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Strategic Growth Forum Africa 2012 - Speakers - EY - United Kingdom

Strategic Growth Forum Africa 2012


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Our facilitator – Lerato Mbele
Lerato MbeleLerato anchors the CNBC Africa daily programmes Regional Roundup & Beyond Markets, fast-paced news & current affairs programmes that analyze capital markets; stock exchanges; economics and showcases Africa's business and market opportunities. In addition, she anchors the flagship weekly leadership show Captains of Industry, where she profiles corporate giants from west, to east and Southern Africa. Previously she anchored News@10 programme and In the Public Interest on SABC 3.

Lerato was recently invited to participate at the World Economic Forum Africa as a media leader, and regularly features as a moderator at high-level events such as the annual meetings of the African Development Bank & the World Bank-IMF Annual meetings. More recently she has moderated the 3 Presidential Debates for the Nigeria Economic Summit; as well as a session with Trevor Manuel at the Mining Indaba. Lerato is also co-editor of the book Designing Democracy on politics in Africa, published by SAIIA. In year 2006, she was voted as one of the "Top 100 South-Africans", by the Star Newspaper. She holds a BA in Political Science & Anthropology, from UCT. A BA (hons) in International Relations and an MSc in Development Studies, from SOAS, at the University of London.
Our PE Panel – Simon Harford
Simon HarfordSimon Harford - Partner, Co-Head of Africa

Simon joined Actis in 2006 as Head of their West Africa business, based in Lagos, Nigeria. In 2009 he relocated to Johannesburg into a newly created role responsible for operational value-creation within Actis's investee companies in Africa. Then in 2011 he was appointed as Co-Head of Actis's Africa business.

Actis ( is a leading international private equity investor in emerging markets with some US$4.8 billion of funds under management. The firm has been active in Africa for over 50 years, alongside its current activities in China, India, South-East Asia and Latin America.

Prior to joining Actis, Simon was founder and CEO of Virgin Nigeria, the private sector flag carrier airline for Nigeria. He spent his earlier career in investment banking, strategy consulting and corporates, including with S.G. Warburg, Boston Consulting Group, British Airways and various entrepreneurial ventures in Europe and the Middle East.

Simon is based in Johannesburg and sits on various Boards and advisory groups in Africa. He holds a BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from INSEAD.

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Our keynote speakers
Dr. Dambisa MoyoDr. Dambisa Moyo is an international economist and New York Times best-selling author of both Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way For Africa published in 2009, and How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly - And the Stark Choices that Lie Ahead, published in early 2011. In 2009, Moyo was honoured by the World Economic Forum as one of its Young Global Leaders. In May 2009, TIME Magazine named Moyo as one of the world's 100 most influential people and in September 2009 Moyo was featured in Oprah Winfrey's power list of 20 remarkable visionaries. Moyo serves on the board of Barclays Bank,SABMiller,Lundin Petroleum and Barrick Gold.

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Lewis Pugh OIGLewis Pugh OIG – Environmental Campaigner : Maritime Lawyer : Endurance Swimmer. Lewis Gordon Pugh is an environmental campaigner, a maritime lawyer and an endurance swimmer. He frequently swims across vulnerable ecosystems to draw attention to their plight. Lewis is best known for undertaking the first swim across the North Pole in 2007 to highlight the melting of the Arctic sea ice and for recently swimming across a glacial lake under the summit of Mt Everest to draw attention to the melting glaciers in the Himalayas, and the impact the reduced water supply will have on world peace. He is also the only person to have completed a long distance swim in every ocean of the world.

Lewis will speak about his experiences and how he has been able to Achieve the Impossible. He will provide insights and thought provoking analogies that are significant, powerful and useful in business.

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Dr. Nakedi Mathews PhosaDr Nakedi Mathews Phosa is an attorney by profession and recently appointed as non-executive chairman of Braemore Resources plc. He is a leading figure in South Africa's business and political world. Mathews opened the first black empowerment law practice in Nelspruit in 1981. He was elected as the first Premier of Mpumalanga Province in 1994.

