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Emerging Markets

Private Equity in Africa

Creating Value to Maximise Impact and Returns

London |
Speakers include:
Heleen  Goussard

Heleen Goussard


Patrick  Njoroge

Patrick Njoroge

Central Bank of Kenya

Bunmi  Akinyemiju

Bunmi Akinyemiju

Venture Garden Group


Private equity funds and investors will draw on real examples of specific deals, success stories, and existing challenges during panel discussions and case study presentations which will delve into both specific regions and sectors.

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Current LP Registrations


Current LP Registrations

  • African Development Bank
  • African Technology Foundation
  • Botswana Development Corporation Ltd
  • Chicago Teachers Pension Fund
  • CKRe Limited
  • CPP Investment Board
  • DEG mbH
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
  • Public Investment Corporation
  • St Catharine's College, Cambridge, Endowment
  • Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers
  • Swedfund
  • Times 3 Capital
  • Venture Capital Trust Fund



"FT Live is the most efficient venue to network with investors, market participants and parties operating within my investing."

- Franklin Olakinle Amoo, Baylis Emerging Markets

“Outside-in view of the macro economic conditions of Africa and response of both LPs and GPs in capital deployments.”

– Afolabi Oladele, African Capital Alliance


Full Overview

Rapid urbanisation, an emerging middle class with increased purchasing power, and growing private capital markets are among the top qualities that make investment across the African continent attractive. Yet, the interplay among the varied economies—each situated within unique geopolitical environments—has not made investment as straightforward.

The FT and EMPEA are once again hosting the Private Equity in Africa Summit to paint a more nuanced portrait of investment throughout the continent at a critical time when there are increased signs of technological change and innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa. The number of venture capital deals, for example, have steadily climbed and they now represent 18% of total number of deals for the first quarter of 2017 (EMPEA). Following a decline in fundraising after two record years and the search for new markets and exit opportunities, find out what’s next for private capital opportunities in Africa.

Institutional investors, including global and local pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, foundations and development finance institutions, will examine the opportunities for long-term growth and what is needed to go from exploring these opportunities to making substantial fund commitments.

Join key global and local investors to discuss how international developments and regional structural changes are impacting African markets.


Speakers List (42)

Heleen  Goussard

Heleen Goussard

Head of Independent Valuations

With over 14 years’ experience, Heleen Goussard heads up the RisCura team which provides independent valuations for clients across all alternative asset classes such as (but not limited to) Private Equity, Infrastructure and Private Debt. In this role, she provides assurance to investors in alternative assets and alternative asset funds that their assets are priced correctly. This ensures that clients receive accurate reporting and assessment of returns on investments, which in turn allows them to manage their investments more effectively. She joined RisCura in 2012 and has performed and reviewed over 150 valuations since then. She previously worked as a corporate finance partner at PKF Inc.

Patrick  Njoroge

Patrick Njoroge

Central Bank of Kenya

Patrick Njoroge was appointed Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) in June 2015. He is the first CBK Governor to be recruited through a competitive selection process that included vetting and parliamentary approval. As Governor, Dr Njoroge is also the CBK’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC).

Before joining the CBK, Dr Njoroge worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC for more than 20 years. His roles at the IMF included Advisor to the Deputy Managing Director from December 2012 to June 2015, Deputy Division Chief of the Finance Department 2006 to 2012 and Mission Chief for Dominica 2005 to 2006. He was previously an Economist at the Kenyan Ministry of Finance and a Planning Officer at the Ministry of Planning.

Dr Njoroge was named Africa’s Governor of the Year 2016 by African Banker Awards during the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Annual Meetings in May 2016.

He has a PhD in Economics from Yale University and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Economics from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.        

Bunmi  Akinyemiju

Bunmi Akinyemiju

Chief Executive Officer
Venture Garden Group

Bunmi Akinyemiju is a serial entrepreneur, technological innovator and the CEO of Venture Garden Group - a high growth group of financial technology (fintech) companies that provide innovative, data-driven, end-to-end technology platforms addressing reconciliation and payment processing inefficiencies across multiple sectors of the African economy. As a group, Venture Garden has grown to become one of the largest fintech investment holding companies in Sub-Saharan Africa, with investments in 15 innovative fintech companies across Africa via its venture arm GreenHouse Capital.

Bunmi is also the Dean and Chief Executive Officer of the Garden Institute of Business and Entrepreneurship (GIBE). Prior to his current appointments, Bunmi served as the vice President of the Lansing-based Artemis Solutions Group; Founder and CEO of Enliven Software, an e-payment and mobile-payment startup; and Principal of Nuwave Technology Partners, a Network integrator and Telephony Company out of Michigan.

In 2017, Bunmi was nominated as one of the top 100 Most Influential People of Africa Descent in Business and Entrepreneurship by the United Nations In recognition of the International Decade for People of African Descent. Venture Garden Group received recognition in the same year by the British Parliament for contribution to transparency and good governance in Africa via Technology.

Bunmi has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Michigan State University. He completed his primary and secondary school education in Nigeria.

Enrico  Canu

Enrico Canu

Head of Private Equity

Enrico Canu is Head of Unit, Equity, at the EIB responsible for investments in private equity funds outside the European Union. Previously, he was responsible for environmental and infrastructure fund investments. Prior to EIB, he held positions at the European Investment Fund focusing on investments in mid-market and venture capital funds. He started his career working at a European-based private equity fund focusing on buyout and growth capital investments. Enrico holds an Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management and WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, a Master in Merchant Banking from LIUC, University Carlo Cattaneo, and a degree in Economics from the University of Siena.

Jerry  Parkes

Jerry Parkes

Managing Director
Injaro Investments

Jerry Parkes is the CEO of Injaro Investments Limited, manager of a US$50m fund focused on agricultural SMEs in Africa. Injaro is a member of the ImpactAssets 50 (2015), a list of the global top 50 impact investment managers. Prior to Injaro, Jerry was a director at Knox D'Arcy Investment Management, a UK-based fund manager focusing on small to mid-sized companies. His previous experience also includes roles with Accenture, Merrill Lynch, UBS and Technoserve. 

He holds a MEng. in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Manchester and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Nnena  Nkongho

Nnena Nkongho

DiGAME Investment Management

Nnena Nkongho is a Principal at DiGAME, an investment company founded to invest in the digital transformation of the African continent.  DiGAME invests US$4MM – US$5MM in high-growth, entrepreneurial businesses that leverage technology to sustainably deliver goods/services and rapidly scale across markets, driving greater impact.  DiGAME’s growth capital mandate focuses on businesses that have already found product-market fit, have a significant amount of revenues and visibility on cash flow positive status.  

Nnena has experience in identifying, building and capturing value for (and on behalf of) corporates and funds.  Immediately prior to DiGAME, Nnena was an early employee and Global Head of Business Development at SOLO Phone Nigeria, a VC-funded, Nigerian mobile device and content ecosystem.  Prior to that, she was a consultant, working with African enterprises on mandates that included: corporate strategy, new market entry and funding growth investments—including serving as the Interim Head of Strategy & Business Development for Etisalat Nigeria (now 9mobile).

Rob  Eloff

Rob Eloff

Managing Partner
Lateral Capital

Rob is a Managing Partner at Lateral Capital. Lateral Capital is a mission-driven venture fund investing in early-stage opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa to bridge the gap between capital and opportunity. Lateral invests in technology enabled businesses that sustainably solve significant pain points across financial services, healthcare, education and clean technology sectors. Lateral has made four investments and secured the backing of leading family offices in the USA, Europe and Africa.

