Agriculture: Innovations in African agriculture
Africa imported $40 billion worth of food in 2015 despite having half the population working in Agriculture and owning half of the world’s fertile land. The panel will focus on how to introduce technology and innovation to increase productivity and sustainability in agriculture. We would discuss innovating the supply chain for high value crops, using data to increase investments, and increasing productivity for small holder farmers.
Principal and Africa Operations Director, Factor[e] Ventures
Seth Silverman seeks tractable solutions to knotty problems. In pursuing such opportunities, he has built leadership experience in climate change policy and as an international development practitioner and impact investor in energy access and agriculture development in East Africa, South Asia, and Central America. Seth leads FACTOR[e] Ventures’ work in agriculture and heads up its Africa operations. Seth has a J.D. from NYU School of Law, M.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, and B.A. from Stanford University.
Co-Founder & CEO, Partners in Food Solutions
Jeff is passionate about bringing together unusual partners—strange bedfellows, as he likes to call them.
In the case of Partners in Food Solutions that means leading international food companies - General Mills, Cargill, DSM, Buhler, The Hershey Company and Ardent Mills - and hundreds of promising food companies in Africa, as well as the US Government, committed donors, NGOs, impact investors, and talented employees, all working together to do much more together than they could on their own.
Jeff has spent half his career in business and the other half in international development, including two years living and working in Zambia, and he has worked for both global organizations like Cargill and World Vision as well as several start-up ventures.
What Jeff likes most about his current role is working with a strong international team—a whole network of people in the US, Europe, and Africa, coming together to accomplish something significant.
For his work with PFS he was recently named an Ashoka Fellow, an honor reserved for leading social entrepreneurs around the world.
Outside work, Jeff loves time with family and friends, biking/running/skiing in wild, beautiful places, and good conversations that get to the heart of the matter.
He lives in Edina, Minnesota with his wife Molly, where he loves, encourages—and writes tuition checks for—his three young adult children, Mackenzie, Clara, and Bennett.
Partner, Dalberg and Regional Director of Africa
Edwin is a partner at Dalberg and Regional Director of Africa. He is based in Nairobi and anchors key private and public sector focused client engagements across the continent. Edwin’s work has included multiple engagements with key investors in East Africa including several strategic reviews of portfolio companies in sectors including agriculture, private education, telecommunications, and fast moving consumer goods. He has also worked with the Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Cooperatives and Rural Development (MAFCRD) in South Sudan with the objective of catalysing the private sector investment and development of the agriculture sector. Edwin has supported the governments of Ethiopia and Tanzania to identify opportunities for investment by developing their strategies for agriculture and food security within the value chains. In Ethiopia, Edwin has worked with the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) to support the development of its organizational strategy, and developed a strategy for the Amhara Seed Enterprise and Ethiopian Seed Enterprise (parastatals) to transform seed production and distribution in country. He is working with the Gates Foundation to develop a similar agricultural transformation mechanism to ATA in Tanzania. He also led a market access and infrastructure focused project to design a roadmap for implementation of the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Plan (CAADP), to accelerate growth in the agricultural sector across Africa by raising the capacities of private entrepreneurs to meet the increasingly complex quality and logistics requirements of domestic, regional, and international markets.
Prior to Dalberg, as Director of Agriculture at the Clinton Foundation, Edwin led the Foundation’s thinking, operations and partnership building in the agriculture sector for a US$100M initiative focused on effecting holistic development at the grassroots level. Before joining the Clinton Foundation, Edwin was a management consultant at McKinsey and Company. Edwin holds a degree in Biology from Amherst College and is a Bishop Desmond Tutu Fellow, a program that identifies the top 20 emerging African leaders.
Tiffany thrives at the intersection of unicorn solutions and tough global challenges. As CTO at Komaza, she is building information systems to disrupt the forestry sector in Africa by planting trees closer to cities through a distributed network of smallholder farmers. Tiffany is a reformed mobile consumer start-up founder, who left San Francisco in search of highly-scalable solutions to global poverty. Following her tenure as a designer and innovation strategist at IDEO, Tiffany has worked in brand strategy with the founding teams at Dropbox and Path, served as StartX’s first Designer-In-Residence, built a knowledge sharing platform with Acumen India, and explored opportunities to make humanitarianism more human through refugee-centered ethnography in Uganda with the American Refugee Committee. Tiffany was a 2012 MBA grad from the Stanford GSB and holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a BS from Yale University. She is currently based in Kilifi, Kenya, where you should definitely come for a visit.
