|08:30 – 09:00
|09:00 – 09:15
||Welcome and introduction
|09:15 – 09:35
Bajabulile “Swazi” Tshabalala – Senior Vice President, African Development Bank Group (AfDB)
|09:35 – 09:55
Rebecca Enonchong – Founder and CEO, AppsTech and Cofounder, I/O Spaces
|09:55 – 10:15
||In conversation with our keynotes: Is Africa still the land of opportunities?
It has been a tough three years for Africa. The impact of COVID-19, rising debt levels, the increasing effects of climate change and pressure to transition and now cost of living concerns. Yet still the continent remains a land of opportunity. As we look to reset and focus on the future, what is the narrative needed to realise Africa’s ambitions and what should African leaders do to enable and facilitate continued growth?
Moderator: Joel Kibazo, Founding Partner, JK Associates
|10:15 – 10:35
||Fireside chat: Through the lens of a journalist
The media plays a critical role in shaping perceptions of Africa’s political, financial and business architecture. With advancements in digital technology and the increasing availability of social media, the landscape in Africa has changed significantly.
We sit down with leading journalist on Africa, Patrick Smith (Editorial Director, Africa Confidential), to understand the impact of these changes on the telling of Africa’s story. Where does the narrative currently stand and how can business and financial journalism contribute to the sustainable development of the continent?
Moderator: Joel Kibazo, Founding Partner, JK Associates
|10:35 – 11:00
|11:00 – 11:45
||Impact investing: All eyes on Africa
Nearly half of global impact investment capital goes to Africa, and this appetite for impact investing continues to surge. Healthcare, Fintech and Renewable Energy – the 3 growth sectors – represent a huge opportunity to contribute to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We discuss the evolution of impact investing in Africa’s private equity ecosystem and Africa’s role on the impact investment stage.
Moderator: Nadia Kouassi Coulibaly, Head of Research, AVCA
- Marianne Mwaniki, Managing Director, Avunja Mobile
- Karima Ola, Partner, LeapFrog Investments
- Rahul Rastogi, CFO – Africa Region, CFO – Cocoa Beans SBU, and Finance Controller – Cocoa Sustainability, Olam Food Ingredients
- Samuel Salako, Partner, Olajide Oyewole LLP (DLA Piper Africa, Nigeria
|11:45 – 12:30
||Financing Africa’s post-pandemic recovery
Financing has always been a challenge for African economies and businesses. Add a global pandemic, declining commodity prices and depreciating currencies and we’re left with heightened uncertainty and reduced liquidity. Demand and opportunity however remain high, as is the appetite for innovative solutions. So where to next?
Moderator: Mwelwa Chibesakunda, Managing Partner, Chibesakunda & Co (DLA Piper Africa, Zambia)
- Barbara Barungi, Managing Partner, IMARA Africa
- Christopher Marks, Managing Director, Head of Emerging Markets EMEA, MUFG Bank
- Ed Marlow, Managing Director – Sub-Saharan Africa, Deutsche Bank
- Yewande Sadiku, Head of Investment Banking, International, Standard Bank Group
|12:30 – 13:30
|13:30 – 14:15
||Energy transition in Africa: Where are we now and what’s next?
Does “energy transition” offer new opportunities for Africa’s social and economic development and can it be balanced with the need to make energy more affordable and accessible to all? As many governments in Africa map their country’s path to achieving net-zero emissions, what developments have we seen recently and what do we expect to see in the near to medium term? How will climate targets be achieved across the continent and will new or novel project and funding structures be required? What role can Africa play in global energy transition?
Moderator: Iain Macaulay, Director and Head of Project Finance – Infrastructure and Climate Group, BII
- Iain Elder, Partner, DLA Piper
- Pride Jani, Partner, DLA Piper
- Felix Ndi-Obiosa, Of Counsel – Africa, DLA Piper
- Farai Nyabereka, Partner, Manokore Attorneys (DLA Piper Africa, Zimbabwe)
|AfCFTA: Accelerating Africa’s industrialisation
The Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is the largest trading bloc in the Africa with a potential GDP of $3.4 trillion. Trial sale of commodities between countries is set to begin under the Guided Trade Initiative unveiled by the AfCFTA Secretariat on July 25, 2022. The urgency to speed up industrialisation, boost manufacturing and create more productive jobs has become even more compelling. We will discuss steps being taken to strengthen Africa’s manufacturing capabilities, and the role private investment and FDI in accelerating this industrialisation which will ultimately strengthening regional trade and Africa’s place in global value chains.
Moderator: Naana Frimpong, Board Member, DLA Piper Africa, and Partner, DLA Piper
- Dougie Brew, Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainable Business – Africa, Unilever
- Yusuf Daya, Director, AU/AfCFTA Relations and Trade Policy, African Export-Import Bank
- Aly-Khan Jamal, Partner and Regional Director for Europe, Dalberg Advisors
- Michael Mafabi, Partner, S&L Advocates (DLA Piper Africa, Uganda)
|14:15 – 15:00
||DPS in action: De-risking your African infrastructure investments
One of the most critical challenges facing Africa is developing high-quality, sustainable infrastructure. For stakeholders involved in such projects, the challenge becomes how to delegate, minimise and mitigate the risks associated with the delivery of such infrastructure.
Join us for an interactive session utilising DLA Piper’s leading project simulator technology to explore how, as an industry, we can leverage our collective experience to build sustainable and successful projects of the future.
Moderator: Nacim Bounouara, Partner, DLA Piper
- Mouhamed Kebe, Partner, GENI & KEBE Lawyers (DLA Piper Africa, Senegal)
- Maria Pereira, Partner, DLA Piper
- Misbah Uddin, Managing Director, Ankura
|Harnessing Africa’s unrivalled Fintech potential
The full potential of fintech across Africa remains largely untapped. Fintech has already changed the way people live and do business, make payments, invest, or even buy products, but this is only the beginning. The convergence of a youthful population, underserved middle classes and a thriving tech culture, coupled with a focused regulatory drive and landmark continental free trade agreement is creating new market opportunities with significant potential for growth and scale. Africa’s Wealth Report (April 2022) forecasts technological advances and an emerging entrepreneurial class could amount to at least USD800 billion in newly created value in the next 10 year. Which trends and opportunities will drive this growth? What are the key regulatory and commercial challenges we foresee? And how do we navigate these in order to strategically protect gains and continue to accelerate growth in this sector.
Moderator: Anthony Day, Partner, DLA Piper
- Sike Bamisebi, Group Chief Business Officer, Cellulant
- Mayowa Kuyoro, Partner, McKinsey & Company – Lagos
- Kamami Christine Michira, Partner, IKM Advocates (DLA Piper Africa, Kenya)
|15:00 – 15:30
|15:30 – 16:15
||COP27: The Global South in a sustainable and prosperous world
Africa’s remarkable growth story offers both opportunities and challenges as the Global South grapples with the effects of climate change, and its businesses pioneer innovative solutions that will drive forwards a green and just economic transition. In the lead up to COP27, widely referred to as the African, adaptation and implementation COP, this event will convene experts to discuss the road ahead for Africa and its business community on the journey towards meeting global climate ambitions and securing a prosperous future.
Moderator: Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry, Partner and Managing Director, Sustainability and Resilience, DLA Piper
1st Session Panellists:
2nd Session Panellists:
- Hubert Danso, Chairman and CEO, Africa investor (Ai) Group
- Bogolo Kenewendo, UN Climate Change High-Level Champions’ Special Advisor, Africa Director
- Terence Dambe, Partner, Minchin & Kelly (DLA Piper Africa, Botswana)
- Hadir Elhakim, Partner, Corporate and M&A, Hafez & Partners
- Dayo Idowu, Partner, Olajide Oyewole LLP (DLA Piper Africa, Nigeria)
- Beatrice Nyabira, Partner, IKM Advocates (DLA Piper Africa, Kenya)
|16:15 – 17:00
||CEO Conversations: Sponsored by Invest Africa
CEOs share their views on what it takes to drive business success in Africa.
Moderator: Bola Tinubu, Partner, Olajide Oyewole LLP (DLA Piper Africa, Nigeria)
- Laureen Kouassi-Olsson, Founder and CEO, Birimian Ventures
- Valerie Labi, Co-Founder and CEO, MANA Mobility
- Akinwole Omoboriowo II, Chairman and CEO, Genesis Energy
|17:00 – 17:15
|17:15 – 20:00
||Gala drinks reception: An African Art Fair