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Emerging Markets, Energy, Infrastructure

FT African Infrastructure Financing and Development

London |
Speakers include:
Abdourahmane  Cissé

Abdourahmane Cissé

Government of Ivory Coast

Patrice  Fonlladosa

Patrice Fonlladosa


Chinelo  Anohu-Amazu

Chinelo Anohu-Amazu

Nigerian National Pension Commission


Powering sustainable African growth

Africa’s continuing economic and social development is encouraging investors to expand their portfolios in the continent. However, there remains a pressing need for greater investment in infrastructure, especially power. The continent is attracting billions of dollars in finance from corporations, multi-lateral organisations, pension funds and private equity firms; funds which have the potential to enhance Africa’s productivity and transform the lives of its citizens.

FT African Infrastructure Financing and Development: Powering sustainable African growth draws on the success of 2015’s inaugural event to bring 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.

Speakers will draw on real world case studies and explore how the continent’s infrastructure challenge can be addressed, the role of regional integration in infrastructure development, the challenges and opportunities associated with project development, the importance of infrastructure to sustainable development, the investment techniques needed for a successful infrastructure project, the risks and opportunities of investment, regulations and tax developments.

fallback Add to my Calendar 02/25/2016 08:00:0002/25/2016 18:00:00trueFT African Infrastructure Financing and DevelopmentPowering sustainable African growth Africa’s continuing economic and social development is encouraging investors to expand their portfolios in the continent. However, there remains a pressing need for greater investment in infrastructure, especially power. The continent is attracting billions of dollars in finance from corporations, multi-lateral organisations, pension funds and private equity firms; funds which have the potential to enhance Africa’s productivity and transform the lives of its citizens.FT African Infrastructure Financing and Development: Powering sustainable African growth draws on the success of 2015’s inaugural event to bring 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.Speakers will draw on real world case studies and explore how the continent’s infrastructure challenge can be addressed, the role of regional integration in infrastructure development, the challenges and opportunities associated with project development, the importance of infrastructure to sustainable development, the investment techniques needed for a successful infrastructure project, the risks and opportunities of investment, regulations and tax developments.FT-African-Infrastructure-Financing-and-Development431e8445d28b4e4d23896ab9b4c7d1ccMM/DD/YYYY

Agenda - 25th Feb

  • 8:00am
    Breakfast and registration
  • 9:00am
    Welcome and introduction from the FT

    James Kynge, Emerging Markets Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Opening keynote remarks: Investing in Ivory Coast’s infrastructure
    • What are the key features of Ivory Coast’s macroeconomic framework?
    • What were Ivory Coast’s budget policies over the past five years?
    • What are the key drivers of growth in Ivory Coast?
    • What opportunities are there for infrastructure investment in Ivory Coast?
    • What are the future prospects for Ivory Coast?

    Abdourahmane Cissé, Minister in charge of the Budget and State-Owned Entities, Government of Ivory Coast

  • 9:35am
    In conversation with FT: Focus on energy

    How is the macro environment impacting on investor interest in infrastructure?

    How do you meet Africa’s need for energy?

    What are Puma Energy’s investment and operational plans in Sub-Saharan Africa for the next five years?

    What steps need to be taken to ensure sustainable infrastructure development in Africa?

    Denis Chazarain, Chief Financial Officer, Puma Energy

    Interviewed by:

    James Kynge, Emerging Markets Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times


  • 9:55am
    Project development

    Special 10 minute introduction: Roland Agambire, Group Chairman, Agams Holdings, and CEO, Rlg Communications Group

    Followed by panel discussion

    • Who is investing in African infrastructure today?
    • How do you bridge the gap between the hype and the reality?
    • What is needed for the creation of more viable infrastructure projects in Africa?
    • Where can you find the experienced people ready to commit the time and effort to new projects?
    • How do you find the right local partners? – And how do you drive participation from the Africa-based private sector?
    • How can you deal with the common lack of experience and finances?
    • How are African banks participating in financing some of Africa’s major infrastructure projects?
    • How do you work with regulators to achieve a successful project?