Vice President, Proterra Investment Partners, London
Mr. Obaseki is a Vice President in Proterra Investment Partners’ London office, with a focus on agribusiness/food and beverage private equity investments in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to Proterra, Mr. Obaseki worked for Black River Asset Management, a division of Cargill, where he also focused on food sector investments in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to Black River, Mr. Obaseki worked at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector investment arm of the World Bank Group, where he served in the Global Infrastructure & Natural Resources Group, focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa growth equity and debt investments in the oil and gas sector. Mr. Obaseki began his career at Tradewinds Global Investors, a subsidiary of Nuveen (~$230bn in AUM), where he focused on global natural resource investments.
In his personal capacity, Mr. Obaseki serves on the Board of Directors of Stawi Foods and Fruits, an ALN Ventures investee company, and is on the Board of Advisors of Growth Capital, Nigeria’s first social innovation fund, focused on supporting high potential, early stage businesses building technology-enabled next generation infrastructure in Nigeria.
Mr. Obaseki received his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Dartmouth College and his MBA from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), where he was a Fellow at the Legatum Center for Entrepreneurship & Development
E-Commerce: Past and Future of ecommerce in Africa: looking for the perfect business models
Africa has many unique factors that will contribute to the huge consumer spending opportunity that smart e-commerce companies can take advantage of e.g. rapid growth of the middle class, increased access to mobile phones, high draw to global brands as the next growth frontier, etc. yet unfortunately, even Africa’s highly funded e-commerce companies are fighting to stay afloat. Through the lens of retailers, e-commerce providers and entrepreneurs on the continent, this session shall review how the industry is operating, why it is falling to scale up and how startups can close any identified gaps.
Senior Manager, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Babatunde Onitiri is a Senior Manager in the Venture Investments Group at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a position he has held since October 2015. Based in Washington DC, his focus is on sourcing investments in growth stage companies in the EduTech, HealthTech CleanTech and E-commerce sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa. Tunde was previously IFC’s Country Manager for Singapore and Malaysia and Co-Head of the World Bank Group Infrastructure Hub, based in Singapore, and IFC Country Manager for Mozambique and Angola, based in Maputo, Mozambique.
Prior to joining IFC in 2004, Tunde was an Assistant Director at Emerging Markets Partnership, a private equity firm based in Washington DC, and a key member of the team that managed the $400 million AIG African Infrastructure Fund. He also spent eight years structuring and executing complex infrastructure finance transactions in Latin America, the U.S. and Turkey with InterGen (a global power generation company) based in London and Miami, and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ based in New York.
Tunde is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and has served on the boards of United World Colleges International and the American International School in Mozambique.
Tunde holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Engineering Science and Economics from Oxford University. He also attended the International University of Japan in Niigata, Japan, as a Japanese Government (Monbusho) Scholar.
Founder / CEO MallforAfrica.com & MallfortheWorld.com
Chris is well established successful serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in C level roles in marketing, technology development, and acquisition in various USA based High-Tech companies, and startups. Chris has founded, and establishing companies in Africa, USA, Middle East and Asia.
Prior to founding his current venture the award winning MallforAfrica and MallfortheWorld app and platform Chris was the Founder and CEO of OCFX Inc. a globally recognized, award winning Software and web design agency serving clients globally in various sectors such as SONY, LSI, Cisco, HP, EPSON, TYCO, US Government, Visa, BestBuy, CapitalOne Finance, EMC and many other companies. Chris has managed global relations with clients in over 60 countries and multi-million dollar projects.
Chris graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Marketing and a learn as you grow, always in beta, out of the box thinking degree in business strategy and growth.
Co-founder & Managing Director at Flutterwave
Iyinoluwa is an impact entrepreneur with a passion for building the future of Africa. He’s spent the past 7 years building ventures in the Iyinoluwa is an impact entrepreneur with a passion for building the future of Africa. He’s spent the past 7 years building ventures in the education, technology, youth employment, publishing and finance spaces. At 18, he interned for the World Youth Alliance at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. He then went on to lead Imprint Publications, one of Canada’s largest student-owned publishing houses, as President of the Board in 2010.
