Deputy, Senate President of -Nigeria
former US ambassador to Nigeria -United States
former Minister for Trade & Industry, and former Amb Ghana to the USA -Ghana
Vice President of-Gambia
Minister of Transport -Ghana
Coordinator, Power Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) -USA
President, Dakota Wesleyan University -South Dakota, United States
CEO of APD Invest Paraná, Government of Parana -Brazil
Director, Overseas Private Investment Corporation -United States
Deputy head for African Affairs & CEO, Proexca , Canary-Islands Government-Spain
three-time Finance Minister of-Nigeria
Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development-Zimbabwe
Minister for Business Development-Ghana
Minister of Budget, Republic of- Guinea
Honorary Consul, Consulate of Sao Tome e Principe in The- Netherlands
Republic of Burundi & Advisor to the President of the Republic of- Burundi
Uganda's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the- United Nations
Executive Governor of Gombe State- Nigeria
CON, Executive Governor of Rivers State- Nigeria
Chairman, Angola's Investment and Exports Promotion Agency (APIEX)- Angola
Industrial Park Division Deputy Commissioner, Ethiopian Investment Commission- Ethiopia
The Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Investment Promotion Centre- Ghana
American University, and Director of the Council on African Security and Development- USA
CEO, Zambian International Trade and Investment Centre (ZITIC)- Zambia
Honorary Consul of the Republic of Guinea Conakry for the State of - California
Andrew M. Herscowitz has been the Coordinator of the Power Africa since 2013. Prior to this appointment, he served as USAID’s Mission Director in Ecuador from 2011 to 2013, and as Deputy Mission Director in Peru from 2009 to 2011. He is a Minister Counselor in the U.S. Foreign Service.
In 2008, Herscowitz served as USAID’s Supervisory Regional Legal Adviser for Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. From 2002 to 2007, he was Regional Legal Adviser for the Caribbean, providing services to Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti and Jamaica.
After joining USAID in 2001, Herscowitz served as the lawyer for USAID’s Office of Development Credit. He also worked with the USAID legal team that designed the original framework for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Following graduation from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Herscowitz spent a year as a Georgetown volunteer in Nicaragua. After earning a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, he worked for the law firms of Piper & Marbury (now DLA Piper) and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison in Washington, D.C.
In 2005, the Federal Bar Association recognized Herscowitz as one of the five most outstanding lawyers under the age of 35 in the U.S. Government.
Dr. Kalu I. Kalu has served as the chairman, board of governors, African Development Bank, and has been a member of the Development Committee of the World Bank. His public sector career in Nigeria commenced when he served as commissioner of finance and economic planning in Imo State, Nigeria. At the federal level, Kalu served as the minister of finance on two occasions, from 1985 to 1986 and 1993 to 1994. He also served as the minister of national planning from 1986 to 1987, and thereafter the minister of transport from 1987 to 1989.
He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was research fellow, and subsequently worked as country economist in the East Asia and Pacific Program Department of the World Bank
Dr. Rivers International platform focuses on establishing effective relationships, and ways to help people understand the value of honor and basic human rights. Dr. Rivers is known as the “World Peace Ambassador” Representative that teaches World Leaders about his “Golden Rule” movement, an Interfaith Peace-Building Initiative. Recognized by the United Nations in New York City, the North American Division, Dr. Clyde Rivers “Golden Rule Award” is now established in 120 Nations of the world, who are currently living by the Golden Rule daily. This unique award has been given to World Leaders, including the former President Of Ethiopia Mr. Girma Wolde and peace activist Ambassador Mussie Hailu. These men have embraced and promoted the “Golden Rule” Initiative globally.
Over the years, Dr. Clyde Rivers has won numerous impressive awards for his personal devotion to World Peace from world leaders such as former president of Mexico Vicente Fox and Dr. Alberto Santana of Peru, just to name a few.
