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FT Mozambique Summit 2019

Building Resilience for Long-term Growth

Maputo |
Speakers include:
Kuseni  Dlamini

Kuseni Dlamini


Mami Mizutori

Mami Mizutori

UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

Ryno  Rijnsburger

Ryno Rijnsburger

Microsoft 4Afrika


Mozambique is now, more than ever, a country of huge potential and tough challenges. Despite political and economic reforms, there is still much work to be done to ensure sustainable economic development spreads across all key sectors.

Growth prospects for Mozambique remain robust, if efforts continue to address the challenges of diversifying exports, improving infrastructure links, up-skilling the workforce and fostering private-public sector relationships.

The government is seeking to strengthen collaborations with international stakeholders based on common interests -- ensuring investments not only contribute to the success of partners, but towards the development of the country. The Fourth Industrial Revolution calls for entrepreneurial, agile and innovative leaders to create the pathways needed for shared prosperity.

Following on previous successful editions, the 2019 Financial Times Mozambique Summit will bring together key ministers, policy makers along with local and international business leaders to debate the reforms and solutions that will facilitate growth, transform challenges into opportunities, and diversify the country’s economy.

fallback Add to my Calendar 09/11/2019 08:00:0009/11/2019 17:30:00trueFT Mozambique Summit 2019Mozambique is now, more than ever, a country of huge potential and tough challenges. Despite political and economic reforms, there is still much work to be done to ensure sustainable economic development spreads across all key sectors.Growth prospects for Mozambique remain robust, if efforts continue to address the challenges of diversifying exports, improving infrastructure links, up-skilling the workforce and fostering private-public sector relationships.The government is seeking to strengthen collaborations with international stakeholders based on common interests -- ensuring investments not only contribute to the success of partners, but towards the development of the country. The Fourth Industrial Revolution calls for entrepreneurial, agile and innovative leaders to create the pathways needed for shared prosperity.Following on previous successful editions, the 2019 Financial Times Mozambique Summit will bring together key ministers, policy makers along with local and international business leaders to debate the reforms and solutions that will facilitate growth, transform challenges into opportunities, and diversify the country’s economy.FT-Mozambique-Summit-20192c898b0256b34544d2298c9fcddaa6a0MM/DD/YYYY

Speakers (11)

Kuseni  Dlamini

Kuseni Dlamini


Kuseni Dlamini is the Chairman of JSE-listed Massmart Ltd, a leading African retail group operating 436 stores in 13 Sub-Saharan countries. He is the Chairman of Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd, the leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in the southern hemisphere with operations in over 50 countries. He is the Chairman of The American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa and is a member of the board of the Southern Africa-Canada Chamber of Commerce. Kuseni is the former CEO of Old Mutual South Africa and Emerging Markets. Prior to this he was the Head of Anglo American South Africa, a member of the Executive Committee of Anglo American in London and was the Director of Anglo Platinum.

He is also the former Executive Chairman of Richards Bay Coal Terminal Company (RBCT) Ltd and a former Chairman of Anglo Operations (Pty) Ltd. As part of his career in mining he held a number of senior positions at Anglo Gold Ashanti and De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Kuseni is a graduate of the Universities of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, and Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Kuseni is active in professional bodies and charities which include the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), Common Purpose and the Advisory Board of GIBS Business School. He is also a member of the Council of the University of Pretoria and former Chairman of the Board of South African National Parks (SANParks).

Mami Mizutori

Mami Mizutori

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction
UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

Mami Mizutori is the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction, and head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, based in Geneva, Switzerland. She assumed her role on 1 March 2018.

The role of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction is to support countries and stakeholders in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015- 2030). The Special Representative ensures the strategic and operational coherence between disaster risk reduction, climate change and sustainable development agendas as well as the linkage with the UN Secretary General’s prevention agenda and with humanitarian action.
Ms. Mizutori served for twenty-seven years in various capacities in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to joining the UN, Ms. Mizutori was Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, University of East Anglia, UK, since 2011.

Ms. Mizutori graduated in law from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo and obtained a Diploma in International Studies from the Diplomatic School of Spain.

A Japanese national, Ms. Mizutori speaks Japanese, English and Spanish.

Ryno  Rijnsburger

Ryno Rijnsburger

Chief Technology Officer
Microsoft 4Afrika

Ryno Rijnsburger is the Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft 4Afrika, the organisation’s business and market development engine in Africa that seeks to develop affordable access to the internet, innovation and skilled workforces.

