H.E Ambassador (Eng) Mahboub Maalim – Executive Secretary, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development
Eng. Mahboub Maalim is the Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). In 2013 Eng. Maalim was appointed as an Ambassador and retained at IGAD.
He served as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water and Irrigation. Prior to this he served as Permanent Secretary, Special Programmes in the Office of the President since July 2004 to August 2005 during which time he ably coordinated disaster risk reduction programmes, Arid and Semi Arid Lands Projects among others. He is recognized for his dedicated service. He is awarded the Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) for his distinguished and dedicated service.
Earlier on, he was a coordinator of various multinational projects among them World Bank’s financed “The Drought Recovery Project in the arid lands of Kenya” for two years from 1994 to 1996. Upon completion of the World Bank project he oversaw the success of yet another major project as a Deputy National Project Coordinator as well as National Coordinator, Arid lands resource management project for another seven years between 1997 and 2003.
Luuk Zonneveld – Chief Executive Officer, Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO)
Luuk Zonneveld has worked in development since the 1980s, in particular in the promotion and financing of the private sector.
From 2008 to 2012, he was Managing Director of the Belgian non-profit organisation Vredeseilanden. Previously, he was one of the architects of the success of Fairtrade labeling, as Managing director of its global umbrella Fairtrade International in Bonn, from 2001 to 2007.
After graduating in Psychology, Sociology and Economics in France and the Netherlands, he started his career as a journalist. Later he held various positions in the international trade business and within NGOs and organisations active in North-South Cooperation such as Oxfam, in the Netherlands, Germany and Cuba.
Bashir Mamman Ifo – President, ECOWAS Bank for Investment & Development
Mr. IFO is the President of the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development Bank. He is a seasoned banker and administrator with over thirty-one (31) years of professional experience in the public and private sectors.
He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration (Finance) from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.
Mr. IFO has held several senior Management positions in the institution including that of Head of Financial Operations Division and Director of Treasury in the erswhile ECOWAS Fund for Cooperation, Compensation and Development (ECOWAS Fund) which was transformed into the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID). The Bank’s transformation led to the creation of two subsidiaries namely, the esrtwhile ECOWAS Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and ECOWAS Regional Investment Bank (ERIB) where Mr. IFO served as Head of Finance and Administration and later, Acting Managing Director.
He was appointed President of EBID on 11 October 2011 after serving as Vice-President, Finance and Corporate Services from 2007.
During the thirteenth (13th) ordinary session of the Board of Governors held in Bamako, Republic of Mali, on June 15 2015, Mr. IFO’s tenure was renewed for another term of four (4) years, with effect from October 10 2015.
Mr. IFO was awarded the Grand Officer of the National Order of Benin in January 2014 by the Government of the Republic of Benin.
Musimbi Kanyoro – President & Chief Executive Director, Global Fund for Women
Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro is President and CEO of Global Fund for Women. She is globally recognized for her leadership of organizations and initiatives that advance women’s and girls’ human rights, and philanthropy for communities. Musimbi is passionate about using philanthropy and technology to drive social change.
During her time at Global Fund for Women, Musimbi has seen the organization surpass $140 million in grantmaking and spearheaded a successful merger with another non-profit. She continues to expand the organization’s influence through her participation in major international dialogues, frequent contributions to major media outlets, and speaking engagements in prominent global forums. Before joining Global Fund for Women as CEO, Musimbi was Director for Population and Reproductive Health at David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Musimbi was appointed general secretary (CEO) of the World YWCA in 1998, the first non-white woman to hold the role after 150 years of existence. During her tenure, she made the organization a go-to organization for young women’s leadership and for HIV prevention and care. She also transformed the World YWCA into a young-women-led organization, with young women under 30 making up 55% of the Global Board of Trustees. Based in Geneva, Musimbi also worked as the Executive Secretary for Women in Church and Society at the Lutheran World Federation for 10 years, where she influenced numerous policies including ensuring an equal 50% of women on governing boards and allocating no less than 40% of the Federation resources to causes that impact women’s lives.
She was a visiting scholar at Harvard University, and has received several recognitions and awards, including a leadership award from the Kenya Government, and recognition as one of the 21 women leaders for the 21st century by Women’s E-News. In 2015, Forbes magazine named her one of 10 women “power brands” and in 2016, she was named to the Forty Women to Watch Over 40 list for making an impact in philanthropy and gender equality.
Musimbi serves on the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Board; the World Bank Gender Advisory Board; the Boards of CARE, Landesa, and Sheryl Sandberg’s OptionB.Org; Aspen Leaders Council; the Global Citizen and CHIME FOR CHANGE Girls’ and Women’s Committee; and the Reference Group of FP 2020, an initiative of the Gates Foundation, UKAID, USAID, and UNFPA, managed by UN Foundation. She is also a Champion for SheDecides.
