MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018 |7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Security Check      – Starting at 06:00 AM

The World Trade Center Washington D.C - Ronald Reagan Building is a government secure building, and all ATIGS participants will be required to go through security screening prior to entering.

Registration / Continental Breakfast & Networking - 07:00 AM - 08:00 AM

Join us for breakfast and coffee to kick off the event.

Conference Sessions and Tracks

Track A: Opening Ceremony & Introduction Remarks

Room: Main Conference Hall - Atrium Ballroom AB

7:45 Am:

Cutting of the ATIGS 2018 Symbolic Ribbon (Red-Carpet Treatment)


WOFAI SAMUEL, Senior Newscaster, International Pundit & Talk Show Hostess - Nigeria

Ceci Guevara, Coordinator, GAA Exhibitions & Conferences - United States

Organizer’s Opening Remarks - ATIGS Organizing Committee Member

Fernando Dolbeth Assunção, Managing Director, First African Investment Holding - Angola

- Opening Keynote Sessions

8:00 Am: 8:10 Am:

Host Country Official Welcome Address – US Government

Trade and Investment for Shared Prosperity: Why Africa? Why Now? – Opening Keynote

- Deep-Dive
8:20 Am:

Global FDI Trends: the big picture and impact on specific countries and world regions – FDI Talk

Chris Knight, Global Commercial Director for fDi Intelligence – London, UK

8:40 Am:

Investment and Business in Africa – Opening Plenary Panel Session

- Opportunities for intensive engagement with Africa

- Financing, promoting and expanding intra-African and extra-African trade

Mr. Walid Loukil, Deputy Managing Director, Loukil Group - Tunisia

Dr. Belachew Mekuria, Industrial Park Division Deputy Commissioner, Ethiopian Investment Commission - Ethiopia

Dr. Richmond Annan, President, iRichie Group Inc - Texas, USA

Mr. Essohouna MEBA, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Togo, and Federation of West Africa Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FEWACCI) - Lome, Togo

Moderator: Didi Akinyelure, Reuters Nigeria Business Correspondent & BBC World News Komla Awardee - Nigeria

Track B: Africa Deep Dive - World's Next Major Economic Success Story

Room: Main Conference Hall - Atrium Ballroom AB

9: 50 Am:

Africa in the Global Context: Perspective from an International Development Expert – Keynote

Raj Kumar, Founding President, Devex -United States

10:00 Am:

High-Level CEO Panel: Doing Business in AfricaPlenary Panel Session

- The biggest challenges and business opportunities in Africa’s booming markets

- Success Stories and understanding the African business system

Xoliswa Daku, Founder & CEO, Daku Group of Companies -South Africa

Asma ALAOU, CEO, Africa Key Partners -Morocco

Olivier Kamanzi, President & CEO, Africa Global Chamber of Commerce -Chicago, United States

Statsy Offei-Darko, Deputy CEO, Office of the Presidency of Ghana (National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan) -Ghana

Nicholas Nyamali, Group Managing Director and CEO, Investment One Financial Services -Nigeria

10:50 Am:

Deal Time: Coffee and Networking Break

Recharge with a cup of coffee between sessions

11:15 Am:

Fast-Track Africa’s Industrialization – Special Address

- How Afeximbank can support trade and investment relations between Africa and the rest of the world

African Export-Import Bank

11:30 Am:

High-Level Ministerial Panel: Trade and Investment in Africa – Plenary Panel Session

- Panelists share their views, lessons learned, and present personal assessments on the central theme of the Summit

- Political risk insurance: mitigating country risk, understanding the African System: taxes, incentives and credits

- Government’s initiatives, and success stories

H.E Ali Guelleh Aboubaker, Minister of Investments, Djibouti

Hon Ibrahim Awaal Mohammed, Minister for Business Development - Ghana

Hon Dr Mohamed Doumbouya, Minister of Budget, Republic of , Guinea

Hon Dr. Kalu I. Kalu, three-time Finance Minister of , Nigeria

Hon Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah,former Ghanaian Minister for Trade and Industry & former Ambassador of Ghana to the USA - Ghana

Moderator: Chris Knight,Global Commercial Director for fDi Intelligence - London, UK

12:20 Pm:

Networking Lunch & Exhibition Viewing

During lunch, come by the exhibition hall to network and see what’s happening!

