ENTREPRENEURSHIP

REINVENTING CAPITALISM: HOW SHARED VALUE CREATION CAN DRIVE GROWTH THROUGH SOCIAL PROGRESS

Shared value has gained traction as a new way for companies to achieve economic success – by positioning social value creation at the center of what they do. Rather than treating societal issues as peripheral, firms can enhance their competitiveness by adopting social value as a core concern. Corporations constitute some of the largest economic entities in the world, and there is massive untapped potential for them to solve problems at scale, often through building a coalition with stakeholders in the public sector. This panel will explore the potential for the shared value approach to drive large-scale societal gains in Africa.

 
Judy Beals, Director of Private Sector Development, Oxfam

Judy Beals, Director of Private Sector Development, Oxfam

Ivan Lumala, Principal Consultant, Tellistic Technology Services

Ivan Lumala, Principal Consultant, Tellistic Technology Services

Henning Ringholz, Director of Market Systems, GOAL

Henning Ringholz, Director of Market Systems, GOAL

Talya Bosch, Partner, The Purpose Collaborative

Talya Bosch, Partner, The Purpose Collaborative

Nneka Eze, Associate Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors

Nneka Eze, Associate Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors

 

THE VOICE OF FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS ON THE CONTINENT

Traditionally, women have held an important role in African society. As Africa enters a new stage of growth, entrepreneurs have been quintessential in shaping the economy. We will explore how women are able to use their unique place in society to not only participate in this entrepreneurial growth, but also share new products, ideas, and innovations in the business world. Already, Africa leads the world in the percentage of female entrepreneurs and it is important that we share the stories of their successes. Women will be integral in helping Africa experience the next stage of growth and highlighting these achievements will help.

Mariama Kabia, Co-founder and CEO, Memunatu Magazine

Mariama Kabia, Co-founder and CEO, Memunatu Magazine

Elizabeth Ngonzi, CEO, Afrika Tikkun USA

Elizabeth Ngonzi, CEO, Afrika Tikkun USA

Taffi Ayodele, Co-founder and Chief Fit Officer, Thando’s

Taffi Ayodele, Co-founder and Chief Fit Officer, Thando’s

Sam Rosmarin, Founder and Managing Partner, Inroads Ventures

Sam Rosmarin, Founder and Managing Partner, Inroads Ventures

Amy Sarr Fall , Founder & CEO,  Intelligence Magazine

Amy Sarr Fall , Founder & CEO,  Intelligence Magazine

Yasmin Belo Osagie, Co-founder, She Leads Africa

Yasmin Belo Osagie, Co-founder, She Leads Africa

BATTLEFIELD STORIES: HARAMBEANS AND INVESTORS REVEALED

Given the inchoate nature Africa's entrepreneurial ecosystem, the dos and don'ts of capital raising across African markets resides not in textbooks, classrooms or YouTube videos, but in the real world experiences of entrepreneurs raising millions of dollars from angels, VCs and institutional investors. Join our off-the-record fireside chat, as accomplished entrepreneurs in the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance and their investors reveal the secrets of the trade.

Jenna M. O’Brien, Project Manager, IDP Foundation, Inc

Jenna M. O’Brien, Project Manager, IDP Foundation, Inc

Okendo Lewis-Gayle, Chairman, Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance

Okendo Lewis-Gayle, Chairman, Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance

Elizabeth Nyeko, Co-Founder, Mandulis Energy

Elizabeth Nyeko, Co-Founder, Mandulis Energy

Yasmin Kumi, Africa Foresight Group

Yasmin Kumi, Africa Foresight Group

Adetayo Bamiduro, Co-Founder, MAX

Adetayo Bamiduro, Co-Founder, MAX

KJ Singh, Managing Director, Techstars New York

KJ Singh, Managing Director, Techstars New York

FINANCE

IMPACT INVESTING IN AFRICA: THE NEXT PARTNERSHIP FRONTIER?

Access to finance remains a critical enabler to entrepreneurship-led development, investment, and growth in sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, investors on the continent bemoan a shortage of investment opportunities that can generate attractive risk-adjusted returns while delivering high-impact and sustainable development. The panel will therefore explore the extent to which Africa requires bespoke impact investing models to be developed between the private and public sectors to unlock private investment to accelerate development and growth. The discussion will draw from the collective breadth of experience from expert panelists in the fields of finance, investment and public policy to offer insights on challenges around traditional financing mechanisms and related emerging opportunities for collaboration between investors, financiers and policymakers.

