Invest Africa is a leading pan-African business platform that promotes trade and investment in Africa. In this podcast series we will explore Africa's key economic trends and the issues facing businesses and investors across the continent.
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Future of Aviation in Africa - Will it survive COVID-19?
North Africa boasts some of the continent’s fastest growing economies and has seen major multinationals move into these markets. Join Invest Africa’s webinar for an expert outlook on investment opportunities into North Africa.
Thank you to our speakers: Sabrine Hassen, Associate Managing Director, K2 Intelligence, Nabil Frik, Managing Director, Client Coverage AME, British Arab Commercial Bank and Albert Alsina, Founder & CEO, Mediterranea Capital Partners.
In the first episode of Invest Africa’s global series, we will host a discussion of current thinking in London on how the UK can assist African countries in the fight against COVID and economic recovery. How will UK policy-makers and businesses sustain and promote trade across Africa?
Thank you to Rt. Hon. Mark Simmonds, Former Minister for Africa and Chairman of the IA Advisory Board for moderating the webinar, and to our panellists: Emma Wade-Smith OBE, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa, Department for International Trade, Ibukun Adebayo, Director, Co-Head Emerging Markets, London Stock Exchange Group, Tenbite Ermias, Managing Director, Africa, CDC Group, Lullu Krugel, Partner and Chief Economist, PwC South Africa and Dr. Matt Lilley, CEO Africa, Prudential plc.
While Africa had experienced tempered economic growth over the past decade, real estate had emerged as an opportunistic market. Now, in light of COVID-19, will continent-wide investment in real estate come to a complete stop or will we see the sector as a continued investment prospect? How will the acceleration of Africa’s technology adoption continue to bridge the gap in any property deficits?
Thank you to our moderator, James Charnaud, Director, EMC Real Estate and to our speakers: Bronwyn Corbett, CEO, Grit Real Estate Income Group, James Mworia, CEO, Centum Investments, Ramsay Rankoussi, Head of Development, Africa, Radisson Hotel Group and Ben Woodhams, Managing Director, Knight Frank Kenya. Thank you to our partners, Jersey Finance.
Environmental and social governance (ESG) has been an area of great uncertainty and has caused disinvestment across the mining sector. What does COVID-19 mean and what is the effect that it is having on the ground across Africa? The mining industry must reconfigure and prepare itself to operate under a new normal, where it can operate and sustain itself under the new constraints and challenges that this pandemic brings. Listen to the latest episode in the IA Insights series on the future of mining in Africa post COVID-19.
Thank you to Claire Lawrie, Senior Managing Director – Energy & Natural Resources Lead, FTI Consulting for moderating the conversation so excellently and to our panellists: Froydis Cameron, Group Head of International & Government Relations, Anglo America, Lawrence Dechambenoit, Vice-President, Corporate Relations EMEA, Rio Tinto and Daphne Mashile-Nkosi, Chairperson, Kalagadi Manganese Ltd.
The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) and Invest Africa invite you to listen to our joint webinar, examining the future of private equity in Africa in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our panel of experts discuss what the immediate impacts on investment opportunities across the continent, how investors and LPs can overcome the liquidity issues they are now facing and how private equity firms are maintaining portfolio companies’ operations through the crisis.
Thank you to our moderator, Chris Baird, Partner, DLA Piper and to our speakers: ‘Tokunboh Ishmael, Managing Director, Alitheia IDF, Natalie Kolbe, Partner, Actis, Yemi Lalude, Managing Partner, Africa, TPG Growth, Andreata Muforo, Partner, TLcom Capital and Jurie Swart, CEO, African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM).
Countries across Africa have access to just 1 per cent of the world’s financial resources for health but bear 24 per cent of the global burden of disease, according to the World Health Organisation. With the Aliko Dangote Foundation forming the African Business Coalition for Health in 2017, global private sector players have increasingly turned their attention to the need to close the healthcare gap across the continent.
