Dr. Agah

Dr. Yonov Frederick Agah

Yonov Frederick Agah was appointed as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the WTO in 2005. In that capacity, he served as the Alternate Chief Negotiator for the Doha Round and Head of Nigeria's Trade Office to the WTO in the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations Office in Geneva. The Trade Office is responsible for Nigeria’s participation in Geneva-based trade-related international organizations, particularly the UN   Conference on Trade and Development, the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the International Trade Centre and the WTO.

Mr Agah served as Chair of the WTO's General Council in 2011. He was responsible for organizing the Eighth WTO Ministerial Conference, which was acknowledged to be successful despite the prevailing stalemate in the Doha Round. He has also served as Chair of the following WTO bodies: Dispute Settlement Body in 2010, the Council for Trade in Services in 2009, the Trade Policy Review Body in 2008, the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights in 2007, and the Council for Trade in Goods in 2006. He was also the Chair of the Council for TRIPS, Special Session, in 2013.

Mr Agah has previously worked as a lecturer at Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna (1979-81), senior features writer/circulation manager, Benue Printing and Publishing Corporation (1982-84), Sales Manager, Benue Bottling Company Limited (1984-87), Field Manager, UTC Nigeria PLC (1990-91), Deputy Director (multilateral) (1991-2001) and Director (external trade) (2002-05).

Mr Agah holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Economics from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He obtained a Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (International Trade) from the University of Jos, Nigeria, in 1989 and 2007 respectively. His doctoral dissertation was on “Trade Policy Reform and Economic Growth in Nigeria Since 1986”. Mr Agah also obtained a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Abuja, Nigeria, in 2009. He has contributed to various books and journals.


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Dr. Nadir Mohammed

Nadir Abdellatif Mohammed is the Country Director of the GCC Countries in the Middle East and North Africa region of the World Bank. He joined the Bank in 1998 as Country Economist for Egypt and then Yemen. He joined the ECA region as Country Manager (Albania) and returned to the Middle East and North Africa (MNA) region as Operations Director in 2007. During 2010-2012, Dr. Mohammed was on external assignment from the Bank where he served as Acting Director of Strategy for the Prime Minister’s Office, State of Kuwait. He also served as Senior Advisor in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) network during 2009-2010 and also from 2012-1013.

Before joining the Bank, Dr. Mohammed worked in two multilateral development banks, the African Development Bank (1994-1996) and the Islamic Development Bank (1996-1998). Mr. Mohammed started his career in academia as a lecture and research officer in the universities of Khartoum (Sudan), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Cambridge (UK), and Oxford (UK).  

Dr. Mohammed is a graduate of the University of Khartoum (BS in Economics) and has two post-graduate degrees in Economics from the University of Cambridge (MPhil and PhD).  Dr. Mohammed has published widely on issues of economic development, public finance, conflict and civil wars, natural resource management, poverty reduction, governance, and defense economics.


ZbMs. Zeinab Badawi

Zeinab was born in the Sudan - her family moved to London when she was two years old. Zeinab studied Philosphy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University and took a Masters Degree (awarded with a distinction) on Middle East History and Anthropology at SOAS London University.  In 2011 Zeinab was awarded an honorary doctorate by SOAS, London University for her services to international broadcasting.  In  2015 she received  a second honorary doctorate for journalism from the London College of Communications - University of the Arts London.

Zeinab has extensive experience in television and radio, working on a range of programmes. She is one of the best known broadcast journalists working in the field today.  In 2009 she was awarded International TV Personality of the Year by the Association of International Broadcasters, and  was named in Powerlist 2012 and 2015 as one of Britain’s top 100 most influential members of the black community. In 2016, Zeinab received the May Chidiac Foundation lifetime achievement award. She is the current Chair of the Royal African Society, a Queen’s appointment to the Board of the Historic Royal Palaces, a trustee of  BBC Media Action (the charitable arm of the BBC), a Vice-President of the United Nations Association UK,  and a board member of the African Union Foundation.  She is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council for Africa. Zeinab is a former trustee of the National Portrait Gallery.  She has been a board member of the British Council,  the Centre for Contemporary British History, a former Chair of the London based freedom of speech campaign organisation, Article 19, and a board member of the Overseas Development Institute.


