Keynote Speakers

Gbenga Oyebode

Gbenga Oyebode is the Chairman of Aluko & Oyebode, (Barristers, Solicitors & Trademark Agents), one of the largest integrated law firms in Nigeria, with offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt.

Gbenga was an Associate with White & Case, New York between 1982 and 1983. Gbenga was educated at the University of Ife (LL.B Honours), and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (LL.M) graduating in 1979 and 1982, respectively. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (admitted June 1980) and an attorney-at-law of the Supreme Court of New York State (admitted November 1983). He was conferred Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa), by the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti (2016) and Elizade University, Ilara Mokin, Ondo State, Nigeria (2017). He is the Chancellor of Elizade University, Ilara Mokin, Ondo State, Nigeria.

Gbenga is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) (FCIArb) and the Nigerian Leadership Initiative (NLI). He is also a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the International Bar Association (IBA). Gbenga is the past Chairman of the Section of Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association.

Gbenga was conferred with one of Nigeria’s highest honours, the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR) in the year 2000. He was also conferred with the Belgian Royal Honour of ‘Knight of the Order of Leopold’ in 2007. He was conferred with an award for Lifetime Contribution to Law at the Law Digest Africa Awards 2015.

He was Chairman, Access Bank Plc (2005-2015) and the Chairman of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc (both listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange NSE) and serves on the Boards of MTN Nigeria Limited, Nestle Nigeria Plc and Socfinaf S.A (listed on the Luxemburg Stock Exchange). He is the Chairman of CFAO Nigeria Plc.

Gbenga sits on the Africa Advisory Committee of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), is the Chairman of Teach for Nigeria, Director Teach for All, New York, Member of the Global Advisory Council of the Africa Leadership Academy, Johannesburg, Director Jazz at the Lincoln Centre, New York and Director African Philanthropy Forum. Member Board of Trustees Carnegie Hall, New York.

Gbenga Oyebode

Founding Partner and Chairman, Aluko & Oyebode

Colin Coleman

Colin is head of Goldman Sachs' Investment Banking Division for Sub-Saharan Africa, a role he assumed in 2008, and head of the Johannesburg office, a role he has held since he joined Goldman Sachs in 2000. In 2015, he became a member of the Investment Banking Services EMEA Captains Group. Colin is also a member of the Growth Markets Franchise Group. Colin was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2010.

In the 1980s, he was involved in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement and later inits constitutional transition. From 1989 to 1994, Colin was an executive director for the Consultative Business Movement (CBM). He served in working groups of the multi-party talks, facilitated the International Mediation Forum and helped to negotiate the agreement to facilitate all parties’ participation in South Africa’s 1994 elections.

In 1996, Colin was nominated as one of the World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders for Tomorrow. He was also a recipient on behalf of the CBM of Harvard Business School’s “Business Statesman Award” in 1994 and was named one of Euromoney's World Top Ten “Financing Leaders for the 21st Century.” Colin is a member of the Board of Directors of both Business Leadership South Africa and the National Business Initiative. Colin earned a BA in Architecture from the University of Witwatersrand in 1988.

Colin Coleman

Head of Investment Banking Division (SSA), Goldman Sachs

Foluso Phillips

Mr Foluso Phillips (FOP) is the Executive Chairman and Founder of Phillips Consulting Limited (PCL), a business and management consulting firm, with offices in Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria, and representation in South Africa. Phillips Consulting is clearly the leading firm for organisation, people and technology transformation, with a very successful affiliate outsourcing company. PCL transforms organisations by devising strategies, enhancing digital work processes and developing the competencies and capabilities of people. PCL is Nigeria’s largest indigenous management-consulting firm and has been operating since 1992.

FOP is a qualified Industrial Economist, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of the United Kingdom, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He brings with him experience and expertise in finance, business management, enterprise development and macro-economic policy management.

Mr. Phillips is very active in the Nigerian corporate scene and sits on the boards of diverse commercial and non-governmental organisations and charities, as director, trustee or shareholder. He is a former Chairman and current Board member of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group – the leading private sector think-tank; Chairman, Nigeria/South Africa Chamber of Commerce; Chairman PRIMERA Africa Group (a Finance and Financial Advisory Group). Mr. Phillips also serves as Director, Special Olympics of Nigeria; Director, Vigeo Holdings (a Power & Energy company in Nigeria); Chairman of The Sickle Cell Advocacy and Management Initiative; a Director of the Institute of Human Virology of Nigeria; a member of the Board of Africa.Com (a Pan African digital news and communication platform); and sits on the board of Flour Mills Nigeria, the largest Agriculture and food processing company in Africa.

Foluso is a prolific speaker, who has addressed many local and international business seminars and conferences in the USA and in South Africa, along with several other leadership conferences, business and trade summits across Africa, the USA and Europe.

Foluso Phillips has a very special interest and keen commitment to the African Renaissance and is extremely active in supporting Pan-African initiatives in different areas of endeavour.

Foluso Phillips

Executive Chairman & Founder, Phillips Consulting Limited

Thierry Tanoh

Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energy Development

From 1985 to 1990, Thierry worked for a consulting firm in the department of information systems. In 1990, Thierry joint the Banking Commission of the West African Central Bank. In 1992, Thierry joined the Direction et Contrôle des Grands Travaux, the National Engineering and Control Agency of the Office of the Prime Minister.

In 1994, he joined the International Finance Corporation (IFC) through the Young Professionals Program as an investment officer, first in the Petrochemicals Department then in the Latin America Department. In 2001, he moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Country Manager and focused on IFC’s operations in Latin America. In 2004, he was appointed Associate Director of IFC’s Africa region, a position he held until 2006 when he was appointed Director of the Africa Department. In 2008, Thierry Tanoh became Vice-President in charge of Sub-Saharan Africa, Western Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. In this capacity, he became a member of the IFC Executive Committee.

In 2012, Thierry Tanoh retired from the IFC and joined Ecobank, a Pan-African bank, as CEO until 2014 when he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff at the Presidency in charge of economic affairs. From January 2016 to January 2017, Thierry Tanoh served as Minister of Economic and Financial Affairs at the Presidency.

In January 2017, Thierry Tanoh was appointed Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energy. Thierry Tanoh is married to Sylvie Tanoh and has three children: Ines, Maelle and Augustin. He holds a Bachelor in Business from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce d’Abidjan. He is a French Certified Public Accountant and has an MBA from the Harvard Business School (Class of 1994).

Thierry Tanoh

Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energy Development, Ivory Coast

Speakers - Sponsored Panels

Stefano Niavas

Stefano Niavas is a Partner and Managing Director in the Johannesburg Office of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He has been with BCG for more than 15 years and has served formerly in BCG’s Paris and New York offices before setting up the Johannesburg office of BCG. Stefano leads BCG’s Consumer Practice and Center for Consumer Insight in Africa.

Stefano has extensive experience in helping clients to define and implement their Africa strategies and has led client work in many countries across the African continent. He spends a good share of his time designing route-to-market models for various companies and has a deep understanding of distribution in Africa. Outside of the consumer space, Stefano works among other in the Private Equity and Public sector spaces.

He is an author of several BCG publications in Africa, including “Winning in Africa” which identifies key success factors for companies to WIN in Africa, “Dueling with Lions” or “Understanding Consumers in the Many Africas”.

Stefano holds a master’s degree from ESCP Europe where he majored in Finance. He is a national of Côte d’Ivoire.

Stefano Niavas

Partner & Managing Director, BCG Johannesburg

Raza Hasnani

Mr. Hasnani is a globally recognized infrastructure investor, with over twenty-three years of private equity and infrastructure experience in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Previously, he was Managing Director at The Abraaj Group where, for over a decade, he worked on all aspects of the investment process, from sourcing and execution of infrastructure and private equity transactions, to post-acquisition value creation and membership on boards. Prior to that, he was with Exxon Mobil Corporation in Dallas and Houston, where he led project and corporate financing for energy and infrastructure projects around the world. He started his career at Deloitte in Philadelphia.

