In the lead up to the Intra-African Trade Fair taking place from 11-17 December 2018, we are delighted to announce that Invest Africa, in partnership with Afreximbank and the African Union Commission will be hosting the ‘Investing in Africa’ UK Roadshow on 17th October in London and 19th October in Birmingham.
Both events will aim to promote Intra-African Trade and will offer exclusive networking opportunities. Among the confirmed panellists for the London edition: Kanayo Awani, Managing Director, Intra-African Trade Initiative, Afreximbank; Emma Wade-Smith OBE, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa, Department for International Trade; Mikir Shah, CEO, AXA Africa Speciality Risks; Nisrin Hala, Head of Africa Desk Group, SMBC Bank; Nicholas Wrigley, CEO, Winch Energy; Holger Rothenbusch, Managing Director, Debt, CDC.
All Invest Africa members should contact Veronica Bolton-Smith to register.
Non-members are welcome to attend and should register online via below link.
About the intra-African Trade Fair: A 7-day trade show that provides a platform for sharing trade, investment and market information and enabling buyers and sellers, investors and countries to meet, discuss and conclude business deals. It provides an opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their goods and services, engage in Business to Business (B2B) exchanges and conclude business deals. IATF provides a platform for entry into a single market of over one billion people joined together under the African Continental Free Trade Area. www.intrafricantradefair.com/
Emma Wade-Smith | Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa
Emma Wade-Smith is the first ever Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa, representing the UK Government’s Department for International Trade. Emma was appointed to this role in May 2018 having created and led the pan-African regional trade team since April 2017. She has lived and worked in South Africa since February 2016, having initially arrived in that country to be the UK’s Trade Director for Southern Africa. Prior to her most recent experience working on trade and investment, Emma worked at the British Embassy in Washington DC as the UK’s Counsellor for Foreign and Security Policy. This came on the back of a two year stint heading up the Crisis Response Team in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen for her work helping British Nationals to safety from hot spots all around the world.
Kanayo Awani | Managing Director for Intra-African Trade, Afreximbank
Appointed to the role in May of 2016, Kanayo Awani leads Afreximbank’s efforts to raise the level of intra-regional trade in Africa by 50 per cent in the next five years to reach a trade volume of $250 billion. Until the appointment, Kanayo was Director of Afreximbank’s Trade Finance and Branches Department which manages the Bank’s business development efforts in trade finance across Africa. Prior to joining Afreximbank in 2009, she served for many years with Citigroup, her last position being that of Vice President and Head of Industrial and Commercial Corporates at Citigroup Nigeria. Ms. Awani obtained a Master of Public Administration, specialising in International Trade and Finance, from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She also holds the Edward S. Mason Fellowship in Public Policy and Management from the same University.
Nicholas Wrigley | CEO and Executive Chairman, Winch Energy
Founded in 2008, Winch Energy Group has successfully developed, constructed and operated over 300 MW of solar plants in Europe. Winch is currently focused on the off-grid market and has developed World leading off-grid technology with its Remote Power Unit and is developing rural projects in some 10 African and Latin American countries. Nicholas is also a founding partner of UPC Renewables LLC, a leading global wind power developer with operating businesses in the US, Asia and North Africa. Up to July 2017, Nicholas also managed the African Platform at UPC. Prior to founding Winch Energy Group and UPC, Nicholas served as partner at the international law firm Clifford Chance LLP from 1995 to 2006.