Hard Talk for the BBC:  this programme has, and continues to feature some of the best known personalities and politicians in the world. Zeinab also presents Global Questions and World Debates on BBC World TV featured on both BBC radio and television. Through her own production company she has produced and presented many programmes, including currently the definitive tv series of African history in association  with UNESCO. She has four children.>


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Mr. Rui Barros

Mr. Rui Barros  is the CEO and Executive Member of the Board of Barclays Bank Mozambique S.A.. Rui has more than 15 years of diverse financial services experience, with the last 7 focused in Africa. Previously to joining Barclays, Rui held executive positions as Risk Head at Standard Bank in Mozambique and Atlantico Europa, the Lisbon- based operation of the Angolan’s banking group.Prior to that, he was based in London where he served as Director of Structured Finance for Lehman Brothers and as credit analyst at Fitch Ratings.

Earlier in his career Rui worked in capital markets, namely at the Portuguese stock and derivatives exchange (currently Euronext Lisbon), and lectured in financial markets at several Portuguese universities in post- graduate programs. Rui was also the Secretary-General of the Portuguese Association of Financial Analysts.

He graduated in Economics at UTAD, in Portugal, and holds a Master of Science in Finance from the Catholic University of Portugal. He studied and engaged in academic research in the USA, at Arizona State University, and more recently completed the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) at Insead, in Singapore.


Opening Address

Adam Branch

Dr. Adam Branch

Dr. Adam Branch is University Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge and the incoming Director of the Cambridge Centre of African Studies.

He received his PhD in political science from Columbia University and his BA from Harvard University. Prior to joining Cambridge, he was senior research fellow at the Makerere Institute of Social Research in Kampala. He is the author of two books: Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change (Zed Books, 2015, co-authored with Zachariah Mampilly) and Displacing Human Rights: War and Intervention in Northern Uganda (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Adam’s research has focused on African politics, in particular on political violence, foreign intervention, and popular resistance. At present, he is developing three research agendas: first, around the politics and political ecology of natural resource extraction, infrastructure development, and climate change adaptation in East Africa; second, on the International Criminal Court and possibilities for counter-hegemonic international law; third, on the politics of knowledge production and the decolonization of the university in Africa and globally. At present, he is Primary Investigator on the AHRC/ESRC-funded research project, “Narratives of Conflict, Climate, and Development: Re-envisioning Sustainability from Post-War Northern Uganda” and co-organizer of the CRASSH Faculty Research Group, “Decolonizing the Curriculum in Theory and Practice.”


Other Speakers


Christian Happi

Professor Christian Happi

Christian Happi, is a Professor of Molecular Biologist and Genomics in the Department of Biological Sciences, Redeemer’s University, Nigeria. His research focus is on infectious diseases, especially, Lassa fever, Ebola, malaria, HIV and Human genomics. Professor Happi is currently a visiting professor in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases (IID), Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), and the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University Cambridge. He is a Committee Member and Temporary advisor of WHO/TDR Transfection Network.

Professor Happi has received several International Awards to honor his outstanding and extensive contributions and capacity building in applying genomics/biotechnology knowledge in solving major infectious diseases challenges in West Africa, especially, Malaria and Lassa fever and Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). He confirmed the first case of Ebola in Nigeria in 2014 and worked with the Nigerian Government and other stakeholders for rapid and accurate diagnosis of Ebola and the containment of the Ebola epidemic in Nigeria. Professor Christian Happi and colleagues used advanced genomics and deep sequencing technology to rapidly develop new rapid diagnostics test (10minutes) against Ebola Virus disease. The WHO and the US FDA approved this diagnosis.

Professor Christian Happi, embodies the passion, intellectual drive, and innovative spirit that African scientific leaders need for discoveries that will help the continent stem its scientific and academic challenges. 




Ms. Esiri Agbeyi

Ms. Esiri Agbeyi is a Tax Partner with PwC Nigeria. Prior to this, she worked with the International Tax Services team of PwC New York focused on Africa. She has over 13 years of experience providing international tax services to multinational companies in various industry sectors including the oil and gas, private equity, telecommunications,  retail and consumer sector. 