Mr. Hasnani has invested in renewable and conventional power plants, electric and gas utilities, pipelines, ports, terminals, upstream, refineries, transportation, and other infrastructure assets around the world. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Franklin and Marshall College.

Raza Hasnani

Head of Infrastructure Investments, Africa50

Panellists

Infrastructure and PPPs

Raza Hasnani

Mr. Hasnani is a globally recognized infrastructure investor, with over twenty-three years of private equity and infrastructure experience in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Previously, he was Managing Director at The Abraaj Group where, for over a decade, he worked on all aspects of the investment process, from sourcing and execution of infrastructure and private equity transactions, to post-acquisition value creation and membership on boards. Prior to that, he was with Exxon Mobil Corporation in Dallas and Houston, where he led project and corporate financing for energy and infrastructure projects around the world. He started his career at Deloitte in Philadelphia.

Mr. Hasnani has invested in renewable and conventional power plants, electric and gas utilities, pipelines, ports, terminals, upstream, refineries, transportation, and other infrastructure assets around the world. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Franklin and Marshall College.

Raza Hasnani

Head of Infrastructure Investments, Africa50

D.C. Moore

D.C. Moore is the Chief Investment Officer of Consolidated Infrastructure Group based in Johannesburg, South Africa. His responsibilities include infrastructure-related M&A and investments across Africa, working with group subsidiary executive teams to grow their companies and managing shareholder relations. He is also an Executive Director of CIG International, based in Mauritius.

Prior to moving to South Africa in 2011, D.C. was a member of the Atlanta Office of McKinsey & Company. He joined McKinsey in 2005 and served clients in the Electric Power/Natural Gas, Logistics, Commodities and Manufacturing sectors with a focus across multiple functions (Operations, Sourcing, Strategy and Marketing & Sales). He also contributed to Capability Building and Operational transformation initiatives.

D.C. received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with Honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2000. In 2005 he graduated from the Wharton School of Business with a MBA in Finance.

D.C. Moore

Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer, Consolidated Infrastructure Group

Constantine Chikosi

Passionate about global impact, Constantine Chikosi has spent significant time in various roles within the World Bank Group delivering development solutions for the Bank’s client countries through high level policy dialogue with governments and advising the Board on forward-looking initiatives. Skilled at diplomacy and building enduring relationships, Constantine managed complex country relations and led strategic discussions often involving sensitive policy issues at the highest levels.

He has overseen the growth of the World Bank’s investment portfolio in Southeast Asia from $600M to >$2.0B and a 40% improvement in its performance through analytical work and effective policy dialogue. He chaired the committee that shaped the World Bank’s operational strategy and investment portfolio for Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand while also facilitating the formal review meetings on new knowledge and lending products proposed for those countries.

During his tenure he led high-level negotiations with the Prime Minister of Malaysia and other government officials to establish a World Bank knowledge hub in Kuala Lumpur. Constantine led multi-disciplinary teams to set up the office and develop the knowledge program with an a 50-member staff. He led the group to develop an active advisory and skills program, which involved exporting Malaysia’s development experience to other countries.

Constantine also led the opening of the World Bank Office in Mauritius where he assisted the government in developing and implementing policy responses to the 2008 global financial crisis and supported the streamlining of business regulation to reduce the time and cost of regulatory compliance. As a result, the business-friendly global ranking of Mauritius improved from 32 to 17 and achieved #1 in Africa. This was accompanied by an increase in lending volume from $30M to $600M.

Constantine is a graduate of INSEAD Business School.

Constantine Chikosi

Director, World Bank

Alfred Mukunya

Alfred Kariuki Mukunya is a seasoned capital markets professional and a native Kenyan with a passion for using his skills and experience to transform the world around him. He leads PFM’s derivatives monitoring, accounting, and valuations business. He joined PFM (Public Financial Management) the nation’s leading independent financial advisor to state and local governments in 2005 and was charged with creating PFM’s web based service offering for specialized interest rate risk monitoring and reporting. He led the creation of a platform which oversees reporting on over $50 Billion in notional of swap and derivatives belonging to over 100 different tax-exempt and municipal issuers including general municipal, public power, transportation, school districts, public utilities, higher education, and healthcare. Prior to PFM, Mr. Mukunya was trading and marketing interest rate risk management products in the Public Finance Group at a regional bank, and was one of the founding members of Chatham Financial, a leading debt and derivatives advisory firm in the United States. He also led the creation of the PFM Community Bank Investment (CBI) Index™ - the first peer-based investment allocation framework for US Community Banks, allowing for benchmarking securities portfolios totaling over $500Bn.  

Mr. Mukunya has a BSc from the University of Nairobi in Kenya (1991), MS in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University (1993), and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (1995).

Alfred Mukunya

Director, PFM Swap Advisors LLC
 

Private Equity

David Dobrowolski

Prior to co-founding Solon in 2010, Mr. Dobrowolski worked in Freetown as the Deputy Project Leader for the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative, leading the team’s Private Sector Development activities within the Office of the President of Sierra Leone.

Prior to joining AGI, Mr. Dobrowolski was a member of the Corporate Private Equity division of The Blackstone Group in London, and the Financial Sponsors Group in the investment banking division of Credit Suisse First Boston in New York.

Mr. Dobrowolski graduated with Honours in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

David Dobrowolski

Co-Founder and Partner, Solon Capital Partners

Papa Madiaw Ndiaye

Papa Madiaw Ndiaye is the Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner. He is responsible for managing all aspects of the investment process including deal sourcing and execution, pipeline evaluation, portfolio monitoring and portfolio company engagement. He is also the Chairman of the Funds’ Investment Committee. Prior to AFIG Funds, Papa was an Investment Director at Emerging Markets Partnership in Washington (EMP, now ECP). Prior to joining EMP, he held senior responsibilities for IFC’s equity and debt investment activities in capital markets and financial institutions in Africa between 1996 and 2000. Papa spent the early part of his career at Salomon Brothers and joined JP Morgan’s Emerging Markets Group in 1992. In 2000, Papa was named Special Advisor for Economic and Financial Affairs to the President of the Republic of Senegal and Chairman of the Senegalese Presidential Economic and Financial Advisory Council. He serves on the boards of several African companies and non-profit organizations pertaining to Africa.

Papa graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute, and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business. He is an American and Senegalese citizen.

Papa Madiaw Ndiaye

CEO and Founding Partner, AFIG Funds

John Nevergole

John Nevergole is co-founder and CEO of the ABD Group. John has lead investments and projects in countries in every region of Africa and has been involved in over $2 billion USDs of investment across the continent. Outside of Africa John has advised on transactions in Colombia, Brazil and the United States. In these various capacities he has partnered with and advised leaders of Fortune 500 firms, government leaders, and investors in sectors including aviation, agriculture, energy/infrastructure, healthcare, mining, and telecommunications. John is a Senior Advisor to Rosemont Seneca Advisors.

Previously John was the founder of Team One Parking, a parking company with activities in Philadelphia and was the accountant for the Southeastern United States in ARAMARK’s Healthcare Division. John has a BS from the University of Maryland and a MBA from Babson College. Additionally, John is a founding board member of SOS du Coeur.

John Nevergole

Co-founder & CEO, ABD Group

Nkosana Moyo

Dr. Moyo is the Founder and Executive Chair of Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) a continental institute based in South Africa. He has represented his organization at various World Economic Forum conferences where he has spoken about African leadership and building resilient institutions. Dr. Moyo is on the boards of several companies including Old Mutual. Before founding MINDS, Dr. Moyo was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the African Development Bank from March 2009 to August 2011.

