Andrew Alli

President & CEO
Africa Finance Corporation

Andrew Alli is responsible for the overall strategy and operations of the Corporation.

The Executive Management under Andrew's leadership has undertaken over US$ 2.4 billion in investments across Africa, financing high impact projects like a West African submarine Cable, a commercial wind farm in Cape Verde, a toll road in South Africa, a greenfield power plant in Ghana and a flagship road infrastructure project in Côte d'Ivoire.

Prior to his appointment, Andrew was a Partner at Travant Capital, a West-Africa focused private equity fund. Prior to co-founding Travant, he served as Country Head for Southern Africa at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector financing arm of the World Bank. Andrew joined IFC in Washington as an investment officer working first in the Oil, Gas and Mining Department and then later in the Telecommunications Department.

In 2002, he was appointed IFC's Country Manager for Nigeria, responsible for managing the corporation's operations in the country. In 2006, he assumed responsibility for South Africa and seven other countries. During the course of his career, Andrew has been involved with investments in Africa totalling more than US$3.0 billion.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Kings College, University of London, an MBA from INSEAD, France and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand now PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Ade  Ayeyemi

Ade Ayeyemi

Group CEO

Ade Ayeyemi, 52, was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of Ecobank in June 2015 and assumed office on September 1, 2015. He is an experienced banker, who before joining Ecobank, had a long and successful career with Citigroup, where he was CEO of Citigroup’s sub-Saharan Africa division based in Johannesburg. Mr Ayeyemi is an accounting graduate of the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree with First Class Honours. He also studied at the University of London and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Programme. A Chartered Accountant, he is also a trained UNIX Administrator and Network Operating Systems Manager. His many interests include business strategy, economics, process engineering and technology. 

Kelvin  Balogun

Kelvin Balogun

President, Central, East and West Africa
The Coca-Cola Company

Kelvin Balogun is the President for Coca-Cola Central, East and West Africa (CEWA). Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, Coca-Cola CEWA covers 30 countries in East Africa, Nigeria, West Africa, the Horn region and Islands.

Mr Balogun joined The Coca-Cola Company in October 1999 as Strategic Planning and Business Development Manager for Coca-Cola Nigeria. In February 2002 he moved to East Africa where he held positions of increasing responsibility in Kenya, Tanzania and the Horn of Africa before assuming the role of Strategy Director for the Coca-Cola East and Central Africa in May 2008 with responsibility for strategy development across 27 markets.

Subsequently, Mr Balogun became General Manager for the East Africa and Mozambique Franchise, leading Coca-Cola’s market development in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique. In 2011, he was appointed Managing Director for Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, a position he held until his current role which he took up in January 2013.

Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Mr Balogun was the Senior Manager and Head of Strategy Competency at Accenture in Lagos. He began his career with the firm in 1989 as a Business Analyst.

Mr Balogun holds an MBA from the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) and a Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

Warren  Beech

Warren Beech

Head of Mining, Regional Head of the Africa Practice
Hogan Lovells

Warren Beech is a partner at international law firm Hogan Lovells. He is head of Mining and regional head of the Africa Practice, based in the Johannesburg office. He leads a team of mining sector specialists, providing multi-disciplinary legal and related services, primarily in the natural resources and mining, construction and engineering industries. This includes health and safety, environmental, commercial, litigation, criminal and employment law, as well as support services such as training, auditing and bespoke consulting.

He has worked for some of the world's leading companies on projects across Africa including advising the Anglo American Group, BHPBilliton Group and the Glencore Group on mining, natural resources, infrastructure – in particular water, rail and power - related matters.

In addition, Warren provides specialist consulting services both in Africa and internationally, and has represented mining and non-mining companies in more than 1800 fatal inquiries and inquests arising out of incidents and accidents. He has conducted inquiries in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act for a number of clients.

Bob Collymore

Bob Collymore


Robert (Bob) Collymore is the CEO of Safaricom Limited, a leading communications company in Africa and pioneer of M-PESA, the world’s most developed mobile payment system.

His work experience spans across diverse countries such as Japan, South Africa and the United Kingdom where he’s held progressively senior roles in marketing, purchasing, retail and corporate affairs. Bob has more than 30 years of commercial experience working in the telecommunications sector and is passionate about how businesses can be catalysts in transforming communities.

In April 2015, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon re-appointed Mr. Collymore to the United Nations Global Compact Board. This was in recognition of Safaricom’s commitment to environmental, sustainability and anti-corruption issues as well as the work it is undertaking to address maternal health and child mortality. Safaricom is currently one of the only African companies that regularly reports on Sustainability on an annual basis.

Under Bob’s leadership, Safaricom has committed to utilize its infrastructure to achieve universal access to essential communications and leverage partnerships that aim to tackle health, clean energy for a positive impact on economic growth.

Mr. Collymore was recently appointed as a commissioner for the Global Commission for Business & Sustainable Development and is also a member of the B-Team, a high-level global group of business leaders who are working to catalyse a better way of doing business, for the wellbeing of people and the planet.

Mr. Collymore is a member of the Board of Acumen and has served as a Commissioner on the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for women and children.

Aliko Dangote

Aliko Dangote

President/Chief Executive
Dangote Group

Aliko Dangote is the Founder and President/Chief Executive of the Dangote Group, the largest conglomerate in West Africa, based in Nigeria. The Group, which has subsidiaries that cut across cement production, sugar refining and flour milling, is present in 17 other African countries. It has also diversified into other sectors including agriculture and energy, and is building the largest refinery, petrochemical and fertiliser complex in Africa. One of the Group’s subsidiaries, Dangote Cement Plc, is the largest listed company in West Africa and the first Nigerian company to join the Forbes Global 2000 Companies list. The Group is the second largest employer of labour in Nigeria outside the federal government.

Mr Dangote sits on the board of the Corporate Council on Africa, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the United Nations Secretary-General's Global Education First Initiative, the Clinton Global Initiative, the McKinsey Advisory Council, and the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum. He was named Co-chair of the US-Africa Business Center, in September 2016, by the US Chamber of Commerce. In April 2017, he joined the Board of Directors of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which helps countries build the systems necessary to provide health services to their people.

