Having identified that addressing the demand and supply gap for investible projects is critical to growing the impact investments industry as well as achieving sustainable and inclusive growth in Africa, increasing the availability of investment-ready firms in the region is essential and will thus, require an understanding by various stakeholders especially African diaspora entrepreneurs, innovators and investors of the key requirements for building innovative and bankable impact businesses that attracts impact investors and solves Africa’s social and environmental challenges.
Therefore, the Impact Investing in Africa forum will bring together African entrepreneurs, innovators, global investors, government officials, foundations, family offices and other asset managers in an intimate environment for a focused discussion on the fundamentals and explore the latest developments in the sector. Participants will share knowledge and best practices; promote collaboration and networking that would help take their businesses to the next level and develop the sector.
- What is Impact Investing?
- Who are Africa’s Impact Investors?
- Which sectors are they interested in?
- Building bankable impact businesses in Africa: the key elements
- How ready are African entrepreneurs and businesses for global investors?
- What does Impact Investors require from African entrepreneurs?
- What do you need to be investment-ready for impact investments?
- Where should entrepreneurs and innovators with scalable business models and projects go to access finance?
- Gain insight and learn from the industry experts
- Discover exactly what impact investors want
- Learn the modalities for accessing finance
- Meet and network with like-minded professionals and senior executives
- Update your knowledge and share best practices
- Increase your network and develop new business relationships and contacts
Agribusiness, Affordable Housing, Clean Energy, Education, Financial Services, Healthcare, Real Estate & Infrastructure, Retail, Telecoms & ICT, Water & Sanitation.
Opening Keynote Speech by:
His Excellency Mr Nilkanthsing Jargarnauth, Deputy High Commissioner of Mauritius to the United Kingdom
1. Dr Sheriff Alabi, Consultant, African Development Bank
Dr. Sheriff Alabi is a versatile small business specialist, educator, marketing and business development consultant.He is the CEO of Savannah Enterprise Development Limited and an independent consultant with the African Development Bank, with nearly 30 years’ experience of living and working in the UK. He has worked with hundreds of small and medium sized businesses and marketing practitioners in the UK and in Africa, helping more than 300 new businesses launch successfully; supported over 1,000 small- medium enterprises (SMEs); improved the employment and business skills of close to 5,000 young people, employees, owner-managers and senior executives/directors in running successful organisations.
He has helped several small businesses grown from start-ups generating between £300K and £2.5M in revenues during the first three years of trading, including turnaround interventions for ailing small businesses. He has significant experience of the UK government-sponsored business support programmes for SMEs, including the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme, Business 2000 Loan Fund, The Phoenix Fund, the Up & Running Mentoring Scheme and other grants and small business loans funds, and has successfully raised finance for clients in excess of £3M to fund their business startup or growth.
2. Tamzin Ractliffe – Chief Executive Officer, Impact Trust
Tamzin is widely regarded as creating the first social investment exchange in the world and has been a visionary leader for GreaterGood South Africa – an African online social development networking platform – and its related impact investment advisory business Greater Capital over the past 12 years. Qualified in Applied Psychology and Commerce, she has worked as a financially analyst as well as in private equity and venture capital investment banking in South Africa and internationally for more than twenty years.
She established GreaterCapital in 1997 as a social and impact investment advisory consultancy serving the development sector in South Africa. In 1999, she started The Funding Site, a web-enabled resource site for the development community and in 2004 founded the internationally acclaimed award winning social networking platform, GreaterGood South Africa Trust, a social profit organisation dedicated to utilizing 21st Century technology to facilitate indigenous philanthropy and performance based giving in South Africa.
Through GreaterGood Tamzin conceptualized and developed the South African Social Investment Exchange (SASIX) which was launched in June 2006, SASIX Financial – an impact investment fund in partnership with Cadiz Asset Management in 2007 and the South African Network for Impact Investing (SAII) in 2008 before handing over the reins of the GreaterGood Group to pursue the development of NeXii to leverage larger-scale private sector investment in social, environmental and development finance offerings. Tamzin has focused on promoting coherence and organization for maximum efficiencies in the impact investing sector and has continually sought to use the markets for greater social good and was awarded the GIBS Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007 and appointed an Ashoka fellow in 2008.
3. Ali El Idrissi – Vice President, Impact Investing, JP Morgan
Ali El Idrissi is a senior member of J.P. Morgan Social Finance (JPMSF), a unit launched in 2007 to serve the growing market of Impact Investing.