Iyinoluwa helped found and run Bookneto Inc, a social e-learning platform which was acquired in 2013 by the Canadian Innovation Centre. In 2014, He co-founded Andela to find the brightest young people in Africa and prepare them to become Africa’s next generation of technology leader through deep immersive remote-work experience with global technology companies like Facebook, IBM, Microsoft and Google amongst others. Andela was named by CNN as one of top 10 African Startups of 2014, and has raised investments from to Silicon Valley VC’s and Angel Investors like Spark, Google Ventures and Mark Zuckerberg.
In May 2016, Iyinoluwa left Andela to co-found Flutterwave, a payments technology company connecting Africa to the global economy with one API for processing any payment across Africa. Flutterwave is a Y Combinator company backed by several notable angels and VC’s around the world.
Jibolu “J.G.” Ayodele
Jibolu “J.G.” Ayodele co-founded Thando’s, a Lagos and NY based fashion company that provides a
platform for African artists to design for a global audience. Thando’s utilizes design competitions to
crowdsource its designs from aspiring African artists. Each competition highlights a social cause in Africa
and drives the inspiration behind the designs. The community of fans/followers votes on their favorite
designs and profits are shared with the artist(s) that design the winning print. In addition, a portion of
the sales is used to support the social cause that influenced the design competition via partnerships with
NGOs. Our first product is a vegan, machine washable foldable ballerina flat.
Mr. Ayodele holds an MBA specializing in Finance, Entertainment, Media, and Technology from NYU -
Stern School of Business, a Masters in Accounting from NC State University, and a Bachelors in Business
Administration from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Prior to Thando’s, he led the business development efforts of Viacom International Media Networks in
Nigeria where he co-created partnerships with brands such as Hewlett Packard and Lufthansa.
Prior to Viacom, Mr. Ayodele worked with Deloitte’s audit practice, and spent five years in Leveraged
Finance at Bank of America where he worked on industry agnostic private equity deals. Subsequently,
he worked at GE Capital where he originated and closed mid-market to large cap transactions in the
Restaurant and Real Estate sectors.
Mr. Ayodele is married to his co-founder, Taffi Ayodele.
Education: Bridging the gap and training future leaders
Diversifying African economies and achieving quality growth cannot be attained without talent. According to the World Bank, about 11 million youth are expected to enter Africa’s labor market each year in the next decade. Yet, only 6% of young people in sub-Saharan Africa are enrolled in higher education, and companies operating in Africa repeatedly mention insufficient skilled labor as a challenge to their growth. So, how do we develop a generation that can rise to this challenge? And how can we bridge the gap between the classroom and the economy?
Associate Director, MBA Admissions at Stanford Graduate School of Business
Sabah Khan is an Associate Director of MBA Admissions at Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB). She oversees global outreach for the MBA Program, and created the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship. The Fellowship provides full tuition financial support for eight Africans at the GSB annually who return to Africa after graduating. She's passionate about attracting the best and brightest to higher education. Within Africa, she has recruited on the ground for the GSB in Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
Sabah previously worked as a humanitarian for an NGO in Zambia, and as an evaluator for the Nike Foundation in Malawi. She has held internships at the White House and the Council on Foreign Relations and served on the board of Operation USA, an international relief organization. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 with a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics with Distinction and earned her MA in International Affairs from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in 2011.
Partner, Tanzania Director, Education to Employment Practice Leader at Dalberg Global Development Advisors
Devang is a Partner in Dalberg’s Dar es Salaam office and the Global Leader of the firm’s Employment
and Education practice. He advises both public and private sector clients on topics such as primary,
secondary, and vocational education, youth unemployment, innovative financing mechanisms, and
enterprise development. His recent projects have included investor due diligence on a chain of low-fee
private schools in Kenya; development of a public-private partnership for the introduction of
contract/charter schools in South Africa; review of the vocational skills training landscape in Egypt,
Nigeria, and Senegal; creation of a social impact bond for youth employment programs in Morocco; and
development of a management training program for the agribusiness sector in Africa. He also helped
Dalberg develop HUGinsure (the world’s first social impact insurance mechanism) which enables non-
profit organizations and social enterprises to accelerate funding and access more working capital.
Devang is a frequent speaker and writer on employment and education-related topics, with recent
articles in publications such as The Financial Times’ This is Africa.