A dedicated philanthropist, Mr Dangote made an initial endowment of $1.25 billion to the Aliko Dangote Foundation in March 2014, enabling it to scale up its work in health, education and economic empowerment. In addition, he is collaborating with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fight polio. He is also on the Board of ONE, the anti-poverty group, co-founded by Bono.

On November 14, 2011, the Nigerian Government conferred on him the Grand Commander of the Niger(GCON), becoming the first person outside government functionaries to bag the honour. In April 2014, TIME Magazine listed him among its 100 'Most Influential People in the World.

For five consecutive years, 2013 - 2017, Forbes listed him as the 'Most Powerful Man in Africa’ alongside the Egyptian President Abdel Fatteh el Sisi. He also made the list of CNBC's 'Top 25 Business men in the World' that changed and shaped the century. In 2017, he emerged among The Bloomberg 50, a new, yearly, multi-platform initiative that honours 50 icons and innovators who have changed the global business landscape in measurable ways. He was rated the most influential African by Jeune Afrique in their classification of the most influential 50 Africans in 2018.

Mr Dangote holds a Business Studies degree from Al-Azhar University Cairo, Egypt.

Nathalie Delapalme

Nathalie Delapalme

Executive Director, Research & Policy
Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Nathalie Delapalme is Executive Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. She was previously a French senior civil servant. Her most recent position was Inspecteur General des Finances at the Ministry of Economy and Finance between 2007 and 2010. Prior to this, Nathalie served the French Government as an advisor for Africa and Development in the offices of various Foreign Affairs Ministers, between 1995-1997 and 2002-2007. She also served the French Senate as advisor for the Finance and Budgetary Commission, where she assessed fiscal and public expenditures and policies between 1984-1995 and 1997-2002. She sits on the Board of IFRI (Institut Francais des Relations Internationales). Nathalie is the recipient of a number of awards and honours. She is Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur.

Godwin Emefiele

Godwin Emefiele

Central Bank of Nigeria

Godwin Emefiele is Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Prior to taking the helms at the CBN, he spent over 26 years in commercial banking, having joined Zenith Bank since inception in 1990. He was the bank’s Executive Director in charge of Corporate Banking, Treasury, Financial Control and Strategic Planning, and was appointed Deputy Managing Director in 2001.

On 1st August 2010, Mr. Emefiele’s sojourn in commercial banking culminated in his tenure as Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Bank PLC, one of Nigeria’s largest banks with over 7,000 staff, about US$3.2 billion in shareholders’ funds, and subsidiaries in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia, South Africa, China, and the United Kingdom.

Andrew England

Andrew England

Middle East Editor
Financial Times

Andrew England is the Financial Times Middle East Editor. He was previously Southern Africa bureau chief from 2011 to 2016, and prior to this he held other positions including Abu Dhabi bureau chief and Middle East and North Africa correspondent. He joined the Financial Times in 2004 as East Africa correspondent.

Before joining the FT, England was East Africa correspondent for the Associated Press, and before that he was a freelance journalist in Nairobi. He started his journalism career as a reporter on Investment Week Magazine.

England has a BA hons in politics and history from the University of the West of England, and a postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism from City University.

In 1998 he won the Autif Trade Journalist of the Year Award.

Dr Jendayi Frazer

Dr Jendayi Frazer

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Africa Studies, Council of Foreign Relations;
former US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa

Jendayi Frazer is Adjunct Senior Fellow for Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations where she chairs the “Africa Strategic Opportunities” high-level roundtable series focused on trends and regional dynamics shaping Africa's future. Dr Frazer was a distinguished public service professor at Carnegie Mellon University from 2009-2014, where she was on the faculty of Heinz College’s School of Public Policy and Management, and was Director of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for International Policy and Innovation (CIPI), which focused on utilising technology and applying innovative solutions to core issues of development and governance in Africa.

Dr Frazer left her faculty position for the private sector where she is now the Managing Partner of Africa Exchange Holdings Ltd, a private company building Africa’s commodity markets. She serves as Chairman of the Board of the East Africa Exchange, Ltd that is based in Kigali, Rwanda, and is the first leg of a regional commodity exchange intended to increase transparency and regional trade integration in the East Africa Community. She is also Chairman of the Board of AFEX Commodities Exchange in Nigeria, the country’s first private sector licensed commodity exchange.

Ambassador Frazer served as the US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council. She was the first woman US Ambassador to South Africa and was instrumental in establishing the Bush Administration’s signature initiatives, including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Millennium Challenge Account. She is widely credited for designing the administration’s policies for ending the wars in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Burundi, and for helping resolve Kenya’s 2007 post election crisis. In recognition of her contributions, Condoleezza Rice presented Dr Frazer with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest award bestowed by the Secretary of State. In July 2010, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf awarded Dr Frazer with the distinction of Dame Grand Commander in the Humane Order of African Redemption in recognition of her contribution to restoring peace and democracy to Liberia.

Dr Frazer received her BA in Political Science and African and Afro-American Studies, MA degrees in International Policy Studies and International Development Education, and a PhD in Political Science, all from Stanford University.

Tewolde GebreMariam

Tewolde GebreMariam

Ethiopian Airlines

Tewolde GebreMariam has been CEO of Ethiopian Airlines since 2011 having joined the company in 1985. He was previously its Chief Operating Officer in charge of the airline’s Commercial, Flight Operations, Customer Services and Maintenance and Engineering divisions. From 2004 to 2006 he was Executive Officer, Marketing & Sales. In October 2000, he was appointed as Regional Director for the Americas, while from 1998-2000 he was Area Sales Manager for North East USA and Canada. In 1995, he became Regional Director for India and South East Asia, based in Bombay. He later moved to Jeddah as Area Manager for Saudi Arabia. Before this, he held a number of positions including Manager, Cargo Traffic Handling, and Transport Agent at Addis Ababa Airport in Ethiopia.

Mr Tewolde also serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and is an Executive Committee member of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA); Chairman of the Ethiopian Tourism Board (ETO); a Board member of Ethio Telecom, Ethiopian Railway Corporation and the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia; and a member of the Airlink Advisory Council.

