Amadssu Tadesse – President & CEO, Trade and Development Bank
Mr. Tadesse is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Tadesse served as a top executive for 10 years at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) where he was responsible for international finance and investment, as well as corporate strategy. Much earlier in his career, he served in various management and technical capacities with specialized UN agencies.
Mr. Tadesse is the vice-chairman of the Association of African Development Finance Institutions (AADFI) and a member of the Institute of Bankers and the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa. He serves on several international boards and trust funds.
An Economist and Banker, Mr. Tadesse qualified at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Wits Business School and the University of Western Ontario. He also trained in advanced management and banking at Harvard Business School and INSEAD.
His Excellency Dr Lansana Kouyate – former Prime Minister, Republic of Guinea
Lansana Kouyaté served as Prime Minister of Guinea. He was the Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a post he held until February 2002.
In 1993, he was appointed as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Somalia for the UNOSOM II mission, then in February 1994 became the Acting Representative. In June 1994, he became the Assistant Secretary-General in the UN Department of Political Affairs, one of his first missions being a tour around ECOWAS member states to discuss the situation in Liberia. In 1992, he became Guinea’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations, where he became Vice President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. During his time at ECOWAS, Kouyaté was awarded the Legion d’Honneur (Commander), the African Star of Liberia and was made a Commander of the Mono Order of Togo.
In 1982, Kouyaté worked on a rice development project, then moved to the diplomatic service, joining Guinea’s delegation in Cote d’Ivoire. In 1985, he returned to the Foreign Ministry in Conakry as head of African and Organisation of African Unity affairs. Two years later, he became Guinea’s ambassador to Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria and Turkey. In 1976, he was appointed as Director of Labour, then the following year, moved to become Director of Trade, Prices and Statistics, where he had responsibility for state-owned companies.
Odile Conchou – Director, Environment, Social, Governance and Impact, Proparco, AFD Group
Ms. Odile Conchou serves as the Head of the Environmental, Gouvernance and Social Impacts Unit at PROPARCO SA of CIEL Limited. Ms. Conchou joined PROPARCO in 2010 to develop its ESI activity and manages a team of five people tasked with providing environmental and social support and measuring the results and impacts of PROPARCO’s operations.
Ms. Conchou joined AFD in 2006, where she took part in the creation of the Environmental and Social Support Unit. She served as
Pedro Neves – Executive Board Member, UN Economic Commission for Europe
Responsible for originating and managing over 10 billion USD in infrastructure asset deals in over 60 countries in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia. Assets deals range from Oil & Gas (upstream and downstream), Power (fossil and renewable in production, transmission and distribution), Environment (water, water treatment & solid waste, Mobility (Airports, Ports, Roads, Railways, Metro), Social Infrastructure (Health, Education, Public Administration), Real Estate and Urban Development, Mining, Industry and Logistics.
Pecro has achieved success managing investment operations, in new ventures, new markets and with new partners due to more than 25 years of experience operating management projects and SPV’s (special purpose vehicles) in the development and exploitation phases. His, 7+ years of experience working with the public sector (United Nations, government and state owned entities) designing and implementing policies for public sector investment have given him a unique perspective on public interest that has been key in originating deals and developing PPPs throughout the world. These activities cover the full life cycle of asset development starting with interpreting infrastructure gaps, analyzing demographics and market tendencies, designing products and business models, defining strategy and aligning goals between share and stakeholders, starting up / reorganizing of management teams, carrying out fund raising (debt, equity, mezzanine), M&A and managing value growth.
Has been lecturing on Business Development Strategy since 2001 and is the founder of the first MBA on Urban Renewal for which he has lectured on Sustainable and Urban Development and Urban Renewal Business since 2010
Elias Masilela – Executive Chairman, DNA Economics; Commissioner, 1st & 2nd National Planning Commmission; Member Investment Board, Future Planet Capital
He is Executive Chairman of DNA Economics, Commissioner of the 1st & 2nd National Planning Commission; Chairman of the V&A Waterfront, Capital Harvest and Kalafong Hospital; Board member of Multichoice South Africa, Alternative Prosperity and ABSA Asset Management. He is also a Visiting Senior Fellow at Wits University.