CEO and Founder, Movemeback
Charles is CEO and Founder of Movemeback, a members’ community of top global talent, leaders and
influencers, interested in Africa. Movemeback is enabling its members to connect with exciting and
distinctive career opportunities, build the next set of African businesses and entrepreneurial solutions
and to invest in high impact opportunities, whilst facilitating member collaboration, relocation and
access to invaluable insight. Through the development of the Movemeback community, Charles’
organization is enabling and empowering talented individuals to shape and accelerate Africa’s social and
economic development. Charles is also Managing Director of COS Ventures – a venture building and
Charles commenced his entrepreneurial journey at an early age, building his first business prior to
joining Imperial College and graduating with an Electronic Engineering and Management Masters. He
subsequently launched his corporate career spanning 8 years across Accenture, Tesco and finally
McKinsey & Company, where as a strategy consultant he advised global leaders, boards and Heads of
State across all the world, on their top most challenges and opportunities.
CEO, The Oladiran Olusegun Adebutu Foundation
Kemi Sokenu-Morris is the CEO of the Oladiran Olusegun Adebutu (OOA) Foundation, a nonprofit
combating poverty among orphans and vulnerable youth in southwestern Nigeria through targeted
education, employment, and physical and mental health interventions.
Kemi brings to the table fifteen years of experience administering youth empowerment, community
development, and anti-poverty training and advocacy programs for institutions ranging from state
governments to corporations. Her contributions to SBFAF Club 25- ; a PEPFAR funded program that
helps youth maintain blood donation eligibility by teaching them to keep a risk-free lifestyle, have
become the national standard, and have been replicated across the continent. She has also featured in
various international development events from Argentina to Hong Kong.
Previously, Kemi was Senior Special Assistant– Projects in the Office of the Governor, Ogun State,
Nigeria. She also worked with Generation Enterprise on Youth Bank International; First City Monument
Bank, Nigerian Export Promotion Council and the UN on the She Trades initiative; and USAID on the Safe
Blood for Africa initiative.elief that quality private education has a key role in shaping the future of
Africa and its future leaders.
Dr. Charles Yeboah
Managing Director, International Community Schools in Ghana
Dr Charles Yeboah is from Ghana, West Africa.
He holds a PhD from Loyola University Chicago in Theology and Philosophy, and alumni of the Stanford
SEED program in West Africa.
Dr Yeboah is currently the Managing Director of the International Community Schools in Ghana, having
founded the school with his wife in 2000. ICS is a private co-educational school offering a British based
curriculum. The school that started with 7 children in their living room now has over 1,400 students,
spread over 3 campuses in 3 cities. Dr. Yeboah has an ambitious goal of expanding the footprints of the
ICS brand in other cities in Ghana and within the West Africa sub-region, targeting the emerging middle
class. Dr Yeboah holds a firm belief that quality private education has a key role in shaping the future of
Africa and its future leaders.
Energy: Challenges and solutions to electrification
The African Continent desperately requires greater electrification - according to Afro Barometer, only two-thirds of the people in Africa continent have access to electricity and of the ones that are connected to the grid, only 69% of these households have electricity most or all of the time. Furthermore, Africa’s rising energy consumption between now and 2030 requires an estimated 250GW of additional capacity. This panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by the increased demand for energy in the short and medium term, offering solutions that could lead to greater electrification of the African continent in the short and medium term.
Professor Sally Benson
Director, The Global Climate and Energy Project
Sally M. Benson joined Stanford University in 2007. She is the director of the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP), a pioneering university-industry partnership to develop innovative, low-carbon energy supplies to meet global energy needs; and co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, the campus-wide hub of energy research and education.
A groundwater hydrologist and reservoir engineer, Professor Benson is widely regarded as a leading authority on carbon capture and storage, and emerging energy technologies. Her research interests include technologies for a low-carbon future and net energy analysis, a scientific method that weighs the energetic cost of energy production against the energy produced with the goal of quantifying the overall energy efficiency of the production process. Her honors include the 2012 Greenman Award from the IEA Greenhouse Gas Program, the ARCS 2009 American Pacesetter Award and the 2009 Michel T. Halbouty Distinguished Lecture Award from the Geological Society of America. She serves on the boards of directors of the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Climate Central. She is a member of the advisory board of the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan; the Andlinger Center for Energy & the Environment at Princeton University; the Carbon Management Initiative; the Energy, Climate and Infrastructure advisory board of the Sandia National Laboratory; the Energy and Environment Program Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; the BIGCCS Scientific Committee of the Research Council of Norway; and the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum in Japan. In 2010, she served on the State of California’s Panel on Carbon Capture and Storage, and on the WRI Task Force on CCS in China.
