Plenary Room

Breakfast briefing: Celebrating women in finance

At Exile, we proudly amplify women's voices that drive the industry worldwide, with a special commitment to uplifting African women and recognizing their crucial role. Sign up to our interactive breakfast briefing to discuss with your peers:

  • How can women leverage connections with each other to advance their careers?
  • How do we ensure that African women have pivotal roles in financing projects on the continent, and why is this important?
  • What areas of export, project, and development finance are more gender diverse and why might this be the case?
  • How do we ensure that women don't get stuck in middle management, or doing 'invisible' work that doesn't give them a platform?
  • What role do men have to play in uplifting female colleagues?
Paule Gosset-Koné
Managing Partner,
Maryel & Partners
Kome Ajegbo
Structured Product Solutions + Sustainability,
Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)
Meaghan McGrath
Global Head of Syndications,
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Angelica Adamski
Financing Consultant,
Independent
Proximo: Project Finance

Tension point: Russia's impact on Africa

Russia's invasion of Ukraine sent shockwaves across the world but, over a year into the conflict, Africa's relationship with the country remains uncertain. This keynote considers:

  • How the continent has fared since the war began
  • Russia's impact on Africa's agribusiness and industry
  • What relationship will Africa have with Russia moving forward, and how will this impact businesses?
Thea Fourie
Head of Economics and Country Risk: sub-Saharan Africa,
S&P Global Market Intelligence
Thea Fourie
Head of Economics and Country Risk: sub-Saharan Africa,
S&P Global Market Intelligence

Just Transition: Financing the energy transition

Energy transition remains a global priority, but in Africa it is essential that this transition is ‘Just’. This session considers what the energy transition will look like in an African context, prioritising development whilst protecting communities most at risk of climate disaster.

  • What should energy transition look like in Africa? 
  • How are African sovereigns approaching Africa's energy transition? What can the international community to do support transition, delivering on promises made at COPs over the past years?
  • Should ECAs consider loosening restrictions on transition fuels – such as natural gas – in developing countries?
  • What projects under development will help propel Africa’s transition?

Rockfeler Herisse
Sr. Advisor, Climate Finance & Innovation,
USAID Power Africa
Afolabi Obisesan
Senior Manager,
Afreximbank
Moderator
Greg Fyfe
Global Head ECA and Agency Finance,
Standard Bank
Plenary Room

Networking break & Linkedin Headshots

Pop over to the meeting hub during the networking break to get a quick new headshot for your Linkedin from our professional photographer!

Plenary Room

Going places: Financing Africa’s transport infrastructure

Transport infrastructure is vital for connecting communities, economic empowerment, and Africa's energy transition. But how can we bring more projects to financial close? Here, we consider:

  • What does the project pipeline look like for transport infrastructure projects across Africa?
  • What lessons can be learned from successful African transport projects such as the Abidjan metro?
  • How do ESG requirements impact project procurement?
  • What do African governments need from the financing community to ensure that vital projects go ahead?
Alain Descamps
Chairman - STAR,
Bouygues Travaux Publics (Civil works)
Janina Szwedo
Senior Trade Finance Specialist,
Polish Development Bank (BGK)
Portia Dube
Head Business Development,
ECIC (Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa)
Moderator
Matthew McLean
President Endsight Consulting,
Endsight Consulting
Plenary Room

Going underground: Africa’s metals and mining industry

Africa’s resource riches make the metals and mining industry a key contributor to the region’s economy. This session considers:

  • How to create a sustainable mining industry that continues to support African business
  • Mining for energy transition metals
  • Transparency and accountability surrounding working conditions
  • Balancing ESG requirements with the need to continue supporting Africa’s mining industry

Mpho Nkgodi
General Manager – Business Development,
Minopex
Raymond Onovwigun
CEO,
Romco Metals
Moderator
Angelica Adamski
Financing Consultant,
Independent
Plenary Room

Power to the people: Financing transmission

It’s all very well generating power, but how do we transport it to communities? South Africa, in particular, is renowned for poor electricity transmission, but the issue pervades across the continent. This session considers:

  • How do we bring more transmission lines to market?
  • How do dealmakers mitigate risks and navigate the legal challenges of working on cross-jurisdictional projects?
  • What do we need from governments to improve Africa’s energy transmission?
  • What work needs to be done to convince governments that transmission projects are important?

