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Welcome
H.E. Filipe NyusiHon. Karen Dunn KelleyFlorizelle LiserAgostinho VumaHon. Eneas ComicheDr. Jeffrey Sturchio
  • H.E. Filipe Nyusi (President, Republic of Mozambique)

    H.E. Filipe Nyusi

    President, Republic of Mozambique
  • Hon. Karen Dunn Kelley (Deputy Secretary at U.S. Department of Comeerce)

    Hon. Karen Dunn Kelley

    Deputy Secretary at U.S. Department of Comeerce
  • Florizelle Liser (President and CEO of Corporate Council on Africa)

    Florizelle Liser

    President and CEO of Corporate Council on Africa
  • Agostinho Vuma (President at CTA - Confederation of Business Associations of Mozambique)

    Agostinho Vuma

    President at CTA - Confederation of Business Associations of Mozambique
  • Hon. Eneas Comiche (Mayor at Maputo City)

    Hon. Eneas Comiche

    Mayor at Maputo City
  • Dr. Jeffrey Sturchio (Chairman, Corporate Council on Africa & CEO of Rabin Martin)

    Dr. Jeffrey Sturchio

    Chairman, Corporate Council on Africa & CEO of Rabin Martin
Plenary | Advancing a Resilient and Sustainable U.S.-Africa Partnership
H.E. Hage GeingobH.E. Uhuru KenyattaH.E. Teodoro MbasogoHon. Luisa DiogoFarid FezouaConstance HamiltonGodfrey Mutizwa

Representative heads of state from each of the Regional Economic Communities will participate in a moderated discussion on how U.S. and Africa can advance a resilient and sustainable partnership.

  • H.E. Hage Geingob (President, Republic of Namibia)

    H.E. Hage Geingob

    President, Republic of Namibia
  • H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta (President, Republic of Kenya)

    H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta

    President, Republic of Kenya
  • H.E. Teodoro Mbasogo (President at Republic of Equatorial Guinea)

    H.E. Teodoro Mbasogo

    President at Republic of Equatorial Guinea
  • Hon. Luisa Diogo (Chairperson at Barclays Bank Mozambique S.A.)

    Hon. Luisa Diogo

    Chairperson at Barclays Bank Mozambique S.A.
  • Farid Fezoua (CEO of General Electric (GE) Africa)

    Farid Fezoua

    CEO of General Electric (GE) Africa
  • Constance Hamilton (Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa at Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR))

    Constance Hamilton

    Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa at Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR)
  • Godfrey Mutizwa (Financial Journalist at CNBC Africa)

    Godfrey Mutizwa

    Financial Journalist at CNBC Africa
Networking Lunch
Plenary | Prosper Africa Rollout
Ramsey DayMark GreenSeward "Skip" JonesDiana MarreroTibor Nagy, Jr.
  • Ramsey Day (Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator | Africa Bureau at USAID)

    Ramsey Day

    Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator | Africa Bureau at USAID
  • Mark Green (Administrator at USAID)

    Mark Green

    Administrator at USAID
  • Seward "Skip" Jones (Deputy Assistant Secretary, Middle East and Africa at U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC))

    Seward "Skip" Jones

    Deputy Assistant Secretary, Middle East and Africa at U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)
  • Diana Marrero (Vice President, Strategic Development at Foreign Policy)

    Diana Marrero

    Vice President, Strategic Development at Foreign Policy
  • Tibor Nagy, Jr. (Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs at U.S. Department of State)

    Tibor Nagy, Jr.

    Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs at U.S. Department of State
Plenary | Africa on the Cusp of an LNG Boom
Nosizwe Dlengezele-MotsitsiPaul Eardley-TaylorJos EvensTom HardyJon HarrisMitch IngramHon. Ernesto Max Elias TonelaSteve Wilson

Africa has a gas reserve of over 503 trillion cubic feet. According to the International Energy Agency, for the next five years the worldwide demand for gas will rise at about 1.6 percent per year. Development of this abundant natural gas resource will deliver reliable, affordable energy to customers while creating long-term economic value for people across the continent. 


The panel will discuss the world-class liquified natural gas project currently being developed across Africa along with the technologies being deployed to bring gas to market faster and the benefits for African countries. The project provides a real opportunity for countries to transform into wealthier nations and become major global LNG exporters.

  • Nosizwe Dlengezele-Motsitsi (Executive Managing Director of GE Gas Power SSA)

    Nosizwe Dlengezele-Motsitsi

    Executive Managing Director of GE Gas Power SSA
  • Paul Eardley-Taylor (Head of Oil and Gas, Southern Africa at Standard Bank)

    Paul Eardley-Taylor

    Head of Oil and Gas, Southern Africa at Standard Bank
  • Jos Evens (Mozambique Country Manager at ExxonMobil Corporation)

    Jos Evens

    Mozambique Country Manager at ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Tom Hardy (Director of USTDA)

    Tom Hardy

    Director of USTDA
  • Jon Harris (Executive Vice President at Upstream, SASOL)

    Jon Harris

    Executive Vice President at Upstream, SASOL
  • Mitch Ingram (Executive Vice President, International at Deepwater and Exploration, Anadarko Petroleum)

    Mitch Ingram

    Executive Vice President, International at Deepwater and Exploration, Anadarko Petroleum
  • Hon. Ernesto Max Elias Tonela (Minister at Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy, Republic of Mozambique)

    Hon. Ernesto Max Elias Tonela

    Minister at Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy, Republic of Mozambique
  • Steve Wilson (Vice President and Corporate Officer and Country Manager for Mozambique Anadarko at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation)

    Steve Wilson

    Vice President and Corporate Officer and Country Manager for Mozambique Anadarko at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Plenary | Infrastructure Development: Backbone of Africa's Trade and Industrial Revolution
Dr. Martyn DaviesSir. James DuttonFarid FezouaWilliam KilleenBongani NqwababaHon. Ed RoyceVasco Santos

Infrastructure is one of the essential drivers of economic growth and job creation in Africa. However, the cost and complexity of such projects provide a challenge for governments to execute. Nevertheless, African countries have focused heavily on the sector over the last two decades which has increased interconnectivity in telecommunication, railways and ports.


The African Development Bank estimates that annually a minimum of $130-170 billion dollars is needed to alleviate congestion, much of which interferes with getting goods to markets. With limited resources and competing interests, African countries cannot sustain the level of investments in the infrastructure sector that will unlock the continent’s trade and industrial potential. However, governments can empower the private sector’s investment. This plenary will discuss the impact of infrastructure development on the economy while also highlighting the projects with the greatest multiplier effects and the best practices in public-private partnerships.