In his role, Ryno drives strategic initiatives to maximise Microsoft’s impact with partners, start-ups, enterprises and corporates. One of his key focus areas is demystifying and democratising Microsoft AI, which he believes, if used responsibly, has the potential to open new business and employment opportunities, and transform industries. He is passionate about skills development on the continent, bridging the gap between education and real-world tech demands. With the pace of change driven by new technologies like AI, Ryno is an advocate for lifelong learning, on-the-job training, apprenticeships and other programmes that deliver training efficiently.

Lourenco Sambo

Lourenco Sambo

Director General
Mozambique Investment Promotion Center (APIEX)

Lourenço Sambo was appointed Director General, Mozambique Investment Promotion Center (APIEX) in July 2017. With an academic background in Economics and Agricultural Business Management, Lourenço Sambo was previously the Director General of CPI since 2010. Before this role he was the Economic Adviser to the Minister of Planning and Development, and also taught math-ematics at Maxaquene Secondary School, as well as politics, economics, mathematics, and statistics at the Maputo Commercial School from 1979 to 1984, and public finance at the School of the National Planning Commission. In 1996, he was the Financial Manager of the Maputo Development Corridor, a World Bank-funded project for the restructuring of the CFM-Mozambique Railway Company.

Lois Quam

Lois Quam

Chief Executive Officer
Pathfinder International

Lois Quam, named three times to FORTUNE’s list of the most influential women leaders in business, joined Pathfinder International as its new chief executive officer in February 2017. Quam was on the faculty at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management. She has served as chief operating officer of The Nature Conservancy and as executive director of the US Department of State’s Global Health Initiative, before serving as a senior advisor to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Prior to her work in the public sector, Quam was the founding CEO of Ovations, a division of the FORTUNE 50 global corporation UnitedHealth Group.

Geoffrey  White

Geoffrey White

Agility Africa

Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa, is an expert on infrastructure development, retail supply chains, agri-business, and investment for African markets. Agility, a leading global provider of logistics and related infrastructure solutions for the oil and gas and FMCG markets, has over $4.6 billion in revenue, 24,000 employees, and offices in more than 100 countries.

Mr White is a member of the Agility Strategic Advisory Board. He joined Agility in 2014 after serving as CEO of Lonrho Plc for 8 years, where he developed product supply chains for some of the world’s largest retailers and developed essential infrastructure and logistics facilities for Africa’s burgeoning oil and gas industry.

Mr White’s career path has included Thomas Tilling Plc, BTR Plc, Asda Plc, Hilton, Ford PAG, and a leading Middle Eastern private investment office. Mr White has commented on Africa for the BBC, CNN, CNBC, Forbes, and at the World Economic Forum, AU, NEPAD, Royal Africa Society, Chatham House, the Africa Investor Index Series Summit, and The Economist East Africa Summit and many other important African debates. He is a regular author of editorials on Africa.

Don Larson

Don Larson

CEO and Founder
Sunshine Nut Company LLC

Don Larson, Founder & CEO of the Sunshine Nut Company, developed a business model called the Sunshine Approach which has a quadruple bottom line – financial, environmental, social, and transformational. This business model’s aim is to develop world class food products in sub-Saharan African countries for the benefit of the entire value chain while providing a market for smallholder farmers. The business model also gives back through donations the majority of shareholder proceeds to be used for philanthropic projects targeting orphan care and farming community upliftment.

Mr Larson worked for 25 years in the food industry as a seasoned executive for some of the best US companies. He left corporate life and a lifestyle of material wealth for one of purpose. In 2011, he and his family sold everything and moved to Mozambique, Africa where they have lived the last 7 years.

In the last 4 years, Sunshine Nut Company cashews entered the US market and have gained space on the shelves of 3,000 of the best retailers in the USA (Whole Foods, Giant, Stop & Shop, Wegmans, Sprouts, HEB, Raley’s, Meijer and many more). The major theme of the Sunshine Approach business model is value driven business – where values such as dignity, love, and community come together with excellence.

Siphokazi Mthathi

Siphokazi Mthathi

Executive Director
Oxfam South Africa

Siphokazi (Sipho) Mthathi is the founding Executive Director of Oxfam South Africa, with two decades of experience in the human rights, development and social justice movement in Southern Africa.

She has served in positions including General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign, the South Africa Director of Human Rights Watch, Regional Advisor at the Coalition of African Lesbians, as well as Manager for South Africa and Southern Africa programs at Norwegian People’s Aid.