Hitesh Kumbhat
CFO,
Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd. (KPTL)
Angela Perez
Head of Structured Finance,
Elecnor
Moritz Thompson
Investment Director,
Africa Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM)
Moderator
Ron Hansen
Managing Director ING Structured Export Finance Amsterdam,
ING Bank
Plenary Room

Closing remarks

Thank you for joining us for Africa 2023, brought to you by TXF, Proximo & Uxolo

Thirty7 restaurant

Networking lunch

Get your business cards at the ready for our networking lunch

Plenary Room

TBD

Plenary Room

Registration & Networking

Pick up your badge and grab a coffee as we get ready to start the day!

Africa into 2024: Navigating through turbulent times

Perception of risk in Africa is always higher than actual risk – but there are still some things to keep an eye on if you want to do business in the region. Our opening session brings you on a continent-wide tour of risk profiles across Sub-Saharan Africa, considering innovations from BRICS to US Dollar alternatives.

Robert Besseling
CEO,
Pangea Risk

Keynote panel: The road ahead for African sovereigns

Sovereigns are the drivers behind projects in most African countries. Our keynote panel gathers key players from governments across the continent to consider:

  • Project pipelines and priorities
  • What sovereigns need from the global financing markets to help get projects over the line
  • Projects underway to support development across various countries
Ismael Nabe
Advisor to the Prime Minister in charge of Investments, and Public Private Partnerships (PPP),
Prime Minister office of Guinea- Primature
Alarik D'Ornhjelm
Director,
Deutsche Bank
Moderator
Paule Gosset-Koné
Managing Partner,
Maryel & Partners
Plenary Room

Networking break

Grab a coffee and get networking!

Plenary Room

Catalysing project development: DFI leaders’ panel

Simply put, most projects would not get done without DFI or MDB involvement. This session gathers leading DFI and multilateral voices active across Africa to ask:

  • What schemes and initiatives do our DFIs run to encourage investment into Africa?
  • How do DFIs collaborate with ECAs and the private sector to get more deals done?
  • What role does private capital investment play in DFI transactions?
  • What does the project pipeline look like, and how will DFIs mobilise capital into Africa’s considerable infrastructure gap?

Lori Kerr
CEO,
FinDev Canada
Kome Ajegbo
Structured Product Solutions + Sustainability,
Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)
Elena Palei
Global Head of Infrastructure,
MIGA - Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
Meaghan McGrath
Global Head of Syndications,
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen
Vice President, Office of Development Policy,
U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
Moderator
Inal Henry
Director,
ReagaInfra Capital
Breakout Room

Business state of play: The exporters’ panel

Africa can be a challenging market for exporters; high risk perceptions mean that it can be hard to source financing and make the most of the ripe opportunities in the continent. This session asks both international exporters looking to the continent, and African exporters looking at inter-continental trade:

  • Do African exporters understand the potential of ECA finance? How can ECAs better educate the market on the product?
  • What do international exporters need from ECAs to help them do business on the continent?
  • Has the ratification of the AfCFTA improved local exporters’ abilities to export within the continent?

Mahlatse Ndabane
Export Sales Manager,
MAN Automotive
Alexandre Fontanaud
Managing Director,
Jebsen & Jessen Industrial Solutions France SAS
Ralf Pepmöller
CEO,
Pro QUADRIGA
Bjorn Olausson
President,
Elof Hansson International AB
Moderator
Angelica Adamski
Financing Consultant,
Independent

Supporting international business: ECA leaders’ panel

ECAs remain a vital ingredient in African deals. This session brings together international ECAs to consider:

  • What products, policies and initiatives are ECAs offering that will be particularly useful in an African context?
  • What role do ECAs have to play in Africa’s Just Transition?
  • How are ECAs partnering with local African institutions to best service the continent’s needs?