Rob has spent his career investing, living and working in developing markets. Prior to co-founding Lateral Capital he established Frontier Dawn Partners, an evergreen vehicle for capital deployment to early stage, technology enabled founding teams in sub-Saharan Africa. Rob started his career in capital markets at JP Morgan, Johannesburg, became an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs and Investment Director at ACI. He spent ten years based in Johannesburg, Moscow and London transitioning across hedge fund coverage and private equity buyout advisory in markets including sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Rob holds a masters degree in finance from Cambridge University and a bachelors degree with dual majors in philosophy and economics from the University of Cape Town.

Xenia Loos

Xenia Loos

Director of Co-Investment and Investor Relations
Leapfrog Investments

Xenia is core to LeapFrog’s Investor Relations team, and plays a pivotal role driving LeapFrog’s fundraising efforts and building LeapFrog’s investor relations and co-investment programmes.

Xenia has 10 years private equity and business building experience with expertise across fundraising, investor relations, corporate communications and relationship management, and a deep proficiency in European and US institutional investor communities.

Xenia raised nearly two billion in institutional capital and joined LeapFrog from AAC Capital, a successful European mid-market buyout firm, where she led fundraising and investor relations programmes over a number of years. In this role, Xenia also developed AAC’s first ESG policy. Xenia started her career as an Analyst at ABN AMRO Bank.

Xenia was a member of the Investor Relations Committee of the Dutch Venture Capital Association (NVP). She holds a Masters in English Language and Literature from Saint-Petersburg State University and a Master of Arts in Sociolinguistics from the University of Amsterdam. Xenia speaks English, Russian and Dutch.

Gabriel  Schulze

Gabriel Schulze

Executive Chairman and Founder
Schulze Global Investments

Mr Gabriel Schulze is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Schulze Global Investments, an American private equity fund manager headquartered in Singapore and focused on the world’s most dynamic frontier markets in Asia and Africa.

Mr Schulze has built a successful track record as a strategic early-mover in frontier markets that are undervalued because the global investment community either overestimates risks, or underappreciates potential. For example, Schulze Global was the very first overseas private equity firm to enter Ethiopia, at a time when the country was still shunned by international financial investors.

Today, Mr Schulze oversees a global investment team operating across a growing basket of frontier markets, including Ethiopia, Mongolia, Ivory Coast, Georgia, and Sri Lanka.

In every case, Schulze Global seeks to generate both outstanding financial returns and significant non-financial impacts. Mr Schulze believes that the definition of true success is monetary profit interlinked with measurable gains to social and natural capital – an idea he has termed “Three-Dimensional Capitalism”.

MR Schulze has been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Financial Times, and The Economist, and has appeared on a variety of news outlets, including Bloomberg Television, CNBC, and the BBC.

Mike  Muldoon

Mike Muldoon

Associate Director, Program Related Investments
The Rockefeller Foundation

Mike Muldoon is an Associate Director for Innovative Finance at the Rockefeller Foundation. He leads the Foundation’s Program Related Investment work, which consists of a growing portfolio of investments (debt, equity, guarantees) in line with the Foundation’s programmatic interests. Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation he was a Director at Latitude Capital, a private equity fund focused on energy in emerging markets and before that a Senior Investment Officer at USAID’s loan guarantee program, the Development Credit Authority.

Luc  Rigouzzo

Luc Rigouzzo

Managing Partner
Amethis Finance

Luc Rigouzzo is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Amethis, an investment fund manager focused on Africa, built with the Edmond de Rothschild Group. He was previously CEO of Proparco, member of the AFD Executive Committee and Chairman of EDFI. He holds degrees in agronomy and finance and devoted the first part of his career to private equity and project finance in the agribusiness sector in Latin America and Africa, initially at Proparco and then at IFC. He then created and led the AFD department of structured finance.

Will  Poole

Will Poole

Managing Partner

Will Poole is a serial entrepreneur and venture investor. He is Managing Partner of Capria, partnering with and investing in impact fund managers in the developing markets of Africa, Asia and Latin America. He also co-founded Unitus Seed Fund, India’s leading impact fund that invests in businesses innovating for the masses. Closer to home, Will is a Managing Director of Seattle-based tech and life sciences W Fund.

Will serves on boards of Village Reach, Global Washington, and Impact HUB Seattle. In his technology career, he was a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft where during his 13-year tenure he led several business lines, including the $13 billion Windows client business, and also founded the company’s efforts to tailor products to the needs of low-income customers. His career started by founding two startups at the dawn of the PC era, working in the early days at Sun Microsystems, and pioneering e-commerce at eShop, which was acquired by Microsoft in 1996. Will received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Brown in 1983, where he currently advises the university on technology strategy.

Samir Abhyankar

Samir Abhyankar

TPG Growth

Samir Abhyankar is a Partner at TPG Growth based in London, working across sectors covering the group's investment activities in Africa. Prior to joining TPG Growth in 2015, Mr Abhyankar was a Partner with Satya Capital, where he focused on IT, consumer, financial services and retail investments. Previously he spent six years at Citi Venture Capital International, where he was responsible for its African investment activities, and CDC Group, where he was the Director of Strategy. He was also formerly a management consultant with Marakon Associates. Mr Abhyankar started his career with the World Bank as a banking sector analyst. He graduated with an MBA from INSEAD and holds an MA from John's Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies.

Neil Brown

Neil Brown

Partner: Head, Investor Development Group

As head of IDG Neil Brown is responsible for Actis global fundraising and investor relations activities. Mr Brown is a member of both the Executive Committee and the Valuation and Exit Committee. Prior to joining Actis in 2013, he worked in Sydney as a Founding Director of the boutique Private Equity advisory firm, Minerva Capital Advisors Ltd (2009-2013). Previously, he was an Executive Director and Head of Global Debt & Equity Capital Markets and Head of Funds Management at Alco Finance (Sydney, 2007-2008). He also brings experience from his time as Global Head of the Sales, Products & Client Services division with Citigroup Alternative Investments (New York, 2004-2007). He holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School and a First Class Honours in Industrial Chemistry from The University of New South Wales.

Mark  Florman

Mark Florman

Times 3 Capital

Mark Florman was founder of the merchant banking group Maizels Westerberg and has since founded a number of businesses in the technology, advisory, financial services and investment sectors. He was Managing Director of the private equity firm Doughty Hanson, Chair of LM Glasfiber (the global renewable energy group) and started the African venture capital firm 8 Miles LLP with Bob Geldof. He has been active in policy ideas and campaigns related to social mobility and poverty fighting in the UK and across the world. He co-founded the Centre for Social Justice, the Early Intervention Foundation and B Labs (UK). In March 2015, he was appointed to the Board of the BBC Trust, and was the Trustee for England for two years. Mark was a member of the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force in 2014, and was appointed to the Triennial Review of the Big Lottery Fund by the UK Cabinet Office in the same year.

Mark is a leading authority on some of the world’s most entrenched socio-economic challenges, speaking widely on reforms that must be made to drive improved governance and productivity, and always championing the power and social impact of good business. He is the author of the External Rate of Return with the London School of Economics. He was appointed as a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics & Political Science in November 2016 and a Visiting Professor at the Policy institute, Kings College London in January 2017.

