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    9:00-10:00   OFFICIAL OPENING


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    Her Excellency Ms. Fetlework Gebregziabher Abrha,  Minister, Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI)

    Her Excellency Fetlework Gebregziabher Abrha has a Master of Science from the London School of Economics.

    Before she assumed her current position, she has served in various senior posts in the Federal democratic Republic of Ethiopia, including Regional Bureau Head of Trade, Industry and Urban Development; Director General of the Federal Finance Intelligence; Head of Public Relations and Urban Sector.


    Amb. Albert M. Muchanga

    Amb. Albert M. Muchanga,  Commissioner for Trade and Industry, African Union

    Albert Muchanga was elected Commissioner for Trade and Industry of the African Union in 2017. He previously served as Permanent Secretary in the Zambian Cabinet Office in charge of Parliamentary Affairs and Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union.

    Mr. Muchanga has held responsibilities for international economic and foreign policy analysis and implementation. He is a central figure in the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area, an economic space comprising 55 members of the African Union promoting trade of duty free goods and services.



    Ms. Arancha González, Executive Director, International Trade Centre

    Arancha González, an expert in international trade issues with 20 years of experience, has served as Executive Director of ITC since September 2013.

    Before joining ITC, she served as Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013. During her tenure at the WTO, she played an active role in launching the Aid for Trade initiative and served as Mr. Lamy's representative at the G-20. Prior to working at the WTO, Ms. González held several positions at the European Commission, including spokeswoman for trade and adviser to the European Union Trade Commissioner. Ms. González co-chairs the World Economic Forum (WEF) Agenda Council on the Future of Trade and Investment.   


    10:00-11:30              INVESTING IN ONE AFRICA


    Tewolde GebreMaria

    Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam,  Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines

    Mr. GebreMariam began his career at Ethiopian Airlines in 1985 and became CEO in 2011, winning multiple awards including 'African CEO of the Year'. He also serves as a member of the High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport with United Nations.

    Mr. GebreMariam holds a B.A. Degree in Economics from Addis Ababa University, a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Open University in the United Kingdom, and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa from Addis Ababa University.


    Israr Ahmed Mecca

    Mr. Israr Ahmed Mecca,  Director, Farida Group

    Mr Israr Ahmed Mecca is one of the promoters of Farida Group. The group manufactures leather shoes with an annual turnover of $320 million, with manufacturing operations in India, Ethiopia and Bangladesh.

    He holds an MBA from Boston University, has 23 years of experience in the export business and is involved in various industry organizations. Mr. Ahmed also participates in CSR activities. He has organized medical camps, education drives, promotion of women empowerment and entrepreneurial development programmes. 


    enedict Okey Oramah

    Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board, African Export-Import Bank

    Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah assumed his current position in September 2015, after having joined the bank in 1994 as Chief Analyst.

    Prior to joining Afreximbank, he was an Assistant Research Manager at the Nigerian Export Import Bank from 1992. Dr. Oramah serves as Chairperson of the Africa Chapter of the International Factors Group, board member of the Editorial Boards of Trade and Forfaiting Review, and member of the Journal of African Trade and the Consultative Board on World Cocoa Economy of the International Cocoa Organization. Dr. Oramah holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. He is the author of "Foundations of Structured Trade Finance".


     Hani Salem Sonbol

    Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol,  CEO, International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation

    His career in development banking started three decades ago, where he served in many technical and leading positions across the Islamic Development Bank Group (IDBG). He previously served as Director of the IDBG President's Office, Director of IDBG Regional Office Morocco, Director Trade Finance and Promotion Department, Deputy CEO ITFC, and Acting CEO at the Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit.


    shish J. Thakkar

    Mr. Ashish J. Thakkar,  Founder, Mara Corporation and Mara Foundation / Co-founder, Atlas Mara

    Mr. Thakkar has driven the growth of the Mara Group from a small IT business in Uganda to the globally recognized multi-sector investment group. Through its investments, Mara Corporation has a presence across 26 African countries in sectors spanning technology, banking, real estate and infrastructure.

    Mr. Thakkar served as Chair of the United Nations Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Council.  He was appointed Chair of the Presidential Youth Advisory Group at the African Development Bank and is the author of The Lion Awakes: Adventures in Africa's Economic Miracle.


    	 Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa 'Utoikamanu

    Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa 'Utoikamanu, United Nations Under-Secretary-General, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States

    Ms. 'Utoikamanu, a Tongan national, took up her appointment as the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States in May 2017.

    Prior to taking up her position with the United Nations, she was the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Tourism in Tonga.

    Ms. 'Utoikamanu positions also included tenures in the leadership of the Council of the University of the South Pacific (2009-2016)) and as Deputy Director General and Director of Education, Training and Human Development of the Secretariat of Pacific Community (2009-2015), Permanent Representative and Ambassador of the Government of Tonga to the United Nations, United States of America, Cuba and Venezuela and High Commissioner to Canada (2005-2009), and Secretary for Foreign Affairs and European Commission's National Authorizing Officer for Tonga (2002-2005).




    Mwayi Kampesi

    Ms. Mwayi Kampesi,  Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Planet Green Africa, Malawi

    Ms. Kampesi is a social entrepreneur passionate about youth economic development and environment. She is also the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of In House Interiors, a social enterprise that supports climate action through recycling and reusing decor items, whilst creating employment for youth.

    She was listed in the 2017 Forbes Africa 30 under 30, and she was recognized as '100 Top Startup Vein 2018' under the World Youth Forum in Egypt in November 2018.

    An architect by profession, Ms. Kampesi is a Mandela Washington leader (YALI) fellow majoring in the Business and Entrepreneurship track, and she holds a certification in Suitability supply chain.


    Ms. Navalayo Osembo Ombati

    Ms. Navalayo Osembo Ombati, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Enda Sportswear, Kenya

    Enda is a running footwear and apparel company that contributes to Kenya's reputation as the global leader in distance running. Enda brings together world-class shoe designers, developers and Kenyan athletes to create performance running shoes.

    Ms. Osembo is experienced in entrepreneurship, management consulting and international development, having worked for Deloitte & Touche and the United Nations, among others. She holds an M.A. in international development and humanitarian emergencies from the London School of Economics and an undergraduate degree in law from the University of Nairobi. Ms. Osembo is also a Certified Public Accountant.


    14:30-16:00   DIGITAL AFRICA


    Munir Duri

    Mr. Munir Duri, Chief Executive Officer, Kifiya Financial Technologies, Ethiopia

    Mr. Duri is the founder of Kifiya Financial Technology, a payment service provider and enabler of digital services. Kifiya is dedicated to making financial and non-financial services simple, affordable and accessible in Ethiopia and beyond.

    Mr. Duri believes in the potential of fin-tech to change access to financial services, create market linkages, and enable small holder farmers to access credit and manage climate related risks.


    Kalifa M. Faal

    Mr. Kalifa M. Faal,  Chief Executive Officer, Xoom Wireless / CEO, KMF Technologies

    Mr. Faal leads companies that provide internet access and technologies in The Gambia. XOOM Wireless is an Internet Service Provider founded by Mr. Faal which has just been acquired by Orange Sonatel, the leading telecommunications service provider in West Africa.

    He spent the past two years advocating for an industry-wide shift in internet technologies to provide faster internet speeds while delivering last-mile connectivity.

    The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry's gave him the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2014 and 2015. Mr. Faal is a Computer Science graduate from Florida State University.


    Mr. Alex Ntale

    Mr. Alex Ntale, Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda ICT Chamber

    Mr. Ntale's current position at Rwanda ICT Chamber involves bridging the gap between private and public sector players in the ICT industry as well as overseeing and establishing new innovation centres for technology start-ups & incubators. His experience ranges from working as a computer engineer to financial services broker in London's financial district. He is passionate about technology and financial markets developments and their role to solving global challenges.

    Mr. Ntale holds a Master of Science Degree in Investment and Quantitative Finance from the University of Westminster, a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Business Information Technology NCC Education, as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Makerere University, Uganda.


     Oumar Yam

    Mr. Oumar Yam, Co-Founder, OuiCarry

    OuiCarry provides a delivery service for online orders in West Africa. Consumers in Senegal, Mali, Togo and Benin receive goods from the largest online sites from all over the world.

    Mr. Yam studied Economics and Transport at the University of Montpellier, France. Oumar Yam became an entrepreneur when he returned to Senegal in 2009.




    Mahlet Afework

    Ms. Mahlet Afework, Mafi Mafi, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    In 2011, Ms. Afework set up her fashion house Mafi Mafi, placing ancient fabrics, style and sustainability at the fore of her brand.

    Her collection is produced from cotton grown in Ethiopia and is hand woven by female artisan weavers. She is committed to keeping the production of her collection in Ethiopia to support the livelihood of female artisans.

    Mafi Mafi was showcased at the Africa Fashion Week in New York and the Ethical Fashion Berlin 2016 – 2019. Ms. Afework won the Creative Futures award in 2017 and Origin Africa’s design award in 2012. In 2014, Mahlet was invited to speak at the London Parliament seminar on ‘Trade and women’s economic empowerment’ and she appeared at TED talks in Geneva speaking on ‘Ancient Tradition and Modern Fashion’.

    Mafi Mafi has been featured by the BBC, CNN African Voices and, Vogue Italia.Forbes Magazine profiled Mahlet as one of Africa’s most exciting emerging fashion designers.


    Charles Ofori Antipe

    Mr. Charles Ofori Antipem, Co-founder, Dext Technology

    At Dext Technology, Mr. Ofori has spearheaded the design of the revolutionary science set, a product that has redefined practical science education by shrinking a science laboratory into the size of a textbook. This product has received awards from Ghana Institute of Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Academy of Engineering, and won the 2018 World Export Development Forum pitch competition.

    The African Union selected the science set as the most innovative education solution in Africa. At least 25,000 students have performed over 50,000 hours of science and innovation training using the science set. 


    Amadou Daffe

    Mr. Amadou Daffe, Chief Executive Officer, Gebeya Inc

    Gebeya, a Pan-African Edtech and online marketplace company based in Ethiopia, actively contributes to the empowerment of young Africans and the economic development of African countries through innovation and tech-powered solutions. Gebeya’s vision is to be the premier software engineering and IT training academy in Africa, while becoming the number one global IT services marketplace matching African IT talent with clients across Africa and the rest of the world.

    Mr. Daffe has extensive experience in the IT industry as well as a strong commitment to enhancing digital skills across the African continent.


    Colette van der Ven

    Ms. Colette van der Ven, Director, Trade for Development Initiative, Sidley Austin

    Colette van der Ven is an international trade lawyer specializing in trade policy and development. In 2018, she founded the Trade for Development Initiative at Sidley Austin, a pro bono program that helps developing countries use trade and investment to achieve sustainable development. She also works as an independent consultant for governments and international organizations.

    Previously, Ms. van der Ven was an associate in Sidley's international dispute settlement practice, representing governments in WTO disputes. She holds a J.D. from the Harvard Law School and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She publishes regularly on issues related to the WTO, trade and sustainable development.



    FRIDAY, 22 NOVEMBER 2019


    9:00-10:30   SKILLS FOR THE NEW AFRICA


    	 Mr. Manuel Muñiz

    Mr. Manuel Muñiz, Dean, IE School of Global and Public Affairs, Spain

    Since 2017, Mr. Muñiz has been Dean of IE School of Global and Public Affairs. He is also Senior Associate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He has provides policy advice to governments, the United Nations, the G20, the EU Commission and the Spanish National Security Council. He is the Founding Director of IE's Center for the Governance of Change, dedicated to studying the challenges of accelerated societal and technological transformation.