Erik Sandersen – Executive Vice President, Financial Institution, Norfund
Erik Sandersen is Executive Vice President of Financial Institutions at Norfund, where his focus is on implementing and managing Norfund’s investments in banks and microfinance institutions in Africa, Asia and Central America.
He joined Norfund as Investment Director in 2014 and is today part of the company’s management team. Prior to joining Norfund, he was co-founder and partner of the venture capital company Incitia Ventures for 10 years.
In addition, Erik has had several senior roles in the IT industry as well as being a consultant in the Boston Consulting Group in London and Oslo. He sits and has been on several boards in Europe and Africa. Erik has an MBA from Stanford and an M.Sc. From NTNU.
Mark Eckstein – Director, Environmental & Social Responsibility, CDC Group
Prior to CDC Mark led the sustainable finance team at WWF US for 6 years and was also part of the environment and social risk management group at the International Finance Corporation in Washington DC for eight years, and was an Environment Adviser at DFID for 5 years.
Mark has an MSc in Applied Hydrobiology from UCW Cardiff.
Tokunboh Ishmael – Principal Partner, Alitheia IDF Managers
‘Tokunboh is an experienced private equity investor, and banker having worked on over $5.6bn transactions across the US, Europe and Africa. She has a focus on energy, technology, and financial services; financing SMEs; and proactively funding female entrepreneurs across Africa. Her clients include organisations and corporates looking for a mix of superior returns, responsible investing, economic impact and social responsibility.
She is the current Chairperson of the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA), a Fellow of Yale University and the Aspen Institute, and a CFA Charter holder. ‘Tokunboh is co-founder of Alitheia; a private equity firm investing to transform businesses where funding gaps create unique opportunities.
She is also a principal at Alitheia Identity, a fund focused on funding businesses that leverage gender diversity to achieve superior returns. ‘Tokunboh graduated holds a 1st Class Combined Honors in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Ife; an MSc in Distributed Computing (University of London) and a MBA (London Business School).
Nicole Poindexter – Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Energicity
Nicole Poindexter is CEO and Co-Founder of the leading minigrid developer in West Africa – Energicity Corp. Energicity Corp provides reliable, affordable, scalable electricity to off grid communities in Ghana and Sierra Leone (operations launch Q4 2018).
Prior to founding Energicity, Nicole Poindexter was Senior Director Global Business Development leading Opower’s partner relationships with the electricity generation and smart grid industries. In her role, Ms. Poindexter negotiated global partnerships and developed joint product offerings with leading systems integrators, utility operations software providers, thermostat manufacturers, and residential and commercial energy efficiency companies. As one of the early employees of Opower, she started the business development function at Opower and led the Business Development team through Opower’s IPO in 2014.Additionally, Nicole Poindexter was appointed to be an inaugural member of the US Department of Commerce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee under Commerce Secretary Locke. In 2009, she was Vice President of Alliances and Content at GreenBeat 2009, the conference on the Smart Grid, where she created and managed the GreenBeat 2009’s Innovation Competition identifying the cutting edge companies and technologies that would define our energy future.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Poindexter was a Portfolio Manager and Director of Investments for the New York City Investment Fund, a venture capital fund founded by Henry Kravis to invest in technology companies in New York City; Senior Policy Advisor for the Mayor’s office in the City of New York under the Bloomberg Administration leading economic development in Harlem and the Bronx; and has started several for profit and not for profit organizations.
She received her BA from Yale University in Political Science and a Masters in Business Administration with Distinction from Harvard University.
Suleiman Kiggundu – Executive Chairman, CFS Group
Suleiman was recently the Regional Director for Africa at CDC Group plc. Established by the UK Government in 1948, CDC is the world’s oldest development finance institution that is currently invested in over 1,300 companies supporting over 1.1 million jobs in various developing countries.
Suleiman is also Executive Chairman of CFS Group, a pan-African financial services group with interests in capital markets, investment banking and private equity. Until early 2014, Suleiman spent 10 years as Group CEO at CFS Group, focused on transforming it into a leading indigenously-owned financial services provider in sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to this, he spent 10 years with the HSBC Group in several senior positions, including Head of Corporate Banking for Sub-Saharan Africa at HSBC Equator Bank plc and Head of Corporate & Institutional Banking at HSBC Bank plc. Coordinating HSBC’s debt and risk advisory offerings in Africa, he personally completed transactions in more than 15 countries across Africa.
Suleiman holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering and a BA in Economics (cum laude) both from Yale University, as well as post-graduate diplomas in banking, finance and corporate governance.
