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Africa Business Partnership Forum

This exclusive forum will bring together forward-thinking African and non-African businesses and investors to discuss ways to strategically position themselves, develop partners and expand into Africa in order to grow and gain competitive edge in the region’s high growth markets in 2014. Also, the meeting will explore the role of governance in facilitating trade and investment for  businesses, and aim to promote business partnerships with key insights on successful business models in Africa.

ABPF will assemble key stakeholders including business leaders and industry experts, government officials and associations, as well as the press. Industry leaders will share their experiences, vision, success stories and best practice in order to help guide your business to greater heights.


Key topics include:
  •  Business Models in Africa: Case-Studies – Technology, Solar Tech , Fintech,  Financial, Education  Sectors etc
  • Developing Business Partnerships to Facilitate Growth
  • Africa Rising: What benefits for African Businesses?
  • Intelligent Governance: Lessons for Africa
Confirmed Speakers:

1. William Pollen, Programme Director, Invest in Africa

William Pollen

Having trained as an investment advisor with HSBC Private Bank, William worked in the City for a number of years before going on to pursue a career in communications and branding, creating global campaigns for multinational clients.

In 2011, he completed his MBA in London whilst also working as the fundraising director for ‘Row2recovery, a campaign to raise £1m towards Help4Heroes. In February 2012, William joined Invest in Africa as the Programme Director and has overseen its expansion.

2. Claire Alexandre – Head of Commercial & Strategy, M-PESA, Vodafone Group 


Claire Alexandre heads the M-Pesa Commercial and Strategy team within the Vodafone Group, leading the further growth and expansion of the payment and money transfer service. Based in London, she is working alongside operational teams spanning from Africa to Asia.

She has been at the forefront of enabling the development of new mobile financial service schemes, especially in developing and emerging markets. She supported the development of the M-PESA proposition early on, while in charge of Vodafone financial services regulation and policy. More recently, Claire was a Senior Program Officer for Financial Services for the Poor, at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, leading their policy and regulatory strategy and programs.

Claire previously held a number of public policy positions within Vodafone and the telecommunications industry.


3.   Dr. Ayo Salami  - Chief Investment Officer, DUET Africa Fund

Dr Ayo Salami

Dr Salami is the Chief Investment Officer of the Duet Africa Index Fund and the Duet Africa Opportunities Fund. He is also the Director of African Business Research Limited, a research driven, information portal and consultancy specialising in Africa. He has been involved in researching African financial markets since 1998 when he worked at Nomura International where he was the senior equity analyst covering Africa. He initiated Nomura’s coverage of the region and over the years has acquired substantial knowledge and experience on African economies and companies.

He is a regular speaker at conferences relating to economic matters on Africa. Dr Salami has substantial experience as a practitioner in the equity markets where he was involved in originating and structuring corporate acquisitions, capital raising via initial public offerings. Dr Salami has published in leading academic journals on the financing, post-merger performance and sources of synergy in corporate takeovers.

Ayo obtained his PhD in Finance from Cass Business School and he is a graduate of London School of Economics.


4. Simon Bransfield-Garth – Chief Executive Officer, Azuri Technologies


Simon leads the team at Azuri, bringing affordable solar energy on a commercial basis to rural off-grid consumers in Africa. He has 25 years global experience building rapid growth, technology-based companies and was named a Global Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum in 2013.  He was formerly an Industrial Fellow at the London based Royal Society and Research Fellow at Cambridge University in the UK from where he holds a BA and Ph.D in Engineering.


5. Gibril Faal – Managing Director & Chairman, GK Partners & AFFORD


Gibril Faal is currently a director of GK Partners – a UK-based company that advises socially responsible businesses on ethical business models, social enterprise, legal structures, ethical and Islamic finance, corporate responsibility etc. He is a board member of the EC-UN Joint Migration & Development Initiative based in Brussels and chairman of the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) – a charity which works to extend and enhance the role Diasporans play in African development. He is also the founder of RemitAid™ – a programme to transform remittances into a sustainable form of international development finance using tax reliefs and other macroeconomic policies.


6. Mansoor Hamayun – Executive Partner, Global Strategy, BBOXX 

Mansoor Hamayun

He was the founder and the first Chairman of ‘e.quinox’ 2008 and co-founded BBOXX in 2010. Mansoor is responsible for the global strategy of BBOXX which includes HR, new markets and industrial partnerships. Mansoor has professional leadership experience in the Engineering/Customer Service Sector with Rolls-Royce plc in the UK and Hong Kong. Mansoor spends considerable amount of time in the market attempting to create the framework and partnerships necessary to fulfil the social aim of the business i.e. mass electrification.

Mansoor is a graduate from Imperial College London where he obtained honours (M.Eng) degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.


 7Andy Gibson – f. Director General, Institute of Export (IOE International Trade) 

Andy Gibson 1

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.


8Mohan Sodhi – Professor, Operations & Supply Chain Management, Cass Business School

Mohan Sodhi Cass 

Professor Sodhi received his Ph.D. in management science from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA in 1994. Subsequently, he taught operations management at the University of Michigan Business School where his research in the trucking industry was funded by the Sloan Foundation. His research interests lie in supply chain management, in particular in supply chain risk, and more recently, tying that to sustainability.

Prof. Sodhi also had a visiting position at the Indian School of Business (ISB) where he was Executive Director of the Munjal Global Manufacturing Institute (May 2011-Sep 2013).

Prior to joining Cass Business School in August 2002, Professor Sodhi was Vice President at a software company based in San Jose. Previously, he worked as Director for enterprise e-business strategy at Scient and, prior to that, as Manager in the Supply Chain Practice at Accenture. He has worked with clients in a variety of industries including consumer electronics, commodity and specialty chemicals, petroleum products distribution, hospitality industry procurement, and airlines.

He has published in numerous academic and managerial journals including Operations Research, Journal of Operations Management, Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Interfaces, and Supply Chain Management Review. He is currently Deputy Editor for Production and Operations Management (POM) and is a former Editor of the Annual Edelman Awards issue of Interfaces and former Editor-in-Chief of INFORMS Online.


9Rosalind Kainyah – Founder & Director, Kina Advisory & Investment Limited 

Rosalind Kainyah

Rosalind is a highly qualified and experienced senior executive with over 20 years’ combined experience in corporate and environmental law, government relations, political risk management, and social investment primarily related to the mining and oil industries in Sub- Saharan Africa.  Her experience has been gained through high level positions in Anglo American, De Beers and Tullow Oil plc, as well as advising governments in Africa and elsewhere on policy and legislative matters.   She has a BA in English from the University of Ghana and an LLM from University College London. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales (Gray’s Inn) in 1988 and is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Rosalind was head of External Affairs & CSR at Tullow from 2009 till 2013, responsible for political risk management, social performance and public policy across the Tullow Group. Prior to this, she worked for the De Beers Group for 7 years first as a corporate lawyer and then was appointed Executive Director, Corporate Communications at the Diamond Trading Company, the sales and marketing arm of the De Beers Group of Company. From 2006 to 2009 she was President of De Beers Inc, the representative company in the USA of the diamond mining group. Rosalind joined De Beers from Linklaters, where she was a corporate lawyer. Before Linklaters, she worked as an international environmental lawyer, advising governments in Africa, the South Pacific and Eastern Europe on policy and legislation, and as an in-house environmental lawyer for Anglo American Corporation of South Africa.


10Dzidziso Samuel Kamuriwo – Asst Professor, Business Strategy, Cass Business School (Moderator) 


Sam Kamuriwo gives lectures on Business Strategy at Cass Business School. In 2010, He was a Visiting Scholar at Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.

His main research interests focus on performance implications arising from (1) inter-firm strategic alliances and networks (2) firm level board composition and inter-firm board networks (3) business model design and innovation

His research work has been published in leading academic journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Managerial Decision and Economics, the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, Frontiers of Entrepreneurial Research as well as presented at leading conferences such as the Academy of Management, Academy of International Business, European Group for Organisational Studies and Babson conferences in the United States, around Europe and Asia.


11. Ernest Okwudike – Founder & Conference Director, Alliance 54 

Ernest Okwudike

Ernest is the Founder of the Africa Business Partnership Forum and Africa Global Business Partnership Forum. He is dedicated to simplifying the process of finding business partners and opportunities in Africa to accelerate business growth and economic development.

Other Invited Speakers:

  1. Tope Lawani – CEO, Helios Investment
  2. Philippe Vogeleer – Executive, Vodafone
  3. Mo Ibrahim – Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation & Satya Capital
  4. Geoffrey White – CEO, Lonrho
  5. Tom de Man – Managing Director of Africa’s Operation, Heineken
  6. Semhar Habtezion – International Trade Adviser, Africa, UKTI



Registration to attend this meeting is free.

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*Spaces are strictly limited and subject to approval

Dress Code: Business Attire


For general enquiries and information on how to raise your company’s profile on this platform kindly contact:

Ernest Okwudike

Conference Director

M: 07909 468 059

T: 0203 5386 748

E: ernest@alliance54.com