Atrium Hall -- Main Exhibition Hall

B2B and B2G

Also check out the parallel sessions over lunch happening in multiple rooms!

Track C: Luncheon Program: Conversations & Presentations TIME: 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

Multiple Rooms: Parallel Sessions Over Lunch

Leveraging Emerging Market-Sourced Investment -Featured Presentation

Harry G. Broadman, CEO and Managing Partner, Proa Global Partners LLC United States

International Trade Financing and How to be a Successful Global Company -Presentation

Nicole Woods, Business Development Specialist, Minority & Women Owned Business Group, Office of Small Business, Export-Import Bank of the United States

Africa is Open for Business: Opportunities and Partnerships

- Africa’s Investment Success Stories, Partnerships, and Opportunities

Osita Oparaugo Esq, Chief Executive Officer, Footprint to Africa Nigeria

Holger Vogt, Managing Partner, AMENA Trade & Investment Consulting GmbH Germany

Zsolt Lukacs, CEO, Africa Investment Group Florida, United States / Hungary

Keys to Unlocking Capital for Projects

- Capital Market and Private Equity Leaders: Mobilizing Capital

Rodrigue Fouafou, Co-Founder and CEO, HartNamtemah Canada

Ngozi Bell, Partner, Trans Sahara Investment Corporation Pennsylvania, USA

Pius Muchiri, Managing Director & CEO, Nabo Capital Limited Kenya

Berthin Ntekereze, Managing Director, Afrinet CapitalNew York

FDI in Africa and Fostering Long-Term Investment and Economic Growth

Eric-Michel Sossou-Gloh, Senior Consultant and Strategic Partner, Cedar Street Capital, LLC United States

Junior TOGBA, Co-Founder & Managing Director, International Funds Investment Cote D’Ivoire

Janvier Regis Habimana, Chairman and CEO, CONVERGENCIUM LTD Kigali, Rwanda

FDI in North African Nations - Presentation

Prof. Dr. Aysar P. Sussan, Dean College of Administrative & Financial Sciences, Arab American University Jenin, Palestine

The Cashew Apple Project "Uncovering Africa's Hidden Jewels"

Anita Okoye, Founder/CEO, The Cashew Apple Project, and wife of music legend Paul Okoye from rap duo P-Square Nigeria

Dr. Theresa Mamah, Founder/Director of Marketing, The Cashew Apple Project Nigeria/USA


Track D: Grow with Africa

Room: Main Conference Hall - Atrium Ballroom AB

1: 10 Pm:

Mega Projects Financing in Africa - Plenary Panel Session

- Project financing and structuring bankable projects

- Insurance guarantees

Maria Goravanchi, Director, Overseas Private Investment Corporation- Washington, DC, United States

Chris Kirubi, Director, Centum Investment -Kenya

Malcolm Mansfield, CEO, African Growth Group Incorporated- Canada

Hoda Atia Moustafa, Africa Regional Head, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency- Sénégal

Ruben Atekpe, Executive Chairman, Merchants Company of West Africa Ltd (MECOWA Group)- Ghana

2:00 Pm:

Regional Integration in Africa - Plenary Session

- Addressing specific issues relevant to Integrating Africa, and managing a smart supply chain

- Policies, programs, and initiatives needed to encourage and promote regional integration

Hon Senator Ike Ekwerenmadu, Deputy Senate President of - Nigeria

H.E. Fatoumata Tambajan, Vice President of Gambia (Pending)

H.E. Cesar Augusto MBA AGOBO, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Finance, Economy and Planning- Equatorial Guinea

Moderator:Dr. Reuben Egolf, Chairman of the United States Global Leadership Council - United States

Ruben Atekpe, Executive Chairman, Merchants Company of West Africa Ltd (MECOWA Group)- Ghana

2: 40 Pm:

A Dialogue with Ambassadors: Grow with Africa - Plenary Panel Session

- Hear directly from Ambassadors on what they are doing to promote new and creative investment and trade opportunities.