Professor John Ifediora is an economist and attorney at law with special emphasis on public policy analysis, development economics, and international human rights law. For over twenty years, he has lectured widely in these fields at various universities in the United States, Europe, and Africa; and has served as a consultant to governments in Africa, and to state governments in the United States. In recent years, he advised the Wisconsin Department of Revenue on its Tax Incidence Study, served as a special consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in its economic impact study, advised Illinois State Senate on the economic impact of the state lottery on the economy of Chicago, and provided guidance on public healthcare initiatives at the federal level to various African governments. He is the Director of the Council on African Security and Development, and serves as its editor-in-chief. He is currently in the faculty of Economics at American University, Washington DC.
He earned a Ph.D. in Development and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ph.D. in Economics/Public Policy Analysis from University of Illinois at Chicago; Juris Doctor (JD), from University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School; M.A. from The University of Chicago; M.St. from Oxford; M.S. from Cambridge, and did his post-graduates studies in economics at the London School of Economics.
Dr. Sebastian Kopulande is the Chief Executive Officer of the Zambian International Trade & Investment Centre (ZITIC) which works to promote and facilitate trade and investment in Zambia in key economic sectors. He is a Rhodes Scholar and holds a PhD in Management with specialization in Leadership from the University of America in the USA, a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Management Studies from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom and a B.A degree (with Distinction) from the University of Zambia. In 1993 he was elected as a PEW Economic Freedom Fellow at Georgetown University, USA where he studied Transitional Economics.
Sebastian has worked as a Management Consultant for Deloitte and Touche and held senior management positions in various companies in Zambia. He served as Board Chairman on several Government-owned companies and as a keen protagonist of good Corporate Governance, he served on the inaugural Board of the Institute of Directors of Zambia when it was just founded. He has very rich experience in Government, having served as Director of Industry in the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Comptroller/Permanent Secretary at State House under late President Frederick Chiluba and later as Special Assistant to the President (Special Duties), the late Dr. Levy P. Mwanawasa, with the responsibility of advising the Zambian Head of State on a variety of national and international issues as well as writing the President’s major speeches. He has a trail of major achievements in public office and is credited with numerous milestone innovations in policy development and infrastructure projects that he helped initiate. He has extensive experience in economic development matters, particularly in the field of industrial and trade policy, economic policy formulation, small enterprise development, investment promotion and creation of business-friendly environment. Sebastian has been actively involved with promoting Zambian entrepreneurship, private sector growth and attracting foreign investment as well as helping foreign companies to establish operations in Zambia.
On 11th August 2016, he was elected as the first Member of Parliament for Chembe Constituency in Luapula Province, northern Zambia. Upon entering Parliament, he was appointed as Zambia’s Representative to the African, Caribbean and Pacific-European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-EU JPA) where he was also elected as Rapporteur on Aid and Development Effectiveness.
President, Aspire World Investments LLC - United Arab Emirates
Director, Centum Investment - Kenya
Owner, Loukil Group - Tunisia
Group CEO, Alexander Forbes Group Holdings - South Africa
Founder & CEO, Daku Group of Companies - South Africa
Cofounder, Akon Lighting Africa, and President of Give1 Projects - Senegal
Founding President, Devex - United States
CEO & Managing Director, Sky and Space Global - United Kingdom
CEO Advisor, Maroc Telecom - Morocco
CEO, African Growth Group Incorporated - Canada
CEO, Africa Key Partners - Morocco
President, iRichie Group Inc - Texas, United States
President, EQUIPXP, LC - Texas, United States
Chairman at Fédération des Entreprises du Congo (FEC) and Congolese state-owned mining company GECAMINES - Congo DRC
President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Togo, and Federation of West Africa Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FEWACCI) - Lomé, Togo
Deputy CEO, National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan, Office of the Presidency of - Ghana
President & CEO, Africa Global Chamber of Commerce - United States
President, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Nigeria
President & CEO, Initiative for Global Development - United States
President, Emeritus United Nations Women Canada - Canada
Africa Regional Head, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency - Senegal
Counsellor & Head of Africa, World Trade Organization - Switzerland
CEO, SME Finance Forum, International Finance Corporation - United States
Global Commercial Director for fDi Intelligence, Financial Times Group - London, UK
CEO and Managing Partner, Proa Global Partners LLC - Washington, D.C – USA
Award Winning Bilingual Speaker, TV Personality, and Advisor to World Leaders - USA/Spain
Board of Director of the World Design Organization - Morocco
Chief Futurist, African Union - Ghana
Founder & CEO, London Academy Casablanca - United Arab Emirates
Chairman, World Trade Center Antananarivo - Madagascar
Founder & Chairman, FASMICRO Group - United States
Deputy Executive Secretary, Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries - Rwanda
Chairman, National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, and Senior Adviser in UNECE International Center for PPP - Washington DC, USA
Candidate for US Congress 2018, and Founder & Executive Chairman, US Doctors for Africa (USDFA) - Los Angeles, USA
Founder, Global Integrated Development Group (GIDG) - California, United States
Senior Chief of Staff, Consumer & Industrial Products Industry, Deloitte Africa - South Africa
Mr. Walid Loukil is Deputy Managing Director of Loukil Group, one of the largest diversified industrial groups in Tunisia. The Group has 5 pillars including Industry (Oil, Telecommunications, Environment, etc.); Agro-Industry & Construction; Automotive; Technologies and Trade & Services. The Group has 35 subsidiaries and employs more than 4500 employees. Since 1997, Mr. Loukil has evolved from Central Director to his current position of Group Deputy Managing Director. He has been actively involved, over the past years, in the diversification of the Group into many industries as well as for developing exports to many countries in North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. Loukil is a Certified Chartered Accountant from ISG ( Institut Supérieur de Gestion ) Business School, Tunisia.
“Malcolm J Mansfield leadership abilities are founded on three decades of experience in the finance and business community both in Canada and abroad.
Before founding AGG in August 2012, Mr. Mansfield served as CEO of his own Family Office in Toronto, CFO for Gako Petroleum in Ghana and CEO of SD Consultants in Canada.
In Canada, Mr. Mansfield specialized in the acquisition, structuring turn around, and financing of projects in mining, real estate and renewable energy
A few of the corporations he worked with were Genvar Engineering, Potentia Solar and Cross Pacific in Toronto, Canada, Gako Petroleum in Accra, West Africa and Hanjer Bio-Tech Industries in Mumbai, India.
Malcolm started the corporation (AGG) in August, 2012 when he was asked by the Investment Committee of South Sudan to visit the country and help find solutions to the housing shortage there. By December he had made two exploratory visits to South Sudan and Kenya to view the housing shortage first hand and In December 2012, he signed an agreement with the Governor of Bor, Jongeli State for a 30,000 housing unit project.
Mr. Mansfield has spent the last seven years cultivating a host of potential finance partners from USA, Canada, Europe and UAE for large African development projects.
As the head of a Single Family Office he has attended and been an invited guest speaker at infrastructure conferences, investment forums and Family Office Conferences in Califonia USA, Dubai, Monacco and Switzerland. ” Panelist financing construction
Dr. Vernon Darko, president of EQUIPXP, LC, was named the 2011 SBA Houston District & Region VI Small Business Exporter of the Year. EQUIPXP, LC is a USA Capital equipment export and trade finance companies.
EQUIPXP sells construction, commercial transportation including watercrafts, and heavy lifting industrial equipment to the oil & gas and construction industries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.
Dr. Darko served four consecutive years on the EX-IM Bank Sub-Saharan African Advisory Committee, established by Congress to provide expert guidance in developing polices to strengthen Bank support of U.S. export to Africa. He has served on the Greater Houston Partnership’s World Trade and Africa Committees, currently serves on the Exporta Global Trade Review (GTR) Americas Editorial Board. Dr. Darko also serves on the Bilateral Chamber Africa Insight Committee. He was awarded the President’s “E” Award for Excellence in Exports, an award that recognizes persons, firms or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase U.S. exports. Dr.Darko was also awarded the Houston “Minority Exporter of the Year” award from the Greater Houston Business Procurement Forum and the “Alumnus of the Year” award from Lee University UPSILON XI. (Cleveland, TN.).
