Agriculture has always been at the heart of the African economy and continues to play a central role in Africa’s growth story. Improved productivity across the agricultural value chain is essential if the continent is to reap the benefits of its demographic and land dividend. Rapidly growing urban areas in Africa (let alone globally) could create a $1 trillion regional market for goods on a continent that is home to almost half of the world’s uncultivated arable land.
Invest Africa is looking forward to hosting this event at a strategically important time for the agri-industry in Africa.
Frank Braeken | Chairman | Feronia
Frank N. J. Braeken specialises in finance and in general management. From 1996 to 2013, he held various management functions in different countries for Unilever, including a position as President of Unilever China (Shanghai), President of Unilever Namca (Dubai), and President of Unilever Africa (Dubai / Durban). Subsequent to leaving Unilever, Frank N. J. Braeken has acted as investment advisor and investor for large scale agro and food enterprises on the African continent. He is also a non-executive board member of Buhler, the Swiss engineering group, Marie Stopes International. In 2016 he was elected Chairman of the Board of Feronia Inc, a Toronto listed palm oil producer on the African continent.
Chris Isaac | Managing Director| AgDevCo
Chris Isaac is one of AgDevCo’s founding directors. He has been working on development finance issues in Africa for the past 18 years, including periods living in Namibia and Mozambique. Chris’ responsibilities at AgDevCo include being the Managing Director responsible for over $70 million of agribusiness investments across the East and West Africa regions.
Prior to AgDevCo, Chris worked in infrastructure project development at InfraCo Africa; as an economic adviser in the UK’s Department for International Development; and as an economist in the Ministry of Finance in Namibia. His career started in corporate finance with Arthur Andersen. Chris holds economics degrees from University College, Oxford (BA Hons) and the London School of Economics (MSc). He grew up on a hill farm in Carmarthenshire, south Wales.