    Roland Agambire, Group Chairman, Agams Holdings, and CEO, Rlg Communications Group

    Tas Anvaripour, Global Partner, Energy Infrastructure, Abraaj

    Cyrille Arnould, Head of GEEREF, European Investment Bank

    Thomas Maier, Managing Director, Infrastructure, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

    John Sisay, Chief Executive Officer, Sierra Rutile


    John Aglionby, East Africa Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:05am
    Networking break
  • 11:30am
    Panel discussion: Techniques for infrastructure projects
    • Which investment techniques work well for infrastructure projects?
    • What are the opportunities and challenges associated with Public Private Partnership (PPP) programmes?
    • What is the role of capital markets in project finance?
    • How can banks develop a strategy for mitigating risk?
    • What is the role of infrastructure bonds in infrastructure investments?
    • What is the role of China in African infrastructure investment?
    • What is the role of Islamic finance in African infrastructure investment?
    • How can you lower borrowing costs with bond issuances for major projects with the backing of MFIs and DFIs?


    John Aglionby, East Africa Correspondent, Financial Times

    Raffaele Della Croce, Lead Manager, Long-term Investment Project, OECD

    Arnold Ekpe, Honorary President, Business Council for Africa

    Victor Osadolor, Chairman, UBA Pensions Custodian (Nigeria)

    Nancy A Rivera, Managing Director, Structured Finance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation


    James Kynge, Emerging Markets Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:30pm
    Keynote presentation: Unlocking Africa’s potential: The role of infrastructure
    • How do you address the challenge of African infrastructure as the number one economic bottleneck?
    • What is the big picture? What is the challenge of global aggregate demand deficiency?
    • How do you match the needs of Africa with the needs of international capital?


    Jerome Booth, Chairman, New Sparta 

  • 12:50pm
    Networking lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Keynote interview: An institutional investor’s view of African infrastructure
    • What is the status of Nigeria’s pension reform?
    • How can pension funds be deployed for infrastructure development?
    • What is the African perspective on the deployment of pension funds? - A Nigerian case study

    Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, Director General, National Pension Commission, Nigeria


    James Kynge, Emerging Markets Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:30pm
    Keynote presentation: A corporate view of African infrastructure investment
    • What are the successful business models to ensure access to essential services and new infrastructure in Africa?
    • How do you create value for all stakeholders? How do you make an impact on the local economy?
    • Which governance framework for infrastructure investment should you opt for?
    • What is Veolia's view of the future?

    Patrice Fonlladosa, President and CEO, Africa and Middle East, Veolia

  • 3:00pm
    In conversation with FT: Infrastructure project origination and selection
    • How do you originate and select deals that deliver a good return?
    • What are the challenges to successful investment in African infrastructure?
    • How do you deal with the regulatory issues associated with an infrastructure project?
    • What do projects in the real world teach us about the state of African infrastructure investment in 2016?

    Andy Louw, Principal, Infrastructure Investments Franchise, STANLIB 

    Interviewed by:

    John Aglionby, East Africa Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:20pm
    Networking break
  • 3:40pm
    Panel discussion: Spotlight on successful infrastructure schemes
    • How do you define and achieve best practice for an infrastructure scheme in Africa? 
    • What makes an infrastructure project a success?
    • How do you attract public and private capital in an African infrastructure project?
    • What is the role of local and international capital in an African infrastructure project?
    • What is the role of regional economic blocs in supporting regional infrastructure projects?
    • How do you deliver complete end-to-end energy projects?


