Agenda 2015

 

Entrepreneurship

“How I Started My Business”
 

People in our generation, particularly in the diaspora, have many ideas on how to change and make an impact in Africa. However, they may not know how to go about it and may be scared to leave corporate jobs that give them a predictable level of comfort.  In short, they struggle with embracing the high-risk but high-reward startup environment. This panel will explore the major steps in the process from idea creation to building and establishing a successful business. Entrepreneurs from across the continent who have made this transition from corporate jobs or school to starting their own companies will share their stories, touching on key questions such as what was their initial approach, how did they raise funds to start their business, how did they put together a team to implement the idea, what legal considerations did they face in order to establish the company, what mediums were used to reach out and connect with their customers, etc. Challenges faced will also be discussed. Attendees to this panel should leave having actionable steps they can take to make their ideas a reality.

Njeri Rionge

Kenyan serial entrepreneur

Founder, Wananchi Online

BioWhy Them ?

Njeri Rionge is a Kenyan serial entrepreneur and founder of Wananchi Online, East Africa’s first mass market Internet Service Provider (ISP) which has grown to become the region’s leading cable, broadband and internetbased phone company. Wananchi Online is currently worth over $150 million and Njeri has gone ahead to start other successful companies. In the true spirit of a persevering entrepreneur, Njeri worked her way up the business ladder from very small beginnings. In her early days, she sold yoghurt to high school kids during break times from the back of a borrowed car.

She went ahead to become a hairdresser before starting a luxury goods trade shuttling between Kenya, London and Dubai. According to a BBC interview in 2012, she tried many businesses before she touched the one ‘that turned into gold’. After her success with Wananchi Online, Njeri went ahead to found Ignite, a management consultancy firm dedicated to helping African businesses leave lasting legacies. Under her leadership, Ignite has expanded to include Ignite Lifestyle (a health care consultancy), Insite (a digital marketing firm) and Business Lounge (an incubator that provides support for Kenyan startups and foreign companies looking to enter the country). Njeri, who’s in her late 40s, shows no sign of letting up on serial entrepreneurship. She is passionate about Africa’s position as the next big economic miracle and wants to contribute to the capacity of the continent to reach its full potential. She has been featured on Forbes and the BBC.

Njeri Rionge has a knack for building ventures that go on to become a tour de force. She is is driven by a strong passion to see businesses grow, reach their potential, and contribute to society and the economy as a force for good. Her future aspirations are focused on building capacity for future entrepreneurs to build successful, indigenous businesses.
A strong believer in Africa’s potential, she created Scaling Your Business Upwards, a summit in Nairobi that offers budding entrepreneurs and Small & Medium-sized enterprises practical advice on how to grow their business. Njeri is now focused on inspiring other entrepreneurs and encouraging them to be resilient, a quality which she believes is the key to successful entrepreneurship. Njeri will be sharing her experiences and insights as an Entrepreneurship panelist on the topics, How I Started my Business and Scaling a small business in Africa.
Michael Moll

Co-founder & CEO,

My Green Space

 

BioWhy Them ?

Mike is a social commerce visionary who dreams of ways to use technology to transform rudimentary human activities. Michael is originally from Kenya and came to Canada in 2008 on a full scholarship to study at the Sauder school of business and never looked back.
Michael values sustainability and believes in the power of technology to make
​the world a better place. He has a keen eye for visual communication and product development. He is obsessed with the power of co-creation.
Currently, Michael is using his marketing prowess and startup experience to steer the vision for My Green Space: A digital garden planner and seed shop on a mission to make communities more sustainable and resilient. Mike is a full time optimist who loves nothing more than living at the intersection between people and technology.

“Scaling A Small Business in Africa”
 
Many people point to small- and medium-sized businesses as drivers of inclusive, sustainable economic growth; yet it has proven difficult to grow a small African business to survive and thrive on the continent over the past decade. This panel will draw on the experiences of small business owners and investors — those who have both succeeded and failed at scaling a venture beyond the inception on an idea. We will explore what factors, trends and challenges potentially contribute to the success or failure of a small business and hope to leave the audience with a heightened awareness of the space, as well as better tools with which to act on their own entrepreneurial aspirations.
Njeri Rionge

Kenyan serial entrepreneur

Founder, Wananchi Online

BioWhy Them ?