Professor Benson received an M.S. and Ph.D. in materials science and mineral engineering from the University of California-Berkeley and a B.S. in geology from Barnard College at Columbia University.
Co-founder and CEO, Volta
Mahama is the co-founder and CEO of Volta, a clean energy company that provides solar services to commercial customers in West Africa, starting with Ghana. The company’s systems generate reliable and affordable electricity to small businesses, hospitals and agri-businesses.
Mahama’s principal objective is to help individuals, small businesses and governments in emerging countries with the effective delivery of clean energy and water solutions. He believes that the reduction in cost of solar PV technology and the diffusion of mobile pay solutions has paved the way for innovative business models to provide affordable, reliable and clean electricity for these under served communities.
Mahama received an MPA in Energy Finance and Environmental Policy from Columbia University, an MS in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana.
Energy Sector Team Leader, Power Africa
Dr. Kate Steel joined USAID’s Power Africa in late 2014, where she leads the Energy Sector team in providing technical and policy expertise to create the right enabling environment for private sector investment in Africa.
Before coming to AID, she focused on renewable energy and energy access investments in Africa and South Asia at Google. Dr. Steel began her post-academic career at the World Bank, having been selected to the Young Professionals Program. As a program manager for Lighting Africa, she helped grow the program from pilots in Kenya and Ghana to a global program with activities across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Early in her career, Dr. Steel consulted on energy access projects in South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya.
She received a PhD in Engineering Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a MS in Engineering-Development Technologies from University of Melbourne, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Founder, Tombia River Energy Company
Onsu is the founder of Tombia River Energy Company (TREC), a gas-to-power company that supports delivery of cost-effective and reliable off-grid power to Nigerian households and industry through the capture and distribution of otherwise flared natural gas.
Previously, she was first-hire and corporate and legal director at FHN, one of Nigeria's first indigenously operated upstream oil & gas companies. She has also worked as legal counsel at a number of global law firms where she specialized in power and derivative transactions and in international arbitration.
Onsu received an MS in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a JD from the University of Virginia
Co-Founder, Aspire Power Solutions
Tomiwa Igun, Co-Founder of Aspire Power Solutions (APS)
Tomiwa is the co-founder of Aspire Power Solutions (APS), an Africa-focused renewable energy company
working to eliminate the barriers to the accelerated adoption of clean, affordable, renewable power. He is
passionate about electrifying Africa, as depicted in his Harvard Business School Annual Portrait project in
2012 about what he would do with his one wild life! His professional career has revolved around this goal
of improving the electrification around Africa, primarily Sub-Saharan Africa. His work experience
includes Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he has served on the Grow Africa team, and has served
several clients by providing strategic advisory and executing on power and energy-related projects globally,
including in Nigeria and other African countries. Prior to BCG, Tomiwa was employed as a consultant at
the Africa Finance Corporation where he worked on several infrastructure projects across the continent,
with focus on the Power sector. He was lead author of a published Harvard Business School case study on
the Privatization of the Power Sector in Nigeria. He holds an MBA with 2nd Year Honors from Harvard
Business School (HBS), a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan, and a B.Sc. in
Electrical Engineering with Highest Honors from Howard University.
Finance & Investing: Reducing risk and generating returns in Africa
With continued capital influx into Africa, a discussion of how capital should be deployed to generate stable future long-term growth while simultaneously generating healthy risk-adjusted returns for investors is imperative. The panel will take a deep-dive into the sources and uses of capital in Africa and will discuss how future investments can diversify African economies across industries and potentially aid in the mitigation of risk.
Founder, Qalaa Holdings
Dr. Heikal is the founder of Qalaa Holdings (QH). In the past 10 years QH transformed from a general partnership private equity manager with EGP 2 million in capital to a leading investment holdings firm investing in Egypt and East Africa with EGP 9.1 billion in capital. The firm is a leading investor in a number of platform companies in the energy, cement, transportation & logistics, mining, consumer finance and retail sectors.
