Conference keynotes & speakers

Keynote speakers:

His Excellency, Olusegun ObasanjoHis Excellency, Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Noted as one of the preeminent elder statesmen in Africa today, Chief Olusegun Matthew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo served in the Nigerian armed forces, retiring as a general in 1979, following which he began his own company, wrote numerous books and articles on African development, and served in the international community. In 1999 he became President of Nigeria, serving two terms of office. As a result of the reforms enacted by the Obasanjo administration, Nigeria now stands as one of the fastest growing economies in the world today.

Read Chief Obasanjo’s full profile

Guy ScottHis Honour, Dr Guy Scott

Vice President of the Republic of Zambia

Dr Guy Scott is a Zambian politician of white English and Scottish descent who has been active in the country’s politics since the 1960s, inspired by his late father who was an ally of Zambian nationalists and a founder of anti-colonial government newspapers. Following the recent victory of the Patriotic Front party in Zambia’s recent Presidential and Parliamentary elections, Guy Scott was sworn in as Vice President of the Republic – the first time in independent Africa that a white man has occupied such high office.

Read Dr Guy Scott’s full profile

Other speakers include:

Lanre AkinolaLanre Akinola

Editor, This is Africa Magazine, a publication of the Financial Times

Lanre Akinola is Editor of This Is Africa, a Financial Times Ltd publication, which focuses on the policy and the business environment across the continent, as well as Africa’s strategic relationships with other world regions. He covers a broad range of topics relating to Africa across the fields of business, policy and development. A native of Lagos, Nigeria, he holds a degree in politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London.

Edward ChaplinHis Excellency Edward Chaplin CMG OBE

British Diplomat

Edward Chaplin retired from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in early 2011 after a 37 year career, much of it spent dealing with the Middle East. Senior appointments included Ambasssador to Jordan (2000-2002), FCO Director for the Middle East and North Africa (2002-2004), Ambassador to Iraq (2004-2005) and Ambassador to Italy (2006-2011). He is now an independent consultant, and Trustee of the Mowgli Foundation, an NGO dedicated to mentoring young Arab entrepreneurs.

Wadzanai Chiota-MadzivaWadzanai Chiota-Madziva

Head of Business Development, Google Africa

Wadzanai Chiota-Madziva is a Business Development Manager within Sub-Saharan Africa at Google. Prior to this she was the Head of Value Added Services at Safaricom Ltd where she worked for 10 years. When not working Wadzanai is an avid vegetable farmer.

Dzika DanhaDzika Danha

Managing Director, IH Securities Zimbabwe

Prior to founding IH Group, Dzika was a Director at Renaissance Capital based in Zimbabwe. He helped to build Renaissance Capital’s Africa franchise over three years, where he rose to Director from Associate in charge of the Equity Product Group covering East, Central, and Southern Africa with a primary focus on Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Prior to joining Renaissance Capital, Dzika set up and ran a boutique research firm in Zimbabwe and has worked both on the sell and buy side in Zimbabwe since 2003. Dzika attended Sherborne School for Boys in the UK and holds a degree in banking and finance from London School of Economics, University of London.

Martin DauntonMartin Daunton

Master of Trinity Hall, Professor of Economic History, University of Cambridge

Martin Daunton previously taught at the University of Durham and University College London, before moving to Cambridge in 1997. He was Chairman of the Faculty of History and of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences before he was elected to the Mastership of Trinity Hall in 2004. As President of the Royal Historical Society from 2003 to 2007 he was involved in debates over the role of history in education. He was a Trustee of the National Maritime Museum from 2002 to 2010, where he was active in discussion of how to interpret events in British history such as Trafalgar and the end of the slave trade. He is curently a member of the academic awards committee of the Leverhulme Trust. From 2012, he will be Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He continues to teach, write and research in modern economic history.

Jubril EnakeleJubril Enakele

Director, Deutsche Bank AG

Jubril is currently Director of Capital Markets and Commodities Coverage for Sub-Saharan Africa at Deutsche Bank AG, London. He is recognised for originating, structuring and jointly executing several capital markets, commodity derivatives and corporate finance transactions in Sub-Saharan Africa and frontier markets. Approved by the Financial Services Authority UK (FSA), Jubril is an alumnus of London Business School and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI), UK.

