Welcome and Introductions by Teresa Clarke
The Summit is comprised of four panels, each of which provides a distinct lens on the topic of how African businesses can access U.S. resources for trade, investment and technical assistance.
The summit starts at 10:00 EDT and ends at 2:00 EDT.
The Summit kicks off with keynote remarks by the highest-ranking U.S. government official responsible for relations with Africa, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, The Honorable Tibor Nagy. Then, the Chairman of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (President and CEO of GE Africa) Farid Fezoua, will deliver keynote remarks from the private sector perspective. Finally, Yvonne Ike, Managing Director and Head of Sub-Saharan Africa (ex-RSA) for Bank of America, will keynote remarks from the perspective of a leading U.S. financial institution.
Welcome and Introductions by Teresa Clarke
Keynote remarks by the highest-ranking U.S. government official responsible for relations with Africa, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, The Honorable Tibor Nagy.
Q&A for the The Hon. Tabor Nagy
Farid Fezoua, Chairman of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (President and CEO of GE Africa), will deliver keynote remarks from the private sector perspective.
Yvonne Ike, Managing Director and Head of Sub-Saharan Africa for Bank of America, will deliver keynote remarks from the perspective of a leading U.S. financial institution.
The second session Moderated by Washington insider and Africa veteran Witney Schneidman, features the “Africa heads” of some of the key U.S. government agencies that serve African businesses. Kicking off the panel is the Chief Operating Officer of Prosper Africa, a new U.S. government initiative that brings together the resources of over 17 U.S. Government agencies to connect U.S. and African businesses with new buyers, suppliers, and investment opportunities. Joining this panel are the ‘Africa heads’ of some of the key U.S. Government agencies that do business with Africa, including the International Development Finance Corporation (formerly OPIC); The Export/Import Bank; USAID; and the U.S. Africa Development Foundation.
Teresa Clarke introduces Panel 2 Moderator, Witney Schneidman.
Victoria Whitney, Chief Operating Officer, Prosper Africa
Mr. Worku Gachou, Managing Director for Africa U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
Mr. C.D. Glin, President of the U.S. African Development Foundation
Mr. Ramsey Day, Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Africa, USAID
Mr. Bradley McKinney, Vice President, Economic Security and Operations, Program on China and Transformational Exports, Export-Import Bank of the United States
The third session moderated by Chairman & CEO of Africa Investor Hubert Danso, features very senior African business leaders who have deep experience in doing business with the United States, and its government agencies, who will provide their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges of doing business with the United States, and will provide guidance for those who are considering following in their footsteps.
Teresa Clarke introduces Panel 3 Moderator, Hubert Danso.
Admassu Tadesse, President and Chief Executive Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank
Ndidi Nwuneli, Managing Partner, Sahel Consulting: Agriculture & Nutrition; Co-founder, AACE Foods; Founder, LEAP Africa
Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Founder of Andela & Future Africa; Founder and Former Managing Director of Flutterwave
Kuseni Dlamini, Chairman of the Board, South Africa’s Massmart Holdings Ltd.
Bolaji Balogun, Chief Executive Officer, Chapel Hill Denham and Chief Investment Officer, Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund
The fourth and final session, moderated by former CNN anchor Zain Verjee, features five U.S. ambassadors to key African nations (South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Angola), who will provide guidance on the resources available on the ground for African businesses in their respective countries.
Teresa Clarke introduces Panel 4 Moderator, Zain Verjee
U.S. Ambassador to Angola, Hon. Nina Maria Fite
U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Hon. Stephanie S. Sullivan
U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Hon. Kyle McCarter
U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Hon. Mary Beth Leonard
U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, Hon. Lana Marks