Prior to joining the AFDB Dr. Moyo was a Partner of Actis, a private equity firm investing exclusively in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He joined Actis in January 2004 soon after the fund was started and he was the Managing Partner and served as Senior Advisor on Africa He left in 2009. Before Actis, Dr. Moyo was with the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank as an Associate Director, based in Washington, with responsibility for all SMEs operations in Africa.

Before he joined politics (see political career below), Dr. Nkosana Moyo started his working career as an academic. He then spent six years in Industry and Commerce before moving into the Financial Services sector. There he served as Managing Director of Standard Chartered Merchant Bank in Zimbabwe and also became Regional Head of Corporate Banking - Africa, based in London where he had regional responsibility for 14 African countries. Dr. Moyo also served as Managing Director and Country Head of Standard Chartered Bank in Tanzania.

In March 2015, it was announced that Moyo would be appointed to the Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats) board. Implats is an 87% shareholder of Zimbabwe’s largest platinum producer – Zimplats.

Moyo holds a PhD in Physics from Imperial College (University of London) and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University in the UK.

DR. Nkosana Moyo

Economist, Politician and Investor
 

Women in Business, Politics and Leadership

Aubrey Hruby

Aubrey Hruby is a Co-Founder of the Africa Expert Network (AXN) and an advisor to investors and Fortune 500 companies doing business in Africa. As a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and Advisor to the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, she speaks regularly on African business issues. She has interviewed with the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, Bloomberg Radio, CNBC, CCTV, Africa24, and VoiceAmerica Business. She writes regularly for the Financial Times and Axios.

Aubrey is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of Invest Africa USA, Young Leader at the Milken Institute and the co-author of award-winning The Next Africa (Macmillan, 2015). She earned a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a MA from Georgetown University.

Aubrey Hruby

Co-Founder, Africa Expert Network

Eyitope (Topsy) Kola-Oyeneyin

Topsy is a Partner at McKinsey & Company, based in the Firm’s Nigeria office. She serves clients in both the private and public sector in developing ambitious growth programs and executing large-scale transformations, with a primary focus on financial services. 

She recently re-joined the firm in 2017, after holding various executive roles at First Bank of Nigeria, most recently leading the Bank’s foray into Sub-Saharan Africa, spearheading integration across six different countries and running its international banking business. Before that, she designed and implemented the Bank’s corporate transformation program and managed its extensive operations network, covering 700+ branches and head office operations. Topsy also led a coalition of government entities, private companies and civil society organizations to successfully implement “Cashless Lagos” - the Central Bank of Nigeria’s payments transformation program.

Topsy holds an MSc in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University, where she was a National Science Foundation Fellow; and a BSc in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida.

Eyitope (Topsy) Kola-Oyeneyin

Partner, McKinsey

Fatoumata Diané

Fatoumata Diané is an Associate Investment Officer in the Infrastructure & Natural Resources Department at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector development arm of the World Bank Group. At IFC, Fatoumata focuses on the structuring of innovative financing solutions to unlock private sector investment opportunities for large- scale power and transport public private partnership projects with a strong developmental impact in Africa.  

Fatoumata started her career in Investment Banking at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce where she had cross sector coverage responsibilities, and has experience in Corporate Finance, Investor Relations and Risk Management.  

Fatoumata holds a Master's degree from Cambridge University in the UK, and a Bachelor's degree from McGill University in Canada. She is also a CFA® charterholder.   

A Guinean national, Fatoumata speaks five languages. During her free time, she enjoys practicing martial arts, painting, travelling and dancing.

Fatoumata Diané

Associate Investment Officer, IFC

Dr. Jumoke Oduwole

Dr. Jumoke Oduwole is Senior Special Assistant to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Industry, Trade and Investment in the Office of the Vice President. She is the Secretary to the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), chaired by Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and coordinates the activities of its secretariat with a vision to make Nigeria a progressively easier place to do business. Her team was responsible for Nigeria moving up an unprecedented 24 places in the 2018 World Bank’s flagship Doing Business Report.

Prior to this, she was a senior lecturer in International Trade Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Nigeria, and an elected member of the University Senate. She was appointed the 2013-2015 Prince Claus Chair holder, a prestigious visiting professorship in development and equity at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague, in honour of the late Prince Claus of The Netherlands. She also worked in investment and corporate banking in leading banking institutions in Nigeria from 2000 to 2004.

Dr. Oduwole holds an LL.M. degree from Cambridge University, England, where she was a DFID Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar, as well as a second masters and a doctorate degree in international trade and development from Stanford Law School.  

Jumoke volunteers her time for the advancement of a number of social causes and has mentored Nigerian youth in various capacities for over 15 years. She is passionate about development issues in Africa, and enjoys street photography.

Dr. Jumoke Oduwole

Lecturer & Senior Special Assistant to the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria

Mirabelle Moreaux

Mirabelle Moreaux’s career spans over a decade in private equity and management consulting. She is the Investment Director of Injaro Investments Limited where she is responsible for identifying and assessing viable companies as well as managing them for optimum growth.

She spends a majority of her time now managing a social enterprise that produces unrefined organic shea butter and shea-based bath and beauty products, www.tamacosmetics.com, and is actively looking for exit partners.

Prior to Injaro, Mirabelle was an Engagement Manager at Booz & Company, where she solved problems for top businesses, governments and organizations in the USA, Middle East and North Africa. She focused on formulating and implementing strategic and operational improvements for clients in the agriculture, health, financial services, public and non-profit sectors. Mirabelle also worked with Abt Associates, Inc., a socio-economic policy research and consulting firm in Washington, D.C. At Abt, she evaluated health, education and social programs funded by foundations and federal and state governments.

Ms. Moreaux graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell College and the London School of Economics with a B.A. in Economics and French. She holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Mirabelle Moreaux

Investment Director, Injaro Investments Limited
 

Entrepreneurship

Benjamin Fernandes

Benjamin Fernandes is a Tanzanian award-winning speaker and national television personality. He worked at The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the United States in their Digital Team and Financial Services team. Benjamin holds an MBA from Stanford University and an Exec Education from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

In January 2018, Fernandes was listed by Africa Youth Awards as the 15th Most Influential Young Tanzanian for the year 2017.

Fernandes currently is the founder and CEO of a fintech startup called NALA in Tanzania. NALA currently works without any internet and currently ranks #4 in Tanzania for Finance on the Google Playstore. Fernandes is a huge fan of driving financial inclusion initiatives in Tanzania.

Benjamin Fernandes

Founder and CEO, NALA

Elsie Mbugua

Elsie is the Founder of Elcy Investments Ltd with its power subsidiary Leadwood Energy; a specialist energy advisory company focused in renewable energy projects. She is also one of the financial transaction advisors to the Government of Kenya on the country’s crude oil prospects and is considered a thought leader and a key policy maker in East Africa’s energy markets.

Elsie is an entrepreneur and energy trader with more than a decade of experience as a physical energy trader for some of the world’s largest trading houses – Goldman Sachs and J.P Morgan – covering markets in coal, emissions, power, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and crude oil. Elsie started her career in New York at Goldman Sachs on the J. Aron energy trading desk, where she performed extensive research on Canadian Oil Sands and Refinery Hedging. She later joined J.P Morgan’s Global Commodities Division as a coal and emissions trader and participated in the first market-based effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (RGGI). In 2009 during, the global financial crisis, Elsie moved to Houston to assist in the management and optimization of 3000 MW of power generating assets in California. In this role, she collaborated with colleagues to build structural and in depth technical analyses of North America’s power markets. Her success at quickly learning the intricacies of physical energy markets as well as how to derive value from assets provided her with an opportunity to build J.P Morgan’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) business as lead North America LNG trader. The business had LNG import rights for up to 2 billion cubic feet per day of gas at the Cheniere Sabine Pass import terminal in Louisiana. Elsie relocated to London in 2012 in order to be more involved in Africa based markets and worked as a physical crude oil trader covering the dated Brent and West African crude oil markets. She was one of the youngest physical oil traders in London. Elsie resigned from J.P Morgan and relocated to Nairobi to establish Elcy Investments Limited, which comprises of energy focused businesses including Leadwood Energy. She is also an investor in tech businesses in Kenya.