Mark FlormanMark Florman

CEO, British Venture Capital Association

Mark Florman has been Chief Executive of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) since 2011. He joined The Northern Trust Bank, Chicago, in 1981 where he co-founded the interest rate swap business in America and worked in corporate banking, US T-Bills and money & capital markets. From the mid-1980s as a Director of County Bank and then as a Partner of Enskilda Securities, he advised on corporate restructurings, M&A and equity capital markets. Between 2001 and 2008 he was Senior Principal at the European private equity firm, Doughty Hanson. He served as Chairman of LM Glasfiber, today the world’s leading manufacturer of blades and components for wind turbines. Away from his business activities, Mark has been active in politics, advising the UK Conservative Party on strategy and financing, and was Senior Deputy Treasurer of the Conservative Party. In 2010 he became Chairman of the Centre for Social Justice, which he co-founded with Iain Duncan Smith and others. In addition, he is Chairman of Build-a-School, the programme to build primary schools in rural east Africa. Mark graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is married and has three daughters. Read more about Mark

Adam GreenAdam Green

Senior Reporter, This is Africa Magazine, a publication of the Financial Times

Adam Robert Green is Senior Reporter at This Is Africa, a Financial Times Ltd publication. Previously, he worked at the International Growth Centre at the London School of Economics, and was Editor of Exploration and Production: Oil and Gas Review. His writing has been published by China Post, New Internationalist and the Middle East Institute. Adam is a graduate student at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Eric GuichardEric-Vincent Guichard

CEO, Homestrings Impact Investing

Eric is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Eric was born in Brooklyn, NY of a Guinean father and an American mother. He spent 20 years growing up in poor rural Guinea (West Africa), going to primary and secondary school in Fria and then Conakry, the capital. His experience of remitting money ‘back home’, and the limitations of currently available investment options that really make an impact and are profitable, led him to found, a web-based platform that facilitates Diaspora investments in their home country. Eric is also currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GRAVITAS Capital Advisors, Inc. an asset management firm he founded in 1996 which advises global and sovereign institutional assets. Eric is a graduate of the University of Dakar (Cheikh Anta Diop), in Senegal; of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh; and of the Harvard Business School, where he earned his MBA (World Bank Scholar and Harvard Fellowship award). Read more about Eric

Razia KhanRazia Khan

Regional Head of Research (Africa), Standard Chartered Bank

Razia Khan is Standard Chartered Bank’s London-based Regional Head of Research (Africa), advising the Executive Committee on matters relating to Africa, and at the Wholesale Bank, where she provides in-depth analysis on African economies to the Bank’s clients. During her time with Standard Chartered Bank, Razia has been acknowledged as the leading analyst on African economies. As well as advising key multinational corporations and funds with African interests in Europe, the US, Asia, and the Middle East, she is a frequent visitor to Africa, sharing her insights on African economies with clients and policy makers. Razia is often called on to provide analysis of African markets on BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, and the BBC World Service. Razia started her career with Standard Chartered Bank in 1997, initially working with Global Markets in Botswana. Shortly thereafter, she joined the London Dealing Room, spearheading the development of Treasury research in African foreign exchange and money markets. Following the merger between the Group’s market and internal research functions, she was promoted to the post of Regional Head of Research for Africa. Razia is a graduate of the London School of Economics with a BSc Hons degree in Economics and an MSc (Econ) in Development, including Monetary Economics and International Trade Law. Read more about Razia

Linet KwambokaLinet Kwamboka

Project Lead, Kenya Open Data Initiative

Linet Kwamboka leads the Open Data Initiative at the ICT Board of Kenya. Prior to her appointment, she was a GIS and software consultant for multiple companies both locally and internationally.She is the Founder of the books2schools initiative which is aimed at encouraging children to embrace a learning culture to spark their curiosity and give them options in addition to the education system. Linet is also a Co-Founder of and Business Development Advisor to the Akirachix group of women in computing who are trying to increase the number of women pursuing computing and science-related courses, and a partner at the Smart Nairobi project with the University of Nairobi and Columbia University, working at providing navigational tools that enable people make better and informed choices in relation to transit. Linet has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Nairobi among other self-taught qualifications, especially in GIS and data analysis tools.She has been recognised as an unsung hero by the former US ambassador to Kenya and has been ranked one of the top 20 women in computing in Kenya.