  • Dr. Martyn Davies (Managing Director, Emerging Markets and Africa of Deloitte & Touche)

    Dr. Martyn Davies

    Managing Director, Emerging Markets and Africa of Deloitte & Touche
  • Sir. James Dutton (Regional President, Africa at Bechtel)

    Sir. James Dutton

    Regional President, Africa at Bechtel
  • Farid Fezoua (CEO of General Electric (GE) Africa)

    Farid Fezoua

    CEO of General Electric (GE) Africa
  • William Killeen (CEO of Acrow Bridge)

    William Killeen

    CEO of Acrow Bridge
  • Bongani Nqwababa (Executive Director and Joint President and CEO of Sasol)

    Bongani Nqwababa

    Executive Director and Joint President and CEO of Sasol
  • Hon. Ed Royce (Policy Director of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP (BHFS))

    Hon. Ed Royce

    Policy Director of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP (BHFS)
  • Vasco Santos (Executive Head: Construction, Rental & Used at Barloworld)

    Vasco Santos

    Executive Head: Construction, Rental & Used at Barloworld
ICT Ministerial Roundtable
Levin BornPeter CrawleyImani Ellis-Cheek SyJoao FidalgoWorku GachouTom HardyRobert J. KayihuraKundai MashingaidzeElizabeth MigwallaAmerico MuchangaPieter NelJim O'ConnorChristine Sund

Representatives from African Governments and prominent technology companies will discuss their plans to develop Africa’s broadband and telecommunications sectors. U.S. Government representatives will augment the discussion with information on programs to support this development. This moderated discussion will present practical, concrete steps that can be taken by Africa’s ICT sector over the next twelve months to improve broadband access in Africa, including fostering digital literacy and making broadband access more affordable. To the extent possible, the group will also suggest targets to consider for the coming two to five years.

  • Levin Born (Regent Square Group, LLC)

    Levin Born

    Regent Square Group, LLC
  • Peter Crawley (Managing Director, South Africa of Citi)

    Peter Crawley

    Managing Director, South Africa of Citi
  • IE

    Imani Ellis-Cheek Sy

    Senior Attorney Advisor & Regional Specialist for Sub-Saharan Africa at FCC
  • Joao Fidalgo (Business Consumption Executive at Intel Corporation)

    Joao Fidalgo

    Business Consumption Executive at Intel Corporation
  • Worku Gachou (Managing Director for Africa of OPIC)

    Worku Gachou

    Managing Director for Africa of OPIC
  • Tom Hardy (Director of USTDA)

    Tom Hardy

    Director of USTDA
  • Robert J. Kayihura (Senior Advisor for Africa at Covington & Burling LLP)

    Robert J. Kayihura

    Senior Advisor for Africa at Covington & Burling LLP
  • KM

    Kundai Mashingaidze

    Director for Africa , Communcations and Information Policy of Department of State
  • Elizabeth Migwalla (Senior Director and Head of Government Affairs, Africa at Qualcomm  International Incorporated)

    Elizabeth Migwalla

    Senior Director and Head of Government Affairs, Africa at Qualcomm International Incorporated
  • Americo Muchanga (Director General of INCM)

    Americo Muchanga

    Director General of INCM
  • Pieter Nel (CEO for Africa of American Tower Corporation)

    Pieter Nel

    CEO for Africa of American Tower Corporation
  • Jim O

    Jim O'Connor

    President at U.S. Telecommunications Training Institute
  • Christine Sund (Study Group Advisor at ITU)

    Christine Sund

    Study Group Advisor at ITU
CYCLONE RECONSTRUCTION AND PRIVATE SECTOR ENGAGEMENT
H.E. Osvaldo MachatineH.E. Everton Herbert Chimulirenji

After two devastating cyclones in three short months, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Zambia are working hard to implement long-term reconstruction plans to address the needs of displaced residents and to proactively make their critical infrastructures more resilient for future storms. This session will feature the Presidents of all four affected countries, who will overview their recovery and reconstruction efforts to date and share their long-term development plans. Additionally, international donors and private sector representatives will offer comments on their involvement in the recovery and preparedness efforts. Finally, the panel will provide opportunities to hear from regional leaders on how those outside the four affected countries can contribute to the region’s long-term sustainable recovery.

  • HM

    H.E. Osvaldo Machatine

    Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources at Republic of Mozambique
  • HC

    H.E. Everton Herbert Chimulirenji

    Vice President at Republic of Malawi
Next Steps in U.S.-Africa Trade and Investments
H.E. Robert Ahomka-Lindsay

African countries have taken a significant step forward in integrating their economies and increasing their competitiveness with the ratification of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, the first phase of which went into effect May 30. African countries will start negotiations on the second phase of AfCFTA provisions in July, which will cover a broad range of important issues, including services and IPR. As countries begin to implement AfCFTA, regional and continental trade, their markets will become more integrated and it will be easier for companies to integrate into regional and global supply chains. American companies are increasingly interested the opportunities these developments are creating for increased trade and investment, at a time when the U.S. Government is increasing its efforts to support more trade and investment in and with African countries. This panel will offer an opportunity to hear from African Trade Ministers and USTR how they view these evolving opportunities.

  • H.E. Robert Ahomka-Lindsay (Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry at Republic of Ghana)

    H.E. Robert Ahomka-Lindsay

    Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry at Republic of Ghana
Power Africa (By Invitation Only)
Summit Reception
Networking Breakfast
Special Breakfast Session | More Money Than Good Projects
Diane Willkens

Africa is expected to generate $1T in sustainable business by 2030 related to cities, food, health, and energy together with 85 million new jobs.  In part, Africa’s growth will be supported by donor funding of $500 B over 10 years and led by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Hear practical steps to generate sales, enter new markets, support investments and sustainable supply chain objectives, and/or launch development initiatives with measurable outcomes.   There is more money than good projects.

  • Diane Willkens (President and CEO of Development Finance International)

    Diane Willkens

    President and CEO of Development Finance International
Plenary | The Business Case for Empowering Women
Temitope IluyemiKathryn KaufmanDr. Frannie LeautierAmanda McMillianMarianne MwanikiNonkululeko NyembeziHon. Djamila TamazirtLei Von Habsburg

Over the next three decades, African countries will account for two thirds of the world’s increase in population. While this increase offers a tremendous opportunity, it will likely exacerbate a broad range of existing challenges. For African countries to manage these challenges, it will be critical to find ways to create large numbers of new jobs, include more people into the formal economy and boost economic growth across various sectors and regions. Research has shown that one of the most effective tools African countries can employ is empowering women to be more economically active.


Over the last few years, public sentiment has changed from viewing women as a niche sector that should be protected, to understanding that they are in fact a dynamic engine of economic growth. Repayment rates for loans for women-owned businesses exceed 90%, while those for businesses owned by men hover around 30%. Women also tend to be most active in sectors with the greatest potential to increase productivity through capturing greater value-added services and products. The panel will outline current challenges faced by women in a variety of sectors as well as exploring innovative programs that have the potential to be more broadly replicated.

