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FT Africa Summit 2019

Africa in Motion

London |
Speakers include:
H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa

H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa

Republic of South Africa

H.E. Mahamudu  Bawumia

H.E. Mahamudu Bawumia

Republic of Ghana

H.E. Irene Margaret  Nafuna Muloni

H.E. Irene Margaret Nafuna Muloni

Government of Uganda


For every problem in Africa, there are people working on solutions. The continent is bursting with innovation, entrepreneurial flair and people trying to solve problems as diverse as bad infrastructure, unbanked citizens and even weak institutions. Companies are inventing new ways of doing business, technologists are dreaming up solutions to African problems and scientists are addressing African-specific issues. Citizens are making palpable efforts to improve their societies, artists are expressing their hopes and frustrations. This conference will place a special emphasis on youth, women, entrepreneurs, scientists and artists and on fresh thinking generally. Africa’s home-made solutions are becoming more relevant as the continent takes its destiny into its own hands. 

fallback Add to my Calendar 10/13/2019 18:30:0010/14/2019 22:00:00trueFT Africa Summit 2019For every problem in Africa, there are people working on solutions. The continent is bursting with innovation, entrepreneurial flair and people trying to solve problems as diverse as bad infrastructure, unbanked citizens and even weak institutions. Companies are inventing new ways of doing business, technologists are dreaming up solutions to African problems and scientists are addressing African-specific issues. Citizens are making palpable efforts to improve their societies, artists are expressing their hopes and frustrations. This conference will place a special emphasis on youth, women, entrepreneurs, scientists and artists and on fresh thinking generally. Africa’s home-made solutions are becoming more relevant as the continent takes its destiny into its own hands. FT-Africa-Summit-2019fde05cb8f13412b5e5bc78ae695663f0MM/DD/YYYY

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Testimonials from previous FT Africa Summits

"The best one day event on business in Africa." - Director, Royal African Society

"The FT reliably hosts the best Africa conference in London." - Chief Economist, Renaissance Capital

"FT Africa Summit is one event that cannot be missed if Sub-Sahara Africa is of any interest. The networking opportunities are second to none." - Managing Director, Delphinus Capital Limited 

"The FT Africa Summit is the place to be if you want to expand your network and increase your insight on current business affairs in African countries." - Managing Director, Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA)

"No other British national newspaper takes Africa as seriously as the FT does and I'd strongly advise African decision-makers to attend next year's conference." - Columnist, Vanguard Newspaper, Nigeria

"Highly relevant, informed and engaging speakers and panellists" - Group MD, Letshego Holdings Ltd


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Speakers (37)

H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa

H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa

Republic of South Africa

Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa was born on 17 November 1952 in Johannesburg. His family was moved from Western Native Township to Soweto in 1962, where he attended Tshilidzi Primary School. He completed high school at Mphaphuli High School in Sibasa, Venda in 1971.

He registered to study law at the University of the North in 1972, where he became involved in student politics, joining the South African Student Organisation (SASO) and the Black People’s Convention (BPC). He was detained in solitary confinement for 11 months in 1974 under Section 6 of the Terrorism Act for organising pro-Frelimo rallies. He was detained for the second time and held for six months in 1976 following the Soweto student uprising. 

While a law clerk for a Johannesburg firm of attorneys, he continued his studies through the University of South Africa (UNISA) obtaining his B. Proc degree in 1981. He then joined the Council of Unions of South Africa (CUSA) as a legal advisor.

In 1982, at the request of the Council of Unions of South Africa (CUSA) he founded the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) with James Motlatsi and Elijah Barayi, and became the union’s first General Secretary. He was instrumental in building NUM into the most powerful union at the time, with membership rising from 6 000 to 300 000 during his tenure. He led mineworkers in one of the biggest strikes in South Africa’s history in 1987.

As NUM General Secretary he was instrumental in the establishment of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), and played a prominent role in the Mass Democratic Movement (MDM) when COSATU joined forces with the United Democratic Front (UDF) against the apartheid government. He went into hiding in July 1986 after the declaration of a state of emergency.

He was later appointed chairperson of the Reception Committee to receive Rivonia trialists and in January 1990 accompanied released ANC political prisoners to Lusaka, Zambia. He served as chairperson of the National Reception Committee, which coordinated arrangements for the release of Nelson Mandela and subsequent welcome rallies within South Africa.

Following the unbanning of the ANC, in 1991 he was elected ANC Secretary General at its first national conference in over 30 years. He became head of the ANC’s negotiation team at the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) and the subsequent multi-party talks.

Following South Africa’s first democratic elections on 27 April 1994, he became a Member of Parliament and was elected as Chairperson of the Constitutional Assembly. In that position, he was responsible for overseeing the drafting of South Africa’s internationally acclaimed first democratic Constitution. In 2009, this contribution was recognised with the award of the National Order of the Baobab in Silver.

On completion of the Constitution drafting process, he left Parliament and his position as ANC Secretary General to move into business, joining New Africa Investments Limited. In 2001, he established Shanduka Group as a black-owned investment holding company, building up a diverse portfolio of listed and unlisted assets.

In 2004, he established the Shanduka Foundation, focusing on education and small business development. The Foundation, which has since changed its name to Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, comprises Adopt-a-School Foundation, Black Umbrellas and the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust. He is co-chairperson of the Advisory Board of the Kagiso Shanduka Trust, which is in partnership with the Free State Department of Education on a programme to develop schools in the province.

He gained a wide range of business experience serving on the boards of some of Shanduka’s investee companies and other companies. 

He was a member of the United Nations Global Leadership Group that advised the Secretary General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights.

He has received several awards. He was awarded the Olof Palme prize in October 1987 in Stockholm. In October 1991 he was a visiting Professor of Law at Stanford University in the United States.

He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Natal, the University of Port Elizabeth, the University of Cape Town, the University of the North, the University of Lesotho, the University of Venda and the University of Massachusetts (USA). He is currently the Chancellor of the University of Mpumalanga.

He was the first Deputy Chairman of the Commonwealth Business Council. He was Vice Chairman of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS.

Mr Ramaphosa was appointed, along with former Finnish President Maarti Ahtisaari, as a weapons inspector in Northern Ireland. He also sat on the International Commission of Intervention and State Sovereignty and the UN Secretary General’s Panel on International Support to NEPAD.

He was appointed Deputy Chairperson of the National Planning Commission in 2010, a body created to draft a long-term national development plan for South Africa.

In December 2012, he was elected ANC Deputy President at the ANC’s 53rd National Conference in Mangaung.

He was appointed Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa on 25 May 2014.

In December 2017, he was elected 13th ANC President at the 54th National Conference in Johannesburg.

President Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as President of the Republic of South Africa on Thursday 15 February 2018 following the resignation of President Jacob Zuma.

H.E. Mahamudu  Bawumia

H.E. Mahamudu Bawumia

Vice President
Republic of Ghana

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has been the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana since January 2017. He chairs the Government of Ghana’s Economic Management Team which has responsibility for rebuilding the Ghanaian economy.

He is at the forefront of a broad, inclusive development strategy in Ghana involving the leveraging of digitised government services in transforming the delivery of public services. His efforts have seen the development of a supportive technology ecosystem resulting for example, in the rapid growth of a Fintech industry in Ghana within two short years.

Dr Bawumia holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics (Buckingham University, UK), a Master of Science Degree in Development Economics (Oxford University, UK) and a Ph.D. in Economics (Simon Fraser University, Canada). He has held academic positions as Assistant Professor of Economics (Baylor University, USA), Visiting Scholar (University of British Columbia, Canada) and Visiting Senior Research Associate (Centre for the Study of African Economies,  Oxford University, UK). He has also served as Visiting Professor of Economic Governance (Central University, Ghana).

As an Economist and Banker, Dr Bawumia has had a prestigious career which includes serving as the Deputy Governor of Ghana’s Central Bank from 2006 to 2008 and the Resident Representative of the African Development Bank in Zimbabwe in 2011.

He has authored several journal articles and has numerous publications to his credit, including “Monetary Policy and Financial Sector Reform in Africa, Ghana’s Experience”. 

H.E. Irene Margaret  Nafuna Muloni

H.E. Irene Margaret Nafuna Muloni

Minister of Energy and Mineral Development
Government of Uganda

Irene Margaret Nafuna Muloni is the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development in the Government of Uganda since June 2011.

She graduated with an Honours degree in Electrical Engineering from Makerere University, Kampala, in 1986 and holds an MBA degree from Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (2004). She is a Registered Engineer, a Certified Public-Private-Partnership Specialist, and a Professional Balanced Scorecard Practitioner.

Irene was the Winner of the “Sarah Ntiiro Award” 2003; a recognition as a “Model of Excellence” by the Forum for Africa Women Educationists (FAWE).
She is an advocate for gender equality, women’s empowerment and utilisation of science and technology for sustainable development.

Since graduation, Irene has been gainfully employed in Leadership and Management responsibilities in Energy Sector for the last 26 years and Telecommunications sector for 5 years. Previously she served as a Board Member on numerous Government Institutions and Non-Governmental Organisations.

H.E. Eyob  Tekalign Tolina

H.E. Eyob Tekalign Tolina

State Minister of Finance
The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Dr Eyob Tekalign Tolina is currently a State Minister of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance. Previously, he was Minister in charge of Ethiopia's National Planning Commission.

Dr Tolina has spent over eighteen years helping shape Ethiopia’s economic and social development through various responsibilities within leading public, private, supranational, multinational, and academic institutions. Dr Tolina’s diverse background has spanned a variety of roles such as Minister Counsellor at the Embassy of Ethiopia in Washington D.C., advisor to the Ethiopian governors of the IMF and World Bank, and his work for different government agencies including Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Trade. 

Dr Tolina has managed the Ethiopian Public Private Consultative Forum (EPPCF), the major platform for policy deliberation between the government and the private sector in Ethiopia.  He has also worked for a number of regional and international organisations including UNECA, COMESA, UNCTAD, the World Bank Group and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Dr Tolina has also consulted for Fortune 500 multinational Dow Chemical and other global companies such as PYXERA Global. Dr Tolina has served as a director at SGI Frontier Capital, an American investment firm focused on the World's Frontier Markets. 

Dr Tolina has a master’s degree from the George Washington University in Washington D.C and a PhD from University of Maryland focusing on political economy.

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

Founder / CEO

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji is an entrepreneur in the public interest. He is passionate about partnering with missionary talent and capital to build an African future. He spent the last few years as the CEO of Flutterwave, a business building payments technology and infrastructure to connect Africa to the global economy.

Over those years, he led the company to become one of the fastest growing payments technology businesses of all-time processing over $2 billion across over 50 million transaction with annual revenues of millions of dollars a year. It also attracted significant investment from experienced players in the global payments arena such as Y Combinator (investors in Stripe), Greycroft (investors in Braintree), Greenvisor Capital (Led by the Former CEO of Visa), and Mastercard, amongst others.

Prior to helping to co-found and lead Flutterwave, Mr Aboyeji co-founded Andela - Africa's largest engineering organisation with over 1000 software engineers which has received investment from Mark Zuckerberg and Google Ventures amongst others. Mr Aboyeji now heads Fund for Africa’s Future where he spends time helping founders, philanthropists and investors from around the world understand how to do build fast growing and impactful technology businesses in Africa. He is working to identify passionate and experienced missionary entrepreneurs with the integrity and courage to flawlessly execute in Africa while developing a data backed and informed point of view on how to turn Africa's largest challenges into incredible business opportunities.

Fund for Africa’s Future celebrates missionary entrepreneurs while empowering them to serve the next generation of missionary entrepreneurs. Mr Aboyeji holds a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from the University of Waterloo; and sits on the board of several institutions including Paris’ Share Africa Project, Rainbow Educational Services Limited and Filmo Realty.

Ademola Adesina

Ademola Adesina

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Rensource Energy

Ademola Adesina is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rensource, a distributed energy company.

Working with entrepreneurial management teams in challenging operating environments, Ademola has focused on building or turning around early and growth stage enterprises for much of his career. Beginning in 2007 on matters related to Agrica, an East African agricultural concern, and subsequently Automatiks, a California based integrator of hybrid power solutions targeted at poor-grid environments globally, AST, a leading provider of Power-as-a-Service in India, and Pagatech, a Nigerian mobile
payments company, Ademola was Entrepreneur in Residence for Capricorn Investment Group, the Palo Alto based investment arm of Jeff Skoll and the Skoll Foundation.

Ademola previously led business development and corporate strategy for Aquifer, a London based investment company affiliated with the family office of Lord Sainsbury and the Gatsby Trust. In this capacity he undertook activities that represented strategic support for developing, strengthening, and growing Aquifer’s businesses.

He joined Aquifer from the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, where he was a founding member of the Innovation for Development & Impact Investing initiatives that led to the creation of the Global Impact Investing Network.

Ademola began his career in the Global Markets division of JPMorgan’s investment bank in New York, where he was responsible for the structuring and distribution of financial derivatives that helped the banks clients to mitigate or take credit and correlation risk.

Ademola has lived and worked in Africa, the USA, and Europe.