Anand Chiplunkar – Senior Advisor & former Director, Urban & Water Development, Asian Development Bank
Dr. Anand Chiplunkar has a unique expertise of more than three decades in the fields of water and sanitation, environment management and infrastructure. At the Asian Development Bank, Manila he was the Director, Urban Development and Water Division in the Central and West Asia Department.
He also is the Chair of Urban Community of Practice and Core Member of the PPP Community of Practice in ADB. He provides guidance in water, wastewater and solid waste management and urban transport projects. His expertise lies in developing Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects in partnership with government agencies in urban, transport, industrial area development and tourism sectors.
He also has conducted numerous Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies for infrastructure sectors and industries. He has been a Hubert Humphrey Fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle and worked with the US Environment Protection Agency.
H.E Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor – Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, African Union Commission
Professor Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang Agbor is the African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology (elected in July 2017) which consists of: Education, Youth and Capacity Development and Science and Technology. Before being elected, she was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Research, Cooperation and Relations with the Business World (DVC-RCB), University of Bamenda-North West Region of Cameroon. As DVC-RCB she promoted research; efficiently and effectively managed the University’s educational and research programs as well as oversee initiatives and action plans in the University’s Research Strategic Planning.
She has served as Inspector of Academic Affairs No 1. at the Ministry of Higher Education, Cameroon during which she was responsible for evaluation and monitoring of Higher Education Institutions in Cameroon in strategic leadership, academic planning and quality, teaching and learning. She was the Focal Point for Pan African University; Conference of Ministers of Education in Africa (COMEDAF); Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers and most of all UNESCO. Moreover, she represented the Cameroon Minister of Higher Education in several capacities.
Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor is a Cameroonian and Professor of African and Commonwealth Literatures. She has authored three text books and over thirty peer reviewed book chapters and scientific publications.
Paul Szkiler – Chief Executive Officer, Truestone Impact Investment Management
Paul Szkiler’s career spans almost 40 years of working in the City of London, in the financial services industry. He has spent much time in the voluntary sector, including co-founding the international charity ‘Children in Crisis’.
Paul and his company Truestone are well known in the social impact investment world for pioneering innovative private equity approaches, most notably in establishing a number of companies in West Africa. The companies generally have three objectives; to be profitable on a sustainable basis, to have a measurable social outcome, and to focus on mentoring.
Over the years he established the company Truestone Asset Management Ltd, which grew as a private wealth management company, eventually being sold in 2014.
He is the founder of A Call to Business, which is an international organisation focusing on discipleship in the market place. Most recently in 2015 Paul has moved into the hotel industry, and continues to develop themes attempting to integrate the spheres of society with an emphasis on biblical thinking.
Onyekachi Wambu – Executive Director, African Foundation for Development (AFFORD)
Mr. Onyekachi Wambu is Executive Director of the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD), a UK based charity with a mission to expand and enhance the contributions of Africans in the diaspora in order to advance Africa’s development. AFFORD is a pioneer and innovator in the field of policy and practice of ‘migration and development’. AFFORD’s advocacy work contributed to international recognition of the importance of the diaspora in African and international development, and in the subsequent initiation of new policies, programs, funds and schemes. AFFORD’s SCORE4africa project captured the development work of high net African footballers, while Africa-Gives created a platform for young Africans to give time, skills and money for African development.
Educated at the University of Essex, and Sewlyn College, Wambu worked previously as a print and broadcast journalist, spending time as a senior producer and documentary director at the BBC and for PBS. He has written extensively on Africa and the African diaspora. His publications include Empire Windrush – 50 Years of Writing about Black Britain and Under the Tree of Talking – Leadership for Change in Africa. Wambu has appeared as an expert contributor on migration and development issues to numerous high level panels and forums. He is on the board of Fahamu, the social action platform expert contributor on migration and development issues to numerous high level panels and forums. He is on the board of Fahamu, the social action platform and writes a monthly column “Back to the Future” in New African Magazine.
Ajay Kanoria – Group Chairman, Kanoria Group
A scion of the well known Indian business family “the Kanoria Family” with diverse manufacturing interests including cement, sugar, pharmaceuticals, tea, jute products, textiles, chemicals, packaging, pipes, roofing, Mr. Ajay Kanoria is the Chairman of the Kanoria Group
Mr. Kanoria experience includes the management of companies producing cement, sugar, pharmaceuticals, pipes, telecom equipment and industrial gases.
Mr. Kanoria was the President of the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) and Advisor to Government of India for International Sugar negotiations under the aegis of GATT. He was deeply associated with formulating sugar policy for India for several years.
A widely respected business leader Mr. Kanoria has been a member of the governing committees of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), All India Organization of Employers (AIOE), the Cement Manufacturers Association (CMA), the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), and others. He was a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF), The President of ISMA and Advisor to Government of India for international Sugar Trade under the aegis of GATT and the President of the Rotary Club of Bombay.
Mr. Kanoria’s present business interests are cement & industrial gases with a focus on setting up integrated agro, food and renewable energy projects in Africa, besides some private equity investments in third party businesses.
Orli Arav – Managing Director, EMFin Advisory
Orli Arav has over 20 years’ experience as an investor and financier, mainly in project and structured finance within financial institutions and advisory firms. Most recently, Orli has served as the Director of Investments for Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF). At SEDF, Orli was actively involved in investments in emerging markets such as Aspada, Grofin (Nomou Jordan), IPDevII and Traxi. Prior to SEDF, Orli successfully led, structured, and closed numerous transactions providing capital to infrastructure projects and companies in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In the past 11 years, Arav structured and closed pioneering transactions providing capital to infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, she raised capital from European governments and debt financing from commercial banks and development finance institutions. Arav joined the Open Society Economic Advancement Program in July 2016 from Impala Energy, were she was the chief investment officer.
Prior to her role at Impala Energy, Arav was the managing director of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, where she was involved with the financing of over 35 infrastructure projects (approximately US$800mn of commitments) across 16 countries. Arav is currently a non-executive director of DekelOil, a palm oil producer in Ivory Coast. She holds an MA in Economics from Tel Aviv University.
Babatomiwa Adesida – Private Sector & Philanthropy, SDG Fund
Babatomiwa Adesida is the Private Sector and Philanthropy Engagement Consultant for the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG Fund), a United Nations mechanism; based in New York; that brings together UN agencies, national governments, academia, civil society and business to achieve SDGs. His primary role is to engage the Private Sector to establish sustainable partnerships with the UN through the SDG Fund in numerous countries around the world.
He has over 15 years of Private Sector experience and has been involved in the development, implementation and monitoring of projects and policies through the private sector in partnership with numerous governments in different countries some of which include Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Zambia, Switzerland, Singapore and U.A.E. His most recent Private sector role was with Sahara Group where he served as the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Manager for Sahara Foundation; a subsidiary of Sahara Group Limited.
Babatomiwa received a B.Sc with honours in Sociology from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and MSc. in Public Policy from the University of Bristol, U.K where he won a partial scholarship for international students. He is extremely passionate about Social Reconstruction particularly in developing nations and plays an integral role in promoting the welfare of the underprivileged in the society through partnerships with various organizations and like-minded individuals. He has been nominated for and also received several CSR awards some of which include the Future Awards Nigeria, the Nigeria CSR awards and the 100 most impactful CSR leaders (Global listing) in India.
Jerry Parkes – Managing Principal, Injaro Investments
Jerry Parkes is the CEO and co-founder of Injaro Investments Limited. Established in 2009, Injaro manages a $50m triple bottom line fund which seeks to achieve economic, social and environmental sustainability in its portfolio companies. The fund has invested close to $28m in fourteen companies across five West African countries and its portfolio has benefitted about 880,000 persons mainly comprising smallholder farmers, low income persons and their families.
Out of eleven companies featured in the agricultural section of The London Stock Exchange report, Companies to Inspire Africa 2017, five were portfolio companies of Injaro. In 2015, the fund was also featured on the Impact Assets 50, a list of top impact investment fund managers globally.
Prior to Injaro, Jerry was a Director at a UK-based fund manager and activist private equity investor. He also served a variety of clients in an advisory capacity at Accenture, Merrill Lynch, UBS and Technoserve.
He holds an M.Eng. Electrical and Electronic Engineering with French from the University of Manchester and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He also serves on the Boards of African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) and the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Canada.
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.
Pedro 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.
Charlotte Koch – Chief Architect, 4GreenArchitecture
Charlotte Koch will give you a short insight into how sustainable carbon neutral off-grid GREEN BUILDINGS and environmental friendly construction, together with renewable energy and BLOCKCHAIN technology will soon allow a 100% carbon neutral and renewable world”, building the perfect unity together with ESG and Impact Investing in Africa. A South Africa-based blockchain startup even newly partnered in order to enable cryptocurrency monetary payments for bitcoin-compatible smart meters located in remote areas.
The resilience aspects are kind of already built into the code, considering off-grid energy supply, energy efficiency, low- or even no carbon emission, sustainability, cost effectiveness, health & well-being, energy security – self-sufficient communities, local content and not at least independency on the the public grid. Matched with local Community engagement, Smart Cities and Green Infrastructure development, job creation, skills development, training and knowledge transfer they can all be of mutual benefit for each other.
