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Economy, Emerging Markets

FT Africa Summit 2016

London |  - 
Speakers include:
Akinwumi Adesina

Akinwumi Adesina

African Development Bank Group

Okechukwu Enelamah

Okechukwu Enelamah

Government of Nigeria

Pravin Gordhan

Pravin Gordhan

Republic of South Africa


The Financial Times will hold its third Africa summit this October after cementing the event's reputation as the leading conference in the world on African business and economics. The FT, which prides itself on the depth and breadth of its Africa coverage, will again produce a special report to coincide with the summit. Last year's event, chaired by FT Editor Lionel Barber, built on the success of the inaugural conference with a sell-out delegation and expert speakers and panellists from around the region.

Africa is entering a new phase. After a period of strong growth, underpinned by better policies and a favourable external environment, conditions are changing. Commodity prices have fallen and investors have fallen out of love with emerging markets, withdrawing money and making it more expensive for African sovereigns to borrow. Global growth is slow at best. Still, though some African commodity exporters have suffered, other African economies stand to gain from lower oil prices. Weaker African currencies may even be good news if countries are able to become more competitive and less reliant on cheap imports of manufactured goods. In the years ahead, those countries with the most effective policy frameworks and the most entrepreneurial private sectors are likely to pull away from the pack. This summit will look at the way ahead: whether by designing smart industrial policies, providing power for industry and residents, or creating a business-friendly environment, how can African economies turn the new, seemingly less benign environment, to their advantage? The FT will gather practitioners and opinion leaders from around the world to discuss these important topics.

fallback Add to my Calendar 10/02/2016 00:00:0010/03/2016 00:00:00trueFT Africa Summit 2016The Financial Times will hold its third Africa summit this October after cementing the event's reputation as the leading conference in the world on African business and economics. The FT, which prides itself on the depth and breadth of its Africa coverage, will again produce a special report to coincide with the summit. Last year's event, chaired by FT Editor Lionel Barber, built on the success of the inaugural conference with a sell-out delegation and expert speakers and panellists from around the region.Africa is entering a new phase. After a period of strong growth, underpinned by better policies and a favourable external environment, conditions are changing. Commodity prices have fallen and investors have fallen out of love with emerging markets, withdrawing money and making it more expensive for African sovereigns to borrow. Global growth is slow at best. Still, though some African commodity exporters have suffered, other African economies stand to gain from lower oil prices. Weaker African currencies may even be good news if countries are able to become more competitive and less reliant on cheap imports of manufactured goods. In the years ahead, those countries with the most effective policy frameworks and the most entrepreneurial private sectors are likely to pull away from the pack. This summit will look at the way ahead: whether by designing smart industrial policies, providing power for industry and residents, or creating a business-friendly environment, how can African economies turn the new, seemingly less benign environment, to their advantage? The FT will gather practitioners and opinion leaders from around the world to discuss these important topics.FT-Africa-Summit-2016c70c5d69cbecccb141696c6852faa061MM/DD/YYYY


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Speakers (26)

Akinwumi Adesina

Akinwumi Adesina

African Development Bank Group

Dr Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina is the 8th elected President of the African Development Bank Group. He took office at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan on September 1, 2015 and will serve an initial five-year term. He is a distinguished development economist and agricultural development expert with 25 years of international experience.

Dr Adesina served as Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development from 2011 to 2015, during which time he implemented bold policy reforms in the fertilizer sector and pursued innovative agricultural investment programmes to expand opportunities in the private sector. Ultimately, under his leadership, Nigeria's food production expanded by 21 million metric tonnes, surpassing the 20 million metric tonnes target set out at the start of his tenure.

Prior to his appointment as the Minister of Agriculture, he was the Vice President (policy and partnerships) of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) where he led several bold policy and innovative finance initiatives that leveraged over $4 billion in bank finance commitments towards Africa’s agriculture sector.

Dr Adesina was Principal Economist for the West Africa Rice Development Association (1990-1995), Senior Economist and Social Science Coordinator for the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (1995-1998) and Assistant Principal Economist of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semiarid Tropics (1988-1990).

A prolific writer, Dr Adesina has written over 70 scholarly publications on policy, agricultural development, and African development issues. He holds a Masters (1985) and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics (1988) from Purdue University, USA, where he won the outstanding thesis award for that year. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Ife, Nigeria in 1981.

Dr Adesina has wide on-the-ground development experience in Africa having worked and lived extensively in 15 African countries, including West, East and Southern Africa. While in Côte d'Ivoire he supervised 10 Doctoral theses in agricultural and development economics at the University of Abidjan, Centre Ivoirien de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (CIRES). He is bilingual and speaks fluent French and English.

Okechukwu Enelamah

Okechukwu Enelamah

Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment
Government of Nigeria

As Nigeria’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah oversees policy-making and implementation relating to industrialization of the economy, development of small and medium-scale enterprises, promotion of exports and foreign direct investment, and the expansion of trade. The overall objective of the ministry is to ensure that policies and actions lead to inclusive growth, wealth and job creation, poverty reduction and ensure enhanced service delivery in a manner that will stimulate the growth of the domestic economy for self-reliance and export.