Prabdeep Bajwa

Prabdeep Bajwa

President, Africa Middle East
Corteva AgriscienceTM

Prabdeep Bajwa is President, Africa & Middle East of Corteva AgriscienceTM with responsibility for the business in the region. 

He joined DuPont Pioneer in 2001 and has served in strategic leadership and operational roles across the world. Prior to joining the Africa business in 2015, he was based in Singapore, where he served as the Director of Marketing and Product Strategy for DuPont Pioneer’s Asia Pacific region. 

Prior to his role at Corteva AgriscienceTM, Bajwa was regional director, Africa with responsibility for he company’s Seed and Crop Protection business, including DuPont Pioneer, PANNAR and DuPont Crop Protection. 

Bajwa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, specializing in Food Science and Technology, and an MBA from Punjab Agricultural University. He also holds an MBA from Iowa State University and is an alumni of the Harvard Business School. 

Gary Baker

Gary Baker

Managing Director, CFA Institute EMEA
Industry and Policy Research, CFA Institute

Gary Baker joined CFA Institute as managing director for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) in September 2016. Based in London, MrBaker leads the EMEA team to deliver measurable value to CFA Institute stakeholders and constituents throughout EMEA. In his role, Mr Baker aims to strengthen the voice of CFA Institute on behalf of members to member societies, institutions, universities, regulators, and institutional partners in the region. He is responsible for supporting CFA Institute policy development in EMEA, advancing the impact of advocacy efforts, and supporting EMEA member societies in delivering value to members and candidates. He also has a key focus on increasing charterholder commitment to continuing education.

Mr Baker is responsible for research functions across CFA Institute, including the Financial Analysts Journal, the Future of Finance initiative and the Research Foundation. Mr Baker has been engaged in financial market investment research for the past 30 years with a highly successful track record in a wide range of sell-side strategic, analytic and management roles. He previously worked at Merrill Lynch for 20 years in a number of global roles, including as managing director, Chief European Equity Strategist, and most recently was Deputy Head of Research with Jefferies in London.

During his career, Mr Baker has been a leader in country, regional, and global roles across Europe, Asia, Australia, and the United States. He holds a master's degree in geography from Cambridge University and earned his CFA charter in 1997.

Jin-Yong Cai

Jin-Yong Cai


Dr. Cai is a partner at Global Infrastructure Partners, and the Managing Partner for GIP’s emerging markets business. Prior to GIP, he worked at TPG, World Bank Group, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. From 2016 to 2018, he was a partner at TPG, led the infrastructure business in emerging economies. From 2012 to 2016, he was the Chief Executive Officer of International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group, the largest multilateral development finance entity focusing on private sector development. While in Goldman Sachs from 2000 to 2012, he was a partner and led its China investment banking business. In Morgan Stanley from 1994 to 1999, he was part of a team that started China International Capital Co, the first investment bank in China and the joint venture with Chinese partners. 

Dr. Cai received a bachelor’s degree from Peking University and doctoral degree from Boston University.

Kelly Chibale

Kelly Chibale

Founder and Director

Kelly Chibale is a full Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Cape Town (UCT) where he holds the newly established Neville Isdell Chair in African-centric Drug Discovery and Development. He is also a Full Member of the UCT Institute of Infectious Disease & Molecular Medicine, a Tier 1 South Africa Research Chair in Drug Discovery, founding Director of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Drug Discovery and Development Research Unit at UCT and the Founder and Director of the UCT Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D).

Prof Kelly obtained his PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the University of Cambridge in the UK (1989-1992). This was followed by postdoctoral stints at the University of Liverpool in the UK (1992-94) and at the Scripps Research Institute in the USA (1994-96). He was a Sandler Sabbatical Fellow at the University of California San Francisco (2002), a US Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2008) and a Visiting Professor at Pfizer in the UK (2008).

Comfort Ero

Comfort Ero

Program Director, Africa
Crisis Group

As Crisis Group’s Africa Program Director, Dr. Comfort Ero oversees the organisation’s work in West, Central, Southern and Horn of Africa. She first joined the organisation in 2001 as West Africa Project Director, before serving for three years as the Political Affairs Officer and Policy Advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary General in Liberia. Prior to Crisis Group, she was Deputy Director of the Africa Program at the International Center for Transitional Justice, Research Fellow at the Conflict, Security and Development Group at King’s College, and a Research Associate for the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Her areas of expertise include conflict prevention, management and resolution, mediation, peacekeeping, transitional justice, and Africa’s politics and international relations. 

Petrus  Fusi

Petrus Fusi

Chief Executive Officer
Transnet International Holdings

Mmete Petrus “Fusi” leads Transnet’s geographic expansion and diversification strategy on rail, ports and oil and gas infrastructure. Mr Fusi has over twenty years’ experience in mineral economics and strategy, including mineral policy formulation.

He has over ten years’ experience in freight transport and logistics. Mr Fusi has a BSc in Chemical Engineering, and holds an MBA as well as Harvard University Executive Programme on Infrastructure Funding in a Market Economy. He is the former Chairman of the Petroleum Agency of South Africa, a
State Owned Company responsible for both onshore and offshore licensing for the exploration and exploitation of Oil and Gas in South Africa. He is the Chairman of GABCON an inland container depot joint venture between Transnet and Botswana Railways.

Rajan Gajaria

Rajan Gajaria

Executive Vice President, Business Platforms
Corteva Agriscience

Rajan Gajaria is Executive Vice President, Business Platforms of Corteva AgriscienceTM. Mr Gajaria is responsible for shaping the global business strategy, defining capital and R&D investment priorities, as well as overseeing the supply chain for Corteva Agriscience Crop Protection products and Seed business around the world. Most recently, he served as Vice President, Crop Protection Business Platform. His career spans several decades, continents and functions as he helps build the business and advocate for modern agriculture.

Mr Gajaria originally joined Dow AgroSciences’ Indian joint venture partner in Mumbai. He served in sales and marketing roles as well as in Human Resources before moving to the company’s global headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. He advanced through leadership roles in corporate strategy, marketing, and e-business before serving as Global Supply Chain Director.

He was named Marketing Director for the company’s U.S. business before being tapped to lead Latin  America and Asia Pacific. Before the DowDuPont merger, he served as Vice President, Latin America and North America, for Dow AgroSciences. Mr Gajaria earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Bombay in Mumbai, India, and a master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Management in Lucknow, India. He is certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt and is a graduate of the Executive Development Program at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Zeynep Harezi

Zeynep Harezi

Chief Commercial Officer

Zeynep Harezi is the Chief Commercial Officer of Karpowership; and is the 3rd generation of the Karadeniz family, the founding family of Karpowership. She started working in the company in 2010, the year the company’s Powerships, floating power plants, began operations. Her involvement with the project started in the Middle East and then expanded to Africa, Asia and Latin America. In her current role she oversees Business Development, Sales, Marketing, Commercial Contract Management and Powership Operations. Currently, Zeynep aims to expand the geographies in which Powerships are utilized. Her goal is to increase access to electricity in the world by providing economic, fast track, innovative energy solutions.  She studied Economics and Philosophy at Hamilton College and received her master’s from London School of 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.