With a business background in the sustainable lifestyle industry and since many years involved in the development and realization of innovative sustainable green building solutions, the Koch´s from 4GreenArchitecture have delivered award-winning green building corporate architecture pilot project solutions for Deloitte, but also the big German food retailer REWE Group. Through an integrated holistic planning approach the Koch´s design sustainable green building solutions with zero-carbon foot-print, environmental, social impact and CSR at the same time delivering inspiration and guidance to governance, but also to green finance and investment funds in the real-estate and infrastructure industry.
Charlotte believes in delivering real sustainable green building solutions on the ground that people and government can “see, visit and touch” – “walk the talk” and through this secure replicable integrated action on the ground all through Africa for mutual benefit of impact investors and the people in Africa. To achieve this Charlotte believes in involving and interact also with the Youth, education and construction industry in the local African environment in order to care for and secure the development of more sustainable and secure places through skills development, training, knowledge transfer, joint-ventures and green job creation.
In order to secure sustainable action and a green built environment in future, Charlotte is also involved in the education and training of young students and alumnies in the field of sustainable green interdisciplinary design with the implementation of green technologies and renewable energy, Only by engaging with the next generation of young dynamic specialists, we can change the world and make a sustainable difference and impact in Africa.
Michael Oluwagbemi – Executive Partner, LoftyInc Allied Partner
Michael Oluwagbemi is Co-founder & Executive Partner at LoftyInc Allied Partners Limited (operator of the Wennovation Hub and LoftyInc Capital Management USA) and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Electrical Engineering at Prairie View A&M University; Michael Oluwagbemi also earned a Masters Degree from the University of Houston, USA.
He holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of London. A licensed professional engineer in Texas, Michael previously worked at ExxonMobil & WorleyParsons Corporation. A rancher-farmer, Michael resides in Abuja, and enjoys swimming, golfing, reading and writing when he is not traveling and spending time with his family. .
Christelle Kupa is a financial professional with over 15 years of experience in investment banking, alternative investments and development finance. Multi-lingual, as a Belgian national of Congolese heritage, with the majority of her career in the City of London, she’s acted and continues to do so, as a ”bridge” to ensure that the combination of social impact and financial return can be achieved.
After years in investment banking where she worked on complex financial assets and instruments, Christelle decided to reorient her career towards impact investment in order to serve the people who really matter. As a result, she founded Uhusiano Capital as an enterprise devoted to “real people, real projects, real assets, real impact”.She is committed to touching the lives at the unbanked or at the bottom of the pyramid while ensuring that investors can also have a financial return from quality bespoke structures.
She has a degree from the University of Westminster, a BA in Business Studies and Finance. Throughout the span of her career, Christelle has held senior positions in many organisations in financial services including J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank, amongst others. Christelle speaks French, English, Flemish, and basic Swahili, which enables her to work more intimately across a wide variety of markets. She is committed to the diligent governance of financial developments and philanthropic endeavours throughout Africa, including acting as a trustee, for a foundation that focuses on maternal health for African women.
Chris Isaac – Managing Director, AgDevCo
Chris is one of AgDevCo’s founding directors. He has been working on development finance issues in Africa for the past 15 years, including two extended periods living overseas. Chris’ experience includes working in infrastructure project development at InfraCo Africa, as an economic adviser for the UK’s Department for International Development and as an adviser and speechwriter to the Minister of Finance in the Namibian government.
His career started in accounting and corporate finance with Arthur Andersen in London. Chris has economics degrees from University College, Oxford (BA Hons) and the London School of Economics (MSc) and holds an advanced qualification in investment appraisal.
His responsibilities at AgDevCo include being the managing director responsible for East Africa (Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi and Kenya) and West Africa (Ghana, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Senegal). Chris is a member of AgDevCo’s Board and Executive Committee. He also holds a number of board positions in AgDevCo’s subsidiary and investee companies.
Tara Sabre-Collier – Co-Founder, Affiniti
Tara Sabre Collier is an impact investing specialist and Co-founder at Affiniti. Prior to that, she was with EY Dubai, where she managed strategic advisory services for government agencies and family businesses, regarding investment decisions, growth strategies and private sector development. She worked at GroFin Capital, a pan-African impact investing fund. She is also the co-founder of EOSS Consulting, an economic development consulting firm based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Collier has a decade of experience working with government, non-profits, and entrepreneurs on business strategy and economic development, including projects in Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Peru, USA, Nigeria, South Africa and Jordan. She earned her MBA at Oxford University, where she was a Skoll Scholar with Oxford University’s Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Prior to her MBA, she completed her MPA in International Management & Policy at New York University and her BA at Spelman College. She speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and French and is an occasional blogger.