His vision is to work in partnership with all the relevant stakeholders – government, private sector, agencies; to boost Nigeria’s investment attractiveness. This will entail improving the ease of doing business, attracting foreign direct invest, growing the contribution of non-oil economy to Nigeria’s GDP and creating jobs.

Prior to taking office in November 2015, Mr Enelamah worked as the Chief Executive Officer of Africa Capital Alliance, an investment and financial advisory firm which he co-founded in 1998. ACA has now grown to be recognized as a leading private equity firm in West Africa.

Mr Enelamah has 27 years of private sector experience spanning finance, consulting and auditing (at Arthur Andersen & Co), and private equity. Before co-founding ACA he gained private equity experience working at Zephyr Management L.P. in New York, and South Africa Capital Growth Fund in Johannesburg. ACA’s five funds – Capital Alliance Private Equity Funds I, II, III & IV, and Capital Alliance Property Investment Company (CAPIC) – have raised more than $1bn for investment in companies based in Nigeria and across West Africa.

Mr Enelamah holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from the University of Nigeria (1985), and a MBA from Harvard University Business School (1994). He is also a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Pravin Gordhan

Pravin Gordhan

Minister of Public Enterprises, Former Minister of Finance, National Treasury; Member of Parliament
Republic of South Africa

Pravin Gordhan is an activist at heart. His involvement in the anti-apartheid struggle goes back to the 1970s and 1980s when he was an organiser in the student movement and a prominent leader in civic structures. After qualifying as a pharmacist in 1974, he worked at the Durban’s King Edward VIII hospital till 1981 but was expelled by the hospital due to his involvement in resistance politics. He spent four years underground in the 1980s during which time he became involved in the South African Communist Party and African National Congress.

Mr Gordhan played a pivotal role in South Africa’s transition as an ANC participant in the multi-party talks at the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) and co-chair of the Transitional Executive Council. He chaired the Constitutional Committee, which had oversight over the implementation of the new Constitution, adopted in 1996. He continued to actively serve as an ANC MP until March 1998 when he joined SARS as Deputy Commissioner. He was appointed as Commissioner in November 1999. It is during the next decade that SARS was built into the reputable revenue service that is recognised world-wide, assisting the South African government to collect the resources it needed for its programmes.

In May 2009, Mr Gordhan was appointed the Minister of Finance serving the country with distinction during his tenure. In May 2014, he was appointed the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, however, in December 2015; he was recalled to serve as the Minister of Finance and remained in this post till 30th March 2017. He returned to the Legislature as a Member of Parliament and became part of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises. He continues to serve as member of the National Executive Committee in the African National Congress from December 2012 and as a Member of Parliament of the Republic of South Africa.

Mr Gordhan is passionate about democracy, racial and gender equality and working to build a prosperous future for all in South Africa.

Ha-Joon Chang

Ha-Joon Chang

Reader, Faculty of Economics
University of Cambridge

Ha-Joon Chang has taught at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge, since 1990. In addition to numerous articles in journals and edited volumes, Ha-Joon Chang has published 16 authored books (five of them co-authored) and 10 edited books (six of them co-edited). His main books include The Political Economy of Industrial Policy (1994), Kicking Away the Ladder (2002), Bad Samaritans (2007), and 23 Things That They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism (2010), and Economics: The User’s Guide (2014). By the end of 2016, his writings will have been translated into 40 languages in 43 countries. His books have sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide. Apart from his academic activities, Ha-Joon Chang has worked as a consultant for numerous international organisations (including various UN agencies and the World Bank), governments, private sector firms, and NGOs. He is the winner of the 2003 Gunnar Myrdal Prize and the 2005 Wassily Leontief Prize. He was ranked no. 9 in Prospect magazine’s World Thinkers 2014 poll.

Herman Chinery-Hesse

Herman Chinery-Hesse

TheSOFTtribe Ltd

Herman Kojo Chinery-Hesse has been listed as one of the top 100 global thinkers by the US based publication, Foreign Policy Magazine. He and his companies have won numerous awards and accolades including the GUBA award in the UK, the Ghana Millennium Excellence Awards for IT, the Ghana Club 100 Award for the most innovative company, the “SMS App of the year” award, the Mobile World Lifetime Achievement Award, Best Entrepreneur in Information and Communication Technology and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Texas State University, the first and currently only African recipient of the award.

In 1991, Herman co-founded the SOFTtribe Ltd, one of the leading software houses in Africa. In 2008, he also co-founded Black Star Line S.A. an e-commerce company behind the novel “Sundiata” payment platform, pioneering e-payments and e-commerce to millions of rural Africans. His newest innovation is the forthcoming e-commerce platform web mall. His companies have collaborated to develop a number of award winning products such as Hei Julor!!! a low cost, mobile based, mass market security alert system for Africa.

