FR
FEBRUARY 5-7, 2014
BRAZZAVILLE, REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
Brazzaville Unites Infrastructure
Leaders For Development
FR
Speakers
H.E. Denis SASSOU N’GUESSO
President
Republic of the Congo
Jean-Jacques BOUYA
Minister at the Presidency for Spatial Planning and Delegate General for Major Public Works
Republic of the Congo
Rodolphe ADADA
Minister of Transport, Civil Aviation and Merchant Navy
Republic of the Congo
Kunlé ADEYEMI
Founder, NLÉ
Nigeria
Idriss AKKI
Managing Director, SportFive Africa
France
Tas ANVARIPOUR
Business Development and Team Leader, Africa50 Fund
Tunisia
Richard ATTIAS
Executive Chairman, Richard Attias and Associates
USA
Olatunde AYENI
Chairman, Skye Bank
Nigeria
Otavio AZEVEDO
President, Andrade Gutierrez
Brazil
Karim BAINA
Vice President, Swissport
Morocco
Babak BAGHERZADEH
Managing Director, Total E&P Congo
Republic of the Congo
Jérôme BEZZINA
Regulatory Economist at the ICT Department of the World Bank
USA
Jean Pierre BIYITI BI ESSAM
Minister of Mail and Telecommunication
Cameroon
Paule BIENSAN
Partner, White & Case LLP
France
Charles K. BOAKYE
Director, Institute for Infrastructure Development
Ghana
Christian BOCKLER
SVP and Head of Export & Project Finance, GAUFF
Germany
Selim BORA
President, Summa
Turkey
Mohamed Najib BOULIF
Deputy Minister to the Minister of Equipment, Transportation and Logistics, in charge of Transportation
Morocco
Moulay-Rachid CHERKAOUI
Associate Director, VALYANS
Morocco
Melissa COOK
Founder and Managing Director, African Sunrise Partners LLC
USA
Jean-François COUTIN
Managing Director, Chemin de Fer Congo-Océan
Republic of the Congo
Miguel Angel GARCíA CUENCA
CEO, Unicon Development
Spain
Isabella DA COSTA MENDES
Managing Director and Head of ECM and DCM Execution, Renaissance Capital
UK
Leonardo DE BRITO
Head of Africa, OAS
Brazil
Daoussa DEBY ITNO
Minister of Post and New Information Technology
Tchad
Christian DE FARIA
CEO Africa, Airtel
Kenya
Adama DEEN
Head of Infrastructure, NEPAD
South Africa
Louis DIAKITE
CEO, Alink Telecom
Ivory Coast
Ibrahima Cheikh DIONG
Founder & CEO, Africa Consulting and Trading (ACT)
Senegal
Hanh DISCH-LE
Founder, Strategic International Management Ltd
USA
Joseph DOIRON
General Manager, Stone Hill Education
USA
Pascal DOOH-BILL
Institutional and Legal Expert PPP, World Bank
USA
Idrissa DOUCOURE
CEO, Water and Sanitation for Africa
Burkina Faso
Pascal DROUHAUD
Vice President Sub-Saharan Africa/Latin America, Alstom
France
Jean-Louis EKRA
President, African Export-Import Bank
Egypt
Souad ELMALLEM
Chief Country Representative, Africa, Bombardier
Canada
Fola FAGBULE
Associate Vice President, Origination, African Finance Corporation
Nigeria
Malik FARAOUN
Principal Investment Officer, Infrastructure Finance & PPP, African Development Bank
Tunisia
Diamil FAYE
Founder & CEO, JAPPO Sports Consulting
Senegal
Olivier FILLE-LAMBIE
Partner, Hogan Lovels
France
Vicente FOX
President of Mexico (2000-2006)
Mexico
Jonathan GAME
Project Manager, Episolar
Canada
Denis GOKANA
Special Advisor to the President of the Republic, Head of the Department of Hydrocarbons and Mines
Republic of the Congo
Robert GUMEDE
Founder and Owner, Guma Group
South Africa
Robert HERSOV
Chairman of the Advisory Board, VistaJet
UK
Jean-Michel HUET
Associate Director, BearingPoint
France
Olusola IDOWU
Founder & CEO, Petroplex Natural Resource Limited
Nigeria
Mam Sait JALLOW
Regional Director, ICAO
Senegal
Fridolin KASWESHI
Minister for Spatial Planning and Infrastructure
Democratic Republic of Congo
Ian KENNEDY
Director, Institute for Infrastructure Studies
UK
Dominique LAFONT
President, Bolloré Africa Logistics
France
Dominique LARESCHE
TV Anchor, TV5 Monde
France
Alami LAZRAQ
CEO, Groupe Alliances
Morocco
Loïc LE RUYET
Deputy Head of Division, Central and East Africa and Pacific region, European Investment Bank
Luxembourg
Thierry LESTOILLE
Deputy Director, Egis International
France
Blaise LOUEMBE
Minister of Digital Economy, Communication and Post
Gabonese Republic
Marc MANDABA
Director, THEMIS Advisory LLC
Tunisia
Verone MANKOU
Founder and CEO, VMK
Republic of the Congo
Beatrice MARSHALL
TV Anchor, Africa Live, CCTV
Kenya
Daniel MCCORMICK
Managing Partner, Episolar
Canada
D.C. MOORE
Chief Investment Officer, Consolidated Infrastructure Group Limited
South Africa
Thierry Lézin MOUNGALLA
Minister of Mail and Telecommunication
Republic of the Congo
Tryphon Kin Kiey MULUMBA
Minister of Communication and Media
Democratic Republic of Congo
Amir NAYERI
Chief of Staff, Richard Attias & Associates
USA
Romain NEYRAND
Director Financial Control, Bouygues Construction
France
Cuthbert NCUBE
CEO Kwela Fleet Management and Regional Vice-President Africa, UNWTO
South Africa
Hugues NGOUÉLONDÉLÉ
Mayor of Brazzaville
Republic of the Congo
Claude Alphonse N'SILOU
Minister of Construction, Urban Development, Housing and Land Reform
Republic of the Congo
Gilbert ONDOGO
Minister of Economy, Finance, Budget, Public Portfolio and Integration
Republic of the Congo
Léon-Alfred OPIMBAT
Minister of Sport
Republic of the Congo
Fathallah OUALALOU
Mayor, City of Rabat
Morocco
Yaw OWUSU
Managing Director, Gateway Innovations
Ghana
Didier PAYERNE
Director, SENAC
France
Mario PEZZINI
Director, Development Center, OECD
France
Nisha PILLAI
Journalist and Moderator
UK
Erik PRINCE
Managing Partner, Frontier Resource Group
USA
Jean-Philippe PROSPER
VP, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, IFC
USA
Gilberto RODRIGUES
CEO Africa, Mota-Engil Group
Portugal
Xavier SALA-I-MARTIN
Professor of Economics, Columbia University
USA
Nouriel ROUBINI
Co-Founder and Chairman, Roubini Global Economics
USA
André ROUX
CEO, Total Exploration & Production Co-Head of Emerging Market Fixed Income, Investec Asset Management
South Africa
Jules SAMAIN
Regional Head for Francophone West and Central Africa, GuarantCo
Royaume-Uni
Mallam Sanusi Lamido SANUSI
Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria
Nigeria
Moussa SECK
Chairman, PanACC
Senegal
Wale SHONIBARE
Managing Director, Investment Banking, UBA Capital Plc
Nigeria
Elie SMITH
Director, MNTV
Republic of the Congo
John E. TAMBI
Transport Infrastructure Expert, NEPAD
South Africa
Liliang TENG
Chief Marketing Officer, China-Africa Development Fund
China
Papa Demba THIAM
Cluster Coordinator: Finance, Private Sector Development & Regional Integration, The World Bank
Republic of the Congo
Jean-Yves TOLOT
CEO, Thales Africa
France
Cesare TREVISANI
CEO, Trevi
Italy
Hamada TOURE
Head of Investment Banking Business Development for Francophone Africa, UBA Capital
Nigeria
Paul WOOD
Managing Director, Africa and Arabia, Waterfund, LLC
UAE
Salahdin YACOUBI
Independent Advisor in Open Road Tolling & Transportation Infrastructure Development, Yacoubi Consulting Associates
South Africa
H.E. Denis SASSOU N’GUESSO
President
Republic of the Congo

Born into a modest family in 1943 in Edou, the Cuvette region of the Congo, Denis Sassou N'Guesso has always remained steadfast in his belief that only through education is it possible to further progress and advance a nation.