In her last position, Siphokazi worked in support of people and organizations advocating for just distribution of power and resources, particularly in the extractives industry. She is also a trustee of the boards of Open Society Institute for Southern Africa, and has served on the Boards of One in Nine Campaign and the Women on Farms Project, and currently also serves as member of the Executive Board of Oxfam International.

Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Oxfam South Africa, Mazibuko Jara, said “Sipho is highly regarded in African and global civil society as a decisive, strategic, inspirational and effective leader…”

She holds a BA (Hons) (University of the Western Cape [UWC)] and a Higher Diploma (HDE) from the university currently known as Rhodes.

Fredric Briens

Fredric Briens

Chief Technical Officer
Great Lakes Africa Energy (GLAE) & Janus Continental Group

Fredric Briens is an oil and gas industry expert with over 30 years’ experience in exploration, extraction and asset management at CEO, COO and Managing Director levels. Mr Briens holds a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and a MBA from Colorado State University and has published a number of academic articles focusing on field rehabilitation and reservoir management. His work has led him to oil and gas hubs globally, such as Peru, Venezuela, West Africa, Texas, the Middle East, and currently East Africa.

Mr Briens is currently at Janus Continental Group, where he is Chief Technical Officer. He is responsible for all the technical functions for the Group, including power generation, infrastructure construction, operations and project control.  Mr Briens also leads various new business initiatives with the Group.

Sara  Fakir

Sara Fakir

Executive Catalyst and Co Founder

Sara Fakir is the Executive Catalyst and co-founder of IdeiaLab.

She has more than 14 years of experience in management, business development and financial management in the Oil & Gas industry, consulting and development. More recently, Sara has founded several companies and lectured in a wide range of multidisciplinary international events.

Sara is a FEMTECH Master Trainer, a Growthwheel Certified Consultant, as well as certified in Incubator Management by Infodev and on Innovation Policy by the World Bank. She is a mentor at different international platforms, such as the SEED Initiative and the Inclusive Business Accelerator. Sara is also the President of the Mozambican Association of Business Angels, and WIA - Women In Africa Initiative ambassador for Mozambique.

Sara holds an Honour’s Degree in Economics from ISEG, Portugal, where she also holds a post-graduate degree in Business Management from INDEG-ISCTE.

Martim  Faria e Maya

Martim Faria e Maya

Country Head, Mozambique
Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

Martim Faria e Maya has been the Mozambique Country Head for the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change since February 2019. Before joining TBI, Martim held several positions with the United Nations Development Programme including Country Director and Resident Representative a.i. in Mozambique (2017 - Feb 2019); Country Director in Zambia (2015-2017); Deputy Country Director for Programmes in Zimbabwe (2011-2015); Donor Relations Advisor (2005 – 2008); Deputy Resident Representative in Guinea-Bissau (2002-2005); and Economist in the Mozambique Country Office (1998 – 2002).

Between 2008 and 2011 Martim was Chief Country Programme Officer at the African Development Bank, supporting the institution’s lending and grant portfolios in Angola, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique and Zambia.

Prior to joining UNDP, Martim served briefly in the Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He started his career as a Programme Manager in Portugal’s Investment, Trade and Tourism Promotion Board.

Martim Holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan (USA), and a B.A in Economics and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts (USA).


Agenda - 11th Sep

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Refreshments
  • 9:00am
    Chair's Opening Remarks

    David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Welcome Address
  • 9:20am
    Keynote Interview: Preparing for the Economy of the Future
    • The transition to stability and sustained economic growth
    • How will government policies across key industries demonstrate resilience, trust and transparency?
    • Bridging knowledge and technology gaps for regional development – progress to date and what still needs to be done
  • 9:40am
    Ministerial Dialogue: Shaping the Future of Bilateral Trade and Investment

    International commerce has elevated millions of people out of poverty. Shifting geopolitics, innovative business models and changing societal expectations are creating new challenges and opportunities. How can Mozambique strengthen partnerships with neighbouring economies to achieve its full economic potential? Senior government officials take the stage to share their perspectives on how bilateral relationships can enhance engagement and solidarity for the better good.

  • 10:10am
    Panel Discussion: Energy Sector Reforms

    Will Mozambique become a major gas supplier? The surge in LNG projects powered by high quality gas is working in the country’s favour, bringing about change and competitive advantage to a reforming energy sector. To capitalise on the investment potential, efforts will need to focus on re-skilling the current workforce, improving access to international markets and establishing effective working relationships with local and international partners.