    Jackie Ochola

    Ms. Jackie Ochola, Country Director, Uganda, Andela

    As Andela’s first female Country Director, Ms. Ochola provides strategic leadership and direction to the Uganda office and is also responsible for its programmatic and operational management.

    Previously, Ms. Ochola worked in the Telecom industry as an Engineering Manager and Business Leader for companies like Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent, Leadcom and Uganda Telecom, in Uganda, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria.

    She holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Makerere University Kampala, a Master of Communications Management from Coventry University UK and is a certified Project Management Professional.


    Henrietta Onwuegbuzie

    Dr. Henrietta Onwuegbuzie, Director, Impact Investing Policy, Lagos Business School

    Dr. Onwuegbuzie joined the Lagos Business School faculty in 2001 and is the Academic Director of the Owner-Manager Programme.

    Prior to this, she managed educational projects for women's development in Nigeria and worked in corporate banking. She earned an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Navarre, Spain, an MBA from Lagos Business School, and a PhD in Entrepreneurship from Lancaster University, UK.


    Ranieri Sabatucci

    H.E. Mr. Ranieri Sabatucci, Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to the African Union

    During his 30 years working with European Institutions, in Brussels, Dar es Salaam, and Pretoria, H.E. Mr. Sabatucci has covered thematic areas ranging from trade and development to politics, peace and security.

    His most recent position was as Head of the Division for relations with South East Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), at the European External Action Service.

    He has a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Perugia in Italy.


    10:45-12:00 TRADE IS SUSTAINABLE


    Joakim Bystrom_

    Mr. Joakim Bystrom, CEO, Absolicon Solar Collector

    Outside his professional career, Mr. Bystrom served three years as Chairman at the Federation of Young Scientists and is the founding chairman of the Solar Energy Technician Vocational Training School in Sweden. He also initiated and chaired the Stockholm Junior Water Prize under the patronage of H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria.

    Mr. Bystrom has been awarded both from the King Carl XVI Gustaf's 50-Year Fund and the World Wildlife Fund Carl Mannerfld prize. He has represented Sweden at the UN Commission of Sustainable Development.

    Mr. Bystrom has studied engineering physics, has a University Diploma with specialization in Technology at Uppsala University.


    George Omuga,

    Mr. George Omuga, General Manager, Ngorongo Tea Factory, Kenya

    With more than 18 years of experience in the tea industry, Mr. Omuga is responsible for managing operations at Ngorongo Tea Factory. He has unique expertise in sustainable, climate-smart agriculture, the Rain Forest Alliance, ethical trading Initiatives, fair trade certifications and social audits. He graduated from Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya, with a Masters Degree in Community Studies and BSC degree in Agriculture and Human Ecology.


    Samba Thiam

    Mr. Samba Thiam, Head, UN Environment Liaison Office to the African Union (AU) Commission, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and Representative in Ethiopia

    Mr. Thiam assumed his current role in Ethiopia in March 2014. Mr. Thiam has played an important role in creating policy linkages between the UN Environment and the AU, and maintaining strategic partnerships with the Addis-based diplomatic corps and partners.

    He has facilitated joint programmes with the UNECA and managed the UN Environment strategic presence and partnership with the Government of Ethiopia.

    Prior to his current post, Mr. Thiam served as the UN Environment “Delivering as One” Coordinator. He ensured UN Environment’s engagement in the ONE UN Processes at both regional and national levels, focusing on Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Cape Verde.

    Mr. Thiam holds a Master in Rural Development Planning from the University of East Anglia, UK and a Master in Economic Sciences from the University of Nouakchott, Nouakchott.


     Delphine Traoré

    Ms. Delphine Traoré, Chief Operations Officer, Allianz Africa

    Ms. Traoré assumed her current role in 2017, after having held the position of CEO of Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) Africa, where she remains a non-executive member of the board of management.

    Ms. Traoré is among the most important women economic leaders of Forbes Africa magazine in 2019 and was designated by Jeune Afrique magazine among the 50 most influential women in Africa in 2018. She also appears twice in the top economic leaders of tomorrow study by the Choiseul 100 Africa in 2014 and 2015.