Dr. Darko is the author of the book “Think, Act, Breathe Global and Grow Your Business,” and recently released Quick Guide Workbook to “Think, Act, Breathe Global and Grow Your Business.” The book was written in response to the personal challenges and experiences Dr. Darko faced in doing business with foreign markets. The book outlines techniques to help businesses conduct cross-border commerce and addresses the benefits, incentives, and rewards of doing business internationally. Dr. Darko’s most recent project, “How to Finance the Sale”.
Specialties: Trade Finance, Equipment Export, Export Seminars, Export Training.
Oliv ier Kamanzi is I nternational Financial Sector Development Consultant, Capital markets expert, and Philanthropist. Currently, he is President & CEO of Africa Global Chamber of Commerce headquartered in Chicago. He is Founder and CEO of Globrock Financial Group Inc., a global management Consulting and investment advisory firm established in 2010 with its headquarters in Chicago. Globrock Financial Group has its subsidiaries both in US and Africa. He is former Deputy CEO of Capital Market Authority of Rwanda, former Senior Investment Specialist of Citigroup and Executive employee at JPMorgan Chase. He is Founder and Chairman of The Olivier Kamanzi Foundation – a public charitable organization. Also, he is board member of various for profit and not for profit organizations including Saint Sabina Academy.
Mr. Kamanzi assisted in establishment the Rwandan capital markets industry – a national project completed successfully with the creation of the Rwanda Capital Market Authority and Rwanda Stock Exchange – the first in kind. He initiated different policies and program including East Africa (Kenya, Rw anda, Tanzania, Burundi, and Uganda) Regional Financial Market I nfrastructure Development (Capital Market, Payment, Pension, and I nsurance), Regional Capital Markets harmonization and integration policies, Rw anda Privatization and Tax Policies through Capital Markets. He w as Member of Financial Task Force that supervised the East Africa Financial Market Infrastructure development and implementation of the Payment System in East Africa.
Mr. Kamanzi is current Doctorate Candidate in Psychology Organizational Leadership and Entrepreneurship and holds MBA in Finance from Ashford University, the Forbes School of Business in Iow a and a bachelor degree in Business Administration from University of Fribourg in Sw itzerland. He fluently speaks 5 languages including English, French, Russian, Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, and basics in Germany.
Prince Kayode has served the Government of Nigeria as a Cabinet Minister in four different positions: Culture and Tourism; Labour, Employment and Productivity; Attorney General and Hon. Minister of Justice as well as Minister of Defence. As a dedicated Organized Private Sector (OPS) practitioner, he wishes to use his wealth of experience accumulated over the years to speak on Trade and Investment opportunities in Africa in general and Nigeria in particular.
A global voice for gender equality and women’s economic empowerment
“People often ask me why we choose to focus specifically on women. My answer is simple – we focus on women and girls because evidence accrued over decades of international development work has proven that the status and role of women is the best clue to a nation’s growth potential, and is a key factor in determining a society’s standard of living.”
UNWNCC President Almas Jiwani, HSBC Canada, November 2012
Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee and CEO of Frontier Canada Inc, is a fiercely vocal champion for gender equality. She is internationally renowned for her efforts to encourage women’s social, economic, and political empowerment. She spearheads initiatives where corporate growth intersects with humanitarian development.
A model of perseverance and determination, Ms. Jiwani’s efforts to strengthen women’s economic capacity as entrepreneurs and producers have earned her accolades. She plays a crucial role in building networks among charitable institutions and socially responsible businesses.
Ms. Jiwani is a powerful and influential speaker and she continues to travel across the globe to deliver keynote addresses, speeches, and presentations on improving the status of women. She addressed over 400 parliamentarians from 42 countries on the benefits of economically empowering women and the roles and responsibilities of parliamentarians at the International Assembly in the Dominican Republic and Quebec City. More recently, she addressed the Pan Africa Media Conference, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, World Bank, Women in Leadership Forum in Abu Dhabi, African Development Bank conference, and the World Forum alongside Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and holistic health/New Age guru Deepak Chopra.
She is CEO of Frontier Canada, a communications and marketing company based in Toronto, Ontario.
