Conference Keynotes and Panelists

Keynote speakers:

Phuthuma Nhleko

Group Chairman of MTN, Chairman of Pembani Group

Phuthuma Nhleko is the Group Chairman of MTN, a pan-African and Middle Eastern mobile telephony company operating in 21 countries, and served as Group President and Chief Executive Officer of the company from 2002 until March 2011. He is also Chairman of the Pembani Group, a diversified holding company with interests in petroleum, energy, cement and natural resources. Mr. Nhleko also serves as a non-executive director on the boards of BP plc and Anglo plc.

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Olusegun Olutoyin Aganga

Honourable Minister of Trade and Investment for the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Olusegun Olutoyin Aganga is the Honourable Minister of Trade and Investment for the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Honourable Minister of Finance and the Chairman of the Nigerian National Economic Management Team. As the Governor representing Nigeria on the Governing Boards of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, he was the Chairman of the Joint Board of Governors of the World Bank and the IMF during the October 2010 Annual Meetings. He also served as Governor on the board of the African Development Bank.

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Mthuli Ncube

Chief Economist and Vice President of the African Development Bank

Professor Mthuli Ncube is the Chief Economist and Vice President of the African Development Bank, and holds a PhD in Mathematical Finance from the University Cambridge. Before joining the Bank, he held the post of Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, South Africa, and before that was Dean and Professor of Finance at Wits Business School. He led Wits Business School in achieving a global rank of 45 by the Financial Times in 2007.
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Other speakers include:

Doug Agble

Co-founding partner, 8 Miles LLP

Doug Agble is one of the co-founding partners of 8 Miles LLP and has spent over thirteen years in private equity and real estate investment. Before moving to 8 Miles in 2010, he was a senior member of Helios Investment Partners, the Africa-focused private equity firm, which he joined in 2006. During his time there, he played a key role in transactions such as the Africatel joint venture with Portugal Telecom. He also had coverage responsibility for countries such as Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia, as well as Angola. Dr Agble spent over five years at Terra Firma Capital Partners (formerly Nomura Principal Finance Group), working on landmark retail and real-estate transactions such as Autobahn Tank und Rast, the German motorway services business and Deutsche Annington Immobilien Group (real estate). Besides portfolio management responsibilities, including involvement in recapitalisation, he was also involved in fund raising. Doug, a Ghanaian and British national, holds a masters degree and a doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London.

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.

Miguel Azevedo

Head of Investment Banking Africa, Citi

Miguel joined Citigroup in 2010 as Corporate and Investment Banking Head for Portugal. In 2012, Miguel was also appointed as Head of Investment Banking for Africa (excl. Egypt and SA). Prior to working at Citigroup, Miguel was a Senior Country Advisor in Bank of America Merrill Lynch and an Executive Director in Goldman Sachs. Miguel has an MBA in Finance from City University (Cass) Business School, and an Economics degree from Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Ken Banks

Founder of and FrontlineSMS

Ken Banks devotes himself to the application of mobile technology for positive social and environmental change in the developing world. He has worked at the intersection of technology, anthropology, conservation and development for the past twenty years and, during that time, has lived and worked across the African continent. He is a Pop!Tech Fellow, a Tech Awards Laureate, an Ashoka Fellow and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and has been internationally recognised for his technology-based work. His latest project, Means of Exchange, is looking at how everyday technologies can be used to democratise opportunities for economic self-sufficiency, rebuild local community and promote a return to local resource use.

Simon Bransfield-Garth

CEO, Azuri Technologies

Simon has 25 years global experience building rapid growth, technology-based businesses in sectors including Semiconductor, Automotive and Mobile Phones. His career includes 7 years at Symbian, the phone OS maker, where he was a member of the Leadership Team and VP Global Marketing. Simon was founder of Myriad Solutions Ltd and was previously a Fellow at Cambridge University. He holds a BA and Ph.D in Engineering from St John”s College, Cambridge UK.