Katarzyna Kowalska
COO,
KUKE - ECA
JUAN PUYOL
Deputy Director. Underwriting. Large Accounts. State Account Business Division,
CESCE Credit Insurance
Anders Vium Gjelfort
Senior Vice President,
EIFO
Maurizio d’Andria
Regional Director North and Sub-Saharan Africa,
SACE
Moderator
Luka Lightfoot
Partner,
Baker McKenzie

Connecting the dots: Bringing trade finance to local companies

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) should bring bountiful opportunities to local companies - but how can we connect these SMEs to financing? Given the tight criteria that international banks stick to, this session considers:

  • How can the trade finance community help to connect African and women owned SMEs to working capital finance? 
  • What role do local banks have to play? 
  • What role can DFIs play in supporting women and African owned SMEs?

Carmel Kistasamy
Director - Development Financial Institutions,
Absa
Kojo Boahene
Principal,
BVL & Co
Moderator
Kutoane Kutoane
Founder & CEO,
Trade Finance Africa
Plenary Room

Networking lunch

Get your business cards at the ready for our networking lunch break

Plenary Room

Financing healthcare and social infrastructure

Despite often smaller ticket sizes, healthcare and social infrastructure projects are vital for Africa’s development. This session considers how we finance these projects:

  • How are healthcare exporters securing financing for small ticket deals?
  • Could longer tenors help finance social infrastructure projects?
  • What role do DFIs and ECAs play in ensuring social infrastructure deals get over the line? Could we see more collaboration between the two agencies?
  • What role does private capital have to play in financing social infrastructure projects?

Ed Harkins
Trade & Export Finance Ambassador,
South African Chamber of Commerce
Rahul Chandran
Director Project Finance,
Planet One Group
Dirk Vandenberg
Country Head, South Africa,
UK Export Finance
Moderator
Elise Regnault
Executive Director Export & Agency Finance - Origination Africa,
Santander

Making it count: Ensuring funding gets where it's intended

The purpose of development finance is to support development - but how do we guarantee that our projects have a tangible social impact? This session considers:

  • How do we ensure that funds earmarked for impactful projects are used as intended, and why is measuring impact important?
  • How do we implement compliance and fraud prevention without 'red taping' projects which already struggle to access finance?
  • How do we measure a project's impact, and why is reporting so important?
  • Why should private investment partners be concerned about corruption, and why is it important to report these instances?
Hon. Parisa Salehi
Inspector General,
US EXIM BANK - Export-Import Bank of the United States Office of Inspector General (OIG)
Anthony Zakel
Inspector General,
US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Office of Inspector General (OIG).
Moderator
Sam McManus
Director,
Exile Group - Uxolo Development Finance
Plenary Room

Shedding light: Renewables development across Sub-Saharan Africa

Whilst fossil fuels are likely to remain an important part of Africa’s energy mix, there is significant appetite for developing more renewables. This session considers:

  • Sourcing bankable renewable projects in Africa
  • The role of ECA and DFI backing in African renewables
  • The unique challenges dealmakers face when procuring renewables project across the continent

Aqueel Bohra
Senior Director, Project Development,
AMEA Power
Katherine Persson
Head of SOLA Assets,
SOLA
James Cumming
General Manager,
Africa Clean Energy Developments
Robert Doyle
Chief Financial Officer,
Sun Africa LLC
Robert Voskuilen
Manager Agribusiness, Food and Water Asia,
FMO - Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank
Moderator
Ralph Gunn
SVP,
Standard Bank

The bankability factor: Sourcing bankable projects in Africa

There’s no dearth of enthusiasm when it comes to investing in Africa, but how do we ensure that there are enough bankable projects on the market to meet investment demands? This session gathers financiers, agencies, and those seeking finance to consider:

  • What creative methods can we use to crowd in financing for African projects?
  • What needs to be done in the procurement stage to ensure that projects are bankable?
  • What qualities do projects need to have in order to attract financing? 
Rita Ricciardi
Head of Business Development – Partner,
Bergs & More
Hildabertha Kundu
Senior Deal Originator,
Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)
Henri Argenson
Asset Management Director,
Themis Energy
Phillip Hall
Head of Structured Finance EMEA,
MUFG
Moderator
Matthew McLean
President Endsight Consulting,
Endsight Consulting
Plenary Room

Networking break

Grab a coffee and keep networking!

Better together: ECA & DFI collaboration

When risks are high, support from agencies can make a huge difference to a project’s viability. Over the last years, we’ve seen ECAs and DFIs working together more and more to help mitigate risk on vital projects. This session considers the trend:

  • What type of project can benefit from combined ECA and DFI support?
  • What challenges arise from the collaboration between ECAs and DFIs on African projects?
  • We examine real-life transactions which have benefitted from collaboration between ECAs and DFIs

Andreas Cremer
Director of Infrastructure and Energy,
KfW DEG
Tusekile Kibonde
Resident Underwriter,
ATIDI (formerly ATI)
Afolabi Obisesan
Senior Manager,
Afreximbank
Nes Ruwo
Principal Syndication Officer,
Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)
Moderator
Alarik D'Ornhjelm
Director,
Deutsche Bank

Louis B Bar (Lobby Level)

Networking cocktail reception: Sponsored by Standard Bank

IAN CARTON
HEAD, CLIENT COVERAGE INTERNATIONAL,
Standard Bank
Stream

Networking vineyard safari: Sponsored by NMS Infrastructure

Join us for a relaxed afternoon of wine tasting at Warwick Wine Estate. We start off with a vineyard safari before heading down to the Forest Courtyard for drinks.

Pre-registration link to come shortly.

Stream

Networking vineyard safari: Sponsored by NMS Infrastructure

Join us for a relaxed afternoon of wine tasting at Warwick Wine Estate. We start off with a vineyard safari before heading down to the Forest Courtyard for drinks.

Pre-registration link to come shortly.

Plenary Room

Registration & Networking

Pick up your badge and grab a coffee as we get ready to start the day!

Africa into 2024: Navigating through turbulent times

Perception of risk in Africa is always higher than actual risk – but there are still some things to keep an eye on if you want to do business in the region. Our opening session brings you on a continent-wide tour of risk profiles across Sub-Saharan Africa, considering innovations from BRICS to US Dollar alternatives.

Robert Besseling
CEO,
Pangea Risk

Keynote panel: The road ahead for African sovereigns

Sovereigns are the drivers behind projects in most African countries. Our keynote panel gathers key players from governments across the continent to consider:

  • Project pipelines and priorities
  • What sovereigns need from the global financing markets to help get projects over the line
  • Projects underway to support development across various countries
Ismael Nabe
Advisor to the Prime Minister in charge of Investments, and Public Private Partnerships (PPP),
Prime Minister office of Guinea- Primature
Alarik D'Ornhjelm
Director,
Deutsche Bank
Moderator
Paule Gosset-Koné
Managing Partner,
Maryel & Partners
Plenary Room

Networking break

Grab a coffee and get networking!

Plenary Room

Catalysing project development: DFI leaders’ panel

Simply put, most projects would not get done without DFI or MDB involvement. This session gathers leading DFI and multilateral voices active across Africa to ask:

  • What schemes and initiatives do our DFIs run to encourage investment into Africa?
  • How do DFIs collaborate with ECAs and the private sector to get more deals done?
  • What role does private capital investment play in DFI transactions?
  • What does the project pipeline look like, and how will DFIs mobilise capital into Africa’s considerable infrastructure gap?

