27 September 2017 12:30 to 14:30
The Role of Private Equity in Africa
We are delighted to be hosting a Private Equity Roundtable meeting with guest speaker; Mr. Souleymane Ba, Partner at Helios Investment Partners.
Helios Investment Partners is one of the largest Africa-focused investment firms, managing funds totalling c. $3 billion.
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27 September 2017 18:00 to 20:00
Nigeria: Briefing with British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright
Squire Patton Boggs
We are delighted to be hosting the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright for an evening of discussion and debate on Nigeria. Paul will be addressing the economic, political and commercial situation in the country before a Q&A session and networking.
Paul joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1986. Before being appointed High Commissioner to Nigeria he served as Director of Multilateral Policy, prior to this he served as British Ambassador to the Netherlands. His other roles have included Head of Counter-Proliferation and Political Counsellor at the UK Delegation to NATO.
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04 October 2017 12:00 to 14:30
Spotlight on Africa’s Agriculture Sector
With Africa in the strong position of being home to around 60% of the world’s uncultivated land, the sector finds itself in the limelight as a driver for sustainable economic growth throughout the region. With multilateral institutions, such as the African Development Bank, leading the charge in promoting the importance of agriculture in terms of GDP growth and employment, the private sector is playing an increasingly large role, with investments in the sector from major corporations like Dangote.
This event will seek to understand the business climate surrounding the agricultural sector. Key themes to be discussed will include: what investment has been seen into the region; the companies leading the way in the industry; the importance of value addition; empowering women and youth within agribusiness and much more.
Hamid Assi, Founder and Director, Better African Foods
Hamid Assi is an established entrepreneur and the former Managing Partner of Minocongo Group, a family-owned large-scale food production, distribution and trading company operating in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo since 1990. Hamid was instrumental in building Minocongo from a stake in a start-up organisation to owning and operating the largest flour mill in Africa, and for conceiving joint-venture operations in Brazzaville and Kinshasa alongside the Inalca Group, part of the Cremonini group of companies. Hamid's strengths in corporate strategy and development as well as a strong operations orientation led him to set up his own firm, Better African Foods, in 2013 of which he is the sole shareholder and a Director. Under this new operation Hamid will be openning a new mill in Angola, where production will start at the end of September 2017. Hamid holds a BS in Architecture from Politecnico di Milano and is fluent in Arabic, English, French, Italian and Portuguese languages.
Rupert Cutler, Director, Political Risk & Trade Credit, Price Forbes
Rupert Cutler is a Director of the Political Risk & Trade Credit division of Price Forbes, an independent specialist insurance broker with offices in London, Johannesburg, Bermuda, Dubai, Santiago and Labuan trading with Lloyd’s and all the major international insurers and reinsurers worldwide. Insurance being a key part of the strategy of most corporates and is used to support individual transactions or a portfolio of business to provide risk distribution and to provide a known cost for uncertain risk. Price Forbes have positive experience in arranging solutions for our trading, banking and corporate clients with a solid claims payment history.
Rupert has been a specialist Political Risk & Trade Credit broker since 1990 with a strong emphasis on African risk, which includes commodity trading, crop and project risk, non-payment and confiscation risk in addition to terrorism and war on land.
Ramesh Moochikkal, President and Regional Head – South and East Africa, Olam International
Ramesh has made a distinguished career expertise in Africa’s Agriculture /Food Commodities sector. His current geographical supervision consists of 20 countries in Central, South and East Africa with a strategic business unit employing over 3,000 people including 40 top global managers. He serves on the Olam’s Global OPCO and ManCo.
Ramesh joined Olam at its inception in Nigeria 25 years ago, and has been a part of the core team that saw the company grow from a green field start up to a Singapore listed USD 20 billion revenue organisation today.
Ramesh has worked closely with farmer groups, worked alongside government programs, set up and run logistics and processing operations and also set up distribution structures in a variety of African markets. He is widely consulted by banks, government structures, NGOs and private businesses and currently teaches at the University of Cape Town.
Tim Pollock, Investment Director – Food & Agriculture, CDC Group
Tim joined CDC in September 2016 and has over 35 years of director level and international experience across the food and agribusiness sectors gained with Cargill, Elders, Grainfarmers, Macquarie Bank and Lallemand. His experience covers “plough to plate” and includes primary production of crops and livestock, crop inputs, animal feeds, soft commodity distribution and food ingredients processing, as well as transactional and post investment value creation skills. Tim studied Agriculture at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester and Corporate Finance at London Business School. He is also a non-executive director of Zambeef Products plc, Zambia’s leading integrated cold chains foods producer.
17 October 2017 12:00 to 14:00
VIP Luncheon with Saad Mohseni, Chairman and CEO of Moby Group
Invest Africa are delighted to be hosting a VIP Luncheon with Saad Mohseni, Chairman and CEO of MOBY Group. Saad Mohseni has built a reputation as a dynamic and innovative entrepreneur bringing world-class media to emerging and frontier markets. In 2002 Mr. Mohseni founded MOBY Group, one of the fastest-growing diversified media and strategic communications companies in South & Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Meet our Speaker:
Saad Mohseni, Chairman and CEO of MOBY Group
Named an Asia Game Changer by the Asia Society “for bringing news, information and entertainment to a barren landscape,” Saad Mohseni has built a reputation as a dynamic and innovative entrepreneur bringing world-class media to emerging and frontier markets. In 2002 Mr. Mohseni founded MOBY Group, one of the fastest-growing diversified media and strategic communications companies in South & Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Moby has re-shaped the media landscape in many of its territories of operation, and in 2012, 21st Century Fox became a strategic minority shareholder in the Group. In 2016, MOBY and VICE, the world’s pre-eminent youth media company, announced a joint venture headquartered in the UAE to launch Arabic-language VICE for youth audiences across MENA.
Prior to launching Moby Group, Mr. Mohseni served as an economic advisor to the Afghan government and headed the Equities & Corporate Finance divisions of one of Australia’s leading investment banks.
In 2011 Time magazine recognized Mr. Mohseni as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, in 2013 Foreign Policy named him among its 100 Global Thinkers, and in 2016 he was featured on Business Insider’s list of 100 global business visionaries. The Asia Society has named him an Asia 21 Young Leader and an Asia Game Changer. He has been widely applauded for his role in advancing press freedom, empowering civil society and defending women’s rights, and in 2015 he was identified by the BBC as one of 10 men globally championing gender equality.
Mr. Mohseni serves on the boards of the International Center for Journalists and the International Crisis Group. He has been profiled and interviewed extensively, including by The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR, The Financial Times and Charlie Rose. Mr. Mohseni was born in the United Kingdom and currently resides in Dubai.
If you would like to register or would like more information please email Saba Ismail at Saba.Ismail@investafrica.com