    Ms. Traoré holds a Master of Science in Insurance Management from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Accounting from the University of Pittsburgh.




     Ratnakar Adhikari


    Dr. Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director, Executive Secretariat for the Enhanced Integrated Framework, World Trade Organization

    Previously, Dr. Adhikari was the Chief Executive Director of South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment, a Kathmandu-based regional think tank. He also served as a Senior Adviser to the National Planning Commission of Nepal, and Trade Programme Specialist for the United Nations Development Programme in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He also worked as a manager of Nepal Indosuez Bank Ltd. and as a lecturer at the Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu.


    Eleni Kyrou


    Ms. Eleni Kyrou, Head, Representation to Ethiopia and the African Union, European Investment Bank (EIB)

    Ms. Kyrou is a development practitioner with over 20 years of experience across the global South. Her expertise lies in impact investing, gender-smart financing and human rights in business

    Eleni joined the EIB in 2010 and, prior to her current post, she served as the EIB’s Lead Social Development and Gender Specialist, spearheading the development of institutional policies related to gender equality and business-and-human rights in the Bank’s due diligence. In particular, she developed the EIB Group’s Strategy on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and steered the elaboration and roll-out of the EIB Group’s Gender Action Plan since 2017.

    She has a Master of Science in Urban Development Planning from University College London and a Bachelor of Science in Development and Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies.


    Frank Matsaert

    Mr. Frank Matsaert, Chief Executive Officer, TradeMark East Africa

    Prior to taking over his current position in 2010, Mr. Matsaert was a private sector adviser for the Department for International Development (DFID) and Country Director for Care. He started his career in the financial sector, as an International Fund Manager and Investment Analyst in the UK. He has designed and overseen over 40 major innovative and successful programmes totalling over $1 billion in the fields of trade, financial sector development, privatisation, investment climate reform, market development and skills development. Mr. Matsaert holds two Masters degrees in Economics and Archaeology, and is an IMRO certified Fund Manager.


    Takao Seki

    Mr. Takao Seki, Director-General, Japan External Trade Organization, Addis Ababa

    Mr. Seki has served as the first Director General of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in Addis Ababa since the opening of the office in March 2016.

    Previously, he was the Director of the Nairobi office and the deputy head of JETRO’s Nagoya office in central Japan.

    He dedicated much of his time to researching the African continent, and conducting various export promotion activities. He supported inward foreign direct investment into the region, targeting the manufacturing sector in collaboration with both local governments and the regional bureaus of various ministries.

    JETRO is the government agency under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Its mandate is to promote trade and investment business for mutual benefit between Japan and the rest of the world.





    shada Islam

    Ms. Shada Islam,  Director for Europe and Geopolitics, Friends of Europe

    Shada Islam is responsible for policy oversight of Friends of Europe's initiatives, activities and publications. She has special responsibility for issues related to the Future of Europe, Migration, the Asia Programme and the Development Policy Forum.

    She is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, where she teaches Asia-Europe relations, and is a fellow of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She has been named as one of twenty most influential women in Brussels by Politico. Shada is one of the authors of Friends of Europe's "Frankly Speaking" commentary.


    George Ndirangu

    Mr. George Ndirangu, journalist, BBC

    Before working for the BBC, he was Senior Presenter and Producer at CNBC Africa, and holder of Rwanda's 2017 Media Personality Award.

    He has conducted interviews globally, including  eight Heads of State at the Transform Africa Summit (including Rwanda's Paul Kagame), President of Mauritius Ameenah Gurib at World Economic Forum in Davos, Former Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf, philanthropist Howard Buffett, Mo Ibrahim and more. George recently facilitated COMESA's handbook launch, moderating a panel with four Presidents (Kenya, Uganda, Mauritius and Zambia). At BBC, George is part of a culture review group assessing engagement between London headquarters and African bureaus. He is a Bsc. Actuarial Science holder.







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