Martin Bratt

Associate Principal, McKinsey & Company

Martin Bratt is an Associate Principal in McKinsey & Company’s London office, where he mostly supports extractive industries and infrastructure companies in emerging countries, in particular Africa. He has a particular focus on regulatory strategy, sustainability issues and stakeholder management. Martin is currently co-leading an internal research project sponsored by McKinsey’s Global Institute, looking at economic development in resource-dependent countries. Martin is a graduate of the grande école program of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris and holds a Master in Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has worked in more than fifteen countries and is a fluent speaker of English, French and the Scandinavian languages.

Namukale Chintu

Founding Member, Cambridge Africa Business Network

Namukale Chintu is a founding member of the Cambridge Africa Business Network and just submitted her Ph.D. thesis in International Business and Strategy at the Cambridge Judge Business School. Her research focused on firm performance in African frontier markets. Prior to joining the Cambridge Judge Business School, she worked in financial services with Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers and Nomura. Namukale holds two MScs in financial economics and management research from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and a BA in Economics from the University of Zambia as a Bank of Zambia Scholar. Previously, Namukale worked with the United Nations Development Program. At the Judge Business School, she has been the course coordinator for the management practice course of the school’s Executive MBA programme and in 2011, was also elected and subsequently appointed to the school’s faculty board and graduate teaching committee.

David Cowan

Managing Director, Citi

David Cowan is currently a Managing Director at Citi and the economist responsible for the bank’s economic research on Africa. Prior to joining Citi in 2007, Mr Cowan held two posts at the Economist Intelligence Unit in London for a total of eight years. As Senior Economist for Africa he was responsible for their coverage of Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe and also the overall forecast for Sub-Saharan Africa. He then moved on to serve as Director of the Middle East and North Africa team, leading the coverage of Egypt and Morocco. Prior to joining the Economist Intelligence Unit Mr Cowan worked for six years as Principal Research Officer at the Bank of Botswana, the country’s central bank. He also worked for three years for the Economic Research Unit of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Much of Mr Cowan’s primary education was in various African countries, including Swaziland and Sierra Leone, but he completed his secondary education in Hong Kong. He has a first degree in economics from the University of Bath and a PhD from the University of London. This examined the impact of Tanzania’s structural adjustment programmes from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s.

Nadia Denton


Nadia has been working in the film industry for the past 10 years in exhibition, marketing and distribution. Most recently she worked on the release of the multi-award winning South African film Otelo Burning and is currently writing her second book The Nigerian Filmmaker’s Guide to Success: A New Chapter in Nigerian Cinema. In 2003 she established and co-ordinated Black Filmmaker (bfm) Film Club, a monthly platform for Black World Cinema at the Institute of Contemporary Arts managing it until 2010. In 2011 she wrote and self-published her first book The Black British Filmmaker’s Guide to Success: Finance Market and Distribute Your Film. The book, which is the first of its kind internationally, contains extensive good practice interviews with key filmmakers and decision makers in the industry. She studied Modern History at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford graduating in 2000.

Vincent Egbe

Corporate Market Strategy and Planning Manager, Procter & Gamble

In his current role as Corporate Market Strategy and Planning manager for West and Central Africa, Vincent leads P&Gs’ in-market execution in this region, which is one of the fastest growing regions for P&G globally. In his previous role as CBD Group Manager Emerging Nigeria, Vincent evolved a model that empowered representatives to act and be rewarded like entrepreneurs enabling the region to be one of the fastest growing in the world. As Go to Market manager in Tanzania, Vincent reengineered P&G Tanzania and East Africa’s distribution model enabling a foundation for P&G to grow faster and also launch new categories into market leadership. In his role as the Key Account Manager SE and SS Nigeria Vincent created a model that enabled P&G to go deeper into sub-urban and semi-rural Nigeria. This was one of the most successful programs of P&G Nigeria over the last decade. Vincent grew up in Jos, Northern Nigeria where he studied Geology and Mining from the University of Jos. In his spare time Vincent reads, tweets, helps various charities and mentors many budding entrepreneurs.

Bruce Embley

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Bruce Embley is a corporate partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Bruce heads Freshfields’ high-growth markets group and is also a member of its Africa group. Bruce has worked on a large number of investments into Africa for a variety of clients, including: General Dynamics, Mitsui, MTN Group, Qatar Holding and Saudi Telecom.