Zain LatifZain Latif

CEO, Founder, TLG Capital

Zain Latif is the founder of TLG Capital, focusing primarily on frontier markets. In late 2011, the private equity arm of TLG Capital was integrated into Duet Group, a global alternative asset management firm where Mr Latif holds the role as an advisor to Duet Private Equity. He has completed deals across sub-Saharan African; notably in the field of healthcare. Past deals include investments in the WHO pre-approved pharmaceutical plant QCIL (Uganda), healthcare facilities in West Africa and a fast-growing cartridge refilling and laptop repair company in India that aims to transmigrate its business to Africa. Prior to founding TLG Capital, Mr Latif was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs in the New Markets division focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa across all products. He joined Goldman Sachs from Merrill Lynch where he was involved in originating and executing a number of ground-breaking emerging market transactions in Africa. Before joining Merrill, Mr. Latif was involved in spear-heading the special situations African effort at HSBC which culminated in a widely reported inaugural debt/equity hybrid structure for a leading Nigerian financial institution. Mr Latif holds a Masters degree in Finance achieved at the age of 19 from Cass Business School. He currently sits on a number of boards of portfolio companies.

Greg MarchandGreg Marchand

CEO, Gizmos Solutions Zambia

Gregory Marchand is the Founder and Owner of Gizmos Solutions Limited (GSL). Gizmos Solutions is a global consulting, engineering, and technology company with offices in Africa and North America. GSL has successfully performed projects for multinational customers including the United States Government, Emirates Airlines, MTN, Airtel, UNICEF, Johns Hopkins and the Intercontinental Hotel Group. Greg is the Founder and President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Zambia, which was commissioned by the US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2011. In 2010, Greg was named to Black Enterprise Magazine’s 40th Anniversary List of The Next 40 Business Leaders. Read more about Greg

Gavin McGillivrayGavin McGillivray

Head, Private Sector Department, DFID

Gavin McGillivray is head of the new Private Sector Department of the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Gavin was previously head of DFID’s Global Funds & Development Finance Institutions Department and International Financial Institutions Department, and the UK Director on the Board of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines & Immunisation) for three years from 2007 to 2009. Prior to joining DFID in 2000, Gavin managed long-term agricultural development programmes in Bolivia, Honduras, Colombia and the Caribbean. In the middle of these assignments, he spent eight years in London with international corporate finance house Campbell Lutyens & Co., of which he was an Executive Director.

Jean-Paul MelagaJean-Paul Melaga

Head of Africa, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi

Jean-Paul Melaga is Head of Africa at the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFG, one of the world’s 10 largest banks by total assets. In his current role, he originated and helped executed transactions in Oil and Gas, Mining, Telecom and the Financial Institutions. Prior to his appointment, Jean-Paul was Head of Francophone Africa at Renaissance Capital. Jean-Paul worked as Associate Director at Standard Chartered Bank covering Africa, and started his career as FIG M&A analyst with Lehman Brothers. Fluent in French, English, German and a language from Cameroon, Jean-Paul studied at ESCP EAP and at Science Po.

Stephen MurphyStephen Murphy

Managing Director, Citadel Capital Institutional Fundraising

Stephen Murphy joined Citadel Capital in 2008. Prior to joining the firm, Mr Murphy was head of private placements at Citigroup Global Markets. With more than 20 years of experience in private equity fundraising and investment banking, Mr Murphy held a range of positions with Salomon Brothers / Salomon Smith Barney in New York, Tokyo and London starting in 1985. Originally a mergers and acquisitions specialist who headed Salomon’s European M&A practice in the early 1990s, Mr Murphy’s career has covered a wide range of advisory as well as public and private fundraising activities. He executed Salomon’s first lead-managed IPO in Europe and has handled yankee and convertible bond funding and private placements for both general partners and private companies. Before re-joining Citigroup in 2001, he held the post of Managing Director of E*Trade International Capital, where he was, among other things, responsible for setting up the company’s online distribution of equity offerings via its web portal.