Vikram  Raju

Vikram Raju

Executive Director and Portfolio Manager
Morgan Stanley AI

Vikram is a Portfolio Manager with the AIP Private Market Strategies team. He has over 20 years of related experience and serves on a number of private equity fund advisory boards in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he was a Principal Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group, where he led the investment program for climate-related private equity funds across emerging markets. Previously, Vikram was a founding member of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Fund (EMPEF) in Singapore.  Earlier in his career, he was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in London and a portfolio manager at Lazard in New York. Vikram received a B.A. in economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and an M.S. in finance from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute, Mumbai. He also received master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation

Sev Vettivetpillai

Sev Vettivetpillai

Managing Partner
The Abraaj Group

Sev Vettivetpillai is a Managing Partner, Executive Board Member of The Abraaj Group and Global Head of Thematic Fund Businesses, responsible for the Group’s Healthcare, Real Estate, Energy Infrastructure and Private Credit strategies, as well as leading the efforts on launching new products and strategies for the company.

Mr. Vettivetpillai is a permanent member of the Investment Committee responsible for review and approval of all Abraaj investments across the platform. He has more than 25 years of experience within the growth markets private equity arena, with extensive experience in the areas of setting up successfully new teams in new geographies and products, strategic investment management, fundraising, deal structuring, valuation, due diligence and portfolio management.

Mr. Vettivetpillai was the Founder of the Aureos Group, where he held the position of Chief Executive Officer from 2003 until 2012, and Chief Investment Officer from 2001 and built the largest emerging market focused private equity business investing in SMEs. He successfully led the management buy-out in 2009 and subsequently merged the organization with The Abraaj Group in 2012.

In 2013, Sev Vettivetpillai received a Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Leadership in Private Equity Africa, in London. This was an individual award in recognition of his leadership in African private equity.

Mr. Vettivetpillai sits on many boards as an independent/nominee director including the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA).

Prior to joining Aureos, Mr. Vettivetpillai was a Senior Investment Executive at CDC Group plc, London, between 1996-2001.

Mr. Vettivetpillai is a CFA Charter holder and completed a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK.

Michael Rudnicki

Michael Rudnicki


Michael Rudnicki is a Tax Partner at KPMG and leads the Financial Services and M&A Tax groups in South Africa and plays a coordinating role within Africa. He has been practicing tax in the Private Equity sector for around 10 years. During this time, working within a multi-disciplinary KPMG Private Equity team, he has advised on a number of Private Equity transactions including tax structuring and tax due diligence. He has also advised a number of Private Equity funds on their establishment in South Africa and Africa.

Hurley Doddy

Hurley Doddy

Co-Chief Investment Office
Emerging Capital Partners (ECP)

Hurley Doddy is a Managing Director, Founding Partner and Co-CEO of Emerging Capital Partners (ECP). ECP is the first private equity firm to raise more than $2bn for growth capital investing in Africa. Founded in 2000, ECP was one of the first firms dedicated to Africa, which today translates into investments in more than 50 African companies and 27 exits through seven funds. Today, ECP has more people on the ground than any other firm; more than 70% of its investment professionals, who hail from 12 African countries, operate from seven local offices.

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.

Albert  Alsina, Founder

Albert Alsina, Founder

Chief Executive Officer, and Managing Partner
Mediterrania Capital Partners Private Equity

Albert Alsina has more than 25 years of international experience in multi-national settings where he
held several executive positions in General Management at global and European levels in the US, UK,
Brazil, Germany, Zimbabwe and Spain. In 2007, Albert joined the financial group Riva y García to lead
the fund “Fons Mediterrania Capital” (Mediterrania Capital I). In 2013, he founded Mediterrania
Capital Partners Ltd. which today manages two funds: MC I and MC II. Today Albert is a member of
the Investment Committee of “Fons Mediterrania Capital” and “Mediterrania Capital II”, and a Board
member of several portfolio companies of both funds.
Albert is also a member of AVCA’s Sustainability Committee and Associate Professor at EADA
Business School in Barcelona. He currently sits on the Board of Anne Fundació, a centre dedicated to
medical and psychological attention to children.
Albert is an AMP graduate from Harvard Business School (USA). He completed the Global Leadership
Program from Wharton (USA), and PADE from IESE Business School (Spain); he also holds Master’s
degrees from Fulda Fachoschule (Germany) and Université de Poitiers (France); and a Bachelor
degree in Business from the University of Barcelona (Spain).
Albert is fluent in English, French, German and Portuguese, as well as in Catalan and Spanish.

Tom  Attenborough

Tom Attenborough

Head of International Business Development – Primary Markets
London Stock Exchange Group

Tom joined the London Stock Exchange Group in September 2013 and is Head of International Business Development within Primary Markets.  In this role, Tom advises UK and international companies and their owners on the process of going public and life as a listed company on London’s markets.  Prior to joining London Stock Exchange, Tom was at Citigroup for over 15 years as a Managing Director in the Equity Capital Markets division, originating, structuring and executing equity and equity-linked transactions across UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa.  He has originated, structured and executed large number of IPOs and follow-on capital raisings over the years, including many involving a London listing. Prior to Citi, Tom worked in Kleinwort Benson’s Equity Capital Markets team from 1994 to 1997. Tom graduated from Oxford University with a BA (Hons) degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Ann Wyman

Ann Wyman

Senior Manager

Ann Wyman is a Senior Officer at AfricInvest, responsible for client relations. An internationally recognized economic and geopolitical researcher and manager with two decades of experience in financial services and consulting, Ms Wyman has worked as an economist and head of Emerging Markets Research at both Citi and Nomura. She also currently serves as a Senior Advisor at Gatehouse Advisory Partners, a geopolitical consulting firm based in London, and contributes analysis to Oxford Analytica, an internationally renown global analysis and advisory firm. She is a member of the board of the Tunisian American Enterprise Fund, established by the United States government to help foster stronger investment ties with Tunisia and launch local SMEs as engines for longer-term growth. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA), and Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (Masters).

Mark  Kenderdine-Davies

Mark Kenderdine-Davies

General Counsel and Company Secretary
CDC Group, plc

Mark is General Counsel and Company Secretary, CDC Group plc (CDC) with oversight of the company’s
legal and regulatory affairs. Mark manages the company’s legal team and corporate secretariat and sits
on its private funds investment committee. CDC, established by HM Government in 1948, is the world’s
oldest development finance institution (DFI). Its mission is to support the building of businesses, to
create jobs and make a lasting difference to people’s lives in some of the world’s poorest places.
. Mark joined CDC in 2006 from Gartmore Investment Management plc where he was Legal Counsel
focusing on private equity and other alternative investments. Prior to that, he was Legal Counsel at
Threadneedle Asset Management Limited. From 1994 to 2002, Mark lived in Vietnam working in
Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar as General Counsel/Senior Investment Executive at Indochina
Asset Management Limited, the manager of two private equity funds, and as Executive Director of an
investment company. Before the move to Vietnam, Mark was a partner at a London law firm.
Mark has an LLB (Hons) from the University of Liverpool and an MBA from the University of Chicago
Booth School Of Business.

Kenneth  Kaniu

Kenneth Kaniu

Chief Executive Officer
Britam Asset Managers (Kenya) Limited

Kenneth Kaniu is the CEO, Britam Asset Managers (Kenya) Limited. Kenneth’s role at the company is to provide leadership in executing the business strategy for the asset management business to ensure that the company maintains market leadership across a broad spectrum. He has over 12 years asset management experience from various companies including STANLIB Kenya Limited where in his last posting he was the Chief Investment Officer for East Africa responsible for the investment business in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan. Prior to STANLIB, Kenneth worked in the Asset Management business at Allianz SE in Munich, Germany where he spent time in the portfolio implementation, investment risk management and Pan European equity research teams. Kenneth also has some banking experience after a brief stint with Commercial Bank of Africa Limited in Kenya. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from USIU-Africa, and an MBA from Strathmore Business.