He has won several awards, including The Airline Strategy Award for Regional Leadership (2013)and the 2013 Planet Africa professional Excellence Award. In 2012 the African CEO Forum named him African CEO of the Year and he picked up theBest African Business Leader award from the Corporate Council on Africa.

Mr Tewolde has a BA in Economics from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and an MBA from the Open University in the UK.

Ivan Glasenberg

Ivan Glasenberg

Chief Executive Officer

Ivan Glasenberg joined Glencore in April 1984 and has been Chief Executive Officer since January 2002.

Mr Glasenberg initially spent three years working in the coal commodity department in South Africa as a marketer, before spending two years in Australia as head of the Asian coal commodity division. Between 1988 and 1989, he was based in Hong Kong as head of Glencore’s Hong Kong and Beijing offices, as well as head of coal marketing in Asia, where his responsibilities included overseeing the Asian coal marketing business of Glencore and managing the administrative functions of the Hong Kong and Beijing offices.

In January 1990, he was made responsible for the worldwide coal business of Glencore for both marketing and industrial assets, and remained in this role until he became Chief Executive Officer in January 2002.

Mr Glasenberg is a Chartered Accountant of South Africa and holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Witwatersrand. Mr Glasenberg also holds an MBA from the University of Southern California. Before joining Glencore, Mr Glasenberg worked for five years at Levitt Kirson Chartered Accountants in South Africa.

Helen Hai

Helen Hai

CEO, Made in Africa Initiative
Goodwill Ambassador, UNIDO

HAI Helen is the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Goodwill Ambassador for industrialization in Africa. She is the CEO of the Made in Africa Initiative which advises African government for industrialization and investment promotion. Ambassador Hai is Co-Founder of C&H Garments, which is a pioneer Pan-Africa export-oriented garments manufacturer. 

Ambassador Hai was trained as an actuary in the United Kingdom with near 20 years of international experience in FTSE100 companies. She has BA in actuarial science and MSc in actuarial management from CASS Business School in London and EMBA from INSEAD and Tsinghua University.

Ambassador Hai was named a 2015 Global Young Leader by World Economic Forum, and she is co-chair of the Global Future Council on the Future of Consumption for World Economics Forum. She received the 2015 African Business Icon Award, and awarded as Officer of the National Order of Lion of Senegal in 2016.

She is on the committee of Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development.

Neil Hume

Neil Hume

Natural Resources Editor
Financial Times

Neil Hume is the Natural Resources Editor of the Financial Times. Prior to this he was Commodities and Mining Editor, a role he had held since September 2013. He covers the global trade of natural resources, such as iron ore, coal, copper and wheat as well as the political, social and economic aspects of the commodities industry and trading houses. Mr Hume joined the FT as senior stock markets correspondent in 2006. He also helped found FT Alphaville, the FT’s award-winning markets blog. He became editor of Alphaville in 2010 before being appointed the FT’s Australia correspondent in 2012. In addition to editing Alphaville, Mr Hume has written a weekly column for the FT, he won best scoop article at the M&A International Media Awards in 2008 for his story on InBev’s takeover of Budweiser. Prior to joining the FT, he spent six years on The Guardian’s business desk. Mr Hume graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in History and Politics.

Yvonne Ike

Yvonne Ike

Managing Director, Head of Sub Saharan Africa (Ex-RSA)
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Yvonne Ike is a Managing Director and Head of Sub Saharan Africa (Ex-RSA) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Yvonne has more than 20 years experience in the financial services, including capital markets operations and fixed income, derivatives and equities products. Over the course of her career, Yvonne has led senior teams in New York, Geneva, Hong Kong, Nigeria and South Africa.

Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch in September 2014, Yvonne was Chief Executive Officer at West Africa at Renaissance Capital, where she was responsible for the firm’s West Africa franchise covering Investment Banking and Securities Trading. From 1994 to 2009, Yvonne was a Managing Director at JP Morgan. She also worked as a partner at Africapital Management Limited from 2009 to 2011. Yvonne started her career as an auditor with Ernst and Young International.

Yvonne is a trustee of The Bridge Leadership Academy, Christopher Kolade Foundation and The Dangote Foundation. She is passionate about actively contributing to Africa’s development and is involved in several initiatives including African Gifted Foundation and Women for Women International.

Yvonne has received many international awards including being recognized by the Queen of England as one of the top 200 business women in the UK to make a significant impact in society during 2007.

Dr Amy  Jadesimi

Dr Amy Jadesimi

Managing Director
Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL)

Amy Jadesimi is the Managing Director of LADOL Free Zone in Lagos, Nigeria. This is a US$500m industrial village and specialised port facility which supports high value industrial operations such as oil and gas drilling and production support, ship building and repairs, specialised manufacturing and engineering. Dr Jadesimi joined LADOL after setting up her own financial consultancy in Lagos. She started her career in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in London.

Dr Jadesimi’s leadership was recognised in 2012 when she became an Archbishop Desmond Tutu fellow. In 2013, she was named as one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders and awarded a Rising Talent Award by the Women’s Forum for Economy and Society.

Dr Jadesimi has a BA in Physiological Sciences from the University of Oxford and a medical degree from Oxford University Medical School. She has an MBA from Stanford Business School.

Hervé  Joly

Hervé Joly

Mission Chief for Tanzania and the EAC

Hervé Joly is currently Assistant Director at the African Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Chief of the division covering the countries of the East African Community (EAC). He leads IMF missions to Tanzania and coordinates IMF work on the EAC. He was previously leading the IMF’s work on Senegal and the West African Economic and Monetary Union. He was also Chief of Debt Policy Division in the IMF’s Strategy, Policy, and Review Department. Before joining the IMF in 1999, Mr. Joly worked for the French Treasury, including as financial attaché in Washington DC. Mr. Joly is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE).

Donald Kaberuka

Donald Kaberuka

High Representative for Financing, the Peace Fund and COVID19 response
African Union

A Rwandan economist and former Finance Minister, Dr. Kaberuka is the 7th President of the African Development Bank (2005-2015). He is credited for expanding the reach and impact of AfDB, Africa’s premier financial institution during his two terms as President.