Herman has been a speaker at many prestigious institutions including Oxford University, Harvard Business School, Wharton Business School, Chatham House, CPH Conference, Tech4Africa etc. He is a TED fellow and has been featured in the international media including CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera. He has been featured in many magazines including Ghana Business and Finance Times, Forbes and many more. He was placed 17 on the list of 20 Notable Black Innovators in Technology. Herman has been listed as one of Africa’s Top 20 Tech Influencers and also listed as one of 100 most influential Africans of our time. He is also an assessor for the Commercial Courts of Ghana. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology from Texas State University and is considered a giant in African technology and innovation. INC magazine and other international publications have referred to him as “The Bill Gates of Africa.”

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.

Arnold Ekpe

Arnold Ekpe

Atlas Mara Ltd.

Arnold Ekpe is currently Chairman of Atlas Mara, the fast growing pan-African banking group. He is also President of Business Council for Africa; Chairman of SFRE Luxembourg; trustee of Vision for a Nation; director of Crown Agents Bank; and a director of Dangote Flour Mills.

Arnold was a former two-time CEO of Ecobank, responsible for building it into the first truly pan-African banking group; former CEO of UBA; former Vice Chairman of Africa Development Corporation; former head of Citibank's Sub-Sahara Africa Corporate and Structured Trade Finance business; and former director and Chair of the risk management committee at the Nigeria Sovereign Wealth Fund.

Mo Ibrahim

Mo Ibrahim

Founder and Chair
Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Mo Ibrahim is the Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which he established in 2006 to support good governance and exceptional leadership on the African continent.

Sudanese-born, Dr Ibrahim has a distinguished business career. In 1989 he founded Mobile Systems International (MSI), a world leading cellular consulting and software provider and in 1998, Celtel International, one of Africa’s leading mobile telephone companies which pioneered mobile services in Africa.

Dr Ibrahim is also Founding Chairman of Satya Capital Limited, a private equity fund focused on Africa and Chairman of TPG-Satya, a Joint African Investment Alliance.

Yvonne Ike

Yvonne Ike

Managing Director, 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.

Jay Ireland

Jay Ireland

President and CEO
GE Africa

Jay Ireland is the President and CEO of GE Africa, located in Nairobi, Kenya, where he leads GE’s operations on the sub-continent across power generation, healthcare, transportation, oil & gas and aviation. He is a GE Officer and a member of GE's Corporate Executive Council. Prior to his GE Africa appointment in 2011, Mr Ireland led GE Asset Management (GEAM), a global investment firm with about US$120 billion in assets under management. Before heading GEAM, Mr Ireland was President of NBC Universal Television Stations and Network Operations where he had overall executive responsibility for NBC Universal's 10 television stations, the Telemundo network and its 16 Spanish language television stations. Before joining NBC in 1999, he had been the CFO of GE Plastics. Mr Ireland started his career with General Electric in 1980 in its Financial Management Program after three years as a US Army Officer. He is a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa, established in November 2014 to advise the US President, through the Secretary of Commerce, on strengthening commercial engagement between the US and Africa. Mr Ireland serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA). He is a member of the World Economic Forum Business Working Group for regional projects in Africa. He is also a member of the board of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation and a Trustee of St. Lawrence University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. Mr Ireland won the Africa Investor Magazine’s ‘International Business Leader of the Year’ award in 2012 and 2013.

Razia  Khan

Razia Khan

Chief Economist, Africa
Standard Chartered Bank

Razia is Standard Chartered’s Chief Economist for Africa and a well-known commentator on African markets. Razia advises the Bank’s clients on Africa strategy and provides regular updates to African central banks, finance ministries and multilateral institutions. She joined the Bank in 1997. Razia holds a BSc (Hons) degree in economics and an MSc (Econ) in development, including monetary economics and international trade law, from the London School of Economics. Razia has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils on Population and on Poverty and Development. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Royal Africa Society.

David Ladipo

David Ladipo

Partner, Amaya Capital
Managing Director, Azura Power Holdings

Dr David Ladipo is a Director of Amaya Capital and leads Amaya's investments in the African power sector. He is the Joint Managing Director of Azura Power Holdings and the Managing Director of Azura Power West Africa Limited.

Prior to joining Amaya Capital, David was the founder of Lintstock Ltd, a London-based corporate advisory firm whose clients include more than 80 companies in the FTSE 350. He is also a long-standing adviser at Nestor Advisors Ltd, a corporate governance consultancy that works primarily with companies in Continental Europe and the Middle East.

David holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, an MPhil in International Relations from Cambridge University, and a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University. He was born in Lagos and grew up in Nigeria, Kenya, and the UK.

Tope Lawani

Tope Lawani

Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Helios Investment Partners LLP

Mr. Lawani, a Nigerian national, is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Helios and has over 20 years of principal investment experience. Prior to forming Helios, he was a Principal in the San Francisco and London offices of TPG Capital, a leading global private equity firm managing over $70 billion in capital. At TPG, Mr. Lawani had a lead role in the execution of over $10 billion worth of closed venture capital and leveraged buyout investments, including the acquisitions of Burger King Corp., Debenhams plc, J. Crew Group, and Scottish & Newcastle Retail. He began his career as a Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Development Analyst at the Walt Disney Company. Mr. Lawani serves on the Boards of Directors of Bayport Management Limited, Helios Towers Africa Limited, Mall for Africa, Off Grid Electric, and Vivo Energy. He serves as a member of the Harvard Law School Dean’s Advisory Board, the Overseers’ Visiting Committee of the Harvard Business School, the MIT OpenCourseWare Advisory Board and also sits on the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) board of directors. Mr. Lawani received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Juris Doctorate (cum laude) from Harvard Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is fluent in Yoruba, a widely spoken West African language.