Lyal White, Director, GIBS Center for Dynamic Markets

John Macomber, Professor, Harvard Business School

John Macomber, Professor, Harvard Business School

Janade du Plessis, Founder, Abrazo Capital

Janade du Plessis, Founder, Abrazo Capital

James Mwangi, Executive Director, Dalberg Group

James Mwangi, Executive Director, Dalberg Group

Temi Abimbola, Lead Advisor to Senior VP: Market Development, African Development Bank

Temi Abimbola, Lead Advisor to Senior VP: Market Development, African Development Bank

Ian Ross, Executive Director, Hollard Insurance & Co Founder, HUGInsure

Ian Ross, Executive Director, Hollard Insurance & Co Founder, HUGInsure

CLOSING THE GAP IN START UP FINANCING

High-potential early-stage African entrepreneurs struggle to attract investors interested in contributing to the continent’s growth while achieving appropriate returns. This panel will explore factors that are keeping capital away from African entrepreneurs and explore solutions to improve the funding gap that currently exists.

 

 
Efosa Ojomo,Forum for Growth and Innovation Center at the Harvard Business School

Efosa Ojomo,Forum
for Growth and Innovation Center at the Harvard Business School

Eric Osiakwan, Managing Partner, Chanzo Capital

Eric Osiakwan, Managing Partner, Chanzo Capital

Oliver Merkel, Partner, Bain and Company South Africa

Oliver Merkel, Partner, Bain and Company South Africa

Euler Bropleh, Founder, VestedWorld  

Euler Bropleh, Founder, VestedWorld
 

Wale Ayeni, Senior Investment Officer, Venture Capital, IFC

Wale Ayeni, Senior Investment Officer, Venture Capital, IFC

 

PRIVATE EQUITY IN AFRICA: STRUGGLES AND TRIUMPHS IN POWERING AFRICA’S LONG-TERM GROWTH

Private equity firms successfully raised a record $4 billion (USD) for Africa in 2015. Where do fund managers see investment opportunities now, especially after the Chinese slowdown and the declines in commodity prices and currencies? What are region-specific struggles and how do they overcome? Leading fund managers will discuss their unique approaches in deal sourcing, portfolio management, and exiting investments in Africa, and give advice to young professionals seeking their career in private equity in the region.

 
Adam Ikdal, Senior Partner, The Boston Consulting Group

Adam Ikdal, Senior Partner,

The Boston Consulting Group

Paul Hinks, CEO of Symbion Power / The Chairman of Invest Africa USA

Paul Hinks, CEO of Symbion Power / The Chairman of Invest Africa USA

Stephane Le Bouder, Managing Director, AFIG Funds

Stephane Le Bouder, Managing Director, AFIG Funds

Saqib Rashid, Principal, The Abraaj Group

Saqib Rashid, Principal, The Abraaj Group

Ameel Somani, Principal, Helios Investment Partners

Ameel Somani, Principal, Helios Investment Partners

 

FINTECH EVOLUTION – IS THIS INNOVATION NOW THE NORM? 

The number of success stories in FinTech are on the increase as consumers buy into the ease and cost effective alternative of the new financial services world. New market penetration success stories in Africa in particular speak to the reality that FinTech services are key to the future growth of financial services across the continent. How far are we from, and what are the next evolutions required, to create the first comprehensive, one stop, totally integrated, digital financial services offering? Or will conventional financial institutions respond to the threat and take the lead in this digitisation race?