Lori Kerr
CEO,
FinDev Canada
Kome Ajegbo
Structured Product Solutions + Sustainability,
Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)
Elena Palei
Global Head of Infrastructure,
MIGA - Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
Meaghan McGrath
Global Head of Syndications,
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen
Vice President, Office of Development Policy,
U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
Moderator
Inal Henry
Director,
ReagaInfra Capital
Breakout Room

Business state of play: The exporters’ panel

Africa can be a challenging market for exporters; high risk perceptions mean that it can be hard to source financing and make the most of the ripe opportunities in the continent. This session asks both international exporters looking to the continent, and African exporters looking at inter-continental trade:

  • Do African exporters understand the potential of ECA finance? How can ECAs better educate the market on the product?
  • What do international exporters need from ECAs to help them do business on the continent?
  • Has the ratification of the AfCFTA improved local exporters’ abilities to export within the continent?

Mahlatse Ndabane
Export Sales Manager,
MAN Automotive
Alexandre Fontanaud
Managing Director,
Jebsen & Jessen Industrial Solutions France SAS
Ralf Pepmöller
CEO,
Pro QUADRIGA
Bjorn Olausson
President,
Elof Hansson International AB
Moderator
Angelica Adamski
Financing Consultant,
Independent

Supporting international business: ECA leaders’ panel

ECAs remain a vital ingredient in African deals. This session brings together international ECAs to consider:

  • What products, policies and initiatives are ECAs offering that will be particularly useful in an African context?
  • What role do ECAs have to play in Africa’s Just Transition?
  • How are ECAs partnering with local African institutions to best service the continent’s needs?

Katarzyna Kowalska
COO,
KUKE - ECA
JUAN PUYOL
Deputy Director. Underwriting. Large Accounts. State Account Business Division,
CESCE Credit Insurance
Anders Vium Gjelfort
Senior Vice President,
EIFO
Maurizio d’Andria
Regional Director North and Sub-Saharan Africa,
SACE
Moderator
Luka Lightfoot
Partner,
Baker McKenzie

Connecting the dots: Bringing trade finance to local companies

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) should bring bountiful opportunities to local companies - but how can we connect these SMEs to financing? Given the tight criteria that international banks stick to, this session considers:

  • How can the trade finance community help to connect African and women owned SMEs to working capital finance? 
  • What role do local banks have to play? 
  • What role can DFIs play in supporting women and African owned SMEs?

Carmel Kistasamy
Director - Development Financial Institutions,
Absa
Kojo Boahene
Principal,
BVL & Co
Moderator
Kutoane Kutoane
Founder & CEO,
Trade Finance Africa
Plenary Room

Networking lunch

Get your business cards at the ready for our networking lunch break

Plenary Room

Financing healthcare and social infrastructure

Despite often smaller ticket sizes, healthcare and social infrastructure projects are vital for Africa’s development. This session considers how we finance these projects:

  • How are healthcare exporters securing financing for small ticket deals?
  • Could longer tenors help finance social infrastructure projects?
  • What role do DFIs and ECAs play in ensuring social infrastructure deals get over the line? Could we see more collaboration between the two agencies?
  • What role does private capital have to play in financing social infrastructure projects?

Ed Harkins
Trade & Export Finance Ambassador,
South African Chamber of Commerce
Rahul Chandran
Director Project Finance,
Planet One Group
Dirk Vandenberg
Country Head, South Africa,
UK Export Finance
Moderator
Elise Regnault
Executive Director Export & Agency Finance - Origination Africa,
Santander

Making it count: Ensuring funding gets where it's intended

The purpose of development finance is to support development - but how do we guarantee that our projects have a tangible social impact? This session considers:

  • How do we ensure that funds earmarked for impactful projects are used as intended, and why is measuring impact important?
  • How do we implement compliance and fraud prevention without 'red taping' projects which already struggle to access finance?
  • How do we measure a project's impact, and why is reporting so important?
  • Why should private investment partners be concerned about corruption, and why is it important to report these instances?
Hon. Parisa Salehi
Inspector General,
US EXIM BANK - Export-Import Bank of the United States Office of Inspector General (OIG)
Anthony Zakel
Inspector General,
US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Office of Inspector General (OIG).
Moderator
Sam McManus
Director,
Exile Group - Uxolo Development Finance
Plenary Room