Recently, CEO of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). Other previous employers are the Central Bank of Swaziland, National Treasury and Sanlam. He has sat on many influential Boards in South Africa, in different capacities, such as the Board of the South African Savings Institute (SASI), the Taylor Commission, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), the Government Employee Pension Fund (GEPF) and that of the Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) as well as the UNGC Board advising the Secretary General of the UN. A founder Chairman of the Financial Sector Charter Council.
He holds a BA degree in Social Sciences (Economics and Statistics) from the University of Swaziland, and an MSc in Economic Policy and Analysis with a specialization in Money, Banking and International Economics, from the Addis Ababa University.
Olivia Muiru – Executive Director – East Africa, B Corporation
Olivia is the Executive Director of B Lab East Africa. In her role, Olivia is working on building a community of people using business as a force for good in the region. Prior to this role, Olivia was the Global Partner Manager at B Lab supporting its network of regional partners. She also worked as a Standards Analyst helping companies going through the B Corp Certification process, and supporting impact investors to measure and report their social and environmental impact.
Olivia has 7+ years experience of working with public and private enterprises across the globe on monitoring and evaluation. Prior to joining B Lab, she worked with Microfinanza Rating (MFR) as a Junior Analyst in their African Regional office. During her time with MFR, she worked with Microfinance Institutions located in Sub-Saharan Africa in rating their social impact. She also worked at Deloitte Kenya, in their internship program on Audit and Assurance.
Olivia is currently in the process of completing her MBA in Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise from United States International University – Africa. She graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Finance and International Business from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.
Gary White – Chief Executive Officer, Water.org
Gary is the CEO and Co-founder of Water.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people in the developing world to gain access to safe water and sanitation. (Water.org is the resulting organization of the July 2009 merger between WaterPartners, co-founded by Gary in 1990, and H2O Africa, co-founded by actor Matt Damon). He developed Water.org’s WaterCredit Initiative, creating new financing options for poor populations to meet their water supply and sanitation needs. Gary also developed and now leads WaterEquity, an innovation of Water.org focused on raising and deploying social impact investment capital.
Over the past 25 years, Gary’s entrepreneurial vision has driven innovations in the way water and sanitation projects are delivered and financed, innovations that now serve as a model in the sector.
Gary is a leading advisor in the water and sanitation space, counseling organizations such as the Skoll Foundation, MasterCard Foundation, PepsiCo Foundation, IKEA Foundation, and the Caterpillar Foundation on responses to the global water crisis. Gary is a founding board member of the Millennium Water Alliance and Water Advocates.
Gary was selected as a Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur in 2009 and a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur in 2012. In 2011, he was named to the TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people. In 2014 he was named to the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Water.
Henrietta Onwuegbuzie – Project Director, Impact Investing Policy Initiative – Lagos Business School
Dr Henrietta Onwuegbuzie leads sessions in entrepreneurship on the MBA and Executive programmes at Lagos Business School (LBS), and is currently the Academic Director for the Owner-Manager Programme and Project Director for the Impact Investing policy initiative at the Lagos Business School. She has an MSc (with honours), in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Navarre, Spain, an MBA from Lagos Business School and a PhD in Entrepreneurship, from Lancaster University, UK.
Prior to joining the LBS faculty, she managed educational projects for women’s development, in different states in Nigeria and subsequently, worked in the banking industry with key responsibilities for blue chip companies and multinationals in the corporate banking sector. Henrietta is a member of the Governing Council of the African Forum in Brussels and sits on the Board of a number of Nigerian companies. She has extensive consulting experience, spanning projects at the State level to conglomerates and SME’s in various industries and is an active member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group. On a voluntary basis, she mentors a number of aspiring and established entrepreneurs.
David Ferreira – Managing Partner, Caerus Capital
David Ferreira has a long track record in finance, including in private equity. In addition to being a partner at Caerus, he is an advisor to the IFC on healthcare and education investments. He is a shareholder in and director of CRE Venture Capital, which invests in tech startups in Africa. He is also a member of the Funding Approvals Committee of Convergence, a blended finance platform funded by the Canadian government.
