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CTICC 2 (Cape Town International Convention Centre 2)

Corner of Heerengracht & Rua Bartholomeu Dias, Foreshore, Cape Town
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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Vanessa Adams (Vice President, Country Support and Delivery at Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA))

Vanessa Adams

Vice President, Country Support and Delivery at Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Vanessa Adams, Vice President Country Support and Delivery at AGRA, is a proven leader with strong private sector, investment facilitation and project management experience.
Ms. Adams has 25 years of progressive experience working in 42 countries, integrating over twelve agricultural and consumer goods value chains into regional and global markets. Previously, she served as Director of Strategic Partnerships for DAI. Prior to that, she worked in West Africa as the regional Export Business Development Director, Trade and Investment Director, and ultimately the Chief of Party (Regional Director) on the USAID West Africa Trade Hub program, Chief of Party in Ethiopia on the USAID flagship Agricultural Growth Program–Agribusiness and Market Development Program, and COP of the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub, managing large multi-cultural teams and budgets.
She contributed to founding three pan-African nongovernmental organizations, including the African Cashew Alliance, Borderless Alliance, and Global Shea Alliance, as well as initiating the Women in Agribusiness Leadership Network in Ethiopia and has brokered numerous partnerships with African small and mid-size companies as well as Fortune 500 companies in win-win sustainable frameworks resulting in over half a billion dollars in exports from and investments in in Africa.
Vanessa holds an executive MBA from INSEAD.

Bako Ambianda (President & CEO of Labacorp Group of Companies)

Bako Ambianda

President & CEO of Labacorp Group of Companies

Bako Ambianda is an International Development Expect.
He is the Chairman and CEO of ATIGS Group, Inc (Africa Trade & Investment Global Services), a trade promotion, project facilitation, and development company that provide a full spectrum of consulting and business development services to companies looking to expand or establish their operations in African markets.
He is also the President & CEO of Labacorp Power Company, an independent power producer and renewable energy development company that specializes in the facilitation, development, and operating of sustainable power generation projects in Africa, with a growing portfolio of projects.
He also serves as the Chairman of Labacorp Group of Companies, a holding company with a diversified portfolio of businesses and strategic investments in five key economic sectors namely, manufacturing, power, construction, agribusiness, and exhibition with operations in four countries.

Kanayo Awani (Managing Director Intra-African Trade Initiatives of AfreExim Bank)

Kanayo Awani

Managing Director Intra-African Trade Initiatives of AfreExim Bank

Mrs. Kanayo Awani is the Managing Director, Intra-African Trade Initiative in Afreximbank. She holds a Master of Public Administration Degree (specializing in International Trade and Finance) from Harvard University (Kennedy School of Government), Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America.
She also holds the Edward S. Mason Fellowship in Public Policy and Management from the same University. Mrs. Awani has extensive banking experience having worked for Citigroup in Nigeria for about 17 years in various functions, the last being Vice President and Head of Industrial and Commercial Corporates.
She joined the African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) to pursue development finance in 2009 as Director, Trade Finance and Branches.
In her current role as Managing Director, she leads the Bank’s efforts in implementing its intra-African trade and Industrialisation Strategies. She is also the Chairperson of the Africa Chapter of Factors Chain International (FCI), a global factoring association.

Jillian Blackbeard (Regional Director of Africa World Travel and Tourism Council  Botswana)

Jillian Blackbeard

Regional Director of Africa World Travel and Tourism Council Botswana

Jillian has worked in the tourism industry and Botswana Tourism Organisation since 2014.
She became the Executive Director for Marketing in 2016 and has been part of the implementation of tourism diversification strategies that look to develop tourism product diversification and promote the country globally.
She is the Board Secretary for the Tlhokomela Botswana Endangered Wildlife Trust and her passion for conservation and tourism bought her to be one of the founding members.