Kaberuka is currently the African Union High Representative for Financing, the Peace Fund and COVID19 response. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of several organisations and think tanks including the Rockefeller Foundation, Center for Global Development, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, The Brookings Institution and the London School of Economics. He serves on the International Advisory Council of Standard Chartered Bank and Co-Chair ofthe Oxford- LSE Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development. He was also nominated in 2017 to Chair the panel on the third External Evaluation of the International Monetary Fund. Since retiring from the African Development Bank, he is Chairman and Managing Partner of South Bridge an investment advisory firm which he co-founded. He was elected in 2019 as Chair of the Board of The Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria.

Fidelis  Madavo

Fidelis Madavo

Executive Head: Listed Investments
Public Investment Corporation (PIC)

Mr Fidelis Madavo is the Execututive Head: Listed Investment at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) of South Africa. Prior to this he was Head of Resources and Portfolio Manager for Strategic and African Listed Investment, also at the PIC. Before joining the PIC in 1997, he was Vice President in the Mining Team at Citigroup based in Johannesburg. Prior to Citigroup, he worked at Investec Securities.

Prior to coming back to South Africa, Mr Madavo spent ten years with CRU International, a mining consultancy based in London. His professional background also includes working for Anglo American as a Metallurgist.
Mr Madavo holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Wales UK and MSc from City University London.

Katrina Manson

Katrina Manson

Former East Africa Correspondent
Financial Times

Katrina Manson is the former East Africa correspondent for the Financial Times. Based in Nairobi, she covers news, analysis, politics, business and culture from 13 countries for the paper. She was previously Reuters correspondent in DR Congo, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso, editor of Africa investor magazine and has written for international newspapers and magazines from west and north Africa and from Afghanistan. She is co-author of several guidebooks, including the Bradt Guides to Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone. She is a prize-winning scholar with a double first in History and Politics from Balliol College, Oxford University.

Trevor Manuel

Trevor Manuel

Former Minister of Economy, South Africa
Senior Advisor, Rothschild Group

Trevor Manuel is a senior advisor to the Rothschild Group worldwide and Deputy Chairman of Rothschild in South Africa. 

Mr Manuel served as a Cabinet Minister from 1994 to 2014 under the first four successive Presidents, Mandela, Mbeki, Motlanthe and Zuma in democratic South Africa. His cabinet responsibilities included Trade and Industry (May 1994 to April 1996), Finance (April 1996 to May 2009), and in the Presidency, responsibility for the National Planning Commission (May 2009 to May 2014). During his two decades as a Cabinet Minister he also served as a Member of Parliament, representing the African National Congress. 

His ministerial career highlights have tracked two decades of major development in the South African economy. As Minister of Trade and Industry he led the process of reintegration of South Africa into the global economy after decades of sanctions, and he introduced extension support measures for small, medium and micro-enterprises. During his lengthy tenure as Minister of Finance he stabilised the macro-economy, significantly transformed the fiscal system in respect of taxation, expenditure and the intergovernmental system. As Chairperson of the National Planning Commission he oversaw the drafting of the broadly accepted first-ever National Development Plan for the country.  As Minister he assumed a number of ex officio positions on International bodies, including the United Nations Commission for Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Bank, the IMF, the G20, the African Development Bank and the Southern African Development Community. In these institutions, he was also frequently elected by his peers to chair several of these bodies.

Mr Manuel was also appointed as Special Envoy for Financing Development on two occasions (2001 and 2008) by successive Secretaries General of the United Nations. He served on various international commissions including the Task Force on Global Public Goods (2002/3), the Africa Commission (2005), the Commission on Growth and Development (2006 to 2010), the Global Ocean Commission (2012/4) (that he co-chaired) and the Commission on the New Climate Economy (2013/4). He was requested to chair various Task Teams including on IMF Governance Reform (2007/8) and the World Bank Doing Business Report (2013).

Mr Manuel has received a number of awards and presentations, including Africa's Finance Minister of the Year and the Woodrow Wilson Public Service Award. He has 7 honorary doctorates from South African tertiary institutions and a Doctor of Laws from MacMaster University, Ontario Canada. His South African doctorates are in the following fields: two of commerce, three of technology, one of economics and one of law. He has served as the Chancellor of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) since May 2008.  Mr Manuel has a National Diploma in Civil and Structural Engineering from the Peninsula Technikon and completed the Executive Management Programme in a joint programme between Stanford University and the National University of Singapore. 

Tito Mboweni

Tito Mboweni

Former Governor, South African Reserve Bank
International Advisor, Goldman Sachs

Tito Mboweni is an International Advisor for Goldman Sachs International, Member of the Total Oil Marketing’s Strategic Consultative Committee for Africa and the Middle East, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of a pan-African think tank, the African Center for Economic Transformation, based in Accra, Ghana.

As of the 1st of August 2016, Mr Mboweni was appointed as the Chairman of the BoD of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA). He also currently serves as Chairman for Nampak Limited, SacOil Holdings Limited, Accelerate Property Fund. He also serves on the Boards of Discovery Limited, PPC Limited and is South Africa’s Representative to the BRICS New Development Bank. He is a Member of the Board of Governors for ASIA School of Business in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and serves on the High Level Advisory Panel for the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa.  From June 2010 to May 2014, Mr Mboweni was Chairman of AngloGold Ashanti.

Mr Mboweni was Governor of the Reserve Bank of South Africa (SARB) from August 1999 to November 2009. He was named Euromoney Central Bank Governor of the year in 2001 and African Central Bank Governor of the Year in 2009. During his tenure at the SARB, he was also Chairman of the SADC Committee of Central Bank Governors (CCBG). He joined the SARB in July 1998 as an Advisor to the Governor. From 1994 to 1998, he was Minister of Labour in President Nelson Mandela’s Cabinet. He was the Former Deputy Head of the ANC’s Department of Economic Policy between 1990 and 1994 and the Head of the ANC Policy Department between 1994 and 1998. From 1994 to 1998, he was the Chair of the Economic Transformation Committee (ETC) of the National Executive Committee (NEC).

Mr Mboweni has a BA in Economics and Political Science (NUL), an MA in Development Economics (UEA), and a Diploma in International Business Diplomacy (Georgetown University). He has also been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Natal, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Stellenbosch and East Anglia (UEA).