Alain  Ebobissé

Alain Ebobissé

Chief Executive Officer


Mr. Ebobissé is the Chief Executive Officer of Africa50, the pan-African infrastructure investment platform capitalized by the African Development Bank and, so far, 25 African countries and two African Central Banks. Prior to joining Africa50, Mr. Ebobissé served as the Global Head for the World Bank Group’s Global Infrastructure Project Development Fund (“IFC InfraVentures”), where he oversaw a team of experienced infrastructure specialists and led the development of and investment in numerous infrastructure projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Mr. Ebobissé led the design, structuring, and implementation of IFC InfraVentures from its inception. He also served as Chief Investment Officer in the Global Infrastructure and Natural Resources Department of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-sector arm of the World Bank Group, based in Washington.Prior to joining the IFC in 1998, Mr. Ebobissé held several positions in the financial services industry in France, including Deputy Head of Project and Structured Finance at Caisse des Depots et Consignations, based in Paris. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the International School for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Dan Schonfeld

Dan Schonfeld

Head of Finance
Vital Capital

Mr. Schonfeld holds an undergraduate degree in Law (LLB) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an MBA from the INSEAD Business School in France & Singapore.

He has twenty years of experience in the fields of finance, strategy, economics, business development and law, with top-tier organizations such as McKinsey & Company, UBS and Ernst & Young. During this time he has led a large number of assignments in a broad range of industries, including infrastructure, construction, healthcare, energy, telecommunication, financial services and others, in many markets and regions worldwide, including Africa.

Mr. Schonfeld brings with him a strong foundation of business fundamentals and a rigorous, methodological approach to the analysis of potential investment opportunities by the Fund. 

In his role as Head of Finance, he oversees all of Vital Capital’s financial operations, manages all investment opportunity screening and evaluation work, monitors and oversees many of Vital Capital’s portfolio investments and in many cases represents Vital Capital on these companies Boards of Directors, and drives Vital Capital’s fundraising efforts.

Emmanuel  Assiak

Emmanuel Assiak

Vice President
African Capital Alliance

Emmanuel has over two decades of work experience spanning private equity, banking and
He joined the ACA Group in 2006 and is the sector lead for the firm’s financial services
group. In this capacity, he is responsible for coordinating the deal origination, deal
structuring and ongoing value creation for financial services related investments. He also
serves as the lead on one of ACA’s largest investments, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, and
oversees a number of ACA investee companies through his roles on their respective
Prior to joining ACA, Emmanuel held senior positions in leading Nigerian banks, including
Zenith Bank and United Bank for Africa (UBA), where he oversaw banking operations, trade
services, process management and product development.
Emmanuel holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Cross River
State in Nigeria and an MBA from the Manchester Business School, United Kingdom. He is
also an alumnus of the Coller Institute of Private Equity, London Business School.

Andrew  Tymms

Andrew Tymms

Bain & Company

Andrew Tymms is a Leader in Bain & Company’s global Private Equity practice and Leads Bain’s UK Private Equity practice. He has 22 years with Bain in UK, Australia and Africa - focused in PE. Andre has deep experience in all aspects of Private Equity and M&A and has led over 250 commercial reviews, M&A and post acquisition projects for leading Private Equity investors and Hedge funds. He has significant industry experience in Technology & Media, Financial Services and Retail, PE portfolio company growth strategy development and results delivery.

Jane Nelson

Jane Nelson

Director of the Corporate Responsibility Initiative
Harvard Kennedy School
Richard  Rincón

Richard Rincón

Emerging Markets Investment Office

Richard Rincon is an Emerging Markets (EM) investment officer at UTIMCO, which manages the $34+ billion University of Texas endowments and associated funds. At UTIMCO, Mr. Rincon is responsible for global EM private equity investments with a particular focus on Latin America. His primary responsibilities include monitoring the current $1+ billion EM portfolio and evaluating and executing potential EM investment opportunities. UTIMCO invests primarily via funds, partnerships and direct co-investments.
Prior to UTIMCO, Mr. Rincon was co-founding Principal of Grace Equity (2013), an independent private equity sponsor making middle market buyout and growth equity investments with the backing of various domestic and Latin American family offices. Prior to Grace Equity, Mr. Rincon was part of the founding team of Chicago-based HCP & Company (2003), a lower middle market private equity firm. As Vice President, Mr. Rincon was responsible for origination, execution, and portfolio management activities across the business services, consumer products, and media sectors, as well as, the broader U.S. Hispanic and Latin American markets. Mr. Rincon began his investment career as an Analyst in the corporate and investment banking group of ABN Amro Bank (2001), where he focused on agribusiness, transportation, and EM infrastructure finance.

Mr. Rincon holds a B.A. in economics and political science from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor as well as an M.B.A. in finance and management & strategy from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Lauren  Cochran

Lauren Cochran

Managing Director
Blue Haven Initiative

Lauren Cochran is managing Director at Blue Haven Initiative, where she leads strategy and execution for the family office’s portfolio of direct investments.

Her makes early stage equity investments with the expectation of both commercial financial returns and positive social and environmental impact. Blue Haven’s portfolio includes M-KOPA, Twiga Foods, PEG Africa and CrossBoundary Energy, among others.  

Prior to joining Blue Haven, she worked at Imprint Capital, an impact investment advisory firm later acquired by Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where she led investments in emerging markets. Her interest in frontier market startups focused on improving the lives of populations underserved by existing infrastructure dates to her 2006-2007 tenure with the Clinton Foundation’s Health Access Initiative, where she analyzed healthcare infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa. She started her career in private equity at Deutsche Bank later joining DLJ Merchant Banking spinout, Diamond Castle. This work inspired Lauren to pursue a career linking social impact and private equity.

She holds a B.S. from Georgetown University and earned her M.B.A. from the Wharton School.

Paul  Boynton

Paul Boynton

Old Mutual Alternative Investments

Paul has been Head of Alternative Investments since 2004. This boutique is responsible for the group’s investments in infrastructure, private equity, impact investment and mezzanine debt. He chairs the Alternative Assets Investment Committee and has served on the boards of African Infrastructure Investment Managers, Assore, African Clean Energy Development, CIT, J&J, Life Healthcare, Metcash, Mezzanine Partners, Old Mutual Investment Group, Pepkor, Tourvest and Pembani. He also chaired Green Hands, Old Mutual Investment Group’s Social Development Forum, for 10 years.

Paul’s entire career has been involved in investment and capital markets. His previous work experience includes serving articles with Deloittes in Johannesburg where he qualified as a chartered accountant. He then spent seven years as an investment banker at Investec.

Paul joined Old Mutual in 1995. He spent five years as the Portfolio Manager of the Old Mutual Life Funds (at the time a US$50 billion portfolio and the largest balanced mandate in the country) and three years as Head of Investment Views, formulating the investment house view and model portfolio for Old Mutual Investment Group. Over these periods, the Life Funds and fully discretionary balanced funds, respectively, delivered top quartile performance.

Gunnar Stork

Gunnar Stork

Director Equity & Mezzanine - Africa & Latin America

Gunnar Stork is the Senior Director Corporates/Funds - Africa & Latin America. Gunnar is responsible for new business and portfolio in Africa and Latin America for both equity and debt investments as well as for infrastructure projects worldwide. Prior that he was 4 years Head of Equity & Mezzanine in Africa. From 2008 until 2012 he headed DEG`s Regional Office in Mexico. Prior to joining DEG in 2001 he worked in the tax structuring business for M&A transactions in an international Law Firm. Mr. Stork has a Business Degree from University of Cologne, Germany and a Masters in International Management from CEMS - the Community of European Management Schools and International Companies - at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Michiel  Timmerman

Michiel Timmerman

Managing Partner
Mbuyu Capital Partners

Michiel Timmerman is Managing Partner and founder of Mbuyu Capital Partners, which invests in private markets in Africa for institutional clients, through funds and directly.  Mbuyu’s investment have African operational experience, a track record of fund investment at major institutions and direct investment experience.  Michiel is former MD & CIO of Ignis Advisors, a $3.5bn alternatives business.  He is Co-Founder and Chairman of EFTA Ltd, an equipment leasing business in Tanzania.