Elsie is an expert assessor for the Global Development Network and has professional accreditations with the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment in FSA Financial Regulation and Commodity Derivatives. She holds a dual degree in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University. She was the recipient of the Tufts Research Scholarship on Effective Development Tools in Microfinance and the Tufts Entrepreneur Award 2008. She also holds a Dean Scholar Award from Richmond, the American University in London. She is also the co- founder and Board President of a United States 501C3 Charitable Organization – Ekenywa.Org

Elsie Mbugua

Founder, Elcy Investments Ltd

Oluchi Enuha

After graduating as an investment banker from Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2009, Oluchi Enuha followed his passion into the media industry at Iroko Partners, one of Africa’s biggest internet companies boasting the largest online collection of African movies in the world.

Oluchi began his tenure managing the new subscription business, Iroko Plus, in 2012. The business grew from 5 thousand to over 75 thousand African and Diaspora subscribers operating in 178 countries globally. He moved into a VP of monetization role, focusing on data analytics and business development before eventually becoming the General manager of Iroko X, an off shoot of the main Iroko platform that would focus on shorter form content creation and distribution across all platforms.

Oluchi recently left Iroko to start his own media company, Pure Water Television, Incorporated in Nigeria. His first executively produced television show, Looking for Love, Nigeria's first unscripted reality dating show, will be launching on DSTV's Africa Magic this Christmas. He currently has two more television shows in production.

Oluchi Enuha

Founder, Pure Water Television

Shola Akinlade

Shola Akinlade is CEO and co-founder of Paystack, a technology company powering payments and growth for businesses in Africa.

Over 17,000 businesses of all sizes - from startups to government agencies—use Paystack's robust suite of payments APIs to collect and transfer online and offline payments securely. Paystack processes nearly 15% of all online payments in Nigeria (Africa's largest economy), and accelerates growth for Africa's best companies, helping them launch new business models, and deepen customer relationships.

Paystack was the first Nigerian company to be accepted into Silicon Valley-based accelerator, Y Combinator, and has raised over $10 million from both international and local investors including Stripe, Visa, Tencent, Y Combinator, Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund, Blue Haven Ventures, and Ventures Platform.

Prior to Paystack, Shola co-founded Precurio, an open-source collaboration software for businesses in emerging markets which was downloaded over 150,000 times and made available in 6 languages.

Shola holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Babcock University.

Shola Akinlade

CEO and Co-Founder, Paystack

Ndeye Diara Diobaye

French, Senegalese and Malian, Ndeye Diarra Diobaye is an African citizen of the world. A media enthusiast, she started her career in journalism before turning to marketing communications and events planning. Ndeye Diarra has worked in Congo-Brazzaville, Gabon and Senegal where she has supported private and public organizations in the development and distribution of their content towards African and international audiences.

In 2017, she started her own consultancy, Bleuette, with which she spearheaded the content and communications of two international forums based on the African continent. A For Us by Us champion, Ndeye Diarra is committed to contribute to Africa's active ownership of its narratives. She is a Sciences Po Paris and London School of Economics graduate. She is also working on her first collection of poems.

Ndeye Diara Diobaye

Founder, Bleuette & Co.
 

Technology

Akin Sawyerr

Akin Sawyerr is the Managing Director of Feleman Limited, an investments and consulting firm focused on deploying payments systems, remittances, and blockchain solutions to catalyze growth in emerging markets. Mr. Sawyerr is also the cofounder of a blockchain remittance company called RocRemit and serves as a Director of Splash Mobile Money, a mobile payments company in Sierra Leone where he provides strategic guidance on all matters concerning the company.

After starting his career at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Mr. Sawyerr spent fifteen years working for management consulting and Fortune 500 corporations. He led strategic and organization transformation projects at Booz Allen Hamilton and Accenture in Washington, D.C., and held leadership positions with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

Mr. Sawyerr holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics with a minor in Political Science from Union College, New York, and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from The Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.He is a Board Member of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network in Washington D.C., and an alumnus of the World Bank Institute, and the ASPEN Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE).

Akin sawyerr

Director, Feleman

Bowen Williams

Bowen is the Head of Growth for Lori Systems, a logistics coordination software start up based in Kenya. He currently runs Lori's expansion efforts Africa-wide and is now based in Nigeria after spending two years building the business and team on the ground in East Africa. Prior to Lori Bowen was an early employee at New York SaaS startup Yext where he spent 2 years in sales and operations roles, following 2+ years at Citibank. Bowen holds a BA from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service and is from Sun Valley, Idaho.

Bowen Williams

Head of Growth, Lori Systems

Priscilla Fasoro

Priscilla Fasoro represents clients on a wide variety of complex commercial transactions, specializing in those involving technology and data. In particular, her practice focuses on negotiating outsourcing and other technology-driven agreements, including services agreements for both service providers and customers.

Ms. Fasoro represents clients in a wide array of industries, including technology services, public utility, automobile, consumer goods, airline, hospitality, banking, private equity, and fashion. In addition to her technology practice, Ms. Fasoro has significant experience representing U.S. and international clients in a broad range of domestic and cross-border corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, asset and stock purchases, capital markets, joint ventures, corporate governance, and general corporate and strategic matters.

She obtained her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2012, where she was a Helen Paine Hoefer Scholar and served as Associate Editor of the Legal Information Institute. Ms. Fasoro received her B.A., cum laude from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 2009, where she was a James Dickson Carr Scholar.

Priscilla Fasoro

Senior Technology and IP Associate, Covington & Burling LLP

Stewart Langdon

Stewart leads investments in LeapFrog’s priority markets in South Asia. He co-led LeapFrog’s landmark investments in Shriram, Mahindra, BIMA, SMK and WorldRemit.

Stewart has 15 years of experience in investment banking, corporate finance and private equity. His experience includes mergers, acquisitions, disposals, IPOs, debt raisings and restructurings. Before joining LeapFrog, he worked at Rothschild for six years in London and Dubai. He specialised in the insurance, banking and telecom sectors and worked throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Stewart chairs the Asia Scotland Institute’s Business Advisory Council.

Stewart is a Chartered Accountant and holds a degree in law from the University of Aberdeen.

Stewart Langdon

Partner, Leapfrog Investments

Viola Llewellyn

Viola Llewellyn is the co-founder and President of Ovamba Solutions, Inc. Ovamba is an award winning African “FinTech” company that creates culturally attuned technologies to serve formal and informal African SMEs in the trade & commodities sectors. Ovamba’s solutions combine innovative Sharia compliant structures with eCommerce, logistics services, and technology to drive financial inclusion and promote growth. Ms. Llewellyn oversees technology development, strategic implementation, investor communications, and global business development for Ovamba. In June of 2018, Ovamba was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Global Technology Pioneer, securing a 2-year Ambassadorship and a place at the prestigious “Davos Summit” conference.

Ms. Llewellyn’s past career includes building a $500MM life insurance investment fund for a Washington, DC based insurance investment firm where she led investor communications, and asset management divisions. She has held positions with companies such as Unisys Corporation, IBM, KPMG Consulting, BearingPoint and Rothschild’s.

Ms. Llewellyn was listed in the “Digital Undivided Report” as one of only 36* Black women in the USA to have raised more than $1 million for a technology company. This same ground-breaking achievement was later featured in the April issue of Vanity Fair Magazine and covered by Margo Lee Shetterly, author of “Hidden Figures”. She is listed on Innovate Finance’s 2016 & 2017 “Women in FinTech Power List”, and on “The Innov8tiv’s Top 50 Visionary Women in Tech To Watch in 2017” list. Ms. Llewellyn is further distinguished by being the first Female African Tech Founder to speak at both “Slush”, Helsinki and “Slush, Tokyo” – yearly events that are billed as the biggest gathering of innovators, funders, startups and entrepreneurs in Europe and Asia respectively.