Mo Ibrahim

Mo Ibrahim

Founder and Chair
Mo Ibrahim Foundation

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

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

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

Yvonne Ike

Yvonne Ike

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elnathan John

Elnathan John


Elnathan John is a lawyer, novelist and satirist. His short stories have been shortlisted twice for the Caine Prize for African Writing, in 2013 and 2015. His novel, Born on a Tuesday won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Nigeria Prize for Literature. It has been translated into German and French and won the 2019 Le Prix Littéraire Les Afriques . His most recent book — a satire collection Be(com)ing NigerianA Guide was published by Cassava Republic Press in 2019. On Ajayi Crowther Street, his graphic novel, will be published in November 2019. Elnathan was on the jury of the 2019 Man Booker International Prize. Elnathan lives in Berlin and is a 2019 recipient of the Berlin Senate grant for non-German literature.

James Josling

James Josling

Head of Africa Oil Trading
Trafigura Group Pte Ltd

James Josling was appointed as Head of Africa Oil Trading for Trafigura in September 2017 having joined the company in 2015 as a trader on the Africa Desk.

James has worked in the African energy and commodity space for 13 years, across a variety of roles including trading, origination and consulting – within global companies as well as family offices. He is a British national and has a BSc from University College London where he graduated on the Dean’s List.

Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu

Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu

Former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources
Federal Republic of Nigeria

Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu is the former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources of The Federal Republic of Nigeria and Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). He was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to oversee the task of reforming and institutionalising transparency, accountability and productivity in the Nigerian oil and gas sector. In 2015, he became Group Managing Director of NNPC, rising to the position of Chairman of the Board in 2016, where he superintends over the affairs of the corporation.

Prior to this, Dr Kachikwu was Executive Vice Chairman of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited and General Counsel for ExxonMobil Nigeria affiliate Upstream and Downstream Companies in Nigeria. He was appointed Executive Director ExxonMobil Group of Companies in 2003, and in 2001 he became General Counsel/Secretary to the Board of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited.

Between 1992 and 2001, he served as Chairman & Chief Executive of Flame Petroleum & Gas Company Limited, Intel & Data Consultants Limited, True Tales Publications Limited (Publishers of Hints Magazine) and Beverly Cops & Security Company Limited. Dr Kachikwu was General Counsel/Legal Adviser at Texaco Nigeria and Texaco Overseas Petroleum Company from 1984 to 1994.

Dr Kachikwu is a graduate of Law from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and Nigerian Law School. He received a Masters in Law with special focus on Energy and Petroleum Law and Investment and a Doctorate Degree with specialization on Petroleum and Investment Law Strategies from Harvard Law School, USA.

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.

Precious  Lunga

Precious Lunga

CEO and Co-Founder
Baobab Circle

Precious Lunga is CEO and Co-Founder of Baobab Circle, a technology company using an AI-powered platform to deliver personalised management of diabetes and hypertension across Africa. She was previously at Econet Wireless where she established Econet Health and launched several services including the HealthTips platform which acquired more than 750,000 paying users within its first year.  Prior to joining Econet she was Strategic Advisor to the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. Dr Lunga has worked as an epidemiologist across Africa and at UNAIDS Geneva. She sits on the boards of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Grassroots Soccer UK. Dr Lunga has a PhD in Neuroscience from Cambridge University and is a Yale World Fellow.

Lord Mark  Malloch-Brown

Lord Mark Malloch-Brown

Chair, Business and Sustainable Development Commission
former Deputy Secretary-General of the UN

Lord Mark Malloch‐Brown is a former number two in the United Nations as well as having served in the British Cabinet and Foreign Office. He is active both in business and in the non-profit world, and also remains deeply involved in international affairs.
He is a Senior Advisor at Eurasia, engaging with its clients on questions of political risk. He serves on several commercial boards for businesses with global markets and on the advisory boards of two international Private Equity Funds. He also chairs Best For Britain, an advocacy group engaged in the debate about Britain’s relations with the EU.

He served as Deputy Secretary‐General and Chief of Staff of the UN under Kofi Annan. For six years before that he was Administrator of the UNDP, leading the UN's development efforts around the world. He was later Minister of State in the Foreign Office, covering Africa and Asia, and sat in Gordon Brown's cabinet. Other positions have included vice-chairman of George Soros's Investment Funds, as well as his Open Society Institute, a Vice‐President at the World Bank and the lead international partner in a political consulting firm. He also has served as Vice-Chairman of the World Economic Forum. He began his career as a journalist at The Economist.
He chairs or is on the Board of a number of non-profit boards including the International Crisis Group, the Open Society Foundation and the UN Foundation. He formerly chaired the Business Commission on Sustainable Development and the Royal Africa Society.

José de Lima Massano

José de Lima Massano

National Bank of Angola

José de Lima Massano is the Governor of the National Bank of Angola, a position he has held since October 2017, having previously been in the role between 2010 to 2015.  Prior to this he was Head of the Executive Committee of BAI (Banco Angolano de Investimentos) between 2015 and 2017 and from 2006 to 2010, and was on the Board of Directors of Banco de Poupança e Crédito from 1999 to 2006.  He started his career at Sonangol E&P in 1997. 

Mr de Lima Massano earned his Master’s Degree in Accounting and Finance from City University, London in 1996, and an Accounting and Finance Degree from the University of Salford in 1995.

Yvonne Mburu

Yvonne Mburu

Founder and CEO

Yvonne Mburu, a scientist, is the founder and CEO of Nexakili, a growing network of African and African-diaspora health professionals and scientists, that aims to facilitate collaborations among members and maximise their resources and collective intelligence to guide the future of health in Africa and around the world.

Yvonne began her academic career studying biology and chemistry in Canada, followed by doctoral studies in immunology in the United States. The Cancer Research Institute then awarded her a fellowship to pursue her postdoctoral training at the Curie Institute in Paris studying the immunotherapy of cancer. Her dynamic personality and African roots triggered her to seek a deeper engagement with the African continent and find a channel to transfer her skills back to her homeland. This motivated the creation of Nexakili – to explore the utilisation of digital technologies in harnessing the skills of African professionals worldwide. 

