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We are pleased to invite you to the first Invest in Africa Forum 2017. This is the leading investment forum in Canada for informed and engaged dialogue on doing business in Africa. We expect over 100 delegates with extensive expertise, interest and commitment to Africa. For companies from Africa, it provides an opportunity to identify and develop partnerships, and investor and market opportunities for organizations from North America.

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The Conference offers a one-of a kind opportunity to meet like-minded professionals from Africa to facilitate business development and investing. The Forum will focus on highlighting practical strategies that are integral to building businesses on the continent. Our speakers, a ‘who’s who’ of the most respected entrepreneurs, managers and investors will share their insight on the creation and growth of exceptional businesses from across Africa. Our Investment Project Program comprises intimate highly-interactive sessions that give investors, financiers, contractors the opportunity to engage directly with public-sector and private-sector project owners.

Find bankable projects from across the African continent.

Gain on-the-ground insight into Africa’s latest trends, opportunities and challenges directly from the world’s top business, policy leaders, and top level finance and fund managers.

Invest in Africa Forum 2017 brings together the key stakeholders that are critical to developing projects across the African continent in a wide array of sectors:

African Public Sector

Government Investment Advisers

Ministers: ICT, Finance, Energy, Power, Infrastructure, and Transport

Government Agencies: Regulators, investment promotion agencies

State Owned Enterprises: Transport, Power, Digital, Technology, Real Estate, Hospitality

African and Multinational Corporates

Global Private Sector

Technology providers

Law, Accounting firms

Consulting and advisory firms

Global Finance & Investment Sector

Pension Funds, Development Banks & IFIs

Family Offices

Investment Banks & Private Banks

Private Equity Firms

African Centric Funds

Stock Exchanges

Participants will benefit from a dynamic program that will bring together leading investors, firms and government ministers from across Africa and North America to discuss ways of increasing trade and investment.

Network with qualified investors and partners looking for opportunities on the Afrcian continent.

October 24, 2017

TUESDAY, Conference Program

8:00 Registration

9:00 Welcome Remarks

9:15 Keynote: Opportunities across The Continent

9:45 Keynote: Energy Sector in Africa:

Renewables & Green Field Opportunities

10:15 Panel: How will ICT Shapes The Future of Africa?

11:00 Networking and Coffee

11:30 Panel: Housing and Commercial Real Estate Development

12:15 Keynote: Building Businesses, Brands

and Relationships in Africa

12:45 Networking Lunch

13:45 Keynote: Building A Billion Dollar Company in Africa

14:15 Panel: Banking and Insurance Sector

15:00 Networking and Coffee

15:30 Panel: Finance & Funding Mechanisms

16:15 Panel: Entrepreneurship- The New Generation

17:00 Closing Remarks

18:05 Cocktails

20:00 Gala Dinner and Networking

25 October, 2017

WEDNESDAY Investment Project Program

9:00 Matchmaking: Exploring Opportunities

10:30 Networking and Coffee

11:00 Matchmaking: Exploring Opportunities

1:00 Lunch

2:00 Matchmaking: Exploring Opportunities

3:30 Networking and Coffee

4:00 Session 4 Matchmaking: Exploring Opportunities

5:30 Closing Session

Speakers 2017

1-paige.pngPaige Backman is a partner with the Aird & Berlis Corporate/Commercial Group. Paige is also Chair of the firm’s Privacy & Data Security Team, Co-Chair of the Technology Group and Co-Chair of the Sports & Media Team. Paige practises in the area of corporate/commercial law.

She has extensive experience in corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, divestitures and joint ventures. Paige has led groups in some of the largest transactions in Canada and extensively counsels both multinationals and domestic entities in corporate transactions and commercial relationships. Over the years, Paige has developed expertise in data protection, technology and sports-related matters and is a prominent legal practitioner in these fields.

2-dolika.pngDolika Banda is a Zambian national with over 25 years of experience in international banking and financial management. Her experience spans the globe, including Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and the United States of America. In recent years she has brought her global experience to bear with a specific focus on banking and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa in particular. Most recently, Dolika served as the regional director for Africa at the UK's Commonwealth Development Company (CDC). Before joining CDC in 2013, Dolika was a senior adviser and director at the World Bank Group's International Finance Corporation (IFC) where she worked for 16 years in the financial markets, credit, accounting and treasury departments. She held senior positions at Barclays Bank Zambia in corporate and merchant banking and at Citibank Zambia in financial control, credit, treasury and international relationships. Dolika is based in Lusaka. She is currently an independent consultant and she sits as a non-executive director on the boards of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), Harith General Partners, South Africa, the UK's DFID Financial Sector Deepening, Africa and also serves as group chair of FOCUS Investment Group, a SME financial services provider in Zambia. Dolika was recognised with a prize for vision and courage by Africa Femmes Performantes (Africa's Performing Women) in Washington, DC in 2012.

