1 - 2 november 2017 madinat jumeirah, dubai


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Next Generation Africa

1st - 2nd November, 2017, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

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07:30 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:10

H.E. Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, UAE

09:10 - 09:20

There is enormous excitement about the opportunities and potential for growth across Africa, but also disenchantment about the failure to tackle basic obstacles to trade, investment and prosperity. What role can Africa’s dynamic young entrepreneurs play in resolving this dilemma? This session introduces the themes and structure of this year’s Forum.

Confirmed speaker:

Sangu Delle, Chief Executive Officer, Golden Palm Investments, Ghana

09:20 - 10:10

Africa’s entrepreneurial talent is starting to get noticed worldwide as start-up companies use new technologies and innovative business models to tackle Africa’s big challenges. Is technology and entrepreneurship enough to unleash Africa’s economic potential or do these companies need the support of policy, infrastructure and foreign investment to succeed in the long term?

Confirmed speakers:

Jeremy Hodara, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Jumia Group, UAE

Aboyeji Iyinoluwa, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Flutterwave, Nigeria

Amy Jadesimi, Managing Director, LADOL, Nigeria

10:10 - 10:40

The past decade of rapid growth in Africa changed the realities of life for many at the top, but did little to impact the lives of ordinary people. Now that growth has slowed, how can it be made more inclusive? What role could entrepreneurship play in ensuring that young Africans are part of a more prosperous Africa?

Confirmed speaker:

Sim Tshabalala, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Standard Bank, South Africa

10:40 - 11:15

Foreign aid is playing an ever smaller role in Africa’s development. Remittances from the African diaspora have overtaken total aid and are supporting business activity throughout the continent. African companies are taking on the big challenges with new approaches to both business and philanthropy that are reshaping economies and people’s lives – and they are attracting significant financial support from global investors across the world. What kind of opportunities are opening up for partners as African development follows new models?

Confirmed speakers:

Tonye Cole, Co-Founder and Group Executive Director, Sahara Group, Nigeria

Uche Orji, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, Nigeria

11:15 - 11:45
11:45 - 12:30

Perceptions shape and limit what countries are able to achieve. How can governments and businesses redefine the way their country is perceived and the way they see their own future? In this session, we talk to leading figures in Rwanda, Estonia and Peru – all key countries in our Global Business Forums – about the journey they are making as they transform both their narrative and their reality. We look at how they are reinventing themselves as entrepreneurial hotspots and ask what they can learn from each other.

Confirmed speakers:

Taavi Rõivas, Former Prime Minister, Republic of Estonia

Gary Urteaga, Endeavor Entrepreneur, Peru

12:30 - 13:00

When the African Union created an African passport in 2016, the first two copies went to its new chairman and to Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda. His leadership has transformed Rwanda - but he also aims to help develop a powerful voice for a more joined-up Africa. In this session he looks at what integration means for the future of Africa.

Confirmed speakers:

H. E. Paul Kagame, President, Rwanda

13:00 - 14:30

The Expo Learning Lab will highlight the wide range of opportunities available to participants at Expo 2020 Dubai, and provide countries with the chance to connect with some of the most dynamic businesses in Africa and around the world.

14:30 - 15:00

Bob Diamond founded Atlas Mara in 2013 with the aim of creating a pan-African bank, at a time when international banks were reducing their global footprint. He discusses what he has learnt from both his successes and his setbacks, and explores his expectations for the shape of banking in Africa over the coming decade.

Confirmed speaker:

Bob Diamond, Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Merchant Capital, UK

15:00 - 15:45

Lack of access to the power grid has held back African growth for decades. But as with telecoms, the private sector is bypassing the obstacle and pioneering off-grid renewable power, relying on solar, wind and mini-hydro stations. Will this be the way forward for Africa – and what impact could these technologies and business models have on the rest of the world?

Confirmed speakers:

Andrew Alli, President and Chief Executive Officer, Africa Finance Corporation, Nigeria

Reda El Chaar, Executive Chairman, Access Power, UAE

Tony Nyagah, Chief Executive Officer, Strauss Energy, Kenya

15:45 - 17:00

Digital technology is transforming the way we think about money – and the changes have just begun. Africans pioneered the fintech revolution with mobile money solutions born out of necessity and remains a leader in digital payments. Dubai is now aiming to leverage technology to transform the future of money. Leading members of the African and Emirati fintech communities will discuss the opportunities and future potential.

Confirmed speakers:

Arif Amiri, Chief Executive Officer, DIFC, UAE

Louis-Antoine Muhire, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mergims, Rwanda

Shayne Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, Emirates NBD, UAE

Tayo Oviosu, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Paga, Nigeria

17:00 - 19:00

A combination of short talks, performances, demonstrations and exhibitions, celebrating young African and UAE cultural entrepreneurs. View more information here.


Thursday, 2nd November

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09:30 - 09:45

We will get the morning going with a summary of memorable points from the first day’s sessions – and an overview of the second day.

Confirmed speaker:

Sangu Delle, Chief Executive Officer, Golden Palm Investments, Ghana

09:45 - 10:45

The majority of Africa’s successful young entrepreneurs received their education outside their own countries. Not all those studying abroad come back to Africa, and many of those without world-class education strive to leave the continent. The President of Mauritius, herself a renowned scientist, discusses what is needed to reverse the brain-drain and unleash the full potential of Africa’s young people.

