1st - 2nd, November, 2017, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
The trading and cultural ties between Africa and the UAE go back centuries, providing a foundation for the next generation to build new partnerships. This session explores these connections and introduces the themes and structure of this year’s Forum.
Sangu Delle, Chief Executive Officer, Golden Palm Investments, Ghana
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?
Hakeem Belo-Osagie, Chairman, Etisalat Nigeria
Tonye Cole, Co-Founder and Group Executive Director, Sahara Group, Nigeria
Uche Orji, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, Nigeria
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? What role can Dubai play in nurturing young talent?
Jeremy Hodara, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Jumia Group, France
Aboyeji Iyinoluwa, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Flutterwave, Nigeria
Amy Jadesimi, Managing Director, LADOL, Nigeria
Siya Xuza, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Galactic Energy Innovations, South Africa
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.
Taavi Rõivas, Former Prime Minister, Republic of Estonia
Gary Urteaga, Endeavor Entrepreneur, Peru
Over the past decade, a number of innovative companies have emerged that demonstrate the strength and diversity of Africa’s business scene. Entrepreneurs from Africa and Dubai share their perspectives on what it takes to build a successful business and discuss how they see their role in shaping their country’s future.
Chris Folayan, Founder 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 and Chief Executive Officer, Reel Fruits, Nigeria
What is the legacy of an Expo? Dubai aims to be the catalyst for a new, unexpected and lasting set of connections between governments, businesses and people around the world. Under the theme Connecting Minds – Creating the Future, participants will discuss challenges, share expertise and build partnerships around sub-themes of mobility, sustainability and opportunity. In our Learning Lab, participants will share what they are planning and what kind of cross-pollination they are hoping to achieve through Expo 2020.
What makes for lasting business success? How do some entrepreneurs thrive for decades, reinventing themselves and their companies to stay on top? What will it take for today's African start-ups to join the Fortune 500 and stay there? In this session, two of the world's leading business leaders explore the essence of long-term innovation.
Bob Diamond, Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Merchant Capital, UK
Hikmet Ersek, President and Chief Executive Officer, Western Union, USA
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?
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
Standard Bank’s Chief Economist, Goolam Ballim, will discuss the economic outlook, business opportunities and investment climate in different African markets, accompanied by relevant ministers. Each session lasts 30 minutes.
15:15 East Africa
15:55 West Africa
16:30 Southern Africa
Goolam Ballim, Chief Economist, Standard Bank
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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?
H.E. Dr Arkebe Oqubay, Advisor to the Prime Minister, Ethiopia
Parag Khanna, Author, Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization, Singapore
Acha Leke, Senior Partner, McKinsey, South Africa
Governments can lead their countries to modernise through policies, incentives and example or they can hold them back. In this discussion between two senior advisors, we discuss the potential for policy entrepreneurship and the role of government in an entrepreneurial and technology-enabled future.
Lai Yahaya, Government Policy Advisor, Nigeria
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