 
David Porteous, Founder and CEO, BFA

David Porteous, Founder and CEO, BFA

Edward Stokes, Managing Director, Intrepid HR

Edward Stokes, Managing Director, Intrepid HR

Shirley Gilbey, Head of Strategic Partnerships for Open Innovation, Barclays Africa

Shirley Gilbey, Head of Strategic Partnerships for Open Innovation, Barclays Africa

Stephen Deng, Investment Officer, DFS Lab

Stephen Deng, Investment Officer, DFS Lab

Omoke Adebanjo, Vice President and Area Business Head, West Africa, MasterCard

Omoke Adebanjo, Vice President and Area Business Head, West Africa, MasterCard

 

HEALTHCARE

A BALANCING ACT: PROFIT VS. SOCIAL GOOD IN HEALTHCARE DELIVERY

Traditionally, healthcare - like education - has fallen under the domain of the public or private, non-profit sector. How, then, do for-profit businesses enter into this space and maximally benefit the overall healthcare system while also capturing the necessary value for themselves? In fact, is this sharing of benefits inherently problematic, with any focus on profit detracting from the charitable impetus to save a life? Panelists from the for-profit world will discuss what role the private sector should play in delivering quality, affordable healthcare in resource-constrained communities, and how they strike a balance between doing good and making money.

 
Nikhil Pereira-Kamath: CEO, Co-founder, Africa Healthcare Network

Nikhil Pereira-Kamath: CEO, Co-founder, Africa Healthcare Network

Asha Varghese, Director of Global Health Programs - GE Foundation

Asha Varghese, Director of Global Health Programs - GE Foundation

Muyi Aina, Founder and Managing Partner, Solina Group

Muyi Aina, Founder and Managing Partner, Solina Group

Emmanuel Nyirinkindi, Global Head, IFC PPP Advisory Services 

Emmanuel Nyirinkindi, Global Head, IFC PPP Advisory Services 

Dr. Taryn Vian, Faculty Director, MBA-MPH Program, Boston University

Dr. Taryn Vian, Faculty Director, MBA-MPH Program, Boston University

 

IS AFRICA BEING SET UP TO FAIL? THE GLOBAL AGENDA ON UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE (UHC)

What will it take to achieve Universal Health Coverage in Africa? In 2012, all 54 African countries signed the UN resolution to achieve UHC by 2030. No African country is close to achieving the target ( >90% of the population having access to skilled birth attendance and insurance coverage).  Just like the MDGs, are we taking on more than we can achieve? Is the time right for such an endeavor? One barrier to UHC that Africa faces is health care financing. What partnerships do we need to fund UHC? This session will explore unique opportunities for partnerships and collaborations within health care.  #HealthcareForAll#OccupyHealthcare #AfricaInvests#BringBackOurDocs

Jonathan Quick, CEO, Management Science for Health  

Jonathan Quick, CEO, Management Science for Health

 

Dr Ntuthuko Bhengu, Commissioner, National Planning Commission of South Africa

Dr Ntuthuko Bhengu, Commissioner, National Planning Commission of South Africa

Dr Peter Okebukola, Associate Partner, McKinsey

Dr Peter Okebukola, Associate Partner, McKinsey

Dr Mamka Anyona, Physician/Doctoral Candidate, Harvard Chan School of Public Health

Dr Mamka Anyona, Physician/Doctoral Candidate, Harvard Chan School of Public Health

Chinedu Chugbo,  Principal, Avigo Health

Chinedu Chugbo,  Principal, Avigo Health

Ronald Mutasa, Senior Health Specialist, World Bank

Ronald Mutasa, Senior Health Specialist, World Bank

EDUCATION

INNOVATIONS FOR IMPACT IN EDUCATION: IMPROVING QUALITY IN RESOURCE CONSTRAINED COMMUNITIES

This panel highlights cutting-edge approaches to improving education quality in Sub-Saharan Africa from the perspective of NGOs, private sector actors, investors, and government partners. From privatizing primary schools to re-designing systems of higher education, this panel explores how new models and technology-based solutions can be utilized to transform the delivery of education across the continent.

 

Dai Ellis, Co-Founder, Kepler and Nova Pioneer

Dai Ellis, Co-Founder, Kepler and Nova Pioneer

Alex Smith, Bridge International Academies

Alex Smith, Bridge International Academies

Dr. Neva,  Founder of NEVA Alliance Training Co.

Dr. Neva,  Founder of NEVA Alliance Training Co.