Confirmed speaker:

H. E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President, Mauritius

10:15 - 10:45

Private equity is playing a significant role in funding Africa’s businesses – but traditional investors are competing for deals alongside successful entrepreneurs and institutional investors. This panel will explore the how investors are approaching these fast-growing but difficult markets and ask whether traditional models for deploying funds and exiting investments can work.

Confirmed speakers:

Rob Hersov, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Invest Africa, UK

Eghosa Omoigui, Managing General Partner, EchoVC Partners, Nigeria

Ashish Thakkar, Founder and Managing Director, Mara Group, UAE

10:45 - 11:15
11:15 - 11:45

Africa’s population will double by 2050 meaning that hundreds of millions of young people will need jobs. In every other region of the world, those jobs have come from manufacturing as countries used their cheap labour advantage to climb the wealth ladder. Is this still a possible route to prosperity or has technology changed the paradigm and put a premium on brains? What would it take for Africa to attract manufacturing? If that option is blocked, how do nations get ready for the digital knowledge economy?

11:45 - 12:15

DP World has transformed global logistics and reshaped trade and investment patterns over the past few decades. H.E. Sultan bin Sulayem, the driver of that transformation, discusses the company’s plans across Africa and explores the continent’s potential place in the supply chains of the future.

Confirmed speakers:

H.E. Sultan bin Sulayem, Group Chief Executive Officer, DP World, UAE

12:15 - 13:20

Over the past decade, hundreds of innovative companies have emerged that demonstrate the strength and diversity of Africa’s business scene. Entrepreneurs from around Africa share their experience in interfacing with the public sector and discuss the policy measures they think are needed to make them scalable - at home and across the continent.

Confirmed speakers:

Chris Folayan, Fouder and Chief Executive Officer, Mall for Africa/Mall for the World, Nigeria

Vahid Monadjem, Chief Executive Officer, Nomanini, South Africa

Feleg Tsegaye, Founder, Deliver Addis, Ethiopia

Affiong Williams, Founder, Reel Fruit, Nigeria

Moderator: Lai Yahaya, Government Policy Advisor, Nigeria

13:20 - 13:30

Summing up Global Business Forum on Africa 2017

Confirmed speaker:

Sangu Delle, Chief Executive Officer, Golden Palm Investments, Ghana

13:30 - 15:00

The GBF Africa Business Women Luncheon

1st November 2017, 13:00 - 14:30

Invitation Only

Women are starting to play a significant role in the emerging private sector in Africa, as in Dubai, especially as entrepreneurs and in large family companies. This exclusive roundtable lunch will bring together Dubai’s most prominent business women with CEOs and young entrepreneurs from across Africa. Dr Raja Al Gurg, President of the Dubai Business Women Council and Managing Director of Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group, will open the lunch, followed by an address from a leading African business woman.

The aim of the lunch is to exchange experiences about the opportunities and challenges for women, while exploring potential synergies.

Hosted in partnership with Dubai Business Women Council.

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Expo Learning Lab

1st November 2017, 13:15 - 14:45

Expo 2020 Dubai and Dubai Chamber are working together to develop the Expo Learning Lab at The Global Business Forum on Africa on 1-2 November, 2017.

The Expo Learning Lab will highlight the wide range of opportunities available to participants at Expo 2020 Dubai, and provide countries with the chance to connect with some of the most dynamic businesses in Africa and around the world.

Please contact us if you require more information.

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Regional Roundtables: Economic Outlook and Business Realities

1st November 2017, 15:15 - 17:00

Standard Bank’s Chief Economist, Goolam Ballim, will discuss the economic outlook, business opportunities and investment climate in different African markets. Each session lasts 30 minutes.

15:15 East Africa

15:55 West Africa

16:30 Southern Africa

Confirmed speaker:

Goolam Ballim, Chief Economist, Standard Bank

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VIP Masterclass - How I Succeeded in Africa – An Entrepreneur’s Perspective

2nd November 2017, 08:00

A working breakfast to discuss successes, failures and lessons learned with leading African entrepreneurs. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask directly what makes their businesses thrive and how they have coped with the challenges they faced.

Confirmed speakers:

Ashish Thakkar, Founder and Managing Director, Mara Group, UAE

Ada Osakwe, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Agrolay Ventures, Nigeria

Joel Jackson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mobius Motors, Kenya

Moderator: Rob Hersov, Founder and Chairman, Invest Africa

Invited speakers:

Aliko Dangote, Founder and Chairman, Dangote Group, Nigeria

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Invest Africa Working Lunch – Powering Africa: Lights. Power. Action!

2nd November 2017, 13:00

Invitation Only

This important lunch session will focus on gaining insights from experts who have invested or created platforms focused purely on powering Africa. This session will be relevant to investors who are looking to gain insights into current projects as an investment opportunity and not only to gain an overview on why powering Africa correlates to the economic development of the continent but also a key in developing growth in the continent.

Attendees will also be given a unique opportunity to sit with their desired expert during lunch to discuss their venture in greater detail.

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