Prior to founding Qalaa Holdings, Dr. Heikal had joined EFG Hermes in 1992. At the time, EFG Hermes had a capital of EGP 250,000. Dr. Heikal was instrumental in transforming EFG Hermes from a small financial consultancy into the leading investment bank in the Arab world and emerging markets. Dr. Heikal was an executive board member and Managing Director of EFG Hermes Holding. He was also head of asset management (1994-95), head of investment banking (1996-97), head of securities brokerage (1997-99), and head of private equity (1999-2001). He spearheaded highly successful private equity investments, including the creation of Egypt’s leading IT company (Raya Holding) and Egypt’s largest natural gas distribution company (Genco). He also raised three rounds of financing for regional mobile telecommunications operator Orascom Telecom and led the IPOs of Orascom Construction Industries and Orascom Hotels, among other landmark transactions.
Dr. Heikal holds a Master’s degree and a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University.
Director, McLarty Associates
Eliot Pence is a Director at McLarty Associates, where he advises Fortune 200 firms and private investors on market entry and expansion strategies. He is the Executive Director of the US-Nigeria Council, a 501(c)3 focused on building targeted partnerships between Nigerian and American investors. In 2014, Eliot co-founded the Africa Expert Network (AXN), a technology platform focused on expediting deal origination and due diligence. Eliot is an Adjunct Fellow at the America Security Project and serves on the board of the Africa Leadership Network. He holds a MA from Yale University and a BA from the University of Victoria.
Healthcare: Encouraging African Healthcare Sector Growth & Addressing Infrastructure Limitations
Non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, cancer and diabetes have been responsible for close to 30% of deaths in sub-Saharan Africa in recent years. These diseases depend on the support of basic medical infrastructure, which is largely inadequate. Foreign aid, much of which is donated to lay the foundation for growth in the healthcare sector is subject to corrupt disbursing. Furthermore, this aid contributes to unfavorable market conditions that inhibit startup healthcare disruption and discourages private sector leadership development. This session will focus on deciphering what concrete measures must be taken to encourage self-driven growth by the African healthcare sector in order to address the limitations of healthcare infrastructure today and build a better Africa tomorrow.
CEO & Chairman, Africa Healthcare Network
Nikhil Lawrence Pereira-Kamath has over 15 years of experience in the
dialysis space having previously run a non-for- profit organization, Youth
That Care, whose mission was to provide assistance to the developing world
via the establishment of dialysis centers. Youth That Care established dialysis
centers across India and the first dialysis center in Burundi. Nik Co-Founded
Africa Healthcare Network in 2015 with the goal of increasing access to care
by increasing awareness and reducing the cost of care in the Sub-Saharan
region while adhering to global standards of quality.
Previously Nik worked in private equity as an associate at Berkshire
partners, a Boston based investment firm with $11.0Bn+ in AUM. Nik was a
Candidate for an MBA at Harvard Business School Class of 2016 where he
received First Year Honors before deciding to defer his second year to launch
AHN. Prior to joining Harvard Business School. Nik graduated magna cum
laude from Princeton University with a degree in Economics and a certificate
Cofounder & CEO, mPharma
Gregory Rockson is the co-founder and CEO of mPharma. mPharma is
developing new business models to guarantee the availability and access to
medications for patients across Africa. We work with Third Party Payers,
Drug Manufacturers, Providers and Patients to reduce the price of medicines.
Our commitment is that no patient will be denied access to the drugs they
need if it is covered by mPharma. mPharma is present in Nigeria, Ghana and
Zambia. We also have an R&D office in Israel. Our vision is to become the
largest dispenser of medications in Africa and a key stakeholder in the
worldwide supply chain of chronic drugs.
Cofounder & CEO, Kangpe
Femi cofounded Kangpe with a vision to make connecting with quality
healthcare quick, easy and convenient for the African continent. Before this,
he worked as a physician in a leading research hospital in Nigeria and as
an investment banker with Goldman Sachs advising healthcare, biotech and
Head, Novartis Healthcare Alliance
Kileken ole-MoiYoi is the Head of the Novartis Africa Health Alliance focused
on developing sustainable solutions to improve access to quality health care.
Prior to leading the Africa Health Alliance, Kileken worked at the Novartis
Malaria Initiative as the Manager of Capacity Building. Prior to Novartis, he
was a Case Writer with the Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard. He led
health system research projects, wrote several case studies on malaria
treatment and prevention, and founded the Malaria Treatment and
Prevention Community on GHDonline.