    Sarah Dimson, Acting Private Sector Team Lead and Private Enterprise Officer, Power Africa, USAID

    Remmy Makumbe, Director, Infrastructure and Services, SADC Secretariat

    Mouhamadou Niang, Managing Director, Meridiam Infrastructure Africa

    John-Paul Stalder, Investment Director, Vitol

    Alex Wong, Head of Global Challenge Partnerships, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum


    Adrienne Klasa, Editor, This is Africa (FT Group)

  • 4:40pm
    In conversation with FT: Boosting Africa’s productivity through infrastructure investment
    • How is infrastructure delivery driving African urbanisation?          
    • How do you ensure infrastructure investment leads to sustainable development?
    • What are the issues on the demand and supply side in expanding access to modern electricity supplies in Sub-Saharan Africa?
    • Why are transparency and anti-corruption initiatives so important to sustainable development?
    • What planning needs to take place before any project to ensure that it is inclusive at a local level, generating skills and opportunities for African individuals and businesses?
    • How is regional integration driving infrastructure development?
    • What is the relationship between private sector investment and public money?
    • What is needed to enthuse private sector capital?


    Punam Chuhan-Pole, Acting Chief Economist, Africa Region, World Bank

    Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General, UN and Executive Director, UNOPS


    Adrienne Klasa, Editor, This is Africa (FT Group)

  • 5:10pm
    Chair’s concluding remarks

    James Kynge, Emerging Markets Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:15pm
    Drinks reception

Speaker (25)

Abdourahmane  Cissé

Abdourahmane Cissé

Special advisor to the President
Government of Ivory Coast

H.E. Abdourahmane Cissé is Ivory Coast’s Minister in charge of the Budget, the State’s Participation and the State-Owned Entities.

He started his career at Goldman Sachs (UK), which culminated in him being appointed Executive Director in charge of equity volatility trading on eurozone indices in the Equities Derivatives Division. After leaving Goldman Sachs, Mr Cissé served as Advisor to Ivory Coast’s President, Alassane Ouattara, in charge of Public Finance, from 2012 to 2013, then Deputy Minister at the Ministry in charge of Economy and Finance from January to November 2013. He was appointed to his current post in November 2013 and reappointed at the start of 2016. Mr Cissé oversees Ivory Coast’s budget, customs, taxes, state-owned entities and public procurement administrations. 

He has a degree in Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique (France) and an MSc in Petroleum Economics & Management from IFP School, France, and the University of Oklahoma, USA.

Patrice  Fonlladosa

Patrice Fonlladosa

President and CEO, Africa and Middle East

Patrice Fonlladosa has been President of Veolia Africa and Veolia Middle East since July 2013. The company has water, sanitation and electricity contracts in many countries in these two regions, including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Morocco, Gabon and Niger. In 2015, he signed a performance contract to provide electricity management services to Electricité de Guinée (EDG) and the extension of Sur desalination facilities under the Sharqiyah Desalination Company, a listed company of Veolia in Oman.

He has been with Veolia group since 1994 having previously worked internationally for more than 10 years for Bouygues and Matra.

Other current and previous roles include President of Seureca@Veolia; board member of the MEDEF and the African Committee, President of the MEDEF IFIs Committee; member of the Center for studies and Prospective Strategy (CEPS); President of the Think Tank (re)sources; Director of Veolia Foundation; Chairman of the Association of Employee Shareholders of Veolia (AAVE); Director of the AFD Group (2009/2013); and Director Proparco (2009/2014).

Chinelo  Anohu-Amazu

Chinelo Anohu-Amazu

Director General
Nigerian National Pension Commission

Chinelo Anohu-Amazu became the Nigerian National Pension Commission’s (PenCom’s) first female acting Director General in December 2012 before being confirmed in the role. Pension fund assets have grown under her leadership from US$10bn in December 2012 to US$27bn by late 2015.

She served on a pension reform committee set up by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, whose findings led to the Pension Reform Act in 2004.

After working as a consultant for non-governmental organisations and the private sector, she commenced her public sector career with the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) and was the pioneer Commission Secretary/Legal Adviser of PenCom.

Ms Anohu-Amazu is an advocate of the need to develop secure investment vehicles for pension funds to boost efforts to reduce Nigeria’s infrastructure gaps. With this goal in mind, she is about to launch a Micro Pension scheme, which is also designed to help Nigerians in the informal sector to save for their old age.