Yvonne is a fellow of the Next Einstein Forum, a biennial recognition of Africa’s best young scientists and technologists. She also sits on French President Emmanuel Macron’s Presidential Council for Africa, a consultative body through which she advises him on issues concerning health, science, innovation, education and diasporas.

A multi-lingual, global citizen, Yvonne is an afro-optimist by nature, and has an unrelenting personal, intellectual and professional commitment to Africa’s emergence, growth and transformation of its global relations.

Bernard Mensah

Bernard Mensah

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

W.Gyude Moore

W.Gyude Moore

Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development
Former Minister of Public Works, Liberia

W. Gyude Moore is a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development. He previously served as Liberia’s Minister of Public Works with oversight over the construction and maintenance of public infrastructure from December 2014 to January 2018.

Prior to that role, Mr Moore served as Deputy Chief of Staff to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Head of the President’s Delivery Unit (PDU). As Head of the PDU, his team monitored progress and drove delivery of the Public Sector Investment Program of Liberia—a program of over $1 billion in road, power, port infrastructure, and social programs in Liberia after the civil war. As one of the President’s trusted advisors, he also played a crucial role in supporting President Sirleaf as Liberia responded to the West Africa Ebola outbreak and shaped its post-Ebola outlook

At CGD, Mr Moore’s research focus is around financing infrastructure in Africa and the changing landscape of development finance on the continent.  His research tracks the channels of private sources of finance, the rise of China and its expanding role in Africa, and Africa’s response to these changes. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown University. He holds a BS in Political Science from Berea College and an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Zemedeneh Negatu

Zemedeneh Negatu

Global Chairman
Fairfax Africa Fund, LLC

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

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

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

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

Nanjala  Nyabola

Nanjala Nyabola

Writer and Political Analyst

Nanjala Nyabola is a writer, independent researcher and political analyst currently based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her work focuses on conflict and post conflict transitions, with a focus on refugees and migration, as well as East African politics generally. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Al Jazeera, World Politics Review, as well as chapters in edited collections. She is the author of Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Kenya and the co-editor of Where Women Are: Gender and the 2017 Kenyan Elections

Uche  Orji

Uche Orji

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority

Uche Orji is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) having recently been reappointed by the President of Nigeria for another 5-year term. As pioneer CEO, he led the operationalization of the NSIA and has been responsible for driving its growth strategy from inception.

Prior to joining the NSIA as MD & CEO in 2012, Mr Orji was a Managing Director in the Equities Division of UBS Securities, New York. Before then, he had spent 6 years at JP Morgan Securities, London, from 2001-2006, rising from the post of Vice President to Managing Director within the Equities Division.

Mr Orji had also worked at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, London from 1998-2001. First joining as an Associate, he rose to become an Executive Director before resigning in 2001. Hitherto, he was Financial Controller at Diamond Bank Plc., Lagos, Nigeria and previously worked at Arthur Andersen & Co. a global firm of auditors and management consultants.

Under his leadership, the NSIA is today a highly regarded institution, serving as a trusted partner and investment advisor to the Federal Government of Nigeria while the institution has consistent ranked in the top quartile of the Sovereign Wealth Institute’s transparency ranking. Mr Orji’s visionary leadership continues to inspire the NSIA towards delivering commercial viable initiatives for the country in key sectors of the Nigerian economy.

Mr Orji studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, graduating in 1990, and subsequently obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1998.

Peter Piot

Peter Piot

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Peter Piot KCMG is the Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and a Handa Professor of Global Health. He was the founding Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary- General of the United Nations (1995-2008). 

A clinician and microbiologist by training, he co-discovered the Ebola virus in Zaire in 1976, and subsequently led pioneering research on HIV/AIDS, women’s health and infectious diseases in Africa. He has held academic positions at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp; the University of Nairobi; the University of Washington, Seattle; Imperial College London, and the College de France, Paris, and was a Senior Fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is a member of the US National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina of Germany, the National Academy of Medicine of France, and the Royal Academy of Medicine of his native Belgium, and is a fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal College of Physicians.

He is the first Chair of the UK HMG Strategic Coherence of ODA-funded Research (SCOR) Board, a Vice Chair of the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund in Tokyo, and the Chair of the Global Burden of Disease Independent Advisory Committee. He is past president of the International AIDS Society and of the King Baudouin Foundation. In 1995 he was made a baron by King Albert II of Belgium, and in 2016 was awarded a UK honorary knighthood KCMG.

Professor Piot has received numerous awards for his research and service, including the Canada Gairdner Global Health Award (2015), the Robert Koch Gold Medal (2015), the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health (2014), and the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for Medical Research (2013), the F.Calderone Medal (2003), and was named a 2014 TIME Person of the Year (The Ebola Fighters). He has published over 580 scientific articles and 16 books, including his memoir, No Time to Lose.

Nic Rudnick

Nic Rudnick

Chief Executive Officer
Liquid Telecom

Nic Rudnick is the Chief Executive Officer of the Liquid Telecom Group and a member of the Group’s Board of Directors. Mr. Rudnick became the Company’s CEO in 2004, when the Company was rebranded from Econet Carrier Services to Liquid Telecom. Mr Rudnick has played a lead role in the creation of Liquid Telecom’s Pan-African network, which now stretches nearly 70,000km. He has been listed in Global Telecom Business Magazine's 100 most influential people in the telecommunications industry for the last five consecutive years – highlighting his dedication to building Africa's digital future – and is a very well-recognised entrepreneur and legal expert within the industry, helping develop the sector significantly in Africa. Mr. Rudnick is an England and Wales qualified attorney and holds a Master of Laws (Telecommunication) from the University of Strathclyde and BA and LLB degrees from the University of Cape Town.

Johann Rupert

Johann Rupert

Chairman, Remgro Limited, Chairman, Compagnie Financière Richemont SA
Compagnie Financière Richemont SA

Johann Rupert’s first forefather landed in Africa in 1662. Born in Stellenbosch, South Africa, he is an Afrikaner entrepreneur, conservationist and philanthropist. After working and studying in New York, Mr Rupert returned to South Africa and founded Rand Merchant Bank in 1979. In 1985, he was appointed Executive Director of Rembrandt Group Ltd. During 1988, he founded Compagnie Financière Richemont SA. Mr Rupert is the Non-Executive Chairman of Remgro and the Executive Chairman of Richemont.

In 2006, he became Chairman of the Peace Parks Foundation. In 2009, he was elected as the Chancellor of Stellenbosch University. As founder of the Small Business Development Corporation in 1979, he served as Chairman until the end of 2011. He was awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Stellenbosch, the Nelson Mandela University and the University of St. Andrews. In 2009, he was appointed “Officier” of the “Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur” by the French President.