She is on a number of advisory boards, including The Africa Professional Services Group, the European Women’s Payment Network, and the African Women in Fintech & Payments Network, as well as WEI, the Women’s Economic Imperative Initiative, headed up by Dr. Margo Thomas, the outgoing Co-Chair of the T20 Task Force on Gender Economic Equity for the United Nations. Ms. Llewellyn has previously served on the board of Africa’s leading tech hub and incubator ActivSpaces.

Viola Llewellyn’s family is originally from Cameroon. She was born, raised and educated in the U.K. and lives between the African Continent and the USA.

Viola Llewellyn

Co-Founder and President, Ovamba Solutions
 

Creative Arts

Abiola Oke

Abiola Oke is a media executive and entrepreneur. He is the CEO and Publisher of Okayplayer, a 19 year old media and creative services company with a focus on progressive urban culture and OkayAfrica, founded in 2011, the leading media company of its kind connecting a global audience to Africa.

As CEO, Abiola has shepherded the company's rapid audience growth and business. The media brand now boasts offices in New York, Lagos, Johannesburg and London. Abiola began his career in the financial services industry holding various senior-level positions at Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and Barclays.

As a passionate activist and humanitarian, Abiola serves on the board of NABU.org, MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary Diaspora Arts), FACE Africa, and ambassador of the Monrovia Football Academy. He mentors students for the Student Sponsor Partners.

He is a noted speaker on topics related to media, technology, music, culture and social justice. He has given Keynotes at Stanford Graduate School of Business, spoken at the Oxford Africa Conference, Haiti TECH Conference, World Bank IFC Sustainability Exchange, and UNICEF’s inaugural Global Innovations for Children and Youth Summit in Helsinki, Finland to name a few.

Abiola Oke

CEO, OkayAfrica

Dipo Doherty

Dipo Doherty seeks to define a vocabulary in his work that unites his African heritage and scientific background; a socio-scientific synthesis, with the human body being at the centre-point of his practice. An indigene of Lagos, Nigeria, he earned his Bsc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and is a self-taught artist. His artistic career began at the age of 21, in an attempt to approach his scientific inquiry of the world around him through artistic expression.

Doherty has interpreted the human anatomy in his own ideology, increasing its dimensionality in abstraction in his paintings, while expanding his visual language to other forms of media that reference socio-economic issues, and scientific parallels in the highly dynamic cultural fabric of the contemporary world today. One of the foremost young artists practicing in Nigeria today, he is an Arthouse Foundation Fellow, Rele Young Contemporary Artist, and finalist for the inaugural Art X Prize in 2016. He has held past solo exhibitions in Red Door Gallery, Nike Art Gallery and the National Museum Lagos.

He is currently studying Art, Technology and Design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he has also been inducted as an Art scholar in the MIT Council for the Arts.

Dipo Doherty

Artist

Kahindo Mateene

An alum of the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, Kahindo Mateene draws inspiration from Congolese art and culture of her childhood as well as the culture of her adopted country of the United States and extensive travels throughout Europe, the Americas and Africa.

Born in Uganda to Congolese parents, Kahindo's love affair for colour, texture and print started at an early age having lived in several countries and exposed to different cultures. She references her African heritage and brings that multicultural sensitivity to her designs and combines it with inspiration from her travels and her surroundings in New York.

Mateene completed the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy's Residence Program in 2011,and in 2013 landed a spot as a contestant on Season 12 of Lifetime Network’s Emmy-Nominated show Project Runway. KAHINDO believes that when you empower women, you empower a whole society. She champions this cause through philanthropic endeavours in her native Democratic Republic of Congo. Her work has been featured in British Vogue, British Harper’s Bazaar, Tatler, WWD, Huffington Post, Essence, Marie Claire, Chicago Sun-Times, New-African Woman Magazine, California Apparel News and Refinery 29.

Kahindo Mateene

Fashion Designer

Paul Trustfull

Paul Trustfull’s many roles with Forbes Media include serving as the founding editor of Forbes Afrique, the French edition of Forbes that is distributed in 23 francophone countries in Africa and founding writer of Forbes’s Emerging Markets custom content category. He has fostered important international business relationships with CEOs and heads of states that have proven invaluable in developing new business––specifically the African business sector––for Forbes magazine. He has travelled extensively to meet and interview some of the world’s most intriguing leaders such as the late Nelson Mandela, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Lula da Silva of Brazil, Prime Minister Matata Ponyo Mapon, of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Lamido Sanusi, former Nigerian Central Bank Governor. Paul has also interviewed and featured personalities in the entertainment industry including Quincy Jones and Harry Belafonte.

Paul Trustfull

Writer, Forbes

Victor Ehikhamenor

Victor Ehikhamenor is an artist, photographer and writer, born in the village of Udomi-Uwessan, Nigeria. Ehikhamenor has been prolific in producing abstract, symbolic and politically motivated works. As a writer, he has published numerous fiction and critical essays with academic journals, mainstream magazines and newspapers across the world including New York Times, BBC, CNN Online, Washington Post, Farafina, AGNI magazine, Wasafiri Magazine and others.

Ehikhamenor was the creative director of the award-winning Next Newspapers in Nigeria, where he also maintained the socio-political satiric column, Excuse Me! He has designed and redesigned several other newspapers including the national newspaper Daily Times where he was the CEO and Editor-in-Chief. He has also designed book covers for award winning authors and organizations such as The Caine Prize for Africa Fiction in London, Obsidian Literary Magazine, Akashic Publishers, NY, Chimamanda Adichie, Helon Habila, Chika Unigwe.

Ehikhamenor has had numerous exhibitions with strong following in Nigeria and many other parts of the world. His fictional work “Madam” and drawings “Postcards from Italy” were part of the German pavilion in the 56th Venice Biennale, “All the World's Future”, curated by Okwui Enwezor in 2015. He was also one of the eleven Nigerian artists at the 2015 Jogja Biennale in Indonesia where he presented his monumental installation, “The Wealth of Nations”. He was one of the three artists at the first Nigerian Pavilion in the Venice Biennale, “A Biography of the Forgotten” was the work he showcased at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017).

His book EXCUSE ME!, a satirical creative non-fiction view of life as a Nigerian both at home and abroad, is a recommended text in two Nigerian universities.  

Ehikhamenor is the founder of Angels and Muse in Lagos, a creative thought space that offers residency to artists, writers, and curators.

Victor Ehikhamenor

Artist, Photographer and Writer
 

Youth, New Generation Politics and Social Activism

Dave Lawler

Dave Lawler is an Associate Editor for Axios. He leads Axios' world news coverage and writes the biweekly Axios World newsletter. He was previously Deputy News Editor at Axios, and before that the Washington Correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph, where he covered the 2016 presidential election.

DAVE LAWLER

World News Editor, Axios

Fabrice Sawegnon

Fabrice Sawegnon is the founder and CEO of the VOODOO group, an organization with 4 core activities, more than 300 employees in 8 countries, and a capacity to deploy throughout in the Sahel region and Central Africa.

An emblematic figure of communication in Africa, Fabrice Sawegnon is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Côte d’Ivoire. He is also an adviser to several African heads of state.

Married and father of three children, he has led charitable and civic actions to help vulnerable communities. Mr. Sawegnon is a firm believer that African youth must reclaim the fate of the communities in which they live.

Fabrice Sawegnon

CEO, VOODOO group

Ndeye Diara Diobaye

French, Senegalese and Malian, Ndeye Diarra Diobaye is an African citizen of the world. A media enthusiast, she started her career in journalism before turning to marketing communications and events planning. Ndeye Diarra has worked in Congo-Brazzaville, Gabon and Senegal where she has supported private and public organizations in the development and distribution of their content towards African and international audiences.