Acha	 Leke

Acha Leke

Director, Africa

Dr. Acha Leke is a Senior Partner of McKinsey & Company, based in Johannesburg. He started his McKinsey career as a Summer Associate in the Johannesburg office in 1998 and rejoined the Firm in Atlanta in August 1999. He transferred back to Johannesburg in January 2002 to help expand the Firm’s activities across Sub Sahara Africa. He relocated to Lagos in 2010 to open up the Firm’s newly established office in Nigeria, and returned to South Africa in 2014. He is a member of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) Council and is currently leading the Firm’s expansion efforts across Francophone Africa

Acha serves governments, multinational, and private sector institutions across Africa on issues of economic development, growth strategies, holistic transformations, and investment decisions. He has worked across over 20 African countries to date.

Prior to McKinsey, Acha worked for 3 years as a part-time Consultant at Pacific Monolithics, Inc and Spectrian Corporation, both in Sunnyvale, CA on novel techniques to linearize High Power Amplifiers for wireless applications, while completing a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Acha also received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University, as well as a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering summa cum laude, with a minor in Economics, from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he graduated as Valedictorian (first Black Valedictorian in the School’s history) and was elected to Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu.

He is a co-founder and member of the Board of the African Leadership Academy, a co-educational boarding school which aims to develop the next generation of African leaders. He is also a co-founder of the African Leadership Network, an invitation-only network of young African leaders who aspire to bring prosperity to the Continent. He is a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader, and has received numerous recognitions including Africa’s Young Investment Professional of the year (Africa Investor, 2008); Top 40 men under 40 in South Africa (Destiny Man, 2010); Top 10 Youngest Power Men in Africa (Forbes, 2011); 50 Most Influential Africans (Africa Report, 2012); Top 20 next generation Francophone Africans (Forbes, 2013); Top 20 Rising Stars in Africa (Euromoney, 2014). Acha was one of the lead authors of McKinsey’s highly acclaimed Lions on the Move report. He is currently a member of the WEF’s Regional Agenda Council on Africa and of ONE’s Africa Policy Advisory Board.

Justin Lin

Justin Lin

Director, Center for New Structural Economics
Peking University

Justin Yifu Lin is Director of Center for New Structural Economics, Dean of Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development, professor and Honorary Dean, National School of Development at Peking University. He was the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank, 2008-2012. Prior to this, Mr. Lin served for 15 years as Founding Director and Professor of the China Centre for Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University. He is the author of 23 books including Against the Consensus: Reflections on the Great Recession, the Quest for Prosperity: How Developing Economies Can Take Off, Demystifying the Chinese Economy, and New Structural Economics: A Framework for Rethinking Development and Policy. He is Councillor of the State Council, a member of the Standing Committee, Chinese People’s Political Consultation Conference, and Vice Chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. He is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for Developing World.

Carlos Lopes

Carlos Lopes

Executive Secretary
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Dr Carlos Lopes is the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa at the level of UN Under Secretary-General. He has more than 24 years of senior leadership experience at the UN including serving as Executive Director of its Institute for Training and Research, Director of its System Staff College, Director for Political Affairs in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, all at the level of Assistant Secretary-General; and UN Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe and Brazil. An expert in development and strategic planning, he has written or edited more than 22 books and has also taught at various academic institutions.

Michael	 Macharia

Michael Macharia

Founder and Group CEO
SevenSeas Technologies Group

Michael Macharia is the founder and CEO of Seven Seas Technologies (SST) Group, which he started as a precocious 25-year-old.

SST Group has grown from its early days as a tech start-up in Kenya to become a major corporate player in the African technology arena, with the region’s largest telecoms companies, banks and Government institutions on its client list. Mr Macharia, who is passionate about technology and how it can be used to transform Africa in the way we live, work, play and govern, has overseen the company’s expansion to several countries in Africa, under a philosophy of ‘transforming lives and changing communities’, which has catalyzed SST’s work in the areas of Healthcare, Homeland Security and Social Services. Kenyan President, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, recently acknowledged Mr Macharia as one of the region’s champion innovators in a speech to the Ugandan Parliament.

His advocacy of social entrepreneurship has manifested itself through a series of SST Group initiatives that have created a sustainable impact on people in Kenya, including Knowledge for Life (K4Life), which is a program where SST staff mentor young students on their journey to securing a job and starting entrepreneurial careers. K4life has over 1,000 alumni, and is evolving into the K4LIFE Foundation, a talent accelerator.