Previously, David was the Managing Director for Innovative Finance & Private Sector Partnerships at Gavi, the global vaccine alliance, doing business in 73 emerging economies. Prior to that, David was Investment Manager for Soul City Broad-Based Empowerment Company, an investment company owned by a South African non-governmental organization engaged in public health education. From 1997 to 2006, David was a founding partner of Praxis Capital, a private equity business focused on the healthcare and education sectors in immediately post-Apartheid democratic South Africa. He was a member of the Board of ADvTECH, a listed education company, for 10 years.
David has an MSc degree from the London School of Economics, an MA from Oxford University (where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar), and BA and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He is fluent in English, French and Afrikaans, and conversant in Spanish. David is a citizen of South Africa, France and the US.
Guido Boysen – Chief Executive Officer, Grofin
With over 20 years of experience in the financial services and consultancy industry, Guido has expertise in small business finance and support, private equity, venture capital and fund management. He worked at global consulting major Accenture and Dutch development bank FMO before moving to GroFin as Regional Manager East Africa in 2007.
He was promoted to CIO and is currently serving as CEO since January 2017. He served at various boards of private equity funds and local banks and holds a Master of Arts in International Finance & Entrepreneurship from Columbia University as well as a Master of Business Economics and Finance from the University of Groningen.
Bo Mosale – Chief Executive Officer, Victus Global Capital
Bo Masole is the founder and serves as the CEO of Victus Global Ltd, and is the co-founder of Victus Global Capital Ltd. The Victus Global Group focuses on transforming agriculture in Africa through investment, capacity building and increased intra-Africa and international trade.
She is a Botswana citizen with a distinguished career in the UK and international food manufacturing industry, which has included senior roles with leading global blue chip companies such as Compass Group UK & Ireland. Brakes, Greencore, Lidl UK & Ireland and Pret-a-Manger. She has more than 15 years of experience of working with manufacturers and farmers in the UK, Europe, Asia, USA and Africa.
David Geral – Partner, Bowmans
He specialises in pensions, healthcare, group insurances and equity-linked incentive schemes. David advises local corporations, private and industry retirement funds, medical schemes and their service providers on governance, contracting, compliance and dispute resolution as well as on matters before the Pension Funds Adjudicator, the Council for Medical Schemes, the Competition Commission, the Financial Services Board Appeal Board, the Equality Court and the High Court. David supervises due diligences on these matters and advises on various transactions involving pension and medical benefits transfers.
David has BA and LLB degrees from the University of Cape Town. David holds a certificate in Impact Investing in Africa from the University of Cape Town, and is a leading attorney in relation to impact investing, social impact bonds and environmental, social and governance related (ESG) investing in South Africa. He is a CEDR Accredited Commercial Mediator and a notary.
Sheriff Alabi – Consultant, African Development Bank
Dr. Sheriff Alabi is a versatile small business specialist, educator, marketing and business development consultant.He is the CEO of Savannah Enterprise Development Limited and an independent consultant with the African Development Bank, with nearly 30 years’ experience of living and working in the UK. He has worked with hundreds of small and medium sized businesses and marketing practitioners in the UK and in Africa, helping more than 300 new businesses launch successfully; supported over 1,000 small- medium enterprises (SMEs); improved the employment and business skills of close to 5,000 young people, employees, owner-managers and senior executives/directors in running successful organisations.
He has helped several small businesses grown from start-ups generating between £300K and £2.5M in revenues during the first three years of trading, including turnaround interventions for ailing small businesses. He has significant experience of the UK government-sponsored business support programmes for SMEs, including the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme, Business 2000 Loan Fund, The Phoenix Fund, the Up & Running Mentoring Scheme and other grants and small business loans funds, and has successfully raised finance for clients in excess of £3M to fund their business startup or growth.
Suzanne Biegel – Founder, Catalyst At Large
Suzanne Biegel is founder of Catalyst At Large Ltd and has more than 25 years’ of experience as an entrepreneur, investor, board member, and hands-on operational manager. She is the founder and Chief Catalyst of global investor community Women Effect and is the lead angel and founder of the Clearly Social Angels network in the UK for ClearlySo. She is a Senior Advisor at the Criterion Institute and the Investment Director for the SPRING accelerator. She is the founder of Women in Social Finance, a closed group of mostly senior level women working in the field of social impact finance.