Alan Boshwaen (Chief Executive Officer at Botswana Innovation Hub)

Alan Boshwaen

Chief Executive Officer at Botswana Innovation Hub

Mr. Alan Boshwaen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH).
BIH is a state owned company with a mandate to develop and operate Botswanas first science and Technology Park in which it will promote and facilitate research, development, education and innovation activities and support start-ups and existing companies to grow. BIH attracts companies, universities, research institutes and advanced training institutes to establish in the Botswana Innovation Hub and also seeks to establish strategic joint ventures and collborations.
Alan has extensive experience in the Financial Services and Banking sectors having been CEO of the Botswana International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) and held senior management positions with Standard Chartered Bank Botswana and Barclays Bank of Botswana.
Alan has also previously worked for Debswana (De Beers Botswana) Diamond Mining Company.
He holds BA Honors in Industrial Psychology and Business Administration from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Cape Town.
He is a non-executive Board Member of the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation –a Telecomms Utility and of Letshego Financial Services –a regional Africa micro finance listed company.
He also serves on the Advisory Board of the University Of Botswana School Of Business.

Birgitta Cederstrom (VP Commercial Brand Demand MEA & Head Best Practices Licensing MEA at Frost & Sullivan)

Birgitta Cederstrom

VP Commercial Brand Demand MEA & Head Best Practices Licensing MEA at Frost & Sullivan

Birgitta Cederstrom is the global commercial director for Frost & Sullivan’s Innovation Program GIL and newly appointed VP Sales for Brand Demand offering Middle East & Africa.
She is an avid reader and a believer in Digital Transformation across industries, and regions.
Currently, she is actively involved as a facilitator in shaping digital agendas for diverse client groups, focusing on driving innovative and futuristic transformations.
With previous executive roles in CS Holdings, Bytes Business Solutions and Epicore, Birgitta is well-networked and a recognised Thought Leader.

Bronwyn Corbett (Chief Executive Officer at Grit Real Estate Income Group)

Bronwyn Corbett

Chief Executive Officer at Grit Real Estate Income Group

Bronwyn is the Chief Executive Officer of Grit Real Estate Income Group, the largest pan African focused real estate fund listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and in Mauritius. Bronwyn has significant corporate finance and deal making experience. She played an instrumental role in the JSE listing of Delta Property Fund Limited in 2012 where she held the positions of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer prior to taking up the leadership role at Mara Delta Property Holdings.
During her tenure at Delta Property Fund Limited, Bronwyn spearheaded the diversification of the REIT’s funding sources into the debt capital markets, leading to the establishment of a ZAR2 billion Domestic Medium-Term Note Programme (DMTN programme). She led the team responsible for obtaining a national scale issue rating from Global Credit Ratings as part of the DMTN programme. In addition, Bronwyn co-headed the team responsible for growing assets under management from ZAR 2.2 billion at listing to ZAR 11.8 billion in May 2016.
Bronwyn is a founder member and served as non-executive director on the board of Mara Delta Property Holdings (now Grit Real Estate Income Group) where she played a significant role in the listing and conversion of the fund to its current pan-African focus, underpinned by dollar based leases. She assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in the lead-up to the fund’s merger with Pivotal to form Mara Delta. She has grown the portfolio from $220 million at inception to more than $800 million currently.

Hanan Darwish (Founder/CEO of Boldly Digital, Former Cluster President, Gulf Countries & Pakistan, Schneider Electric)

Hanan Darwish

Founder/CEO of Boldly Digital, Former Cluster President, Gulf Countries & Pakistan, Schneider Electric

Hanan Darwish is the Cluster President of Gulf Countries & Pakistan at Schneider Electric where she oversees all of the company’s business operations within the region.
Hanan Darwish brings outstanding leadership credentials with more than 17 years of experience in Schneider Electric.
Prior to her appointment, Hanan DARWISH was Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Human Resources for Energy Business in Schneider Electric; her scope covered over 29,000 employees worldwide.
She was managing HR Business transformation and change management to support the Group’s profitable Growth ambition while implementing best-in-class and Innovative solutions.
Prior to this role, Hanan was Vice President HR for North America where she was based in Chicago. In that role, she played a key role in driving Schneider Electric’s organizational effectiveness priorities within US, Mexico and Canada through reinforcing leadership development and succession planning, learning, career development, workforce management and Executive recruitment functions.
Previously, she led Human Resources for Schneider Electric France from mid-2008 to early 2012 covering a scope of 22,000 employees, where she was responsible of diversified and mutual functions in parallel as Diversity, Health and Social Strategy.
She also managed global Transformation Plan for French territory level by developing existing competencies to match future organization needs.
Hanan also held executive positions within Learning and Development program of Schneider Electric University.
Earlier in her career, Hanan had also served as HR Director for other Schneider Electric regions covering North East Africa as well as Gulf Countries.
Hanan started her career with PROCTER & GAMBLE for 7 years in several business roles as Marketing, Customer Business Development and Organization Development.