Njeri Rionge is a Kenyan serial entrepreneur and founder of Wananchi Online, East Africa’s first mass market Internet Service Provider (ISP) which has grown to become the region’s leading cable, broadband and internetbased phone company. Wananchi Online is currently worth over $150 million and Njeri has gone ahead to start other successful companies. In the true spirit of a persevering entrepreneur, Njeri worked her way up the business ladder from very small beginnings. In her early days, she sold yoghurt to high school kids during break times from the back of a borrowed car.

She went ahead to become a hairdresser before starting a luxury goods trade shuttling between Kenya, London and Dubai. According to a BBC interview in 2012, she tried many businesses before she touched the one ‘that turned into gold’. After her success with Wananchi Online, Njeri went ahead to found Ignite, a management consultancy firm dedicated to helping African businesses leave lasting legacies. Under her leadership, Ignite has expanded to include Ignite Lifestyle (a health care consultancy), Insite (a digital marketing firm) and Business Lounge (an incubator that provides support for Kenyan startups and foreign companies looking to enter the country). Njeri, who’s in her late 40s, shows no sign of letting up on serial entrepreneurship. She is passionate about Africa’s position as the next big economic miracle and wants to contribute to the capacity of the continent to reach its full potential. She has been featured on Forbes and the BBC.

Njeri Rionge has a knack for building ventures that go on to become a tour de force. She is is driven by a strong passion to see businesses grow, reach their potential, and contribute to society and the economy as a force for good. Her future aspirations are focused on building capacity for future entrepreneurs to build successful, indigenous businesses.
A strong believer in Africa’s potential, she created Scaling Your Business Upwards, a summit in Nairobi that offers budding entrepreneurs and Small & Medium-sized enterprises practical advice on how to grow their business. Njeri is now focused on inspiring other entrepreneurs and encouraging them to be resilient, a quality which she believes is the key to successful entrepreneurship. Njeri will be sharing her experiences and insights as an Entrepreneurship panelist on the topics, How I Started my Business and Scaling a small business in Africa.

Peter Wangia

Proffesional Engineer

Microsoft

BioWhy Them ?
Peter is a Mechanical Engineer at Microsoft’s Corporate Headquarters in Redmond, Washington, USA. His current role at Microsoft involves providing design management, technical direction and general mechanical engineering leadership associated with Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure. Peter is also a co-founder and Director at Chebu Pharmaceutical Ltd which has a vision to develop sustainable, cost effective and efficient medication delivery systems in Kenya. Mr. Wangia is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.), holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and an MSc in Engineering Management from the University of Kansas.

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Sangu Delle

CEO of Golden Palm Investments

Forbes Africa 30 under 30 Harvard JD/MBA Graduate

BioWhy Them ?
Sangu Delle is a Ghanaian entrepreneur, author, clean water activist, Soros Fellow and TEDGlobal Fellow. Sangu is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Palm Investments (GPI); an investment holding and advisory company focused on building world class companies in Africa. GPI operates companies in high growth industries and funds promising start-ups that can have social impact and generate jobs. GPI has backed startups such as SOLO Mobile in Nigeria, mPharma in Ghana and Stawi Foods in Kenya. Sangu is the co-founder of cleanacwa, which is a nonprofit working in underdeveloped communities in Ghana to make sure that water and sanitation, basic human rights, are provided. Sangu earned his Bachelors Degree in Economics and African Studies at Harvard University, and returned to his Alma Mater to complete the Juris Doctor (JD)/MBA Programs at the Harvard Law and Business Schools.
Sangu Delle is a remarkable social entrepreneur and investor with a nuanced understanding of the opportunities and challenges of doing business in Africa. His passion for social impact led to his founding Golden Palm Investments (GPI), a Ghana-based investment holding company focused on early-stage ventures in Africa.
Finding and seizing opportunities come naturally to Sangu. From starting a t-shirt venture when he was in high school—where he faced the challenge of not having enough capital to scale up—to now investing in Africa’s next success stories, Sangu has invaluable insights on what it takes to grow a business on the continent. On the Entrepreneurship panel, Sangu Delle will be speaking on Scaling a small business in Africa and Managing Risk: Dealing with Uncertainty
Stephen Nairne

Managing Director The Lundin Foundation

BioWhy Them ?

