With elections taking place in more than 20 African countries in 2019, the world’s youngest continent is facing a new era. While significant political and economic progress has been made, the continent continues to face significant challenges.
The 28th World Economic Forum on Africa aims to tackle these issues by focusing on how to scale up the transformation of regional architecture related to smart institutions, investment, integration, industry and innovation.
Invest Africa are delighted to be hosting a series of IA Connect side-events in Cape Town from 4-6 September this year.
Invest Africa Connect Programme
Wednesday 4th September
The Future of African Finance: Maintaining Investment Momentum in an Ever-Changing Continent? | 13:00 – 14:30
Please note that registration for this event has now closed.
Mohan Vivekanandan | Group Executive: Origination & Coverage | DBSA
Mohan is a member of the DBSA’s Group Executive Committee, with accountability for deal origination and client relationship management in South Africa and the rest of the African continent. The Origination/Coverage division works closely with the DBSA’s clients to develop integrated solutions bringing together the DBSA’s product offering composed of technical assistance, project development and long term financing. His teams cover the energy, transport, ICT, water/sanitation, education/health and municipal sectors. In FY2018/19 his teams achieved a record R45Bn (~$3.2Bn) of funding approvals.
Mohan is involved in a number of global initiatives focused on infrastructure and sustainable development. He is a board member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Sustainable Development Investment Partnership Africa Hub, the OECD Senior Advisory Group on blended finance and the Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation’s Source IT platform steering committee. He is also a member of the Board of Invest Africa-US, a group of investors promoting impact investing in Africa.
Aubrey Hrubry | Co-Founder | Africa Expert Network
Aubrey Hrubry is the Co-Founder of Insider and the Africa Expert Network (AXN). In her role at Insider, she works with global entrepreneurs to generate PR and – using proprietary mobile built technology – connect them with investors, media and influencers across the U.S. and Europe. Aubrey is also the Partner and Founder of Baylis Emerging Markets, a specialist private equity investor in African Markets. Baylis’ diverse partner team brings together an extensive experience in frontier markets private equity and a unique in-depth expertise on African markets, reinforced by strong operational skills.
Thelma Ekiyor | Founder & CEO | Afrigrants
Thelma Ekiyor is an impact investor, who supports women’s small medium sized businesses. Thelma has over 19 years experience working in the development sector, as a donor, philanthropic advisor, non-profit practitioner, social entrepreneur. She has experience working in 22 African countries. She is the Founder and served as the pioneering CEO of Afrigrants. She is the Co-Founder/Chairperson of Afrigrants Resources and also served as its pioneering. CEO. At Afrigrants, she led the establishment of ‘Market Women’s Quick Cash’ – a financial inclusion solution to provide microloans to women in disadvantaged communities. She also led the conceptualization of ’The Ebi Fund’ – an impact fund for women entrepreneurs. She was also the Pioneering CEO of TY Danjuma Foundation – the largest Foundation endowment wise, in Africa.
Barbara Ann Bernard | Founder | Wincrest Capital
Barbara Ann Bernard, the founder of Wincrest Capital, has a passion for investing that goes back to her days growing up in The Bahamas. It was there that a 15-year-old Barbara Ann persuaded legendary value investor Sir John Templeton, a fellow Bahamian resident, to take her on board for the first of what would become a series of summer jobs, giving her a first glimpse of the business and instilling in her a fundamentally value-oriented perspective on public markets. Later working in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and asset management at Deutsche Bank, Barbara Ann acquired a robust grasp of private market valuation that she went on to leverage at Holowesko Partners for nearly a decade, helping the hedge fund grow to several billion in AUM with her focus on special situations and takeouts.
Barbara Ann has kept her focus on value since striking out two years ago to launch Wincrest, where she runs a concentrated long-short portfolio built around a foundation of in-depth research. At the 2017 Santangel’s Investor Forum, she will be sharing one of her latest investment ideas that exemplifies how she hunts for bargains beneath the headlines.