In 1962, he began officer training in Algeria and later continued in France. He quickly climbed the ranks in the Congolese military and was appointed Minister of Defense in 1975, after successfully commanding the airborne Group (GAP).

After his election to the presidency in 1979, he worked to diversify Congolese investment, modernize the country, and develop partnerships with the global community. Under his leadership, he worked to further the causes of  peace and social development.

After retiring public affairs following the 1992 presidential elections, he returned to run again in 1997, and organized a national forum for peace, unity and reconciliation, which allowed the Congo to turn the page on a difficult chapter in its history. His policies paved the way for reconstruction.

A new constitution was adopted by referendum on the 20th of January 2002 and Denis Sassou N'Guesso was elected President of the Republic for a seven year term. He quickly enacted the "New Hope" program into legislation. Re-elected in 2009, he decided to move beyond the “New Hope” and undertook “The Path for the Future”, striving to diversify investment and spur job growth. "Path for the Future" emphasizes growth in transportation, agribusiness, mining sectors.

On the regional and international level President Denis Sassou N'Guesso is committed to advancing the cause of unity and peace across the continent. His efforts and initiatives have been felt and recognized by the wider African and global community.


Jean-Jacques BOUYA
Minister at the Presidency for Spatial Planning and Delegate General for Major Public Works
Republic of the Congo

Minister Bouya was born on May 24, 1962 in Mouembe (district of Tchikapika), in the Cuvette region of the Congo, and is a pilot by training.

He is particularly skilled with the Boeing 737 and 727 and the Fokker 28, having received extensive flight training in Miler, France, and Miami, USA between 1987 and 1989. Minister Bouya returned to the Congo after receiving his training and served as the personal pilot of president Sassou N'Guesso, aboard his Boeing 727, between 1989 and 1992.

From 1997 to 2003, he was Transport adviser to President Sassou N'Guesso, and later served as Delegate General for Major Public Works, a position he still holds and one in which he has served brilliantly, advising the President on matters related to transport, civil aviation and shipping.

Methodical and studious by nature, Minister Bouya has,  since September 2012, acted as Minister at the Presidency of the Republic, for Spatial Planning and the Delegate General for Major Public Works. Jean-Jacques Bouya was elected to the National Assembly as the PCT candidate in the riding of Tchikapika in July 2012.


Rodolphe ADADA
Minister of Transport, Civil Aviation and Merchant Navy
Republic of the Congo

Rodolphe Adada, was born in 1946 in Gamboma, in the Congo. A mathematician by training, he taught for a few years in France, before joining the Parti Congolais du Travail (PCT) in 1972. He was a member of the Congolese Government from 1977 to 1991.

In 1997, President Denis Sassou Nguesso, called him as Minister for Foreign Affairs, and in May 2007, he was appointed as the United Nations and African Union Joint Special Representative for Darfur.

After the re-election of President Denis Sassou N’Guesso in 2009, he joined the government again, as Minister of State for Industrial Development and Private Sector Promotion. On 25 September 2012 he was appointed by decree, Minister of State, Minister of Transport, Civil Aviation and Merchant Navy, a position he currently holds.


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H.E. Denis SASSOU N’GUESSO
President
Republic of the Congo

Born into a modest family in 1943 in Edou, the Cuvette region of the Congo, Denis Sassou N'Guesso has always remained steadfast in his belief that only through education is it possible to further progress and advance a nation.

In 1962, he began officer training in Algeria and later continued in France. He quickly climbed the ranks in the Congolese military and was appointed Minister of Defense in 1975, after successfully commanding the airborne Group (GAP).

After his election to the presidency in 1979, he worked to diversify Congolese investment, modernize the country, and develop partnerships with the global community. Under his leadership, he worked to further the causes of  peace and social development.

After retiring public affairs following the 1992 presidential elections, he returned to run again in 1997, and organized a national forum for peace, unity and reconciliation, which allowed the Congo to turn the page on a difficult chapter in its history. His policies paved the way for reconstruction.

A new constitution was adopted by referendum on the 20th of January 2002 and Denis Sassou N'Guesso was elected President of the Republic for a seven year term. He quickly enacted the "New Hope" program into legislation. Re-elected in 2009, he decided to move beyond the “New Hope” and undertook “The Path for the Future”, striving to diversify investment and spur job growth. "Path for the Future" emphasizes growth in transportation, agribusiness, mining sectors.

On the regional and international level President Denis Sassou N'Guesso is committed to advancing the cause of unity and peace across the continent. His efforts and initiatives have been felt and recognized by the wider African and global community.


Jean-Jacques BOUYA
Minister at the Presidency for Spatial Planning and Delegate General for Major Public Works
Republic of the Congo

Minister Bouya was born on May 24, 1962 in Mouembe (district of Tchikapika), in the Cuvette region of the Congo, and is a pilot by training.

He is particularly skilled with the Boeing 737 and 727 and the Fokker 28, having received extensive flight training in Miler, France, and Miami, USA between 1987 and 1989. Minister Bouya returned to the Congo after receiving his training and served as the personal pilot of president Sassou N'Guesso, aboard his Boeing 727, between 1989 and 1992.

From 1997 to 2003, he was Transport adviser to President Sassou N'Guesso, and later served as Delegate General for Major Public Works, a position he still holds and one in which he has served brilliantly, advising the President on matters related to transport, civil aviation and shipping.

Methodical and studious by nature, Minister Bouya has,  since September 2012, acted as Minister at the Presidency of the Republic, for Spatial Planning and the Delegate General for Major Public Works. Jean-Jacques Bouya was elected to the National Assembly as the PCT candidate in the riding of Tchikapika in July 2012.


Rodolphe ADADA
Minister of Transport, Civil Aviation and Merchant Navy
Republic of the Congo

Rodolphe Adada, was born in 1946 in Gamboma, in the Congo. A mathematician by training, he taught for a few years in France, before joining the Parti Congolais du Travail (PCT) in 1972. He was a member of the Congolese Government from 1977 to 1991.

In 1997, President Denis Sassou Nguesso, called him as Minister for Foreign Affairs, and in May 2007, he was appointed as the United Nations and African Union Joint Special Representative for Darfur.

After the re-election of President Denis Sassou N’Guesso in 2009, he joined the government again, as Minister of State for Industrial Development and Private Sector Promotion. On 25 September 2012 he was appointed by decree, Minister of State, Minister of Transport, Civil Aviation and Merchant Navy, a position he currently holds.


Kunlé ADEYEMI
Founder, NLÉ
Nigeria
Idriss AKKI
Managing Director, SportFive Africa
France

Idriss Akki is Managing Director of SportFive Africa, the leading African agency in the management of marketing and audio-visual rights for sports. SportFive Africa is part of SportFive, the international sports marketing agency owned by the French media group Lagardère.

SportFive Africa is the exclusive marketing and media agency of the main competitions organized by the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF), the governing body for football in Africa.

An accomplished entrepreneur with more than 20 years of industry experience, Mr. Akki is recognized for the major contributions he has made to promote the image of football worldwide.

Mr. Akki and his team are continually looking to extend SportFive Africa’s innovative marketing, media and event services with a passion for new growth opportunities in Africa.


Tas ANVARIPOUR
Business Development and Team Leader, Africa50 Fund
Tunisia

Ms. Tas Anvaripour is the Director of Business Development at the African Development Bank, where she is also the Team Leader in charge of structuring, fundraising and establishing Africa50, a pan-African infrastructure vehicle expected to become Africa’s largest and most significant. A natural leader, her focus lies in infrastructure project delivery in Africa. Previously, as Head of Private Infrastructure Finance, a position which she held for 4 years, Tas was responsible for the Bank’s private sector investments in the Energy, Transport, Water and ICT sectors. She is a firm believer in the importance of building mutually beneficial partnerships with project developers, governments, fellow financiers, and, of course, project beneficiaries. A strategy mastermind, Tas honed her deal origination and portfolio management skills at the Asian Development Bank, Arthur Andersen LLP and PriceWaterHouse Coopers. A World Bank Fellow, Tas holds a BSc in Finance from Ankara University in Turkey and an MA in Economics and Policy Management from Columbia, New York.