Kevin  Njiraini

Kevin Njiraini

Regional Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa, Private Equity Funds
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Kevin Njiraini is the Regional Lead for Private Equity Funds in Sub Saharan Africa at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). He previously worked with IFC’s Global Financial Institutions Group where he worked on transactions in Africa, Asia and Central America. Prior to joining IFC Kevin was the general manager of an investment bank.

Daniel  Schoneveld

Daniel Schoneveld

Hamilton Lane

Daniel is a Principal in Hamilton Lane’s Business Development Group, based in the firm’s London office.

Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2007, Daniel was a Senior Vice President in charge of asset owners and investment consultants in Europe and Africa at Morgan Stanley Capital International in London. Previously, he worked as an institutional advisor at the German bank, Metzler, and prior to that, he spent more than eight years at the advisory and brokerage firm, Hall International Partners in the Netherlands. Daniel began his career as a research analyst at the Dutch bank ABN Amro in Amsterdam.

Daniel received an M.B.A. from Henley Management College in London and a B.S. in finance from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Murray  Grant

Murray Grant

Managing Director, Intermediated Equity
CDC Group plc

Murray rejoined CDC in January 2015 from Actis LLP where he was a Founding Partner responsible for the development of its Africa business. Actis was spun out of CDC in 2004.

He began his career as an engineer working on major infrastructure projects in Africa and Papua New Guinea.  His PE career began in 1988 with 3i where he worked for 13 years in the UK before joining CDC in 2001.  Murray’s investment and NED track record covered most sectors and regions across Africa.

Murray has a BSc (Hons) in Engineering from Edinburgh University and an MBA from London Business School. He has an MBA from London Business School and a BSc (Hons) in engineering from Edinburgh University.  

Sateesh   Kamath

Sateesh Kamath

Chief Financial Officer
Thiha  Tun

Thiha Tun

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Kofi  Fynn

Kofi Fynn

Managing Director
Petra Trust Company
Per  Wimmer

Per Wimmer

Wimmer Family Office

 In 2011 Per Wimmer founded Wimmer Family Office based in London, UK. Per Wimmer founded Wimmer Financial in 2007. Wimmer Financial is a merchant bank/corporate advisory firm specializing in natural resources (mining, oil & gas and green energy), real estate, infrastructure, aviation, shipping and project debt financing. He has also worked for Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York and London, including during its IPO, covering European Equity products into Scandinavian-based financial institutions. Furthermore, Per Wimmer has been working for MF Global/Man Group and Collins Stewart/Canaccord. Per is the author of three books including “Wall Street” talks about bubbles in the financial markets, along with anecdotes from his time in the world of global finance. “The Green Bubble”, published in English, Danish and Swedish promotes the argument that for green energy to be truly sustainable, it must be commercially sustainable. Per Wimmer was awarded a Master of Public Administration and the Don K. Price Award from Harvard University with concentrations in business, finance and international relations.


Chairs and Moderators (9)

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).

Alan Livsey

Alan Livsey

Lex Writer
Financial Times

Alan Livsey joined Lex in 2014 after fifteen years in investment management. He is based in London. His specialities include energy and natural resources as well as the emerging markets. In the past he worked in Hong Kong and later in Tokyo as a market strategist for Kleinwort Benson. He attended both Oxford University and University of Maryland and holds the CFA designation.

Patricia Dinneen

Patricia Dinneen

Senior Advisor

Patricia M Dinneen has focused on Emerging Markets for most of her 36-year career. Ms Dinneen joined EMPEA in February 2014 as a Senior Advisor and was appointed Chair of the EMPEA Impact Investing Council in 2013, to help professionalize and scale the impact investing industry. Previously she served as Managing Director at Siguler Guff & Company, a global private equity investment firm with over $10 billion in assets under management. During her 9+ years at Siguler Guff, she built and managed the BRIC private equity business, focusing on Brazil, Russia, India, China and select frontier markets. She has also held positions at Cambridge Associates, British Telecommunications, Hughes Communications, RAND Corporation and the U. S. White House. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (BA), London School of Economics (MSc) and MIT (PhD). She is involved in multiple philanthropic and impact investing activities.

Jeff  Schlapinski

Jeff Schlapinski


Jeff Schlapinski is the Director of Research at EMPEA, where he leads a team producing industry data, analysis and in-depth reporting on private equity, private credit, infrastructure and real assets investing in emerging economies. In addition to providing quarterly market intelligence to EMPEA’s members, Mr  Schlapinski manages EMPEA’s annual Global Limited Partners Survey and is a regular author of EMPEA special reports and research briefs. He also interacts frequently with the media, fund managers, institutional investors and industry advisors in order to fulfill EMPEA’s broader mission of informing the investment community on the private capital opportunity set in emerging markets. He graduated from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) at Georgetown University in 2010 with a BS in International Economics.

Aubrey  Hruby

Aubrey Hruby

Baylis Emerging Markets Fund and Co-Founder, Africa Expert Network (AXN)

Aubrey Hruby is a Partner at Baylis Emerging Markets fund, Co-Founder of the Africa Expert Network (AXN) and an Advisor to investors and Fortune 500 companies doing business in Africa.  She designs market entry strategies, sources opportunities and facilitates transactions. Aubrey leads CEO-level delegations to Africa and has worked in more than 25 African markets. As a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and Advisor to the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, she speaks regularly on African business issues. She has interviewed with the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, Bloomberg Radio, CNBC, CCTV, Africa24, and VoiceAmerica Business. She writes regularly for the Financial Times and Newsweek. Aubrey is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Young Leader at the Milken Institute and the co-author of award-winning The Next Africa (Macmillan, 2015). She earned a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a MA from Georgetown University.

Elaine  Moore

Elaine Moore

Lex Deputy Editor
Financial Times

Elaine Moore is a writer for the Financial Times Lex column, the oldest and arguably the most influential business and finance column of its kind. Prior to this, she was the FT’s Capital Markets Correspondent, where she covered the Greek debt crisis, Saudi Arabia’s entrance to global markets, Argentina’s debt restructuring and the bond dispute between Russia and Ukraine. Previous roles at the FT include Deputy Editor of the FT’s personal finance section and reporter. Before joining the Financial Times, she worked for the Turkish Ambassador in London and as a freelance journalist in Cambodia. She graduated from Cambridge University.

André Roux

André Roux

Deputy Chairman

Andre Roux is the Founding Partner of Ethos, having established the business in 1984. 

He is widely regarded as the pioneer of South African private equity and held the post of Chief Executive since Ethos’ inception. Mr Roux stepped down as Chief Executive in 2014 and assumed the role of Deputy Chairman. 

Recently, EMPEA appointed Mr Roux as Senior Advisor and Chair of the EMPEA Africa Council. 

He has lectured extensively on the private equity industry to business schools and is a regular speaker at industry conferences. 

Prior to the establishment of Ethos, Mr Roux held the positions of Chief Executive of FirstCorp Capital Investors Limited and FirstCorp Merchant Bank. He has served on the boards of several portfolio companies associated with the various investment funds advised by Ethos.  Until recently, he was a member of the Alexander Forbes Board of Directors prior to the business listing on the JSE (July 2014). 