She is a specialist in cross-border restructuring, tax planning for mergers and acquisitions including deferred taxes for group audits and compliance within the Nigerian tax environment.

Esiri has worked on a number of tax structuring assignments for multinational investors with interest in sub-Saharan Africa. She has also advised severally on optimal tax structures using tax efficient holding companies and regional hubs including tax efficient finance structures across Africa. She has led several tax due diligence and structuring assignments on behalf of private equity investor firms, worked as transaction advisor to a Global Brewer in its acquisition of five Breweries in Nigeria amongst others. She is also project manager for several compliance assignments provided to large multinational companies with operations in Nigeria. She currently leads PwC’s People and Organisation team which provides specialised tax services to high net worth individuals and multi national companies with mobile employees

She holds a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology, University of Ibadan.  She is an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria  (ICAN), and the Chartered Institute of Taxation Nigeria (CITN).  She is also a fellow member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA).



Michel Losembe

Mr. Michel Losembe

Michel Losembe is a consultant for banking and financial institutions. With 28 years of banking experience across Africa, Michel is a seasoned banking CEO. During his career, Michel has worked extensively on matters involving financial regulations, economic and financial policymaking and financial institutions’ management and operations.

Michel joined Citibank in 1988 and occupied several positions in Congo as well as in French-speaking Africa, where he served as Regional Treasurer. There, he integrated the bank’s balance sheet and created a single Treasury operation across the CFA zone. Michel came back to DRC as Managing Director in 2002 aiming to turn around the business in the aftermath of the civil war. A recognized banker, Michel was sought out in 2013 by BIAC, DRC’s then-third largest bank, and asked to oversee, alongside with the regulator, the bank’s restructuring and recapitalization.

Michel was an early believer in mobile money. In 2004, he interrupted his tenure at Citi to briefly join Mo Ibrahim’s team in launching Celpay, Africa’s first mobile money operations company and became a frequent speaker on financial inclusion at conferences and press interviews in international media.

He served as Chairman of the Congolese Banking Association (ACB) for close to a decade, where he led efforts to grow the banking sector and reform regulations. In this position, one of Michel’s proudest achievements is the 2013 “Bancarisation” with the DRC Government, through which government payrolls are disbursed through banks for over a million civil servants, thus increasing bank penetration rate by 20%.

Michel also served as Deputy Chairman of the DRC Chamber of Commerce (FEC) in charge of finances, acting on behalf of the private sector to improve the investment climate in the country known as one of the worst worldwide. Michel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Institut Catholique de Hautes Etudes Commerciales (ICHEC) in Brussels, Belgium.



Anne Borges

Ms. Anne-Marie Dias Borges

Anne-Marie Dias Borges is a TV journalist, currently working for the BBC, in London. She regularly hosts the daily news and interviews with various political, economic and social key personalities. Former Chief Information Officer and TV Anchor at Panafrican TV network and Africa24. She was the lead presenter of 2 popular programmes: "Polititia"- an hour long political debate and "L'invité du Jour", where she would interview high profile personalities. Having worked for nearly 2 decades in the Media has allowed her to extend her experience in developing communications strategies and establishing the best communication tools to effectively "speak to" the desired audiences. It also permitted her to develop a very strong network of media contacts, especially across Africa. Her unique presenting style, singular personality and multilingual skills (she speaks French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and Portuguese creole) prompted numerous event organizers to hire her as an MC. She has thus, presented international conferences such as the "Rebranding Africa Forum" in Brussels and a panel during the Francophonie Economic Forum in Paris.




Mr. Miguel Carneiro

Miguel is CEO, Baia de Luanda.

He is an experienced senior professional that holds a successful track record in Capital Projects, focusing in Corporate Strategy, M&A, Change Management, Financial Restructuring, Strategic Marketing, and Operations, in emerging African markets.

He led the delivery of value proposition in several investment projects with the most important and visible one being a public and urban infrastructures project in Angola (The Baía de Luanda Waterfront Project). Miguel track record includes leading projects in Oil & Gas, as well as Aviation. He has taken part in several corporate initiatives such as the "Startupper" project lead by the French Oil & Gas giant Total in Angola, as well as being shortlisted by the international consultancy company Deloitte for the Sirius awards. Miguel holds an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona.