Marc Fèvre

Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Marc Fèvre is a partner in Baker & McKenzie’s Energy, Mining and Infrastructure Group based in London. Marc advises lenders, developers and government authorities on project development and financing transactions in the energy and natural resources sectors. He advises clients on transactions across the continent, including both North and Sub-Saharan Africa. He also has a particular focus on renewable energy and has recently worked on the ground-breaking renewable energy IPP programmes in Morocco and South Africa.

Andrew Gamble

Partner, Hogan Lovells

Andrew Gamble is the London Regional Managing Partner in the international law firm, Hogan Lovells. Throughout his career, Andrew has worked within the banking and corporate finance area. Over the past 25 years he has been heavily involved in international finance, acting both for borrowers and bank syndicates. This work has entailed advising banks and structuring financings for the benefit of entities in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and CIS. Andrew has also led the teams acting for the Governments of Sierra Leone, Guyana, Mozambique and Ethiopia in the implementation of their World Bank / International Development Association sponsored debt reduction programmes. He has advised the Government of Nigeria on its Paris Club and London Club Debt. He was retained by the Government and Central Bank of Ghana to devise, and successfully implement, the issue of inflation index linked government bonds. Andrew has worked with multi-lateral agencies such as the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the African Export-Import Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Dorothy Kelso

Associate Director, Ernst & Young

Dr Kelso is currently an Associate Director in Ernst & Young’s strategic market intelligence team covering private equity in the EMEIA region. She is responsible for client-driven market insights, thought leadership and market intelligence, including most recently analysing how private equity firms create value in their investments in Africa. Prior to Ernst & Young, Dr Kelso headed up the research team at Coller Capital, a multi-billion dollar global private equity secondaries firm, for five years and before that worked for a consulting firm advising PE clients on strategic positioning, fundraising, and deal-doing. Dr Kelso has a doctorate in Economics from Warwick University. During her doctorate she worked briefly in Washington DC co-authoring an IMF working paper with IMF economists on the cross-border impact of political instability in West African countries. Dr Kelso was born in Ghana and lived there until she completed her O-levels.

Samallie Kiyingi

Director, Group Finance, Deutsche Bank

Samallie Kiyingi is Director at Deutsche Bank where she heads up the global securitisation advisory function, which focuses on regulatory capital and financial regulation.Samallie began her career in Sydney at the Australian law firm, Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashursts) before being recruited by the international law firm Clifford Chance in 2005 and moving to London. As a senior associate at Clifford Chance, Samallie was lead counsel on a wide range of structured finance and derivative transactions. In 2009 she became Global Coordinator of the Clifford Chance Africa Group and in that capacity implemented the firm’s first Pan-African business development strategy. She is admitted as a solicitor in Australia, England and Wales.

Jenny Knott

CEO, Standard Bank (CIB International)

Jenny Knott joined Standard Bank, in December 2007 initially as CFO/COO for the Corporate Investment Bank in the International Region, responsible for major infrastructure functions, such as finance, treasury, operations, IT and facilities. In November 2009 Jenny was appointed as the Global CFO for the Corporate Investment Bank and in October 2010, she was appointed as the CEO for the Bank for the International region.Her role consists of developing the Group’s franchise, building relationships with Clients, key stakeholders, employees and the wider communities in which the Group operates. Jenny’s current role spans a wide international geography, ranging across the Americas, Asia, the Middle East, Jersey, London and the Isle of Man. Ms. Knott, who has won numerous awards including Woman of the City in 2011, spoke at a recent Cambridge Africa Business Network event about the recent trends and future opportunities of African finance.