In 2017, she started her own consultancy, Bleuette, with which she spearheaded the content and communications of two international forums based on the African continent. A For Us by Us champion, Ndeye Diarra is committed to contribute to Africa's active ownership of its narratives. She is a Sciences Po Paris and London School of Economics graduate. She is also working on her first collection of poems.

Ndeye Diara Diobaye

Founder, Bleuette & Co.

Idara Otu

Idara Otu is the Founder and Board Chair of Let Girls Read, Run, Grow (www.lgrrg.org), an initiative working to support the development of African adolescent girls through education, athletics and entrepreneurship through agriculture. As founder, Idara works alongside LGRRG’s leadership and partners to help create opportunities for young girls to build better futures for themselves, their families, and their communities. Pulling from her corporate experiences and professional athletic experience, Idara is a tireless advocate for feeding both the mind and body through education and sport.

A 2012 Olympian for Nigeria in Track & Field and 2-time All-American at her alma mater Stanford University, Idara draws upon her student and athlete experiences as a focal point to many of her later life successes. She has spent the last decade in Finance, in Research, Trading and Sales roles at international Investment Banks. Idara holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Stanford University.

Idara Otu

Olympian & Founder, Let Girls Read, Run, Grow
 

Financial Services

Mayowa Kuyoro

Mayowa Kuyoro is an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company and based in the firm’s Nigeria Office.  

She co-leads the Firm’s Financial Institutions Practice in Nigeria, spending the majority of her time helping private and public sector companies across Sub-Saharan Africa on transformation topics. Mayowa recently co-authored Roaring to life: Growth and innovation in African retail banking in March 2018.  

She holds an MBA (with Distinction) from Harvard Business School and an MEng from the University of Warwick.

Mayowa is Nigerian. She enjoys swimming, running and travelling. Along with fluency in English, she speaks two other languages.

Mayowa Kuyoro

Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

Mena Cammett

Mena Cammett is an international trade and development professional dedicated to helping companies function in challenging environments while making a positive impact in developing economies. As a Risk Management Officer at the World Bank's Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), Mena analyzes economics, politics, and governance in emerging markets to provide investors with political risk guarantees against expropriation, political violence, currency transfer risks, and government breach of contract. Prior to joining MIGA, Mena was a Risk Manager at XL Catlin Political Risk & Credit Insurance, an Associate in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Anti-Corruption and Corporate Intelligence Practice, and a Geopolitical Intelligence Analyst at Ergo. She has also held Analyst positions at the US Government's Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and an investment climate think-tank in Cairo, Egypt.

Mena holds an MBA and an undergraduate degree in Middle East Studies, both from Yale University, and speaks English, Spanish and Arabic.

Mena Cammett

Risk Management Officer, World Bank

Olukayode A. Pitan

Mr. Pitan is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Industry, a position he has held since May 2017. Mr. Pitan draws on significant work experience gained in both the corporate and banking sectors during the course of his 25-year career.

He began his career with Citibank Nigeria in 1986. Prior to joining BOI, Mr. Pitan was the MD/CEO of Caroline Properties Ltd and Director of Excel E&P Ltd. Previously, Mr. Pitan held the position of Executive Director of Unity Bank Plc in charge of Corporate Banking and Treasury Management after having served as the MD/CEO at First Interstate Bank Plc in August 2004, where he successfully led the bank through a merger with eight other lending institutions to form Unity Bank.

He graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Economics as a UAC scholar from the University of Ibadan in 1982 and obtained a Master’s degree in International Management as a Rotary International Scholar from the American Graduate School of International Management, Thunderbird Campus at Glendale, Arizona. He is an alumnus of Lagos Business School and London Business School. He is also an alumnus of the Haggai Institute in Singapore. He is an ordained senior pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. Mr. Pitan had participated in many innovative transactions in the Nigerian Capital Market.

Mr Pitan has also served as member of several boards including: the alternative Director of Kakawa Discount House Ltd, Director of Newdevco Investments & Securities co. Ltd, Director of Banque International Du Benin.

Olukayode Pitan

CEO and Managing Director, Bank of Industry (Nigeria)

Seun Onayiga

Seun Onayiga is a Director at Renaissance Capital where he heads and is responsible for the West Africa investment banking business. He is tasked with building and maintaining client relationships with the overall goal of providing them with strategic financial solutions.

Seun led Renaissance Capital’s expansion from Nigeria into the sub-region and championed its re-entry into Ghana and other countries. He was also instrumental in building the platform’s Nigerian debt business, having led the origination and execution of a number of local and foreign currency issuances, including Renaissance’s first Eurobond out of SSA.

His primary responsibilities involve deal origination, structuring and leading execution across various product lines (advisory, M&A and capital markets) in key sectors of the West African sub-region.

Seun is a member of Renaissance Capital’s global Investment Banking & Finance (IBF) committee as well as a member of the Africa IBF leadership team.

Prior to joining Renaissance in 2011, Seun had brief stints with Africapital Management and Emerging Capital Partners. He was previously with Afrinvest (West Africa), one of Nigeria’s foremost investment banking boutiques, as well as, with Julius Berger Plc, Nigeria’s largest construction company.

Seun has over 11 years of investment banking and private equity experience and has advised on transactions with cumulative value of over US$6.0bn across M&A, capital markets and corporate advisory. He holds an MBA as well as a Bachelors degree in Electrical/ Electronics Science and Technology.

Seun Onayiga

Director, Renaissance Capital

Niall Saville

Niall is an Associate Partner with Dalberg Advisors, based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He has previously worked in the firm’s Nairobi, London and Geneva offices.   

He is co-leader of the firm’s Inclusive Growth practice area, and has a passion for technology and the opportunities it provides, particularly in financial inclusion. Most recently he has led the development of The Human Account, a multi-country initiative transforming how we design financial services for people in emerging markets, working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. He has also undertaken work in financial inclusion with CGAP, Mercy Corps and FSDT, to name a few.   

Prior to Dalberg, Niall was a Senior Manager at Monitor Group in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Viet Nam and South Africa, and previously worked as a Technical Consultant in the telecoms sector.  

He holds an MBA with distinction from INSEAD, and MA and MEng degrees from the University of Cambridge. He enjoys running, frequent travel and exploring the curries of the world.

Niall Saville

Associate Partner, Dalberg Advisors,
 

Energy

Carlos Reyes

Carlos is a member of the IFC Asset Management Company (AMC), a Private Equity firm co-investing with alongside the IFC in equity projects within Emerging Markets. Within AMC Carlos works with the Africa Latin American and Caribbean Fund (ALAC) where he is and investment committee member and broadly responsible for investments in the energy/natural resources sectors and across all sectors for the Sub-Saharan Africa Region. Carlos is also a member of the investment committee for the China-Mexico Fund.  

Within the ALAC Fund he has done a number of the transactions within the Africa energy space, and has subsequently been a board member in the companies where the Fund invested. For instance, back in 2016, ALAC invested in Mainstream-Lekela a Pan-African renewables platform which aims to build a 1 GW of power across the continent.  

Prior joining AMC, Carlos worked for seven years at BP in different executive roles. He joined as a Helios Global MBA Fellow, having his first rotation as a Gas Commercial Lead for the BP In Amenas project in Algeria, then as Director of BP Energy Financial Services, followed by a stint as Strategy Advisor at BP Strategy Group within the CEO’s office, and during his last two years as a Director ofthe M&A Group where Carlos was responsible for several transactions in Spain, Egypt, and the Caspian region.   

Carlos Reyes holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from University of Barcelona, a master’s degree in International Transactions/Public Policy from George Mason University and a MBA from Yale University.