Meghan Mahoney, Rwanda Expansion, Educate

Meghan Mahoney, Rwanda Expansion, Educate

Chinezi Chijioke, Founder and CEO, Nova Pioneer Education Group

Chinezi Chijioke, Founder and CEO, Nova Pioneer Education Group

Phil Michaels, Co-founder and CEO of Tembo Education

Phil Michaels, Co-founder and CEO of Tembo Education

INFRASTRUCTURE

THE ART OF THE DEAL: DRIVERS OF SUCCESS (AND FAILURE) FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PPPS FROM ALL SIDES OF THE TABLE

The ideal conditions for a successful PPP are well-defined in the literature: transparency, source of repayment, contract and ability to enforce terms, good intent, and thoughtful project selection. In the real world, we all know that these conditions can never be fulfilled simultaneously. How do stakeholders manage this reality to ensure the success of a PPP? What are the most frequent reasons that PPPs fall through?  This session will attempt to understand how the answers to these questions correspond or differ among public, private, and multilateral actors.

 
Nikhil Pereira-Kamath, CEO, Co-founder, Africa Healthcare Network

Nikhil Pereira-Kamath, CEO, Co-founder, Africa Healthcare Network

Ato Boateng, infrastructure finance, HKS

Ato Boateng, infrastructure finance, HKS

Akash Deep, Professor, HKS

Akash Deep, Professor, HKS

Emmanuel Nyirinkindi, Global head of PPPs, IFC

Emmanuel Nyirinkindi, Global head of PPPs, IFC

 

BEYOND PPPS: NEW MODELS FOR PARTNERSHIPS TO DEVELOP AND FINANCE INFRASTRUCTURE

With wide recognition that external resources will be required to close the infrastructure finance gap in Africa, Public Private Partnerships have been increasingly looked to as a method to finance large infrastructure projects. Yet these partnerships require huge upfront investments to structure complex relationships and forecast financial and operational feasibility, and have often failed to deliver promised results. Are there other models to mobilize private capital flows for public service delivery more effectively? When should governments, DFIs, and the private sector look into these models? This discussion will explore alternative methods of financing for infrastructure investments, and evaluate when governments should look beyond PPPs as a procurement mechanism to better mobile resources, allocate risk or align incentives.

 
Sudeep Desaraju, VP of Debt Finance,  BBOXX (Rwanda)

Sudeep Desaraju, VP of Debt Finance,  BBOXX (Rwanda)

Joyce Shyngle-Eigwe, Executive Director, GE West Africa

Joyce Shyngle-Eigwe, Executive Director, GE West Africa

Ronak Gopaldas, Head of Country Risk, Rand Merchant Bank (South Africa)

Ronak Gopaldas, Head of Country Risk, Rand Merchant Bank (South Africa)

 

 

URBAN CONTINENT

Africa is currently the least urbanized continent – but at an annual urbanization rate of 3.5%, its cities are growing faster than any other’s. By 2030, half of Africans will live in cities. What infrastructure will these 800 million urban dwellers need, and how much of this will be developed by the private sector? Where are urban needs and commercial interest in conflict, and where do they align? Architects, academics, public actors, and companies will debate how we can build inclusive, commercially viable African cities.

 
Jordan Fabyanske, Associate Partner,Dalberg

Jordan Fabyanske, Associate Partner,Dalberg

Ameel Somani, Principal, Helios

Ameel Somani, Principal, Helios

Alon Lits, General Manager, Uber Africa

Alon Lits, General Manager, Uber Africa

 

LEADERSHIP

THE CHALLENGE OF LEADERSHIP IN AFRICA

Does becoming and African leader today imply a necessary amount of self-sacrifice for the sake of a greater good? Is there a higher personal price to taking on leadership roles in our home continent vis-à-vis the West?

 
Toyosi Akerele Ogunsiji, Founder/CEO, Rise Networks

Toyosi Akerele Ogunsiji,
Founder/CEO, Rise Networks

Yasmin Kumi, Africa Foresight Group

Yasmin Kumi, Africa Foresight Group

Graham Sinclair, Sustainable investments expert

Graham Sinclair, Sustainable investments expert

Ronak Gopaldas, Head of Country Risk, Rand Merchant Bank (South Africa)

Ronak Gopaldas, Head of Country Risk, Rand Merchant Bank (South Africa)

 