Richard ATTIAS
Executive Chairman, Richard Attias and Associates
USA

Richard Attias is the world’s top community builder for the “thinking elite”.  As a global influencer, former Chairman of PublicisLive, and now founder and entrepreneur, he has built a reputation for helping nations and corporations catalyze the exchange of ideas.

Mr. Attias has developed some of the most influential gatherings of global leaders including the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Nobel Laureates Conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Hawaii, and the Gathering of All Leaders in Sport (Doha GOALS) in Qatar.

Mr. Attias is Founder and Chairman of Richard Attias & Associates (RAA) and The New York Forum, a “Call to Action” forum for global CEOs and business leaders to share ideas and provide solutions for new business models in a post-crisis world.  In 2012, RAA launched the annual New York Forum AFRICA in Libreville, Gabon.

A testament to his global skillset, Mr. Attias was recently awarded the 15th Francophonie Summit in Dakar, Senegal in 2014, and the production of the 50th All-Africa Games held in Brazzaville, The Republic of the Congo in 2015. In January 2014, WPP, the world’s largest global communications company took a minority stake in Mr. Attias’ RAA.

Born in Fez, Morocco, Mr. Attias holds a degree in civil engineering and a Masters in mathematics and physics.


Olatunde AYENI
Chairman, Skye Bank
Nigeria

In 1990, Olatunde graduated from Ahmadu Bello University with honors. He continued on to Nigerian Law School and graduated with a Bachelor of Law Certificate in 1991. He holds a Masters in Law from The University of Lagos.

He founded the law firm Legal Resources Alliance in 1994. As a distinguished Legal Practitioner, he has completed courses at Lagos Business School and Harvard Business School.

In 2000, Mr. Ayeni founded Bond Bank Limited, a Commercial Bank in Nigeria.He was the largest single share holder until 2005 when the institution merged with four other commercial banks to form one of the largest commercial banks in Nigeria, Skye Bank PLC. Today, Mr. Ayeni sits as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Skye Bank PLC.

In 2007, Mr. Ayeni took over Aso Savings and Loans PLC as Chairman of the Board of Directors. 


Otavio AZEVEDO
President, Andrade Gutierrez
Brazil

Otavio Azevedo has been President of Andrade Gutierrez SA (AGSA) since 2007 and president of AG TELECOM (Andrade Gutierrez Telecomunicações Ltda.) since its foundation in 1993. As president of AGSA, he has served as leader of the group’s growth in infrastructure throughout Brazil. He was responsible for structuring and leading this large telecommunications holding.

He served as councillor of ANATEL (Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações), representing Brazilian Telecommunication Operators and as Chairman of the Board.

Otavio Azevedo was responsible for the implementation of TELE NORTE LESTE Participações (currently company OI) as CEO of the holding, which resulted from the privatization of several regional telecommunications companies.

Otavio’s experience of more than 20 years in the telecommunications sector began when he held management positions at TELEMIG (Minas Gerais State PTT, currently company TELEMAR-MG) including Techincal Director and President. 


Karim BAINA
Vice President, Swissport
Morocco

Karim Baina has been repeatedly recognized as a transport and aviation expert.

He is currently Managing Director of Swissport, based in Morocco.

Mr. Baina is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Air Carrier Association (IACA) a group dedicated to the promotion of sustainable, efficient, and safe aviation, globally.

Between 2002 and 2006, Karim held the position of Vice-president of the Transport Commission to the Fédération Nationale du Tourisme (FNT - MEGC).

As a member of the Executive Board for the national tourism strategy and the working group behind the open skies EU-Morocco agreement, he participated in numerous studies on the aviation sector and its development.


Babak BAGHERZADEH
Managing Director, Total E&P Congo
Republic of the Congo
Jérôme BEZZINA
Regulatory Economist at the ICT Department of the World Bank
USA

Jérôme Bezzina is senior Regulatory Economist at the ICT Department of the World Bank (TWICT).  Based in Yaoundé (Cameroon), he is leading the Central African Backbone Program (CAB Program). The CAB Program aims to provide broadband connectivity in Central Africa between all capitals and main secondary cities and is estimated at about $700 million. Jérôme is also involved in the design, preparation, and supervision of telecom sector reform projects in a number of West African and MENA countries. 

Before joining the Bank, Jerome worked as head of the Bitstream and Broadcasting Division at ARCEP (the French regulator of electronic communications and postal services) in Paris. Prior joining ARCEP Jérôme was director of studies and head of the Regulatory and Policy Division at the Institut de l’Audiovisuel et des Télécommunications en Europe (IDATE). 

Jérôme Bezzina holds a PhD in Economics.


Jean Pierre BIYITI BI ESSAM
Minister of Mail and Telecommunication
Cameroon
Paule BIENSAN
Partner, White & Case LLP
France

Paule Biensan heads the Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Group of White & Case in Paris.

Paule has significant knowledge in advising financial institutions, sponsors and government authorities on major infrastructure projects such as the Toll Bridge of Abidjan and the Toll Road of Dakar, both projects awarded “African Transport Deal of Year” by Project Finance magazine.

As a result of her experience, Paule has developed a thorough understanding of the delicate and complex structuring required for Anglo-Saxon-type international financing (including those from multilateral sources) in emerging markets, notably in Africa.

Paule is highly recognized in leading legal directories such as Chambers Global which quoted she is “widely considered a market leader” in 2013 and “a leading practitioner in Africa” in 2012.


Charles K. BOAKYE
Director, Institute for Infrastructure Development
Ghana

Mr. Charles K. Boakye is the Chief Executive of Infrastructure Systems, a consulting and development policy firm focusing on public policy, environmental and infrastructure matters.  He is also Director of Institute for Infrastructure Development, a policy think tank.  Formerly a Senior Municipal Engineer at the World Bank, he has many years of experience advising, formulating and overseeing implementation of infrastructure and urban municipal engineering; water and waste management systems; roads and railway; and housing projects in Africa. Prior to that period, he worked on many projects for a consulting engineering firm ABP Consult Ltd. He is a former Managing Director of Switchback Park Project, a large luxury mixed-use development in Accra. As an infrastructure practitioner his unique experiences encompass strategy and policy dialogue, design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation of various infrastructure and industrial installations. He has written on infrastructure development, urbanization and industrialization, and how African countries can leapfrog in economic development. 


Christian BOCKLER
SVP and Head of Export & Project Finance, GAUFF
Germany

Christian Bockler is Senior Vice President and Head of Export & Project Finance at GAUFF GmbH & Co. Engineering KG in Nuremberg, a company that works on infrastructure projects in Africa and selected other markets.  Before that he worked 10 years for Commerzbank (the second largest Bank in Germany) as a Vice President in the Export and Trade Finance department, inter alia with a focus on renewable energy projects. Christian started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers AG in Hamburg, where he worked for the foreign direct investment guarantee scheme of the Federal Republic of Germany. He is a graduate of the University of Treves where he studied political economics and he holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Project Finance from Middlesex University, London.


Selim BORA
President, Summa
Turkey

Selim Bora was born in 1969 in Ankara, Turkey. He finished high school in 1987 in Ankara and subsequently enrolled with the Middle East Technical University’s Department of Metallurgical Engineering. He received his BSc degree in 1991. He continued his education with Alfred University, New York in Industrial Engineering and received his degree of MSc in 1992.

He started his professional career in 1993 with Summa Group as a Branch Office Manager in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. In 1995, Selim opened the Moscow Office Branch of Summa International Construction and managed construction activities until 2000. He became Vice President of Summa Construction in 2001 and later became President of Summa Group in 2007. He carries his position of President to this day.

Today Summa is an international construction, real estate investment and energy company operating in Turkey, Russia, Moldova, Romania, Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Senegal and Venezuela. Summa ranks as one of Top 225 International Contractors rated by ENR and one of the Top Fortune 500 Companies in Turkey.