Mr Macharia has also served as the founding curator for the Kenya Chapter of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community, and was one of 19 business people from Sub-Saharan Africa admitted to the 2014 Class of WEF’s Young Global Leaders Community. He also acts as Chairman of the Kenya Information Technology & Outsourcing Society (KITOS), a trade association representing Kenyan Information Technology Enabled Service (ITeS) member businesses and a platform through which local SMEs in the sector engage with the Government and other players in the ecosystem. Mr Macharia was recently voted the Chairman of the ICT Sector Committee for the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA).

Mr Macharia has medium-term plans of building an African venture capital fund that will be involved in technology start-up companies, with a vision of redefining the continental tech market through the convergence of technology and communities.

His contribution to Kenya has been recognized in some of the world’s top media publications, including the Financial Times. He is also recognized as an ICT influencer through his comment articles on the Africa Rising narrative for the Business Daily newspaper and his articles on LinkedIn Pulse.

Michael Macharia studied at Nairobi’s Strathmore University and Spain’s IESE Business School, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. In addition he is a keen art and architecture enthusiast.

Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa

Founder & Chairman
Econet Group

Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Chairman of the Econet Group, a pan-African telecommunications, media and technology company with operations and investments in 29 countries.


He serves on several international boards including Unilever, National Geographic Society and the Global Advisory boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and Stanford University. A former board member of the Rockefeller Foundation for 15 years, he also serves as Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He previously served on the Africa Progress Panel, and juror on the Hilton Humanitarian Prize.


As a philanthropist, Masiyiwa is a member of the Giving Pledge, and his contributions to education, health and development have been widely recognized. Masiyiwa and his wife finance the Higher Life Foundation, which has supported the education of over 250,000 African orphaned, vulnerable and gifted children over the past 20 years. 


Over the last few years, Masiyiwa has devoted his time to mentoring the next generation of African entrepreneurs through his Facebook page, which has a growing followership of nearly 4-million young people from across the continent. For over two years, Facebook has identified his platform as having the most engaged following of any business leader in the world.

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.

Jesse	 Moore

Jesse Moore

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Jesse Moore is CEO and Co-Founder of M-KOPA Solar, the world's leading provider of "pay-as-you-go" energy services for off-grid customers.

M-KOPA Solar saves off-grid customers money by replacing kerosene with affordable renewable energy. In just over 3 years from launch, M-KOPA has connected more than a third of a million homes to solar power across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, and is adding over 500 more homes each day. Based on this growth M-KOPA was awarded the prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize and was ranked by Fortune Magazine as one of the Top 50 Companies Changing the World.

Jesse moved to Kenya in 2010 to start M-KOPA and has overseen the company’s growth to over 2000 employees and sales agents. Prior to M-KOPA, he was the Director of the GSM Association Development Fund in London, where he worked with mobile network operators in Africa and Asia to adopt new business models that drive business growth and benefit low-income consumers, such as mobile money. Early in his career Jesse worked with the international development charity CARE and as a strategy consultant for Monitor Group.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Jesse holds an MBA from Oxford University (Skoll Scholar) and a BA from the University of North Carolina (Morehead Scholar).

Jason Njoku

Jason Njoku

Founder and CEO

Jason Njoku is Founder and CEO of iROKO, the home of Nollywood content. He has pioneered the African digital content market by bringing Nollywood (Nigerian cinema) to a global audience, and in the process has raised over $40m in investment from international VCs, including Tiger Global, Kinnevik, RISE Capital and Canal+.

Launched in 2010, iROKO has aggregated the world's largest online Nollywood content catalogue and is one of Africa’s largest internet TV providers. Through its Android App, iROKOtv, the company delivers thousands of hours of content each month to Nollywood fans around the world.

In 2013, Njoku was crowned as the CNBC Africa West Africa Young Business Leader and in 2014, he was recognised as one of Fast Company's Top 1000 most Creative People in Business.

Yaw Nsarkoh

Yaw Nsarkoh

Executive Vice President
Unilever Ghana-Nigeria

Yaw Nsarkoh is the Executive Vice President (EVP) of Unilever Ghana and Nigeria.

Prior to this, he served as the Managing Director for Nigeria from 1st January, 2014 to 31st December, 2016 and Managing Director, Unilever, East and Southern Africa, based in Kenya from 2010 to 2013.

He was at one time the Strategic Assistant to the President and Unilever Executive Member for Asia, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe based in the United Kingdom and then Singapore. 

He also served at various times in the past as Marketing Director and Executive Board member for Unilever, Ghana. He has done many other roles in South Africa and in Ghana for Unilever.

Mr Nsarkoh holds a Honors Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Henley Management College, United Kingdom. 

Mr Nsarkoh currently sits as executive member on a number of Trade/Employee Associations and Strategic Private Sector committees in Nigeria.

He is the Chairman of the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) board for Unilever Africa and represents Africa on the Unilever global D&I board.

He is an associate member of Ghana Institution of Engineers; a Director of Changing Lives Endowment Fund (CLEF) in Ghana and a former Director of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers and Chairman of East African Shippers Council.

Mr Nsarkoh also sits as a member, Board of Advisors, Lagos Business School.