Carlos Reyes

Principal & Co-Head of Africa Funds, IFC Asset Management Company

Eda Henries

Eda is a Principal at Persistent Energy Capital. Persistent is a venture capital firm that provides early stage capital and extensive operational support to exceptional entrepreneurs in underserved markets. Persistent's partner companies provide off-grid energy and other essential services to customers across sub-Saharan Africa. 

Eda has over 10 years of entrepreneurship and investment banking advisory experience in the U.S. and Africa. She was previously a Vice President in the Global Power and Utilities group of Citigroup's Investment Banking division. Prior to joining Citigroup, she co-founded and operated businesses in the food service and agribusiness sectors in West Africa. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and is a Teach For America alumni.

Eda Henries

Principal, Persistent Energy Capital

Justin DeAngelis

Justin DeAngelis is a Partner in the International Power Fund of Denham Capital. Justin is responsible for origination, analysis, structuring, valuation and execution of investments for the Power Deal Team. He brings 20 years of experience to the firm.

Prior to joining Denham, Justin was a Director at Waypoint Energy and worked as a Manager at Pace Global Energy and PG&E National Energy Group, after serving as an Engineer at Delmarva Power. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Endeavor Energy and subsidiaries of Rio Energy.

Justin is a member of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Advisory Council and a member of the Advisory Council for NASP-USAID Investment Partnership for “Mobilizing Institutional Investors to Develop Africa’s Infrastructure” or “MIDA.” He also serves as a Board Member for IGD (Initiative for Global Development). Separately, Justin is taking part in Columbia University’s World Projects Initiative.

Denham has backed the successful development and realization of numerous ground-breaking power projects across the globe, from wind and solar in South Africa, Italy, Brazil, Uruguay and Australia to thermal generation in the Philippines and Africa. Denham’s projects have won numerous awards including Reuters Project Finance International Asia-Pacific Power and Africa Power Deal of the Year, Euromoney Project Finance APAC Power Deal of the Year, IJ Global African Power and APAC Solar Deal of the Year, and European Solar Deal of the Year.

Justin received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and a Master of Business Administration from LeBow College of Business at Drexel University.

Justin DeAngelis

Partner, International Power Fund at Denham Capital

Liubym Gerasymenko

Liubym Gerasymenko is the Chief Financial Officer for Symbion Power. Mr. Gerasymenko developed his 20-year international business career through senior finance management and business development assignments, running operations for multinationals spanning three industries on four continents. He has led the development of several Independent Power Projects including two in the Russian capital Moscow.

Mr. Gerasymenko holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of International Management degrees from Kiev National University of Economics. He is a Fellow of the U.K.-based Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a member of the American Society of Appraisers.

Liubym Gerasymenko

Chief Financial Officer, Symbion Power

Tomiwa Igun

Tomiwa is passionate about electrifying Africa, as depicted in his Harvard Business School Annual Portrait project where he laid out the basis for this passion. His professional career has revolved around this goal of improving the electrification around Africa, primarily Nigeria. He is currently a member of the Grow Africa Team (Recruiting) at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he has served several clients providing strategic advisory and executing on energy projects, including in Nigeria and other African countries. He co-founded Aspire Power Solutions, a renewable energy company focused on providing clean, affordable, and reliable electricity in Africa. Before this, Tomiwa worked at Africa Finance Corporation. He is also a co-founder of Young African MBAs, a non-profit helping bridge the gap in Africa's management talent.

Tomiwa holds an MBA with Honors from Harvard Business School, M.Sc. Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan, and B.Sc. Electrical Engineering from Howard University. During his time at HBS, he co-chaired the Africa Business Conference, the largest student-run conference focused on Africa. He also co-authored a published Harvard Business School case study on the Privatization of Nigeria's Power Sector.

Tomiwa Igun

Manager, Boston Consulting Group

James Shoetan

James Shoetan is a Senior Associate and Regional Portfolio lead at CrossBoundary Energy. He supports the firm’s investment platform which finances clean economical solar based power systems for businesses across Africa. As an American-Nigerian currently based in Nairobi, Kenya, he has also worked in South Africa, Nigeria, Rwanda, and The Middle East. James holds an electrical engineering degree from Duke University and an MBA from Wharton Business School. Prior to joining CrossBoundary, James worked at The Boston Consulting Group based out of Johannesburg, South Africa and in power generation across the US with heavy focus on nuclear power.

James Shoetan

Regional Portfolio Lead, CrossBoundary Energy
 

Healthcare

Dr. Donna Patterson

Dr. Donna A. Patterson is chair of the Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy and the director of Africana Studies at Delaware State University. Her first book, Pharmacy in Senegal: Gender, Healing, and Entrepreneurship, was published in 2015. Professor Patterson has published scholarly articles on pharmaceutical markets, women pharmacists and Ebola in the Journal of Women’s History, Anthropologie et Santé, Journal of Global Health Reports and Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. Her forthcoming work includes essays on “Women in Senegal” and another on Chinese investment in African pharmaceutical markets. Patterson is currently working on two larger projects. One, “Drug Trafficking, Drug Consumption, and Health in Africa,” and a second, “Ebola, West Africa and the World.”

Her media commentary on global health, international security, African and European politics, and pop culture has appeared at Slate, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Foreign Policy, Christian Science Monitor, Pacific Standard, New America Weekly, Pacifica and in other outlets. Patterson has provided expertise to corporations, NGOs, and government agencies on African affairs and public health. She currently holds affiliations at the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and at the African Studies Center at Boston University.

Patterson has received fellowships from Fulbright IIE, the Woodrow Wilson Center, Princeton University, New America, the American Historical Association, the West African Research Association and the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Patterson previously taught at Wellesley College. For more information, please visit her website.

Dr. Donna Patterson

Director of Africana Studies, Delaware State University.

Elaine Baruwa

Elaine M. Baruwa, Ph.D., M.Sc., has over fifteen years of experience leading economic evaluations, and designing pricing and costing policies and tools for the financing of health services and health systems in Nigeria, Haiti, and over 20 other LMICS. Dr. Baruwa is a senior technical advisor on health financing governance, policy design and research. At Abt, she has led country-level programs for USAID’s HS2020, HFG and SHOPS Plus projects on health financing, family planning and TB programs in Nigeria and Haiti.

Dr. Baruwa is a senior technical advisor who has published research and conducted monitoring and economic evaluation studies for the World Bank, Gates Foundation and the Global Fund. Dr. Baruwa holds a PhD in International Health from Johns Hopkins University, a MSc in Health Management from Imperial College University, and a BSc in Financial Economics from the University of London.

Elaine Baruwa

Principal Associate, Abt Associates Inc.

Courtney Johnson

Courtney Johnson is a Manager at Monitor Deloitte, overseeing projects in the health and development sectors. She has over 10 years of experience providing technical assistance in the areas of social strategic partnerships, data analytics, health financing and domestic resource mobilization, ecosystem development, organizational redesign, and business process improvement. Ms. Johnson currently manages a project focused on domestic resource mobilization, health financing, and private sector partnerships for neglected tropical diseases in West Africa. Prior to Deloitte, Ms. Johnson worked for the Clinton Health Access Initiative where she supported the creation and implementation of the Open Health Initiative, a project that promotes innovative financing and stronger accountability for health outcomes and financial resources in the East African Community.

Ms. Johnson received a Master of Sciences degree in health policy, planning, and financing from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wake Forest University.

Courtney Johnson

Manager, Monitor Deloitte
 

Impact Investing

Efayomi Carr

Efayomi works on regional sourcing and due diligence of investment opportunities, as well as supporting Quona and its portfolio companies on operational projects and research.