Mohamed Najib BOULIF
Deputy Minister to the Minister of Equipment, Transportation and Logistics, in charge of Transportation
Morocco
Moulay-Rachid CHERKAOUI
Associate Director, VALYANS
Morocco

Moulay-Rachid Cherkaoui, is Associate Director of VALYANS Consulting, a leading Moroccan consultancy firm, in charge of the Business Line Government. He assists clients in the definition and implementation of public policies, sectoral strategies and territorial development projects.

Moulay-Rachid Cherkaoui has developed a deep knowledge of the industrial production and infrastructure sectors in Morocco and Africa:  especially on the industrial sector and infrastructure. In helping the Moroccan Ministry of Industry in its strategy to operationalize the National Pact for Industrial Emergence, Moulay-Rachid  has gained a profound understanding of the issues surrounding business competitiveness in the domestic market and in exporting in several key sectors (Aeronautics, Chemistry, Pharmaceutical, Mechanics and Metallurgy and Leather).


Melissa COOK
Founder and Managing Director, African Sunrise Partners LLC
USA

Melissa T. Cook, CFA, is the Founder and Managing Director of African Sunrise Partners LLC, which brings capital to Africa. Institutional investors and corporate executives use our independent and primary research, advisory services and matchmaking work.

Ms. Cook has 25 years of global research experience—including a front-row seat watching the emergence of new economies in Eastern Europe and China. She covered entertainment, broadcasting, housing, capital goods, and consumer companies as an equity analyst at Drexel Burnham, Prudential Securities and CLSA/Crédit Agricole. At CLSA, Ms. Cook was the Head of Asia USA Strategy, where she analyzed the impact of China’s rise on multinational companies and global markets. She was Head of Global Research at Lazard Asset Management.

Ms. Cook has an A.B. degree in History from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Stern School of Business. She is a CFA charterholder and holds FINRA Series 7, 16, 24, 63, 86, and 87 licenses.


Jean-François COUTIN
Managing Director, Chemin de Fer Congo-Océan
Republic of the Congo

Mr. Coutin is the Managing Director of the Chemin de Fer Congo-Océan.

During a 27-year career at SNCF and Réseau Ferré de France, as an engineer and senior executive, Mr. Coutin acquired a solid experience regarding the problems of railroading in the operational, conceptual and managerial aspect.

Mr. Coutin has additional experience assured in the field of Operations, Management of Human Resources, Management Organization, piloting and implementation of investment projects in the field of infrastructure and Rolling Stock.

From 2004 to 2012, Mr. Coutin led the company SETRAG (Société d’Exploitation du Transgabonais), concessionaire of the Gabonese State. 


Miguel Angel GARCíA CUENCA
CEO, Unicon Development
Spain
Isabella DA COSTA MENDES
Managing Director and Head of ECM and DCM Execution, Renaissance Capital
UK

Isabella has 16 years of Emerging Markets experience and joined Renaissance Capital in August 2012 to be responsible for its Africa Solutions business. Prior to that, Isabella was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, running its Emerging Markets Credit Structuring business for the CEEMEA region. Her previous experience includes 10 years at J.P. Morgan, where she held several positions, including as an Executive Director responsible for its Emerging Markets Structuring business for Latin America and CEEMEA and 4 years at Linklaters in their capital markets group.

Isabella has extensive experience in executing complex private and public financings, having assisted a variety of borrowers in around the globe raise financing, including Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

Isabella holds an LL.M. from New York University, a Graduate degree in Accounting from Fundacao Getulio Vargas and  a Bachelor's degree from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.


Leonardo DE BRITO
Head of Africa, OAS
Brazil

Leonardo De Brito is the CEO for Africa at Construtora OAS, a Brazilian engineering company. He manages the operation from the African headquarters at Johannesburg. Leonardo leads a team of 5.500 employees distributed among 8 countries in Africa.  

Prior to that Leonardo was the Head of the Project Finance for OAS’s international division, leading the development of concessions and structured finance on 23 countries.

Prior to his tenure on OAS, Leonardo worked on business development for a telecom carrier in Brazil, and at Citibank in New York. 

Leonardo holds a degree in engineering and a Masters in Business Administration at Babson College in Boston, USA.


Daoussa DEBY ITNO
Minister of Post and New Information Technology
Tchad
Christian DE FARIA
CEO Africa, Airtel
Kenya

Christian De Faria, CEO - Africa, Airtel, brings with him over 30 years of rich industry experience across multiple geographies, diverse sectors and organizations such as MTN, Telekom Malaysia, Disc Vision, Deutsche Telecom and Grundig.

Christian was, for last 7 years, associated with MTN where he held senior leadership positions including Executive Vice President, responsible for the operations for West and Central Africa Region and later as the Senior Vice President - Commercial and Innovation, responsible for transformation of the Group Supply Chain function. In his most recent position, he was the Group Commercial Officer at MTN for 2 years until Jan 2013.

Christian is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelors of Finance and Administration from University Toulouse, France.


Adama DEEN
Head of Infrastructure, NEPAD
South Africa

From 1979 to 1982, Mr. Deen attended California University of Pennsylvania in the USA and graduated with honors with a degree in Economics. In 1985, he completed a Masters degree in City and Transportation Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Mr. Deen began his career as an operations analyst for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). At MARTA, he worked on the Transportation Plan for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

In 2002 he became Managing Director of the Gambia Port Authority. During his tenure at the ports, just to name a few, Mr. Deen oversaw a program of institutional and policy reforms.

After 3 years with URS Corporation (Florida, USA) as a transportation and traffic operations planner, Mr. Deen was recruited by the NEPAD Secretariat as a Transport Adviser, overseeing the NEPAD transport infrastructure programs and projects; he currently resides in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Louis DIAKITE
CEO, Alink Telecom
Ivory Coast

After completing his studies at l’École Nationale d’Ingénieur de Toulouse, in 1983, Louis Diakite began a career in Information Technology, Data Processing and Telecommunications. He has worked in several international renowned companies. Before being named CEO of Alink, he was the International Director of sales at Cap Gemini.

In 1992 he created Afripa Telecom Benin, guided by a spirit of enterprise and the desire to work in Africa. Under his leadership, Afripa Telecom expanded its footprint in West Africa and Central Africa, later developing operations in Tanzania and then in South Africa.

He was named "Global Leader of Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum in 2001. 


Ibrahima Cheikh DIONG
Founder & CEO, Africa Consulting and Trading (ACT)
Senegal

Mr. Ibrahima Cheikh Diong is the Founder and CEO of the Dakar-based pan-Africa advisory firm, Africa Consulting and Trading (ACT). While running ACT, Mr. Diong continues to serve as Senior Africa Adviser of the Corporate and Investment Banking of BNP Paribas which he has been advising since September 2011.

Mr. Diong served in July 2007 as Minister, Special Adviser to the President of the Republic of Senegal. He was the Senior China adviser to the President focusing mainly on developing Chinese trade and investments opportunities for Senegal. Following his ministerial duties, Mr. Diong was appointed in May 2010 as Ambassador at Large to the President of the Republic of Senegal, undertaking strategic assignments for the President worldwide. Mr. Diong graduated from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York City with a Master’s degree in international affairs specialized in public policy, international finance and environmental policy management.


Hanh DISCH-LE
Founder, Strategic International Management Ltd
USA

Hanh has been working in the mining and banking industry in the last 25 years. Presently, she is the founding partner and general counsel of the US consulting firm Strategic International Management LLC (SIM) where she heads large scale international business development projects and anti-trust cases.

She joined Vale do Rio Doce, one of the world’s largest mining companies in 1998 as Deputy General Counsel, responsible for all international legal affairs of the company. During her tenure with Vale in Brazil, she successfully managed and negotiated large-scale mergers and acquisitions in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and the United States.

During this period, she also served as a director on the Board of Bolero Association Ltd., a user association of Bolero International Ltd. which provides the infrastructure for the electronic clearance of banking and shipping documents to many of the world’s leading international export corporations, banks, and shipping companies.