In light of the spread of COVID-19, Invest Africa brings together a panel of experts to examine the future of Africa’s healthcare, how policy-makers must adapt and what steps investors must take in order to bridge the healthcare gap.
Thank to our moderator, Michael Strain, Partner, Clyde & Co and to our speakers: Frances Eberhard, Head of Africa, Speyside Group, Wayne Hennessy-Barrett, CEO and Co-Founder, 4G Capital and Tito Ovia, Co-Founder, Helium Health.
According to the World Economic Forum, the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to upwards of 265 million people globally at risk of starvation. Listen to Invest Africa Ltd's panel of experts as they discuss the future of food security in Africa in light of the COVID-19 crisis, how the pandemic will create the catalyst to implement new innovative solutions and what roles DFIs and multi-laterals will play in facilitating those investment solutions?
Thank you to Simon Buchler, Senior Associate, BCLP for chairing the panel and to our speakers: Peter Njonjo, CEO & Co-Founder, Twiga Foods, Marco Serena, Head of Development Impact, PIDG and Milkah Wachiuri, COO – Marketplace, Cellulant.
The Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) estimates that 30m jobs on the continent are at risk. Listen to our interview with Fred Swaniker, Founder & CEO of African Leadership Group to look at the impact of COVID-19 on human capital in Africa, how technology will shape the future of education across the continent in light of the pandemic and the importance of leadership decisiveness for African organisations to weather the storm.
Thank you to Nicholas Norbrook, Managing Director of The Africa Report for chairing the discussion and to our partners, Jersey Finance.
Invest Africa Insights invites you to listen to our webinar examining the impact of COVID-19 on the renewable sector in Africa, how private sector investments can provide renewable energy access to the 600 million people still requiring energy access in Africa, and whether with the right policy framework and investment, Africa could meet a quarter of its energy needs through renewable sources by 2030.
Thank you to Rosalind Kainyah, Founder & Managing Director, Kina Advisory for chairing the panel so expertly and to Jennifer Boca, Head of ESG, Lekela Power, Mansoor Hamayun, CEO & Co-Founder, BBOXX and Scott Mackin, Managing Director, London, Denham Capital for your contribution.
Thank you also to our partners Jersey Finance.
COVID-19 has not only brought the financial challenges facing the world to the forefront of everyone’s minds, but has shed a particular lens to the dire situation many African economies and companies face. Already we have seen high debt levels, now exacerbated by commodity price declines, currency woes and investor flight to safe haven assets; Africa perhaps faces a credit crisis of epic proportions.
Invest Africa’s Insights into ‘Africa’s Funding Conundrum’ webinar disscusses the role of multilaterals to provide liquidity support and credit enhancements to the continent . Globally we have seen central banks and governments alike flooding their economies with unprecedented levels of support and stimulus; will Africa benefit or be left to its own designs? Can Africa weather this without immediate and sustained support from the global institutions.
In partnership with Jersey Finance.
Invest Africa and the Norwegian African Business Association invite you to listen our joint webinar on the oil & gas webinar, looking at the recent oil price crash and the effects this will have on the industry, what the impact of COVID19 on future exploration across the region and what does this mean for key exporting countries like Nigeria, Angola, Gabon, etc.?
Thank you to our moderator Rolake Akinkugbe-Filani, Managing Director, EnergyInc. Advisors and to our panelists: John Hamilton, CEO, Panoro Energy, Neil Jamieson Fraser, head of Noble Denton Services, Region UK and West Africa, DNV GL Limited, Kola Karim, Group CEO and MD of Shoreline Natural Resources and Natznet Tesfay, Executive Director, IHS Markit.
Invest Africa Insights sits down with Amadou Daffe, CEO & Co-Founder of Gebeya Inc., to talk about the company's monumental rise as a new-age EdTech company that is centre of excellence for African IT talent. From early beginnings to the mega seed funding round led by Partech and Orange, Gebeya exploded onto the African tech scene, led by Amadou himself to create a self-sustainable ecosystem that trains, hires and cultivates top talented African Software Engineers.