  • Temitope Iluyemi (Director, Global Government Relations, Sub Sahara Africa of Procter & Gamble (P&G))

    Temitope Iluyemi

    Director, Global Government Relations, Sub Sahara Africa of Procter & Gamble (P&G)
  • Kathryn Kaufman (Senior Vice President at OPIC)

    Kathryn Kaufman

    Senior Vice President at OPIC
  • Dr. Frannie Leautier (Chief Operating Officer at Trade and Development Bank (TDB))

    Dr. Frannie Leautier

    Chief Operating Officer at Trade and Development Bank (TDB)
  • Amanda McMillian (Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Anadarko)

    Amanda McMillian

    Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Anadarko
  • Marianne Mwaniki (Senior Vice President and Head, Social Impact Vice Chair, at The Visa Foundation)

    Marianne Mwaniki

    Senior Vice President and Head, Social Impact Vice Chair, at The Visa Foundation
  • Nonkululeko Nyembezi (Chair at Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE))

    Nonkululeko Nyembezi

    Chair at Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)
  • Hon. Djamila Tamazirt (Minister of Industry and Mines at People's Democratic Republic of Algeria)

    Hon. Djamila Tamazirt

    Minister of Industry and Mines at People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
  • Lei Von Habsburg (Contracts and Procurement Manager - Mozambique at Anadarko)

    Lei Von Habsburg

    Contracts and Procurement Manager - Mozambique at Anadarko
Networking Break
Panel | Leveraging Partnerships to Address Capacity Building Challenges
Lischen MashishiWilliam McKenzieProf. Emmanuel NnadozieDr. Nicky OkoyeAnthony WelcherThomas Yongo

Despite economic growth in African countries and their far-reaching social and institutional reforms, private investors in Africa still encounter an inadequate local workforce that inhibit gains on their investments. Capacity building, education and training are essential components of successful, long-term investment strategies in Africa. As Africa’s population is set to rise to two billion by 2050, the need for mechanization, training, service and support for technicians and engineers has exponentially risen.


Governments are increasingly favoring bilateral agreements, multilateral agencies and businesses that prioritize technology and knowledge transfer. Multilateral agencies are allocating resources to support private sector development whilst also working with regulators to provide an environment that will encourage more local and international investments. The session will focus on the ways in which the private sector and governments are partnering to close the capacity building gap that exists in many African countries.

  • Lischen Mashishi (Associate Director, Marketing Operations, Alliance & Project Manager of MSD)

    Lischen Mashishi

    Associate Director, Marketing Operations, Alliance & Project Manager of MSD
  • William McKenzie (Director of Sustainable Business Group, DAI)

    William McKenzie

    Director of Sustainable Business Group, DAI
  • Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie (Executive Secretary at African Capacity Building Foundation)

    Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie

    Executive Secretary at African Capacity Building Foundation
  • Dr. Nicky Okoye (Chief Strategy Officer and Founder of Nicky Okoye Organization)

    Dr. Nicky Okoye

    Chief Strategy Officer and Founder of Nicky Okoye Organization
  • Anthony Welcher (VP at Millennium Challenge Corporation)

    Anthony Welcher

    VP at Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Thomas Yongo (Regional Business Development Manager at Bechtel)

    Thomas Yongo

    Regional Business Development Manager at Bechtel
Panel: Sovereign Wealth Funds
Ari AisenCaster MosekiEric MeyerPapa Demba DialloJohn LentaigneJamal OmarTariq Squalli

Over the past decade, African countries have shown a commitment to developing their economies by channeling investments into strategic sectors and taking calculated risks in areas less attractive to private investors. African governments are embracing long-term investment strategies and relying on institutional investment with resources derived from their discretionary budgets or from natural resources. The relationship between the public and private sectors has the potential to stimulate large economic gains and sustain growth. This panel will highlight best practices of African governments managing their resources through strategic investments, allocating risk, and co-investing with institutional and private investors.

  • Ari Aisen (Resident Representative at International Monetary Fund)

    Ari Aisen

    Resident Representative at International Monetary Fund
  • Caster Moseki (Deputy Director of Bank of Botswana)

    Caster Moseki

    Deputy Director of Bank of Botswana
  • Eric Meyer (Deputy Assistant Secretary at United States Treasury)

    Eric Meyer

    Deputy Assistant Secretary at United States Treasury
  • Papa Demba Diallo (CEO of FONSIS)

    Papa Demba Diallo

    CEO of FONSIS
  • John Lentaigne (Chief Underwriter Officer at African Trade Insurance Agency)

    John Lentaigne

    Chief Underwriter Officer at African Trade Insurance Agency
  • Jamal Omar (Executive Director and Board Member of Bank of Mozambique)

    Jamal Omar

    Executive Director and Board Member of Bank of Mozambique
  • Tariq Squalli (Head of Investment at Ithmar Capital)

    Tariq Squalli

    Head of Investment at Ithmar Capital
Panel | From Counter-Terrorism to Cyber Security: Building for Resilience
Ghonche AlaviAde OgundoyinDr. Mostafa SharafGeneral Kip WardIbrahim DikkoRiaz Saloojee

In Africa, spending for homeland security is expected to reach $345 billion by 2022, up from $178 billion in 2010. The sectors of aviation, defense, communication, data, cyber security, counter-terrorism, peacekeeping and logistics have seen the biggest amounts of growth. Though terrorism threats remain a key concern for public and private actors, cyber-attacks have increased at an alarming rate which have affected cloud, traditional, and hybrid networks.


As a response, both governments and businesses are adopting a range of solutions to secure both physical and digital assets. The panel will examine how security actors, both in government and the private sector, are tackling changing and new threats by contributing meaningful solutions.

  • Ghonche Alavi (Cyber Extortion Expert at GardaWorld International Protective Services)

    Ghonche Alavi

    Cyber Extortion Expert at GardaWorld International Protective Services
  • Ade Ogundoyin (CEO of Proforce Limited)

    Ade Ogundoyin

    CEO of Proforce Limited
  • Dr. Mostafa Sharaf (Vice President of Middle East and Africa at Lockheed Martin International)

    Dr. Mostafa Sharaf

    Vice President of Middle East and Africa at Lockheed Martin International
  • General Kip Ward (Strategic Advisor at Vectrus Company)

    General Kip Ward

    Strategic Advisor at Vectrus Company
  • Ibrahim Dikko (CEO of Backbone Connectivity Network)

    Ibrahim Dikko

    CEO of Backbone Connectivity Network
  • Riaz Saloojee (CEO of Paramount South Africa)

    Riaz Saloojee

    CEO of Paramount South Africa
Panel | Transforming African Economies through Digitalization
Olugbenga AgboolaJabu BasopoW.E. Da'CruzOthmane El FerdaousElizabeth MigwallaLeland RiceOmosalewa Adeyemi

Digitalization is transforming economies across Africa. From facilitating increased access to education and healthcare to improving government services and data collection, leveraging digital platforms can improve how business is done on the continent.


Although Africa has leapfrogged some aspects of traditional development with technology, there remains considerable room for growth, which is often hindered by challenges such as lack of infrastructure and public policy. Panelists in this session will explore opportunities and consider obstacles for the expansion of digitization as a strategy for economic growth in Africa.

  • Olugbenga Agboola (CEO of Flutterwave Inc)

    Olugbenga Agboola

    CEO of Flutterwave Inc
  • Jabu Basopo (General Manager for Southern Africa at Visa)

    Jabu Basopo

    General Manager for Southern Africa at Visa
  • W.E. Da

    W.E. Da'Cruz

    Co-Founder of Virtual Global Consultant Group
  • Othmane El Ferdaous (Secretary of State for Investment at Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, Kingdom of Morocco)

    Othmane El Ferdaous

    Secretary of State for Investment at Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Elizabeth Migwalla (Senior Director and Head of Government Affairs, Africa at Qualcomm  International Incorporated)

    Elizabeth Migwalla

    Senior Director and Head of Government Affairs, Africa at Qualcomm International Incorporated
  • Leland Rice (CEO of Dedalus Global)

    Leland Rice

    CEO of Dedalus Global
  • Omosalewa Adeyemi (Global Partnerships & Expansion at Flutterwave Inc)

    Omosalewa Adeyemi

    Global Partnerships & Expansion at Flutterwave Inc
Panel | Promoting Industrialization in the Consumer Goods Sector
H.E. Souleymane DiarrassoubaDamian HattinghPierre LampeChuma NwokochaAlfred Olajide

Africa’s population will roughly double from today’s1.1 billion people to 2 billion by 2030. Africa’s youth and working age population are driving this growth, averaging 2.7% each year, more than double the growth in Latin America and Southeast Asia. McKinsey estimates that by 2025, nearly two-thirds of the 303 million African households will have discretionary income. Given the increasing importance consumer spending plays in African economies, the growth in the size and scope of the consumer market will be an important driver of job creation and economic growth. This panel will highlight companies’ strategies to harness the sector’s potential, recapture and surpass the boom of recent years, offer products that meet local demands, increase industrialization and highlight how they deal with factors that impede growth.

  • H.E. Souleymane Diarrassouba (Minister of Commerce, Industry and SME Promotion at Republic of Cote D'Ivoire)

    H.E. Souleymane Diarrassouba

    Minister of Commerce, Industry and SME Promotion at Republic of Cote D'Ivoire
  • Damian Hattingh (Partner at McKinsey & Company)

    Damian Hattingh

    Partner at McKinsey & Company
  • Pierre Lampe (Finance Director, Africa Expansion Markets of Procter & Gamble (P&G))

    Pierre Lampe

    Finance Director, Africa Expansion Markets of Procter & Gamble (P&G)
  • Chuma Nwokocha (Chief Executive at Standard Bank Mozambique)

    Chuma Nwokocha

    Chief Executive at Standard Bank Mozambique
  • Alfred Olajide (Regional Franchise Director of Coca Cola)

    Alfred Olajide

    Regional Franchise Director of Coca Cola
Doing Business in Mozambique Session
Networking Lunch
Plenary | Agribusiness 2.0
Vanessa AdamsAndre BurkettNuradin OsmanKarim Lotfi SenhadjiSadiq UsmanJosé Carlos Lopes Da Silva Bettencourt

By 2050 the world population is expected to grow to nearly 10 billion. According to the United Nations, Africa’s population alone will rise to 2.5 billion by the same time. However, the availability of arable land has quickly decreased largely due to an increased competition from urbanization and industrialization, alongside the consequences of climate change.





To feed their growing population, African nations must increase their productivity by implementing a better mix of mechanization, water management, data collection and usage. The panel will discuss the impact of data, technology and strategic policies of both private companies and governments in order to develop a sustainable agriculture ecosystem that meets the challenges of 21st century Africa.

  • Vanessa Adams (VP for Country Support and Delivery at AGRA)

    Vanessa Adams

    VP for Country Support and Delivery at AGRA
  • Andre Burkett (Head of Diversification, Leaf at Philip Morris International, Inc.)

    Andre Burkett

    Head of Diversification, Leaf at Philip Morris International, Inc.
  • Nuradin Osman (Vice President and General Manager Africa at AGCO)

    Nuradin Osman

    Vice President and General Manager Africa at AGCO
  • Karim Lotfi Senhadji (CEO of OCP Africa)

    Karim Lotfi Senhadji

    CEO of OCP Africa
  • Sadiq Usman (Deputy COO at Flour Mills of Nigeria, Plc)

    Sadiq Usman

    Deputy COO at Flour Mills of Nigeria, Plc
  • JL

    José Carlos Lopes Da Silva Bettencourt

    Secretary of State for Agriculture and Livestock at Republic of Angola
Roundtable | National Quality Infrastructure
Charles AzukaConstant BokaAmanda GcabasheDavid JankowskiBethany PhippsAnthony QuinnAlfredo SitoeNadine UmutoniChristine BrownRaymond MurenziSamba Ndao

The Standards Alliance will support the Roundtable on “National Quality Infrastructure to Support Trade and Investment.” The session will highlight existing national quality systems across the African continent to emphasize their role in supporting trade and investment between the U.S. and Africa. Presentations during the roundtable will include an overview of the standards and regulatory structures in each respective country, while including a brief summary of each organization’s role in the quality system.


Following this overview, presenters will utilize one example from a recent regulation for a consumer good to demonstrate each stage of the country’s regulatory system. This process will include stages of development from a decree or mandate to the finalization of a domestic regulation. The exercise will also note any opportunities for public consultation or comment before and after finalization.

  • Charles Azuka (Head, Global Product Stewardship at Procter & Gamble)

    Charles Azuka

    Head, Global Product Stewardship at Procter & Gamble
  • Constant Boka (General Manager at CODINORM)

    Constant Boka

    General Manager at CODINORM
  • Amanda Gcabashe (Executive, Certification Division at SABS)

    Amanda Gcabashe

    Executive, Certification Division at SABS
  • David Jankowski (Program Manager, International Development at American National Standards Institute)

    David Jankowski

    Program Manager, International Development at American National Standards Institute
  • Bethany Phipps (Program Administrator at American National Standards Institute (ANSI))

    Bethany Phipps

    Program Administrator at American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  • Anthony Quinn (Director of Public Policy and International Trade at ASTM International)

    Anthony Quinn

    Director of Public Policy and International Trade at ASTM International
  • Alfredo Sitoe (Director General of INNOQ)

    Alfredo Sitoe

    Director General of INNOQ
  • Nadine Umutoni (Project Coordinator at African Organization for Standardisation (ARSO))

    Nadine Umutoni

    Project Coordinator at African Organization for Standardisation (ARSO)
  • Christine Brown (Director for Technical Barriers to Trade of United States Trade Representative (USTR))

    Christine Brown

    Director for Technical Barriers to Trade of United States Trade Representative (USTR)
  • RM

    Raymond Murenzi

    Director General of RSB
  • Samba Ndao (Deputy Director of Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce at Senegal)

    Samba Ndao

    Deputy Director of Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce at Senegal
Networking Break
Panel | Franchising
Ewan DavenportEmma EsinnahDerrick RoperKirsty Simpson

With several mid-sized countries forecast to continue to grow above 5% per year, Africa’s middle class is expected to grow beyond its current share of 34% of the population, with consumers projected to spend an estimated $2.2 trillion on goods and services by 2030. Franchises have the potential to offer a good solution for countries looking to quickly fill capacity gaps in important sectors such as food and entertainment, while offering much needed entry-level jobs and new markets for local suppliers.