Michael Larbie

CEO/MD for Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) Nigeria Limited and West Africa

Michael is a member of the FirstRand Group International Executive Committee and a member of the RMB Africa Management Board and the RMB Investment Banking Board. Prior to becoming CEO of RMB Nigeria and West Africa, Michael was the Head of Investment Banking & Coverage for the rest of Africa outside South Africa at Rand Merchant Bank South Africa. Michael joined RMB in 2010 from Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was the Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for Sub Saharan Africa (Excluding South Africa) and Head of Financial Institutions Investment Banking for Africa in London. Prior to assuming the position of head of Corporate and Investment Banking for Sub Saharan Africa, he was a key member of Merrill Lynch’s Investment Banking Financial Institutions team based in New York. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Michael spent two years as a management consultant and six sigma project manager with American International Group (AIG) in New York. Michael was previously a financial controller for Merrill Lynch’s Participant Service Group (Part of the Retirement Services Group) in New Jersey. Michael has been involved in over $30 billion worth of Advisory and financing transactions. He holds a MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Sociology from the University of Ghana Business School.

Vinny Lingham

CEO, Gyft

Vinny is currently the co-founder & CEO of Gyft – a mobile gift card startup, based in San Francisco, California and backed by Google Ventures.Technology Entrepreneur focusing on Mobile, Online Marketing, Cloud services & SaaS (Software-as-a-Service). Selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur ( and Young Global Leader (World Economic Forum), Vinny is one of the most recognized technology entrepreneurs to ever emerge from Africa and has successfully raised over $50m in venture capital funding for his various companies over the years.

Pauline Long

Founder, BEFFTA Awards

Pauline Long is a Kenyan born entrepreneur, philanthropist, fashion designer, mentor, motivational speaker, writer and TV presenter. As one of eleven inspirational women in Europe listed on Black Women in Europe Power list, Pauline is the founder of Europe’s biggest award ceremony for black and ethnic personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts (BEFFTA). The award ceremony celebrates and promotes the achievements of a very talented and hard-working community often over looked in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts in USA, Africa, Canada and the Caribbean. Pauline Long has also founded award-winning film studio East End Studios, which is one of London’s biggest independently owned film and TV studios based in East London and next door to Olympics village. She has her own premier TV talk show that broadcasts to over 80 million around the world.

Nick Matthews

Partner, M&A and Transactions Advisory, KPMG

Nick joined KPMG in London in 1998 transferring to Johannesburg in 1999 where he joined the firm’s Corporate Finance team in Johannesburg. He was involved in a broad range of valuation and M&A assignments. Nicks experience extends to acquisition mandates, disposal mandates, IPO’S and other equity capital market engagements. Nick was appointed as a Director in 2003 and went on secondment to Tanzania, East Africa, where he was involved in assisting to grow the Financial Services Practice in East Africa. Whilst on secondment, Nick served as the regional head of Financial Services in East Africa, and served on the Exco of the East African Practice. On completion of his secondment, Nick returned to South Africa in September 2006 as a Director in the Corporate Finance Department and was appointed Head of M&A in 2007. In 2011 Nick was appointed to the Project Africa: Transactions work stream with a responsibility to develop a Pan African M&A and Transactions capability to ensure optional transactions execution of transactions for KPMG’s multinational clients throughout Africa.

Alpha Mengistu

Africa Strategy Manager, Diageo

Alpha Mengistu is a strategy professional passionate about the growth of consumer businesses in Africa and the culture of consumption. Currently she is the Strategy Manager for Africa at Diageo, the global alcoholic beverage company. Alpha holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in History and African Studies.

Nathaniel Micklem

Investec Asset Management Africa Credit Fund (Credit)

Vahid Monadjem

CEO, Nomanini

Vahid Monadjem is start up CEO of Nomanini. Before founding Nomanini, he was an associate with McKinsey & Company where he served clients in Africa, South East Asia, North America and Europe. He has worked on both strategy and implementation projects with clients in a wide range of industries, including, consumer goods, state-owned utilities, petrochemicals and telecommunications. Before McKinsey, Vahid worked in an industrial design studio in South Africa focused primarily on consumer electronics for Africa and before that founded an engineering consultancy.