Dr. Pauline Long

Dr. Pauline Long is the CEO and President of Pauline Long Entrepreneurship Foundation.

She is a Kenyan born UK based entrepreneur, philanthropist, fashion designer, mentor, media mogul, motivational/Public speaker, writer, Music video director/producer, TV and radio presenter.
She has been named the most outstanding woman of the year (2016) and Europe's most powerful woman for changing lives through BEFFTA. She has been honoured in UK Parliament as one of 100 most outstanding Africans. The peace activist is also the ambassador of The House of Common Nelson Mandela Book of Tribute. She has four international lifetime achievement awards and over 123 community awards.

She is the only person who has awarded the most African, Caribbean an Asian talent in the UK and abroad, she is founder of Europe's biggest award ceremony for black and ethnic personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts (BEFFTA) which celebrates and promotes the achievements of a very talented and hard-working community often over looked in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts in USA, Africa, Canada and the Caribbean. In its 9th year, she has awarded over 2000 individuals and nominated over 6000 talented personalities.




Professor Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

Mohamedou is Professor of International History at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and teaches as well at the doctoral school at Sciences Po Paris.

Regarded as a top international specialist on the new forms of transnational terrorism, Professor Mohamedou was previously Associate Director of the Harvard University Programme on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, Deputy-Director and Academic Dean of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Research Associate at the Ralph Bunche Institute on the United Nations in New York and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mauritania.

He is the author, notably, of Iraq and the Second Gulf War (2002), Understanding Al Qaeda (2011), Democratisation in the 21st Century (2017) and A Theory of ISIS (2017). He contributed chapters to several volumes, notably Violent Non-State Actors in Contemporary World Politics (2010), Minding the Gap – African Conflict Management in a Time of Change (2016) and The UN and the Global South (2017).

In 2014, he was appointed by Kofi Annan as Commissioner in the West Africa Commission on Drugs, and is a member of the High Level Panel on Migration since 2017. In 2016, he was named by the New African Magazine among the top 50 most influential African intellectuals.



Anne MDr. Anne Makena

Dr. Anne Makena is a Kenyan biochemist and the Program Coordinator of the Africa Oxford Initiative, a vibrant platform for all things Africa in the University of Oxford. Anne holds a BSc in Biochemistry from Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya, and a DPhil in Chemical Biology from the University of Oxford where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

Her research interests are in antimicrobial resistance with a particular focus on the biophysical and biochemical characterisation of metallo-β-lactamases – bacterial enzymes that confer resistance to the vital penicillin class of antibiotics. She has published extensively on differences in protein stability, conformational changes and inhibition profiles of metallo-β-lactamase variants, among others.



 Kene1Mr. Kene Ejikeme

Mr. Kene Ejikeme is Co-head Sales-Trading and Trading EMEA at Goldman Sachs.

Kene is a Nigerian born finance professional working at Goldman Sachs. He has worked there since 2004 and was named managing director in 2013. He has worked in various roles within Equities and currently co-manages the cash equity sales-trading, trading businesses for EMEA.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs and during the early part of his career in finance, Kene was a professional rugby player. He played domestically in the UK for clubs such as London Irish, Henley Hawks and Ealing Trailfinders. At International level he has represented England at junior levels and also has full senior caps for Nigeria.

Kene studied Civil Engineering at Imperial College London, where he earned an MEng in 2004. He currently lives with his family in London.





Mr. Okomboli Ong'ong'a

Okomboli Ong’ong’a, Senior Fund Partner, PAHF, oversees investment and construction activities in East Africa for Phatisa’s Pan African Housing Fund (PAHF). This unique fund focuses on helping expand affordable and middle-income residential housing for underserved sectors of the residential market segment in the region.

His prior experience includes investment management in the agribusiness and associated sectors while at Norfund; helping to manage diversified basic materials and consumer-facing businesses owned by Trans-Century; and structuring / integrating acquisitions and joint ventures as part of Praxair, a leading global supplier of industrial gases.

Okomboli is an Eisenhower Fellow (Africa program, 2016). He read undergraduate economics at Middlebury College and earned a master of business administration degree from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. 