The panel will discuss several case studies from across various regions and sectors, offering suggestions on how African countries can maximize the opportunity to use franchising as a vector to create much needed jobs and stimulate economic growth. Specific suggestions will focus on policy and regulatory issues, as well as capacity and infrastructure issues, and will include steps companies can take to be more effective.

  • Ewan Davenport (General Manager for Africa at Pizza Hut)

    Ewan Davenport

    General Manager for Africa at Pizza Hut
  • Emma Esinnah (Director of Africa Franchise Center)

    Emma Esinnah

    Director of Africa Franchise Center
  • Derrick Roper (CEO of Novare Equity Partners (Pty) Ltd)

    Derrick Roper

    CEO of Novare Equity Partners (Pty) Ltd
  • Kirsty Simpson (Executive at ENS)

    Kirsty Simpson

    Executive at ENS
Panel | Business and Philanthropy: A Sustainable Partnership
Rui Manuel BarrosMamadou BiteyeC.D. GlinMichael LigonRashida PetersenVilliam TrskaKarin Manente

The trend towards purposeful Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) contributes directly to the bottom-line by reducing operating costs in the host country, building capacity and increasing brand value. Furthermore, socially-driven organizations have experienced a drastic decrease in funding over the last few years. The decrease has sparked global conversations as to the best practices to achieve sustainable and tangible social impacts, while also encouraging business ventures.


The panel will highlight case studies across the continent that will examine the unique relationships between corporations and social causes. The panelists will discuss how businesses select the causes they commit to, leverage innovative funding mechanisms and develop strategic partnerships between businesses and philanthropy that hope to achieve sustainability.

  • Rui Manuel Barros (CEO and Executive Board Member of Barclays Bank Mozambique)

    Rui Manuel Barros

    CEO and Executive Board Member of Barclays Bank Mozambique
  • Mamadou Biteye (Vice President of Social Impact for CEMEA at Visa)

    Mamadou Biteye

    Vice President of Social Impact for CEMEA at Visa
  • C.D. Glin (President and CEO of U.S. Africa Development Foundation)

    C.D. Glin

    President and CEO of U.S. Africa Development Foundation
  • Michael Ligon (Vice President, Corporate Affairs at Universal Corporation)

    Michael Ligon

    Vice President, Corporate Affairs at Universal Corporation
  • Rashida Petersen (Founder and CEO of 1847 Philanthropic)

    Rashida Petersen

    Founder and CEO of 1847 Philanthropic
  • Villiam Trska (Vice President, South Africa at Procter & Gamble (P&G))

    Villiam Trska

    Vice President, South Africa at Procter & Gamble (P&G)
  • Karin Manente (WFP Representative and Country Director - Mozambique of UN World Food Programme)

    Karin Manente

    WFP Representative and Country Director - Mozambique of UN World Food Programme
Panel | Electricity Trade: Achieving Universal Access to Power
Claudio BuqueAlex DixonAndrew HerscowitzPaul HinksFrancois-Xavier SauryThomas Trimble

Over 40 percent of businesses cite the lack of reliable power supply as the biggest constraint to their operations in Africa. The result of this impediment has caused some businesses to close or relocate. Access to affordable modern forms of energy is not only a prerequisite for economic prosperity, but also for local growth and sustainable development. Power Africa in its “Transmission Roadmap” aspires to mobilize at least $3 billion to install 7,500+ MW of transmission capacity and bring at least 10 priority projects to financial close by 2030.


With some countries experiencing an over-supply of electricity while others are underserved, cross-border transmission is critical to ensuring universal access to power. Moving power from its generation sources to where it is needed provides cost-efficient supply and enhances the energy security. The panel will discuss the main challenges to unlocking regional power trade, the benefits of connected countries and the role of stakeholders including regional power pools, multilateral development partners and private sector investors in executing the accessibility of universal power.

  • Claudio Buque (Energy Specialist at The World Bank Group)

    Claudio Buque

    Energy Specialist at The World Bank Group
  • Alex Dixon (Senior Director, Finance Investment and Trade of Millenium Challenge Corporation)

    Alex Dixon

    Senior Director, Finance Investment and Trade of Millenium Challenge Corporation
  • Andrew Herscowitz (Coordinator at Power Africa)

    Andrew Herscowitz

    Coordinator at Power Africa
  • Paul Hinks (CEO and Co-Founder of Symbion Power)

    Paul Hinks

    CEO and Co-Founder of Symbion Power
  • Francois-Xavier Saury (Microgrid Business Development Manager at Caterpillar Inc.)

    Francois-Xavier Saury

    Microgrid Business Development Manager at Caterpillar Inc.
  • Thomas Trimble (Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP)

    Thomas Trimble

    Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP
Panel | Strengthening Africa's Health Systems through Public-Private Partnerships
Lischen MashishiRogerio RibeiroDr. Papa Salif SowDr. Jeffrey SturchioDr. Amit N. ThakkerAngela WasunnaDr. Timothy Musila

As Universal Health Coverage (UHC) takes center stage in Africa’s healthcare industry, many governments are focused on implementing strategic plans to strengthen health infrastructure and increase public and private sector investments. The role of both the public and private sector is increasingly crucial in order to deliver reliable and successful healthcare to all Africans.


The panel will explore strategies needed to improve and advance effective healthcare products and service delivery systems which will accelerate and increase access to affordable, quality healthcare in Africa. Panelists will discuss successful solutions and partnership models to overcome the industry’s most pressing challenges to UHC. These solutions include innovative financing and insurance schemes, improvements to regulatory oversight of healthcare and cost-effective primary healthcare interventions.

  • Lischen Mashishi (Associate Director, Marketing Operations, Alliance & Project Manager of MSD)

    Lischen Mashishi

    Associate Director, Marketing Operations, Alliance & Project Manager of MSD
  • Rogerio Ribeiro (SVP Global Health Unit at GSK)

    Rogerio Ribeiro

    SVP Global Health Unit at GSK
  • Dr. Papa Salif Sow (Vice President Program Development & Management, Access Operations & Emerging Markets at Gilead Sciences, Inc.)