Aida Diarra (Senior Vice President & Group Country Manager at Visa Sub-Saharan Africa)

Aida Diarra

Senior Vice President & Group Country Manager at Visa Sub-Saharan Africa

Diarra is a highly experienced executive in the financial services and digital financial industry and is well versed in growing business and operations across the African continent.
Her twenty-five-year career includes strategy development and implementation, business development and operational management.
Aida joins Visa from Western Union, where she has been since 1999 and served as the Regional Vice President for Africa & Managing Director for more than four years. Prior to this, she held a number of progressive leadership positions at the global money transfer business, developing her experience in marketing, sales, account management, strategy & planning and country / regional leadership positions.
Coupled with her passion for financial technology, she is a champion for diversity and Africa’s overall contribution to the industry and serves as a leading voice in these two areas through her non-executive work.

Geraldine J Fraser-Moleketi (Former Vice President and Special Envoy on Gender at African Development Bank)

Geraldine J Fraser-Moleketi

Former Vice President and Special Envoy on Gender at African Development Bank

Some of Geraldine’s early achievements include working on the preparation of the African National Congress for its first democratic elections in 1994 as National Deputy Elections Coordinator of the African National Congress. She previously served in the leadership of the African National Congress.
Geraldine served as member of the South African Parliament for three consecutive parliaments (1994 through September 2008 when she resigned from parliament). She served in the South African Government as Deputy Minister of Welfare and Population Development, thereafter as Minister for Welfare and Population Development. Subsequently, Geraldine was appointed as Minister of Public Service and Administration, for two consecutive terms until her resignation in September 2008.
She was a Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID), Mc Gill University Canada and served on the Africa Advisory Board of Women’s World Banking until December 2018.
Fraser-Moleketi was the former Global Director of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Democratic Governance Group (DGP) until end of August 2013; there after she joined the African Development Bank (AfDB) as Special Envoy on Gender (SEOG) at the level of a Vice President until 1 January 2017.
Geraldine serves on various boards across academia, she is the Chancellor to the Nelson Mandela University, Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA); serves as Chairman to the Committee of Experts in Public Administration (CEPA) by the United Nations Secretary General for the period 2018 -2021.
Geraldine Fraser Moleketi was named "2016 New African Woman of the Year", an award made by London-based magazine New African.
She is a Non-Executive Board Member of the Standard Bank Group (SBG) and Standard Bank South Africa (SSA) and Lead Independent Director of EXXARO.

Michael Hailu (Director of Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA))

Michael Hailu

Director of Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)

Michael Hailu has been Director of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) since May 2010.
He has more than 30 years of experience in agricultural research, communications and development in Africa and Asia. Prior to joining CTA, he held senior leadership positions at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya and at the Center for International Forestry Research in Indonesia.
Mr Hailu has implemented major strategic realignment of the CTA refocusing the Centre’s work on promoting innovations and capacities to advance youth and women entrepreneurship, digitalization and climate resilience in agriculture.
He has degrees from the Universities of Pittsburgh, USA and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and has been trained in strategic leadership at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in the United States.

Wendy Luhabe (Economic Activist and Social Entrepreneur Founder Women’s Private Equity Fund & Co-Founder WINDE)

Wendy Luhabe

Economic Activist and Social Entrepreneur Founder Women’s Private Equity Fund & Co-Founder WINDE

Wendy Luhabe is a pioneer in the Economic Empowerment of Women with her revolutionary ideas which enabled South African Women to become Investors for the first time in the mid ‘90s, after South Africa became a democracy.
She has chaired and served on a number of diverse Boards in South Africa and overseas over the past 20 years, including becoming the founding Chair of South Africa’s International Marketing Council founded by President Mbeki more than 10 years ago.
She is an Economic Activist, a champion for Social Entrepreneurship, a Mentor for younger generations and a recipient of numerous Awards and honors.
She is a recipient of three Honorary Doctorates for her work with Women, is a former Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg and was awarded the Lieutenant of the Victorian Order (LVO) by the British Royal Family in 2014.