Suzanne serves on the board of directors of Confluence Philanthropy. She is a Catto Fellow at the Aspen Institute. She is a member of the Wharton Social Impact Investing in Women Advisory Council. She is also on the global advisory board of Cornerstone Capital Management. Suzanne previously served on the Advisory Board of Investors’ Circle in the US (where she was CEO in 2010-2011) and is a long time member. She also previously served on the boards of Liberty Hill Foundation, Rockwood Leadership, and Growth Philanthropy Network. She was also founding co-chair of the Values Based Investing Circle within Women Donors Network and is a long time member of Social Venture Network.
In the 1990s, Suzanne was the CEO of IEC, an e-learning and communications firm. Since selling IEC, Suzanne has been an active angel investor, philanthropist, and board member, and has played leadership roles in a variety of companies and projects. She also serves on the investment committee of the Patient Capital Collaborative, a collaborative angel investment fund. Suzanne is based in London, UK
George Ombima – Head of Africa Capitalization Fund, IFC
George heads the Africa Capitalization Fund at the IFC AMC. He joined the corporation in December 2009 as a Principal with the IFC Capitalization Fund. He was previously an IFC Principal Investment Officer leading portfolio operations and new investments across the manufacturing, infrastructure and systemic financial institution sectors in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Caucasus. Before IFC, George was Management Accountant and Controller for the Kenyan affiliates of Hoechst AG, Williams plc., and UB Group.
George holds a BEd. from the University of Nairobi, a CPA from Strathmore University, and an MBA (Thomas Jefferson Fellow) from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Lynn Nguyen – Managing Director, Overseas Private Investments Corporation
Ms. Nguyen has been the Managing Director, Investment Funds Portfolio at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) since September 2010. OPIC mobilizes private capital to help solve critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. OPIC Investment Funds, one of the largest private equity fund sponsors in developing nations, provides support for the creation of privately-owned and managed investment funds. OPIC-supported funds make direct equity and equity-related investments in new, expanding or privatizing emerging market companies. OPIC has committed $4.1 billion to 62 private equity funds in emerging markets since 1987. These funds in turn have invested $5.6 billion in more than 570 privately-owned and managed companies across 65 countries. Through OPIC’s commitments, it catalyzes U.S. foreign direct investment and accelerate the economic and social development within these markets.
Previously at OPIC, Lynn was Deputy, and Acting Director of Credit Policy from 2009-2010, Senior Advisor to the Acting CFO from 2007-2009, and Senior Investment Officer in OPIC’s Portfolio Management Division from 1996-2007. Lynn’s transactional experience covers the monitoring of a large portfolio of loans to SMEs, large multinational companies, and since 2010, private equity funds. Lynn’s has worked on projects in more than 30 countries with a special focus on restructurings and workouts.
Bobby Console-Verma – Chief Executive Officer, Tower Gate Capital
Bobby is a CEO with over 25 years’ experience at top tier investment banks, private equity funds and brokerage firms including Credit Suisse First Boston, Nomura, Credit Trade and Emvest. He has significant experience in Private Equity, Real Estate and Hedge Funds with specialisation in European SME, fund of funds, fintech, VC tech, credit derivative markets and financial engineering. He has held a number of C-suite roles including the Chief Executive Officer of Tower Gate Capital, which recently won an award for best independent platform of 2015, Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Emvest, a frontier market private equity fund and is also on the advisory board and investment committees of a number of funds and companies.
He has extensive experience in managing funds in multiple jurisdictions including Luxembourg, Mauritius, Bermuda and sub Saharan Africa and consequently has an extensive international network at institutional, family office & HNWI level and a proven track record in turning around funds and companies. He holds a BEng in Aeronautical Engineering and a MSI diploma specializing in Bond Markets, Futures & Options and Portfolio Management. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Tower Gate Capital, an investment group headquartered in London.
Marise Blom – General Manager, SCOPEInsight
Marise Blom is General Manager of SCOPEinsight. SCOPEinsight is a leading provider of assessment and analysis tools that measure the level of professionalism of farmer organizations, thereby providing business intelligence to create opportunities in agriculture. In the past years, it has been Marise’s quest to find a way to contribute to financing small and medium sized businesses in emerging economies.
During her professional career, she has worked for different companies, ranging from large multi-nationals, start-ups, NGOs, to Emerging Market Funds, where she focused on management, providing financial services and information to investors and stakeholders.