She has a degree in Law from the University of Nigeria. She is also a member of the Nigerian Bar and holds a Master’s degree in Telecommunication & Information Technology Law from the London School of Economics. A member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, she has also attended management programmes at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. 

Grete  Faremo

Grete Faremo

Under-Secretary-General, United Nations (UN), and Executive Director, UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Grete Faremo joined UNOPS as Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director in August 2014.

Before this she held various senior-level positions for the government of Norway. Most recently, she was Minister of Justice and Public Security, a role she held for two years. She was Minister of Defence (2009-2011), Minister of Oil and Energy (1996), Minister of Justice (1992-1996), and Minister of Development Cooperation (1990-1992) for the Norwegian Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was an elected Member of Parliament from 1993 to 1997.

Ms Faremo was the Executive Vice President of the Norwegian insurance group, Storebrand, from 1997 to 2003. From 2003 to 2008, she was Director of Law and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Corporation’s Western European Office.

She has also sat on various advisory boards and associations, including Norwegian Peoples’ Aid, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, the Competence Development Fund of Southern Norway, Norsk Hydro ASA, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the University of Bergen.

Ms Faremo has a degree in Law, specialising in International Law, from the University of Oslo.

Roland Agambire

Roland Agambire

Group Chairman, Agams Holdings, and CEO, Rlg Communications Group

Roland Agambire is a Ghanaian business magnate, philanthropist and entrepreneur who chairs Agams Holdings. He is also the founder of Africa’s only ICT device manufacturing brand, Rlg, which revolutionised ICT accessibility and usage more than a decade ago. RIg has operations in China, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, the Gambia and South Africa. The group has subsidiaries in security, ICT training, and manufacturing.

Mr Agambire is also a major player in one of the continent’s most ambitious projects: the construction of the US$10bn HOPE City project, an IT hub near Ghana’s capital, Accra. This will employ an estimated 50,000 and provide accommodation for 25,000. 

John  Aglionby

John Aglionby

Assistant UK News Editor
Financial Times

John Aglionby has been the Financial Times’ Assistant UK News Editor since returning from a three-year posting as East Africa Correspondent in August. In Africa he covered 13 countries from Nairobi. Mr Aglionby joined the FT in 2006 as Jakarta Correspondent before moving to London in 2009 to the world news desk as International Economy News Editor. In 2013 Mr Aglionby moved to the main news desk as a Senior Reporter and News Editor on the live news desk, where he was at the heart of the team that implemented the FT’s transition to a digital first news organisation. Before working for the FT, Mr Aglionby was the south-east Asia Correspondent for the Guardian and the Indonesia Reporter for the Economist.

Tas Anvaripour

Tas Anvaripour

Global Partner, Energy Infrastructure
The Abraaj Group

Tas Anvaripour is the Global Partner for Energy Infrastructure at Abraaj. She joined the company from infrastructure delivery initiative Africa50, where she was CEO. Before that, she was Director of Business Development at the African Development Bank, where she had led the design, structuring and establishment of Africa50. Prior to this, she was the bank’s Head of Private Infrastructure Finance for four years, in charge of its private sector investments in the energy, transport, water and ICT industries.

An expert in strategy, she honed her deal origination and portfolio management skills at the Asian Development Bank, Arthur Andersen LLP and PriceWaterHouse Coopers.

Ms Anvaripour has 27 years of industry experience, including 10 in public sector finance in Asia and 17 in corporate and project finance in Africa and North America. In the past 10 years, she has invested US$6 billion dollars facilitating more than US$30 billion in infrastructure investments in key emerging markets.

She was nominated by African Business Magazine and the Commonwealth Business Council as one of the Top 5 Most Outstanding Women of the Year at the 2012 African Business Awards and won the Homestrings Excellence in Development Finance award in 2013. In 2014, she was decorated as a Commander, National Order of Merit of the Republic of Ivory Coast.