Following the elections in 1999, Mathews resigned his seat in parliament in favour of focusing his attention on a career in business. Mathews re-entered the political arena in 2007 when he was elected Treasurer-General of the National Executive Committee of the ANC. He is chairperson of Special Olympics South Africa. He holds numerous chairperson positions, among them being the non-executive chairman of EOH (Enterprise Outsourcing Holdings Limited), executive chairman of Vuka Forestry Holding (Pty) Ltd and Eveni Investments & Consulting (Pty) Ltd. He is also a director of Hans Merensky Holdings (Pty) Ltd and an executive director of Value Group.

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Arnold EkpeArnold Ekpe has been Chief Executive Officer of the Ecobank Group since 2005. He previously held the same position from 1996 to 2001.

With 30 years banking experience in the industry, Mr. Ekpe has held several senior positions in African and international banking.

He was Head of Sub-Sahara Africa Structured Trade and Corporate Finance at Citibank in the 1990s. In that position, he played a leading role in building Citibank's corporate finance business in Africa, including several landmark transactions. He is also a former Managing Director of UBA.

Since his return to Ecobank in 2005, Mr. Ekpe has led the ongoing transformation of the Group, which has become the leading Pan-African banking institution, with operations in more countries in Africa than any other bank in the world.

Mr. Ekpe's abiding passion is in promoting pan-African private-sector initiatives, particularly in the financial services sector.

He holds a first class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from Manchester University and Manchester Business School, respectively.

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Leslie RanceLeslie Rance has recently returned to South Africa as Corporate and Regulatory Affairs Director (designate) for BAT Southern Africa. He has been with the BAT Group for nine years serving the company in various capacities, notably and recently as General Manager for East African Markets, based in Kenya; Regional Head of Information Technology for Africa and the Middle East and in an earlier period in BAT South Africa, as its Director responsible for Strategy and Planning and Information Technology. Prior to BAT he worked for the global resources group, Anglo American, in their operations in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Leslie is a Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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Omari IssaOmari Issa
CEO of Investment Climate Facility for Africa

Omari Issa has extensive business experience in the public and private sectors in Africa and abroad. Since 2007 Mr. Issa has been CEO of the Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF). ICF is working with receptive African governments to make the continent an even better place to do business by focusing on areas where practical steps can be taken to remove identified constraints and problems.

He was previously Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Celtel International in the Netherlands where he oversaw Celtel operations in thirteen African countries. He joined Celtel in 2000 as Senior Vice President, Business Development, and was instrumental in its growth across Africa.

Prior to that Mr. Issa spent fourteen years with the IFC and six years with the World Bank. He began his career in Africa working for the East African Posts and Telecommunications Corporation, where he rose to Deputy Chief Engineer and Chief of Long & Short Term Planning.

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Zahid TorresZahid Torres

Zahid is the Founding Director of Business Action for Africa, an international network of over 150 businesses and development partners, led by a board of multinational corporations, DFID, CDC and the International Business Leaders Forum. Zahid also founded Business Fights Poverty, the leading online community for business and development, connecting over 10,000 professionals. Zahid has previously worked at HM Treasury, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and as a teacher in Zimbabwe.

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Anne HarrapAnne Harrap

Ms Harrap is an experienced officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She has served as High Commissioner to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique and Ambassador to Angola since December 2008. She was previously the Deputy High Commissioner in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Ms Harrap holds Bachelor of Arts (1987); Bachelor of Laws degrees (1989) and a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade (1994).

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Dr. Lyal whiteDr. Lyal White

Dr. Lyal White is the Director of the Centre for Dynamic Markets (CDM) and a Senior Lecturer at the Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria.

As Director for the CDM he drives research and learning in dynamic markets at GIBS. He also leads the business network meetings - executive forums that meet monthly to discuss issues of interest and importance in Africa, Asia Latin America and the Middle East.