Marise holds an MSc Economics degree from the Groningen University in the Netherlands.
Mamadou Toure – Chairman, Ubuntu Capital
Mamadou is Chairman and CEO of Ubuntu Capital, a leading Investment and Advisory firm focused on designing and implementing integrated innovative investment solutions uplifting projects ecosystems. He is also Founder and Chairman of Africa 2.0 Foundation.
He was previously Managing Director with GE Africa. In this role, Mamadou led a regional Capital Markets (Sales and Project Finance) team across Sub-Saharan Africa supporting GE’s industrial business growth with sales’ funding and investment solutions. Before joining GE, Mamadou worked at IFC (International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group) in the Infrastructure Department mostly in charge of private sector investments in the Telecommunications, Media and Technologies sector covering Sub-Saharan Africa.
Over the last 15 years, he has worked on advisory assignments and various investment transactions in more than 26 African countries driving growth on the continent and leading a total value of transactions exceeding US$30 billion. More recently, he contributed to various publications on infrastructure, telecommunications, media and fin-tech. He has committed his passion for Africa since early age, as he started his first NGO at the age of 19, (Afrique Tandem) mobilizing more than a hundred African students across Europe to enable skills and knowledge transfer into the continent through concrete uplifting projects and linkages programs.
Chris Isaac – Senior Director of Investments, AgDevCo
Chris Isaac is one of AgDevCo’s founders and a member of the board. Today he has senior investment director responsibility for Malawi, Uganda and Rwanda. He has been working in development finance for the past 15 years, with extended periods living and working in southern Africa. Chris previously worked with InfraCo Africa on infrastructure development; as an economic adviser for the UK’s Department for International Development; and as an adviser to the Minister of Finance in the Namibian government. His career started as a corporate finance specialist with Arthur Andersen in London. Chris has politics and economics degrees from University College, Oxford (BA Hons, PPE) and the London School of Economics (MSc Economics).
AgDevCo is a social impact investor and project developer operating exclusively in the African agriculture sector. Our mission – to create jobs, improve food security and boost rural prosperity– is based on a belief that profitable agriculture is the best route out of poverty for the majority of Africa’s rural poor. We invest debt and equity in companies with the potential to make a lasting positive impact in their communities. In addition to early-stage risk capital, we provide hands-on technical support to management teams. AgDevCo operates in eight African countries. We have invested more than $90 million into 50 companies to date.
Freda Owusu – Chief Executive Officer, Insight Report & iHealth-Direct
Freda is the Chief Executive Officer of Insight Report Ltd (IRL), an alternative, bottom-up credit reference agency with a vision to enable more people to become financially included through credit scoring.
IRL is a credit scoring system using alternative data, which is centered on the consumer as a person, rather than on their transactions alone. She worked for ten years as a Loan Fund Manager in London, has a PhD in Social Policy. Currently, a Fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab, she is also a co-founder of iHealth-Direct, a telemedicine service for health inclusion.
Saul Sender – Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Saul is a corporate finance partner handling complex cross-border transactions. His practice covers a broad spread of areas including equity capital markets, general corporate, public and private M&A and joint ventures.
He has advised on a number of UK and cross-border transactions in a wide range of sectors including minerals and mining, clean-tech, advertising, software, life sciences and consumer products.
Saul has particular experience advising international businesses raising money in the London and European markets and in a wide range of transactions in the metals and mining sector. These range from negotiating project development agreements in sub-Saharan Africa to leading multi-billion dollar M&A transactions with mining majors. He also regularly advises companies on international joint ventures, particularly in the retail or franchise industries.
- Advising on a number of joint venture and development agreements for copper/cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Advising on the admission of numerous over-seas companies on their admission to AIM and associated fund-raisings.
- Advising Al Mirqab Capital on the takeover of Heritage Oil Plc, through our client’s wholly owned subsidiary Energy Investments Global Ltd. The takeover is valued at $1.5 billion.
Prince Randy Koussou Alam-Sogan – Chairman & Chief Investment Strategist, Black Lion Holdings Group
Prince Randy Koussou Alam-Sogan is the Chairman & Chief Investment Strategist | Black Lion Holdings – Impact Investment Funds & Projects.