    • Gas & LNG Projects in Mozambique: Opportunities and Hurdles - What are the government’s strategies to attract investment in the gas industry? Understanding the main priorities of operators in Mozambique: how are government and the private sector working together to drive the industry forward?
    • Local content - Determining the local content requirement for Mozambique: what is the minimum requirement versus what is expected, and what quality issues are being faced?
    • Acquiring and retaining top-tier talent - What skills are available locally and what is the cost of upskilling the current workforce? How can effective training programs for Mozambican employees be developed in each phase level of operation?
    • Infrastructure and logistics - Addressing the bottlenecks caused by lack of port facilities, poor road conditions and challenging custom laws: lessons learned and case studies from current investments and projects in this area   

    Fredric Briens, Chief Technical Officer, Great Lakes Africa Energy (GLAE) & Janus Continental Group

  • 11:00am
    Networking break
  • 11:30am
    Panel Discussion: The Future of Food – Expanding Local Production Through Innovation and Sustainable Initiatives

    Mozambique has 36 million hectares of arable land, but only 10 percent of these are currently in use. Despite the resources available, the domestic production is failing to meet local needs. In alignment with the sustainable development goals, this discussion will focus on how  the country is working to build sustainable, efficient and nutritious food systems for the benefit of both farmers and consumers. This panel will provide an insight from the agri-food disruptors, collaborators and innovators that are pushing business model and technology boundaries.

    • What powerful change drivers are at work in Mozambique’s food production system? What trends are we seeing from consumers?
    • Exploring high-impact agricultural solutions to help tackle global malnutrition, degraded land and food waste
    • Promoting Mozambique-owned agribusinesses: leveraging public and private investments to increase farmer access to market
    • What strategies are in place to support local farmers to improve production?

    Kuseni Dlamini, Chairman, Massmart 

    Don Larson, CEO and Founder, Sunshine Nut Company LLC 

  • 12:20pm
    Dialogue: Impact Investing in Sustainable Infrastructure

    Mozambique’s macro-economic stability fosters an attractive environment for international trade. Despite the efforts to tackle the deficit, the infrastructure needed to improve transport and logistical links are failing to meet local and international needs. Additionally, the impact of climate change continues to influence and disrupt normal weather patterns. Cyclone Idai is a clear demonstration of the exposure and vulnerability of many low-lying cities and towns. How can Mozambique close the infrastructure investment gap and design long-term, oriented frameworks to create a resilient future?

    • A recap of Mozambique’s infrastructure developments to date – highlighting main achievements and challenges
    • Accelerating growth through investment -- what are the key issues that international investors need to consider?
    • Looking ahead: What plans are in place to improve financial readiness and strengthen Mozambique’s resilience to weather-related hazards?
    • Leveraging from public-private partnerships to boost port performance and access to neighbouring countries
    • An outlook on green infrastructure projects that are generating economical and recreational opportunities

    Martim Faria e Maya, Country Head, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

    Lourenço Sambo, Executive Director, APIEX 

    Geoffrey White, CEO, Agility Africa 

  • 1:00pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 2:00pm
    In Conversation: Mozambique Women in Business

    Achieving equality is not only a fundamental human right but a business imperative. A senior business leader will explore the importance of supporting gender equality and the strategies and initiatives being implemented to support women rights.

  • 2:20pm
    Panel Discussion: Women in the Global Economy - Amplifying the voices of the unheard

    While advances are being made globally in broadening women’s participation at work, the pace of change has been slow in developing economies. Women represent half the African population and produce over 60% of economic goods, yet only 8.5% are paid salaries. Female leaders across the globe sit down to discuss why this is happening -- sharing their experiences and perspectives on what needs to be done to boost equality.

    • The value and importance of women in the labour force
    • Progress on equality and diversity in the region has been slow. What can policy-makers and companies do to change this?
    • Empowering women through access to innovative business opportunities

    Suzana Moreira, Founder and CEO, MoWoza 

    Siphokazi Mthathi, Executive Director, Oxfam South Africa  

  • 3:00pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:30pm
    Lightning Talks Followed by Q&A Session: Nurturing a Diverse and Competitive Economy

    Mozambique has faced many challenges over the years with attempts to diversify away from capital-intensive and low-productivity projects. With a goal to attract international investment, the country’s renewed focus is on improving how well ‘high flying’ industries compare against the fundamental key drivers-- inclusion, quality skills and education, health service delivery and infrastructure.