He has also worked for TechnoServe, a Washington DC-based international
agricultural development organization, as a volunteer business consultant in
Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to Technoserve, he worked with Community Centered
Conservation in the Comoros, integrating economic development with
marine conservation activities. While double majoring at Brown University
(BA Political Economy of Development, BA Human Biology), he wrote an
honors thesis on integrating principles of sustainable economic development
with the fight against malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, and co-founded
EduVision, a Zurich-based e-learning organization that focused on
incorporating innovative information communication technology with rural
education in developing countries.
VP Thoracic Surgical Oncology, Johnson & Johnson
Pierre R. Theodore is Vice President, Therapeutic Area Expert, Thoracic
Surgical Oncology for Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies. In this
role, he is responsible to help accelerate innovation, advance the standard of
care within early stage science and to elevate existing and adjacent
technologies. Additionally, Dr. Theodore is a Health Sciences Associate
Professor of Surgery and the Van Auken Endowed Chair in Thoracic Surgery.
Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Dr. Theodore was Associate Professor of
Surgery and the Van Auken Endowed Chair in Thoracic Surgery at The
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He has over two
decades of experience in cardiothoracic surgery, surgical education,
entrepreneurship and innovation. Pierre’s practice focused on minimally
invasive surgical approaches in thoracic surgery, interventional pulmonary
procedures, and Global Surgery initiatives to expand surgical capacity in low-
After obtaining an undergraduate degree in Philosophy at Princeton, Pierre
received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Virginia. He
completed general surgical and cardiothoracic surgical training at the Johns
Hopkins Hospital. During his residency, Pierre completed a post-doctoral
fellowship at The Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Biology
Research Center, Harvard Medical School.
Manufacturing & Infrastructure: Becoming a key player in world manufacturing
Africa continues to develop new infrastructure and manufacturing capacity at an accelerating pace. This growth is heterogenous across countries and could be made faster still with improved governance and transparency. Investors are clamoring to invest in African manufacturing but require governmental support in the form of infrastructure. The future looks bright for African manufacturing but what steps must be taken to accelerate change.
Tara Gitau Mureithi
Managing Director, Winnie’s Pure Health Products Ltd
Tara Gitau Mureithi is the Managing Director Winnie’s Pure Health
Products Ltd (WPHP). Tara received her Bachelor of Business
Administration degree from Baylor University, and was in the first
cohort of the Stanford Seed Program in East Africa. At the age of 24
she was the recognized in Kenya’s Top 40 under 40 program that
recognizes successful women leaders under the age of 40.
Winnie’s Pure Health Products (WPHP) was founded in 2003 with the
mission of bringing a rebirth to wellness by creating awareness on
healthy lifestyle and providing healthy, tasty, chemical free food
products across Africa.
WPHP has a range of 35 distinct products that includes organic
honey, seasonings, eggs, rice, herbal teas, and flours, all of which
are processed using traditional methods that optimize nutrition and
energy. WPHP also organically farms all of its teas and purchases its
grains from smallholder farmers across East Africa.
WPHP’s approach is to make foods that people are already eating to
be healthier rather than trying to change their eating habits. WPHP is
also addressing child malnutrition in Kenya through their high-quality
and affordable infant Toto Afya porridge that is high in calcium and
whole milk to naturally boost the fat content which is necessary for
the child’s brain development.
Today, the company’s products are available in over 1000 retail
outlets in Kenya. WPHP is also expanding distribution to institutions
such as schools and hospitals as well as general trade by introducing
smaller, more affordable packet sizes.
Technical Director, Techfortrade
Matt is the Technical Director at Techfortrade, an NGO that is working to unlock the potential of 3D printing by
making it accessible and low cost. Matt’s work has been focused in two areas, an affordable 3D printer
designed for local manufacture and a small scale filament extruder that is capable of recycling discarded water
bottles into 3D printing filament. He works with Techfortrade’s local partners in Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana to
improve designs and develop viable 3D printed products for their businesses. Before working with
Techfortrade, Matt volunteered with the United States Peace Corps for over 5 years in Ghana and Panama.
During this time his work included design and construction of gravity flow water systems, village level pump
manufacture, hand drilling of water wells and secondary education. In the US, Matt has worked as a high
school science teacher. Matt has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, a BA in
Chemistry from Reed College, and an MAT in science education from Lewis and Clark College.
