2018 Conference

Propelling commerce, connecting leaders and building partnerships for Africa

The fifth edition of the ALN Africa Investment Conference took place on 7-8 November 2018 at the Four Seasons Resort located at the beautiful Jumeirah Beach in Dubai. It ran for one and a half days with intense plenary and breakaway discussions which focused on current issues impacting business in Africa. The country spotlight sessions involved business leaders showcasing selected investment destinations within the continent.

The Conference was attended by over 300 delegates, including c-suite executives, business owners, public figures from the Republic of Malawi, Republic of Malta, Republic of South Africa, Republic of Mali, and the United Arab Emirates, and representatives from key government entities and NGOs, such as the US Chamber of Commerce, the US Trade and Development Agency, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Enterprise Singapore, and UN-Habitat, among others. From the private sector, there was important participation by industry titans, including Google, Citigroup, Microsoft, Standard Bank, ATI, DEG, WeWork, Equity Group, General Electric, Masawara, and Bellhouse Capital. It also showcased promising African entrepreneurs in the Budding Lions session.

In addition to thoughtful discussions on business matters, the Conference highlighted two CSR projects focusing on the environment and healthcare access in marginalised communities: The Flipflopi and Safari Doctors initiative. The conference also supported the African arts by inviting Sauti Sol, an award-winning afro pop group, crowned as one of the best African Groups by MTV and best African group by the ALL Africa Music Awards.





Guests of Honour

Minister for Tolerance, United Arab Emirates

Former Prime Minister of Mali & ALN Chairman


Abbasali Haji

Founder and Managing Director, East Africa Capital

Ahmad Chahidi

Executive Director, Wealth Planning, Julius Baer (Middle East)

Ameel Somani

Adviser, Helios Investment Partners

Amyn Mussa

Partner, ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna

Anna Skubikowski Aguilera

Assistant General Counsel, United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)

Anne Eriksson

Former Regional Senior Partner, PwC

Anne Kiunuhe

Partner, ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna

Arshad Dudhia

Managing Partner, ALN Zambia | Musa Dudhia & Co.

Assad Abdullatiff

Managing Director, AXIS Fiduciary

Atiq Anjarwalla

Managing Partner, Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota

Ayman Osman

Director, Corporate, External & Legal Affairs, Emerging Markets, Middle East & Africa,, Microsoft

Barnaby Fletcher

Senior Analyst, Southern Africa, Control Risks

Ceaser Siwale

Chief Executive Officer, Pangaea Securities

Christo Els

Senior Partner, Webber Wentzel

Claire Wilby

Senior Lawyer, ERG

David Awuah-Darko

Chairman, IC Securities Group

Dominic Rebelo

Partner, ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna

Eduardo López Moreno, Dr.

Director Research and Capacity Building, UN-Habitat

Firas Oggar

Group Head of Legal, Zain Group

Foued Bourabiat

Partner, ALN Algeria | Bourabiat Associés

Francis Njogu

Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Energy

G. Jayakrishnan

Global Markets Director, Middle East & Africa, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, Enterprise Singapore

Gaia Ines Fassò

Head of the Anthemis Institute, Anthemis Group

Gbolahan Elias, Prof.

Partner, ALN Nigeria | G. Elias & Co.

Grace Njihia

Vice President Engineering, Africa's Talking

Greg Metro

Managing Director, Schulze Global

Greg Mills, Dr.

Director, Brenthurst Foundation

Harjeev Khandari

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Zenises

Hatim Ben Ahmed

Partner, Mediterrania Capital Partners

Ife Osaga-Ondondo

Head of Legal, Sub-Saharan Africa, Google

Inderjit Bedi

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Bellhouse Capital

James Mwangi, Dr.

Chief Executive Officer, Equity Group

Jamie Simmonds

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, The Access Bank UK

Jean-Michel Ette

Director, KeysFinance Partners

Jesse Zigmund

General Counsel, M-KOPA Solar

John Lentaigne

Chief Underwriting Officer, African Trade Insurance Agency

Jonathan Evans

Executive Vice President, Legal & Compliance, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Emirates Global Aluminium

Julien Garcier

Founder & Managing Director, Sagaci Research

Kamau Gachigi, Dr.

Founding Executive Director, Gearbox

Karim S. Anjarwalla

Managing Partner, ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna

Kato Mukuru

Managing Director, Head of Frontier Research, EFG Hermes

Khalil Anjarwalla

Managing Director, African Cotton Industries

Kwame Parker

Partner and Investment Director, Frontier Investment Management

Luis G. Franceschi, Dr.

Dean, Strathmore University Law School

Mandeep Nalwa

Chief Executive Officer, Taurus Wealth Advisors

Markus Gabbert

General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, DEG-Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft

Marvin H Coleby

Founder, Raise

Mesfin Tafesse

Principal Attorney, ALN Ethiopia | Mesfin Tafesse & Associates

Michael H Gera, Dr.

Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Energy Access Ventures

Miguel Azevedo

Head of Investment Banking, Middle East and Africa, Citigroup

Mmusi Maimane

Leader, Democratic Alliance, Republic of South Africa

Mohamed el Roubi

General Counsel, GardaWorld International Protective Services

Mohamed Khodeir

Partner, Al Tamimi

Nadeem Juma

Chairman, AIM Group

Nimit Shah

Partner, Helios Investment Partners

Nnamdi Kalu Ezera

Senior Counsel, US Department of Commerce

Ole Ruch

Managing Director, WeWork

Oliver Cornock

Editor-in-Chief, and Middle East Managing Editor, Oxford Business Group

Omar Bagersh

Partner, Bagersh Coffee

Omar Khan

Director, International Offices, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Paul Currie

Chief Investment Officer, Development Bank of Southern Africa

Romain Py

Executive Head of Transactions, African Infrastructure Investment Managers

Rushil Bhatt

Principal, Real Estate, Actis

Safia Fassi-Fihri

Managing Partner, ALN Morocco | BFR & Associés

Saif Malik

Regional Co-Head of Global Banking, Africa & Middle East (AME), Standard Chartered Bank

Sameer Hirji

Co-Founder and Group Executive Director, Selcom

Sana Bagersh

Chief Executive Officer, BrandMoxie

Shingai Mutasa

Founder of Masawara and Chief Executive Officer of Masawara Zimbabwe, Masawara

Sonal Sejpal

Director, ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna

Susan Mboya, Dr.

Principal and International Advisor, Navigators Global

Sydney Domoraud

Managing Partner, EMIRE Partners

Tara O’Connor

Founder and Managing Director, Africa Risk Consulting & ARC Briefing

Tariq Bin Hendi

Executive Vice President and Head of Wealth Products & Advisory, Emirates NBD

Timothy Masembe

Managing Partner, ALN Uganda | MMAKS Advocates

Tom Marshall, Dr.

Chief Operating Officer, Africa Division, Surbana Jurong

Vijay Gidoomal

Group Managing Director, Car & General

Willy Ireri

Vice President, Energy Financial Services, General Electric Capital

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