Raja Jandhyala | Founder & President | YAATRA Ventures
Raja Jandhyala is a founder and President of YAATRA Ventures, an investment platform that develops solutions for complex economic challenges with partners and deploys capital in value-added infrastructure investment opportunities in key value chains for productivity and growth. Ms. Jandhyala has 25 years of experience in establishing, directing, and managing organizations, companies, and institutions in emerging markets and transitional economies. She has provided cutting-edge solutions to advance economic growth and accelerate private sector investments in energy, financial services, health, mining reclamation, and agriculture.
Ms. Jandhyala combines her extensive expertise in the public sector where she developed national security and economic development strategies with her deep knowledge of risk-return profiles and delivery capabilities of the private sector. She established and leads the Albertine Graben Refinery Consortium (AGRC) as the CEO that concluded an estimated $US 3.5 billion Joint Venture agreement with the Government of Uganda. The commercial project aims to address the energy demand of the people in the Uganda with significant economic impact for the East Africa region.
Wednesday 4th September
Invest Africa Connect Drinks Reception | 17:30 – 19:30
Please note that registration is now closed for the Drinks Reception.
Razia Khan | Chief Economist, Africa and Middle East | Standard Chartered Bank
Razia is Chief Economist for Africa and a well known commentator on African markets She advises clients on Africa strategy and provides regular updates to African central banks, finance ministries and multilateral institutions She joined the Bank in 1997 She currently serves on the WEF’s Global Future Council on Migration and on the Advisory Board of the Royal Africa Society, and was named one of the 100 most influential Africans in 2015 by New African Magazine.
Mcebisi Jonas | Presidential Investment Envoy | Government of South Africa
Mcebisi Jonas is one of four Presidential Investment Envoys, appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to attract USD100-billion to South Africa over the next five years. He is also currently a non-executive director in different company boards and MTN board chaiman designate. Jonas previously served as Deputy Minister of Finance and as a Member of Parliament from 2014 to 2017, during this time he helped to steer South Africa’s economy through one of the country’s most difficult post-democratic periods. He also served as Chairperson and Non-Executive Director of the Public Investment Corporation, the state-owned pension fund manager and one of Africa’s largest investment managers. Before his appointment to national government, Mr Jonas played a key political leadership role in the Eastern Cape. Among other provincial ministerial positions, he served as a Finance MEC in the province. He served as Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC), a state-owned entity, which successfully amalgamated various smaller development institutions. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Investment and Marketing in the Eastern Cape, developing the investment promotion agenda for the province, which resulted in the establishment of the ECDC, the Coega Industrial Development Zone and the East London Industrial Development Zone.
Thursday 5th September
Invest Africa Connect Panel Session: Industrialisation and Investment in Africa | 12:30 – 14:30
Please note that registration for our Invest Africa Connect Panel Session: Industrialisation and Investment in Africa is now closed.
Thomas Schaefer | Chairman and Managing Director | Volkswagen Group South Africa
Mr. Thomas Schaefer, born 01.04.1970 in Marburg/Hessen, Germany, graduated with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering/ Production Technology from Berufsakademie Mannheim. Since 2015 he is the Chairman and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa and also responsible for the Sub-Saharan Africa Region. He serves as President of African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM).
Trudi Makhaya | Economic Advisor to the President | Government of South Africa
Trudi Makhaya was appointed as Economic Advisor to the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, in April 2018. Prior to that, Trudi was CEO of Makhaya Advisory, a research, advisory and stakeholder engagement firm. The firm acted as a consultant and advisor on competition regulation, economic policy, business strategy and stakeholder relations. Clients included blue chips companies, government entities, entrepreneurs and investors. As an active public commentator, she wrote a column for Business Day. Trudi has also published academic articles on competition economics and policy.
Geoffrey White | CEO | Agility Africa
Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa, is an expert on infrastructure development, retail supply chains, agri business, and investment for African markets Agility, a leading global provider of logistics and related infrastructure solutions for the oil and gas and FMCG markets, has over 5 billion in revenue, 24 000 employees, and offices in more than 100 countries Mr White is a member of the Agility Strategic Advisory Board.
Kuseni Dlamini | Chairman | Massmart
Kuseni is the Chairman of Massmart, Africa’s largest retail group He is also the Chairman of JSE listed Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd, the leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in the southern hemisphere with operations in over 50 countries.
