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Key Sessions

Okechukwu Enelamah

Is Africa still “the big story”?

Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment of Nigeria

V. Shankar

Africa in the global context: finding a successful path to development

Gateway Partners

08:30 09:00 (30 mins)

Main agenda

Registration

09:00 09:05 (5 mins)

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Chair’s opening remarks

09:05 09:25 (20 mins)

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Is Africa still “the big story”?

  • Speaker Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment of Nigeria

10:00 10:30 (30 mins)

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Show us the Exits!

  • Moderator Nicholas Hughes - Partner, Clifford Chance LLP
  • Panellists Christoph Evard - Partner, Kibo Capital Partners
  • Nnena Nkongho - Principal, DiGAME Investment Management
  • Zaid Oueslati - Founding Partner, AfricInvest

10:30 11:00 (30 mins)

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Networking break

11:00 11:40 (40 mins)

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Africa in the context of emerging markets

How is Africa performing compared to other emerging markets? What opportunities can be realised in Africa and not elsewhere? What can African deal makers learn from peers in other developing markets?

  • Moderator Mark O'Hare - Founder & Chief Executive, Preqin
  • Panellists Carola Bose - Director Corporates & Funds Africa, DEG
  • Natalie Kolbe - Partner, Actis
  • Eric Kump - Co-Head and Managing Director, The Carlyle Group

11:40 12:00 (20 mins)

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Africa in the global context: finding a successful path to development

  • Global economic and geo-political developments and their impact on Africa
  • What role will FDI and intra-Africa trade play in enabling the industrial development of Africa? 
  • Where will the growth opportunities come from? 
  • What development models will work best for Africa compared to what has succeeded in other global markets?
  • Speaker V. Shankar - Chief Executive Officer & Partner, Gateway Partners

12:00 12:30 (30 mins)

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Francophone Africa

  • Exploring Francophone Africa’s attributes: what makes it an attractive destination for private equity investors on the continent?
  • What are the potential synergies in terms of regional expansion between Francophone North Africa and Francophone West Africa?
  • Is capital deployment on the uptake in Francophone Africa?
  • Côte d’Ivoire – an economy to watch
  • Panellists Eric Osiakwan - Managing Partner, Chanzo Capital
  • Zeineb El Khamlichi - Senior Investment Officer, Ithmar Capital
  • Laurent Demey - Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Amethis Finance

12:30 13:00 (30 mins)

Main agenda

“Too Hot to Touch” closed door session: Is African honeymoon over?

LP perspective on investing in Africa: facing the fears and dispersing uncertainties. Does the continent offer enough investment opportunity to absorb all the dry powder? GPs on value creation and ensuring deal flow in the current environment. Perceived risk versus reality

  • Facilitators Paul Boynton - CEO, Old Mutual Alternative Investments (Pty) Ltd
  • Luc Rigouzzo - Executive President and Co-Founder, Amethis Finance
  • Eric Kump - Co-Head and Managing Director, The Carlyle Group

13:00 14:00 (60 mins)

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Networking lunch break

14:00 14:30 (30 mins)

TRACK A: Investment strategies

Impact investing

What is the relationship between impact investing and private equity: do they work together or against each other? Best strategies for generating a measurable social and environmental impact alongside financial returns

  • Moderator Peter Johnson - Managing Partner, Developing World Markets
  • Panellists Ulrich Otto - Managing Partner, African Frontier Capital
  • Michiel Timmerman - Founder and Managing Partner, Mbuyu Capital Partners
  • Andrea Heinzer - CIO, OBVIAM

14:00 14:30 (30 mins)

TRACK B: Country and sector-specific investments

Sector specialization and portfolio diversification

  • Moderator Stephan Breban - Board Member, Dean Wetton Advisory
  • Panellists Magchiel Groot - Senior Investment Officer, Private Equity, FMO
  • Magellan Makhlouf - Co-Founder & Managing Director, CedarBridge Partners
  • Idan Segal - Founding Partner & CIO, Convergence Partners

14:30 15:00 (30 mins)