Professor Corli Witthuhn

Professor Corli Witthuhn was appointed in her current position as Vice-Rector:  Research at the University of the Free State (UFS) in April 2013.  Her academic career started in the Department of Food Science at Stellenbosch University (SU) in 1999 after she completed a PhD in Microbiology at the UFS.  She was Chair of the Department of Food Science at SU from 2005 until 2009 when she accepted the position of Vice-Dean of the Faculty of AgriSciences at SU.  She then returned to the UFS and was appointed as Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences in 2011 before she took up the position of Vice-Rector.  Her research interests include the rapid detection and identification of spoilage and pathogenic microbes in foods.  She has published more than 70 international peer-reviewed scientific papers and has served as study leader for 8 doctoral and 27 masters students.



Thione Niang

Mr. Thione Niang

Social entrepreneur, political strategist, youth advocate, and author, Thione Niang, was born in a modest family of 28 children in Senegal. The visionary leader immigrated to the USA in 2000 with only 20 dollars, and worked his way through the hardships while getting involved in his new community. His efforts led him to participating as a community organizer in the historic 2008 Presidential elections supporting Democratic candidate Barack Obama, and becoming National Co-Chair of Gen44 for the 2012 re-election Campaign. 

Thione Niang now leads three structurally different, but substantially, similar, international organizations: GIVE1PROJECT, TNG (ThioneNiang Group), and Akon Lighting Africa and Solektra Interational. GIVE1PROJECT Created in 2009 by Thione Niang, this institution promotes global leadership and enterpreneurship through its incubation centers and women empowerment and
global leadership programs. GIVE1 is now present in 32 countries around the world including ; The United States, France, Japan, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Bénin, and Senegal. TNG (THIONE NIANG GROUP) Since 2006, the TNG is Government relations, strategy and public relations firm working to facilitate communication and relations between global organizations and governments. Since its creation, Thione surrounds himself with experts in public relations, sociology, political science, journalism, and graphic designers from around the whole world.



Eunice Ball

Ms. Eunice Baguma Ball

Founder & Executive Director – Africa Technology Business Network (ATBN) Eunice is a social entrepreneur whose mission is to see Africa emerge as a leading global tech hub.

She previously founded a tech startup in Uganda and now runs the Africa Technology Business Network, a London-based social enterprise working to drive growth and impact in the African technology ecosystem by enabling investment, skills exchange and collaboration opportunities with the UK.

ATBN’s work includes the Africa Technology Business Forum London, an annual gathering of Africa-focused global investors and innovators; and #HerFutureAfrica a programme helping to put women at the forefront of innovation in Africa by supporting them to launch high-impact businesses using technology.

Eunice is a regular speaking on tech in Africa and is passionate about supporting organisations, startups and entrepreneurs, particularly women to leverage technology as a tool for addressing social and developmental challenges in Africa.




Mr. Gossy Ukanwoke

Gossy is a Higher Education Investor, Founder at Beni American University and is widely recognized globally for his support and contributions to the growth of education technology. He has worked with African governments on the development of policies to assist in creating better access, quality and relevance of learning in higher education institutions. Through his higher education investment company - BAU R&D, he has completed investments in two other Nigerian traditional universities and is poised to grow his portfolio of institutions across Africa.

In June 2016 he was named one of the Makers and Shakers of EdTech by WISE and Qatar Foundation. In June 2015, he was named a global in the Accelerating Entrepreneur category of the World Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the advisory firm Ernst and Young, for his work in education and human capital development. 

Gossy is the President of EduTech, a Technology Company focused on helping African traditional universities take their on-campus degree programs online. EduTech has taken programs from Obafemi Awolowo University and Ahmadu Bello University online, recently launching the first e-Learning / Online MBA in West Africa.



Yemisi.Bokinni   PhotoDr. Yemisi Bokinni

Dr. Yemisi Bokinni is a medical doctor, and Lead Researcher at Daily Run Africa, a health research & media platform with a focus on qualitative public health insights for lifestyle-related diseases in the context of rapidly urbanizing African cities.

Over the past two years, she and colleagues have conducted interviews, debates, and events, representing eleven African countries for the purposes of determining country-specific factors that are contributing to the rise in conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and preventable cancers.