Shedding light: Renewables development across Sub-Saharan Africa

Whilst fossil fuels are likely to remain an important part of Africa’s energy mix, there is significant appetite for developing more renewables. This session considers:

  • Sourcing bankable renewable projects in Africa
  • The role of ECA and DFI backing in African renewables
  • The unique challenges dealmakers face when procuring renewables project across the continent

Aqueel Bohra
Senior Director, Project Development,
AMEA Power
Katherine Persson
Head of SOLA Assets,
SOLA
James Cumming
General Manager,
Africa Clean Energy Developments
Robert Doyle
Chief Financial Officer,
Sun Africa LLC
Robert Voskuilen
Manager Agribusiness, Food and Water Asia,
FMO - Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank
Moderator
Ralph Gunn
SVP,
Standard Bank

The bankability factor: Sourcing bankable projects in Africa

There’s no dearth of enthusiasm when it comes to investing in Africa, but how do we ensure that there are enough bankable projects on the market to meet investment demands? This session gathers financiers, agencies, and those seeking finance to consider:

  • What creative methods can we use to crowd in financing for African projects?
  • What needs to be done in the procurement stage to ensure that projects are bankable?
  • What qualities do projects need to have in order to attract financing? 
Rita Ricciardi
Head of Business Development – Partner,
Bergs & More
Hildabertha Kundu
Senior Deal Originator,
Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)
Henri Argenson
Asset Management Director,
Themis Energy
Phillip Hall
Head of Structured Finance EMEA,
MUFG
Moderator
Matthew McLean
President Endsight Consulting,
Endsight Consulting
Plenary Room

Networking break

Grab a coffee and keep networking!

Better together: ECA & DFI collaboration

When risks are high, support from agencies can make a huge difference to a project’s viability. Over the last years, we’ve seen ECAs and DFIs working together more and more to help mitigate risk on vital projects. This session considers the trend:

  • What type of project can benefit from combined ECA and DFI support?
  • What challenges arise from the collaboration between ECAs and DFIs on African projects?
  • We examine real-life transactions which have benefitted from collaboration between ECAs and DFIs

Andreas Cremer
Director of Infrastructure and Energy,
KfW DEG
Tusekile Kibonde
Resident Underwriter,
ATIDI (formerly ATI)
Afolabi Obisesan
Senior Manager,
Afreximbank
Nes Ruwo
Principal Syndication Officer,
Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)
Moderator
Alarik D'Ornhjelm
Director,
Deutsche Bank

Louis B Bar (Lobby Level)

Networking cocktail reception: Sponsored by Standard Bank

IAN CARTON
HEAD, CLIENT COVERAGE INTERNATIONAL,
Standard Bank
Plenary Room

Breakfast briefing: Celebrating women in finance

At Exile, we proudly amplify women's voices that drive the industry worldwide, with a special commitment to uplifting African women and recognizing their crucial role. Sign up to our interactive breakfast briefing to discuss with your peers:

  • How can women leverage connections with each other to advance their careers?
  • How do we ensure that African women have pivotal roles in financing projects on the continent, and why is this important?
  • What areas of export, project, and development finance are more gender diverse and why might this be the case?
  • How do we ensure that women don't get stuck in middle management, or doing 'invisible' work that doesn't give them a platform?
  • What role do men have to play in uplifting female colleagues?
Paule Gosset-Koné
Managing Partner,
Maryel & Partners
Kome Ajegbo
Structured Product Solutions + Sustainability,
Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)
Meaghan McGrath
Global Head of Syndications,
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Angelica Adamski
Financing Consultant,
Independent
Proximo: Project Finance