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Ms Evelyn N. OputuMs Evelyn N. Oputu
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Bank of Industry Limited, Nigeri

Ms Evelyn Ndali Oputu is an articulate lady who in the last thirty-six years has acquired high degree of competence in finance, banking and entrepreneurship. She began her banking career in 1976 with ICON Merchant Bank Ltd. She was appointed Managing Director and CEO of the Bank of Industry (BOI) in December, 2005. Under her leadership in the last five years, the bank has continued to witness unprecedented expansion in its credit operations without compromising the quality of its investments and post impressive financial returns. The value of fresh loans and investments rose by 1066.3% from N9.8 billion to N114.3 billion between 2005 and 2010. The percentage of its annual lending to MSMEs increased to 96% by December 2010 from 35% in 2005. The Bank's efficiency and productivity also improved remarkably. The Portfolio at Risk declined from 65% in December 2005 to less than 21% in December 2010. The industry average in Nigeria is 32.8%. The development effectiveness of BOI's operations has been remarkable as cumulative direct and indirect jobs have exceeded 1,000,000.

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Aigboje Aig-ImoukhuedeAigboje Aig-Imoukhuede
Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank PLC

Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede is the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank Plc, one of Africa's leading financial institutions. He is also the Chairman of Access Bank (UK) Ltd, an FSA supervised UK Bank and is a member of the National Economic Management Team.

Aigboje holds LLB & BL degrees from the University of Benin and the Nigeria Law School respectively. He is one of the youngest Nigerian to be conferred with the Honorary Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.

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Elias MasilelaElias Masilela

Elias Masilela (a Top 40 list, Alan Paton nominee for 2007) is the CEO of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). He has an impressive professional history, characterised by a deepness of understanding of the policy environment, grounded in sectoral and international matters. He has lectured, written and published widely.

His latest writing has literally re-written the history of the Kingdom of Swaziland and provided an entirely new and interesting perspective to South Africa's liberation. The book "Number 43 Trelawney Park; kwaMagogo" was amongst a few selected to represent South Africa at the London Book Fair Market Focus in April 2010.

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Guillermo MirandaGuillermo Miranda

Guillermo Miranda is the HR Director / Talent - IBM Africa in charge of driving the company's talent management and workforce expansion in its fastest growing region. Prior to this he was the Chief HR Officer of the Inter-American Development Bank Group in Washington D.C., with overall responsibility for all Bank operations across Latin America and the Caribbean. Previously, Guillermo was the Workforce Management Leader for IBM Northeast Europe in Vienna, Austria. He joined IBM in Lima, Peru in 1997, and was subsequently based in Miami and New York.

Guillermo is married, and currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya with his wife Talia and their 3 children. He holds an MBA from Deusto University and received a Juris Doctor degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

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Jite OkolokoaJite Okoloko

Jite Okoloko is the Group CEO and Managing Director of Notore Chemical Industries Limited (Notore), the only producer of Urea Fertiliser in Sub-Saharan Africa. Notore has grown into an agricultural phenomenon and is one of the world's lowest-cost fertiliser producers. Jite is a founding partner of the Ocean & Oil Group, sits on the Board of Union Bank of Nigeria PLC and is the Chairman of Midwestern Oil and Gas PLC. Jite is the 2011 winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Emerging Entrepreneur category for the West Africa region.

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Gerald MahindaGerald Mahinda

Gerald's earlier career with some of East Africa's most successful companies included roles in finance, strategy and HR, most notably with Standard Chartered Bank. He then joined East Africa Breweries Limited (EABL) as group finance and strategy director in 1999, and after 4 years was appointed as strategy and change director at Guinness Nigeria. In 2004, Gerald was appointed group managing director at EABL, and after a successful 6 years he took over as Managing Director of brandhouse South Africa.

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Ed HarkinsEd Harkins

Ed Harkins joined Barclays Capital in 2004. Ed previously worked as a qualified lawyer with a focus on structured ECA financing with responsibility for documenting many of Barclays Capital's ECA transactions in South Africa. Ed leads the origination and structuring of our business in Africa and the Middle East with a number of award winning deals to his name - including, National Treasury, Transnet, Telkom and SANRAL.

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Bill TorrBill Torr

Bill is General Manager for Tullow Oil in Cape Town. He has 20 years experience in the oil and gas exploration and production industry in financial management, tax and commercial. He started his oil industry career in the North Sea but returned to Cape Town to concentrate on Africa. He was previously CFO for Energy Africa and is a Chartered Accountant.

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Shirley ZinnShirley Zinn

Prof Shirley Zinn is the HR Director of Standard Bank and prior to this was the HR Executive at Nedbank and previously at SARS.

