The existing means for financing infrastructure cannot take Africa to the scale that is needed. It is time for greater mobilization of internal resources.
- Donald Kaberuka, President, Africa Development Bank.
Now in its second year, the Africa Business Partnership Forum will bring together forward-looking African and non-African businesses and investors, government officials, international financial institutions, international organisations and the media to discuss how to get to the next level of trade and investment while developing partnerships with Africa in 2015.
The forum will also examine the strides in the development of infrastructures including the electrifying Africa initiatives, and covering both the transport and technology sectors; with particular focus on the role of the diaspora in financing development projects in the continent.
Industry leaders will share their experiences, visions, success stories and best practice to help you strategize to achieving sustainable growth.
Key topics include:
- Investment Opportunities in Africa
- Powering Africa
- Developing Strategic Partnerships
- The Diaspora, Remittances and Diaspora Bonds
- Development Financing
- Human Capital Development & Management
Contact the Conference Director for the most updated Forum Brochure
1. Jonathan Treacher, Chairman & Managing Director, Ardour Capital
Jonathan Treacher has spent the past twenty years are an Investment Banker and financier with a focus on frontier and emerging markets. He has been a founder and director of a number of businesses in the financial services sector.
Jonathan’s expertise is in the structuring and financing of transactions with a focus on ensuring that transactions are realistic and can get completed.
Currently Jonathan is a Managing Director of Ardour Capital, a firm focussed on Renewable Energy and Clean Technology, and in 2011 raised in excess of $250m for clients. He is Chairman of Africa Power, a company set up to finance and install renewable power on off grid cell phone towers throughout Africa. He is also Chairman of the Ardour East Africa Renewable Energy Fund, which will invest in renewable power projects throughout the East African region.
Jonathan has been resident part of each year in Uganda for over ten years and has been a serial private investor in property development during that time. Currently, through Ardour, he is advising on the largest real estate development transaction in Uganda, with an estimated value, upon completion, in excess of US$1 bn.
Jonathan is also a director of the Made in Africa Foundation, a UK Foundation set up to provide grant funding for Feasibility Studies and Masterplans for major infrastructure projects throughout Africa. The Foundation has received an initial funding commitment for $7m, from Atlantic Energy and its founder, Kola Aluko.
Previously, Jonathan was director, Chief Executive, and latterly Chairman, of Absolute Capital, a hedge fund management business. Starting with assets under management of €40m the business grew, over a four year period, to have assets under management in excess of €3.2bn. It was awarded hedge fund of the year in 2006 and listed on the AIM market in London achieving a peak market capitalisation in excess of £400m.
2. John Davie – Chairman, Altra Capital
John Davie is Chairman of the UK Government’s Advisory Group on Public Private Partnerships (PPP). He is a member of the UKTI Financial Services Sector Advisory Board and a past Chairman of British Expertise. John is a founder member of IFSL’s Islamic Finance in Business working group.
John works in the private sector where he is Chairman of Altra Capital; a City-based independent asset management venture. Altra is focused on the MENA (Middle East North Africa) region. John also leads the international business team at Vector, one of the UK’s premier international management consultancies providing professional services principally in the infrastructure and real estate sectors. He manages PPP and due diligence commissions acting for banks and investors in privatisations and other infrastructure developments.
John has been advising on privatisations and PPPs for many years and has been advising government and the private sector since establishing the Project Finance working group at British Expertise in 2000. He has held senior positions in financial services, development companies and management companies.
3. Andy Gibson – f. Director General & Trustee, Institute of Export (IOE International Trade)
Andy is a seasoned international trade consultant, who has not only held responsibility for driving and controlling the exports of a number of engineering companies, but also set up and run subsidiary operations in various European countries.
He is currently director of a company focussed on projects in developing economies, particularly those in East and West Africa, and focused on three areas:
a) Agriculture and Agro-processing, particularly post-harvest systems, and international trade development in produce, machinery and equipment.
b) Education and training, particularly in market access, trade finance and sustainable development and growth.
c) Project finance and project fiancé risk management – helping clients obtain project-based loan or investment finance.
A graduate in Engineering with German, his post-graduate study and training have been marketing (CIM), sales and export (IoEx) oriented. He is a former trustee of the Institute of Export, and London Branch chair.
Recent training projects have included market access and export promotion work for a number of African countries, and international trade instruments and finance risk management for some high-profile international clients. He is also joint author of a book on Sustainability in Engineering design.
He is fluent in German and French, has a working knowledge of Spanish and basic Dutch, and has delivered training in English, French, German and Spanish.
10.00 – 11.00 Setting up of Exhibition Stand
11.00 – 12.00 Arrival of Delegates & Networking
12.00 – 12.10 Opening Speech
12.10 – 13.00 Keynotes Session
13.00 – 14.10 Session 1
14.10 – 14.15 Commercial Break 1
14.15 – 15.25 Session 2
15.25 – 15.30 Commercial Break 2
15.30 – 15.55 Coffee Break
16.00 – 16.30 Session 3: Interview with CEO
16.30 – 17.30 Session 4
17.30 – 17.35 Summary & Thanks
17.35 – 18.30 Networking & Closing Cocktail
Note: The programme is subject to change*.
*Spaces are strictly limited and subject to approval
Dress Code: Business Attire
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