Joseph DOIRON
General Manager, Stone Hill Education
USA

Joe currently serves as the General Manager of Operations at Stone Hill Education. He oversees the development of Stone Hill projects throughout Africa, develops and maintains the operational infrastructure that ensures high academic standards, and manages relationships with universities in North America and Europe. Joe brings over 11 years of education sector experience as a university lecturer, administrator, researcher, and higher education management consultant. He has advised university executives at over 60 major colleges and universities in the United States and Canada on strategic planning, internationalization, learning technologies, faculty management, academic quality and accreditation issues, as well as degree program market viability. Additionally, he is currently completing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy at Boston University.


Pascal DOOH-BILL
Institutional and Legal Expert PPP, World Bank
USA
Idrissa DOUCOURE
CEO, Water and Sanitation for Africa
Burkina Faso

Idrissa Doucoure is the Chief Executive Officer of Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA) - a Pan-African Intergovernmental Agency. In this role, Idrissa is responsible for the organization’s business and operation, including the strategic and innovative financing of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services in its current 35 member countries.

Since joining the agency in 2010, Idrissa has led the transformation of WSA from a regional organization into a continental agency and leader in the WASH sector in Africa. His strategy is built on the integration of business aspects into the agency’s long history and distinct expertise in WASH solutions in Africa to make it sustaining and responsive to demand across the continent.


Pascal DROUHAUD
Vice President Sub-Saharan Africa/Latin America, Alstom
France

Pascal Drouhaud has served as Vice-President for Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America at Alstom, an International leader in energy and transport, since 2007.  

He served previously as the advisor to the Minister of Public Affairs for the French government, in charge of relations between the administrations in Francophone African countries.

He served from 2004-2006 as the Director of the International and European Relations of Union for a Popular Movement, headed by Nicolas Sarkozy. From 2002 to 2004, he was the Director of International Relations in charge of the strategy, projects of international cooperation. He established links with the media, explaining the decisions and missions of the organization. 


Jean-Louis EKRA
President, African Export-Import Bank
Egypt

Jean-Louis Ekra assumed his current as role President and Chairman of the Board of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) in January 2005 after successively serving as the Executive Vice-President and Senior Executive Vice-President of the Bank. 

Prior to joining Afreximbank, Mr. Ekra held senior positions in various institutions, including serving as Vice-President at Citibank NA; Managing Director at Société Ivoirienne de la Poste et de l’Epargne ; Country Manager at Meridien BIAO, Abidjan. He is currently the Honorary President of the Global Network of Export-Import Banks and Development Finance Institutions.

Mr. Ekra holds a Master of Business Administration from the Stern School of Business, and a Maîtrise en Sciences Economiques from the University of Abidjan.

In 2011, Mr. Ekra was listed among the 100 most influential people in Africa by New African magazine, a leading pan-African publication.


Souad ELMALLEM
Chief Country Representative, Africa, Bombardier
Canada

Souad holds a joint BA in Operations and Production Management, IT from Montreal. She joined Bombardier in 2001. In the Aerospace division, she led the definition, implementation of Bombardier’s Manufacturing Information System and the development of integrated IT strategies. She is currently the Chief Country Representative, Africa for Bombardier. In her position, she establishes and maintains strong relationships with key stakeholders, supporting all activities for Bombardier's business units in Africa. She has been named Officer of the Order of National Merit by HM King Mohammed VI of Morocco.


Fola FAGBULE
Associate Vice President, Origination, African Finance Corporation
Nigeria

Fola Fagbule has responsibility for leading Origination efforts at the Africa Finance Corporation, focused on infrastructure investments across sub-Saharan Africa. He works with domestic and international sponsors and financiers seeking to develop, acquire or expand large ticket infrastructure and related assets in sub-Saharan Africa, across a number of sectors including: power, telecoms, oil and gas, heavy industry, transport, and mining.

Prior to AFC, Fola served as Head of Research at Afrinvest, a Nigerian investment bank, where he was responsible for leading a highly rated team of analysts covering the local and regional financial markets.

He has received an MBA degree from the Lagos Business School, having previously studied Physics at the University of Lagos. Fola has worked on a number of public sector advisory committees in the Nigerian financial services sector, on issues ranging from capital markets reform to economic development policy, with particular emphasis on power and infrastructure finance.


Malik FARAOUN
Principal Investment Officer, Infrastructure Finance & PPP, African Development Bank
Tunisia

Malik Faraoun is currently a Principal Investment Officer in Infrastructure Finance within the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Private Sector Department. Malik has a wide experience in originating, structuring, and executing infrastructure projects and public-private partnerships (PPP) essentially in transport and power sectors.

Before joining the AfDB in 2007, Mr. Faraoun had worked for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) essentially in its advisory services in the Middle East and North Africa Region. Prior to that, he had worked in private banking and consulting services.

Mr. Faraoun holds an MBA from EDHEC (France) and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce (Algeria). He is fluent in Arabic, French and English.


Diamil FAYE
Founder & CEO, JAPPO Sports Consulting
Senegal

Founder of JAPPO Sports & Entertainment, Diamil has, since 1993, developed vast experience within the Olympic movement. After contributing to the return of Cambodia at the Olympic Games in 1996, he worked for the organizing committees of Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games. Diamil also worked for Olympic bid cities including New York 2012, Sochi 2014 and the successful bid of Tokyo 2020, as Senior Adviser.

A FIFA Performance Program Consultant, Diamil is the President of a Professional Football Team in Senegal (Guédiawaye FC).  During the London 2012 Games, he launched a sportswear brand known as JSPORTS, which was the official supplier of 16 Olympic Teams. With the CISA annual conference, he has initiated the Africa Sports Hall of Fame, the JAPPO Awards, the Africa Sports Directory and CISA Kids, a Sports and Education Program for children in Senegal.


Olivier FILLE-LAMBIE
Partner, Hogan Lovels
France

Olivier is a partner in the Banking and Finance department of Hogan Lovells Paris office. He has considerable experience in acquisition, project and structured finance, acting on the lender or on the borrower's sides.

He works principally for French banks but also for domestic and multilateral development institutions (Afrexim, AFD, EIB, ADB, IDB and DEG) and, to a lesser extent, for borrowers and sponsors.

Olivier started his career in 1993 with Klein-Goddard Associés in Paris and was seconded to Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire) from 1993 to 1995 and to Washington DC in 1996. He joined the Paris office (banking department) of Clifford Chance in 1998 and Lovells in 2001.


Vicente FOX
President of Mexico (2000-2006)
Mexico

A visionary leader with a deep understanding of the economic and social challenges facing Latin America, President Fox is one of the world’s most important voices on the contemporary geo-political landscape and the role of business in the developing world.

When elected to the presidency of Mexico in 2000, Vicente Fox
broke the stranglehold that the ruling Institutional Revolutionary
Party had held on the State for seven decades. A charismatic
reformer, Fox is credited as playing a vital role in Mexico’s
democratization, and with strengthening the country’s economy. 
During his tenure, Fox succeeded in controlling inflation and
interest rates, and in achieving the lowest unemployment rate in all of Latin America.

He studied Business Administration at the Universidad Iberoamericana. He then pursued a Top Management Diploma at the Harvard Business School.


Jonathan GAME
Project Manager, Episolar
Canada
Denis GOKANA
Special Advisor to the President of the Republic, Head of the Department of Hydrocarbons and Mines
Republic of the Congo


Robert GUMEDE
Founder and Owner, Guma Group
South Africa

Nelspruit born, South African Pan-African entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mr Robert Matana Gumede is the Executive Chairman of the Guma Group of Companies whose global conglomerate include inter-alia ICT (Gijima), Port Development and Operations, Mining, Electricity Generation, Real Estate and Retail Development, Water and Sanitation, Steel, Cement, Railways, Manufacturing, Tourism and Leisure, Healthcare, Food Security and Human Capital Training. 

Gumede is a successful entrepreneur and leader with operations around the world, such as the United Kingdom, Brazil, USA, Canada, Australia, England, Spain, Turkey, Chile, Indonesia.

Gumede is an entrepreneur who understands the need for socio-political advancement across the African continent through industrialization and infrastructure development, economic development.

Guma has a huge footprint on the African continent with operations in strategic African countries and is well positioned as a gateway for international business into Africa.