    Dr. Papa Salif Sow

    Vice President Program Development & Management, Access Operations & Emerging Markets at Gilead Sciences, Inc.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Sturchio (Chairman, Corporate Council on Africa & CEO of Rabin Martin)

    Dr. Jeffrey Sturchio

    Chairman, Corporate Council on Africa & CEO of Rabin Martin
  • Dr. Amit N. Thakker (Chairman at Africa Healthcare Federation)

    Dr. Amit N. Thakker

    Chairman at Africa Healthcare Federation
  • Angela Wasunna (Vice President, Global Policy, Corporate Affairs at Pfizer inc)

    Angela Wasunna

    Vice President, Global Policy, Corporate Affairs at Pfizer inc
  • Dr. Timothy Musila (Assistant Commissioner Health Services  (Private Sector Coordination), Department of  Global Health & Multi-sectoral Coordination at Ministry of Health, Kampala, Uganda)

    Dr. Timothy Musila

    Assistant Commissioner Health Services (Private Sector Coordination), Department of Global Health & Multi-sectoral Coordination at Ministry of Health, Kampala, Uganda
Special Session | The Great Lakes Region: The Case for Business Investment
General Kip WardHuang Xia
LNG Roundtable | LNG-to-Power: A Viable Solution in Africa?
George NjengaJason ParkerJames Simpson JrMike TheobaldJoe Uddo
  • George Njenga (Regional Executive- GE Steam Power Sub-Sahara Africa & Chief Operating Officer at GE EAST AFRICA SERVICES LIMITED)

    George Njenga

    Regional Executive- GE Steam Power Sub-Sahara Africa & Chief Operating Officer at GE EAST AFRICA SERVICES LIMITED
  • Jason Parker (Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP)

    Jason Parker

    Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP
  • James Simpson Jr (Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP)

    James Simpson Jr

    Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Mike Theobald (Lead for Power and Energy at AECOM)

    Mike Theobald

    Lead for Power and Energy at AECOM
  • Joe Uddo (Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Innovation and Market Development at Department of Energy)

    Joe Uddo

    Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Innovation and Market Development at Department of Energy
Networking Breakfast
Special Session | CCA Members Doing Good
Marie LichtenbergDr. Jeffrey SturchioNancy TraversyProf. Alain Tschudin

Sustainability and corporate social responsibility initiatives are hallmarks of many CCA member organizations that are heavily invested in Africa. In the case of most multinationals, their programs are highlighted by their marketing departments and through media and visible campaigns. There is less visibility, however, for the organizations whose core mission is to provide access to services and resources to some of Africa’s marginalized populations, and which thereby contribute in important ways to a more resilient and sustainable U.S.-Africa partnership – the theme of this Summit. This session will highlight a few of CCA’s member organizations and their initiatives doing good in Africa

  • Marie Lichtenberg (Director – International Partnerships of Planet Aid)

    Marie Lichtenberg

    Director – International Partnerships of Planet Aid
  • Dr. Jeffrey Sturchio (Chairman, Corporate Council on Africa & CEO of Rabin Martin)

    Dr. Jeffrey Sturchio

    Chairman, Corporate Council on Africa & CEO of Rabin Martin
  • Nancy Traversy (CEO & Co-founder of Barefoot Books at Ambassador for Books for Africa)

    Nancy Traversy

    CEO & Co-founder of Barefoot Books at Ambassador for Books for Africa
  • Prof. Alain Tschudin (Executive Director of Good Governance Africa)

    Prof. Alain Tschudin

    Executive Director of Good Governance Africa
Panel | U.S. Tools to Support U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment
Ramsey DayAlex DixonSteven DowdWorku GachouAmb. Dennis HearneSeward "Skip" JonesHeather LaniganRaphael Sambou

The United States’ government has made it a priority to support greater trade and investment ties between American and African companies. The session will update companies on the full range of U.S. government tools, summarize the Trump Administration’s Africa Policy, and provide the latest update on the various tools U.S. Government agencies are implementing. Included will be the installation of headline developments from OPIC, the Development Finance Corporate as well as the Millennium Challenge Corporation. A representative of the new President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa will provide a private sector view of these efforts.


The panel will provide an ideal opportunity for American and African companies to get the latest updates on U.S. Government programs and how they interact with each other, as well as to ask important questions and suggest areas of focus to the officials most directly involved in implementing these programs.

  • Ramsey Day (Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator | Africa Bureau at USAID)

    Ramsey Day

    Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator | Africa Bureau at USAID
  • Alex Dixon (Senior Director, Finance Investment and Trade of Millenium Challenge Corporation)

    Alex Dixon

    Senior Director, Finance Investment and Trade of Millenium Challenge Corporation
  • Steven Dowd (U.S. Representative from the USED's Office at African Development Bank)

    Steven Dowd

    U.S. Representative from the USED's Office at African Development Bank
  • Worku Gachou (Managing Director for Africa of OPIC)

    Worku Gachou

    Managing Director for Africa of OPIC
  • Amb. Dennis Hearne (U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique)

    Amb. Dennis Hearne

    U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique
  • Seward "Skip" Jones (Deputy Assistant Secretary, Middle East and Africa at U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC))

    Seward "Skip" Jones

    Deputy Assistant Secretary, Middle East and Africa at U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)
  • Heather Lanigan (Regional Director, Sub-Saharan Africa of USTDA)

    Heather Lanigan

    Regional Director, Sub-Saharan Africa of USTDA
  • Raphael Sambou (Economic and Commercial Officer at U.S. Department of State)

    Raphael Sambou

    Economic and Commercial Officer at U.S. Department of State
Panel | Incentivizing Investment in Africa's Creative Industry
Moreira ChonguicaSipho DlaminiYemisi FalayeGeorge GacharaOlubankole Wellington

In 2015, the creative economy generated nearly $2.25 trillion globally, with Africa accounting for less than 3 percent of its global revenue. Financial constraints and nascent infrastructure in the continent’s creative industries have confined production. Nonetheless, Africa’s creative industries, including music, film, and fashion have entered a new, dynamic phase largely due to the emergence of digital technology, which has transformed the production of content across the continent.





The panel will discuss the innovative initiatives and models fast-tracking the development of Africa’s creative industries, as well as ways to incentivize capital investment and ensure the integration of African content into the global creative industry.

  • Moreira Chonguica (Executive Producer at Maputo International Jazz Festival)

    Moreira Chonguica

    Executive Producer at Maputo International Jazz Festival
  • Sipho Dlamini (Managing Director – South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa of Universal Music Africa)

    Sipho Dlamini

    Managing Director – South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa of Universal Music Africa
  • Yemisi Falaye (Entertainment Lawyer at Adepetun Caxton-Martins Agbor & Segun (ACAS-Law))

    Yemisi Falaye

    Entertainment Lawyer at Adepetun Caxton-Martins Agbor & Segun (ACAS-Law)
  • George Gachara (Managing Partner at HEVA Fund LLP)

    George Gachara

    Managing Partner at HEVA Fund LLP
  • Olubankole Wellington (CEO of Empire Mates Entertainment)

    Olubankole Wellington

    CEO of Empire Mates Entertainment
Panel | Innovative Solutions Addressing Africa's Housing Shortage
Munene MathengeBen ModoTamarind MurriettaIsoken OmoAimé Mananda

According to WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, a third of all urban dwellers worldwide – 1.2 billion people – lack access to safe and secure housing. Lower and middle-income countries are the most affected, with governments increasingly unable to provide services and infrastructure to adequately address the concerns. Certain cities in Africa welcome more than 40,000 people every day, many of whom find themselves without a roof over their heads.