Mr Rupert’s various Foundations support conservation, education, conflict resolution, poverty alleviation, especially job creation, and social upliftment through sport. He was the recipient of the 2018 Appeal of Conscience Award for his humanitarian efforts and generosity that have benefited education, the arts and advanced social justice and conservation of land.

Landry Signé

Landry Signé

David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program
The Brookings Institution

Landry Signé is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. He joins the Africa Growth Initiative where his research focuses on the political economy of growth, sustainable development, governance, fragile and failed states, regional integration, and business in Africa.

Professor Signé is a distinguished fellow at Stanford University’s Center for African Studies, chairman of the Global Network for Africa’s Prosperity, an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, a 2016 Woodrow Wilson Public Policy Fellow, and a professor and senior adviser on international affairs to the chancellor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He serves as special adviser to world leaders on international and African affairs.

Professor Signé has been recognized as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for “finding innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues” and as a Tutu Fellow. Previously, Professor Signé served as president of a strategy firm and as a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford. He also served on the board of AMPION Catalyst for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Africa, Citizens Governance Initiative, and the United Nations Association of Canada–Montreal, and was appointed by a United Nations Undersecretary-General to serve on the Global Network on Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization.
Professor Signé has authored many academic and policy publications focused on Africa, the global political economy, the politics of economic reform and foreign aid, emerging and frontier markets, institutional change, political regimes, state capacity, service delivery, and governance. Among those publications are Innovating Development Strategies in Africa: The Role of International, Regional and National Actors and the forthcoming African Development, African Transformation: How Institutions Shape Development Strategy, both published by Cambridge University Press. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Harvard International Review.

Professor Signé holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science as well as a master's in Political Science from Jean Moulin Lyon III University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Montreal. Additionally, he attended Stanford University for Postdoctoral Studies in Political Science, attended the Executive Program in Leadership at the University of Oxford, and studied Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century at Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education.

Vera Songwe

Vera Songwe

UN Under-Secretary-General
Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

Vera Songwe is the UN Under-Secretary-General and 9th Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), becoming the first woman to lead the institution in its 60-year history.  

As Executive Secretary, Songwe’s reforms, focusing on “ideas for a prosperous Africa”, have brought to the fore critical issues of macroeconomic stability, development finance, private sector growth, poverty and inequality, the digital transformation, trade and competitiveness. 

Recently listed as one of Africa’s 50 most powerful women by Forbes,  named as one of the ‘100 Most Influential Africans’ by Jeune Afrique in 2019, ‘100 Most Influential Africans’ by New African Magazine in 2017 and one of the ’25 African to watch’ by the FT in 2015, Songwe is acknowledged for her long-standing track record of providing policy advice and her wealth of experience in delivering development results for Africa. She has written extensively on development and economic issues including on debt, infrastructure development, fiscal and governance issues. She is well published and contributes to the development debate across a broad spectrum of platforms including in the Financial Times. 

Prior to ECA, she held a number of senior leadership roles with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and World Bank.

Andrew Stephenson

Andrew Stephenson

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Africa, Minister for Business and Industry
UK Government

Andrew Stephenson MP was appointed Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development on 25 July 2019. He was first elected as Conservative MP for Pendle in May 2010.

Andrew was previously a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from 4 April 2019 to 25 July 2019. He was also a Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury, from January 2018 to April 2019, and served as an Assistant Government Whip from June 2017 to January 2018.

Jeremy Weir

Jeremy Weir

Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Trafigura Group Pte Ltd

Jeremy Weir became Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Trafigura in April 2018. This follows his appointment as CEO of the company in March 2014 after a career spanning nearly three decades in commodity and commodity derivative markets.

An Australian national, Mr Weir joined the Trafigura Group in 2001 as head of metals derivatives, structured products and risk management. Immediately prior to becoming CEO he served as a Management Board Director, Head of Risk and CEO of Galena Asset Management and Trafigura Mining Group.

Before Trafigura, Mr Weir spent nearly nine years between 1992 and 2000 with N M Rothschild. Mr Weir holds a BSc (Hons), Geology Major, from the University of Melbourne.


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Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber

Financial Times

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

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

Nancy Kacungira

Nancy Kacungira

Presenter and Correspondent
BBC News

Nancy Kacungira is a multi award-winning BBC News presenter and correspondent with more than 12 years of media experience. As a speaker and moderator, Nancy has presented on some of the world’s biggest platforms including TedX, the World Economic Forum and a Presidential Debate. She holds a Masters degree in International Communications from the University of Leeds. With a background as an entrepreneur, Nancy co-founded the Blu Flamingo digital agency, which now operates in four African countries. One of her biggest commitments is towards championing diversity, balance and nuance in narratives about Africa.

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).

Gideon Rachman

Gideon Rachman

Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator
Financial Times

Gideon Rachman became Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator for the Financial Times in 2006. He speaks authoritatively about economics, politics, and globalisation as they apply to Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and more, and writes a weekly column on international politics as well as feature articles. Mr Rachman joined the FT after a 15-year career at The Economist, which included spells as a foreign correspondent in Brussels, Washington and Bangkok. He also edited The Economist’s business and Asia sections. Mr Rachman’s book, Zero-Sum World, about the future of international relations was published in the UK in 2010. He was named as foreign affairs commentator of the year in the UK Comment Awards for 2010. He is a regular broadcaster for — amongst others — the BBC, CNN and NPR, and also a regular public speaker before both academic and business audiences. Mr Rachman is a graduate of Caius College, Cambridge and has been a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Anjli Raval

Anjli Raval

Senior Energy Correspondent
Financial Times

Anjli Raval is the FT's Senior Energy Correspondent based in London. Prior to joining the commodities team, she spent three years as a reporter and editor in New York. She covered the US consumer sector which included reporting on real estate, retail and hospitality. 

She has also been a reporter in the FT's New Delhi bureau and a writer for the beyondbrics and Energy Source blogs. Since joining the FT in 2009 she has been a companies, markets and breaking news reporter and an editor on the comment and analysis desk.

John Thornhill

John Thornhill

Innovation Editor
Financial Times

John Thornhill was appointed Innovation Editor in February 2016 with a brief to deepen the FT’s coverage of technology and write a regular column on its impact on our economies, societies, and lives. For the previous seven years he was deputy editor and news editor helping to steer the FT’s global news agenda.

Since joining the FT in 1988 as a graduate trainee, John has also worked as the Europe edition editor, Paris bureau chief, world news editor, Asia editor, Moscow bureau chief, Lex columnist and companies reporter.