Ben Good – Chief Executive Officer, Energy4Impact
Ben Good is an engineer with 20 years’ experience in the renewable energy and utility sectors. He has undertaken a range of senior operational, commercial, financial, and corporate finance roles with various businesses and projects across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
Ben joined us from D1 Oils plc, the UK-listed renewable energy business with interests in India and southern Africa, where he was CEO. He has a degree in Engineering, Economics and Management from Oxford University.
Aissata Coulibaly – Senior Manager, EY
Aïssata is leading the ICT working group within the Executive Committee of the Luxembourg Africa Investments association founded to foster and promote business relations between Africa and Europe in general and the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg in particular.
Aïssata is an Audit Senior Manager in the commercial and public sector of EY in Luxembourg with focus on telecommunication, media, technology and private equity. She has more than 11 years of relevant experience working in Luxembourg, Australia and the UK on large audit engagements which took her regularly to Africa.
Aïssata holds a master degree from Kogod School of Business (Washington D.C.) and is a chartered certified accountant with audit qualification and practicing certificate. Aïssata is also certified accountant in Luxembourg and member of the quality control commission of the Institut des Réviseurs d’Entreprises.
With strong focus on emerging markets and Africa in particular, Aïssata is at the forefront of promoting the African growth story and advocating for greater level of impact investments into Africa so as to realize the continent’s possibilities.
David Martin Kayondo – Managing Partner, Goldswans Group
David is the Founder of Goldswans, a professional firm focused on impact investing and enterprise in the emerging markets. He has 20 years’ experience in corporate finance advisory, public private partnerships and digital transformation. He leads the firm’s corporate strategy, overseeing stakeholder relations and new partnerships. He is also a thought leader and active investor in emerging technologies.
At Deloitte, David worked on Private Equity M&A due diligence. In the public-sector, he delivered £300m+ capital projects from investment appraisal to risk management and capital monitoring for the UK local government infrastructure program. As finance strategist for the Royal Museums, he successfully implemented the £50m Cutty Sark refurbishment and £36m Sammy Ofer wing construction.
He holds an MSc from Oxford University, MBA from University of Wales and Executive Program in Microeconomics of Competitiveness, from Harvard Business School. David is a Member of the UK Institute of Directors; He has been a start-up Advisor at Oxford’s Entrepreneurship Centre, and is currently a Mentor and Judge for the Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investment Challenge.
Angela Falconer – Associate Director, Climate Policy Initiative
Dr. Angela Falconer is Associate Director in Climate Policy Initiative’s Climate Finance program. Angela has led international and domestic public climate finance tracking efforts in Indonesia and Côte D’Ivoire, in collaboration with relevant ministries. Angela was heavily involved in CPI’s Indonesia program in its early years, including roles advising the Government of Indonesia on national climate fund design and studies evaluating fiscal policies in the palm oil sector.
Angela has a particular interest in sustainable agriculture and forests and through her work with the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, and has led CPI’s support to develop the Climate Smart Lending Platform and the Cloud Forest Blue Energy Mechanism, as well as work with the European Forest Institute and UN-REDD to identify entry points and incentives for public and private investment in sustainable land use.
Prior to joining CPI, Angela worked as a climate change and energy policy consultant, primarily for European government agencies. Angela holds a PhD in the Science and Management of Climate Change from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where her thesis focussed on REDD+ finance, an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford, and an MA in Geography from the University of Glasgow.
Alysia Silberg – General Partner, Street Global Venture Capital
Alysia has been a self-driven leading data marketer, serial entrepreneur, strategist, mentor, motivational speaker, mathematician and co-owner of multiple successful enterprises, which she has helped establish and incubate over the past 15 years.
More recently, Alysia’s passion for empowering and connecting people has culminated in the creation of a world class partner ecosystem, fostering a vast number of successful relationships within the Global Entrepreneur, Investor and Venture Capital communities.
This passion continues to grow through her Global Online Live Weekly #FiresideChats where Alysia altruistically invites a panel of 3-4 extraordinary global leading minds to selflessly share their knowledge and expertise with her growing global community of entrepreneurs, across more than 30 countries, who log in weekly to learn from the best entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders from across the globe.
Through the recently formed Pitch & Learn Monthly Sessions, Alysia is able to expose her global community of Entrepreneurs, at all stages of business growth, to some of the best investment minds from across the world, providing them with invaluable feedback, know-how and exposure when it comes to sourcing investment for their enterprises.
Alysia’s passion for empowering those around her can also be evidenced by the outpouring of support for her TEDxGlobalWoman2015 talk (http://bit.ly/StepUpTF) which has been incredibly well received and has inspired women and men from across the globe to Step up, reach out and take their dreams into their own hands.
In addition to empowering women in STEM with a strong focus on Entrepreneurship, she dedicates herself to spotting and opening new markets and collaborating with businesses worldwide.