Prior to Quona, Efayomi worked with 8 Miles LLP, a London-based private equity firm that invests in Africa. Before this, he worked with the Boston Consulting Group in New York and Nigeria covering financial services. He has also spent time working as the Head of Marketplace for Jumia Nigeria in Lagos, and as the Head of Information Management and Analysis for the National Ebola Response Center in Freetown. Efayomi received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Efayomi Carr

Investment Associate, Quona Capital

Rajith Sebastian

Rajith Sebastian is currently Director, Special Projects, Impact Investing – at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative. Among other things, he oversees the Wharton Africa Growth Partners, as well as manages the Wharton Impact Venture Associates program, where he works on designing a best-in-class impact investing fund. He has 12 years of investment banking experience, primarily across Sub Saharan Africa and China, and worked in senior banking roles including being Regional Coverage Executive, Nedbank, East Africa as well as Director, Corporate Investment Bank, Standard Chartered Bank.

Rajith spent the early part of his life in Kenya, before moving to South Africa. He has a Bachelor of Business Science degree from the University of Cape Town, an MBA from the Wharton School, and is a CFA Charterholder.

Rajith Sebastian

Special Projects Director, Wharton Social Impact Initiative

Rakesh Apte

Rakesh Apte is an Investment Director at the Global Innovation Fund, where he is responsible for executing risk capital investments in early and growth stage companies in Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. Prior to GIF, Rakesh helped manage the investing activities of the early-stage fund at Eleos, a pioneering impact investing firm. Before Eleos, Rakesh worked with H2O Venture Partners on East Africa focused business incubation. He also spent several years in the technology industry at Microsoft, working across multiple functions in corporate strategy, finance, and M&A. During part of his time at Microsoft, Rakesh was based in Turkey with the Middle East & Africa team focused on technology adoption throughout the region.

Rakesh started his career on Wall Street working in quantitative finance at The D. E. Shaw Group. Rakesh holds an MBA from Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and graduated with honors from The University of Texas – Austin with a BBA in Finance and a BA in Economics.

Rakesh Apte

Investment Director, Global Innovation Fund

Wayne Hennessy-Barrett

Founder / CEO of 4G Capital, an innovative fintech capacity building service operating in Kenya since 2013.

Over 20 years experience in emerging markets, creating sustainable end-to-end distribution systems for scalable, profitable enterprises. Advised and served on a number of commercial and not for profit boards in the finance and technology sectors.

Prior experience in strategic change management supporting private banks, fiduciary and professional service firms. Former service as an infantry officer seeing extensive active duty worldwide in a variety of specialised roles.

A Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Masters from King’s College London in Conflict Studies and International Relations and a BA from Exeter University in Politics, graduating cum laude in both. Holds a Diploma in International Compliance from the ICA, and recent attendee of Harvard Business School Strategic Leadership in Financial Inclusion executive course.

Enjoys shooting, polo and movies to relax and current affairs to become un-relaxed again.

Wayne Hennessy-Barrett

Founder & CEO, 4G Capital

Coryell Stout

Coryell Stout is the Africa Portfolio Engagement Manager for Accion Venture Lab, Accion’s seed-stage investment initiative in fintech for the underserved. In her role, Coryell provides strategic and operational support to the team’s portfolio across Africa. Coryell has nearly a decade of experience working across business strategy, entrepreneurship, and operations in emerging markets. Prior to joining Accion, Coryell was Chief Operating Officer at a solar energy startup, where she founded the Kenya office, expanded operations across East Africa, and oversaw the launch of 4 new products in 13 markets. Coryell holds a BA in political science with a minor in African studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a Graduate Certificate in social enterprise and impact investing from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Coryell Stout

Director, Accion Venture Labs
 

Agriculture

Brian Reese

Brian Heese is a Director at One Acre Fund, a dynamic social enterprise that sells seed, fertilizer and solar lights to 750,000 smallholder farmers in Africa. Brian leads the debt raising effort which finances One Acre Fund's working capital needs.

Brian has spent the last 10-years working with organizations that enable people to lift themselves out of poverty. Brian previously worked 12-years in investment banking with Merrill Lynch and 8 years as an auditor with Price Waterhouse where he led audits of IFC, a member of the World Bank Group.

He has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BBA from Loyola University in New Orleans.

Brian Reese

Director, One Acre Fund

Kavaneet Dhami

Kavaneet Singh Dhami is the Founder and CEO of KDHI Agriculture, an AgriBusiness/AgriTech social enterprise focused on working with farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to drive growth in the production, processing, and trade of Agricultural products using data-driven processes. 

KDHI’s focus areas include: 
1. Market Access (Raw Cashew Nuts)
2. Value Addition (Coconut Shell Charcoal, Moringa Oil)
3. Soil Management (Wireless Sensor Network technology, Data Analytics)

He is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper in the Accra Hub, Advisory Board Member for Wharton’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, and the Ghana Country Director for the Wharton Club of Africa.

Prior to launching KDHI, Kavaneet held roles in a variety of industry and service functions. During his tenure at Bonwick Capital, he advised clients on IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, capital raises and restructuring assignments. He has also held roles at uBeam, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Jacobs Engineering Group, and Sikorsky Aircraft. 

Kavaneet holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He is born and raised in New York, and of Indian descent.

Kavaneet Dhami

Founder and CEO, KDHI Agriculture

Mirabelle Moreaux

Mirabelle Moreaux’s career spans over a decade in private equity and management consulting. She is the Investment Director of Injaro Investments Limited where she is responsible for identifying and assessing viable companies as well as managing them for optimum growth.

She spends a majority of her time now managing a social enterprise that produces unrefined organic shea butter and shea-based bath and beauty products, www.tamacosmetics.com, and is actively looking for exit partners.

Prior to Injaro, Mirabelle was an Engagement Manager at Booz & Company, where she solved problems for top businesses, governments and organizations in the USA, Middle East and North Africa. She focused on formulating and implementing strategic and operational improvements for clients in the agriculture, health, financial services, public and non-profit sectors. Mirabelle also worked with Abt Associates, Inc., a socio-economic policy research and consulting firm in Washington, D.C. At Abt, she evaluated health, education and social programs funded by foundations and federal and state governments.

Ms. Moreaux graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell College and the London School of Economics with a B.A. in Economics and French. She holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Mirabelle Moreaux

Investment Director, Injaro Investments Limited

Jackson Mvunganyi

Jackson Muneza Mvunganyi is a multimedia reporter and Producer. He is the host of UpFront show on the Voice of America. Each week, Upfront reaches millions of young adults, students and professionals on the African continent and the diaspora on radio, Television and other digital media platforms. On UpFront show, Mvunganyi interacts and engages his audience on issues affecting African youth, with topics often ranging from entrepreneurship, to technology, politics,education,African innovation etc. Mvunganyi has a Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia design and development from the American University in Washington D.C., and a Masters degree in Information Management at the University of Maryland. Jackson has had a multi-faceted broadcasting career so far, working in both radio and television, in Africa and the United States. He was named one of the 20 young African influencers in the diaspora, and has been invited to speak and moderate at various high level panels at the UN, World Bank and Universities like Harvard and others.

Jackson Mvunganyi

Multimedia Reporter

Dan Zook

Dan is the Executive Director of ISF Advisors at the Global Development Incubator and has a passion for bringing inclusive agriculture and supply chain financing solutions to market. Based in New York, Dan directs ISF’s portfolio of projects related to investment advisory, financial inclusion, and enterprise strategy in the rural finance sector. This includes managing complex stakeholder partnerships, supporting early stage development of blended finance structures, and engaging on technical design of novel rural financing models. He also contributes to ISF’s research agenda and is a published thought leader in the inclusive finance space. He previously worked as a strategy consultant specializing in financial services for Dalberg and Booz & Company where he led dozens of engagements focused on inclusive financial services, social impact, and organizational transformation in the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Dan has also worked for Standard Chartered Bank in the UAE and he started his career working on a microfinance program for Plan International in Vietnam. Dan holds an MBA with honors from Cornell’s Johnson Business School and a BA from Princeton University in neuroscience.

Dan Zook

Executive Director, ISF Advisors