Irene Ochem (Founder and CEO of Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF))

Irene Ochem

Founder and CEO of Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF)

Irene Ochem, founder and CEO of Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) is soft-spoken but compelling, of gentle approach yet radiating passion, firmly rooted in reality yet driven by a strength of conviction and determination that will bore their way through any opposing circumstances or situations. These are among the qualities that have brought her across countries and continents, through daunting obstacles and deep-seated prejudices to where she now stands, spearheading a highly influential pan-African women’s economic empowerment organisation and business network that she is determined will be the number one, globally recognised platform for female entrepreneurship in Africa.

The seeds of this ambition were sown many years ago when working as a young volunteer at The International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP-UNESCO) where she encountered the desperate need for female inclusivity in sciences. From there, extensive involvement in international organisations as conference organiser, administrative coordinator, research administration manager, international consultant and development specialist has steadily grown her vision to include the entire entrepreneurship ecosystem, from stakeholders and business experts to policy makers and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Highly qualified, holding bachelor’s and postgraduate degrees as well as an MBA in International Management acquired at the University of London, Irene holds postgraduate qualifications in project management, gender and trade-related issues. She speaks four languages and is a sought-after speaker and participant in international meetings on entrepreneurship, women and gender.

Irene’s focus is Africa’s most underutilised resource – women, some 50%+ of the continent’s population – and she is harnessing high-level, successful female entrepreneurs as well as young aspiring businesswomen to create the unique AWIEF platform bringing big and small together to connect and interface. Her programmes, including the annual AWIEF Conference and Exhibition, the AWIEF Awards, the AWIEF Growth Accelerator Programme to make companies “investment ready”, the AWIEF business networking breakfasts and her impressive profile as conference speaker have enabled AWIEF to enter into partnership reputable international and global institutions, including partnership with the Southern African Network for Biosciences (SANBio/NEPAD) as Country Coordinator for implementation of the FemBioBiz Accelerator Programme which focuses on women-owned businesses in the health and agriculture biotechnology sectors. AWIEF has recently partnered with Nedbank to implement the AWIEF Growth Accelerator Programme in South Africa in 2018 and 2019.

Arunma Oteh (Former Vice President & Treasurer at World Bank)

Arunma Oteh

Former Vice President & Treasurer at World Bank

Arunma Oteh served as the World Bank Vice President and Treasurer from September 30th, 2015 to November 30th 2018.
As Treasurer, she led a team that manages assets totaling USD200 billion for the World Bank Group, 60 central banks, sovereign wealth funds and other official institutions. She and her team also maintained the World Bank’s global reputation as a prudent and innovative borrower in over 50 currencies by executing well – prepared transactions and carefully coordinating credit rating and capital market relationships for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA).
She was also responsible for an extensive financial advisory business for World Bank clients and cashflows of over $7 trillion.
Prior to joining the Bank, she served as Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Nigeria from 2010 to 2015. During this period, she rebuilt the Nigerian capital markets after the global financial crisis and served on Nigeria’s Economic Management team. Prior to joining SEC Nigeria, she worked at the Africa Development Bank for 17 years, including as Group Vice President, Corporate Services (2006 to 2009) and as Group Treasurer (2001 to 2006).
She started her career at Centre Point Investments Limited, Nigeria in 1985. She has served on several Boards during her 33 year career, notably, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (2010 to 2015), which regulates 95% of the World’s securities markets and the pioneer Board of the International Financing Facility for Immunization (2006 to 2011).
She has also previously served on the World Economic Forum Agenda Council on Institutional Governance, and the Africa Advisory Council for World Women’s banking.
She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a First Class Honors Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nigeria Nsukka.

Lionel Reina (Chief Executive Officer at APO Group)

Lionel Reina

Chief Executive Officer at APO Group

Reina has over 25 years of senior management experience and a strong history of providing effective leadership and delivering significant growth. From 2003 to 2012, he was vice president and general manager for Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Orange Business Services, the B2B division of French telecoms company Orange – a remit that covered more than 80 countries. He was made general delegate and chairman of the board of Orange Business Saudi Arabia in 2012.
In 2013, Reina was appointed Middle East director in the Gulf region for Accenture. More recently, he was managing director Benelux for Damovo which was acquired by Eli Global in July 2018. In 2011, he was named as one of the Top 10 networking senior executives on the coveted ‘Power List’ compiled by Network Middle East Magazine.
As CEO of APO Group, Reina assumes operational responsibility for all aspects of the business and will look to grow its portfolio of clients and continue its international expansion and digital transformation – building on the company’s extraordinary successes over the last 11 years.