3-sunir.pngMr. Sunir Chandaria has been the President of the LePage's 2000, Inc. division of Conros Corporation since 2009. Mr. Chandaria also represents Conros in a consortium of multinational companies that is exploring Information Communications Technology opportunities in Kigali, Rwanda, including the establishment of a regional data centre and IT infrastructure investment. He serves as a Director of Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. He is a recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award; he has since served on the Award's Board of Directors in Ontario and served as the inaugural Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Young Fellowship on its launch in 2008. Mr. Chandaria is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Mr. Chandaria graduated from Upper Canada College as Head Boy and pursued his undergraduate studies in Economics and Management at Oxford University and holds Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from St. Peter's College in 2002.

4-ron.pngRon Clark is a partner and a member of the Aird & Berlis Corporate/Commercial Group and Energy Team. Ron's corporate/commercial practice includes advising corporations, financial institutions, municipalities and individuals on commercial agreements, asset and share purchase transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private placements and secured lending transactions. Ron's energy practice has involved counselling stakeholder groups, retailers, distributors and generators on legislative and policy matters relating to electricity markets. He has been retained in connection with power procurement arrangements, development of generation and cogeneration facilities and the Ontario government's clean energy supply and renewable energy supply RFPs and contracts. He has been involved in electricity restructuring in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Albania, Macedonia and the Regional Southeast European market. He has also chaired the Ontario Energy Association's Task Force on Ontario's proposed electricity legislation. Ron previously served as a diplomat with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, with postings in Ottawa and Brussels.

Namaala5.5.pngNamaala Liebenthal is a corporate attorney with extensive legal experience in the financial and capital markets in both the USA and Zambia, as well as bank management experience in Zambia. She is currently the Chairperson of Ulendo RINP Plc, a Zambian company providing bridge financing to local road contractors through bonds issued in the capital markets. Namaala has worked at Chibesakunda & Co., a Zambian affiliate of the global law firm DLA Piper, and at Barclays Bank Zambia PLC as Chief of Staff. Before moving to Zambia, she practiced law in New York City at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where she completed transactions totaling in excess of US$25 billion. Ms. Liebenthal holds a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and a BS in Commerce (Finance) from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce with a Minor in Economics.

5-Danielle.pngMs. Danielle Kayembe is a seasoned business professional with experience in international consulting and finance in New York and sub‐Saharan Africa. As part of Bank of America's Leveraged Finance team, Ms. Kayembe worked on over $3 billion of transactions for private equity firms and companies in various industries. She later worked for HSBC's General Industrials Group, where she developed $4.5 billion in leveraged acquisition finance opportunities for multi‐national companies in their portfolio. Following her work at HSBC, Ms. Kayembe has advised firms such as Helios Towers, McCann Global Health,Kingdom Zephyr, and Vodacom in DR Congo. Ms. Kayembe graduated from Stanford University with a BA and MA in Organizations (Graduate School of Business and School of Sociology). She is originally from DR Congo and speaks fluent French.

6-jacob.pngJacob Maaga is the founder and CEO of the Pan Africa Exchange (PANEX), a Pan-African focused international exchange. PANEX It is a demutualized, fully electronic multi-asset exchange. Its mission is to create fair and transparent markets for the continent of Africa. PANEX facilitates price discovery and provide innovative solutions to improve fairness and transparency in trading between small-scale farmers, traders and agro-processors. It also provides hedging mechanisms that remove counter-party risk and enable financing through an electronic warehouse receipt system. As an exchange, it provides an efficient platform for the allocation and flow of capital between issuers and investors through listing of equity and debt. PANEX is licensed by the Securities and Exchange Commission in Zambia.

7-wakaba.pngJoseph Mucheru is the current Kenyan Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communications. He is a former Google Sub-Sahara Africa Lead based in the Google Nairobi office. He was Google's first Sub-Saharan employee and was key to setting up of Googles presence in Africa from 2007. Before joining Google he worked at Wananchi Online, a company he co-founded in 1999, in various roles at the company including Chief Technology Officer and Chief Executive Officer. He attended the Business Executive Programme from Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 2008. He holds a (B Sc. (Hons)) in Economics & Computer Science from City University London. He was awarded the Moran of the order of the burning spear in December 2010 by the President of the Republic of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki.

8-paul.pngPaul Tamale Musembwa is a Senior Partner with World Leo and has been an advocate for home-ownership for all people. He has dedicated most of the past 15 years of his career to solving the housing challenges in the US, Canada and in several developing countries around the world. Paul believes that home-ownership is the most effective tool for creating household wealth and for accelerating economic growth in developing countries. Paul always takes a contrarian approach to any problem. Paul has worked in various aspects of the real estate industry including development, finance, asset management, policy and advocacy. Paul has a BA Computer Science from Boston University and an MBA from the Haas Business School at the University of California, Berkeley.