He is a regular speaker on business issues, specifically Marketing and Leadership at public fora.

Arkebe Oqubay

Arkebe Oqubay

Special Advisor to the Prime Minister
Government of Ethiopia

Dr Arkebe Oqubay is a Minister and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. He is the former mayor of Addis Ababa, and pioneered the transformation of the city under his leadership. In recognition of this, he was awarded ‘The Best African Mayor of 2005’ by the African Broadcast Network (ABN), and was a finalist for the award of World Mayor of 2005. Dr Arkebe serves as Chairman and Vice Chair of boards of directors of many leading public organisations, such as the Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC), Ethiopian Airlines (EAL), and Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IPDC). He also serves as member of the Ethiopian Investment Board (EIB) and National Export Coordinating Committee (NECC), which are both chaired by the Prime Minister. Dr Arkebe has been a member of the core leadership of the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), the movement that spearheaded the seventeen-year popular liberation struggle. He holds a PhD in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London, and is research associate at the Centre of African Studies in the University of London. His path-breaking and widely read book Made in Africa: Industrial Policy in Ethiopia (Oxford University Press, 2015) focuses on Africa’s economic transformation, industrialisation and policymaking. 

Aly-Khan Satchu

Aly-Khan Satchu

Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Rich Management Limited

Aly-Khan Satchu is the CEO of the East African Financial Portal Aly-Khan Satchu ran Global Short End Trading Desks in the City of London for the likes of Credit Suisse First Boston and Sumitomo Bank amongst others. Since returning to Kenya , Aly-Khan set up the web portal which is an authorised data vendor of the Nairobi Securities Exchange. transmits live, real time stock exchange data for free to the public. The company Rich Management Limited advises incoming investors into the East African community and the business covers investment advice, investor relations, public relations and digital media. Aly-Khan is a frequent Commentator on international media such as Aljazeera, the BBC and other Channels. Aly-Khan produces a Daily Podcast from Nairobi which is distributed by Reuters Insider and can be found on

Bright	 Simons

Bright Simons


Bright Simons is the President of mPedigree, where he pioneered a system that allows consumers to instantly check whether products they buy, especially health-related products, are counterfeits or not by sending a free text message.

He is honorary director of development research at IMANI; a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Councils (on Data and development), Young Global Leaders, and Technology Pioneers Communities; a TED and Ashoka fellow; and a Brain Trust member of the Evian Group at IMD. He is a recipient of numerous awards, ranging from an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Award, Marie Curie and Commonwealth Vision Grants to a PPARC Scholarship in Gamma Ray Astronomy. Bright is consulted on innovation strategy by international organizations such as the World Bank, UNECA, USAID, and the Commonwealth; and is a member of the United Nations taskforce on innovative models in healthcare and the Lancet Commission on Sub-Saharan Africa. He is a Global Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, where he also served on the 2011 faculty for healthcare. He has appeared on prime time BBC shows, been cited by the Economist magazine, and been profiled by MIT's Tech Review as one of the world's most impressive visionaries under age 35.

Last year, Fortune Magazine named Bright in their 50 World’s Greatest Leaders list among other industry players like Apple & Amazon CEOs, Tim Cook and Jeff Bezos respectively and also Pope Francis. Bright is furthermore a member of the Advisory Board of IC Publications, one of the world's leading publishers focused on Africa and the African diaspora; of the Microsoft for Africa Advisory Council; and of the Sanofi Digital and Africa 2.0 Advisory boards.


Chair (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.

Co-Chairs (4)

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.

David Pilling

David Pilling

Africa Editor
Financial Times

David Pilling is the Africa Editor of the FT. Previously he was the Asia Editor (2008-16), Tokyo Bureau Chief (2002-08), Pharmaceuticals Correspondent (1999-2001), Deputy Features Editor (1997-99) and Chile/Argentina Correspondent (1993-97). He is the author of Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival (Penguin, 2014) and The Growth Delusion (Bloomsbury, 2018).

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.

Martin Wolf CBE

Martin Wolf CBE

Chief Economics Commentator
Financial Times

Martin Wolf is Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 “for services to financial journalism”. He was a member of the UK government’s Independent Commission on Banking between June 2010 and September 2011. Mr Wolf is an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University and King’s College, London. He is also an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham. In 2014, he was made a University Global Fellow of Columbia University, and a Senior Fellow in Global Economic Policy at its School of International Public Affairs. He is a member of the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum.

Mr Wolf has been included in Foreign Policy’s list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. In 2019, he received the Gerald Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award for distinguished business and financial journalism. He has also won the Wincott Foundation senior prize for excellence in financial journalism, the RTZ David Watt memorial prize, the Journalism Prize of the Fundacio Catalunya Oberta (Open Catalonia Foundation), Commentator of the Year at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards, the “Ludwig-Erhard Preis für Wirtschaftspublizistik” (“Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic commentary”), and “Commentariat of the Year” at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards. The Society of American Business Editors and Writers recognised Mr Wolf in its Best in Business Journalism competition. He has also won the Ischia International Journalism Prize and the Overseas Press Club of America’s prize for “best commentary on international news in any medium”.