    • Inclusion
    • Health service delivery
    • Quality skills and education
    • Infrastructure

    Carlos Nhamahango, Chief Executive Officer, Letshego

    Lois Quam, Chief Executive Officer, Pathfinder International 

  • 4:30pm
    Closing interview: Impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution on Business Transformation

    As digital transformation and automation continue to advance, there is a renewed focus and commitment for emerging economies to upskill their existing workforce. How can Mozambique diversify its skill set and prepare for the ‘jobs of tomorrow’?

    • Demographic shifts are changing the employment landscape globally. How will companies ensure opportunities for all?
    • What can the big tech companies do to ensure innovation does not dehumanise work?
    • What needs to change to better align business practices with longer-term human-development and environmental agendas?
    • What can be done now to ensure better prospects for young people in the future?
    • How can workers today prepare for the skills of tomorrow?

    Ryno Rijnsburger, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft 4Afrika 

  • 5:00pm
    Chair’s Closing Summation

    David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:10pm
    Drinks Reception

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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).

Lerato  Mbele-Roberts

Lerato Mbele-Roberts

Presenter, Africa Business Report
BBC World News

Lerato Mbele is presenter of Africa Business Report on BBC World News television. She joined the BBC in 2012.

Prior to that, Ms Mbele served as a Senior Business Anchor for CNBC Africa. She hosted a variety of business programmes and discussions related to the economics, business strategy, stock markets, entrepreneurship and leadership.

Ms Mbele began her journalism career in 1999 at South Africa’s state-owned broadcaster The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). She eventually served as an anchor for the channel’s daily news show News at 10 and also fronted the weekly show, Public Interest and The Ambassadors.

In early 2016, she was nominated in the media category of the inaugural New African Women Awards. Previously she was named on the Oprah O Magazine Power List of 21 African women “rocking the world”. In 2014, Ms Mbele was named a Young Global Leader, by the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. She  is also the co-edited the book of “Designing Democracy” alongside Ayesha Kajee, that was during her short tenure as a researcher at the SA Institute of International Affairs. She is also a recipient of a literary award from the World Association of University of Women.

Ms Mbele is a Chevening Scholar who holds an MSc degree in Development Studies from The School of Oriental and African Studies, at the University of London. She completed her undergraduate and Honours degrees from the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch respectively. 

Presented by (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Founding Sponsor (1)

Standard Bank Mozambique is member of Standard Bank Group, Africa’s largest bank by assets. Established in Mozambique for over a century and with a wide network of branches throughout the country, Standard Bank provides the full spectrum of financial services ranging from retail to corporate banking.

Its Corporate & Investment Banking division serves a wide range of requirements for banking, finance, trading, investment and advisory services. The Corporate and Investment Banking division delivers this comprehensive range of products and services relating to: investment banking; global markets; and global transactional products and services.

Standard Bank’s personal & business banking offers banking and other financial services to individuals and small-to-medium enterprises, which includes mortgage lending, instalment sale and finance leases, card products, transaction and lending products, and bancassurance.

About Standard Bank Group

The Standard Bank Group is the largest African banking group by assets with approximately USD 128 billion in assets at 31 December 2015. It has operations in 20 African countries, including South Africa, and representative offices in key markets around the world, including New York. Standard Bank has a clear purpose: Africa is our home, we drive her growth.

Silver Sponsor (1)

GL Africa Energy invests in energy solutions in the Great Lakes and Southern Africa regions. The company was established in 2013 with the aim of becoming a leading developer and operator of power projects. We develop and manage a series of African based energy projects and specialise in building state-of-the-art power plants, providing off-grid companies with viable energy systems. GLAE partners with world-renowned companies to get the most efficient technology that provides affordable power. 

GLAE’s vision is to be the total energy solutions provider of choice for the Great Lakes and Southern Africa and remain a leader in innovation and sustainability. The Great Lakes and Southern Africa regions have a significant shortage of power, and their respective governments have invited independent power providers to meet the shortfall. As an energy solution company, GL Africa Energy is offering total energy solutions by investing in energy generation and management projects to fill this gap. The company has a strategy to generate about 1000MW. This includes Rovuma Gas Now - an exciting new proposition from GLAE that will accelerate the social and economic benefits for the people of Mozambique through innovative mini-LNG technology.

Our vision for a sustainable future also informs how we work within communities. That means hiring locally, investing in people, contributing to infrastructure and services, and leaving a legacy of self-sufficiency through the power we supply and the communities we support. 

We experience, realise and appreciate Africa's urgency for energy. We understand the solutions needed to power our continent into a new age of prosperity. Our goal is to provide local energy solutions that will change lives and businesses across the region.


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