Friday 6th September
Invest Africa Connect Breakfast: Ethical AI in Africa | 07:30 – 09:30
Rachel Alexander | CEO and Founder | Omina Technologies
Rachel is CEO and founder of Omina Technologies, an AI company dedicated to ethical AI solutions, and recently won the award for ‘Artificial Intelligence Person of the Year’ in Belgium. Rachel is responsible for the technological vision and strategy of Omina Technologies. During her physics studies at Indiana University she became fascinated by the world of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Rachel has lived and worked in Belgium for the past twenty years devoting herself to helping companies navigate new technological advances and incorporating them seamlessly into their strategy. Before founding Omina Technologies Rachel worked as Global IT Director at Studio100 and in the management of CSC (Computer Sciences Corporation).
Friday 6th September
Invest Africa Connect Panel Session: Debt Financing – Energy and Infrastructure | 13:00 – 14:30
Brian Dames | Chief Executive Officer | Africa Rainbow Energy Power
Brian Dames is the Chief Executive of African Rainbow Energy Power Pty Ltd (“ and the former Chief Executive of Eskom Holdings SOC Limited AREP is an energy company with a focus on clean energy solutions for Africa, based on renewables, hydro, gas and complimentary transmission investments.
Mphokolo Makara | Infrastructure Finance Transactor | Rand Merchant Bank
Mphokolo is an Infrastructure Finance Transactor at Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) – having concluded several transactions in the aviation, industrial, power, health and transportation industries across the bank’s public and private sector client base. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of KZN and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) – Investment Management degree from the University of Johannesburg. She received the Association of Black Security and Investment Professionals (ABSIP) Young Talent Award in 2006 and the Project Finance Deal of the Year in 2016 and 2018. She is a member of the Investment Analyst Society of Southern Africa.
Natznet Tesfay | Executive Director | IHS Markit
Ms. Natznet Tesfay is executive director of research and analysis on country risk at IHS Markit, focused on Africa. Her areas of specialization include analysis of political developments affecting the offshore energy sector in West Africa, particularly Nigeria; commercial developments, especially in mining, energy, and infrastructure in East Africa; and piracy risks in the Gulf of Aden and Gulf of Guinea. Ms. Tesfay leads development of the Africa ‘All Source’ Open Source (OSINT) inputs and risk indicator and horizon scanning infrastructure, drawing on a range of indicators and analytics methodologies, such as geospatial analysis and scenario modeling techniques. She works closely with clients on tailored country entry and risk management projects in the Sub-Saharan Africa region.
Akinwole Omoboriowo II | Chairman & CEO | Genesis Energy Holdings
AOII has over 20 years of experience in the Oil Gas and Power Sectors in Africa, where he has consistently led other equally distinguished colleagues in pioneering several initiatives including but not limited to Independent Power Producing companies, well Structured Oil Companies (Oil Trading and Exploration), thriving Utility Companies, amongst others.
Jurie Swart | Chief Executive Officer | African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM)
Jurie has been involved with AIIM since its inception in 2000. He has served as a Director on the AIIM Board since 2009 and was appointed CEO in 2014. Jurie is also a member of the AIIM Investment Committees, namely AIIF2, AIIF3 and the IDEAS Fund. In his capacity as CEO of AIIM, which houses the infrastructure capability of Old Mutual Alternative Investments (“OMAI”), Jurie is an Exco member of OMAI.
He has held directorships in various portfolio companies, amongst others, Trans African Concessionaires (“TRAC”) as Chairman, N3TC, Bakwena, Lekki, Matola Gas Company, G10 (which holds an ACSA shareholding), Bloemfontein Private Prison and various Renewable Energy project companies. He is a Director of the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. Jurie joined Old Mutual Investment Group as an equity analyst in 1999 before joining the infrastructure team, and in 2000 held the position of Portfolio Manager of the IDEAS Fund, thereafter he was appointed Head of Infrastructure and Development Assets in 2007.
Samaila Zubairu | President & Chief Executive Officer | Africa Finance Corporation
Samaila Zubairu is AFC’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to his appointment, Mr.Zubairu was the CEO of Africapital Management Limited, in which capacity he established a joint venture with Old Mutual’s African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) to develop the Nigerian Infrastructure Investment Fund1(NIIF1) for infrastructure private equity across West Africa.
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