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Monday 31 March, 2014

08:00-08:55   Registration 
08:55–09:00   Welcome address
  • Isabelle Kumar, Euronews
  • Le Palace Ballroom, Ground Floor

Private Meetings:

EDFI Meeting


[Room: Creativity and Exploration, 1st Floor ]


09:00-09:30   Opening of the Business Forum
  • José Manuel Barroso, President of European Commission
  • Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, President of African Union Commission
  Keynote speech
Africa’s appeal to investors: Macroeconomic trends and investment opportunities
  • Ahmed Heikal, Citadel Capital Chairman and Founder
  • Interview by Ms Isabelle Kumar, Euronews

Coffee pause

Ground Floor Lobby Atrium 1st Floor

10:30–11:00   Setting the scene for discussions on EU-Africa partnerships
  • Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of European Commission
  • H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy chairperson African Union Commission
  • Le Palace Ballroom, Ground Floor

Panel 1: on engaging businesses in inclusive and sustainable growth: How can blending be used to partner with the private sector

  • Siegmar Proebstl, CEO SIEMENS Africa
  • Pim van Ballekom, vice-president of EIB
  • Dimistris Tsitsiragos, Vice President at IFC, Europe, Central Asia, Middle East & North Africa
  • Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development
  • Moderated by Ms Isabelle Kumar, Euronews
  • Le Palace Ballroom, Ground Floor
  Panel 2: on doing business in Africa: Improving the investment climate and how can SME’s be supported
  • Charles Mbire, Chairman of MTN (Uganda)
  • Mo Ibrahim, Founder of Mo Ibrahim Foundation
  • Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline
  • Amb. Valentine Rugwabiza, CEO of the Rwanda Development Board
  • Moderated by H.E. Festus Mogae, former president of Botswana
  • Le Palace Ballroom, Ground Floor

Networking lunch

 Ground Floor Lobby

    Thematic parallel roundtables 

Roundtable 1-Sustainable Energy for All: Innovative Solutions for Africa

[Room: Klimt, Ground Floor]

  • Bruno Wenn, CEO of DEG and Chairman of EDFI
  • Nachman Isaac, Project Finance Director of Olkaria
  • Thomas Gottschalk, Founder and CEO of mobisol GmbH
  • Moderated by Mark Eddo, Founder and Managing Director of Mark Eddo Media
  • Special address:  Roberto Ridolfi, Director of the European Commission

Roundtable 2 - Supply of risk capital for new enterprises

[Room:Creativity and Exploration, 1st Floor]

  • Ben White, Founder of VC4Africa
  • Paul Van Aalst, CEO of SOVEC
  • Special address : François Moutot, Directeur Général de APCMA, SG

Roundtable 3 - Inclusive models in Agri-food chains

[Room: Vision, 8th Floor]

  • H.E. Akinwumi Adesina, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development – Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Guy Stinglhamber, General Delegate of COLEACP
  • Jerzy Plewa, Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Moderated by: Akin Sawyerr, Secretariat Manager of AFGEAN

Coffee pause 

 Ground Floor Lobby Atrium 1st Floor


Roundtable 4 - Creating partnerships to bring e-schools to rural Africa: Offering incubator-backed seed and early stage funding

 [Room: Klimt, Ground Floor]

  • Christine Leurquin, Vice-President of SES Global
  • Abdul Bakrani, CEO of Intersat
  • Louis Onyango Otieno, Director, Legal & Corporate Affairs - Africa Initiatives
  • Special address: H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy chairperson African Union Commission

Roundtable 5 - Incubating sustainable energy enterprises: Setting up a global incubation hub

 [Room:Creativity and Exploration, 1st Floor]

  • Ian Cooke, Director at UK Carbon Trust
  • Andrew Reicher, Chairman of Berkeley Energy Africa
  • Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of NEPAD

Roundtable 6 - ICT for Agriculture: The digital springboard for inclusive agriculture

 [Room: Vision, 8th Floor]

  •  Lucy Muchoki, CEO of PanAAC
  • Walter H. Mayer, Founder and CEO of PROGIS
  • Rebecca Enonchong is founder and Chief Executive Officer of AppsTech
18:00–18:15   Wrap-up 
18:15–20:00   Cocktail – networking 

Tuesday April 1, 2014


Panel 3: on closing the SME funding gap: Strengthening Financial Systems (revamping the capital market) [Le Palace Ballroom, Ground Floor]

  • H.E. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana
  • Jean-Louis Ekra, President of AFREXIMBANK
  • Admassu Tadesse, President and CEO of PTA Bank
  • Aziz Mebarek, Founding Partner of Africinvest
  • Moderated by Hubert Danso, Vice-Chairman and CEO of Africa investor

Private Meeting:

Agriculture and Innovation

EC Meeting on Design, Build and Operate (DBO)

[Room: CLARITY, 8th Floor]

  Panel 4 on investments and partnership for productive work for youth [Le Palace Ballroom, Ground Floor]
  • H.E. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, President of the Republic of Mali
  • Lamine Dhaoui, Director of the Business, Investment and Technology Services Branch UNIDO
  • H.E. Mrs. Cina Lawson, Ministre des Postes et de l’Economie Numérique du Togo
  • Mr. Victor Soto,  Vice-President of The European Confederation of Junior Enterprises (JADE)
  • Erik Nyindu Kimbambe, Directeur Général pour France-Belgique-Suisse, VoxMedia
11:30–12:00   Coffee pause
12:00–13:00   Panel 5 on the role of banks in sustainable and inclusive growth [Le Palace Ballroom, Ground Floor]
  • Boubker JAI, Director General of the Group Attijariwafa Bank
  • Anthony Mothae Maruping, Commissioner for Economic Affairs of the African Union Commission
  • Ebenezer Essoka, CEO, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Fernando Costa Lima, Board Member of BPI (Portugal)
  • Moderated by: Kiprono Kittony, Chairman of Founder Chairman of Radio Africa Limited

Networking lunch 

Ground Floor Lobby

    Thematic Round Tables  

Roundtable 7 -Infrastructure and construction: Private Sector Investment and Participation in Transport Corridor: Using PPPs innovative project delivery mechanisms for Economic and Social Development”.

 [Room: Clarity, 8th Floor ]

  • Charles Kahuthu, CEO of East African Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture
  • Hervé Ronot, Senior Vice President of Sogea-Satom, Chair EIC Working Group “Africa”
  • Sogea-Satom, Chair EIC Working Group “Africa"
  • Special Address: Aboubakari Baba Moussa, Director of Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union Commission

Roundtable 8  On raw materials and governance: Managing natural resources for inclusive development in Africa

 [Room:Creativity and Exploration, 1st Floor]

  • Luca Demicheli, Secretary General of EuroGeoSurveys
  • René van Sloten, BUSINESSEUROPE Chairman
  • Mr Richard Morgan, International Government Relations Advisor, Anglo American
  • Special address: 
  • Commissioner Karel De Gucht
  • H.E. Mrs. Fatima Haram Acyl, Commissioner for Trade and Industry of the African Union Commission

Roundtable 9 - Health and pharmaceuticals:Growth, Innovation and Access in Health and Pharmaceutical between EU and African business

[Room: Vision, 8th Floor]

  • Greg Perry, Executive Director Medicines Patent Pool
  • Dr. François Bompart, Vice-President of European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations EFPIA
  • Nick Haggar, President of European Generic medicines Association EGA
  • Special address: Nazeem Mohamed, CEO, Kampala Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd

Presentation of success stories (plenary room)

[Room: Le Palace Ballroom, Ground Floor]

International Trade Center
Moderated by Shada Islam, Director of policy, Friends of Europe

16:00–16:30   Coffee pause  

Roundtable 10 - Social entrepreneurship

[Room: Clarity, 8th Floor ]

  • Emmanuel Henao, Owner of SkilledAfricans
  • Bill Carter, Vice-President for Africa at Ashoka
  • Bright Simons, President of mPedigree Network, Ghana

Roundtable 11 - Risk management

[Room:Creativity and Exploration, 1st Floor]

  • Jean-Christophe Laloux, Director General, EIB
  • George Otieno, CEO of  ATI
  • Kevin Kariuki, Head of Infra structure and Industrial Promotion 
  • Special address: Nuno Maria Pinto de Magalhães Fernandes Thomaz, Deputy-Chairman of the Bank Caixa Geral de Depósitios (CGD)

Roundtable 12 - Fostering Business opportunities in the use of Space services

[Room: Vision, 8th Floor]

  • Matthias Petschke, Director, ENTR/H EU Satellite Navigation Programmes
  • Amadou Ousmane GUITTEYE, Director General ASECNA (Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar)
  • Han Wensink, President of EARSC

EU-Africa investor meeting: presentation of investment pitches

[Room: Klimt, Ground Floor ]

  • Naguib Sawiris, Executive Chairman of Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH)
  • Moderator Isabelle Kumar, Euronews 

In Collaboration with EBCAM and VC4Africa

18:15–18:30   Closing
  • Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council
  • [Le Palace Ballroom, Ground Floor]


Amb. Valentine Rugwabiza, CEO of the Rwanda Development Board