Alysia is obsessed with the concept of accelerated learning and prides herself on reading 50 books a month.
Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke – Environment & Development, University of Reading
Chuks was appointed Reader in Environment and Development in June 2011. He was previously a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Climate and Development Centre at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford. He continues to be a visiting fellow of the Smith School and Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute (ECI). He is also a fellow and college adviser at the Green-Templeton College Oxford. Before joining Oxford, Chuks was a Senior Research Associate on the Post-2012 International Climate Policy programme at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, University of East Anglia.
Chuks was a Lead Author in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), chapter on Sustainable Development and Equity. He also served as a Lead Author in the United Nations Environment Programme’s Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Assessment Report, chapter on Africa. Chuks was a member of the Expert Task Group on the Future Work of the IPCC (2015) and the Expert Group on Strengthening African Group of Negotiators’ (AGN) Position in Global Climate Negotiation (2015).
During his time in Oxford, Chuks was the founding Project Director of the Rwandan National Strategy for Climate and Low Carbon Development project funded jointly by the Climate Development and Knowledge Network (CDKN) and DfID Rwanda. He was also the Project Director of many other climate change and adaptation projects..
Carrie Ellett – Chief Operating Officer, Kepler
Carrie is the Chief Operating Officer at Kepler. Prior to this role, she was the Academic Director at Akilah Institute for Women. Previously, she served as the National Program Director of Girls For A Change for 7 years overseeing strategy and program implementation.
She also worked as a consultant with Collective Action Training, a company she co-founded. Carrie graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Master’s in International and Multicultural Education with an emphasis in Human Rights Education.
Fadzayi Musanhu – Africa M&A Research Analyst, EY
Fadzayi is a corporate finance professional with over 13 years’ experience working for EY in the Transaction Advisory Services team in London. She leads M&A deal origination in Africa on behalf of European-based investors.
She is responsible for researching and analysing industry trends and drivers, with a focus on the Financial Services sector. Fadzayi has co-authored several publications and research papers on investment opportunities in Africa, including the African FinTech and Mobile Financial Services sectors.
Joshua King – Global Business Development Manager, Wanchain
Joshua is the Global Business Development Manager at Wanchain, which is a world leader in Blockchain technology. At Wanchain, he is spearheading strategic partnerships with Pension Funds, Private Equity Funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds, VC’s, Governments, Banks, Telecoms, Stock Exchanges, Innovation Hubs, High Growth Start-Ups and Enterprise clients spanning the USA, China & EMEA.
Prior to that, he worked as the Commercial Director at Nubicoin, and was before that the Business Development Manager at BitPesa . Earlier, he founded Natromi having built experience working at Unity Trust Bank.
Joshua has worked with the former Chief Executive Officer of HSBC China, and received a commendation from the former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. He studied International Management & Chinese at SOAS University of London. Thereafter, he majored in Chinese at Beijing Normal University. He has 12 years of sales, marketing and entrepreneurship experience, spanning 16 Countries.
Gavin Tokely – Managing Director, Innohabitat
Gavin Tokely is the Managing Director of Innohabitat Ltd. He has extensive expertise and experience in high volume, low cost and affordable housing projects, sustainable building materials and ultra fast track construction systems for sustainable residential community developments in developing countries.
He has completed over seventeen hundred low cost homes in Malaysia, complete the design of the Pristine Sustainable City model, completed the conceptual master plan of 3,000 acre tourist destination city in Lagos and has since established the African Belt & Road initiative and commenced the world’s first chain of branded Affordable Sustainable Townships. Innohabitat has secured development sites within Free Trade Zones in Nigeria and Kenya.
The group is primarily a CSR based organisation where Innohabitat: is affordable housing, ZeroCo2energy: is green energy, Innorest Hotels: is budget hotel and public sanitation, Innobanking: is affordable financial inclusion, Innoauto: is affordable reliable public transport infrastructure and buy2Lease: is empowerment of single mothers in public transport.
Central London Real Estate Ltd is a very strong international brand with an extensive portfolio of off-plan and new-built property in addition to off-market property, development sites and hotels within London and strategic cities in the UK. This niche is extended to the most premier off-plan property in mega-projects located in capital cities worldwide.
Mr Tokely is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and holds diplomas in Business Management and Marketing at Griffith University, certified Quality Assurance auditor, certified Health & Safety officer, certified Town Planner and Entrepreneur Enterprise at LSE.
Tony Tiyou – Chief Executive Officer, Renewables in Africa
Tony Tiyou is the Founder and CEO of Renewables in Africa, a Clean Energy engineering consultancy and media platform which vision is to transform Africa and Africans lives by leveraging the Power of Renewable Energy.
Tony previously worked for a decade as Development Engineer, Project Manager, Lead Consultant and Business Development Manager in several companies in the Automotive and the Renewables Industries.