Qualifications: BA (University of the Western Cape); Higher Diploma in Education (University of the Western Cape); B.Ed Honours (UNISA); M.Ed (University of the Western Cape); Ed.M (Harvard) and Doctorate in Education (Ed.D) (Harvard).

She was awarded the Top Woman in Business and Government in 2008.

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Soumya KantiSoumya Kanti

Mr. Soumya Kanti, President, Educomp, has been instrumental in pioneering the entire Public Private Partnership [PPP] business in education in India and played a key role in developing the Technology Aided Learning (TAL) business of Educomp in India and abroad including Middle-East and Africa.

Under the dynamic leadership of Soumya, Educomp has won several top honors including winning the NASSCOM Foundation Social Innovation Honors in 2010. Mr. Soumya has also been awarded 'Certificate of Honour' by CCLP Worldwide.

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Brian MolefeBrian Molefe

Brian Molefe is CEO of Transnet, a South African freight transport company with R150 billion in assets. He joined Transnet in 2011 after serving as CEO of the Public Investment Corporation, where he grew assets under management from R308 billion to R1 trillion.Molefe has a Master of Business Leadership, B.Com, Post Graduate Diploma – Economics among others. He was Deputy Director General at the National Treasury in charge of Asset Liability Management, formerly a director of Telkom SA, Airports Company of SA and National Empowerment Fund.Molefe, a member of the SANDF's reserves and an honorary colonel, has received several awards for his role in the economy, particularly his advancement of black participation.

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David CookeDavid Cooke

David is a Director at Actis, a US$4.6bn private equity firm dedicated to the Emerging Markets. He focuses on Consumer sector investments in Africa, and the Retail sector globally. His most recent investment was the US$151m buyout of Vlisco, a Sub-Saharan Africa apparel business. Prior to Actis, David worked at Bridgepoint and Ernst & Young. David studied at the University of Cape Town, Wits Business School and is a CFA charter holder.

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Nkateko NyokaNkateko Nyoka

Nkateko joined Vodacom as Chief Officer: Regulatory and Stakeholder Relations. Prior to joining Vodacom, he held several positions at MTN Group, including Group Executive for Group Services where the span of control included legal, regulatory and the MTN Foundation. Between 2001 and 2003, Nkateko was CEO of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa where he played a vital role in facilitating regulations that enabled competition in the communications sector. He was appointed to the Vodacom Group Executive Committee in 1 November 2010.

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Our green agenda panel – Ayanda Nakedi
Ayanda NakediAyanda Nakedi has 18 years' experience with Eskom and has held the various positions within Eskom ranging from Key Sales and Customer Services and Distribution Division, CEO of Eskom Development Foundation, to General Manager of Strategy, Technology and Assurance at Generation Division. From 1 April 2011 she was appointed as Senior General Manager to head up Eskom Renewables Business Unit. In her current role she is setting up the Unit and implementing the two utility scale projects Sere Wind Farm in Vredendaal and CSP in Upington.

Ayanda hails from Ezibeleni in Queenstown and has two children. She is a Board member of South African Wind Energy Association and Eskom Finance Company.

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Our infrastructure panel – Goolam Ballim
Goolam BallimGoolam Ballim
Group Chief Economist and Global Head of Research

Goolam Ballim is Chief Economist and Global Head of Research for the Standard Bank Group. He leads a unit which analyses financial and commodities markets as well as macroeconomic and socio-political themes. The division's emphasis is on emerging markets, especially Africa. Goolam has 12 years of experience in macroeconomics and financial markets.

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Successfully growing in Africa - Charles Brewer
Charles BrewerCharles Brewer is the Managing Director for the Sub Saharan Africa for DHL Express.Mr. Brewer's responsibilities in the Sub Saharan Africa region include the Finance, Information Technology, Operations, Customer Service, Human Resource and Commercial activities.

A supply chain professional and a specialist in International shipping, Mr. Brewer has over 28 years of industry experience, covering four Global Regions and all disciplines.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Brewer served on the Board of DHL USA as Executive Vice President, Commercial for 5 years, after 8 years with DHL in Asia Pacific and 15 years with DHL in Europe.

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