H.E. Clyde Rivers Ph.D, Ambassador, Republic of Burundi, and Advisor to the President of the Republic of - Burundi

H.E. Adonia Ayebare, Uganda's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations- Uganda/USA

Ambassador John Campbell, former US ambassador to Nigeria

3:20 Pm:

Deal Time: Coffee and Networking Break

Recharge with a cup of coffee and join the breakout sessions


Track E: The Forum for Africa’s Economic Development

Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Multiple Rooms

Partnership. Solution. Scale

3:00 Pm:

Economic Development in Africa - Special Address

Joseph Lititiyo, Deputy Executive Secretary, Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries Rwanda

3:10 Pm:

Public–Private Partnership for Infrastructure Development - Panel Session

- Need for the public sector and private investors and businesses to work co-operatively if businesses are to thrive and sustained in Africa.

- Need for essential infrastructure and institutions that must be in place to sustain the private sector

Professor John O. Ifediora, American University, and Director of the Council on African Security and Development. - United States

Art Smith, Chairman of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships and Senior Adviser in UNECE International Center for PPP (Geneva) - Washington DC, USA

3:00 Pm:

AU Agenda 2063: The Africa Future We Want - Panel Session

- Financing growth – funding the future economy

- Encouraging trade and economic transformation in Africa, and digitized services

Yan Kwizera, Country Director, N-Frnds - Rwanda

Gary Whitehill, Chief Futurist, African Union - Ghana

Dr Mohammad Khalid Mahmood, PhD, Chief Technical Advisor to World Bank, EU, USAID - New York, USA

3:00 Pm:

Africa Trade Experts - Panel Session

- How Africa should industrialize- Africa Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), and Achieving "Made/Assembled in Africa"

- Facilitating efficient movement of goods across borders

Hon Sebastian Kopulande, CEO, Zambian International Trade and Investment Centre (ZITIC) - Zambia

Kezy Kamau - Mukiri, Executive Director, Ignite Trade Africa - Kenya

Adrienne Bambou Diagne, CEO & Co-Founder, International Ventures and Trade - California, USA

Mr Zouzar BOUKA, Chairman, World Trade Center Antananarivo - Madagascar

Prince Adetokunbo Kayode SAN, President, FCIArb, FCTI, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Nigeria

Moderator: Prince Oddy Nwaubani, CEO, African Trade Center - Nigeria

4:00 Pm:

Africa and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - Panel Session

- How the private sector can be engaged and mobilized to stimulate growth and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa. Investing smart and long!

Harry Stokes, Executive Director, Project Gaia, Inc. - Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. Mima S. Nedelcovych, President & CEO, Initiative for Global Development - Washington D.C, USA

Eunice Ajambo, Economic Affairs Officer, Macroeconomic Policy Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa - Ethiopia

Joyce Rogers Halliday, Founder/Executive Director, International Association of African NGOs - USA

Moderator: Adva Saldinger, Reporter on Africa, Devex - Washington DC, United States

4:00 Pm:

Solving Societal Challenges while Generating Revenue - Panel Session

- We are living in a rapidly changing world and only companies who are able to create systems-change businesses will survive. Linking communities’ prosperity to companies’ sustainability has never been more critical.