MEDIA

LEVERAGING MEDIA PLATFORMS TO PROMOTE AFRICAN CULTURE FROM THE AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE

Increasingly, Africans are showcasing to the world how they live, love and laugh. Think hit web-series, “African City”, hit movies “The Wedding”, “Happiness is Four-Letter Word”, “Fifty”, TV series “Bukas & Joints”, Broadway show “Eclipsed”… New media has transformed how this content gets created, published, distributed and consumed by a wider audience. It takes money to tell your own story and Africans are finding the means to shape and tell their own narrative. This panel will examine the role media platforms have in shaping the perception of Africa and Africans and the economics behind this. This panel will also explore the role that the media plays in defining what it means to be “African”, in the age of U.S President Obama (Kenyan heritage) and “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah. The portrayal of Africans in the media either reinforces or reduces biases and stereotypes, all which have an impact - direct or indirect - on how the world responds to the continent and her citizens (from music, movies / TV series to investing in Africa).

Sbusiso Leope, DJ, CNBC Africa

Sbusiso Leope, DJ, CNBC Africa

Victor Mallet, CEO, ReelAfrican

Victor Mallet, CEO, ReelAfrican

Elias Schulze, Founder, Kana TV

Elias Schulze, Founder, Kana TV

Yolanda Sangweni, Digital Content Director,  ESSENCE Magazine

Yolanda Sangweni, Digital Content Director,  ESSENCE Magazine

Katung Musa Aduwak, Senior Channel Manager, MTV Base,

Katung Musa Aduwak, Senior Channel Manager, MTV Base,

 

AGRIBUSINESS

THE FOOD CHALLENGE: CAPTURING GREATER VALUE FROM FARM TO TABLE

Burundian researcher, Janvier D. Nkurunziza, declared that Africa is in a state of “chronic dependency”, wherein countries are dependent on excessive exports of raw agricultural products, while simultaneously importing themajority of their consumer goods. This session brings together leaders who are confronting this challenge by developing Africa’s downstream agricultural process. We will explore how organizations leverage strategic partnerships to overcome barriers (including infrastructure, capital, labor, technology and energy constraints) and capture value for stakeholders.

 
Dr. Bharat Kulkarni, Founding Director, Stalwart Management Consultancy Services

Dr. Bharat Kulkarni, Founding Director, Stalwart Management Consultancy Services

Manka Angwafo, Managing Director Grassland Cameroon Ltd

Manka Angwafo, Managing Director Grassland Cameroon Ltd

Mira Mehta, CEO Tomato Jos

Mira Mehta, CEO Tomato Jos

Dinah Hanson, Founder, Aspyre Growth Accelerator  

Dinah Hanson, Founder, Aspyre Growth Accelerator

 

Raphael Awuku, Founding Director and Chief Finance Officer, Nunya Farms

Raphael Awuku, Founding Director and Chief Finance Officer, Nunya Farms

 

CAREERS / MOVING BACK

WHEN IS THE 'RIGHT' TIME TO GO BACK?

How can we contribute to Africa's development from wherever we happen to be? What is the optimal re-entry strategy? Is there such a thing as perfect timing? Which skills should we develop before the big move? As we think about our careers as Africans in the diaspora or even sometimes as Africans in other African countries, our minds swirl with a multitude of scenarios and questions. Those questions are often shared by our brothers and sisters. Join us on this panel as we tackle them jointly with a group of panelists who collectively have lived many scenarios of the African development story. Our panelists are recruiters, coaches, entrepreneurs and more. They are sons, daughters, parents and friends of Africa and Africans. They care deeply about the same set of questions you are wrestling with. Our invitation is to join forces and enter into a dialogue together.

Seni Sulyman, Country Director - Nigeria, Andela

Seni Sulyman, Country Director - Nigeria, Andela

Rama Shagaya, Career Coach

Rama Shagaya, Career Coach

Simi Nwogugu, CEO, HOD Consulting

Simi Nwogugu, CEO, HOD Consulting

Nadou Lawson, Africa Business Fellow

Nadou Lawson, Africa Business Fellow

Solo Nnanna, ‎Executive Director, RLGW.co

Solo Nnanna, ‎Executive Director, RLGW.co

Edward Stokes,  Managing Director, Intrepid HR

Edward Stokes,  Managing Director, Intrepid HR

NATURAL RESOURCES

AFRICA'S OIL & GAS POTENTIAL: BOOM OR BUST?