Mr. Nairne has served as the Lundin Foundation’s Managing Director since 2007. He serves on the Advisory Board of several SME funds and companies in Sub-Saharan Africa and is concurrently appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, where he teaches courses on Country and Project Risk Analysis in Developing Countries and African Political Economy.
Prior to joining the Lundin Foundation, Mr. Nairne served as Deputy Director with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s Pacific Office and as Senior Political Risk Analyst at Export Development Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and a Master of Arts from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.

As Managing Director of the Lundin Foundation, Mr. Nairne has contributed greatly to Africa’s growth story. The Lundin Foundation provides risk capital in the form of investments into high potential small- and medium-sized businesses, with a view to generating wealth and employment needed to alleviate poverty on a sustained basis. It also provides strategic grants to early stage innovations and for technical and managerial assistance.
Through its partnerships with leading resources companies, the Foundation advises on internal policies and management systems, adoption of, and compliance with, international performance and disclosure standards, Stakeholder Mapping and engagement and community investment strategy and oversight. With over $15.7M CAD in impact investment commitments, the Lundin Foundation is truly making a difference across many African communities.

“Managing Risk: Dealing with Uncertainty

Kwehnui Tawah

Young African Entrepreneur
Trader at Goldman Sachs

BioWhy Them ?

Kwehnui Tawah is a gifted young African entrepreneur. Born in Takoma Park, Maryland to Cameroonian parents, Kwehnui has lived in over seven different countries on three continents.Currently working on Wall Street as credit trader for Goldman Sachs, Kwehnui has extensive experience working as an Investment Banker. Although only 22 years in age, Kwehnui has a resume that belies his years. He is a former intern of the Blackstone Group, where we worked in their Private Equity Portfolio Operations as a Summer Analyst.

An entrepreneur passionate about Africa’s dvelopment, Kwehnui is a Co-Founder and CEO of Yakkity International, a digital marketing platform geared towards the African Market. Kwehnui maintains an avid interest in the Financial Technology and Entertainment spaces, and hopes to be a major contributor in the unveiling Africa’s growth story through improving service delivery and Investments in the Infrastructure & Technology.Kwehnui earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Chicago.

Combining an experience in finance and a passion for Africa-focused startups, Kwenhui brings an understanding of the peculiar challenges and risks that come with being an entrepreneur on the continent.
As co-founder of Yakkity, Kwenhui will share his experiences and insights on Managing Risk: Dealing with Uncertainty.
Justin Mahwikizi

Co-founder & CEO,

Market Atlas

BioWhy Them ?

Justin Mahwikizi currently leads Market Atlas’ marketing and day-to-day operations where he was a co-founder and introduced African markets focused software-driven market research tools covering Equities, Currencies, and Macro analysis to the North American market
Justin has given keynote speeches and presentations to institutions such as The World Bank, Columbia University, Georgetown University, and Seattle based Africa Chamber of Commerce for the Pacific Northwest. Prior to Market Atlas, he spent 10 years in Investment Banking & Trading Operations with Northern Trust, UBS, RBS, The Private Bank and Trust Company, and HSBC. Justin holds a BBA in finance and international business from Temple University.

As CEO of Market Atlas, Justin has spoken at the World Bank on “Big data in Africa investments”, and at Georgetown University on “Leveraging information to drive better investment decisions”.
Justin will share his insights on macro factors that Africa-focused businesses must consider to effectively mitigate risks.

