The European Business Council for Africa


We are delighted to partners with the African Development Bank’s ‘Africa Investment Forum’ which will take place in Johannesburg, from 7-9th November. Invest Africa Connect will be hosting various high-level events alongside the main conference, and we have already confirmed a fantastic line up of speakers. See the agenda below  

Thursday 8th November


 IA Connect Breakfast Panel Session: ‘Unlocking Africa’s Deals’
This panel discussion will look at the investor landscape across key growth sectors for example energy and infrastructure.
• Mapping the investor landscape for Africa’s energy and infrastructure sectors
• What are the success stories in these sectors, company experiences and case studies?
• What are the key strategies for developing a realistic, successful and bankable project in Africa?
Moderator: Sneha Shah, Managing Director Africa, Thompson Reuters
Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Director, Financial Services, Africa Finance Corporation
Hardy Pemhiwa, Managing Director, Econet
 Invest Africa Connect Lunch
Guest Speakers
Richard Morgan, Head of Government Relations, Anglo American
Name TBC, Senior Representative, De Beers
Invest Africa Connect Evening Reception with Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Public Enterprises, South Africa
Friday 9th November
 Invest Africa Breakfast
Guest Speaker
Kola Karim, CEO, Shoreline Energy (Invited)
 A Global View: Foreign Direct Investment into Africa
This panel will look at the critical success factors for achieving sustainable economic growth in Africa. Speakers will assess the investor
appetite in Africa from a global perspective, e.g. China, Japan, UK, Russia, France and Germany.
• What are the drivers and inhibitors for Africa’s sustainable growth and role global investors need to play?
• Which old trade agreements need to be modernized, actioned or revised?
• Which projects have the capacity to change the Continent?
• What are the key concerns raised by foreign investors, and how can these be mitigated, i.e. adhering to a complex regulatory /
legislative environments across different jurisdictions (land ownership and natural resources)
Emma Wade-Smith,OBE, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa, UK Department for International Trade
Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO, Siemens South Africa
Frank M Dunlevy, Counselor to the President & CEO, OPIC
Christophe Charlier, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Renaissance Capital
Colin Coleman, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs