11th Harvard Business School Africa Business Conference

11th Harvard Business School Africa Business Conference

This year, the conference will be centered around the theme “Africa on the Move: Transforming Quick Wins into Lasting Change”.
February 20-22, 2009


Panel Session 1

Private Equity
Runa Alam, CEO, DPI
Hans Spander III, Founder, Henshaw Capital
Panel Organizer: Sebastian Eriksson Giwa, Marlene Ngoyi, Kayode Ogunro

Doing Business in Post-Conflict Countries in Africa
Jose de Lima Massano, CEO, Banco Africano de Investimentos
Dr. Reid Whitlock, Deputy Director, OTF Group
Moderator: Professor Eric Werker
Panel Organizer: Marlene Ngoyi, Fayelle Ouane

Corporate Social Responsibility in Africa: Its Role in Sustainable Growth
Funlola Adewale, MD, Infiniti CSR
Fred Formanek, CEO, Agrihold
Elkanah Odembo, Director, Ufadhili
Panel Organizer: Erin Frackleton, Farai Shonhiwa

The Growth of Internet in Africa
Nkubito Bakauramutsa, Executive Director, Rwanda Information Technology Authority
Tidjane Deme, Office Lead, Google, Senegal
Panel Organizer: Michael Baldwin

Panel Session 2

Capital Markets: Opportunity in the face of Global Crisis
Gabriel Fal, CEO, CGF Bourse
Mohamed Gouled, Manager, Financial Markets, Sub-Saharan African Region, Global Markets Department, IFC
Panel Organizer: Takudzwa Mhlanga, Kwabena Osei-Kusi

Doing business in Francophone Africa
Michel Abrogoua, Founder, Phoenix Capital Management
Pascal Agboyibor, Managing Partner, Orrick
Patrice Backer, Chief Operating officer, AFIG Fund
Charles Kie, CEO, Groupe Banque Atlantique, Former CEO Citigroup West Africa
Panel Organizer: Lancine Diaby

Effective Social Enterprise Strategies and Models
Kosi Yankey, Founder and President, KeyCredit MicroFinance Institution
Brinda Ganguly, Associate Director, Rockefeller Foundation
Panel Organizer: Yaw Agyenim-Boateng, Taiwo Ajayi

Infrastructure as Key Bottleneck to Sustained Growth in Africa
Nick Rouse, Managing Director, Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund
Tshepo Mahloele, CEO, Pan-African Infrastructure Development Fund
Panel Organizer: Tulika Khemani, Kayode Ogunro

The Africa Brand
Yvonne Johnston, Market-at-large; Board Member–South Africa Tourism
Mark Sorbara, Consultant, African Risk Consulting
Moderator: Professor Lucie White (Harvard Law School)
Panel Organizer: Raphael Afaedor

Panel Session 3

Africa and China: Friends or Foes?
Dr. Jing Gu, Research Fellow, China and Development Policy, Institute of Development Studies
Zemedeneh Negatu, Managing Partner, Ernst & Young Ethiopia
Wang Wenming, CEO, Beijing Yecao Investment Consulting
Moderator: Professor Regina Abrami
Panel Organizer: Fayelle Ouane

Residential Real Estate in Africa: Reducing the Housing Shortage in Africa
Wale Akinmusire, CEO, CityScape
Joseph Kitamirike, CEO, National Housing and Construction Company (NH&CC)
Dr. Laila Macharia, CEO, Scion Real
Moderator: Professor Nicholas Retsinas
Panel Organizer: Temitope Abereoje, Mumo Muthengi

Tewodros Ashenafi, Chairman and CEO, SouthWest Energy
Jite Okoloko,CEO and MD, Notore Chemical Industries
Moderator: Professor Das Narayandas
Panel Organizer: Thomas Ferede


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