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OCTOBER 24 & 25
Invest In African Frontier Markets - Partnership Forum 2017 on Doing Business in Africa for Canadians.
By NRBC Inc & Africa Expert Forum

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We are pleased to invite you to the first Invest In African Frontier Markets - Partnership Forum on Doing Business in Africa for Canadians. The leading partnership and 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 organisations from North America.

The forum offers a one-of a kind opportunity to meet like-minded professionals from Africa to facilitate business development, partnerships and investing. The Forum will focus on highlighting practical strategies that are integral to building a business on the continent. Our speakers, a ‘who’s who’ of the 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 private 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 or North American 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 African Frontier Markets - Partnership Forum on Doing Business in Africa for Canadians brings together the key stakeholders that are critical to developing projects across the East and West in a broad range of sectors:
African & Canadian Public Sector
B2B & B2G Investment Advisers
Professional: ICT, Finance, Energy, Power, Infrastructure, and Transport
Legal: Regulators & Associations
Enterprises: Transport, Power, Digital, Technology, Real Estate, Hospitality
African and Multinational Corporates
Global Private Sector
Technology providers
Consulting and advisory firms
Global Finance & Investment Sector
Wealth 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, businesses and government ministers from across Africa and North America to discuss ways of increasing trade and investment.
Network with qualified and accredited investors and partners looking for opportunities on the African continent.

October 24, 2017
TUESDAY, Showcasing Enterprises & Partnership Opportunities
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 Investor Pitch Program - On Scaling Up Businesses
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 Closing Session

Speakers 2017
Paige 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 practices 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 deals 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.
Mr 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 are 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.
Ron 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 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.
Ms 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.
Jacob Maaga is the founder and CEO of the Pan Africa Exchange (PANEX), a Pan-African focused international exchange. PANEX It is a demutualised, fully electronic multi-asset exchange. Its mission is to create fair and transparent markets for the continent of Africa. PANEX facilitates price discovery and provides 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 the listing of equity and debt. PANEX is licensed by the Securities and Exchange Commission in Zambia.
Paul 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 several developing countries around the world. Paul believes that homeownership is the most efficient 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.
Flora 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 recognised, as Kenya’s first flavoured 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.
Meeting Convenor
Njeri 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 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 specialising in improving organisational effectiveness. Ignite also has a subsidiary focused on hyperspectral imaging natural resources in Kenya. In 2008 she was asked to oversee the restructuring of Telkom Kenya, a former 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.
NRBC - What we do:
We are a business advisory and investment management firm registered federally in Canada, doing business in Africa. We offer a range of business solutions from capital raising, and capital structuring, to corporate organisational development and business governance support to start ups, and emerging market branch offices for companies.
We match investors with interesting and viable investment opportunities, and at the same time, we capital raise for small and medium businesses doing business in Africa.
Our Area Of Focus:
Business advisory and consultancy services.
Capital raising for issuers and investor relations manager for investors and business owners.
Business advisory services related to capital raising, capital structuring and corporate organisational development, and commercialization.
Attracting for accredited international investors to invest in African companies.
We are entrepreneurs supporting entrepreneurs to meet the challenge of scaling African businesses. We want to bridge the business-investor gap by identifying opportunities in the diaspora and forging synergies with several returnees to countries on the African Continent.
Our Value Proposition:
We understand the challenge of doing business in Africa.
We have a track record with existing portfolio companies in Africa that offer the localised support we need.
We present a broad range of vetted deals to investors.
We offer support to both the investee and the issuer to ensure a smooth investment process.
We only partner with reputable African Securities.
AFRICA EXPERT FORUM - Who we are:
African Diaspora has played a critical role as a driving force of globalisation in promoting cultural exchange, commerce, trade, learning, and innovation. Despite this impressive track record of success, all too often investments in Africa have been regarded not as an opportunity but rather as a risky venture with little potential for return. Despite the ongoing African Renaissance, opportunities are poorly understood among diaspora while others continue to reap enormous rewards. The consequences are apparent for all to see; growing inequality, short-term thinking, unsustainable business practices and brain drain. Africa Expert Forum is a unique network comprising Africa Diaspora and Friends of Africa that are entrepreneurs, business professionals, philanthropists and filmmakers committed to the development of Africans here at home and across the African continent. As a city-based platform currently active in both Toronto and New York, it offers opportunities to its members to share critical information and experiences while developing innovative approaches to investment in Africa through support to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The Network hosts regular meetings, training and capacity building events, an annual conference and investment roadshows to some of the most dynamic investment destinations in Africa.



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