She qualified with a medical degree and B.Sc. in Human Genetics from King's College London, and worked as a junior doctor at the Cambridge University NHS Foundation Trust for a short period, prior to her work in global public health. In addition to her work in African countries, Yemisi has also worked on health-related projects in China and India.

She has broad research experience, evidenced by peer-reviewed journal publications on diverse themes including, gene therapy for beta-thalassaemia, clinical trials in medical technology for macular degeneration, in addition to a national UK audit in breast surgery & oncology.

The economic consequences of rises in lifestyle-related diseases do not bode well for low and middle-income countries in the medium to long term. Yemisi's primary goal is to contribute to work that focuses on promoting wellbeing through disease prevention.



Hugo Borges

Mr. Hugo Borges

Hugo is the Regional Market Head Africa & Europe, Private Bank, Standard Chartered Bank.

Hugo joined Standard Chartered Bank in September 2015 as Africa Market Head in the Private Bank. Prior to SCB, he was an external consultant to Zenith Bank, where he worked as part of the UK Exco to redesign and develop their wealth management operating model & platform. 

Prior to Zenith, Hugo was based in Geneva and held the position of Africa Deputy Market Manager for Julius Baer. He developed and implemented a holistic, client-centric value proposition for HNW and UHNW African client wealth management. Hugo spent 12 years with Barclays Bank. Based in London, he was responsible for executing Barclays Wealth’s “One Africa” strategy leveraging Barclays footprint across the African continent while executing on a holistic value proposition for UHNW & HNW clients. Hugo holds a degree in Economics and International Relations, and completed the Executive Management Programme at Columbia University, New York.


IMG 1046Ms. Lilian Monteiro

Lilian Monteiro worked as a political risk analyst for IHS Markit in London. She evaluated political risk events in Lusophone African countries and developed analytical perspectives on the impacts on the business environment.

Lilian holds an M.A in African Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London, and a B.A in Political Science and International Relations from Sapienza University of Rome. She specialised in the political economy analysis of African oil producing countries, focusing her research on the anti-developmental use of fiscal policies to manage oil revenues.



PeterBMr. Peter Burdin 

Peter is the BBC’s former Africa Bureau Chief.

He has thirty-five years’ experience as a senior editorial leader in the BBC’s International News operation and has worked extensively in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the Indian sub-continent and Asia from where he has covered numerous major international news stories and has won several Sony Awards for his news and documentary programmes, including the war in the Balkans and coverage of South Africa’s first democratic elections and the funeral of Nelson Mandela.

Peter is now an Advisor to BBC Africa and is lecturing in International Journalism at universities in the UK and Africa. He has been a guest moderator at both Oxford and Cambridge University Africa Societies and he is currently designing a post graduate course in International Journalism and contributing to a book on creating a new editorial narrative for the developing world. In 2015, he wrote the definitive chapter on youth in the McKinsey’s book “Reimagining South Africa”. He is Advisor to Education Sub Saharan Africa which is seeking to transform education access and standards across the continent.



CarolMs. Carol Ibe

Carol N. Ibe is the Founding President of JR Biotek Foundation, a charitable organisation established to help train present and future African scientists and to promote joined up thinking on sustainable development. Carol graduated with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Nigeria and a master’s degree in molecular biology and biochemistry from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Carol also holds a second master’s degree in clinical embryology from the University of Oxford and is currently doing a PhD in Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge under the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

Carol’s research focuses on rice, the staple food of a large part of the world, and how to produce quality rice in places where there are poor soil and climate conditions, including sub-Saharan Africa. Carol has won several awards, commendations and recognition, including ‘Researcher of the Month’ by the Cambridge Global Food Security Initiative (May 2017), First Year PhD Graduate Seminar Prize by the Department of Plant Sciences, Cambridge University (2016), and Winner of the Maryland Women’s Business Plan and Pitching competition, USA (2015).

Alongside her PhD, Carol forges partnerships with world leading experts and institutions to develop and provide quality and affordable scientific training programmes for students and researchers in Africa. In March 2017, she launched a new partnership with the Cambridge University’s Department of Plant Sciences to train Africa-based agricultural research scientists and academics in Cambridge every year. Carol created and led the first African Diaspora Biotech Summit and a Bioinnovation for Africa Pitching Competition, both of which were held in Cambridge University in April 2017. Carol is deeply passionate and committed to helping countries in Africa to build a strong workforce of skilled scientists and bio-industry leaders who can apply their knowledge, skills and ingenuity to improve lives and systems in the continent.