TRACK A: Investment strategies

Private credit

  • Evaluating the performance of distressed debt and mezzanine
  • Senior debt vs Junior debt vs Equity
  • Infrastructure debt: evaluating growth potential
  • Moderator Funsho Allu - Partner, TIA Capital LLC
  • Panellists David Damiba - Partner, Credit, Helios Investment Partners LLP
  • Peter Maila - Investment Director, CDC Group

14:30 15:00 (30 mins)

TRACK B: Country and sector-specific investments

LP appetite for investing in sector-specific funds

  • Panellists Thomas Klein - Vice President, DEG
  • Stephen O'Neill - Co-Founder & Managing Director, 57 Stars
  • Sam Mehta - Director, Atlas Venturez

15:00 15:45 (45 mins)

TRACK A: Investment strategies

Non-traditional PE structures: permanent capital vehicles and longer terms capital structures

Private Equity versus Permanent Capital: Pros and Cons

  • Moderator Bafana Molomo - Chief Investment Officer, Botswana Development Corporation
  • Panellists Zain Latif - CEO, TLG Capital
  • Zeyn Angamia - Executive Director, Adinah Capital Partners
  • Nana Sao - Partner, Head of Africa, Sao Capital

15:00 15:45 (45 mins)

TRACK B: Country and sector-specific investments

Roundtable discussions

  • Education
  • Consumer goods and Retail
  • Agribusiness
  • Fintech
  • Healthcare
  • Energy and renewables
  • Facilitators Romain Py - Investment Director, Head of Transactions, African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM)
  • Ali Mazanderani - Director, Private Equity, Actis

15:45 16:15 (30 mins)

Main agenda

Networking break

16:15 16:45 (30 mins)

TRACK A: Investment strategies

Smart Africa: Investing in venture & tech

Discovering the latest tech opportunities. Practical tips from active investors in Africa’s venture and tech sector. Key themes in fintech investing 

  • Moderator Wim van der Beek - Founding Partner, Goodwell Investments
  • Panellists Eghosa Omoigui - Managing General Partner, EchoVC Partners
  • Nnena Nkongho - Principal, DiGAME Investment Management
  • Sean Epstein - Head of Private Equity for Europe, the Middle East & Africa, SAP

16:15 16:45 (30 mins)

TRACK B: Country and sector-specific investments

Where to invest?

Generating returns through country-specific investments. Analysing recent transactions and deal flow and capital raised in Africa’s key regions

  • Speaker Afsane Jetha - Managing Partner & CEO, Alta Semper Capital LLP

16:45 17:20 (35 mins)

TRACK B: Country and sector-specific investments

How best to invest in Africa?

Global emerging market funds, Pan-African, regional or country specific: which strategy works best?

  • Moderator Darshan Daya - Co-Founder and Principal, Capitalworks Investment Partners
  • Panellists Jide Olanrewaju - Partner, TPG Growth
  • Zain Laher - Co-founder and Partner, Kleoss Capital
  • Michiel Timmerman - Founder and Managing Partner, Mbuyu Capital Partners

16:45 17:20 (35 mins)

TRACK A: Investment strategies

The future of financial services in Africa

Exploring strategic, technical and operational issues and the roles they play in changing the market landscape. Finding new ways to compete in an era of unprecedented digital change

  • Panellists Ed Higenbottam - Managing Director, Verdant Capital
  • Chijioke Dozie - Director and Co-Founder, Kaizen Venture Partners

17:20 18:00 (40 mins)

TRACK A: Investment strategies

LP-only “Too Hot To Touch” closed door session

  • Sharing best practices on achieving growth forecasts in the current investment climate
  • What is the preferred route to accessing African private equity for new investors?
  • LPs on socially responsible investing
  • Facilitators Setor Lassey - Investment Manager, CDC Group
  • Mitchell Strauss - Special Advisor for Socially Responsible Investment Finance, OPIC

17:20 18:00 (40 mins)

TRACK B: Country and sector-specific investments

Roundtable Discussions

  • Francophone West Africa
  • North Africa
  • East Africa South Africa
  • South Africa

18:00 20:00 (120 mins)

Main agenda

End of Day 1 and offsite networking drinks reception