Mr Roux graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.  

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.

Jonathan Wheatley

Jonathan Wheatley

Deputy Emerging Markets Editor
Financial Times

Jonathan Wheatley is the FT's deputy emerging markets editor. He was Brazil correspondent from 2005 to 2011, when he moved to London. He lived in São Paulo from 1992, writing for the FT, Business Week, the Economist Intelligence Unit and many others. He previously worked in television news, current affairs and documentaries in London.


Agenda - 18th Oct

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Networking
  • 8:30am
    Opening Remarks from Financial Times & EMPEA Co-Chairs

    Jonathan Wheatley, Deputy Emerging Markets Editor, Financial Times
    André Roux,Senior Advisor, EMPEA and Founding Partner, Ethos Private Equity

  • 8:35am
    Keynote Panel Discussion: Africa in a Global Context: Will it Survive or Thrive?
    • How can private capital accelerate progress toward Sustainable Development Goals?
    • What are the implications for the African continent within this challenging geopolitical time as related to a protectionist US administration, post Brexit Britain and structural shocks to the composition of the EU?
    • Assessing the geopolitical risks of investing in certain African economies and implications for PE funds and investors
    • Will investors remain at the mercy of volatile commodity prices?
    • As East Africa breaks away, what does it mean for pan African funds?
    • Will a challenging pan-African scenario lift the ‘resource curse’ – will more natural prices enforce sustainable development?
    • How is Africa comparing to other emerging markets in attractiveness for PE investment?
    • Africa is no longer the exclusive domain of Africa-focussed GPs but has received attention from global players as well – how does investment in Africa fit within their portfolio? What opportunities are they finding on the continent that are not found elsewhere?
    • Currency fluctuation – what’s next? 

    Bunmi Akinyemiju, CEO, Venture Garden Group
    Aubrey Hruby, Partner, Baylis Emerging Markets Fund and Co-Founder, Africa Expert Network (AXN)
    Jane Nelson, Senior Fellow and Director of Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
    Razia Khan, Chief Economist, Africa, Standard Chartered

    David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Opening Keynote Interview: Africa on the Move

    The emerging trends in Africa and the opportunities that the provide for private equity investors
    Patrick Njoroge, Governor, Central Bank of Kenya

    Interviewer: David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:30am
    Plenary Discussion: Building Value Add Capabilities For Sustained Outperformance
    • How can private equity fund managers best work in partnership with portfolio companies to find ways increase turnover growth, expand earnings and create jobs? 
    • Where across the value chain is there the greate4st opportunity for optimal active management: origination networks, deal execution, structuring, fundraising, administration and/or portfolio company support?
    • How essential is strong leadership, both at the portfolio company and fund manager level, for successful value creation?
    • How can fund managers consider currency exposure and find natural hedging strategies?

    Andrew Tymms, Partner, Bain & Company
    Michael Rudnicki, Head of Private Equity, KPMG South Africa
    Hurley Doddy, Managing Director, Founding Partner, and Co-CEO, Emerging Capital Partners (ECP)
    Sev Vettivetpillai, Managing Partner and Global Head of Impact Investing, The Abraaj Group

    Jonathan Wheatley, Deputy Emerging Markets Editor, Financial Times 

  • 10:15am
    Networking and Refreshment Break
  • 10:30am
    LP Panel Discussion: Who is Investing and What is Driving Their Decisions?
    • Is investment in certain areas of Africa a good proposal for risk and return for LPs?
    • Managing the challenges of under performing funds
    • How much of an LP’s portfolio is directed to investments in Africa? Can or should this be scaled up?
    • What impediments do institutional investors see? Can these challenges be actively overcome or is it just a matter of time?
    • How can GPs align themselves with the preferences and requirements of local LPs?

    Lauren Cochran, Director of Private Investments, Blue Haven Initiative
    Kevin Njiraini, Regional Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa, private equity funds, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
    Vikram Raju, Executive Director and Portfolio Manager, Morgan Stanley AIP
    Richard Rincón, Emerging Markets Investment Officer, UTIMCO and Member, EMPEA Limited Partners Council

    Jonathan Wheatley, Deputy Emerging Markets Editor, Financial Times (confirmed)

  • 11:30am
    Panel Discussion: Fundraising in a Changeable Market
    • What has been the knock on effect from the challenging fundraising circumstances of 2016?
    • Exploring the fund raising challenges in different regions
    • Which funds are successfully fundraising following the recent economic turbulence?
    • How can GPs differentiate themselves and think creatively about fundraising to face the difficult environment?
    • Emerging trends among LPs - what are their preferences and requirements in terms of African PE funds?
    • How will LPs increasing preferences toward capital consolidation and forming fewer GP relationships affect fundraising for emerging fund managers?
    • Which sectors and areas are proving more popular with LPs and why?


    Paul Boynton, Chief Executive Officer, Old Mutual Alternative Investments
    Mark Florman, Founder, Times 3 Capital and CEO, Time Partners Ltd
    Dan Schoneveld, Principal, Hamilton Lane
    Murray Grant, Managing Director, Intermediate Equity, CDC Group plc

    Elaine Moore, Lex writer, Financial Times

  • 12:15pm
    Panel Discussion: Engaging the Local Market
    • According to EMPEA’s report, “Unlocking Africa’s Potential,” aggregate pension funds across the continent could invest approximately $29 billion (considering restrictions). How can we improve on moving shares of this capital into private equity?
    • What is the perception of local investors to investing in the continent?
      • Are they truly less sensitive to certain risks?
      • Are there enough sophisticated local investors to drive demand? How do we look toward the future to train local investors?  
    • As the drive to get local funds and LPs to invest in Africa intensifies, what will be the impact for the African Market in terms of competitiveness and opportunities?
    • How can current restrictive regulations for the illiquid investment market evolve to encourage and promote local investment?

    Kofi Fynn, Managing Director, Petra Trust Company
    Sateesh Kamath, Chief Financial Officer, Safaricom
    Michiel Timmerman, Managing Partner, Mbuyu Capital Partners
    Kenneth Kaniu, Chief Executive Officer, Britam Asset Managers (Kenya) Limited

    David Pilling, Africa Editor,Financial Times

  • 1:00pm
  • 2:00pm
    Plenary Discussion: What is Needed for an Enabling Exit Environment?
    • According to AVCA, exits via initial public offerings or stock sales on public markets are not yet material but are a viable exit option for quality businesses and over 10% of all exits recorded were executed via this method. How should fund managers best take advantage of this exit path?
    • What should fund managers be doing to improve their chances of successful and timely exits?
    • Defying the pressure on exits, case study examples of successful exits in 2016/2017

    Albert Alsina, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Managing Partner, Mediterrania Capital Partners Private Equity
    Neil Brown, Partner, Head of Investor Development Group, Actis
    Tom Attenborough, Head of International Business Development – Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange Group
    Heleen Goussard, Head of Independent Valuations, RisCura

    Adrienne Klasa, Editor, This is Africa 

  • 3:00pm
    Plenary Panel: What Are the Optimal Strategies to Access Africa’s Private Capital Opportunity Set?

    Four private equity funds will discuss various investment strategies on the Continent and where they see the evolution of the industry.

    • Pan-Africa vs. regional focus?
    • What regions or countries are most exciting at the moment and how to best address the challenges inherent to existing and potential markets?
    • What are the benefits of sector specification? Which sectors offer the most promising investment opportunities?
    • Do LPs tend to prefer one strategy over another?