In recent years, some African governments, along with supporting multilateral agencies, have prioritized sustainable urban development and affordable housing. The soaring demand is being met through initiatives that aim to increase private sector participation. Africa’s housing market presents an excellent business opportunity for developers with the technical and financial strength to construct large-scale projects. Panelists will address the steps that governments have taken to partner with the private sector, in order to develop an affordable sustainable housing sector as well as share best practices and success stories on the continent.

  • Munene Mathenge (General Manager at DLR Group)

    Munene Mathenge

    General Manager at DLR Group
  • Ben Modo (CEO of Prime Potomac Group)

    Ben Modo

    CEO of Prime Potomac Group
  • Tamarind Murrietta (Senior Commercial Officer at US Embassy Mozambique)

    Tamarind Murrietta

    Senior Commercial Officer at US Embassy Mozambique
  • Isoken Omo (Executive Chairperson at Edo Development and Property Agency)

    Isoken Omo

    Executive Chairperson at Edo Development and Property Agency
  • Aimé Mananda (Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Africa Cement Company)

    Aimé Mananda

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Africa Cement Company
Panel | Innovative Strategies for Africa's 21st Century Healthcare Needs
Dr. Mohamed El SahiliDr. Pape GayeDr. Egbe Osifo-DawoduMarie-Ange Saraka-YaoNicole SpiekerTanya WatsonIkechukwu Ofuani

Many African countries are challenged with the “double burden,” meaning both the high prevalence of infectious diseases combined with the rapid rise of non-communicable diseases. The burden is amplified by the lack of access to affordable, quality healthcare services and facilities. Nevertheless, innovations and advancements in technology, medical equipment and public-private partnerships can provide solutions that enable African countries to tackle these critical issues.


From electronic medical records to drone delivering life-saving medicine and minimally invasive procedures, innovative solutions are driving advancements in healthcare across the continent. Both the public and private sector are identifying new ways to leverage strategic partnerships that enhance service delivery across the continent. The session will explore successful strategies and new products that address healthcare needs in Africa.

  • Dr. Mohamed El Sahili (Chief Executive Officer at Medland Health Services)

    Dr. Mohamed El Sahili

    Chief Executive Officer at Medland Health Services
  • Dr. Pape Gaye (President and CEO of Intrahealth International)

    Dr. Pape Gaye

    President and CEO of Intrahealth International
  • Dr. Egbe Osifo-Dawodu (Founding Partner at Anadach Group)

    Dr. Egbe Osifo-Dawodu

    Founding Partner at Anadach Group
  • Marie-Ange Saraka-Yao (Managing Director, Resource Mobilization and Private Sector Partnerships of GAVI Alliance)

    Marie-Ange Saraka-Yao

    Managing Director, Resource Mobilization and Private Sector Partnerships of GAVI Alliance
  • Nicole Spieker (East Africa Director of PharmAccess)

    Nicole Spieker

    East Africa Director of PharmAccess
  • Tanya Watson (Reimbursement Manager at Medtronic, Inc.)

    Tanya Watson

    Reimbursement Manager at Medtronic, Inc.
  • Ikechukwu Ofuani (Director, Government Affairs and Policy of Johnson and Johnson West Africa)

    Ikechukwu Ofuani

    Director, Government Affairs and Policy of Johnson and Johnson West Africa
Networking Break
B2G Session: Trade and Investment Meetings with Prosper Africa

These short one-on-one meetings are an opportunity for U.S. and African private sector representatives to interact directly with U.S. Government representatives. Representatives can learn about the full range of trade and investment support services that Prosper Africa offers and how companies and investors can access them.

Panel | Aviation: Catalyst for Economic Development in Africa
Adefunke AdeyemiMiriam Chiazor-NwegbeThobi DumaSanjeev GadhiaChamsou Andjorin

Across Africa, air transport of passengers and cargo supports 6.8 million jobs and contributes $72.5 billion to Africa’s GDP. Air transportation is a driver of trade as over a third of all global trade by value is sent by air. McKinsey estimates that Africans alone could be buying $75 billion worth of goods and services by 2025.


The panel will discuss how investment in the aviation sector can drive socio-economic transformation in Africa and the future impact on air-travel and trade across the continent if restrictions on intra-Africa travel are lifted. The direct link aviation provides to connectivity and productivity will allow African markets to benefit and create the framework for innovative and sustainable economic growth.

  • Adefunke Adeyemi (Regional Head, Member and External Relations, Africa and Middle East at International Air Transport Association (IATA))

    Adefunke Adeyemi

    Regional Head, Member and External Relations, Africa and Middle East at International Air Transport Association (IATA)
  • Miriam Chiazor-Nwegbe (Chief Operating Officer at Afrotourism West Africa Limited)

    Miriam Chiazor-Nwegbe

    Chief Operating Officer at Afrotourism West Africa Limited
  • Thobi Duma (Country Manager Mozambique at South African Airways)

    Thobi Duma

    Country Manager Mozambique at South African Airways
  • Sanjeev Gadhia (Founder and CEO of Astral Aviation)

    Sanjeev Gadhia

    Founder and CEO of Astral Aviation
  • Chamsou Andjorin (Director Government Affairs and Market Development SSA of The Boeing Company)

    Chamsou Andjorin

    Director Government Affairs and Market Development SSA of The Boeing Company
Panel | Rising Stars
Chalker KansteinerNaledi KhaboMarcia MaposseNneile NkholiseAkintunde OyebodeMaria RotiluTania Tome

They are game changers, thought leaders, innovators, problem solvers, leaders and drivers of development and growth. They are young leaders both in the public and private sectors. They are aware of what it takes to successfully operate a business or be a public servant. They know and understand the challenges but, still forge ahead bringing much needed change to their communities, governments and corporations. They aim to compete at the global level and set the highest standards.


The panel will showcase some of the emerging leaders driving political and economic change on the continent. The panelists will discuss how innovative and solution driven initiatives have helped them forged their own identity in their respective fields.