Since 2013, six of the top 10 global discoveries in the oil and gas sector were made in Africa, with more than 500 companies currently exploring deposits there. With slowing down of GDP growth rates, especially economies that are heavily extractive, what is the way forward? This panel focuses on oil-dependent economies with lessons coming from Africa's biggest economy, Nigeria. What are the challenges and opportunities in the oil sector and how can economies wean themselves from oil / extractive industries?

 
Ken Etete, Chief Executive Office, Century Group of Companies

Ken Etete, Chief Executive Office, Century Group of Companies

 Amy Jadesimi, Managing Director, Ladol

 Amy Jadesimi, Managing Director, Ladol

Abayomi Awobokun, C.E.O, Oando Marketing

Abayomi Awobokun, C.E.O, Oando Marketing

Uju Catherine Ifejika, CEO, Brittania-U

Uju Catherine Ifejika, CEO, Brittania-U

 

CONSUMER/RETAIL

LUXURY FASHION & SUPPLY CHAIN

The emerging and established designers of the African diaspora deserve access to the same resources as those given to creatives elsewhere. Why? Because remarkable design aesthetic that can inspire knows no bounds. In many ways, globalization and the democratization of digital tools have improved the playing field for brands promoting an African identity. However, there is still plenty of work to be done to strengthen the industry overall. Times are certainly changing for today's diaspora creative. Join us for a lively discussion on how to build a luxury brand from the ground-up, how to navigate the role of digital, and what the future holds for the fashion industry on the continent.

 
Julien Labat, CEO, EDUN

Julien Labat, CEO, EDUN

Niyi Okuboyejo, President, Post-Imperial

Niyi Okuboyejo, President, Post-Imperial

Abrima Erwiah, CEO, Studio 189  

Abrima Erwiah, CEO, Studio 189  

Akin Adebowale, Co-Founder, OXOSI

Akin Adebowale, Co-Founder, OXOSI

Olamide Oladipo, US marketing manager, Stella McCartney

Olamide Oladipo, US marketing manager, Stella McCartney

 

SERVING THE AFRICAN CONSUMER: CREATING WINNING SOLUTIONS TO SERVE THE CONTINENT

Africa’s market has significant potential for both local and foreign consumer goods companies. To take advantage of this opportunity requires an understanding of how others failures and successes in In the face of several challenges – political instability, poor data quality / availability, poor infrastructure, linguistic and cultural diversity etc. What lessons have been learned through this process? What innovative approaches in terms of product design, marketing and distribution have been developed to overcome these barriers? What is the outlook for the future?

 
Kevin Ashley, Founder, Javahouse Africa

Kevin Ashley, Founder, Javahouse Africa

Sandra Idehen, Principal, BCG Lagos Office

Sandra Idehen, Principal, BCG Lagos Office

Patrick Gaincko, Business strategist , gainxperience.com

Patrick Gaincko, Business strategist , gainxperience.com

Doug de Villiers, Chairman, Intergroup Holdings & CEO, Intergroup Brand Science

Doug de Villiers, Chairman, Intergroup Holdings & CEO, Intergroup Brand Science

 

CREATING & DELIVERING CAPABILITY FOR BRAND LED ORGANISATIONS IN AFRICA

Africa’s markets have a wide mixture of international, continental and local brands, all competing for share of market and wallet, but increasingly competing for scarce high capability marketing professionals. It is becoming increasingly apparent that leading brands need to play a role in identifying and investing in marketing talent in order to ensure a stronger continental base of capable experts. What are the success stories? How did these organizations drive and deliver on the brand promise whilst growing capability simultaneously? What lessons have been learned through this process? What has been the impact on the business, consumers and the market as a whole?

 
Doug de Villiers, Chairman, Intergroup Holdings & CEO, Intergroup Brand Science

Doug de Villiers, Chairman, Intergroup Holdings & CEO, Intergroup Brand Science

Kim Thipe, Vice President, Marketing, South African Airways

Kim Thipe, Vice President, Marketing, South African Airways

Mohale Ralebitso, Founder & CEO, Itataise Investments

Mohale Ralebitso, Founder & CEO, Itataise Investments

Amanda Denton, Chief Marketing Officer, Telesure Investment Holdings

Amanda Denton, Chief Marketing Officer, Telesure Investment Holdings