    Runa Alam, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Development Partners International (DPI)
    Emmanuel Assiak, Principal, African Capital Alliance
    Ann Wyman, Senior Manager, AfricInvest
    Samir Abhyankar, Partner, TPG Growth 
    Elaine Moore, Lex writer, Financial Times

  • 3:45pm
    Networking and Refreshment Break
  • 4:00pm
    Breakout Session A: Fund Structuring - what are the Options?
    • How do we adapt the traditional PE model for different African economies?
      • Can the same timeframe work in Africa?
      • Africa’s growth story is a long-term one – can the fixed-life PE fund model capture the upside/opportunity?
    • The emergence of permanent capital vehicles – what are the advantages and disadvantages?
    • The role of DFIs in fund structuring
    • How can GPs effectively structure the fund and portfolio company returns to mitigate currency risk?

    Thiha Tun, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
    Mark Kenderdine-Davies, General Counsel, CDC Group, plc and Legal and Regulatory Council Chair, EMPEA
    Will Poole, Managing Partner, Capria
    Luc Rigouzzo, Managing Partner, Amethis Finance 

    Jeff Schlapinski, Director, Research, EMPEA

  • 4:01pm
    Breakout Session B: Impact Investing at Scale to Achieve Africa’s Transformational Development Goals – How can Significant Amounts of Private Capital be Mobilized and Deployed to Maximize Impacts and Returns?
    • What are the trends in private sector impact investing in Africa? Is there evidence that Africa will be able to attract the huge amounts of capital needed for its development goals in the next 5-10 years? What new sources of private capital can be unlocked, possibly in combination with public and philanthropic sources?
    • How can the huge amounts of capital required from multiple sources with different impact and return expectations be most effectively mobilized (e.g grants, catalytic first-loss capital, development impact bonds, concessional private debt and equity vehicles, commercial return vehicles, “blended finance” solutions)?  Examples of what is working? Examples of what can be improved and how?  What are the major challenges?
    • What can we learn from impact investments – across the range of SDG goals – about scaling successfully or not?  Assess innovative business models that have worked effectively in Africa – and other emerging markets?  What are the lessons learned that can effectively guide the future African development agenda?

    Dan Schonfeld, Head of Finance, Vital Capital
    Mike Muldoon, Associate Director, Program Related Investments, The Rockefeller Foundation Representative 
    Gabriel Schulze, Executive Chairman and Founder, Schulze Global Investments
    Xenia Loos, Director of Co-Investment and Investor Relations, Leapfrog Investments

    Patricia Dinneen, Chair, EMPEA Impact Investing Council and Senior Advisor, EMPEA


  • 4:45pm
    The Opportunity Showcase:

    A panel of LPs will review a panel of GP presentations focused on a specific sector, to deliver a candid (off-the-record) discussion on the factors that will have the greatest influence on LP investment decisions

    Sector focus of funds to include:

    • VC and FinTech
    • Energy & Infrastructure
    • Healthcare
    • Education
    • Agriculture
    • Consumer Goods
    • Impact investingPresenters:
      Rob Eloff, Managing Partner, Lateral Capital
      Nnena Nkongho, Principal, DiGAME Investment Management
      Jerry Parkes, Managing Director, Injaro Investments

    LP Judges Panel:
    Per Wimmer, CEO, Wimmer Family Office
    Daniel Bendavid, CEO, Cogepa SA
    Gunnar Stork, Senior Director - Corporates & Funds - Africa & Latin America, DEG
    Enrico Canu, Head of Private Equity,  EIB

    Alan Livsey, Lex writer, Financial Time

  • 5:15pm
    Keynote Dialogue: Keynote Dialogue: How Can African Countries Finance and Build the Infrastructure Necessary for the Successful Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals on the Continent?

    Alain Ebobissé, Chief Executive Officer, Africa50

    Interviewer: AubreyHruby, Partner, Baylis Emerging Markets Fund and Co-Founder, Africa Expert Network (AXN)

  • 5:35pm
    Closing Remarks

    Jonathan Wheatley, Deputy Emerging Markets Editor, Financial Times
    André Roux,Senior Advisor, EMPEA and Founding Partner, Ethos Private Equity

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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. In 2016 the FT passed a significant milestone in its digital transformation as digital and services revenues overtook print revenues for the first time. The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of more than 910,000 and makes 60% of revenues from its journalism.

EMPEA is the global industry association for private capital in emerging markets. We are an independent non-profit organization. As EMPEA celebrates our 10th anniversary in 2014, we have over 300 member firms, comprising institutional investors, fund managers and industry advisors, who together manage more than US$1 trillion of assets and have offices in more than 100 countries across the globe. Our members share EMPEA’s belief that private capital is a highly suited investment strategy in emerging markets, delivering attractive long-term investment returns and promoting the sustainable growth of companies and economies. We support our members through global authoritative intelligence, conferences, networking, education and advocacy.

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading global law firm providing innovative legal services and business solutions to individuals and institutions.  We are one of the world’s largest law firms, with more than 900 lawyers and professionals in 21 offices globally. Our firm’s clients range from individuals to corporations and foreign governments.

We were founded in Texas in 1945 by Robert Strauss and Richard Gump, with the guiding vision that commitment, excellence and integrity would drive the success of the firm.  We incorporated those qualities into the firm’s core values as we grew into an international full-service firm positioned at the intersection of commerce, policy and the law.  Our goal in every engagement is to provide client service that not only meets but anticipates our clients’ needs and exceeds their expectations.  From reputational defense of headline-makers to up-, down- and midstream energy investments, from precedential class action dismissals to critical corporate governance and compliance counsel, we serve clients across a wide range of industries, regions and practices. Our lawyers, many with years of experience in the boardroom, on the bench and in the halls of government, collaborate across borders and practices to provide seamless, cost-effective, comprehensive counsel.

The London Stock Exchange Group’s ELITE program supports ambitious private companies through their next stage of growth. First implemented in 2012, ELITE is already established in Europe and Africa and is rapidly expanding across the globe with over 600 companies in the program and over 250 in the advisory and investor community.

ELITE Club Deal is the LSEG’s digital private placement platform, designed to streamline the capital raising process for ELITE companies and institutional/professional investors. This initiative bridges a funding gap by bringing together professional investors with high quality growth companies in a secure and efficient environment through an online platform.

ELITE Connect is the leading technology platform in virtual communication designed for institutional investors, listed companies and intermediaries. Using advanced, user friendly technology the platform offers company profiles, virtual meetings, webcasts, event management tools and Academy tutorials. Our mission is to create efficient and cost effective ways for companies, investors and brokers to connect and interact.

The ILPA is the leading global, member-driven organization dedicated to advancing the interests of private equity Limited Partners through industry-leading education programs, independent research, best practices, networking opportunities and global collaborations. Initially founded as an informal networking group, the ILPA is a voluntary association funded by its members. The ILPA membership has grown to include over 300 member organizations from around the world representing over US $1 trillion of private assets globally.

Mediterrania Capital Partners is a regional private equity firm focused on growth investments for SMEs in North Africa and Sub-Saharan countries. The company started its operations in 2008 under “Fons Mediterrania Capital” and since 2013 is an independent General Partner Structure.

With offices in Abidjan, Algiers, Barcelona, Casablanca, Tunis, and Valletta, Mediterrania Capital Partners takes an intensely proactive, hands-on approach to implementing its growth strategy by leading the governance of the companies and driving the key internal value creation process. The partners of Mediterrania Capital have extensive experience in managing companies spanning commercial experience, strategy formulation, finance, and operations.