Vera Songwe (Executive Secretary at United Nations Economic Commission for Africa)

Vera Songwe

Executive Secretary at United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Vera Songwe is the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
Previously Songwe was Regional Director Africa covering West and Central Africa for the International Finance Corporation, and Country Director for Senegal, Cape Verde, the Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and Mauritania at the World Bank. Her main areas of interest are fiscal policy, innovative financing mechanisms for development, agriculture, energy and economic governance.
She is a member of the African Leadership Network, a member of the World Bank Group team that recently raised a historic US$49.3 billion dollars in concessional financing for the low income countries of the World as part of the International Development Association (IDA) 16th replenishment. Prior to this, she worked in the East Asia and Pacific Region’s - Poverty Reduction and Economic Management unit, as Country Sector Coordinator and Senior Economist for the Philippines, where she led the dialogue on macroeconomic, fiscal policy and governance issues.
She has worked in Mongolia, Cambodia and Morocco managing different World Bank programs and the economic and growth policy dialogue. Prior to joining the Bank, Dr. Songwe was a visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California and at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, USA.
She has published several articles on governance, fiscal policy, agriculture and commodity price volatility and trade.
Dr. Songwe holds a PhD. in Mathematical Economics from the Center for Operations Research & Econometrics and from the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium. She holds a BA in Economics and a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Nadine Spencer (President & CEO of Black Business People Association, BrandEQ Group Inc.)

Nadine Spencer

President & CEO of Black Business People Association, BrandEQ Group Inc.

Nadine Spencer is the CEO of BrandEQ Group Inc., a global agency specializing in social change marketing, communications, and public relations. She holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from York University.
Spencer is a big picture visionary who has accelerated strategic growth and brand visibility for a diverse portfolio of clients. She also pioneered BrandEQ Black, BrandEQ’s cultural sensitivity arm, whose goal is to work with Fortune 500 companies, banks, governments, and leading nonprofits to look at racial biases in advertising and marketing. Her coined “People Matter” strategy grabs attention, demands interaction, and generates long-term value for clients.
When she’s not managing BrandEQ, Spencer is a public speaker, covering topics from business intelligence to diversity and inclusion. She has also participated in discussions with the White House on issues regarding anti-discrimination, and equality for women and girls of color.
Spencer currently serves as President/CEO of the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) and Director both on the York University Alumni Board and the Lifelong Leadership Institute Board. Recently acknowledged in the book 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women, Spencer has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Harry Jerome Business Award, The Dale Carnegie Highest Award in Public Speaking Award, the Brilliant Minded Woman Philanthropist Award, and the 2018 Women Worth Watching Award.
Her passion lies in supporting the advancement of women’s education and working to alleviate poverty. She is driven by the principal belief that everything is possible.

Ms. Mona Zulficar (Founding Partner and Chairperson at Zulficar & Partners)

Ms. Mona Zulficar

Founding Partner and Chairperson at Zulficar & Partners

As a founding partner and chair of the Executive Committee, Ms. Mona Zulficar oversees the operations of Zulficar & Partner’s six departments; specialized in assisting clients in various practice areas.
A practicing attorney for more than 30 years, she is a specialist in major financial, industrial, and commercial transactions and has negotiated, drafted, and concluded all the major contracts required by some of the most important joint venture businesses in Egypt.
Involved in major restructuring of companies, M&A transactions, and is particularly recognized for handling ground breaking and precedent transactions, such as the largest transaction in the history of the Middle East relating to the sale of Orascom Building Materials Holding SAE to Lafarge, for approximately USD13 billion in addition to USD2 billion of assumed debt, and most recently, she lead the team responsible for the first successful PPP Project in Egypt.

H. E. (Mrs.) Mariama Camara (Minister of Agriculture, Guinea)

H. E. (Mrs.) Mariama Camara

Minister of Agriculture, Guinea

Dan Plato (Executive Mayor City of Cape Town)

Dan Plato

Executive Mayor City of Cape Town