Sangu Delle

CEO of Golden Palm Investments

Forbes Africa 30 under 30 Harvard JD/MBA Graduate

BioWhy Them ?
Sangu Delle is a Ghanaian entrepreneur, author, clean water activist, Soros Fellow and TEDGlobal Fellow. Sangu is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Palm Investments (GPI); an investment holding and advisory company focused on building world class companies in Africa. GPI operates companies in high growth industries and funds promising start-ups that can have social impact and generate jobs. GPI has backed startups such as SOLO Mobile in Nigeria, mPharma in Ghana and Stawi Foods in Kenya. Sangu is the co-founder of cleanacwa, which is a nonprofit working in underdeveloped communities in Ghana to make sure that water and sanitation, basic human rights, are provided. Sangu earned his Bachelors Degree in Economics and African Studies at Harvard University, and returned to his Alma Mater to complete the Juris Doctor (JD)/MBA Programs at the Harvard Law and Business Schools.
Sangu Delle is a remarkable social entrepreneur and investor with a nuanced understanding of the opportunities and challenges of doing business in Africa. His passion for social impact led to his founding Golden Palm Investments (GPI), a Ghana-based investment holding company focused on early-stage ventures in Africa.
Finding and seizing opportunities come naturally to Sangu. From starting a t-shirt venture when he was in high school—where he faced the challenge of not having enough capital to scale up—to now investing in Africa’s next success stories, Sangu has invaluable insights on what it takes to grow a business on the continent. On the Entrepreneurship panel, Sangu Delle will be speaking on Scaling a small business in Africa and Managing Risk: Dealing with Uncertainty

Finance

“Influx of Capital and Development”

 
Financial flows from foreign sources into Africa are expected to reach over $200bn in 2014, a four-fold increase over 2000 levels. Official development assistance (ODA) has fallen from 38% of the total in 2000 to a projected 27% of the total in 2014 as private-sector participation increases. In addition, investments are increasingly moving from extractive industries and resource-rich countries to consumer-related sectors. What has fueled this trend towards increasing foreign investment into Africa and is the growth trend in likely to continue? As private capital is increasingly deployed to work alongside ODA, how effectively is it driving growth? Has increasing private participation in investment on the continent helped to create a climate for sustainable investment?

 

Dr. Nkosana Moyo
Founder & Executive Chairman of MINDS

BioWhy Them ?

Dr. Nkosana Moyo is a former Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the African Development Group (AfDB) and the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS).He is a respected keynote speaker at global fora, having spoken at the London School of Economics Africa Summit, Harvard Africa Business Conference and World Economic Forum to name but a few of his past speaking engagements.

Dr. Moyo served as Co-Chair of World Economic Forum’s Africa Regional Agenda Council on the Future of Africa, where he guided the Council for a period of 3 years.Prior to joining the the AfDB in 2008, Dr. Moyo was a Managing Partner of the Private Equity Firm Actis Capital LLP, focusing on the Africa Business. He has also served on the boards of a number of companies in the cement, sugar, finance, tourism, mining, airline and food sectors. He also served as Minister of Industry & International Trade in his native Zimbabwe.Dr. Moyo holds an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management, and a PhD in Physics from Imperial College, London.

Dr. Nkosana Moyo is globally renowned for his extensive experience and passion for championing Africa’s growth story. As Chief Operating Officer of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Dr. Moyo was in-charge of the daily runnings of Africa’s premier development institution (the AfDB’s current active portfolio stands at over US$25 Billion). Dr. Moyo was a Partner of Actis Africa Fund I and Actis Africa Fund II, where he served as the Managing Partner and Senior Advisor of Africa at Actis Capital LLP.
He joined Actis in January 2004 and was responsible for providing business leadership to the regional fund team, formulation of business strategy for the region, deal origination, fund raising, and investor relationship management. As Chairman of the Mandela Institute of Development Studies, former minister of international trade in his native Zimbabwe, and a proven track record as a development banker and private equity partner, Dr. Moyo is uniquely positioned to speak on the challenges, successes and failures surrounding the Influx of Capital and Development across the African contin
Kwehnui Tawah

Young African Entrepreneur
Trader at Goldman Sachs

BioWhy Them ?

Kwehnui Tawah is a gifted young African entrepreneur. Born in Takoma Park, Maryland to Cameroonian parents, Kwehnui has lived in over seven different countries on three continents.Currently working on Wall Street as credit trader for Goldman Sachs, Kwehnui has extensive experience working as an Investment Banker. Although only 22 years in age, Kwehnui has a resume that belies his years. He is a former intern of the Blackstone Group, where we worked in their Private Equity Portfolio Operations as a Summer Analyst.

An entrepreneur passionate about Africa’s dvelopment, Kwehnui is a Co-Founder and CEO of Yakkity International, a digital marketing platform geared towards the African Market. Kwehnui maintains an avid interest in the Financial Technology and Entertainment spaces, and hopes to be a major contributor in the unveiling Africa’s growth story through improving service delivery and Investments in the Infrastructure & Technology.Kwehnui earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Chicago.