In 2013, Ms. Jiwani was appointed as a member of Magna Carta Canada honorary committee alongside with former Country Prime Ministers and high level political dignitaries. She was also appointed as good will Ambassador of the World NGO.
In 2012, Ms. Jiwani made history as a state visitor in Pakistan when she addressed one million women on gender inequality. In June 2012, she was appointed as a Global Ambassador of Peace by the Universal Peace Federation.
She is a member of the Global Advisory Board of Women in Leadership – NASEBA Corporation in the Middle East and Dean, Faculty of Law at Istanbul University in Turkey, Pamoja Kenya Mentorship Alliance, Enerdynamic and Global Warming Prevention Technologies.
Chris Knight is the Global Commercial Director for fDi Intelligence. Chris has been working in the field of foreign direct investment and advising governments for over 10 years. Chris is an expert in the benchmarking of locations, analysing and interpreting FDI trends worldwide and how best to market and promote your location. Chris has worked with over 80 economic development organisations worldwide in all aspects of foreign direct investment including: lead generation, event organisation and management, best practice, investment promotion and location benchmarking propositions. Chris has extensive experience working in global markets including Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Middle East. Previously Chris worked as a senior analyst for OCO Global in Belfast where he worked with many different projects including economic development strategy and lead generation, with many of the largest investment promotional agencies throughout the world. Over the past few years, Chris has started to run training workshops on best practice in FDI. These have been in Poland, Brazil, Johannesburg and UK.
Founder & Executive Chairman of US Doctors for Africa (USDFA). Member of the Business Advisory Council – U.S. National Congressional Committee. Strategic Investment Adviser to the Kingdom of Swaziland.
Founder of the African First Ladies Health Summit, Key Adviser and contributor to the formations of the African Union (AU) Foundation.
A recipient of the United Nations’s 2008 Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award. A recipient of the 2008 Columbia University’s The Harriet Tubman Freedom & Life Achievement Award. The 2008-NASDAQ Honoree, A recipient of the 2004 African Community – USA Award.
Currently serving in a business advisory role as Senior Chief of Staff for the African Consumer & Industrial Products Industry group of Deloitte. Dylan works through the value chain from manufacturers to retailers. He is responsible for global and local stakeholder engagement, go-to-market strategy, operations, & driving a Pan-African industry growth strategy. A qualified futurist (Cum Laude) Dylan provides scenario based, systemic thinking approaches to solutions in an uncertain, disruptive and exponential world. With over 12 years’ experience in strategy & business development, Dylan is skilled in creating value for senior local and global stakeholders.
He is Chairman of the Africa Ecommerce Forum – whose objective is the sustainable development of Ecommerce as a tool for private and public sector economic development in Africa – in this role he sits on the SA National Treasure ICT eCommerce committee and is at the forefront of the conversation of Digital (ecommerce), Africa, Industry 4.0 and Industrialisation. Dylan is part of the SADC/NBF Africa Industrialisation working committee where he was selected as a private sector delegate that presented the inaugural Esibayeni Declaration to the SADC (15 member state) Ministerial summit. As a Board member he leads the future growth strategy for iconic Arts NGO MIDm.
He has facilitated numerous executive panel discussions including on topics such as IoT, Agri, Ecommerce/Digital, Manufacturing, Export led growth and retail. In January 2017 he was a guest panellist & presenter at the Global Digital Leaders’ Summit in Luxembourg, and has presented in sessions with SAIIA (G20) and GEG Africa on leveraging Ecommerce & the Digital Economy for Africa’s economic development. In 2017 he has been invited as a judge of the SA Top Technology 100 companies (TT100) and the Creative Business Cup SA. He is a qualified Futurist currently completing his Master’s thesis in Future Studies, has a Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship, a Bachelors degree majoring in Economics and Politics, Executive Certificates in Knowledge and Change Management, and Strategic Brand Management.
He has launched initiatives including the Inaugural SA Manufacturing Competiveness report ’13, the inaugural Africa Manufacturing Competitiveness survey and report ’17, is co-Author of the inaugural African Powers of Retail and African Powers of Consumer Products reports.
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