Bernard Mensah

Bernard Mensah

President of the UK and CEEMEA and co-head of Global Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities (FICC) Trading
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bernard Mensah is President of the UK and Central Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) and co-head of Global Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities (FICC) Trading at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is Chief Executive Officer of Merrill Lynch International (“MLI”), Bank of America’s largest International subsidiary, and Head of the BANA London Branch. Bernard is a member of Bank of America’s Management Committee.

Based in London, Bernard has jointly led the firm’s FICC Trading business globally since 2015, and assumed additional leadership responsibilities as the firm’s EMEA President in April 2018.

In his role as President, Bernard is responsible for the execution and development of the bank’s strategy, business activities and support functions in the UK and CEEMEA. These span corporate, commercial and investment banking, treasury services and sales and trading. He is also responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of the broad Bank of America Merrill Lynch franchise to its corporate and institutional clients across the region. Bernard chairs the firm’s regional Executive Committee and is a member of the Global Banking and Markets Committee.

Bernard has more than 20 years global trading and investing experience, serves on the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority’s Markets Practitioner Panel, and was recently asked by the Bank of England to join the Senior Advisory Group overseeing LIBOR transition in the UK. He joined the firm in 2010 from Goldman Sachs in London, where he was a Partner and global head of Bank Loan and Distressed Trading, and prior to that ran the bank’s Asia Credit and Convertibles business, based in Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Before joining Goldman Sachs in 2000, Bernard worked as a Fixed Income Trader for Credit Suisse Financial Products in Europe and Asia, and for PricewaterhouseCoopers in audit and corporate finance.

Bernard received his BA in Social Sciences at the Joint School of Philosophy and Economics at the University of Bristol in 1989. He is a qualified chartered accountant and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales in 1992. Bernard was recently asked to chair the West Africa Advisory Board of Princes Trust International.

Miles Morland

Miles Morland

Founder, Partner & Chairman
DPI LLP & Blakeney Management LLP

Miles pioneered investment in African markets when he started Blakeney Management in 1990. In 2006 he kicked himself upstairs and became non-executive Chairman of Blakeney. Intrigued by private equity opportunities in some of the rapidly growing countries of Africa, he founded DPI in 2007 jointly with Runa Alam. DPI has since become a core African PE firm. Before starting Blakeney Miles spent 22 years in money management and investment banking in London and Wall Street. Miles has set up a Foundation whose chief purpose is to promote and encourage African writers. Bloomsbury published Miles’s new book “Cobra in the Bath” in August 2015. It’s brilliant. Buy it.

James Mworia

James Mworia

Group CEO & Managing Director
Centum Investment Co Ltd

James M. Mworia is the Chief Executive Officer of Centum Investment Company Limited and its subsidiaries since October 2008. He has over ten years work experience including Investment Management at Trans-century and Centum.

Mr Mworia is a CFA Charter holder, Certified Public Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Nairobi and an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. He is also a Member of Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA).

Mr Mworia represents Centum as a non executive director on the Boards of Nairobi Bottlers Limited, Mount Kenya Bottlers Limited, General Motors East Africa Limited and NAS Airport Services Limited and SIA (K) Holdings Limited.

Zemedeneh Negatu

Zemedeneh Negatu

Global Chairman
Fairfax Africa Fund, LLC

Zemedeneh Negatu is the Ethiopian-American Global Chairman of the American private equity investment firm Fairfax African Fund, LLC, based in Washington D.C. He is widely recognised as one of Africa’s top business leaders and was selected amongst the “Top 10 Most Influental Africans 2018” – By Top-Ten, a global ranking organisation, and “Top 15 CEOs of Africa to Watch in 2015” by the African Business magazine.He has received numerous other global awards including “Pioneer Diaspora Business Person of the Year 2012” in Washington D.C. and was voted “Managing Partner of the Year 2013” by a leading global business publication based in the UK.

Mr Negatu was the founder of Ernst &Young (EY) Ethiopia and had served as its Managing Partner for 18 years. Prior to EY, he was with PwC in the U.S. He regularly provides powerful and influential global thought leadership on finance, economics and investments and has been featured on CNN, BBC, the FT, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera and as a “Power Lunch” guest on CNBC. Furthermore, he has been invited to give speeches and as a panelist at high profile events such as the World Economic Forum (WEF), Harvard Business School, the Milken Global Summit in Los Angeles and Global Business Forum in Dubai.

He serves on numerous boards globally including: the international advisory board of the University of Texas at Dallas, School of Business; advisory board of InvestAfrica, based in London (UK), Belcash, a successful Fintech company based in the Netherlands and as Chairman of the Ethiopian subsidiary of Calzedonia, the multinational Italian clothing manufacturer and retailer.

Mr Negatu has a business degree from Howard University, Washington DC, completed the LSE programme at the Harvard Business School, Boston and is a US CPA.

Pradeep Paunrana

Pradeep Paunrana

Arm Cement

Pradeep joined ARM in 1984, after graduating with an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. Pradeep applied his business education with entrepreneurial energy in growing the Company through value added production of industrial minerals, innovation in products and market transformation, use of world class technology, accessing capital markets, and empowering entrepreneurship in corporate growth. Over the years, Pradeep built a team of highly motivated professionals with a culture of diligence, innovation and accountability to execute the vision of transforming ARM, a small, family run producer of agricultural lime into a major publicly listed company, with operations in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and South Africa. In addition to cement and industrial minerals, the company also manufactures crop and soil specific, high yield fertilizers that have had a transformational increase in Kenya's agriculture output, particularly at the rural, subsistence farmer level.

Pradeep’s leadership in transformation of a family business into a fast growing listed corporate is underpinned by his strong belief in leadership in transparency, corporate governance and shareholder value creation with social responsibility. ARM Cement Ltd is now ranks in the top 10 largest industrial companies in East Africa, and in the top 25 best performing public listed companies across Africa over the past 10 years, with institutional shareholders from New York, London and other major financial centers.