Although only 22 years in age, Kwehnui has a resume that belies his years. He is a former intern of the Blackstone Group, where we worked in their Private Equity Portfolio Operations as a Summer Analyst. An young entrepreneur passionate about Africa’s development, Kwehnui can speak to the challenges of opportunities facing private equity in investors in Africa.
A decade ago, African countries were among the beneficiaries of a broader boom in investment in emerging markets worldwide. The financial crisis of 2007-08 changed the investment landscape. Now, many private-equity funds are making Africa a primary target, and record amounts are being raised to invest in businesses there.

“Private Equity in Africa: Boom or Bust?”

 

Private equity in Africa has begun to attract significant interest from global private equity players as they have taken note of the robustness and resilience of Africa’s growth over the past decade. This influx of capital has led to increased competition for deals and is occurring even as the industry has had limited exits and realizations of invested capital. This panel will focus on the opportunities which continue to attract global and local entrants into the industry as well as the challenges which current players face. It will also cover some of the hurldes to seeing more exits in the industry, and the different challenges faced by international vs local PE firms.

 

Anne-Marie Chidzero
CEO of AfriCap Microfinance

BioWhy Them ?

Anne-Marie has over 20 years experience in finance and private sector development throughout Africa. In 1993 she joined the Finance and Private Sector Development Department of the World Bank in Washington DC where she led numerous financial sector and SME strategy assignments, and provided financial advising. In 2001 she began to work for FinMark Trust SA, whose mandate is making financial markets work for the poor in Africa. She become chair of the Board of AfriCap Microfinance Investment Company, a Pan African equity fund for microfinance in 2006 and oversaw its recapitalisation from a $13 million dollar fund to a $42 million investment company in 2007. She became the CEO of AfriCap in 2011 with a mandate to create value in the portfolio and conclude exits of the investments by the end of 2013.
Since 2010, Ms Chidzero is a member of the Investment Committee and the Advisory Committee of the USD257 million Africa Enterprise Challenge fund, a grant facility that finances private businesses innovating in agribusiness, rural finance and renewable energy across the African continent. She is also the Chair of New Faces New Voices, a pan-African network of Women in Finance, set up under the patronage of Mrs Graca Machel, and past Chair of the Centre for Financial Regulation and Inclusion, Cenfri, based at University of Stellenbosch Business School. Currently she is the managing a USD20million financial access project in Mozambique, and has recently been appointed on: the technical assistance committee of the Fund For Agricultural Finance In Nigeria; the Advisory Council Making Finance Work for Africa; and Africa Advisory Council of Women’s World Banking. Ms. Chidzero obtained her MA in Economics from the University of Toronto.

Anne-Marie has over 20 years experience in finance and private sector development throughout Africa. She is familiar with Small and Medium Sized Enterprises and understands the role that Microfinancing has played in expediting Infrastructural Development across many African communities. Her cross-continental experience makes her uniquely placed to speak on the challenges faced by marginalized communities and aspiring entrepreneurs without access to capital in bridging the income divide. Through her work with FinMark Trust SA, for example, Ms. Chidzero’s mandate was to help make financial markets work for the poor in Africa.
As chair of the Board of AfriCap Microfinance Investment Company, a Pan-African equity fund for microfinance, in 2006 she oversaw AfriCap’s recapitalisation from a $13 million dollar fund to a $42 million investment company in 2007. This has helped the Fund administer more capital for Microfinance projects across Africa. She has been a member of the Investment Committee and the Advisory Committee of the USD257 million Africa Enterprise Challenge fund, a grant facility that finances private businesses innovating in agribusiness, rural finance and renewable energy across the African continent. As Chair of New Faces New Voices, a pan-African network of Women in Finance, Ms. Chidzero is shining example of a leading woman in business.

Mobola Onibonoje

VP Alitheia Capital

BioWhy Them ?

Mobola is an experienced private equity professional, having spent the last eight years with Alitheia Capital building a portfolio of impact funds and investments. Her career spans private equity, management consulting and financial advisory in West and Southern Africa, and the United States. Alitheia Capital is a Nigeria based investment and advisory firm focused on channeling private equity investments into small and growing businesses.