Country Manager, West and Central Africa, The Kraft Heinz Company
Vincent Egbe is recognized as one of Africa’s emerging young business leaders and “Go to Market”
Over the last decade, Vincent pioneered and built some of the deepest consumer goods distribution
networks across Africa, reaching and influencing over half a million retailers across Sub Sahara. He
has also built some of Africa’s most successful FMCG brands and has been globally recognized for
also building some of the most successful FMCG teams in Africa. Vincent’s distribution networks,
category innovations and teams have played a key role in defining new market leaders in categories,
channels and countries in Africa, disrupting incumbent market leaders who have been entrenched in
Africa for decades.
Today, as a business leader, Vincent uses his “Africa as a startup” framework to enable companies
build capabilities to forward and or backwards integrate and maps out the milestones and actions
that will define the category journey from startup to market leader.
Vincent believes that for companies to be sustainable, they must drive both superior value and
profitability vs peers as well as a greater sense of prosperity in the communities they operate in.
Vincent is a graduate of Geology and Mining from the University of Jos as well as P&Gs prestigious
Global Innovation College. He is currently enrolled in Executive education at the Stanford GSB as part
of the Catalyst Cohort of the Lead Program.
Vincent is an investor and mentor in a few African startups.
Technology: The Future of Technology in Africa
New technology constantly changes the way problems are solved around the globe, and many countries in Africa are continuing to develop business models and ecosystems around these solutions. Looking through the vantage point of entrepreneurs, investors, and global technology firms, we will explore whether cutting-edge technology trends in machine learning, 3D printing, blockchain and other innovations are driving quality growth, and what the continent needs to capitalize on these trends.
Founder and Managing Partner, Savannah Fund
Mbwana Alliy is the founder and Managing Partner of Savannah Fund, a seed and growth capital fund manager specializing in early stage technology startups in Africa. The first fund, pioneered the Venture Capital model in Sub-Saharan Africa was backed by investors such Tim Draper of DFJ and 500Startups out of Silicon Valley with the mission to bridge the early stage tech investment gap in Africa. Since 2012, Savannah Fund has made 26 investments across 8 African countries with combined total funds invested with co-investors exceeding $50M.
Mbwana is a engineering graduate from Bristol University, holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate school of Business. He is a regular guest lectured at Stanford Business school on emerging market entrepreneurship. Previous tech careers include working in military Aerospace in UK, as a product manager at Microsoft in Seattle, Entrepreneur in Residence at i/o Ventures in Silicon Valley and launching a travel startup in Tanzania before becoming a Venture Capitalist. He is also on the Board of Ubongo Kids, a Not for profit African Edutainment animation studio based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Stanford University
Kunle Olukotun has been a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University for the last 20 years and is an expert in parallel hardware and software systems. He founded Afara Websystems to develop high-throughput server systems with chip multiprocessor (CMP) technology and sold the company to Sun Microsystems which was subsequently acquired by Oracle; the Afara microprocessor technology is at the center of Oracle's current SPARC processor line. He is a Fellow of both the ACM and the IEEE, and has authored many papers and books on CMP design and parallel software. He is also a member of the board of advisors of UDC, a Nigerian venture capital firm. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from The University of Michigan.
Partner, Omidyar Network
Scott Wu is a partner at Omidyar Network and leads the firm’s investment, finance, and legal operations. In this role, he drives the evaluation, selection, and closing of all investments and management of the firm’s overall investment portfolio.
Scott comes to Omidyar Network with a deep dedication to innovation – investing in, working with, and launching young companies and organizations to disrupt their respective sectors. He most recently served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow and senior advisor and entrepreneur-in-residence to the innovation funds of USAID.
Scott was a member of the founding team of a crowdfunding platform and co-founded several venture capital and investment firms that together manage more than $1 billion. He has a track record of achieving superior returns, with over a dozen portfolio company IPOs and successful exits. Scott began his career in investment banking where he was responsible for launching and leading a financial technology practice and was involved in more than 60 transactions with an aggregate value of over $25 billion.
Scott has also committed himself to issues addressing global poverty and education, including serving as chairman of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants and as former president of Aim High. He has worked on development projects in Tanzania, with a center combatting child prostitution in Bangkok, monitored refugee camps, co-founded a middle school for the underprivileged, and volunteered in AIDS orphanages.
He received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his B.A. in government from Dartmouth College.