A World Bank Fellow, Ms Anvaripour has a BSc in Finance from Ankara University, Turkey, and an MA in Economics and Policy Management from Columbia University, USA. 

Andy  Louw

Andy Louw

Principal, Infrastructure Investments Franchise

Andy Louw joined STANLIB in 2013, acting as Principal in the Infrastructure Investments Franchise.

He was previously Executive Vice-President in the Infrastructure Equity team at Standard Bank, where he was responsible for all investment-related matters; and before that in senior advisory positions in African Infrastructure at Macquarie First South, and in Project Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions at Ernst & Young Advisory Services.

Mr Louw began his career in Project and Corporate Finance at Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank, and has more than 10 years’ experience in the field, spanning a wide range of debt and equity transactions in the resources and infrastructure sectors.

Mr Louw qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte & Touche. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Diploma in Accountancy from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. He is also a CFA charter holder. 

John  Sisay

John Sisay

Chief Executive Officer
Sierra Rutile

John Sisay is the CEO of London-listed mining company Sierra Rutile. He is President of the Sierra Leone Chamber of Mines and an Independent Advisor to the government of Sierra Leone.

Mr Sisay joined Sierra Rutile in 2001 as part of the team formed to re-establish mining operations after Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war. He was appointed CEO in 2009. Sierra Rutile won the International Company of the Year Award at the 2012 AIM Awards.

He started his career with De Beers Consolidated Mines and later joined America Minerals Fields, where he worked on new acquisitions, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mr Sisay has a Bachelor’s degree from Goldsmiths College, the University of London, where he was the first African President of the Students’ Union, and an MBA.

Arnold  Ekpe

Arnold Ekpe

Honorary President
Business Council for Africa

Arnold Ekpe is the Honorary President of the Business Council for Africa and Chairman of Atlas Mara.  Mr Ekpe has over 30 years of African and international banking experience and currently he holds Non-Executive Directorships at the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority and  Cellular Systems International, Africa Strategic Impact Fund, Dangote Flour Mills Plc and Multiverse Plc. 

He served as Group CEO and Executive Director of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, transforming the bank from a small, five-country operation into a truly pan-African bank.

Victor  Osadolor

Victor Osadolor

UBA Pensions Custodian (Nigeria)

Victor Osadolor is Group Director, Financial Services, of Heirs Holdings (HH) Limited. He is the Chairman of UBA Pensions Custodian Limited and a Board Director of Transcorp Power Limited, a subsidiary of Heirs Holdings. 

He has worked at United Bank for Africa Plc, where he held various leadership positions, including Group Chief Finance Officer, Deputy Group CEO and the pioneer CEO of UBA Capital Group. 

Mr Osadolor joined Heirs Holdings from Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), where he held a number of roles including Chief Operating Officer for Corporate and Investment Banking, and Group Chief Strategist.

He has a degree in Accounting, is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and an alumnus of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program (AMP).

Denis  Chazarain

Denis Chazarain

Chief Financial Officer
Puma Energy

Denis Chazarain joined Puma Energy in September 2008 as Chief Financial Officer. He has had various finance roles at Total (downstream), Addax & Oryx (CFO and General Manager of Downstream) and Vallourec (CFO of Oil and Gas division). He has an MPhil in International Relations from Panthéon-Sorbonne Université, France, and a Master’s from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), France.

James Kynge

James Kynge

Emerging Markets Editor and Associate Editor
Financial Times

James Kynge is Emerging Markets Editor and Associate Editor at the Financial Times. He is also Editor of beyondbrics, the FT’s emerging economies blog. Previously, Mr Kynge was Chairman of FT Confidential, the Financial Times’ premium research services on China, Southeast Asia and Latin America. A recipient of several journalism awards, Mr Kynge has been a correspondent based in Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Russia, former Soviet Central Asia and Hong Kong over the past 28 years. He was the FT’s China Bureau Chief for seven years until 2005 and later headed up the Pearson Group of companies' business operations in China. He was also President of, the FT's Chinese language website. His prize-winning book China Shakes the World was an international bestseller, translated into 19 languages.