Black Lion Holdings Group (BLHG) is a Strategic Advisory and Investment Management Firm specializing in large Investment Ventures, Impact Investments & Alternative Assets Management.
Black Lion is operating in 16 industry sectors across 33 African Countries. Our current deals over 200 pipeline projects are worth a combined $22 Billion USD. An in-house mechanism automatically generates leads on the newest and latest deals in private equity, venture capital and green-field government sponsored projects across Africa, based on our communications network.
Black Lion delivers a comprehensive range of advisory and capital raising solutions to achieve our clients’ strategic objectives in Africa. Core Industries: Infrastructure Development, Real Estate Development Energy, Extrative/Mining, Agri-Business, Telecoms/ICT, Transports and Logistics, Manufacturing, Security.
Prince Randy’s philanthropic activities include the founding of “Child of the Universe” project: building and improving all Public Schools Infrastructure and Systems in Africa by 2030.
Brooks Preston – Vice President, Investments Fund, OPIC
Brooks Preston oversees a department which has committed more than $4.4 billion to dozens of emerging market private equity funds since 1987. The Funds team currently manages approximately 50 financial commitments to private equity funds in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Emerging Europe and has the intention to grow the existing portfolio.
Before coming to OPIC, Brooks was the co-managing partner of the Virgin Green Fund Emerging Markets and a member of its Investment Committee. VGF EM focused on growth investments in the sustainability sectors in emerging Europe including CEE, Russia/CIS and Turkey.
Prior to founding VGF EM, Brooks was the Principal at Wolfensohn & Company, an emerging market private equity firm led by former World Bank President James D. Wolfensohn where Brooks focused on low carbon energy investments in global emerging markets. From 2003 to 2008, Brooks had a number of senior management roles at BP plc in emerging markets, including head of global business development and M&A for BP Solar, and chief of staff to a Group Vice President running 10 large downstream oil businesses with $450 million in EBIT operating across 100 countries, most of them emerging markets.
Brooks was Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment and Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Forestry at USDA in the Clinton/Gore Administration. He wrote 15 laws passed by the U.S. Senate as Professional Staff Member at the Senate Committee Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, where he covered forestry. Brooks also managed energy and environment issues for Senator Patrick Leahy.
Paul Vincent Cable – Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, EnSo Impact
As Chairman of UNESCO Schools UK, as Co-Producer of the Humanitarian Water and Food Awards, as trustee of NGOs, as Co-creator of The100Hours, directly with hundreds of school and university students aged of 3 to 25, and as CEO of EnSo, Paul has led teams across Africa and Asia, especially India, as well as the developed world.
With Dr Ron Browning, Paul co-developed an approach to educating children in wise and compassionate living and leadership, co-founding The100Hours. He brought The100Hours directly to the attention of Commonwealth Heads of State and royalty, advocating The100Hours for school children worldwide. He is a graduate of Cambridge University.
Caroline Ashley – Editor, Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business
Caroline Ashley is an international expert on the contributions that business makes to development. She facilitates and analyses inclusive business- commercially sound business that tangibly involves people at the Base-of-the-Pyramid- working directly with large companies, social enterprises, impact investors, and challenge funds.
She has been responsible for tracking results and drawing out lessons from inclusive business portfolios that span some hundreds of businesses in Africa and Asia. Previously Research Director for the DFID Impact Programme, she has also worked with the Overseas Development Institute, Global Innovation Fund, Namibian Government, US Congress and UK Parliament. She is currently Editor for the Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business and Director of Ashley Insight.
Rob Withagen – Managing Director, Asoko Insight
Rob is co-founder and MD of Asoko Insight, a provider of corporate data on African, privately-held companies. Asoko leverages local data collection teams, partnerships and technology to build Africa’s largest repository of company information serving corporates, investors and governments worldwide. Asoko has offices in London, Accra, Lagos, Nairobi and Addis Ababa, whilst expansion is ongoing.
Prior to founding Asoko, Rob worked as Oxford Business Group’s West Africa editor based out of Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Gabon. He has written and commented extensively on bridging the information gap between Africa’s business opportunities and foreign capital flows.
Philippe Lambrecht – Chief Financial Officer, Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries
Philippe Lambrecht actually is the CFO of the Belgian DFI BIO. Before he was active in private equity, investment banking, M&A and as CFO. He also sits on the board of the Belgian Red Cross and some other Belgian companies.