Mobola’s previous roles include portfolio management for the UNDP in Botswana where she was involved in managing the country offices’ $4mn Energy and Environment portfolio; strategy consulting at Accenture Nigeria where she worked with several leading financial institutions; business valuation and financial advisory with Howard Frazier Barker Elliott, and strategic financial management with Nextel Communications, both in Houston, Texas.

Mobola holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Houston, Texas; and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She sits on a number of advisory boards, and is also a Certified Public Accountant.

 

Geopolitics

“Creating Political Stability: Policies for Continued Economic Growth”

Francesco Trebbi
UBC Vancouver School of Economics

BioWhy Them ?

Francesco Trebbi is a professor at the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver School of Economics. His research interests centre around political economy and macroeconomics (with emphasis on monetary and fiscal policy).
Professor Trebbi has authored numerous papers on Political Economy in Africa, with part of his research revolving around the political economy of development, especially political institutions and their design. His research has an emphasis on the political economy of consolidated democracies, including elections and campaign finance, housing and banking regulation, and lobbying. Professor Trebbi obtained his Masters & PhD in Economics from Harvard University.

Eric D. Werker
Former Associate Professor
Harvard Business School

BioWhy Them ?

Eric Werker was a former Associate Professor in the Business unit, Government, and the International Economy Unit at Harvard Business School. His research explores the political economy, macroeconomics, and business environments of emerging and frontier economies, particularly in Africa. Mr. Werker shall be moving to Vancouver this fall to teach at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business. Professor Werker has written on fragile states, foreign aid, foreign investment, non-governmental organizations, conflict, and governance. His work has been featured in the Financial Times, Washington Post, BBC, NPR, and publications across the developing world.
Outside of academia, Werker is the Country Director for the International Growth Centre’s program in Liberia. He has worked with the US Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation on foreign aid projects and with the NGO Conservation International on low-carbon development. He serves on the Advisory Group of the Center for Global Development, is a Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for International Development, and has worked with corporations and nonprofits on their decisions and activities in emerging markets. Werker earned his Ph.D. and AB in economics from Harvard University.

“China’s Role in Africa: Strictly Business?”

 

Dr. Nkosana Moyo
Founder & Executive Chairman of MINDS

BioWhy Them ?

Dr. Nkosana Moyo is a former Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the African Development Group (AfDB) and the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS).He is a respected keynote speaker at global fora, having spoken at the London School of Economics Africa Summit, Harvard Africa Business Conference and World Economic Forum to name but a few of his past speaking engagements.

Dr. Moyo served as Co-Chair of World Economic Forum’s Africa Regional Agenda Council on the Future of Africa, where he guided the Council for a period of 3 years.Prior to joining the the AfDB in 2008, Dr. Moyo was a Managing Partner of the Private Equity Firm Actis Capital LLP, focusing on the Africa Business. He has also served on the boards of a number of companies in the cement, sugar, finance, tourism, mining, airline and food sectors. He also served as Minister of Industry & International Trade in his native Zimbabwe.Dr. Moyo holds an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management, and a PhD in Physics from Imperial College, London.

Dr. Nkosana Moyo is globally renowned for his extensive experience and passion for championing Africa’s growth story. As Chief Operating Officer of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Dr. Moyo was in-charge of the daily runnings of Africa’s premier development institution (the AfDB’s current active portfolio stands at over US$25 Billion). Dr. Moyo was a Partner of Actis Africa Fund I and Actis Africa Fund II, where he served as the Managing Partner and Senior Advisor of Africa at Actis Capital LLP.
He joined Actis in January 2004 and was responsible for providing business leadership to the regional fund team, formulation of business strategy for the region, deal origination, fund raising, and investor relationship management. As Chairman of the Mandela Institute of Development Studies, former minister of international trade in his native Zimbabwe, and a proven track record as a development banker and private equity partner, Dr. Moyo is uniquely positioned to speak on the challenges, successes and failures surrounding the Influx of Capital and Development across the African continent

 

Dr. Richard Barichello

Professor
Faculty of Land and Food Systems

BioWhy Them ?

Rick Barichello is a Professor within the Food and Resource Economics Group at the University of British Columbia and has worked at UBC since his PhD at the University of Chicago in 1979. He was Head of the UBC Department of Agricultural Economics from 1988 to 1994, and from 2007 to 2014 was the Director of the Center for Southeast Asia Research within UBC’s Institute of Asian Research.