Pradeep plays an active role in several policy and advocacy institutions, and has chaired and participated in government task forces in the energy, environment and agriculture sectors. He is the Chairman of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Director of The Kenya Private Sector Alliance, Executive Committee member of East African Business Council, Chairman Nairobi National Park Greenline Trust, Trustee of Tree Biotechnology Program, and actively champions several charities, including the Company's Rhino Cement Foundation, which makes social investments in, health education and environment. Pradeep is a frequent guest speaker at various industry events and international business forums and business schools.

Alec Russell

Alec Russell

FT Weekend

Alec Russell is the Editor of FT Weekend. He has held this position since April 2016. Prior to this, he worked as: News Editor, Comment and Analysis Editor, World News Editor and the Johannesburg Bureau Chief. Before joining the FT, Mr Russell was the Daily Telegraph's Washington Bureau Chief from 2003 to 2006. He was also an assistant editor at the Telegraph and oversaw its coverage of the 9/11 attacks and the war in Iraq.

Previously, he served as the Telegraph's Johannesburg Bureau Chief from 1993 to 1998, covering the end of apartheid, the election of the African National Congress, the genocide in Rwanda and the fall of the veteran Zairean dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. Mr Russell was stationed in Bucharest from the Romanian revolution until 1993, covering the Croatian and Bosnian wars, the fall of the Soviet Union and the Kurdish exodus from northern Iraq. His work has earned him 2004 UK Press Gazette award for coverage of the Iraq War. He was highly commended in the 1992 UK Press Gazette awards for coverage of the Croatian war and the 1991 awards for his coverage of the Romanian revolution, and won an award in 2007 for Business Feature about Africa. He is the author of Prejudice and Plum Brandy (1993) and Big Men, Little People: The Leaders Who Defined Africa (1999) and After Mandela (2009).

Joel Segal

Joel Segal

Partner, Africa Business,
Group Chair, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Joel started his career in South Africa and joined PwC in 2009 as a partner. During his career in the firm, he has served as strategic advisor to executive boards of multinationals across the FTSE100 and Fortune500 equivalents, helping them operate effectively by transforming their global business models.

He has over 15 years’ experience across multiple industries, with a strong focus on Consumer, Retail, Manufacturing and Industrial Products. He has held various senior leadership roles and remains a Global Relationship and Advisory partner in the firm.

Joel currently sits as Chair of the UK firm’s Africa Business Group with a focus on helping companies enter and operate effectively in the emerging markets of sub- Saharan Africa. He has lived and worked in Africa, US and UK helping clients and their senior executives in over 20 countries. Joel is married with three children and enjoys photography and travel in his leisure time.

Babatunde  Soyoye

Babatunde Soyoye

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Helios Investment Partners LLP

Babatunde Soyoye, a Nigerian national, is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Helios and has more than 16 years of principal investment experience. Prior to forming Helios, he was a Principal at TPG Capital in London responsible for telecommunications and media investments across Europe. Before joining TPG, Mr Soyoye was a Senior Member of the Corporate Strategy team at British Telecom, and a Manager of Business Development at Singapore Telecom International. He has played a key role in the execution of over $7billion of completed investments across Africa, Europe, Asia and North America. He has also served as an Executive Consultant to Actis West Africa, an emerging markets private equity fund.

Mr Soyoye serves on the Boards of Directors of Africatel Holdings B.V., Helios Towers Nigeria and Interswitch Limited. He also serves on the board of Monurent and has previously served on the Boards of Directors of Afsat Communications and PSPLS, Nigeria’s Privatisation Share Purchase Loan Scheme. Mr Soyoye received a B.Eng. in Engineering and an MBA from the University of London (Kings & Imperial College). He is a fluent Yoruba speaker.

Tidjane Thiam

Tidjane Thiam

Credit Suisse Group AG

Tidjane Thiam is the CEO of Credit Suisse Group since July 1st 2015. Born in Côte d'Ivoire, he was raised and educated in France (Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris) and also holds an MBA from INSEAD. After several years at McKinsey & Company in Paris and New York, he worked for the government of Côte d'Ivoire, where his final post was as Minister of Planning and Development, before returning to McKinsey & Co. in Paris as a partner. 

From 2002 until 2008 Tidjane Thiam had leading roles at Aviva insurance company, prior to joining Prudential as their CFO. In 2009, he became Prudential's CEO. He is married with two adult children. Tidjane Thiam speaks English, French, and German, and is a dual citizen of France and Côte d'Ivoire.

Wale  Tinubu

Wale Tinubu

Group Chief Executive Officer
Oando Plc

Wale Tinubu is the Group Chief Executive of Oando PLC, Africa’s leading indigenous energy solutions provider listed on the Nigerian and Johannesburg Stock Exchange. 

In June 2015, Mr Tinubu was named ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ West Africa by Ernst & Young on the basis of his contributions to the development of the African Oil and Gas industry. His entrepreneurial achievements also led to his induction into the Ernst & Young’s World Entrepreneur of the Year Academy.

In 2014, under his leadership Oando PLC successfully concluded the US$1.5 billion acquisition of ConocoPhillips Nigeria business, a first for a Nigerian indigenous company transforming the company into the country’s largest indigenous oil and gas producer with an estimated output of 55,000 boepd.

In 2011, he was awarded the ‘African Business Leader of the Year’ by Africa Investor and in 2007, he was named a Global Young Leader by the World Economic Forum, Geneva, in recognition of his achievements as one of the leading executives under 41.

William Wallis

William Wallis

Leader Writer
Financial Times

William Wallis is a leader writer and international affairs commentator at the Financial Times, based in London, having spent the past decade as the Africa Editor and African affairs specialist. He has travelled and worked in more than 35 countries in Africa and the Middle East in a career as a journalist spanning 23 years.

Wallis joined the FT in 1998 as West Africa correspondent based in Lagos, Nigeria. He went on to become the FT's Central and East Africa correspondent in Nairobi, and then Middle East correspondent in Cairo.

Before joining the newspaper Wallis worked variously for the BBC and Reuters as a correspondent based in Africa including for two years in the DRC at the time of the overthrow of Mobutu Sese Seko.