We examine Gebeya's standing as an incubator and accelerator for techpreneurs operating across the continent, the importance of African-led training academies and advice for fellow entrepreneurs looking to raise funding in a post-corona world.
Don't miss our latest podcast in the 'Meet the Entrepreneur' series with Bolaj Akinboro, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Cellulant as we discuss investment opportunities for start-ups and entrepreneurs in Africa, Cellulant's superapp Tinng and the role agribusiness plays in Africa development.
In light of announcements from Virgin Australia and Air Mauritius, Invest Africa Insights held an extended webinar on the COVID-19 crisis and how it will impact the aviation sector in Africa. Panellists discussed the future for the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, whether countries across the continent should continue with the 'National Carriers' model, pilot shortages and the potential for relaxation on business leases in both private and commercial aviation.
Thank you to Rob Hersov, Chairman of Invest Africa for chairing the discussion, Tony Payne, Partner at DLA Piper for moderating the conversation so expertly and to our panellists: Rodger Foster, CEO of Airlink, James Hogan, Executive Chairman of Knighthood Capital Partners, Allan Kilavuka, Group CEO of Kenya Airways, Yvonne Makolo, CEO of Rwandair and Nick van der Meer, COO of Vistajet for your invaluable contributions.
For more information on Invest Africa and our upcoming Insights programme, please visit www.investafrica.com
South Africa is a country that is used to dealing with adversity. But how does our economy cope with a pandemic, the resultant lockdown and a downgrade to sub-investment status from Moody’s? Listen to what JP Landman, independent political and trend analyst, has to say about South Africa’s resilience. Could their unique past be the differentiating factor that helps us cope with their current challenges?
Listen to Invest Africa's podcast with JP Landman. Thank you to Nedbank Private Wealth for partnering with Invest Africa on this episode.
Logistics plays the crucial role in ensuring trade in Africa can go ahead both within the continent and with the rest of the world. As African economies grow, the demand for reliable and efficient ways of transporting goods between businesses and consumers will further increase. Currently, it is well known that logistics infrastructure in Africa lags behind that of the rest of the world: existing port facilities are not developed enough to handle existing requirements and the cost of transportation is exorbitant - often accounts for 50-75% of the cost of the goods themselves, which is around 2-3 times higher than in more developed countries. As African economies continue to grow, so will the logistics sector as it responds to demand for the effective and reliable transportation of goods. Ultimately, this will benefit consumers; providing new jobs and cheaper goods by lowering costs.
Thank you to our moderator, Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Director, Africa Finance Corporation and to our panellists, Gagan Gupta, Managing Director & CEO, Infrastructure & Logistics, Olam International, Peeyush Garg, Chairman & Founder, Daraju Industries and Geoffrey White, Chief Executive Officer, Agility Africa.
Since 1994, Rwanda has been a shining light in Africa with regards to economic development. The country has delivered impressive numbers in terms of average economic growth (around 7% increase year on year) and witnessed ever increasing foreign direct investment. With Covid-19 starting to spread across Africa, the true extent and the impact of the virus is yet to be seen. African governments have escalated their readiness to tackle the virus and Invest Africa is delighted to welcome His Excellency, President Paul Kagame of the Republic of Rwanda who gives an update to global investors and businesses on how the country is preparing for the challenge along with other leaders on the continent.
For Invest Africa Insights' first episode in our 'Meet the Entrepreneur' series, we spoke to Ife Oyedele II, Co-Founder at Kobo360 on how the company has changed the logistics landscape in Africa, sustainability in the industry, implementation of the AfCFTA and key advice for other entrepreneurs operating in Africa.