Robert HERSOV
Chairman of the Advisory Board, VistaJet
UK

Robert Hersov is a senior executive, private investor and entrepreneur based in London. He currently serves as Managing Partner of merchant bank Sapinda, Chairman of the VistaJet Advisory Board, Chairman of Adoreum Partners, Chairman of Taggstar, Chairman of Medikidz, and non-executive Chairman of Paragon Entertainment.

From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Hersov was the Vice Chairman of NetJets Europe Ltd., a subsidiary of NetJets, Inc. and a member of the NetJets Europe Advisory Board. Appointed in January 2010, Mr. Hersov is now the chairman of the VistaJet Advisory Board. In 2002, Mr. Hersov founded Marquis Jet Europe, a private aviation company, which he sold to NetJets, Inc in 2004.

Mr. Hersov received a B.B.S. from the University of Cape Town and a MBA from Harvard Business School. 


Jean-Michel HUET
Associate Director, BearingPoint
France

Jean-Michel Huet is Associate Director of BearingPoint in charge of emerging countries.

Graduated from Reims Management School (Neoma Business School) and Sciences Po Paris (IEP Paris), he began his career as a Product Manager at France Telecom Mobiles (now Orange) and PwC Consulting (now IBM BCS) before joining BearingPoint in 2004.

He has over 15 years of experience in the telecom sector including major international mobiles operators and governments. Since 2010, he has also been in charge of the activities of BearingPoint for emerging countries.

Since 2010 he has led, l’Observatoire du Développement International. He has published over 400 articles in the business press and management and is the co-author of 4 books, including « le meilleur de la stratégie et du management », and « Et si les télécoms n’existaient pas ». 


Olusola IDOWU
Founder & CEO, Petroplex Natural Resource Limited
Nigeria
Mam Sait JALLOW
Regional Director, ICAO
Senegal

Mam Sait Jallow has been the ICAO Regional Director for Western and Central Africa, based in Dakar, Senegal since 2011. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Deputy Regional Director for Western and Central Africa from 2006-2011.

From 2001-2006, Mr. Jallow held the position of Project Director, Air Transport Liberalization for Western and Central Africa at ECOWAS. He has also served as Director General and CEO for The Gambia Civil Aviation Authority (1994-2001). Prior to this, Mr. Sallow worked as an Electronics Engineer for Department of Civil Aviation, Yundum International Airport, The Gambia (1987-1992).

He holds a Bachelor in Science in Electronic Engineering and a Master of Science In Airport Planning and Management, both from Loughborough University.


Fridolin KASWESHI
Minister for Spatial Planning and Infrastructure
Democratic Republic of Congo
Ian KENNEDY
Director, Institute for Infrastructure Studies
UK

Ian's career in project and programme management started over 20 years and as a Charted Engineer and consulting Programme Director, Ian has delivered a variety of programmes across many market segments including aviation, logistics, defense and UK government.

Ian established British Consulting in 2007 and since then has seen the company grow from a small group of dedicated integration specialists into a company specialising in the field of complex infrastructure programme delivery; operating world wide on some of the largest developments in aviation, metro, ports and sporting events.

He co-launched the Institute for Infrastructure Studies in 2013 with a five year programme to become the global center of excellence in understanding the financing, risk appraisal and management of large complex infrastructure projects.


Dominique LAFONT
President, Bolloré Africa Logistics
France

President of Bollore Africa Logistics since 2011, Mr. Lafont travels more than 150 days a year to meet with African and Asian decision-makers and supervises all infrastructure, ports and logistics activities across 56 countries mainly in Africa, 45 of which are located in Africa and its main partner countries (China and India in particular).

Today, Bolloré Africa Logistics employs more than 25,000 permanent staff. Dominique Lafont began his career in 1987 with the Arthur Andersen audit firm where he developed activities in Maghreb and India. In 1995, he worked as the Director of Industrial Participations of the Rivaud Group, before joining the Bolloré Group as Head of Bolloré Africa Logistics.

Since 2011, Dominique Lafont also chairs the East African Committee of France's Medef International (business federation) and co-chairs the Montaigne Institute's think tank dedicated to African Affairs in France. Dominique Lafont holds degrees from Paris' prestigious IEP Institute of Political Science, the ESSEC Business School and a University degree in business law. 


Dominique LARESCHE
TV Anchor, TV5 Monde
France

Dominique Laresche is a French TV Anchor. She has worked at TV5 Monde for the past 12 years and presents a segment on Africa every weekend. Prior to joining TV5 Monde, Dominique worked at RFO AITV a French Television/Radio Group as a Sports Reporter. 

She often covered Africa during inter alia the Summit of the Francophonie, the France-Afrique Summit and the African Union Summit and also during sports events. Three years ago, during the G20 in Cannes she lead a roundtable discussion on infrastructure and African growth.


Alami LAZRAQ
CEO, Groupe Alliances
Morocco

Alami Lazraq is the Founder and CEO of real estate development company Groupe Alliances, the largest builder of hotels in Morocco. Recently, the company has focused its efforts on developing middle-income and low-income housing. Alliances is expanding outside of Morocco and is planning to develop low income housing in the Ivory Coast and Senegal. 

An architect by training, Mr. Lazraq first went to work for the government, then as Managing Director of Real Estate and Tourism for the ONA Group, Morocco's biggest industrial, financial and services conglomerate. He founded Groupe Alliances in 1994. In 2010 he created the Alliances Foundation which aims to support the economic, social and cultural development of Morocco by concrete actions in the fields of social development, culture and health.


Loïc LE RUYET
Deputy Head of Division, Central and East Africa and Pacific region, European Investment Bank
Luxembourg

Mr. Le Ruyet is Deputy Head of Division at the European Investment Bank (EIB) for Eastern and Central Africa and the Pacific region. He has over 24 years of experience in management consulting and development finance. Prior to working at the EIB, he was an investment officer with Proparco, the private sector arm of the French Development Agency, and a Senior Associate with Oliver Wyman management consulting. Mr. Le Ruyet is a graduate from HEC (École des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Joy-en-Josas, France) and holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

Mr. Le Ruyet has a long-standing experience in financing infrastructure projects as well as financial institutions and corporates. Most recently Mr Le Ruyet has been involved in the financing of a major road corridor project in Eastern Africa under a blending mechanism with European Union grants as well as providing commercial loans to large desalination plants under Public Private Partnership in the Middle East.


Thierry LESTOILLE
Deputy Director, Egis International
France

Thierry Lestoille is Deputy Managing Director of Egis International in charge of Africa, Asia and the Americas. Engineer of Public Works of the State (1981), he began his career in the French government responsible for the department of Major Public Works in the Northern Department. From 1990 to 1997 he was Head of the Infrastructure Division of B&R Engineering and oversaw highway projects. 

He joined EGIS in 1997 as head of department, where for four years he piloted highway studies projects. Since 2001, his career took an international turn. He became the Director on Scut Interior Norte project in Portugal and then the International Director of Egis Route. 


Blaise LOUEMBE
Minister of Digital Economy, Communication and Post
Gabonese Republic
Marc MANDABA
Director, THEMIS Advisory LLC
Tunisia

Marc Mandaba is Director at THEMIS and has 10 years experience in private infrastructure development (Power and Transport) as an engineer and financier. He previously worked 4 years at the African Development Bank in the Infrastructure and PPP financing division. 

Prior to this, Marc worked as an engineer and then financier in Bouygues Group, a French EPC leader, covering on both emerging markets (including Africa and Asia) and France. He has been involved in several transactions across the continent including Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco, Cameroon, Mauritius, Benin, Nigeria, Egypt, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea and Mali. He holds a Master Degree in Management with a concentration in Finance from EDHEC Business School, France, and a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Université de Bretagne Sud, France.


Verone MANKOU
Founder and CEO, VMK
Republic of the Congo

Vérone Mankou is the Founder and CEO of VMK, a Congolese startup whose strategy revolves entirely around mobile technology. In 2011 he presented its first product:  a PC tablet known as the Way-C. It is the first touch screen tablet designed by an African. The tablet has been available since January 2012 in the Congo and France and will soon be available throughout Africa. 