Agenda - 4th Oct

  • 6:30pm
    Welcome Reception

Agenda - 5th Oct

  • 9:00am
    Chaired By

    Chair Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:00am
    Opening Session – The View from the Top

    Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times and
    Aliko Dangote, President & CEO, Dangote Group


  • 9:45am
    Managing the Commodity Cycle

    Africa’s resource dependent governments are battening down the hatches as they attempt to manage the impact of falling commodity prices, depreciating currencies and foreign reserves under pressure. Some governments saved more than others in the boom years, and are therefore weathering the downturn well. For others, like Nigeria and Ghana, a period of relative austerity beckons. For companies whose bottom lines are driven by resources, increased export volumes could make up for some of the shortfalls as a result of depressed prices. But a period of consolidation beckons, after the past decade and a half of exploration and expansion, and for those with surpluses from the boom years, the opportunity is there for acquisitions.

    Godwin Emefiele, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria
    Ivan Glasenberg, CEO, Glencore plc
    Dr Donald Kaberuka, Former President, African Development Bank
    Joel Segal, Partner, Africa Business Group Chair, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
    Vera Songwe, Director, Western and Central Africa, IFC (World Bank Group), Non-Resident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
    Wale Tinubu, Group Chief Executive, Oando Plc

    Moderator: Neil Hume, Commodities Editor,Financial Times

  • 10:45am
  • 11:15am
    Capital Flows

    The ability of African countries to mobilize savings and draw in greater levels of investment, is critical to sustaining the momentum of economic growth as the downturn in commodity prices leads to capital shortfalls. Technology, notably in mobile money, is drawing more Africans into the banking system. Pension reforms have led to a marked increase in savings in some economies. Several of the continent’s leading energy producers have put away savings in sovereign wealth funds. Banks are lending more to the real sector. Can enough capital be mobilised from these many sources to ensure continued investment in the infrastructure and skills needed to sustain the continent’s transformation?

    Warren Beech, Head of Mining, Regional Head of the Africa Practice, Hogan Lovells
    Yvonne Ike,Managing Director & Head of Sub Saharan Africa (Ex-RSA), Bank of America Merrill Lynch
    Fidelis Madavo, Executive Head: Listed Investments, Public Investment Corporation (PIC)
    Trevor Manuel, former Minister of Economy, South Africa; Senior Advisor, Rothschild Group
    Miles Morland, Founder, Partner & Chairman, DPI LLP & Blakeney Management LLP
    Babatunde Soyoye, Co-founding Partner & Managing Director, Helios Investment Partners LLP

    Moderator: Andrew England, Southern Africa Bureau Chief, Financial Times  

  • 12:15pm
    The African CEO Debate

    The chief executives of some of Africa’s top companies discuss the outlook for the region – and how the region sees the world. 

    Andrew Alli, President & CEO, Africa Finance Corporation
    Ade Ayeyemi, Group CEO, Ecobank
    Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom
    Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO, Ethiopian Airlines
    Dr Amy Jadeismi, Managing Director, LADOL

    Moderator: Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:15pm
  • 2:30pm
    Focus on East Africa

    Kenya, not Nigeria – the continent’s largest economy and most populous nation – and East Africa not West Africa, are best positioned to leap to an accelerated phase of economic growth where industrialisation powers job creation, some economists now argue. This is partly geography at work. East Africa belongs to what is forecast to be the fastest-growing region in the world over the next decade: the Indian Ocean. East Africa is well positioned to take advantage of growing trade with China, of historic ties with India, as well as of the relatively advanced state of economic integration among east African states themselves. Of these, Kenya is the most developed. Alongside Ethiopia, it is in the waiting room of industrialisation, as wages rise in China and factory jobs move to lower-cost environments.

    Kelvin Balogun, President, Central, East and West Africa, The Coca-Cola Company
    Hervé Joly, Mission Chief for Tanzania and the EAC, IMF
    James Mworia, Group CEO & Managing Director, Centum Investment Co Ltd
    Zemedeneh Negatu, Managing Partner, Ethiopia; Head, Transaction Advisory, EY
    Pradeep Paunrana, CEO, ARM Cement

    Moderator: Katrina Manson, former East Africa Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:30pm
  • 4:00pm
    The West Versus the Rest

    In the past decade and a half Africa has undergone the most significant transformation in its relations with the outside world since the end of the Cold War. The contours of the new order are still being drawn, but China's growing stake in the continent has already shaken up an old and fraying one dominated by cautious western donors and former colonial powers. Brazil, Turkey, Malaysia, South Korea and the Gulf States are chasing on the heels of Beijing in the search for influence, resources and investment returns in African markets. Waking up to the competition, Barack Obama in 2014 hosted a hugely successful Africa summit in Washington. Europe remains the largest trading block with many African countries. The diversity of suitors is liberating African governments from paternalistic relations of old, and provides an opportunity to drive a harder bargain. 

    Nathalie Delapalme, Executive Director, Research & Policy, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
    Dr Jendayi Frazer, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Africa Studies, Council of Foreign Relations; former US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa
    Helen Hai, CEO, Made in Africa Initiative; Goodwill Ambassador, UNIDO
    Tito Mboweni, Former Governor, South African Reserve Bank; International Advisor, Goldman Sachs

    Moderator: Alec Russell, News Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:00pm
    Closing Keynote Address

    Dr Donald Kaberuka, former President, African Development Bank; Hauser Senior Resident Fellow, Kennedy School, Harvard University

  • 5:30pm
    Close of Summit
  • 6:00pm
    FT Documentary

    All attendees are invited to attend the private view of the FT's first documentary
    Big Game, Big Money - Inside the Illegal Wildlife Trade
    Mirror Room, Claridge's

  • 7:00pm
    Summit Reception
  • 7:45pm
    Summit Gala Dinner

    Welcome remarks: Bernard Mensah, Co-Head, Global FICC Trading, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    Hosted by Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

    Guest Speaker: Tidjane Thiam, CEO, Credit Suisse Group AG

Benefits of Attending

  • Hear from the captains of industry in our acclaimed CEO debate
  • Address what the downturn in the commodity industry means to the continent
  • Learn how to successfully navigate a more challenging investment landscape
  • Discover the true extent of emerging appetite for African manufacturing
  • Network with 300 attendees including finance ministers, investors and business leaders from around the region


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Platinum sponsor (1)

Bank of America is one of the world's leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 48 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 4,800 retail financial centers, approximately 16,000 ATMs, and award-winning online banking with 31 million active users and approximately 18 million mobile users. Bank of America is among the world's leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and more than 35 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Gold sponsor (1)

PwC focuses on creating value for our clients. Our firms offer a wide range of capabilities as providers of strategy through execution, committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. 
Our experience with leading FS companies and financial institutions means that we have a deep understanding of the issues clients around the world have to deal with. We focus on the future of FS, effectively working with clients as they shape their business and execute their strategy. We advise on key issues such as the future of risk, impact of regulation, financial crime, innovations in mobile and digital technologies, the disruptive impact of FinTech as well as the changing face of the customer. We use proven methodologies to design and execute business transformation backed by blueprint designs that are used as accelerators. We have invested heavily in building our technology capability focusing on the areas that we believe bring most value to our clients, including data and analytics, technology transformation and cyber. 

