Panel discussion: Seeking the opportunity, managing the risk

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Introductory presentation: Diana Layfield (Africa CEO, Standard Chartered)

Panellists: Tutu Agyare ((Managing Partner, Nubuke Investments and Independent Director, Tullow Oil), David Armstrong (CFO, Lonrho), Dan McDougall (Africa Correspondent, London Sunday Times) and William Pollen (MD, Invest in Africa).

  • One’s choice of perspective matters, both in developing an Africa-related strategy and in implementing it. African business ventures can be risky, but no more so than those in other much-hyped emerging markets. Giving substance to one’s Africa strategy involves a choice: one can emphasis a search for opportunities and then factor-in risks accordingly; or take a ‘risks-first’ approach and only weigh opportunities after first filtering for risk. In our experience and observations, those companies that are succeeding in Africa are seeking the opportunities first, and then managing the risks.