Punam  Chuhan-Pole

Punam Chuhan-Pole

Acting Chief Economist, Africa Region,
World Bank

Punam Chuhan-Pole is the Acting Chief Economist of the Africa Region of the World Bank.  Her recent work includes the semi-annual publication—Africa’s Pulse—which presents economic trends and prospects for the region, a report on the Socioeconomic Impact of Mining on Local Communities in Africa, and a study documenting recent development progress—Yes Africa Can: Success Stories from a Dynamic Continent.  Her area of expertise includes quality and effectiveness of aid, and she has worked extensively on monitoring and assessing the vulnerability of developing countries to external shocks.  Dr Chuhan-Pole has a PhD in Economics from Georgetown University.  She worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York before joining the World Bank.

Remmy  Makumbe

Remmy Makumbe

Director, Infrastructure and Services
SADC Secretariat

Remmy Makumbe has been Director of Infrastructure and Services at the SADC Secretariat since January 2005. He also acted as the SADC Chief Director for three years from 2006. He is a Non-Executive Director of the African Leadership Institute, based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

He was previously Executive Director of Southern African Railways Association in Zimbabwe, joining the company from the Southern Africa Transport and Communications (Technical Unit) in Maputo, where he had been a Railway Technical Expert for the SADC Region since 1995. He moved to the company from the National Railways of Zimbabwe, which he joined in 1980 as a Graduate Engineer and rose through the ranks to the position of Chief Signal and Telecommunications Engineer, as well as acting as Area Operations Manager (Southern Area).

Mr Makumbe has a BSc (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Transport Economics from the University of South Africa (UNISA) and Master of Policy degree from the University of Fort Hare, South Africa. He has written numerous articles about infrastructure and economic development.

Jerome Booth

Jerome Booth

New Sparta

Jerome Booth is the Chairman of New Sparta Limited. Through New Sparta, which he established in 2013, he manages his controlling interests in a number of companies in insurance, telecoms, film, journalism, fund management, and publishing. These companies include CBC UK, New Call Telecom, and Icon Film Distribution UK.

He recently established New Sparta Asset Management, a specialist emerging markets investment manager and the fund management division of New Sparta Limited. It will focus some of its first investments in the power sector in sub- Saharan Africa.

In 2013, Dr Booth retired from Ashmore Group, the world-leading emerging markets asset management group he helped establish in a Management Buy-Out from ANZ Bank. Prior to ANZ he worked in the Strategic Planning unit of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC.

Chairman of the Governing Board of Anglia Ruskin University, Dr Booth is also an Honorary Visiting Professor at Cass Business School, Chairman of the Britten Sinfonia, and a Council Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society.

John-Paul  Stalder

John-Paul Stalder

Investment Director

John-Paul (JP) Stalder has 30 years’ international experience with BP and Vitol in Upstream Oil and Gas, Midstream Gas and Downstream businesses.  He has held senior executive positions in exploration, development and production operations in the North Sea, Russia, Central Asia, Africa and South America and led numerous large international corporate mergers and acquisitions.  He sits on Vitol’s upstream investment committee and is Chairman of the Board of Shell-Vivo Lubricants which manufactures and distributes Shell lubricants on a pan-African basis. 

Nancy A  Rivera

Nancy A Rivera

Managing Director, Structured Finance
Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Nancy Rivera is a Managing Director of Structured Finance where she oversees a team of structured and project finance bankers that execute developmental deals worldwide. Ms Rivera has more than 25 years of experience in finance, credit, and lending as a commercial and investment banker. Her experience includes financings in Latin America, Middle East, Africa and Asia. Ms Rivera’s expertise spans across all infrastructure areas, with particular emphasis in structuring groundbreaking infrastructure ‘firsts’ throughout the world. 