John Birchall1Mr. John Birchall

John Birchall is the Editor of The Journal of Sierra Leone Studies. He is an affiliate of the Centre for African Studies, University of Cambridge and have Tutored in Development Studies, The Institute of Continued Learning, University of Cambridge. John is a Guest Lecturer in Global Issues on the MBA Programme at Anglia Ruskin University - covering Geo-Political issues and matters relating to development and the MA International Relations course at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge – where he specialised in Geo-Politics and relevant issues. He has also worked with The British Council as an expert on some of their professional and teacher based programmes. This has led to him working in Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

John has many years’ experience (since the 1970s) of working in Africa on development projects that have concentrated on capacity building, health education focused on educating the young and teaching and assisting young people, including those selected for their leadership qualities to plan for the future of their respective countries. Among other roles, he is a visiting professor at the University of Makeni, Sierra Leone– part of this role is to build courses in Sustainability and develop a Centre of Sierra Leone Studies.  He has also been invited as a visiting lecturer at the University of Zambia (Lusaka) and Copperbelt University; and at the Universities of Harare and Mutari in Zimbabwe.


0517 Ade AdebajoMr. Ade Adebajo

Ade Adebajo is an Economics graduate, a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Before joining Standard Chartered to set up the (London based) Africa Fixed Income unit in 2002 and subsequently head the Capital Markets origination team, Ade spent two years on the high yield/emerging markets desk at Tradition (UK) Ltd., with responsibility for African client origination.

Ade has financial services experience across areas including Project & Structured Finance, Corporate Finance, Asset Management and Private Equity. Having started as a trainee at Price Waterhouse in London, he subsequently worked within Risk functions at Gartmore Investment Management plc and then as an Analyst on the Structuring Desk and Asset Development at Enron Capital & Trade Resources. He was Senior Manager, Energy Project & Structured Finance (European Investment Banking Division) at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi before moving to the Capital Markets field.

Since 2000, Ade has worked exclusively on the African markets, originating, structuring and executing domestic and international transactions, including several award-winning bond issues and "firsts" in markets including Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. He is a frequent speaker and panellist on frontier economies, and has provided policy advice on developing African capital markets for central banks, multilateral agencies, municipals, regulatory authorities and other entities. He was also selected to present a paper on ‘Financing the 7-Point Agenda of the Federal Government through the Capital Markets’ in Abuja, Nigeria. Apart from advising African focused banks and securities houses globally, he was also appointed in 2013 by the African Development Bank as part of a four-person External Advisory Panel for the African Infrastructure Financing Facility (“AIFF” or “Africa50 Fund”). He was most recently a senior banker at Citigroup, London, working within the Institutional Client Group.

In 2015, Ade joined UBS Investment Bank to lead London based client coverage across sub-Saharan Africa (ex-SA)‎, focusing on M&A advisory services, equity and debt capital market solutions.



Sarah RoeMs. Sarah Roe

Ms. Sarah Roe is a Director at the Global Career Company. Sarah graduated from Sussex University with a Masters in Anthropology and African & Asian Studies and following an international career in Publishing and Advertising went on to co-found Global Career Company in 2002.

Global Career Company was born out of a passion and desire to assist Emerging Markets in fulfilling their potential and its Careers in Africa initiative specialises in recruiting talented professionals from the Diaspora back into the region and over the years Sarah has helped over 8000 professionals with their next career move back into Africa.

Careers in Africa is also the brand behind the Talent Agenda Series - a Pan-African series of conferences addressing the challenges of developing human capital across the region. Sarah has recently been appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Education Africa, a South African charity focused on bringing education to children from previously disadvantaged communities. The belief that the alleviation of poverty in Africa cannot happen without every child gaining access to a quality education is something that Sarah holds dear and as such she has devoted herself to the charity over the past 10 years.