He founded and runs the FT's 125 executive forum, which holds monthly meetings for senior executives from a range of industries. Previous speakers have included Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey, Ana Botin, and Mark Carney. He hosts FT Tech Tonic, a weekly podcast on the impact of technology. John is also the founder of Sifted, an FT-backed startup media site for Europe's next generation entrepreneurs.

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson

East Africa Correspondent
Financial Times

Tom Wilson is East Africa Correspondent for the Financial Times based in Nairobi. He's written about business and politics in sub-Saharan Africa for the last decade, as a journalist, political analyst and investment adviser. Prior to joining the Financial Times he worked with Bloomberg as a foreign correspondent in the Democratic Republic of Congo and then in London. He has advised many of the biggest investors on the continent and written widely about the intersection between business, politics and resources.


Agenda - 13th Oct

  • 6:30pm
    Welcome Drinks Reception

Agenda - 14th Oct

  • 7:45am
  • 8:00am
    Focus on Commodities

    Sub-Saharan Africa boasts several major oil producers, including Nigeria, Angola and the Republic of Congo and a number of emerging gas producers including Mozambique, Tanzania and Ghana. Developing Africa’s energy endowment is key to increasing prosperity and living standards across the continent. Commodity traders have historically played a key role in Africa, helping to finance state-backed oil producers and the fuel that domestic refiners cannot supply. In this panel, industry experts discuss the outlook for energy in Africa, focusing on the challenges and opportunities in this dynamic and fast-changing market.

    Keynote Address: Jeremy Weir, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Trafigura Group
    H.E. Irene Margaret Nafuna Muloni, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Government of Uganda
    James Josling, Head of Africa Oil Trading, Trafigura Group Pte Ltd
    Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Former Minister of State Petroleum Nigeria; Former President of OPEC and African Petroleum Producers Organisation

    Moderator: Anjli Raval, Senior Energy Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 8:40am
    End of Breakfast Session
  • 8:50am
    Welcome: Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

    Introduction: Bernard Mensah, President of the UK and CEEMEA; Co-head, Global FICC Trading, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

  • 9:00am
    Opening Keynote Address

    H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa, President, Republic of South Africa
    With Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:45am
    Geopolitics and Africa

    For centuries Africa has been seen as a continent to exploit. Even today, many commentators tend to look at Africa as a battleground on which superpower rivalries – increasingly those of China and the US – are playing out. This year, Donald Trump, the US president, more than doubled the budget of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation to $60bn with an explicit aim of combating what some in Washington describe as China’s “predatory” action on the continent. This panel will examine the true nature of those rivalries and, more importantly, seek to flip the debate. What do African countries want – and what do they not want – from their overseas investors and partners? How are they seeking to forge an international policy on their own terms?

    Jin-Yong Cai, Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners
    Comfort Ero, Director, Africa Programme, International Crisis Group
    Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
    W.Gyude Moore, Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development, Former Minister of Public Works, Liberia
    Vera Songwe, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary, UNECA

    Moderator: Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, Financial Times

  • 10:30am
    A View from the Top

    Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Founder and CEO, Future.Africa
    With Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:50am
  • 11:20am
    Interview Session

    Andrew Stephenson, MP, Minister for Africa, UK
    With David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:30am
    Big Economies - Big Changes

    Jose de Lima Massano, Governor Banco Nacional de Angola, Republic of Angola
    H.E. Dr. Eyob Tekalign Tolina, State Minister of Finance, The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

  • 12:15pm
    Science, Healthcare & Agriculture: Africa's Solutions

    The world often fails to acknowledge the important innovations coming out of Africa. African scientists are conducting groundbreaking medical research and more money is being invested in basic research. This panel looks in more detail at some of the science coming out of Africa,including contributions from some of those doing the most inspiring work as well as discussing the innovations in agriculture aimed at raising yields and unleashing the potential of one of Africa’s biggest competitive advantages: Its land.

    Prabdeep Bajwa, President, Africa Middle East, Corteva AgriscienceTM
    Kelly Chibale, Founder and Director, H3D
    Yvonne Mburu, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Nexakili
    Peter Piot, Director & Handa Professor of Global Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

    Moderated by: David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:00pm
  • 2:00pm
    Afternoon Keynote Address

    H.E. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President, Republic of Ghana
    Moderator: Nancy Kacungira, Presenter and Reporter, BBC News

  • 2:30pm
    Start-ups and Africa’s Digital Revolution

    Entrepreneurs in Africa have long been aware of the potential of technology, including mobile and AI, to solve numerous problems in the real economy. The tech ecosystems in Nairobi and Lagos are already attracting international capital, but there is a flourishing startup culture all over the continent from Luanda to Cape Town to Cameroon’s Silicon River in Yaounde.  The flotation of Jumia this year has brought increased attention to Africa’s digital potential. In short, awareness of the power of technology, as well as its potential pitfalls in terms of loss of privacy and abuse of social media, has never been greater in Africa. The panel will gather practitioners, thinkers and investors to thrash out the issues.

    Ademola Adesina, Founder & CEO, Rensource Energy
    Rajan Gajaria, Executive Vice President, Business Platforms, Corteva Agriscience
    Zeynep Harezi, Chief Commercial Officer, Karpowership
    Aubrey Hruby, Senior Fellow, Africa Center, The Atlantic Council
    Nanjala Nyabola, Writer and Political Analyst

    Moderator: John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:15pm
    Afternoon Interview

    Elnathan John, Author
    In conversation with:
    David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:30pm
  • 4:00pm
    Finance & Governance Panel

    There is no doubt that Africa will be an increasingly significant contributor to the global economy over time. Given recent global developments, it is clear that  there is a need for innovative governance and financing solutions that will fuel real development and prosperity for Africa. This panel will discuss some of the important trends, developments and initiatives that are necessary to fuel growth in the continent.

    Gary Baker, Managing Director, EMEA, CFA Institute
    Razia Khan, Chief Economist, Standard Chartered Bank
    Uche Orji, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority
    Landry Signé, David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program, The Brookings Institution

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

  • 4:45pm
    In Conversation with Johann Rupert

    Johann Rupert, Chairman, Remgro Limited; Chairman, Compagnie Financière Richemont SA
    In conversation with:
    Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:15pm
    CEO Panel

    Lionel Barber is back chairing the perennially popular panel discussion with some of Africa's top business leaders. This panel will place a particular emphasis on innovation.