- How companies can solve societal challenges while generating revenues

Manyang Reath Kher, Founder/Director, Humanity Helping Sudan Project - Washington DC, United States

Dorothy Githae BA Hons (Glamorgan UK), Dip (MCIM UK, Social Entrepreneur - Kenya

John Renouard, Founder & President,, and Founder of Clean Water Drill - Utah, USA (Pending)

Carlos María de Cerón y Castro, International Expert Adviser on Democratic Governance, Human Rights / IHL - Spain

4:00 Pm:

Tools for Combating Fraud and Corruption in Business - Panel Session

N. Jude Menes, Esq, President, Menes Konsult - Texas, USA

Mike Kenealy, CFO, Insiders Corp - Boston, Massachusetts

Mark Handler, Director, Converu

Ricardo Fuentes, Manager, Stoelting Polygraph

4:30 Pm:

Encouraging Trade and Economic Transformation in Africa - Presentation

Vanessa Adams, Director of Strategic Partnerships, DAI - France

4:30 Pm:

Project Management for Sustainable Development in Africa - Presentation

- Intro to what it is and a certification program through FEST,

- How to apply it in development projects and at the local levels in both private and public sectors

Sabina Zunguze, CEO & Co-Founder, A Gift To Africa - Florida, United States

4:30 Pm:

How to Eradicate Poverty and Corruption in Africa - Presentation

Mr Rino Solberg, Chairman, Better Globe Group - Norway

Track F: Technology, Innovation & Transformation

Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Multiple Rooms

We stand on the brink of a technological revolution where innovation will fundamentally change the way we do business in Africa.

3:00 Pm:

Digitize Africa - Special Address

- Business models and powerful bespoke digital ecosystem, and technology for humanity

Alain Dolium, COO, Connectik Technologies Global United Kingdom

3:00 Pm:

Special Address

Prof Ndubuisi Ekekwe, PhD, Founder & Chairman, FASMICRO Group - Pennsylvania, United States

3:10 Pm:

Innovation in Africa - Panel Session

- Blockchain Technology, and 3D Printing in Africa

- Leveling the playing field: how technology is transforming Africa

- The future of robots in Africa: What's on the horizon?

Aurès Tchana, Managing Director, LoopSight Company Inc - Canada

Matthew Gamser, CEO, SME Finance Forum, International Finance Corporation - Washington, D.C, United States

Meir Moalem, CEO & Managing Director, Sky and Space Global - United Kingdom

Ms. Debbie Ghamkhar, Country Manager - U.S, Djembe Communications - Washington, D.C, USA

3:00 Pm:

Fintech and Insurtech Ecosystem in Africa - Panel Session

Fintech is disrupting banking, finance, and even money as we know it. It’s a global phenomenon, but in Africa more than anywhere, the impact has the potential to be both socially and economically transformative.

- Beyond mobile money, African fintech opportunities: payment, lending, digital banking.

- Opportunities for innovation and investment abound.

Saidy Andrade, Founder, Group Chairman & CEO, Capital Consulting Group - Cape Verde

Viola Llewellyn, Co-Founder & President, Ovamba - Washington, DC, United States

Leland Rice, Co-Founder & CEO, Dedalus Global - Washington, DC, United States

Moderator:Akin Sawyerr, Managing Director, Feleman Limited - Washington, DC, United States

4:00 Pm:

Technology Transformation in Africa - Panel Session

- Game changing technologies, digitalization in Africa, and capital

- Technology startups and trends

- How technology is transforming Africa’s startup landscape

Brian Asingia, Founder, CEO and Chief Content Officer, Pearl Dream - New York, United States

Bill Bennett, Managing Director, Kiza Solutions - Cincinnati, Ohio

Catherine Mahugu, Founder of WaziData & Soko - Kenya

Aubrey Swanepoel, CEO, Pfortner - South Africa

4:00 Pm:

The Innovators & Game Changers - Panel Session

Companies contributing to the Rise of Africa and disrupting industries in Africa with their businesses.

Munyaradzi Alois Gwatidzo, Founder and CEO, Astro Mobile Africa - South Africa

Dr. John Weatherspoon, JD, PhD, Partner at VesaliuX, and Consultant at TCMS Global - Texas, United States

Roye Okup, Founder, YouNeek Studio - Maryland, United States

Moderator: Yaw Owusu, Managing Director, Gateway Innovations - Ghana

4:30 Pm:

Made in Africa: Innovation - Presentation

- Shifting the balance between importation and home-grown production – focusing on innovation to maximize Africa’s natural resources and human capital.

Olatorera Oniru, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, - Nigeria

4:30 Pm:

A Fintech A.I. Blockchain Revolution - Presentation

Saidy Andrade, Founder, Group Chairman & CEO, Capital Consulting Group - Cape Verde

4:30 Pm:

Emerging African Tech - Presentation

Kofi Henaku, CEO, Henson Geodata Technologies Ltd - Ghana

4:30 Pm:

Shaping up an African Tech Industry - Presentation

Amadou Daffe, CEO and Co-Founder, Gebeya Inc - Ethiopia

Track G: Electrify Africa Forum

Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Multiple Rooms

3:00 Pm:

Spotlight on Power Africa: US Government-led Partnership - Keynote

Andrew Herscowit, Coordinator, Power Africa - U.S. Agency for International Development United States

3:15 Pm:

Renewables and Their Vital Role in Powering AfricaPanel Session

- Projects development and financing: structuring bankable deals and attracting capital

- Future Trends and Outlook for Solar PV in Africa (Utility-Scale, Off-Grid/Mini-Grid)

- Barriers in markets with highest potential, and identifying the markets

Bruce Ernest, President, Zambia Renewable Energy Association - Zambia

Scott Kennedy, Executive Director, Energy Action Partners - Massachusetts, USA

Sidney Yankson, CEO, Ghana Capital Partners - Ghana

Abdulkadir Hassan, Consultant Green Economy, ZHE Africa - Nigeria

Chidi Achebe MD, MPH, MBA, Founder, Chairman and CEO, African Integrated Development Enterprise - Boston, United States

3:00 Pm:

Renewable Energy Technology Enablers - Panel Session

- The SWITCH software and the cryptocurrency KWHCoin

Prof Daniel Kammen, University of California, Berkeley - California, United States

JP Carvallo, University of California, Berkeley - California, United States

Girard Newkirk, Founder and CEO, KWHCoin - San Francisco, United States

Moderator:Tony Tiyou, Director and Co-Founder, Renewables Africa - United Kingdom

4:00 Pm:

Future Trends and Outlook for Solar PV in Africa - Panel Session

Evans Wadongo, Co-founder, GreenWize Energy - Kenya

Eli Forrester, Co-Founder & COO, Volta - Ghana and California, United States

Michael Ross, CEO, Ross Solar Energy - Texas, USA

4:30 Pm:

The Wind Energy Outlook in Africa - Presentation

Tony Tiyou, Director and Co-Founder, Renewables Africa - United Kingdom

Track H: Sustainable Agriculture Forum: Africa

Time: 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Multiple Rooms

2:30 Pm:

Implementing Community Irrigation in Africa; the Indian case study - Featured Presentation

Arnon Rosenbaum, VP Global Projects, Netafim Israel

3:00 Pm:

Agribusiness in AfricaPanel Session

- Supply chains, financing, and producing

- Sustainable raw commodity export

Narcisse G Parfait, Founder & CEO, AGRIINVEST SARL - Cameroon

Yodit Balcha, Programme Officer, Economic Commission for Africa - Ethiopia

Kofi Henaku, CEO, Henson Geodata Technologies Ltd - Ghana

Zeluis Teixeira, Cofounder, COO, Annona - Kenya/United States

Roland Oletu Oroh, Founder, Nigeria Agribusiness Register - Nigeria

4:30 Pm:

Seawater Farms - Presentation

Mike Pickup, Co-Founder & Director, Seawater Eco Farms - United Arab Emirates

4:30 Pm:

Youth of Africa with the Youth of America, in Global Trade.(Organic Suppliers/Manufacturers) - Presentation

Anna Marie Carter, President, Cuppedia LLC - California, USA

4:30 Pm:

Africa & Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century - Presentation

Bernard Oduro Takyi, Founder & CEO, Omanbapa Ghana Ltd - Ghana

Track I: Construction and Infrastructure Forum: Africa

Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

4:00 Pm:

Construction and Infrastructure Projects in Africa - Panel Session

- A Solution to Africa's Infrastructure Gap

- Development across Africa in the hotel world

- Challenges and opportunities for delivering major projects

Trevor Ward, CEO, W Hospitality Group United Kingdom

Papias Kazawadi Dedeki, Founder and Managing Director, Star Construction and Consultancy Ltd Rwanda

Peter Laurens, Founder and CEO, Rockwell Risk Advisors New York, United States

Leonard Ozoemena, Senior Partner & COO, Compass Solutions Washington, D.C, United States

4:30 Pm:

Leading the Development of Trimble Geospatial Solutions in the Emerging Markets- Presentation

Albert Anoubon Momo, Director, Institutional Business Development, Trimble - Washington, D.C, United States

Track J: Africa’s Smart Cities Forum

Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Room: Polaris Suite C

4:00 Pm:

Africa’s Liveable and Sustainable Cities - Panel Session

- Financing of new urbanization projects in Africa and how Technology is transforming Africa’s cities

- Panelists discuss city challenges, share integrated urban solutions, and forge new partnerships

- Finding innovative and actionable solutions for developing a more connected and fully functioning knowledge-based society in Africa.

Abdul Hakeem Badawi, CEO, Mole Projects and Machinery Limited Ghana

Peter Dalkeith Scott, Chairman, PDSIGROUP Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Daniel Bwanika, Founder & Director – Research & Dev, Urban & Infrastructure Development Conference Uganda

Dr Markus Thill, President of the Africa Region for Bosch South Africa

Ravi Seethapathy P.Eng, MBA, FCAE, Executive Chairman, Biosirus Inc. Canada

Track K: Consumer Technology Forum: Africa

Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

4:00 Pm:

Consumer Market Insights - Featured Talk

- Opportunities in Africa’s consumer electronics markets

Dylan Piatti, Senior Chief of Staff, Consumer & Industrial Products Industry, Deloitte Africa South Africa

4:00 Pm:

VISA Africa Integration Index - Presentation

Dr Adrian Saville, Chief Strategist, Cannon Asset Managers & Citadel Asset Management South Africa

Track L: Sustainable Educational Development Forum

Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Investment in the Educational Sector - Presentation

Amy C. Novak, Ed.D., President, Dakota Wesleyan University South Dakota, United States - Featured Talk

4:00 Pm

Educational Development in Africa - Panel Session

Ebenezer S. Thomas, Executive Director, African Children and Youth Development Network Liberia

Hussainatu Blake, Co-Founder, Focal Point Global Maryland, United States

Adenike Adeyanju-Osadolor, Publisher, ABBI Books and Africa Coordinator, TX Foundation Nigeria

Madelle Kangha, Founder & President, Jumpstart Academy Africa Cameroon

Sabrina Lamb, Chief Executive Officer, New York, United States

Hassanatu Blake, President, Focal Point Global Maryland, United States

Track M: Knowledge into Action

Time: 5:00 PM – 5:40 PM

Room: Main Conference Hall - Atrium Ballroom AB

5:00 Pm

Special Announcement Plenary - Special Plenary

5:20 Pm

Closing Remarks: Africa Forward - Keynote

Cocktail Drinks Reception - Foyer - 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

The action doesn't end after the last session concludes. Join fellow delegates to discuss the day. All participants of ATIGS 2018 are cordially invited to attend the cocktail drinks reception on Monday.


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