In her spare time Sarah is an extreme challenge enthusiast and fitness fanatic and has a busy family life with 4 young children.



armandocabralMr. Armando Cabral

Mr. Armando Cabral is the Senior Partner at Mckinsey, Angola. He has worked extensively with telecom operators in Africa, Europe, and Latin America on corporate strategy, regulation, new-product development, sales and marketing strategy, technology and network strategy, and international expansion. One of his areas of focus is product design and pricing in the residential segment of the industry. He has worked with both new and incumbent companies on product portfolio issues covering all areas from voice and broadband portfolios to IPTV and TV offer design, fiber rollout, mobile offers and convergent offers.

Beyond telecommunications, Armando has worked in Africa for more than 8 years, mainly in Angola but also in Morocco, Cape Verde, Senegal and Algeria. In Angola, he had dedicated a significant effort to helping major companies and key public-sector institutions accelerate the country’s economic development.

In the transportation sector, for example, he led the design of a national air-transportation strategy and helped turn around an African airline through a transformation program that affected all areas of the company. Armando’s work in the energy sector includes developing a national energy strategy for an African country, advising on the merger of two private oil companies, and developing a strategic plan for a downstream oil company.



Chantele CarringtonMs. Chantelé Carrington

Ms. Chantelé Carrington is the COO of the Africa Business Group for PwC UK. She was previously the Africa Financial Services Lead, and Southern Africa Lead.

She has spent over 10 years working in financial services on the African continent. Since joining PwC South Africa, Chantelé has worked as an auditor and consultant to African and British companies, including those listed on the FTSE100, JSE, and other African stock exchanges. She has worked in several business areas at PwC; her focus is on supporting British companies who wish to expand into Africa, and strategies for African companies in the UK, in addition to the wider advisory services. Her expertise ranges across internal and external audit, as well as controls, governance and regulatory consulting, for insurers, asset managers and banks. Other experience includes tax, liquidations and forensics. She has also written on investment governance for global financial magazines and has spoken at various Africa conferences.

Chantelé is a Director on the South African Chamber of Commerce in the UK and she was previously an innovaBRICS & Beyond Advisory Board Member. In addition, Chantelé is a trustee of the UK and SA boards of help2read.

Doing business in Africa comes with its own set of unique characteristics and PwC is perfectly positioned to help. We are the largest provider of professional services in Africa, with offices in more than 30 countries, around 9,000 members of staff, covering the Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone speaking regions of Africa. Our network of firms in Africa collaborate with PwC in the UK and the wider global network to support the growth in trade activity between Africa and the rest of the world. Our ability to serve our clients across the continent and the range of our skills allow us to bring added value to all our clients, operating or entering into Africa. PwC is actively involved in building relationships in and serving the increasingly interlinked UK African Financial services sector, and has a team of experienced professionals dedicated to serving our growing client base.

The SA Chamber is an umbrella organisation and conduit for trade, community and investment into and out of South Africa. It aims to bring under one concerted effort, a forum and meeting point for businesses who have an interest in both the UK and South Africa in an attempt to facilitate the development of business opportunities.


NzonkatuProfessor Denis Nzonkatu

Professor Nzonkatu is Secretary General (Academic) at the Institut supérieur de statistique de Kinshasa (ISS)/Kin 







Master of Ceremony


Henry BonsuMr. Henry Bonsu

Henry Bonsu is a broadcaster and conference host of Ghanaian-British origin. A graduate of Magdalen College Oxford, he has worked on many current affairs programmes, including BBC Radio 4's Today, BBC London 94.9, and BBC2's Black Britain. Henry has also presented shows on satellite channels Vox Africa, BET International, Press TV, and been an analyst on Sky News, Al Jazeera and Sky News. He started out as a print journalist writing initially for specialist newspapers such as The Voice, and the Caribbean Times, then The Times, Express, Guardian and The Evening Standard. For several years Henry was a major backer and investor in Colourful Radio, the former DAB and satellite station. He is now an international MC, specialising on global economic development with a particular focus on Africa. In the last year he has hosted summits at the UN General Assembly in New York, in Brussels, The Hague, Kigali, Mexico City and in Incheon, Korea. As well as development events, Bonsu facilitates business gatherings like the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards, the African Banker Awards, and the Global African Investment Summit. He is currently a member of the Equality and Diversity Committee of NHS England.

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