He has been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Asian Research Institute, National University of Singapore, and a visiting professor at Yale, Stanford, Harvard, UCalifornia-Davis, Leuven in Belgium, and ISEAS in Singapore. He worked for the Harvard Institute for International Development in Jakarta, from 1986 to 1988, and has subsequently researched/taught in Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, China, Cambodia, Korea, and Ethiopia.

He was President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society in 1999 and awarded the designation of Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, its highest honour, in 2008. His research has been on the economic analysis of public policy, particularly trade and agricultural policies and institutions, Canadian dairy and poultry quota markets, and on a variety of agricultural development issues, mostly applied to Southeast Asia. His work in development has focused mostly on trade policy, world food markets, Southeast Asia rural labour markets, and cost-benefit analysis.

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Infrastructure & Technology

“Moving Goods and People, To From and Within Africa”

Martin Ganda

Africa Director – Greylock Capital

BioWhy Them ?

Mr Ganda is an Africa focused Investor and Advisor. He is a Director at Greylock Capital Management in New York City where he manages a portfolio of corporate, sovereign and restructuring of African securities.
He received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Villanova University.
He is an African Adviser, Strategist and  Investor. Investments and transactions covered span Telecommunications, Mining, Commodities, Infrastructure, Information Technology, Agriculture, Financial Services.

He also advises corporations interested in doing business in Africa. He provides not only an entree but strategy, constant advice, analysis as well as access to key decision makers in Africa.

Martin works with a group of African influential business leaders to leverage his industry expertise and unparalleled relationships in Africa to access and execute superior investments across sub-Saharan Africa.

Martin Ganda has worked at Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank in New York. Martin graduated from Villanova University in Pennsylvania with dual degrees in Mathematics and Economics. He holds a MBA from Duke University where he was the President of the Business in Africa Club. He is a member of the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle.

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BioWhy Them ?

Dr Trevor Heaver is a Sauder Professor Emeritus and he specializes on transportation economics and logistics. Being passionate about efficiency and innovation in transportation and logistics, as part of his work, Heaver introduced courses on international shipping and logistics to the University of British Columbia in the 1960s and has conducted extensive research on the railway industry and transport policy as well as shipping and logistics.

Heaver is widely recognized in the field of transport economics and logistics. He was a founding member of the World Conference on Transport Research and of the International Association of Maritime Economists. Having represented UBC as chairman and president of the two bodies, he helped elevate the global stature of UBC and Vancouver in the field. He was elected a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and although retired he has undertaken teaching and research assignments in Australia, South Africa, and Europe. Heaver has recently been awarded the prestigious 2015 Onassis Prize, recognized for excellence in his academic and research field.

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Philip Asante

Vice President
CPCS operations in the West Africa region

BioWhy Them ?

Philip Asante is the Vice President in charge of CPCS operations in the West Africa region. Asante is responsible for ensuring quality delivery on contracted projects and ensuring that outputs meet the expectations of a diverse range of clients. Also, he is responsible for developing new markets, clients and opportunities within the English West Africa region.

Within CPCS, Philip has also served as a Principal and Senior Consultant where he provided invaluable expertise in Project management, budget administration and quality control on multiple consultancy assignments. Asante also lead teams on feasibility studies, economic and financial valuation analyses for various transportation and energy infrastructure development projects.

Some of Asante’s notable work include the following: Research projects to develop a 25-year development master plan for the Nigerian ports, a study to determine the feasibility of developing a wholesale and retail electricity market in Kenya with the option for eligible consumers (large users) to purchase electricity directly from generators, and a review of the financial
parameters and conditions of the Zambia freight rail concession in an attempt to mediate disagreement between private rail concessionaire and the government of Zambia. Asante is passionate about Africa and consequently strives for excellence in his quest, searching to develop a robust, sustainable and efficiently functioning transportation and infrastructure system on the continent.

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“Powering Africa

Philip Asante

Vice President
CPCS operations in the West Africa region

BioWhy Them ?

Philip Asante is the Vice President in charge of CPCS operations in the West Africa region. Asante is responsible for ensuring quality delivery on contracted projects and ensuring that outputs meet the expectations of a diverse range of clients. Also, he is responsible for developing new markets, clients and opportunities within the English West Africa region.