At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. With more than 44,000 people in our global FS practices, we are able to build long-lasting relationships with our clients and work with them everywhere they do business today and anywhere they grow next. Find out more at

Silver sponsors (2)

Incorporated in Lomé, Togo, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (‘ETI’) is the parent company of the leading independent pan-African banking group, Ecobank. It currently has a presence in 36 African countries, namely: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Democratic Republic), Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The Group is also represented in France through its affiliate EBI SA in Paris. ETI also has representative offices in Dubai, London, and Beijing. ETI is listed on the stock exchanges in Lagos, Accra and the BRVM in Abidjan. Ecobank has more than 600,000 local/international institutional and individual shareholders. The Group employs over 19,000 people in 40 different countries in over 1,280 branches and offices.

Ecobank is a full-service bank providing wholesale, retail, investment and transaction banking services and products to governments, financial institutions, multinationals, international organisations, medium, small and micro- businesses and individuals.

Change is happening faster than ever, and to stay ahead, you need to anticipate what’s next. Legal challenges come from all directions. We understand and work together with you to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. As one of the leading international law firms, we support you whether you’re expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes. Whether change brings opportunity, risk, or disruption, be ready by working with Hogan Lovells. More than 2,800 Hogan Lovells lawyers on six continents develop practical and tailor-made legal solutions according to your needs – highly specialized in the most important industries. Our global Automotive and Mobility Industry Group comprises more than 300 lawyers across the globe who all have considerable knowledge and experience in the automotive and mobility industry.

Hogan Lovells - Global Automotive and Mobility

Bronze sponsor (1)

Wavetec is a multinational technology company driven by innovation and customer care. Over the years, Wavetec has established two main business units that continue to drive its growth, each with an independent R&D, Software Development and Manufacturing Teams.

Our Financial Market Displays solutions are installed at more than 25 leading Stock and Commodities Exchanges around the world. We take pride in having developed the world's most sophisticated Digital Signage Solution for corporations where dissemination of real-time information and reliability of the displays is essential for successfully running the business. Some of our major projects are with reknowned financial institutions such as Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, Nairobi Securities Exchange, Madrid Stock Exchange, Saudi Stock Exchange, Nigerian Stock Exchange, Muscat Securities Market, Bahrain Stock Exchange, Ghana Stock Exchange, Barcelona Stock Exchange and Dubai Financial Market. 

We also transform customer experiences at service areas and retail stores and take them a notch higher. Wavetec helps businesses organize, engage and measure customer flow and journey with its complete range of Customer Experience Solutions, like our Queue Management System.,

Wavetec’s cutting edge customized solutions, and vast experience of transforming customer service areas in diverse industries such as stock exchanges, brokerage houses, airlines, mass transit, retail, banks, entertainment, telecom and healthcare around the world have made it emerge as a global leader of  digital signage and customer experience solutions. Wavetec has worked with some of the biggest and renowned brands such as BCI Bank, Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Huduma, National Bank of Kenya, Interbank, Barclays, Emirates Airlines, Tesco and LIDL Germany.

For more information visit our website,

Official Telecoms partner (1)

Liquid Telecom is the leading independent telecoms provider in eastern, central and southern Africa. It supplies fibre optic, satellite and international carrier services to Africa’s largest mobile network operators, ISPs and businesses of all sizes. It also provides payment solutions to financial institutions, as well as data storage to businesses across Africa and beyond.

Liquid Telecom has built Africa’s largest independent fibre network which runs from the north of Uganda to Cape Town, covering Africa’s fastest-growing economies, where no fixed network has existed before.

The network currently spans over 20,000km across borders, growing at a rate of 100km per week and offering the lowest latency and the best SLAs on the continent. Working under various retail, wholesale and enterprise brands, the Liquid Telecom Group has operating entities in Botswana, DRC, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, UK, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Why sponsor?

Now in its second year, this agenda-setting Summit from the Financial Times looks at the opportunities for doing business in and with Africa.

Please contact us to be aligned with the definitive gathering on African Business and be part of the conversation that matters.

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Funmbi Adenubi
Delegate Booking and Registration Enquiries
Financial Times


We are pleased to offer a special discounted bedroom rate to guests attending the FT Africa Summit at Claridge's. There are a limited number of rooms on hold until 17 August. 

Should you wish to make a booking please contact Mathilde Maitre at Claridge's directly.  

Contact Information

Mathilde Maitre
Deputy Director of Events & Groups Claridge's
Brook Street, Mayfair
London W1K 4HR
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7409 6260
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7872 8092
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Special Bedroom Rate
For Sunday 4 and Monday 5 October 2015 

1 Superior queen double bedroom for single occupancy at £475.00 per night (published rate is £788.00)  
Continental breakfast from £28.00 per person English breakfast from £34.00 per person.

This rate, excludes VAT at the standard rate and excludes service charge and breakfast. 


FT Africa Summit 2014

Born out of a relationship with the continent that lasts 125 years, the Financial Times hosted a conference with an African-led agenda in the heart of London last October. Backed by a special report, it provided a platform for debate and discussion with investment partners, old and new. The inaugural FT Africa Summit gathered a sell-out delegation of 300 senior attendees and an expert speaker panel of finance ministers, investors and businesses leaders from around the region.

Watch the Summary Video:

Africa summit

To read the report, please click here.

Click here to view a selection of photos from the event.