9-ngumi.pngJohn Ngumi is founder of one of East Africa's first independent investment banking groups, Loita Capital Partners. Mr. Ngumi served as Investment Banking Director E A of CFC Stanbic Bank Limited (Standard Bank Kenya). Prior to joining Standard Bank, he worked in various capacities at Citibank, Barclays, Citibank, Grindlays, and National Westminster Bank. Mr. Ngumi has been Chairman of Kenya Pipeline Company Ltd. since July 2015. He served as Chairman of Konza Technopolis Development Authority until July 17, 2015. He serves as a Director of the Investment Banking Coverage Division for East Africa at Standard Bank Africa. He serves as a Director of ARM Cement Limited. He holds Bachelor of Arts (1st Class Honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics) from St. Peter's College, University of Oxford, UK.

10-kamau.pngDr. Kamau Thugge serves as First Principal Secretary of National Treasury. Dr. Thugge served as Treasury and Permanent Secretary of Kenya Reinsurance Corporation Ltd. He worked as a Senior Economic Advisor in the Ministry of Finance from the year 2010. He also worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in various capacities for over 21 years, both in the policy making Departments and non-policy making Departments as Economist/Senior Economist and Deputy Division Chief. He served as Head of the Fiscal and Monetary Affairs Department, Treasury from 2004 to 2005, and the Economic Secretary and Head of Economic Affairs Department, Treasury from 2005 to 2008. Dr. Thugge represented the Permanent Secretary, Finance on the Boards of the Central Bank of Kenya, the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Kenya, the Kenya Revenue Authority and the Capital Markets Authorities. He is a career economist having served in various capacities in the Treasury and Central Bank. He has been a Director of East African Development Bank since June 27, 2013. He serves as a Non-Executive Director of Kenya Airways Ltd. He served as a Director of The Kenya Power and Lighting Company Limited since August 2, 2013. He served as a Director of Kenya Reinsurance Corporation Ltd. He holds MA and BA degrees in Economics (University of Nairobi). Dr. Thugge holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from Colorado Collage, USA, Master in Economics from Johns Hopkins University, USA and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Economics from Johns Hopkins University, USA. and East African Development Bank since June 27, 2013.

11-flora.pngFlora Mutahi, is Chair of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM). Flora is the first ever woman to serve as chair of KAM since the association was founded in 1959. Flora is the founder and CEO of Melvin Marsh International Ltd which manufactures table salt, rice and tea. Melvin’s Tea is recognized as Kenya’s first flavored tea brand. Flora holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town, BSc Finance and Accounts from the Uk and is a Certified Public Accountant. She also serves on the Board for Seed Hope.

12-godwin.pngGodwin Wangong’u is the Senior Partner of the firm. He was admitted to the Roll of Advocates of the High Court of Kenya in 1988. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. Mr. Wangong’u began his legal practice with Nyachae & Company Advocates in 1988. He later established the firm of Wangong’u & Company Advocates and has broad and extensive experience in Corporate and Commercial law. He is a Patent and Trade Mark agent, a Commissioner of Oaths and a Notary Public. He is a member of the Law Society of Kenya and the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya. He heads the Tax Law Practice and is a member of the Corporate and Commercial and the Real Estate & Banking Practice. His areas of expertise include: Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Privatisation & PPPs, Capital Markets, Tax Law Planning, Technology Media & Telecoms, Intellectual Property, Energy & Infrastructure.

Meeting Convenor

99-njeri.pngNjeri Rionge is one of East Africa's most successful serial entrepreneurs, as described by Forbes. Njeri is one of the very few women pioneers in the ICT sector on the African continent. She co-founded internet service provider Wananchi Online that has since been transformed into Wananchi Group Holdings - one of east Africa's leading providers of pay-tv, broadband internet and VoIP services. In 2011 alone the company raised US$57.5 million in growth capital, and to date a total of US$238m from groups of international investors. Following the success of Wananchi Online, Njeri founded Ignite Consulting & Investment Limited in 2006, an executive coaching and skills training business specializing in improving organizational effectiveness. Ignite also has a subsidiary focused on hyper spectral imaging natural resources in Kenya. In 2008 she was asked to oversee the restructuring of Telkom Kenya, a previously state owned corporation soon after the merger with France Telecom, and was instrumental in the retail brand launch of the Orange brand into the country and the iPhone 3G was her super product launch. She is a frequent speaker at MIT, UBC, and Strathmore on Entrepreneurship, Governance and Leadership.Njeri has also held board positions with Unilever Tea (Brook Bond Kenya), Institute of Directors (IOD) Kenya, Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), East African Tea Trade Association (EATTA), Ambulance Air Rescue (AAR) Holdings, Wananchi Nominees Limited and Wananchi Online Ltd now Wananchi Group. She is a current Advisory Committee member of Sports as a Service to Humanity at the Vatican.

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