In full alignment with key shareholders, Mediterrania Capital Partners builds partnerships with leading entrepreneurs with the objective to nurture lasting value creation through investments in innovation and growth. Its focus is on emerging and growing industries with a clear international approach.

The mission of the company is to make portfolio companies successful and strong in the long-run and deliver superior returns to its investors, while having a social and economic impact in the Africa region.

Mediterrania Capital Partners is a regulated financial investment manager licensed by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA).

The six Principles for Responsible Investment are a voluntary and aspirational set of investment principles that suggest actions for incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment practice. The Principles were developed by investors, for investors. They have nearly 1,500 signatories, from over 50 countries, representing US$60 trillion.

The PRI works to understand the investment implications of ESG factors and to support its international network of investor signatories in integrating these factors into their investment and ownership decisions. The PRI acts in the long-term interests of its signatories, of the financial markets and economies in which they operate and ultimately of the environment and society as a whole

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Asoko Insight (Asoko) is Africa’s largest online repository of privately-held company information. Our objective is to facilitate instant access to reliable information on Africa’s most dynamic companies, at scale. With support of research teams based in Addis Ababa, Accra, Lagos and Nairobi we have captured in-depth profiles on more than 11,000 mid to large cap corporates thus far and are rapidly adding to that number. We work with investors, corporates and governments worldwide who are looking for business partners and investment opportunities.

Preqin is the leading source of information for the alternative assets industry, providing data and analysis via online databases, publications and complimentary research reports. Preqin is an independent business with over 200 staff based in New York, London, Singapore and San Francisco serving over 12,500 customers in 94 countries. 

Preqin has the most comprehensive and extensive information available on the private equity, hedge fund, real estate, infrastructure and private debt industries, encompassing funds and fundraising, performance, fund managers, institutional investors, deals and fund terms. Leading alternative assets professionals from around the world rely on Preqin’s services daily, and its data and statistics are regularly quoted by the financial press.

Analyse Africa, a service from the Financial Times, is a digital database providing macroeconomic data from leading global sources. Gain instant access to 2.1 million data records, from 49 world renowned providers, and 5,000+ professionally validated indicators, in order to analyse, evaluate and spot opportunities in Africa. Analyse Africa is used to analyse, understand and evaluate entire economies to inform critical business decisions by financial service organisations, corporations, government agencies, multilaterals, consultancies and research and academic institutions worldwide.

View the first in a series of African country reports - Nigeria: By the numbers - a macroeconomic data and trends report on Nigeria.  Free download here.

This is Africa, a digital service from the Financial Times, examines African business, development and politics in a global context, making sense of the relationships that Africa is building with the rest of the world. It challenges international preconceptions about the continent and identifies the opportunities and risks in this dynamic business environment.

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AMIC is an independent non-profit association created in 2000 in order to develop the private equity and venture capital industry in Morocco and internationally; to promote best practices, transparency and responsibility amongst industry professionals; to create a favorable legal and fiscal environment by lobbying policy makers; to provide research and information on the industry; educate and train practitioners; and foster networking between members and state holders.

The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) is the pan-African industry body which promotes and enables private investment in Africa. AVCA plays an important role as a champion and effective change agent for the industry - educating, equipping and connecting members and stakeholders with independent industry research, best practice training programmes and exceptional networking opportunities.

AVCA members span private equity and venture capital firms, institutional investors, foundations and endowments, pension funds, international development finance institutions, professional service firms, academia, and other associations. This diverse membership is united by a common purpose: to be part of the Africa growth story.

The East Africa Venture Capital Association (“EAVCA”) was founded in 2013 to represent the private equity industry in East Africa and provide a voice for industry players to raise awareness and engage on regional policy matters. EAVCA aims to ultimately play a greater role in mobilizing investment flows in the region.

Falk Marques Group LLC develops and produces professional conferences, insightful industry news and event content, and unmatched networking opportunities for an international audience of senior-level decision makers in private equity, venture capital and alternative investments.

Our highly acclaimed Women’s Private Equity Summit and Women’s Alternative Investment Summit are the cornerstones of our success. These major industry events bring together institutional investors, fund managers and advisors to the industry for an honest exchange of business ideas and information, invaluable networking and unrivaled deal-making. With the addition of Women’s PE Briefs, our weekly e-Newsletter showcasing the achievements of women in private equity and venture capital, Falk Marques Group is a multi-platform provider of valuable content to the industry’s top leaders.

SAVCA is a member organisation that promotes the venture capital and private equity asset class in Southern Africa. Its mission is to contribute to a vibrant industry characterised by: Access to capital to fund private equity and venture capital transactions; A healthy market for exits; A supportive regulatory regime; Transformation within the industry and portfolio companies; and Professional and ethical conduct.

Why should I attend?

  • Hear leading GPs focus on specific regions in our regional case study session
  • LPs actively investing in Africa will debate with those that have so far limited their allocation during the LP panel
  • Tailor the event to your needs in our break out sessions focusing on; fund structuring, currency hedging, exits and the key to government engagement
  • During the opportunity showcase, a panel of LPs will review GPs presentation focused on a specific sector
  • Our closing keynote will see a leading investor be interviewed in a candid session delving into tactics, trends and opportunities seen

Who attends

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.  This event has been produced to meet the needs of senior executives and other finance, business and investment professionals, including:

  • Chief Investment Officers
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Finance Officers
  • Asset / Wealth Managers
  • Investment / Fund Managers
  • Portfolio Managers
  • SRI Investors
  • High Net Worth / Client Advisors
  • Senior Consultants

Paying places, priced at £1,550 per delegate, are available to Fund Managers, GPs, senior representatives from Consultancies and other Professional Services Firms.

If this fits your company / business profile, please register now for your paying place.  

Please note that we offer discounted rates for those wishing to attend both Private Equity in Africa and Sustainable Investing in Emerging Markets. For more information or to register at this discounted rate, please email or register now.



Please note that we offer discounted rates for those wishing to attend both Private Equity in Africa and Sustainable Investing in Emerging Markets. For more information or to register at this discounted rate, please email or register now.

Tickets are available to Fund Managers, GPs, senior representatives from Consultancies and other Professional Services Firms operating in the following areas:

  • Private Equity Houses
  • Asset Management Firms
  • Fund of Funds
  • Multi-family Offices
  • Lawyers
  • Accountants
  • Investment Consultants

If this fits your company / business profile, please register now for your paying place.  


1 Day Ticket

2 Day Ticket

EMPEA Members




Non Empea Members




Complimentary places for LPs

A limited number of complimentary places are available free of charge to senior investment professionals from institutional investor firms that are LPs in private equity funds who are not engaged in advisory services or fundraising operations. This includes senior investment professionals operating in the following areas: 

  • Pension Funds
  • Insurance Companies
  • Endowments
  • Single Family Offices
  • Foundations
  • Sovereign Wealth Funds

If this fits your company / business profile, please register now for your complimentary place.


Last year's photos

To view the full selection of photos from the 2016 event click here. 

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Sheraton Park Lane Hotel
Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel
London W1J 7BX

United Kingdom

Tel: 02036843643


Accommodation Information

We have arranged special accommodation rates at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel for the nights of 16 October - 18 October at £310 per night.

To secure this please book online here.

Please note that rooms are limited so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.


Contact Us

Funmbi Adenubi
Delegate Booking and Registration Enquiries
Financial Times
Carmen Bamford
Speaking Opportunities
Financial Times
Toby Saunders
Sponsorship Opportunities - Banking & Finance, FT Live
Eleni Vatyliotis
Marketing and Media Enquiries
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