Francophone Africa boasts some of the continent’s fastest growing economies and has seen major Anglophone multinationals move into these markets. With uncertainty around the future of the Eco currency in Francophone Africa, and upcoming elections in both Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, Patrick Smith, Editor-in-Chief of The Africa Report leads the discussion with our expert panel to discuss the implications of a new currency in the region.
Thank you to our panellist: Patrick Smith, Editor-in-Chief, The Africa Report (moderator), Douty Fadiga, Partner, Deals Leader, Sub-Saharan Francophone Africa, PwC, Emmanuel Kwapong, Associate Director, Sub-Saharan Africa Economist, Standard Chartered Bank and Aurélien Mali, Vice-President, Senior Credit Officer, Sovereign Risk Group, Moody’s Investors Group.
For more information about Invest Africa Insights, please visit: https://investafrica.com/invest-africa-insights/
Invest Africa sits down with H.E. Dr. Eyob Tekalign Tolina, Ethiopia's State Minister of Finance for insight into how the country is combating coronavirus, the current state of the economic reform agenda and an update on Ethiopia's upcoming elections.
Following stepped up measures in South Africa, Rwanda, Senegal and Madagascar, the cross-continental call for debt relief and falling oil prices over the last month, all eyes are on African governments for firm responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Invest Africa invites you to listen to our webinar for an update on coronavirus and the new challenges for Africa. Touching on the economic outlook for the continent in light of a slowing global growth and a slump in commodity prices, our panel of experts will discuss how organisations can firm up their investments and what steps must be taken in order to safeguard for the future.
Thank you to our panellists: Francois Conradie, Senior Political Economist, NKC African Economist,Peter Gray, Co-Managing Partner, Al Dahbashi Gray, Charles Robertson, Global Chief Economist and Head of Macro-Strategy Unit, Renaissance Capital.
Rob Hersov, Founder and Chairman of Invest Africa, sits down with Dr Doom for a tough discussion on his view of the US and world economy in this current crisis. Nouriel will give his predictions - a recession that he believes will be more severe than 2008, and his expectations for more “white swans” (in addition to the virus pandemic), which will further derail the global order. And what can be done to stabilise the world.
Rob Hersov, Chairman, Invest Africa sits down with Mmusi Maimane, Lead Activist for ONE SA MOVEMENT and former Leader of South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance, and Peter Attard Montalto, Director, Intellidex UK to discuss the post-Zuma era in South Africa and the future for the country.
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread, the economic impact on African markets remains uncertain. With the number of cases globally now surpassing 100,000 and the FTSE suffering its biggest intraday fall since 2008, is the global economy heading from recession? How will falling oil prices impact African exporters? What will the long-term impact of a global pandemic be? Listen Invest Africa’s podast with Vincent Rouget, Control Risks, Arshad Abba, Canback Consulting and David Murrin, Global Forecaster moderated by Nicholas Norbrook, The Africa Report for an expert outlook on the coronavirus’s impact on businesses in Africa.
There is great potential for innovation and growth in Africa’s female entrepreneurs; Africa is the only region in the world where more women than men choose to become entrepreneurs, they may be the ‘Future of the Africa Continent’, as the World Bank notes.
Yet challenges remain to female entrepreneurs trying to grow their businesses: lack of access to capital due to insufficient collateral, discriminatory property rights in some regions, as well as cultural and psycho-sociological constraints. The role for investors in combatting these challenges has been increasing in prominence, indicated by the rise of gender-smart and gender-lens investing.
Invest Africa invites you to listen to our panel experts discussing these challenges and strategies for solutions across Africa.
Recording of the Control Risks - Invest Africa Webinar 'South Africa - Politics and Succession from Thursday 2nd November 2017. With Seamus Duggan and Barnaby Fletcher of Control Risks. Chair, Alex Lambeth of Invest Africa
Chair - Lanre Akinola, Invest Africa
Welcome - Karen Taylor, CEO, Invest Africa and David Lamb, Chairman, Business Council for Africa
Opening Statement - Arnold Ekpe, Hon. President, Business Council for Africa