Through its company, Tony has provided technical advisory and design work to projects in different countries in Africa among which, Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya and Ghana.
As a big supporter of blockchain technology, Tony has previously served as advisor in blockchain projects and has helped bridging the gap with Renewable Energy.
Tony is the author of ‘The Wind Industry Outlook in Africa’, released in November 2017 and has won multiple Awards including African Leadership Impact Investing and being nominated as one of the 50 Top Influential African & Afro-Caribbean Leaders in the UK 2018.
Larry English – Partner, Urbuntu
Larry is an entrepreneurial leader with 30 years’ experience in integrated housing and urban development and investment across 31 countries in Africa, the Middle-East, South and South-east Asia encompassing design, planning, finance, investment structuring, enterprise development and management.
Larry is a partner of Urbuntu, a vertically integrated planner, investor and aggregator of Settlement Companies (SetCo’s) through which it finances and develops multi-use housing environments. Urbuntu’s mission is both to provide people with opportunity for security, amenity, productivity and wealth; and to provide investors with assets that are structured to build affordable housing markets locally and globally.
Most recently Larry was the CEO of Reall (Real Equity for All) which he transformed from a small UK housing charity into an enterprise builder and franchise: with an investment book of over $100m; financing affordable and bankable urban settlements across 65 cities in Africa and Asia; that created assets estimated more than $1.1 billion. During this period, he grew Reall’s annual income from $1.1m to over $50million negotiating future investment of $300m.
Larry has worked in both private and non-profit sectors; some notable projects have included the Community-Led Infrastructure Finance Facility across 10 countries awarded the UN Habitat Scroll of Honour in 2013; Principal consultant for Nelson Mandela’s Cato Manor Urban Renewal Project accorded ‘international best practice’ in 2000; Zimbali Coastal Estate, Durban; Co-founding Habitat for Humanity South Africa; Serving on the board of Habitat for Humanity International; and establishing Habitat for Humanity’s Global Urban Initiative in 2001.
Larry is an Architect and Urban Designer/Planner by profession, with executive education in International Housing Finance and Real Estate from Wharton and the Said Business School respectively. For further information: Linkedin.com/in/larry-english-34bb315
Douglas Oppong – Chief Executive Officer, Angel Finance Group
In 2003 when the UK government launched “Key-worker Housing” with a £100million funding tag, Douglas was at the forefront of it and secured £33million of those funds for Boleyn & Forest Housing (which later became part of East Thames Housing Group). He has overseen development projects over £200 million. He also sat on development boards of the Stratford Rail Lands – which later became the site for London 2012 Olympics. In 2007, he stepped down as Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee of a major house builder in North London, due to business commitments.
Since going private and starting Angel Finance Group, Douglas has helped clients purchase over 320 properties. He is a speaker at key housing and property forums and continues to act in an advisory capacity to governments, banks and mortgage institutions. Douglas is an entrepreneur with a heart for property and in his own word “ want to see the day that affordable housing can be really affordable,for the everyday hard working person”.
Ukonu Obasi – Lecturer, Arden University
Ukonu Obasi is a Healthcare Management Lecturer at Arden University. A graduate of Health Education from the University of Nigeria, he has experience of working in the public, private and charity sector, designing, delivering and evaluating health interventions in the UK and in Nigeria. He is the Executive Director of Rural Africa Health, Water and Sanitation Initiative, a position he has held since he was appointed in 2007 as a Lecturer at the Abia State College of Health Technology, Aba, Nigeria.
He recently worked as Implementation Manager for the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme and later Performance and Assurance Manager within the Strategy Directorate of Public Health England. At the end of his time at Public Health England, he was the Parliamentary Candidate for the Liberal Democrats ffor Walthamstow in the 2017 General. He is an Advicer on Community Relations to Tom Brake MP, the Liberal Democrat spokeperson on Brexit and he is a founding Executive member of the University of Nigeria Alumni Association, UK. Mr Obasi is an author, who has published a play, written articles and a social campaigner. He provides strategic advice to charities, businesses and individuals.
David Hampton – Managing Director, ImpactAgri
David Hampton is a highly experienced consultant, company director and entrepreneur. He has over 30 years international experience and expertise in energy, water and the agricultural supply chain. David has worked in more than 20 countries and has worked extensively in Africa.
He brings deep knowledge of sustainability, clean energy and business strategy. As well as his role as a Director of ImpactAgri, David is also the founder of Irbaris – a boutique firm of strategy and sustainability advisers – and a founder and Director of Africa Power – a specialist energy services company focused on developing and delivering off-grid electricity services in rural Africa. David has an MBA (Deans List) from IMD in Lausanne.