Prior to OPIC, Ms Rivera was instrumental in the start-up of a capital markets bond insurer for education and health care. Previously, she was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets in New York financing infrastructure for US governmental entities and autonomous authorities. She began her banking career at Citibank extending credit to large multinational corporations.

Ms Rivera has a BA from Yale College and a Masters in Public and Private Management, specialising in finance and international economics, from the Yale University School of Management. 

Cyrille  Arnould

Cyrille Arnould

Head, Global Energy Efficiency Renewable Energy Fund
European Investment Bank

Cyrille Arnould became Head of the Global Energy Efficiency Renewable Energy Fund team of the European Investment Bank (EIB) in 2009.  Previously, he was a Senior Officer in the Africa Caribbean and Pacific department, where he oversaw the development of private equity and microfinance portfolios.  Prior to joining the EIB, in November 2003, Mr Arnould was a Senior Investment Officer in the SME department of the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), which he moved to after four years with IFC’s Financial Markets Group's Sub-Saharan Africa Department.  He was previously IFC's Senior Investment Officer based in Russia.  Before joining IFC, Mr Arnould worked in Russia for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), first as Investment Manager for Smolensk Regional Venture Fund and then as Principal Banker in Moscow.  Mr Arnould holds a Diploma from the Political Science Institute and a Master's in Law, both from the University of Strasbourg, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Sarah  Dimson

Sarah Dimson

Acting Private Sector Team Lead and Private Enterprise Officer
Power Africa, USAID

Sarah Dimson joined Power Africa under the secretariat USAID, in October 2014 and is based in its Washington DC office. She leads the organisation’s Investment Mobilization Group, which specialises in facilitating transactions, identifying market inefficiencies and developing creative solutions, and business development activities across Sub-Saharan Africa. She also facilitates Power Africa’s coordination with the Southern Africa Energy Program/USAID, and the scale-up of utility-scale solar PV. 

Prior to Power Africa, Ms Dimson’s professional experience includes over 10 years of work in management positions, including consulting for the World Bank Group’s Africa Energy Sector with a focus on its solar portfolio, managing the development of several urban-infill, energy-efficient, affordable housing projects for private companies in the US and South Asia, and working as an analyst for a prominent US management consulting firm. 

Ms Dimson has a Master’s in City Planning-International Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BA in Science, Technology and Society from Stanford University. She also studied Modern Architecture and Economics at the University of Oxford (St Catherine’s College and Saïd Business School) through Stanford’s overseas studies programme.

Raffaele Della Croce

Raffaele Della Croce

Senior Economist - Long Term Investment
OECD Long-term Investment project

Raffaele Della Croce is the Senior Economist of the OECD project Institutional Investors and Long-term Investment, in the Financial Affairs Division of the OECD. The project aims to facilitate long-term investment by investors such as pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds, addressing both potential regulatory obstacles and market failures. Based on research produced for this project the OECD is contributing to the policy discussions at the level of G20, Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the European Commission, in particular through the new G20/OECD Taskforce on Institutional Investors and Long Term Financing. As part of the OECD Futures Programme, Mr Della Croce has also worked on the project Transcontinental Infrastructure Needs to 2030/50 in the Advisory Unity to the Secretary General. Prior to joining the OECD in 2010, he worked in the financial industry for eight years, mainly with Ernst & Young and Moody’s Investors Services, in London. As part of international teams advising governments or private consortia, he has been involved in the analysis, structuring and negotiation of the largest transactions in the utilities and infrastructure sectors in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Mr Della Croce also serves in the Advisory Committee of the OECD Provident Fund. He was educated at University La Sapienza in Rome and Columbia University in New York.