Over the last few years, Ali and his team have pioneered new ways to attract private capital aiming to achieve social progress. He has co-authored many landmark reports on Impact Investing, notably the annual J.P. Morgan Impact Investor survey. Besides his JPM role, he assists a few impact ventures with their strategy and growth plans. Previously, he worked in Investment Banking at JPM in London, New York, Paris and Dubai, where he helped establish the bank’s coverage of sovereign wealth funds.
Ali holds an MA in Economics from Columbia University, an MA in International Affairs from Sciences Po Paris, and a BA in Philosophy from La Sorbonne. He currently teaches Impact Investing for an MA class at Sciences Po Paris.
4. Christelle Kupa – Head of UK and Benelux, Symbiotics
Belgian national from Congolese origin and currently living in London, Christelle is dedicated to advance sustainable and inclusion finance.
She held several roles within investment banking, such as Deutsche bank, JP Morgan and Bear Stearns, as well as hedge funds.
Christelle moved from banking to development finance working within emerging and frontier markets where her passion lies.
Christelle most recently held a position as Investor relation at Symbiotics, an impact investment firm head-quartered in Geneva that invests in micro, small and medium financial institutions. Symbiotics has offices around the world to have a physical presence in its markets. In the past years, due to investor demand, Symbiotics has increased the volume of investment in the SSA, investments in micro and SME businesses.
Christelle holds a degree in business and finance and speaks French, Flemish, English and some Swahili.
5. Cobus Visagie - Chief Executive Officer, Africa Merchant Capital
Cobus is co-founder and CEO of Africa Merchant Capital. Cobus was previously Principal for Africa at Templewood Merchant Bank before founding AMC. His professional experience includes corporate finance advisory, merchant banking, business consulting and auditing, as well as personal investing in Africa. Cobus qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in South Africa of which the last 5 years were in the Global Risk Management Services division. Cobus also managed to pursue a successful international and professional rugby career spanning both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Cobus holds a B.Comm(Hons) degree from the University of Stellenbosch.
We also have an underlying motive and ambition to promote social and economic impact into Africa, and we believe responsible investing is one of the foremost ways of achieving this.
6. Richard Leftley - Chief Executive Officer, MicroEnsure
Richard joined Opportunity International in January 2002 from Benfield Greig (now Aon Benfield), a leading reinsurance intermediary, where he worked as a reinsurance broker responsible for the African account and worked in a team covering the Middle East and South East Asia.
Richard pioneered the introduction of insurance products within the Opportunity Network which lead to the establishment of MicroEnsure in 2006. As a leading insurance intermediary for the poor, MicroEnsure provides life, health and weather index insurance to over 2,000,000 people in seven countries in Africa and Asia. In October 2007 MicroEnsure was awarded a $24.3m grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to expand its pioneering microinsurance and experiment with a wider range of distribution channels.
Richard also serves on the steering committee of the ILO “Micro Insurance Innovation Fund” a $35m fund provided by the Gates Foundation.
7. Will Tindall - Co-Founder, Emerging Crowd
Will started his career at Arbuthnot Banking Group in London, and then prior to moving to Asia he founded a strategic financial communications company. Will has worked across multiple international capital markets, most notably Hong Kong, Singapore and London. Prior to co-founding Emerging Crowd, Will headed up business development and fundraising for a privately held frontier market investment and operating group. There he was directly responsible for a number of succesful capital raises and was instrumental in growing the property, construction materials and financial services subsidiaries.
Will holds a selection of financial services qualifications and a BSc in Economics and Finance from Exeter University.
8. Prince Randy Koussou Alam-Sogan - Founder & Chairman, Black Lion Holdings Group
Prince Randy is an Entrepreneur and Business Owner, Founder and President of Black Lion Holdings, a Pan-African Investment Management and Strategic Projects Management Firm.
Black Lion’s principal activity is to serve as a Pan-African Investment Catalyst to Global Investors and Firms looking to enter the African Markets. Black Lion is active in 25 African countries, with a portfolio of projects and assets exceeding $20 Billion.
Black Lion strives to provide investment and financial solutions to a broad spectrum of public and private projects in all sectors of industries and services. Combined with the major projects and programme management capabilities we offer across highly regulated industries, we can support our clients and partners from initial idea all the way through to project close out and operational phases. We provide financial capabilities and investment solutions for companies, governments and PPPs (Public-Private Partnerships). http://www.blacklion-holdings.com
Prince Randy is also the founder of the impact investment project “Child of the Universe” which consists of building, upgrading and improving all Public Schools Infrastructure and Systems in Africa including technology labs, health centers, sports centres, all powered by renewable energy sources.
This Project will be delivered in 5 Phases with a completion date estimated in 2030 and a Total estimated cost over US $35 Billion. http://childoftheuniverse-africa.org
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