Ike Onuorah

CEO, Strictly Entertainment Music

Ike Onuorah is the Founder and CEO of Strictly Entertainment Music, a music publishing, distribution, booking agency and educational company representing African artistw in the West. He also worked with the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra and the Urban Soul Orchestra. A passionate advocate for education, Ike also lectured in music education at Westminster and City Universities. Ike co-established The Afro-Beats Educational Roadshow as forum for bringing together UK based African music professionals under one roof where key issues that affect the progress of the industry can be addressed. His work also includes research on emerging music markets (Brazil and Nigeria) and has spoken on the topic at leading conferences – most recently Digital Shoreditch 2013.

Sola Oyebade

CEO, Mahogany International

Sola Oyebade is the CEO and Creative Director of Mahogany International, a Corporate, Events and Entertainment Management company. Sola is a recognised figure within the African Caribbean entertainment & fashion industry. He has experience as an events director, choreographer, international judge and show producer.


Eliot Pence

Director at The Whitaker Group

Eliot Pence is a Director at The Whitaker Group, a specialist consulting firm focused on facilitating investment in sub-Saharan Africa. He is an advisor to the US Chamber of Commerce’s Africa Business Initiative and sits on the Corporate Council on Africa’s Finance and Energy advisory committees. He is the Founder of Upstream Analytics, a start-up software company that aims to provide real-time, multi-source data on frontier markets. Eliot holds an MA from Yale and BA from the University of Victoria.

Kanes Rajah

Dean of School of Business & Entrepreneurship, Royal Agricultural University





Aliyu Suleiman

Associate Principal, McKinsey & Company

Aliyu is an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company’s London Office. He is part of McKinsey’s Financial Institutions Practice and serves banks in Europe and Africa on Strategy and Operations topics. Over the last five years, Aliyu has worked on a number of Corporate/SME banking growth strategy and operational excellence engagements across Europe and Africa. Prior to joining McKinsey, Aliyu worked as a Systems Engineer in Shell Nigeria and before that as an IT project manager at a bank going through the Y2K transformation. Aliyu holds an M.B.A. with distinction from INSEAD where he spent most of his time on the Singapore campus in dread of European weather. His weekends are taken up by his active set of twin boys and usually looks forward to getting some rest at the office on Mondays.

Nzube Ufodike

Founder of Amoo Venture Capital Advisory

Nzube (@Nzube) is the founder of Amoo Venture Capital Advisory (@AmooTweets) and placeBRICS (@place4BRICS). His professional experience covers technology, entrepreneurship and finance. He founded Amoo in 2009 to support exceptional start-ups seeking strategic support and growth capital. Previously, he worked in finance roles in global investment banking and asset management desks covering fixed income, portfolio management, risk, strategy, macroeconomics and client relationships. As part of Nzube’s commitment to building strong and healthy communities, he volunteers and works with community-oriented projects that invest in developing human capital and nurturing talent. This year, as part of place4BRICS, he led a team that organised the African Creative Industries Investment Summit (ACIIS). ACIIS is Europe’s first investment summit dedicated to African creative professionals and brings creative professionals, government, investors, and other stakeholders together to discuss opportunities and challenges in art, broadcasting, fashion, film, music, advertising, and publishing in Africa. Nzube holds Computer Science undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Queen Mary, University of London.

Lloyd West

VP, The Abraaj Group

Lloyd West is a member of The Abraaj Group’s Corporate Business Development team, focussing primarily on Europe and Sub Saharan Africa. Prior to joining The Abraaj Group, Mr West spent 5 years with MVision Private Equity Advisors in London, where he was responsible for investor relationships, deal co-ordination, fundraising and deal execution. During his time with MVision, he supported the fundraising and marketing activities of a number of private equity, infrastructure and real estate fund managers in both developed and growth markets, and was also responsible for maintaining relationships with investor communities in Europe, The Middle East as well as South Africa. Mr West holds degrees in both Economics and Cognitive Psychology from the University of California, Davis.

York Zucchi

Chief Coffee Drinker, HELLO HEALTHCARE

Swiss investor and entrepreneur in Africa since 2007. Failed banker. Founder and Chief Coffee Drinker at HELLO HEALTHCARE, a primary healthcare group whose aim is to become Africa’s leading healthcare company. Collectively the group employs 2,450 people with offices in 9 African countries.

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