His most recent publications are Fixing Global Finance (Washington D.C: Johns Hopkins University Press, and London: Yale University Press, 2008 and 2010) and The Shifts and The Shocks: What we’ve learned – and have still to learn – from the financial crisis (London and New York: Allen Lane, 2014). Mr Wolf was educated at Oxford University. He has honorary doctorates from Kingston University, Macquarie University, the London School of Economics, Warwick University and KU Leuven.


Agenda Summary

Sunday 2 October

18.30  Welcome Reception

Hosted by Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

Monday 3 October

08.00  Registration 



Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

Opening Keynote Address

Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank Group

Chair: Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

09.40  Taking the Temperature

After all the excitement about Africa Rising, the mood has swung in the other direction:  what one banker called a shift from over-exuberance to uber-pessimism. But where is Africa today really? Obviously, it is impossible to talk about Africa as though it were a single unit. Some countries are doing much better than others. Many of the non-commodity exporters and oil importers have actually benefited from a positive terms of trade shock. Even the countries most affected from declining commodity prices and the China slowdown are not back to square one. Some have better educated people, more established middle classes and strategies to diversify their economies away from resource-based growth. Others are adopting policies to repair budget deficits and engineer a return to international capital markets. From the perspective of the continent as a whole, much will depend on how both Nigeria and South Africa navigate their current difficulties. A panel of experts from around the continent will attempt to sift through the hype and paint a more nuanced picture of where African economies find themselves today. 

Chair: David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times
Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom
Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Razia Khan, Chief Economist, Africa, Standard Chartered Bank
Tope Lawani, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Helios Investment Partners LLP
Yaw Nsarkoh, Managing Director, Unilever Nigeria PLC

10.40   View from the Top

Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Finance, National Treasury, Republic of South Africa in conversation with Lionel Barber, Editor,Financial Times

11.10    Break

11.40  Industrial Policy – Can Africa Make Things?

This panel will discuss Africa’s dearth of manufacturing and ask what can be done to address the shortfall. The success of most Asian economies was based on manufacturing, at least initially, and some development economists suggest that most African countries will struggle to progress unless they have a manufacturing strategy. Some countries, Ethiopia among them, have taken this message to heart. On the other hand, some experts say most African economies are too small and too insufficiently developed to compete in manufacturing and that their comparative advantage lies elsewhere. This panel will discuss experiences around the continent and seek to draw conclusions.

Chair: David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times

Keynote: Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Government of Nigeria

Ha-Joon Chang, Reader, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge
Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Government of Nigeria
Acha Leke, Director, Africa, McKinsey & Company
Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa

Keynote: Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa

12.50  Lunch

13:40  Lunch briefing session: Realising the potential of Africa’s diverging economies
A briefing on the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI)'s new research on the future of Africa’s economies, illustrating how companies and Africa’s governments can translate opportunities into tangible economic benefits.
Acha Leke, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, Johannesburg. Author, Lions on the move II : Realising the potential of Africa’s economies

14.00  Turning on the Lights

Rightly, there has been huge emphasis in recent years on providing Africa with power. Most countries have a chronic shortfall, with three-quarters of their population or more without electricity. Even where there is a functioning grid, power is often too expensive or too unreliable to be attractive to industry, obliging many businesses to come up with their own power solutions. In recent years there has been a more concerted effort to address this huge impediment to development, a process aided by technological advances that make off-grid and alternative-energy solutions viable in many circumstances.

Chair: William Wallis, Leader Writer and former Africa Editor, Financial Times
Jay Ireland, President and CEO, General Electric Africa
David Ladipo, Managing Director, Azura Power Holdings
Jesse Moore, CEO and Co-Founder, M-KOPA

14.45  Mobilising Domestic Finance

Foreign portfolio inflows into Africa have been subsiding over the past 18 months. At the same time banks on the continent are lending to fewer people and in smaller amounts. Equity markets are bearish and partially developed bond markets have been equally hit. Against this backdrop who is going to provide the capital to fuel growth? We assemble a star studded cast of continental financial experts to discuss how African countries can mobilize domestic savings for the next phase of development. 

Chair: Andrew England, Middle East & Africa News Editor, Financial Times
Arnold Ekpe, Chairman, Atlas Mara Limited
Yvonne Ike, Managing Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Tito Mboweni, Former Governor, South African Reserve Bank and International Advisor, Goldman Sachs
Aly-Khan Satchu, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Rich Management Limited

15.30  Break

15.50  CEO Panel

This year’s CEO panel will have a technology theme as the FT invites leaders from some of the most technologically innovative companies on the continent to discuss their experiences.

Chair: Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times
Herman Chinery-Hesse, Chairman, TheSOFTtribe Limited
Michael Macharia, Founder and Group CEO, SevenSeas Technologies Group
Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman and Founder, Econet Wireless
Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKO
Bright Simons, President, MPedigree

16.50  The Outlook for Africa

Professor Justin Lin, Director, Centre for New Structural Economics, Peking University, in conversation with Martin Wolf, CBE, Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

17.30  Close of Summit

18.30  Summit Reception

19.30  FT Africa Summit Dinner

Host: Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

Guest Speaker: Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom




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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.