The tablet’s success has opened countless doors for VMK which is preparing to introduce to the market before the end of 2014, a "tablet for development" dedicated to education, health and agriculture, at a price of $60 per unit.

In order to allow more people to have access to technology, the VMK board has introduced a home computer at the cost of only $100. They have also launched a digital textbook: a tablet dedicated entirely to education.


Beatrice MARSHALL
TV Anchor, Africa Live, CCTV
Kenya

Beatrice Marshall is one of Africa's most respected News Anchors. She anchors "Africa Live" on CCTV News, a daily news program that gives global viewers a deeper perspective of the news and views of Africa. She is also the host of "Talk Africa", a show that provides viewers with an inside look at political and economic affairs and trends in Africa.

She has extensive knowledge of Africa having covered major events across the continent, particularly the conflicts and politics of the Horn of Africa and Great lakes region for the past 10 years. In 2009, Beatrice moderated a forum for US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In 2011 she moderated a town hall forum for German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In 2010 she moderated a Kofi Annan led national debate hosted by the African Union Panel of Eminent African Personalities.

Beatrice holds a Master's Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Leicester (UK) and has been a journalism lecturer at the United States International University (USIU) in Nairobi.


Daniel MCCORMICK
Managing Partner, Episolar
Canada

Daniel McCormick has over 18 years of financial services and alternative energy experience primarily working in the areas of solar energy, corporate finance, and business development. Daniel has been working in the solar industry for over eight years, in various global jurisdictions that include Canada, the USA, Germany, England, the Caribbean and Africa. He has deployed in excess of 100MW of rooftop & ground mounted solar projects.  His financial background and solar expertise allows him work on all aspects associated with the development of a solar project.


D.C. MOORE
Chief Investment Officer, Consolidated Infrastructure Group Limited
South Africa

D.C. Moore is the CIO of Consolidated Infrastructure Group. His responsibilities include infrastructure-related M&A and investments across Africa, working with group subsidiary executive teams to grow their companies and managing shareholder relations. He also sits on the board of CIG International. Prior to his role at CIG he assisted South African companies as an independent advisor. His projects focused on building profitable, Pan-African growth strategies for services companies.

Prior to moving to South Africa in 2011, D.C. was a member of the Atlanta Office of McKinsey & Company. He joined McKinsey in 2005 and served clients in the Electric Power/Natural Gas, Logistics, Commodities and Manufacturing sectors with a focus across multiple functions (Operations, Sourcing, Strategy and Marketing & Sales). He also contributed to Capability Building and Operational transformation initiatives.

D.C. received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with Honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2000. In 2005 he graduated from the Wharton School of Business with a MBA in Finance. 


Thierry Lézin MOUNGALLA
Minister of Mail and Telecommunication
Republic of the Congo

Minister Thierry Lézin Moungalla was born in 1965 in Paris, France. A lawyer by training, he returned to the Congo in 1993 to practice law. In 2002, announced his candidacy for parliament, representing Mfilou, the 7th district of Brazzaville.

On February 13th 2004, he was appointed Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of the Congo, HE Denis Sassou N’Guesso. On August 5th, 2007, he was elected as a Member of the National Assembly of Congo,  representing the first district of M'filou Ngamaba – 7th district of Brazzaville.

On December 30th, 2007, President Sassou N’Guesso, appointed him Minister of Mail and Telecommunication, responsible for New Technologies and Communication. Minister Moungalla was reappointed Minister of Mail and Telecommunications in 2012.

He is a member of the Central Committee of the Congolese Labour Party (PCT), and was a was elected to Parliament as a representative from the 2nd district of Sibiti in Lékoumou District in 2012.

Minister Thierry Lézin Moungalla is married, with four children. He is a passionate about new technology and contemporary history.


Tryphon Kin Kiey MULUMBA
Minister of Communication and Media
Democratic Republic of Congo
Amir NAYERI
Chief of Staff, Richard Attias & Associates
USA

Amir Nayeri is Chief of Staff at Richard Attias & Associates, a global positioning and advisory firm, where he focuses on counseling leaders, corporations and nations on how to build their global influence, catalyze innovation and lead the global exchange of ideas. 

An investor and analyst by trade; Amir has extensive experience working in both public and private debt and equity markets. Prior to joining RAA, Amir worked as a Private Equity Associate with PHI Industrial Acquisitions in Madrid, Spain, and also served as the Head of Corporate Development at Healthscreen Solutions, a TSX-publicly listed company. Amir started his career as an analyst with Spinnaker Capital Markets in Toronto, Canada.

Amir spent considerable time in the HIV/AIDS sector in Togo with the Clinton Health Access Initiative. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an HBA from The Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).


Romain NEYRAND
Director Financial Control, Bouygues Construction
France

Romain Neyrand has joined the Company in 2007 at the Financial Engineering Department where he has been involved in a number of infrastructure projects, Concessions or PPPs, all over the world, including the 3rd bridge in Abidjan (Ivory Coast). After the financial closing of the bridge in 2012 he has been given the opportunity to accompany the project through its construction period at SOCOPRIM (Concessionaire) as Director of the Financial Control. Romain holds a post-graduate diploma in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a master in management from EDHEC Business School as well as a bachelor in applied mathematics and social sciences from the University Paris IX Dauphine.


Cuthbert NCUBE
CEO Kwela Fleet Management and Regional Vice-President Africa, UNWTO
South Africa

Cuthbert Ncube started his career after graduating in Business Management in 1989. He became an entrepreneur and pioneered Kwela Fleet Management (Kwela) that has since become a leading tourism transport services company. 

He has served on various company boards and religious establishments.  In 2008, after seeing the potential growth in the tourism services sector, Kwela Europa was born in Lisbon, Portugal on a co-ownership set up. 

He acquired Golden Feathers Lodge (4 star graded) in the Western Cape Province, South Africa. 

He is the holder of a Journalism degree and an MBA from MBA Academy Cape Town and has studied International Executive Development at the University of Witwatersrand, Business Development at London Business School, Project Management at the University of Witwatersrand, and Corporate and Ethics Governance at the University of Pretoria.


Hugues NGOUÉLONDÉLÉ
Mayor of Brazzaville
Republic of the Congo

Hugues Ngouélondélé was born on November 30th 1961 in Brazzaville. He graduated from the Marien Ngouabi University in Brazzaville with a degree in law in 1983 and subsequently studied in Algeria, France, and Belgium. He worked in the customs administration, before representing the Republic of the Congo at the World Customs Organization in 1999.

In the May–June 2002 parliamentary election, he was elected to the National Assembly in the constituency of Moungali, located in Brazzaville. He then was elected as Mayor of Brazzaville in February 2003 and was re-elected in 2008.

Hugues Ngouélondélé is acting President of the Association of Mayors of Congo, he is also vice-president of the International Association of Francophone Mayors. In parallel with these activities, Hugues Ngouélondélé is honorary president of Diables noirs, the Congolese capital’s football club.


Claude Alphonse N'SILOU
Minister of Construction, Urban Development, Housing and Land Reform
Republic of the Congo

Nsilou, an architect by profession, was born in Brazzaville. After being an entrepreneur, he entered politics under the banner of MCD-DI Bernard Kolelas and was first appointed at age 38 Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Works in the government's power-sharing Prime Minister Claude Antoine Dacosta.

He supported the campaign of President Denis Sassou Nguesso in 2002 which lead to his election, and was appointed Minister of Housing, Construction and Planning Reform. 


Gilbert ONDOGO
Minister of Economy, Finance, Budget, Public Portfolio and Integration
Republic of the Congo

Born in Owando in 1960, Gilbert Ondongo has been Minister for Economy, Public Portfolio, Budget, Public Portfolio and Integration since 2009. Formerly a lecturer at the University Marien Ngouabi Brazzaville, in the Faculty of Economics, Gilbert Ondongo became an economic and financial advisor to the President of the Republic responsible for all matters relating to the national budget in 1997, a position he held until 2002. In August of that year he joined the government as Secretary of State for Finance and Fiscal Reform. On January 7, 2005 he was appointed Minister of Labour, Employment and Social security and on September 25, 2012, Ondongo was named of Minister of State, responsible for planning and managing the public portfolio.