Tension point: Russia's impact on Africa

Russia's invasion of Ukraine sent shockwaves across the world but, over a year into the conflict, Africa's relationship with the country remains uncertain. This keynote considers:

  • How the continent has fared since the war began
  • Russia's impact on Africa's agribusiness and industry
  • What relationship will Africa have with Russia moving forward, and how will this impact businesses?
Thea Fourie
Head of Economics and Country Risk: sub-Saharan Africa,
S&P Global Market Intelligence
Thea Fourie
Head of Economics and Country Risk: sub-Saharan Africa,
S&P Global Market Intelligence

Just Transition: Financing the energy transition

Energy transition remains a global priority, but in Africa it is essential that this transition is ‘Just’. This session considers what the energy transition will look like in an African context, prioritising development whilst protecting communities most at risk of climate disaster.

  • What should energy transition look like in Africa? 
  • How are African sovereigns approaching Africa's energy transition? What can the international community to do support transition, delivering on promises made at COPs over the past years?
  • Should ECAs consider loosening restrictions on transition fuels – such as natural gas – in developing countries?
  • What projects under development will help propel Africa’s transition?

Rockfeler Herisse
Sr. Advisor, Climate Finance & Innovation,
USAID Power Africa
Afolabi Obisesan
Senior Manager,
Afreximbank
Moderator
Greg Fyfe
Global Head ECA and Agency Finance,
Standard Bank
Plenary Room

Networking break & Linkedin Headshots

Pop over to the meeting hub during the networking break to get a quick new headshot for your Linkedin from our professional photographer!

Plenary Room

Going places: Financing Africa’s transport infrastructure

Transport infrastructure is vital for connecting communities, economic empowerment, and Africa's energy transition. But how can we bring more projects to financial close? Here, we consider:

  • What does the project pipeline look like for transport infrastructure projects across Africa?
  • What lessons can be learned from successful African transport projects such as the Abidjan metro?
  • How do ESG requirements impact project procurement?
  • What do African governments need from the financing community to ensure that vital projects go ahead?
Alain Descamps
Chairman - STAR,
Bouygues Travaux Publics (Civil works)
Janina Szwedo
Senior Trade Finance Specialist,
Polish Development Bank (BGK)
Portia Dube
Head Business Development,
ECIC (Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa)
Moderator
Matthew McLean
President Endsight Consulting,
Endsight Consulting
Plenary Room

Going underground: Africa’s metals and mining industry

Africa’s resource riches make the metals and mining industry a key contributor to the region’s economy. This session considers:

  • How to create a sustainable mining industry that continues to support African business
  • Mining for energy transition metals
  • Transparency and accountability surrounding working conditions
  • Balancing ESG requirements with the need to continue supporting Africa’s mining industry

Mpho Nkgodi
General Manager – Business Development,
Minopex
Raymond Onovwigun
CEO,
Romco Metals
Moderator
Angelica Adamski
Financing Consultant,
Independent
Plenary Room

Power to the people: Financing transmission

It’s all very well generating power, but how do we transport it to communities? South Africa, in particular, is renowned for poor electricity transmission, but the issue pervades across the continent. This session considers:

  • How do we bring more transmission lines to market?
  • How do dealmakers mitigate risks and navigate the legal challenges of working on cross-jurisdictional projects?
  • What do we need from governments to improve Africa’s energy transmission?
  • What work needs to be done to convince governments that transmission projects are important?

Hitesh Kumbhat
CFO,
Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd. (KPTL)
Angela Perez
Head of Structured Finance,
Elecnor
Moritz Thompson
Investment Director,
Africa Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM)
Moderator
Ron Hansen
Managing Director ING Structured Export Finance Amsterdam,
ING Bank
Plenary Room

Closing remarks

Thank you for joining us for Africa 2023, brought to you by TXF, Proximo & Uxolo

Thirty7 restaurant

Networking lunch

Get your business cards at the ready for our networking lunch

Plenary Room

TBD