2012 Conference

Unlocking Value in Frontier Africa

28 April 2012 | 10:45-21:30 in Lecture Theatre 1 at Cambridge Judge Business School

Provisional Conference programme




Welcome Remarks

  • Steve Hamm and Mobolaji Adewumi, Cambridge Africa Business Network
  • Dr Jochen Runde, Director of the MBA Programme, Cambridge Judge Business School

Opening Keynote Remarks

An Interview with His Excellency, Olusegun Obasanjo (GCFR), Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Interview by Lanre Akinola, Editor, This is Africa magazine, a publication of the Financial Times


Panel Discussion 1: Unlocking Value in Frontier Africa

Panel Managers: Q.C. Nworisara Quinn and Steve Hamm Business in Africa has gone from being seen largely as an oxymoron to becoming one of the most exciting economic prospects in the world. Interest in the continent abounds and with good reason. Over the last 10 years Africa has experienced dramatic change. Many countries now exhibit both macroeconomic and political stability. But how do investors adequately assess opportunities and risks? How can value be unlocked in frontier Africa?

  • Razia Khan, Head of Research, Standard Chartered
  • Zain Latif, Founder and Principal, TLG Capital
  • Gavin McGillivray, Head of Private Sector Department, DFID
  • Karima Ola, Managing Director, African Development Corporation

Moderator: Lanre Akinola, Editor, This is Africa Magazine, a publication of the Financial Times


Lunch & Networking

Cambridge Judge Business School Common Room


Panel Discussion 2: Capturing Value: Innovation, ICT and the Rise of the Consumer Class

Panel Managers: Mara-Tafadzwa Makoni and Imoh Ilevbare In 2010, McKinsey estimated that the number of African households earning US$5,000 will have grown by 80 per cent between 2000 and 2014 and that the consumer market, currently at US$160 billion, will grow to about US$1.8 trillion by 2020; while the labour force is expected to surpass China’s by 2040. Given the rapid growth of mobile penetration and ICT, how can businesses capture this value and innovate for the growing consumer demand driven by a young and vibrant population of one billion?

  • Gerald Ilukwe, Managing Director & CEO, Galaxy Backbone
  • Linet Kwamboka, Project Lead, Kenya Open Data Initiative
  • Greg Marchand, Founder & Managing Director, Gizmos Solutions
  • Ken Oyolla, Global Head of Marketing Activations, Nokia

Moderator: Wadzanai Madziva, Business Development, Google Africa


Panel Discussion 3: The New Captains of Industry? How BRICs are Reshaping Business and Value on the Continent

Panel Managers: N.K. Chiemelu and Bobak Tavangar Undoubtedly, the BRICs are reshaping the dynamics of business on the continent. How will competition for resources between the emerging “new kids on the block” – Chinese, Indian, Brazilian – and incumbent Western firms unfold? What skills, innovative practices and technologies can be transferred from these new players to African entrepreneurs? What value can African managers harness from engagement with them?

  • Stephen Murphy, Managing Director, Citadel Capital
  • Alastair Newton, Managing Director/Senior Political Analyst, Nomura
  • Dr Marial Awou Yol, Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, The Republic of South Sudan

Moderator: Professor Jaideep Prabhu, Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business & Enterprise, Cambridge Judge Business School



Cambridge Judge Business School Common Room


Panel Discussion 4: Frontier Finance: Confronting Challenges and Discovering the Value of Investment in Africa

Panel Managers: Yakhara Sembene and Kwaku Osei While the last decade has been economically positive for African economies, the world has been slow to catch up; the continent still attracts less than five per cent of global foreign direct investment (FDI) projects and financiers and governments are struggling to address the trillion dollar infrastructure financing gap. How are managers confronting these challenges and how can Western investors be convinced of the value of frontier investments?

  • Dzika Danha, Managing Director, IH Securities
  • Jubril Enakele, Director, Deutsche Bank AG
  • Eric-Vincent Guichard, CEO, Homestrings
  • Jean-Paul Melaga, Head of Africa, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi
  • Martyn Schouten, Managing Director, Zambia National Commercial Bank

Moderator: Mark Florman, CEO, British Venture Capital Association


A Conversation about Jugaad Innovation

Lecture Theatre 1 Session Manager: Mobolaji Adewumi Jugaad is a Hindi word which means an innovative fix; an improvised solution born from ingenuity and resourcefulness. This session explores how the tenets of jugaad – frugality, flexibility and inclusivity – apply to business and innovation in Africa. Professor Jaideep Prabhu, Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business & Enterprise, Cambridge Judge Business School & Co-author of Jugaad Innovation Interview by Adam Green, Senior Reporter, This is Africa, a publication of the Financial Times


Closing Keynote Address

His Honour, Dr Guy Scott, Vice President, Republic of Zambia Moderated Discussion led by Namukale Chintu, Cambridge Africa Business Network



Namukale Chintu and Q.C. Nworisara Quinn, Cambridge Africa Business Network


Networking & Drinks Reception

Cambridge Judge Business School Common Room


Proceed to Conference Dinner

Graham Storey Room, Trinity Hall College


Welcome Remarks

Professor Martin Daunton, Master of Trinity Hall


Dinner is served

The Dining Hall, Trinity Hall College


Lessons in Leadership

The Dining Hall, Trinity Hall College Facilitated discussion led by His Excellency Edward Chaplin CMG OBE, British Diplomat The master class will focus on examining aspects of business leadership that can be applied in the African context.


Closing and Vote of Thanks

The Dining Hall, Trinity Hall College

* Please note that this programme is subject to change.

Dress code

The dress code for the conference will be business/smart attire.

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