Derek Saleeby – Managing Partner, TOTAL Impact Capital
Mr. Saleeby has an extensive career in finance and asset management. His experience includes starting up and also running both direct equity investment and debt oriented funds. Most recently, he is one of the founding partners of the merchant banking firm TOTAL Impact Capital www.totalimpactcapital.com which was created to provide investment and advisory expertise to the evolving impact investment market. He is originally from Liberia and has worked in the emerging markets of Africa, Middle East and Latin America as well as in developed markets including N. America and Europe. He began his career as a banker and structuring specialist with Citibank, Salomon Brothers, Smith Barney and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (Spain). At BBVA, he was part of the team responsible for structuring and marketing the Central American private equity vehicle sponsored by BBVA. Mr. Saleeby also served as the Chief Investment Officer of a Deutsche Bank backed fund of funds. In this capacity he was responsible for designing and building the fund infrastructure, team, and asset management activities. Mr. Saleeby’s private equity investment background includes putting over $600mm to work in direct investments across sectors in developed and developing markets for New York based fund RAM. Mr. Saleeby’s team realized returns of 29-40% gross IRRS on direct investments in both public and private companies during his 5 years. He was also responsible for creating the secondary private equity practice at RAM where he purchased private equity positions from other investors. Mr. Saleeby also has the unique perspective of advising his family business (Premier Milling – Flour Milling in Liberia) on growth capital options. Mr. Saleeby has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in African Studies, Economics and Politics from Princeton University.
• At TOTAL, Mr. Saleeby has been active in designing innovative impact solutions, raising capital and advising several private equity fund clients in the impact space including AfricInvest/TunInvest on two investment vehicles and the Investment Fund for Health in Africa.
• Currently he is leading a $150mm funding for London based private investment firm, TLG Africa for its private structured debt fund (Credit Opportunities Fund). The fund is investing now and is utilizing US$ guaranteed debt combined with equity components to fund investments ranging from healthcare to fast moving consumer goods companies. • He is also working on a post crisis markets investment fund for SMEs starting in Africa.
• Prior to TOTAL, Mr. Saleeby advised Greylock Capital (New York) on its acquisition of over $60mm of US OPIC commitment and also on the creation of its African investment fund.
• Mr. Saleeby also created the impact investment fund entity, the ~ $30mm Liberian Enterprise Development Fund as a partnership between a large family office, and the US OPIC to fund SMEs in post conflict Liberia.
• Prior to this, Mr. Saleeby formed African Private Equity Partners (APEP) which was an early sub-advisor to corporates and financial investors seeking both capital and opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa. They worked closely in partnership with AIG’s private equity team to design and create a new fund called the African Renaissance Fund – although the financial crises precluded launch.
• Additionally, his team advised Cemex of Mexico on creating a special purpose vehicle to acquire and build out cement assets in Africa. The goal was to create tremendous impact through new infrastructure investment in resource starved countries.
Peter Weston – Director of Investment Advisory, Energy 4 Impact
Peter Weston is Director of Investment Advisory at Energy 4 Impact, a non profit organisation which provides business, financing and technical advice to private enterprises active in off-grid energy in Sub Saharan Africa. Peter is an expert in renewable energy, with 20 years of experience as an investor, lender and strategic adviser. He is a non-executive director of social investor Thrive Renewables and a board member of the NGO Renewable World.
He was previously global head of finance and investment for two power equipment suppliers – Siemens Wind and MAN – and led GE Capital’s European energy lending team. Peter has a BA in Economics and Politics from Warwick University.
Tim Radjy – Founder & Managing Partner, AlphaMundi Group
Tim is the Founder of and Managing Partner of AlphaMundi, based in Geneva, Switzerland. He is also a Board Member of AlphaMundi’s SocialAlpha Investment Fund (SAIF) in Luxembourg, and the Manager of the impact debt fund SocialAlpha-Bastion since 2009. Tim previously worked at UBS Wealth Management where he became a founding member of UBS Philanthropy Services for UHNWI clients.
He also spent time in Bolivia, assessing microfinance programs on behalf of the Swiss Development Agency. Tim holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Geneva and a Private Banking Diploma from UBS, and is fluent in French, English and Spanish.