Adrienne  Klasa

Adrienne Klasa

Development Finance Editor
fDi Magazine and The Banker Magazine, Financial Times Group

Adrienne Klasa is Editor of the Financial Times’ This Is Africa. Her writing has also appeared in the Guardian, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Slate and Forbes, among others. She holds a BA from McGill University and an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Mouhamadou  Niang

Mouhamadou Niang

Managing Director
Meridiam Infrastructure Africa

Mouhamadou Niang is Managing Director of Meridiam Infrastructure Africa, a fund developing and investing in infrastructure assets in Africa, and part of the Meridiam Group, a global infrastructure fund present in North America and Europe. Mr Niang has more than 20 years' experience in project finance and investment funds structuring in Africa and Asia, and has worked for the International Finance Corporation, the African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank. He was most recently Director for private sector operations – including infrastructure – for the African Development Bank in Tunis.  He has sourced, structured and closed a number of investments in the infrastructure sector including in transport, telecoms, downstream oil and gas, and health and education. 

Thomas Maier

Thomas Maier

Managing Director, Infrastructure
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Thomas Maier is the Managing Director, Infrastructure at the EBRD. He is also Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Infrastructure at the World Economic Forum (WEF). He represents the EBRD on a number of investee company boards. 

He started his career at NatWest Markets, working on acquisitions, management buy-outs and highly leveraged transactions in the UK and Western Europe. He joined the EBRD in 1993, working initially as a Senior Project Manager and then as Senior Banker with the Romania, Moldova, Croatia, Ukraine country team. He was made Deputy Director of the Municipal and Environmental Infrastructure Team in 1999, becoming Director n 2001.

He has a degree in Public Management and an MA in Development Economics.

Alex Wong

Alex Wong

Head of Global Challenge Partnerships, Member of the Executive Committee
World Economic Forum

Alex Wong heads the World Economic Forum’s activities related to the development of the Global Challenge Partnerships, a new institutional focus by the Forum to accelerate progress on the world’s most pressing global challenges that require new or expanded models of public-private cooperation. Mr Wong also heads the Future of the Internet Initiative, one of the Forum’s Global Challenge Initiatives; he also continues to lead the Forum’s Global Strategic Infrastructure initiative, since its inception in 2010. 

Since joining the World Economic Forum in 2000, Mr Wong’s prior responsibilities have included co-leading the development and implementation of the Forum's industry strategies as Head of the Center for Global Industries in the World Economic Forum's Geneva headquarters, and leading the Forum’s programs in the Basics & Infrastructure industries from 2006-2015, and the IT & Telecoms, Media & Entertainment industries from 2000-2006. Prior to joining the Forum, Mr Wong worked for 12 years in a variety of professional roles at Accenture, General Motors, and the US National Parks Service. 

He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.


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FT Live has a reputation for delivering very senior board level audiences to attend a wide range of world class thought-leadership events across the globe for nearly 40 years. 

The FT African Infrastructure Summit will be attended by: 

  • CFOs, CIOs , business development and analysts from Sovereign Wealth Funds and Pension Funds
  • Product specialists, Directors, VPs, CIOs, CFOs and Business Development from Asset Management and Investment Banks
  • CEOs, Founders, CFOs, CIOs and  business development from Family Offices and Multi-Family Wealth Offices
  • Partners, Heads and Associates from Law firms
  • Consultants

Silver Sponsors (2)

Cocktail Reception Sponsor (1)

The Abraaj Group is a global institution investing in select markets across Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Turkey. The Group currently manages c. $11 billion and is focused on investment strategies covering private equity, private credit, impact investing and real estate. By combining deep local reach, a global platform and underwriting standards with extensive operating capabilities, Abraaj generates industry-leading returns, having realized $6.8 billion from over 100 exits. Funds managed by the Group have made over 200 investments across a range of sectors.

Abraaj has a dedicated team of operating professionals who work hand-in-hand with investment teams to actively drive value creation in partner companies, helping them institutionalize and grow. The Group is committed to the highest environmental, stakeholder engagement and corporate governance standards and is a signatory to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment and the United Nations Global Compact. Abraaj’s founder, Arif Naqvi, was appointed to the United Nations Global Compact Board by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012 and to the Interpol Foundation Board in 2014. He is a B Team Global Business Leader and Founding Commissioner at the Business and Sustainable Development Commission.


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