  • Chalker Kansteiner (Founder of GridX Africa)

    Chalker Kansteiner

    Founder of GridX Africa
  • Naledi Khabo (CEO of Africa Tourism Association)

    Naledi Khabo

    CEO of Africa Tourism Association
  • Marcia Maposse (Founder and CEO of Bindzu Agribusiness)

    Marcia Maposse

    Founder and CEO of Bindzu Agribusiness
  • Nneile Nkholise (Founder and CEO of Imed Tech South Africa)

    Nneile Nkholise

    Founder and CEO of Imed Tech South Africa
  • Akintunde Oyebode (Special Advisor to the Governor at Ekiti State)

    Akintunde Oyebode

    Special Advisor to the Governor at Ekiti State
  • Maria Rotilu (General Manager Nigeria at Branch International)

    Maria Rotilu

    General Manager Nigeria at Branch International
  • Tania Tome (Executive Director of Ecokaya Investments Group)

    Tania Tome

    Executive Director of Ecokaya Investments Group
Panel | Lessons Learned: U.S.-African Business Partnerships
Stephen CashinPaul HinksSeward "Skip" JonesSobhi ObeidAziz RahmanPaul Sullivan

While many see the potential for American companies to contribute to Africa’s economic and commercial development goals, the key is to create more business partnerships between U.S. and African firms. U.S. companies bring world class technology, skills transfer, capital and access to new markets for African partners. African companies bring knowledge of local markets, innovation, entrepreneurialism and access to opportunities. However, the challenge of finding viable partners remain an important question for both U.S. and African firms.


The panel will feature U.S. companies successfully doing business in Africa, including several current and past members of the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA). Panelists will highlight their best practices as well as the challenges they faced in developing business opportunities in Africa. They will also discuss their most effective strategies in terms of finding local partners, suppliers and offer their thoughts on how to improve American and African private sector collaboration to develop more robust opportunities.

  • Stephen Cashin (CEO and Founder of Pan African Capital Group LLC)

    Stephen Cashin

    CEO and Founder of Pan African Capital Group LLC
  • Paul Hinks (CEO and Co-Founder of Symbion Power)

    Paul Hinks

    CEO and Co-Founder of Symbion Power
  • Seward "Skip" Jones (Deputy Assistant Secretary, Middle East and Africa at U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC))

    Seward "Skip" Jones

    Deputy Assistant Secretary, Middle East and Africa at U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)
  • Sobhi Obeid (Country Manager, Angola & Mozambique at The Dow Chemical Company)

    Sobhi Obeid

    Country Manager, Angola & Mozambique at The Dow Chemical Company
  • Aziz Rahman (Corporate Bank Head for SSA at Citi)

    Aziz Rahman

    Corporate Bank Head for SSA at Citi
  • Paul Sullivan (Senior Vice President - International at Acrow Bridge)

    Paul Sullivan

    Senior Vice President - International at Acrow Bridge
Panel | Blended Finance
Erik BethelAnne-Marie ChidzeroEjike EgbuaguThomas LaryeaMichael MutigaAlejandro TawilSamira Mensah

Africa’s investment needs are immense, for example a minimum of $130 billion a year is needed to finance various infrastructure projects. In order to do effectively, African countries will need to unlock the potential of greater regional trade integration. Various infrastructural needs have exceeded the ability of traditional government financing tools. Traditional private sector concerns over several risks have tended to make financing for projects in Africa exceedingly expensive.


As a result, over the last ten years blended finance, using limited concessional development finance and philanthropic funds, has developed to de-risk and mobilize large-scale private capital flows to emerging and frontier markets. Sub-Saharan Africa currently receives an estimated 42% of the $138 billion in annual blended financial flows. The panel will explore current, alternative and blended finance activities, combined with the potential to develop and implement blended finance solutions in partnership with private, public and philanthropic organizations.

  • Erik Bethel (US Executive Director of World Bank)

    Erik Bethel

    US Executive Director of World Bank
  • Anne-Marie Chidzero (CIO at FSD Africa Investments)

    Anne-Marie Chidzero

    CIO at FSD Africa Investments
  • Ejike Egbuagu (CEO of Moneda Investment LTD)

    Ejike Egbuagu

    CEO of Moneda Investment LTD
  • Thomas Laryea (Counsel at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe)

    Thomas Laryea

    Counsel at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
  • Michael Mutiga (Corporate Banking Head at Citi Kenya)

    Michael Mutiga

    Corporate Banking Head at Citi Kenya
  • Alejandro Tawil (Partner and Chairman at Third Way Africa)

    Alejandro Tawil

    Partner and Chairman at Third Way Africa
  • Samira Mensah (Director-Lead Analyst Africa Financial Services Group: EMEA of S&P Global)

    Samira Mensah

    Director-Lead Analyst Africa Financial Services Group: EMEA of S&P Global
Closing Lunch and Plenary | U.S. Stake in African Regional and Global Trade
H.E. Mohcine JazouliHon. Gilbert B. KaplanH.E Erastus MwenchaHon. Ed RoyceDr. Witney SchneidmanAdmassu TadesseSandile Hlophe

African countries are well on their way to completing the first stage of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCTA). One of the primary motivations is to increase regional and continental trade integration, which in turn will create a significant amount of new jobs and boost economic growth across the continent. Greater integration and adopting common standards will also facilitate Africa’s development of next-generation technologies in sectors like ICT, advanced manufacturing and services. African governments and companies are keenly aware that they need to be more competitive to join global value chains and attract increased foreign direct investment (FDI).


As a result, there is a strong interest in hearing more from American companies about their needs. With the expiry of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) a mere five years away, the United States is too at an inflection point. The expiry of AGOA allows the United States’ government and businesses to craft longer-term strategies that will invigorate trade and investment in Africa. The panel will highlight some of the key themes for the coming years and suggest steps the U.S. and Africa can take to build a better future together.

  • H.E. Mohcine Jazouli (Deputy Minister in Charge of Cooperation with Africa at Kingdom of Morocco)

    H.E. Mohcine Jazouli

    Deputy Minister in Charge of Cooperation with Africa at Kingdom of Morocco
  • Hon. Gilbert B. Kaplan (Under Secretary for International Trade at Department of Commerce)

    Hon. Gilbert B. Kaplan

    Under Secretary for International Trade at Department of Commerce
  • H.E Erastus Mwencha (Chair of the Executive Board at African Capacity Building Foundation)

    H.E Erastus Mwencha

    Chair of the Executive Board at African Capacity Building Foundation
  • Hon. Ed Royce (Policy Director of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP (BHFS))

    Hon. Ed Royce

    Policy Director of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP (BHFS)
  • Dr. Witney Schneidman (Senior International Advisor for Africa at Covington & Burling LLP)

    Dr. Witney Schneidman

    Senior International Advisor for Africa at Covington & Burling LLP
  • Admassu Tadesse (President and CEO of Trade and Development Bank)

    Admassu Tadesse

    President and CEO of Trade and Development Bank
  • Sandile Hlophe (Africa Leader for Government and Public Sector at EY)

    Sandile Hlophe

    Africa Leader for Government and Public Sector at EY
International Jazz Concert