Virtual Summit

Wednesday 14 October 2020

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.

PANEL 1: View from the Top

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.

10:00

Welcome and Introductions by Teresa Clarke

10:07

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

10:20

Farid Fezoua

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.

10:27

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.

10:34

Audience Q&A

PANEL 2: Hear it from the Agency Heads

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.

11:00

Teresa Clarke introduces Panel 2 Moderator, Witney Schneidman.

11:03

Victoria Whitney, Chief Operating Officer, Prosper Africa

11:09

Mr. Worku Gachou, Managing Director for Africa U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

11:15

Mr. C.D. Glin

Mr. C.D. Glin, President of the U.S. African Development Foundation

11:21

Mr. Ramsey Day, Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Africa, USAID

11:27

Mr. Bradley McKinney, Vice President, Economic Security and Operations, Program on China and Transformational Exports, Export-Import Bank of the United States

11:33

Audience Q&A

PANEL 3: Hear it from African Business Heads

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.

12:00

Teresa Clarke introduces Panel 3 Moderator, Hubert Danso.

12:03

Admassu Tadesse, President and Chief Executive Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank

12:08

Ndidi Nwuneli, Managing Partner, Sahel Consulting: Agriculture & Nutrition; Co-founder, AACE Foods; Founder, LEAP Africa

12:18

Iyinoluwa Samuel Aboyeji

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Founder of Andela & Future Africa; Founder and Former Managing Director of Flutterwave

12:23

Kuseni Dlamini, Chairman of the Board, South Africa’s Massmart Holdings Ltd.

12:28

Bolaji Balogun

Bolaji Balogun, Chief Executive Officer, Chapel Hill Denham and Chief Investment Officer, Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund

12:33

Audience Q&A

PANEL 4: Hear it from the Ambassadors: County-by-Country

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.

13:00

Teresa Clarke introduces Panel 4 Moderator, Zain Verjee

13:03

U.S. Ambassador to Angola, Hon. Nina Maria Fite

13:08

U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Hon. Stephanie S. Sullivan

13:13

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Hon. Kyle McCarter

13:18

U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Hon. Mary Beth Leonard

13:23

U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, Hon. Lana Marks

13:28

Audience Q&A