Within CPCS, Philip has also served as a Principal and Senior Consultant where he provided invaluable expertise in Project management, budget administration and quality control on multiple consultancy assignments. Asante also lead teams on feasibility studies, economic and financial valuation analyses for various transportation and energy infrastructure development projects.

Some of Asante’s notable work include the following: Research projects to develop a 25-year development master plan for the Nigerian ports, a study to determine the feasibility of developing a wholesale and retail electricity market in Kenya with the option for eligible consumers (large users) to purchase electricity directly from generators, and a review of the financial
parameters and conditions of the Zambia freight rail concession in an attempt to mediate disagreement between private rail concessionaire and the government of Zambia. Asante is passionate about Africa and consequently strives for excellence in his quest, searching to develop a robust, sustainable and efficiently functioning transportation and infrastructure system on the continent.

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Martin Ganda

Africa Director – Greylock Capital

BioWhy Them ?

Mr Ganda is an Africa focused Investor and Advisor. He is a Director at Greylock Capital Management in New York City where he manages a portfolio of corporate, sovereign and restructuring of African securities.
He received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Villanova University.
He is an African Adviser, Strategist and  Investor. Investments and transactions covered span Telecommunications, Mining, Commodities, Infrastructure, Information Technology, Agriculture, Financial Services.

He also advises corporations interested in doing business in Africa. He provides not only an entree but strategy, constant advice, analysis as well as access to key decision makers in Africa.

Martin works with a group of African influential business leaders to leverage his industry expertise and unparalleled relationships in Africa to access and execute superior investments across sub-Saharan Africa.

Martin Ganda has worked at Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank in New York. Martin graduated from Villanova University in Pennsylvania with dual degrees in Mathematics and Economics. He holds a MBA from Duke University where he was the President of the Business in Africa Club. He is a member of the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle.

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Layusa Isa-Odidi

Project Manager

Dalberg Global Development Advisors.

BioWhy Them ?

Layusa Isa-Odidi is a Project Manager in the Washington DC office of Dalberg Global Development Advisors. In her career as a consultant, she has advised Fortune 100 companies, governments, and NGOs.

In particular, she has focused on power and infrastructure, global health, and repositioning consumer goods for the base of the pyramid. Before joining Dalberg, Layusa worked with McKinsey & Company as an Associate in Lagos and the Boston Consulting Group in Boston advising private sector and government clients. She also worked as an aide to the former Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, advising on SME policy and establishing the nation’s Committee for Private Equity and Venture Capital Development.

Layusa holds a Master’s in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Master’s in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School, and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University. She has authored two academic theses, one on how to translate human rights theory into practice during her undergraduate studies and another on corruption in the provision of utilities to Nigerian SMEs during her graduate studies. Layusa enjoys hiking, traveling, and learning the dances of the countries she visits.

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Technology in Africa

Kwame Andah
Coders4Africa Co-Founder

BioWhy Them ?

Kwame Andah is passionate about technology, entrepreneurship, Pan-Africanism, data and optimization. Hailing from the West African nation Ghana, he is a resourceful and strategic tri-lingual (French, Twi, English) professional with over 10 years in IT and marketing management, consistently energized by opportunities in overcoming promotional boundaries. A fast learner who utilizes changes in Internet  marketing and new technologies to exceed company goals.

A globally educated (Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, UK, France, Malta) self-starter, Kwame has a passion for optimizing business intelligent solutions through digital analytics that move beyond  what happened’ to ‘why it happened’ and what should be done. Turning analytical observations into insights, insights into recommended actions, and ultimately developing digital strategies to expand corporate profiles, products and services.

In his spare time, Kwame enjoys the outdoors with his 13 year old son and working in the recording studio with his wife who is a Congolese singer/songwriter.

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Peter Wangia

Proffesional Engineer

Microsoft

BioWhy Them ?
Peter is a Mechanical Engineer at Microsoft’s Corporate Headquarters in Redmond, Washington, USA. His current role at Microsoft involves providing design management, technical direction and general mechanical engineering leadership associated with Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure. Peter is also a co-founder and Director at Chebu Pharmaceutical Ltd which has a vision to develop sustainable, cost effective and efficient medication delivery systems in Kenya. Mr. Wangia is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.), holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and an MSc in Engineering Management from the University of Kansas.

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