Alastair NewtonAlastair Newton

Managing Director and Senior Political Analyst, Nomura

Alastair has been Senior Political Analyst at Nomura since October 2008, having first joined Lehman Brothers in that capacity in August 2005. He is responsible for identifying and analysing political events worldwide likely to impact on markets. In addition to his signature periodical, Issues Which Keep Me Awake at Night, he has written major studies on China, India and North Korea, as well as numerous shorter papers. He is currently President of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies. Prior to joining Lehman, Alastair spent 20 years with the British Diplomatic Service.

Karima OlaKarima Ola

Managing Director, African Development Corporation

Karima has more than 17 years of investment banking, corporate strategy consulting and emerging market private equity experience. Formerly managing partner and head of Chayton Capital’s African portfolio management group, where she was responsible for fund formation, strategy, portfolio construction, deal pipeline and post-deal management of the firm’s private equity investments in Africa, she has also held senior advising roles on new market entry, investor relations, commodities risk management and emerging market mergers and acquisitions as a consultant to corporations including Tate & Lyle plc, TNT NV and Aviva plc. Karima commenced her career at HSBC Investment Banking division (1994 to 2004), during which she was a highly-ranked analyst in both equities and structured derivatives. She has extensive investment and operational experience across several sectors in private equity asset management, emerging market/new market entry, risk identification and mitigation, mergers and acquisitions, post-merger integration and capital markets across Europe, Asia and Africa. Karima holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Economics, both from the University of London.

Jaideep PrabhuJaideep Prabhu

Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business & Enterprise and Director of the Centre for India & Global Business at Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Jaideep has held positions at Imperial College London, Tilburg University (the Netherlands), and UCLA. He has a bachelor of technology degree from IIT Delhi and a PhD from the University of Southern California. Jaideep’s research interests are in marketing, innovation, strategy, and international business. His current research is on the globalisation of innovation, and the role of emerging economies in this process. He is particularly interested in how multinationals and domestic firms are using emerging markets as a lab to do affordable and sustainable innovation for global application. Jaideep has published in and is on the editorial board of leading academic journals such as the Journal of Marketing and the International Journal of Research in Marketing. He has taught and consulted with executives from ABN Amro, Bertelsmann, BP, BT, GE, IBM, ING Bank, KPMG, Nokia, Philips, Roche, Shell, Vodafone, and Xerox, among others. Jaideep has appeared on BBC News 24 and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and his work has been profiled in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Economist, the Financial Times, Le Monde, MIT Sloan Management Review, The New York Times, and The Times. He is a columnist on and co-author of a new book on frugal innovation entitled Jugaad Innovation.

Charles RobertsonCharles Robertson

Global Chief Economist and Head of Macro-Strategy, Renaissance Capital

Charles Robertson, a leading emerging markets specialist, joined Renaissance Capital in 2010 as Global Chief Economist and Head of the firm’s Macro-strategy Unit, working between London and Moscow. Charles graduated from the London School of Economics in 1993, and worked at a parliamentary defence think-tank and a research boutique until joining ING in the late 1990s. Charles was ranked the number one economics and macro analyst for emerging Europe, the Middle East and Africa in the Extel survey between the years 2007 and 2010. In addition, the team he led was ranked the best macro team in Extel’s 2010 survey of equity investors.

Jochen RundeJochen Runde

Reader in Economics at Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Jochen Runde is Director of the Cambridge MBA and a Reader in Economics at Cambridge Judge Business School. Co-editor of the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Jochen is a member of both the Cambridge Social Ontology Group (CSOG) and the Centre for Process Excellence and Innovation. He is a former Fellow of the Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI), where he served as Associate Director of the Professional Practice Programme (2001-2003) and Director of Graduate Programmes (2003-2005), and currently serves as Chair of the Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Syndicate and on the Executive Committee of the University Careers Syndicate. He has also served as Director of Programmes at Cambridge Judge Business School (2007-2008), on the Cambridge University Board of Graduate Studies (2003-2008), and as an author and consultant to Interactyx, a company that produces interactive electronic books, digital media players and course management systems.

Martyn SchoutenMartyn Schouten

Managing Director, Zambia National Commercial Bank

Martyn was appointed Managing Director of Zanaco in December 2010. He has 26 years’ senior management experience in retail and corporate banking having held positions in strategy, business development, product development and corporate support. He holds a Masters Degree in Economics.

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