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Jersey Finance, promotes and leads the development of Jersey as an International Finance Centre (IFC). Its primary role is to communicate the many advantages that Jersey offers investors, including the experience and expertise of its practitioners, its political, economic and fiscal stability and its high level of regulation.  It has offices in Hong Kong and Dubai, along with representation in London, Shanghai, Mumbai and Delhi.  

As an IFC, Jersey has substance and critical mass in the breadth and depth of its financial services, which enable it to act as a major player in the global FDI market. As capital continues to flow across borders in increasing amounts, IFCs like Jersey provide investors with essential services that facilitate FDI. Such investors find Jersey a particularly attractive centre because of the strengths of its financial markets and the quality of the services it offers.

As a result, the jurisdiction has handled very substantial amounts of FDI, adding considerable value to the global economy by supporting the growth in cross-border investment.

Knowledge Parters (1)

The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the business and economics research arm of McKinsey & Company, was established in 1990 to develop a deeper understanding of the evolving global economy. MGI's mission is to provide leaders in the commercial, public, and social sectors with the facts and insights on which to base management and policy decisions.

MGI research combines the disciplines of economics and management, employing the analytical tools of economics with the insights of business leaders. Its "micro-to-macro" methodology examines microeconomic industry trends to better understand the broad macroeconomic forces affecting business strategy and public policy.

MGI’s latest report on the African economies - Lions on the move II: Realizing the potential of Africa's economies is available now. All of MGI’s research, including all of its insights on Africa including Lions go digital and its recent South Africa country report are available online for free at

The partners of McKinsey fund MGI's research; it is never commissioned by any business, government, or other institution.

MGI was named the number one private sector think tank in the world by the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania in their 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index report.

Media Partner (4)

AFRICA TODAY is one of Africa’s most influential and well respected pan-African newsmagazines on the global newsstands. Established 21 years ago by the respected Nigerian journalist Kayode Soyinka, AFRICA TODAY provides information about Africa that can be of assistance to the world of business and to those who have investments and commercial interests within the continent. For this milieu it is very conscious that it should make available authoritative news and analyses of current political, economic, social and business trends in Africa. For instance, AFRICA TODAY’S coverage of the Oil & Gas, Telecoms and the Banking industries in Africa is second to none. It distributes in more than 90 countries around the world. It has won several international awards in the past few years for its coverage of these sectors, including the Diageo Prize for the Best Business Reporting in Africa, the Nigeria Media Merit Awards for Best Telecoms and Best Energy Reporting. AFRICA TODAY has an online presence on and for its conferences and summits.

An insight into Africa. An outlook on the world.

Africa Report has established itself as the must-read international monthly magazine dedicated to African affairs. Published by Groupe Jeune Afrique, founded in 1960, it is the guide used by decision makers to anticipate economic and political changes in Africa and relied upon for the expertise of an independent editorial team in its survey, sector reports and country focus published in each issue. The Africa Report is the only media to have been awarded Media of the Year three times. Its recognized high-quality coverage of the African business environment is combined with the strongest pan African and international circulation with 450,000 regular readers.The Africa Report also offers a full cross media reach to several millions users and followers thanks to a fully multi-media platform with print and digital editions, newsletters, mobile and tablet applications as well as a unique and engaging social media exposure.

Africa Confidential is one of the longest-established specialist publications on Africa, with a considerable reputation for being first with in-depth news and analysis on significant political, economic and security developments across the continent.

Our track record owes much to our comprehensive network of local correspondents, and the connections we’ve built up throughout Africa since we started publishing back in 1960.

Why ‘confidential‘?

This continent-wide, on-the-ground coverage enables us to identify and monitor upcoming issues long before they are picked up by the general media – and analyse their real significance for our readers.

What’s more, all our contributors write for us on the basis of strict anonymity, a principle that was established from the outset in 1960 to ensure writers’ personal safety in the turbulent, early years of post-colonial African independence.  Hence the newsletter’s title.

Who reads Africa Confidential?

Africa Confidential is read fortnightly by a wide range of governmental, multilateral and academic institutions, NGO’s, risk advisory firms, multi-national corporations and individuals around the world - all united in their need for timely, accurate and incisive analysis of contemporary African developments.

Reaching over 300,000 readers monthly in over 75 countries, African Business is the best-selling, ABC-audited, African English language magazine. It is a sober, yet essential read for the discerning business person in Africa, or business person doing business in Africa. It is regarded with enormous respect globally. 

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Africa Matters Ltd (“AML”) is an Africa focused commercial consultancy. We provide assistance and advice to a range of businesses investing and operating across Africa. AML provides a variety of services to companies across numerous sectors and our work is underpinned by a belief in the importance of private sector investment in Africa’s development. AML specialises in advising companies on how to navigate complex political relationships and gain a better understanding of governments and policies whilst providing assistance with market entry strategies, political risk mitigation and an understanding of the numerous complexities and cultures present on the African continent.


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