    Mmete Petrus Fusi, Chief Executive, Transnet International Holdings
    Precious Lunga, CEO and Co-Founder, Baobab Circle
    Zemedeneh Negatu, Global Chairman, Fairfax Africa Fund
    Nic Rudnick, Chief Executive Officer, Liquid Telecommunication

    Moderated by:
    Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

  • 6:00pm
    Close of Summit
  • 6:15pm
    Summit Reception
  • 7:30pm
    Summit Dinner

    Hosted by:

    Bernard Mensah, President of the UK and CEEMEA; Co-head, Global FICC Trading, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
    Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

    Crisis – What Crisis?
    A Debate with:
    Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, Chairman, International Crisis Group; Senior Adviser, Eurasia Group
    With David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times

    Dress code: Business attire 

Who attends

Senior level executives from:

  • Banking
  • Financial Services
  • Basic Resources
  • Infrastructure
  • Consumer Goods
  • Industrial Goods and Services
  • Technology companies
  • Consultants, lawyers, accountants and advisors
  • Government bodies and non-profit organisations

Past Speakers

  • H.E. Nana Afuko-Addo, President, Republic of Ghana
  • Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Isabel dos Santos, Chairperson, Sonangol
  • Aliko Dangote, President/Chief Executive, Dangote Group
  • Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Dr Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
  • Tutu Agyare, Managing Partner, Nubuke Investments LLP
  • Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Co-Founder and Publishing Director, Cassava Republic Press
  • Mobolaji Balogun, Chief Executive Officer, Chapel Hill Denham
  • Pierre Barbe, Head of Africa, Vitol
  • Herman Chinery-Hesse, Chairman, TheSOFTtribe Ltd

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We develop actionable insights, based on our deep experience, in-depth research and broad perspective. Beyond ideas, we partner with our clients to deliver powerful solutions. We offer a full range of banking, investment management and risk management products and services that help clients thrive in a changing world.

From local communities to global markets, we are dedicated to shaping the future responsibly.

Gold Sponsors (2)

Corteva Agriscience is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that provides farmers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry - including a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity to enhance yield and profitability. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and an industry-leading product and technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Corteva Agriscience became an independent public company on June 1, 2019, and was previously the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. More information can be found at Follow Corteva Agriscience on FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitter and YouTube.

In order to capitalise on a burgeoning global market, Transnet launched its international unit, Transnet International Holdings (TIH) in 2018. TIH is ideally positioned as a vehicle through which the company aggressively engages in international business activities.

The new unit affords a unique opportunity to accelerate efforts to extend the company’s footprint in the fast-growing regions of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Lead by a team of experts, TIH has extensive experience, deep capabilities and a superb knowledge of the logistics supply-chain arena.

As such, it is ideally positioned to package and deliver end-to-end logistics solutions, which are competitive, innovative and technology-driven for the international market, servicing the rail, ports and pipeline sectors. Together with its global partners, TIH aims to offer a compelling one-stop-shop for a broad and dynamic range of logistics services within its global logistics footprint in the fast-changing 4PL sector.

Silver Sponsors (2)

CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. The organization is a champion of ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. Our aim is to create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow. There are more than 163,000 CFA charterholders worldwide in 163 countries and regions. CFA Institute has nine offices worldwide and there are 158 local member societies.

The Luxury Network is the leading affinity marketing group for luxury brands and high-end service providers, with 36
offices across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, America and Asia.

We have worked with the most prestigious brands such as Bulgari, Rolls Royce, Bang & Olufsen, Ferrari, Porsche, Ralph
Lauren, Sunseeker Yachts, Bombardier Jets, Lamborghini, Cartier, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Tiffany & Co., Land Rover, Barclays Wealth, Kempinski Hotels and many more.

Our core objective is to find synergies and to identify cross-sector business development opportunities between luxury
brands, with the view to promoting and supporting strategic alliances, mutual collaboration, and increased access to high
net worth private clients.

There can be no conversation about Africa without Nigeria - the continent’s biggest economy. At least one in every four
African, is a Nigerian. The Luxury Network Nigeria is therefore delighted to begin a new conversation about Luxury In
Nigeria (LuxIN) with the FT on a global stage. We aim to redefine, and raise the profile and perception of Nigeria within the luxury industry, by providing a platform for discussion, strategic partnerships and collaborative business models, tailored to a new narrative about Nigeria.

Bronze Sponsors (2)

Karpowership is the owner, builder and operator of the only Powership™ (floating power plant) fleet in the world providing fast-track, affordable and reliable electricity. Currently, Karpowership owns and operates 22 Powerships with an installed capacity exceeding 3,500 MW. Karpowership is operational in Indonesia, Lebanon, Mozambique, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Senegal and the Caribbean.

Founded in 1993, Trafigura is one of the largest physical commodities trading groups in the world. Trafigura sources, stores, transports and delivers a range of raw materials (including oil and refined products and metals and minerals) to clients around the world. The trading business is supported by industrial and financial assets, including 49.3 percent owned global oil products storage and distribution company Puma Energy; global terminals, warehousing and logistics operator Impala Terminals; Trafigura's Mining Group; and Galena Asset Management. The Company is owned by over 700 of its 8,000 employees who work in 80 offices in 41 countries around the world. Trafigura has achieved substantial growth over recent years, growing revenue from USD12 billion in 2003 to USD 171.5 billion in 2019. The Group has been connecting its customers to the global economy for more than two decades, growing prosperity by advancing trade.

Strategic Partner (1)

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is an African foundation, established in 2006 with one focus: the critical importance of governance and leadership for Africa. Through the provision of tools to support progress in these areas, the Foundation aims to promote meaningful change across the continent.

The Foundation focuses on defining, assessing and enhancing governance and leadership in Africa through its initiatives. Promoting sound leadership as the root to achieving any tangible and shared improvement in the quality of life of African citizens.

Media Partner (1)

Nikkei is a trusted media brand in Asia, known for its quality journalism and capability in providing business news and information. Founded as a market news media in Japan in 1876, Nikkei has grown to be one of the largest media conglomerates with 37 foreign editorial bureaus and approximately 1500 journalists worldwide, with another global media brand, the Financial Times, joining in our group in 2015. Nikkei is continually deploying new technology to find new ways to deliver news as a reliable source of information for the global community.

Supporting Partners (4)

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

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

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

Why ‘confidential‘?

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

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

Who reads Africa Confidential?

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

Since it was first established in 1960, Jeune Afrique Media Group has played a key role in every major stage of African development and has promoted Africa’s progress worldwide. Jeune Afrique Media Group is a leading media group which specializes in the African continent. It is a major player in event management, audiovisual production, electronic media, publishing ( Jeune Afrique, The Africa Report, books)  and consulting industries.  

The Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA) brings together Norway's leading investors and companies working on the African continent, and works to improve and increase business relations between our countries. Currently NABA has 150 member companies from oil and gas, renewable energy, agribusiness, shipping, industry, technology, FMCG and real estate. With more than 25 events and investment missions throughout the year, NABA serves as a Nordic focal point for companies planning to make better business in African markets. 

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