Léon-Alfred OPIMBAT
Minister of Sport
Republic of the Congo

Léon-Alfred Opimbat (born 1950) has served in the government of Congo-Brazzaville as Minister of Sports since 2011. Previously he was Minister of Health from 1992 to 1993 and Minister of National Solidarity and Humanitarian Action from 1997 to 2002, with additional responsibility for the health portfolio beginning in 1999. Subsequently he was a Deputy in the National Assembly from 2002 to 2007 and again from 2007 to 2011. He was also President of the New Democratic Forces (FDN), a political party, from 2007 to 2011; when the FDN merged itself into the ruling Congolese Labour Party (PCT) in July 2011, Opimbat became a member of the PCT Political Bureau and was then appointed as Minister of Sports and Physical Education in August 2011.


Fathallah OUALALOU
Mayor, City of Rabat
Morocco

Fathallah Oualalou (born in Rabat in 1942) is a Moroccan politician. He has been the mayor of Rabat since 2009.  From 1998 to 2007 he was the Minister of Finance and Economy. He is a member of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces party (USFP). Oualalou graduated with a degree in economics from the Mohammed V University in Rabat, later receiving a "Diplôme d'Études Supérieures" (DES) in economics in Paris in 1966.


Yaw OWUSU
Managing Director, Gateway Innovations
Ghana

Yaw Owusu founded Gateway Innovations Ltd to develop and manage the first technology park in Ghana. He co-authored the book "Modernizing Commonwealth Governments", which outlines the role of startup incubation and technology parks in transforming Africa's IT economy. Mr. Owusu has presented papers on innovation in emerging markets at numerous conferences over the last 10 years.

He worked for General Electric and IBM Global Services as project manager before joining the technology unit of Goldman Sachs in New York. Mr. Owusu studied in the Executive MBA program at Columbia Business School in 2001-2002 and majored in Mathematics and Economics at Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania. He earned a certificate in Planning, Developing and Managing Technology Parks in 2007 from the Shanghai International Business Incubator.

Didier PAYERNE
Director, SENAC
France
Mario PEZZINI
Director, Development Center, OECD
France

Mario Pezzini is the Director of the OECD Development Center. 

Before joining the Development Centre in 2010, Mario Pezzini held several senior management positions in OECD. He was Deputy Director of the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, and prior to that, Head of the Regional Policy Division, covering policy analysis on urban development, rural development, regional competitiveness and public governance.

Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. Pezzini was Professor in Industrial Economics at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris as well as in US and Italian Universities. 


Nisha PILLAI
Journalist and Moderator
UK

Ms. Nisha Pillai is a former news presenter with BBC World News. She has worked closely with several UN agencies, like UNDP, UNIDO, UNAIDS, UNESCAP amongst others.

Nisha’s 25 year career at the BBC culminated as one of the main news anchors at BBC World News, where she reported extensively during the 9/11 attacks and the Iraq war. She was also one of the first regular interviewers on Hard Talk. As an award-winning investigative journalist at ‘Panorama’, the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, Nisha had notable investigations to her name. She cut her teeth as a financial journalist on the BBC’s Money Programme and at the Investors Chronicle. Nisha’s academic background is in economics, which she studied economics at the London School of Economics. 


Erik PRINCE
Managing Partner, Frontier Resource Group
USA

Erik Prince is a US-born entrepreneur, philanthropist, military veteran and investor with business interests in Africa, the Middle East and North America.  He is the Chairman of Frontier Services Group Ltd, a Hong Kong Public company  active across the African continent in areas such as aviation, exploration, and logistics.  

Mr. Prince is the Founder of Blackwater, the leading global private security company, which he sold in 2010 after successfully growing the company into the premier provider of global security and logistics solutions to the US Government and others.  In addition, Mr. Prince purchased Presidential Airways in 2003 and grew it from a one-plane operation into a global logistics and aviation business with over 70 fixed and rotary wing aircraft operating in Africa, the Middle East and North America.

Mr. Prince was born and raised in Holland, Michigan. He was educated at Hillsdale College.


Jean-Philippe PROSPER
VP, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, IFC
USA

Jean-Philippe Prosper is IFC’s Vice President for Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to this position he was IFC Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Mr. Prosper joined IFC in 2000 as Chief Investment Officer for Financial Markets covering West and Central Africa and a year later became Manager, Financial Markets for Sub-Saharan Africa. Shortly thereafter, he relocated to Nairobi as Manager for East Africa. From July 2008 to August 2012, Mr. Prosper was the Director for Eastern and Southern Africa and a Co-Director of the Africa department. During Mr. Prosper’s tenure with the Africa department, IFC’s investment grew from $140 million in fiscal year 2003 to $4 billion in fiscal year 2012.

Mr. Prosper is the recipient of the two most prestigious awards of the World Bank Group, the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award in 2010 and the Good Manager Award in 2011. He holds an MBA. 

Gilberto RODRIGUES
CEO Africa, Mota-Engil Group
Portugal

As CEO of Mota-Engil Africa, Mr. Rodrigues aims at maximizing productivity, operational performance and earning while curbing costs, focusing on long-term viability, sharpening ties with boards, clients, regulators, communities and employees.

He joined Mota-Engil as a Civil Engineer in 1994 working as project manager in Portugal and in 2001 moving to Malawi to become the Production Manager for the market. In 2005 he was promoted to Managing Director of Mota-Engil Malawi, later becoming the coordinator for external markets as well.

Currently the CEO for Mota-Engil Africa, he is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Mota-Engil Angola SA and a Member of the Board of Directors for Mota-Engil, Engenharia e Construção SA.

He is experienced in Strategic Planning, Market Research, Financing Solutions, Asset Management, Risk Mitigation, Customer Engagement and Regulatory Compliance and continues to guide Mota-Engil Africa into a new era.


Xavier SALA-I-MARTIN
Professor of Economics, Columbia University
USA

Xavier Sala-i-Martin is the J. and M. Grossman Professor of Economics at Columbia University and the Chief Economic Advisor of the Center for Global Competitiveness and Performance at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland.

Prior to joining Columbia University, Xavier taught economics at Yale University, Harvard University and Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Xavier completed his Master's degree in International Finance and his PhD in Economics at Harvard University.

Professor Sala-i-Martin has received numerous awards including the King Juan Carlo I Prize (awarded by the Bank of Spain), the Arrow Prize awarded by the International Health Economics Organization, the Conde de Godó Prize awarded to the best op-ed published in a Spanish Newspaper, and the Lee Hixson and Lenfest Prizes.

As the Chief Economic Advisor at the World Economic Forum (WEF), he is the author and the intellectual father of the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI).

Between 2003 and 2010, Xavier was a member of the board and President of the Economics Ccommission of FC Barcelona.


Nouriel ROUBINI
Co-Founder and Chairman, Roubini Global Economics
USA

Nouriel Roubini is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Roubini Global Economics, an independent, global macroeconomic and market strategy research firm. The firm’s website, Roubini.com, has been named one of the best economics web resources by BusinessWeek, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and the Economist. He is a professor of economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business. From 1998 to 2000, he served as the senior economist for international affairs on the White House Council of Economic Advisors and then the senior advisor to the undersecretary for international affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department, helping to resolve the Asian and global financial crises.

Dr. Roubini received an undergraduate degree at Bocconi University in Milan and a doctorate in economics at Harvard University. Prior to joining Stern, he was on the faculty of Yale University’s department of economics.

André ROUX
CEO, Total Exploration & Production Co-Head of Emerging Market Fixed Income, Investec Asset Management
South Africa

André is co-head of Emerging Market Fixed Income at Investec Asset Management. He is responsible for SA fixed income. Prior to joining the firm in 1999, André was the deputy director general of the Department of Finance, where he took responsibility for macroeconomic, fiscal and tax policy and intergovernmental fiscal relations. Prior to that, André spent two years at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. This followed a distinguished academic career during which he published on fiscal and development issues. André holds a Master of Philosophy (Economics) degree from Cambridge University, a Master of Science (Mathematics) degree from Oxford University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cape Town.

Jules SAMAIN
Regional Head for Francophone West and Central Africa, GuarantCo
Royaume-Uni

Jules Samain joined Frontier Markets Fund Managers to focus on originating & developing transactions for GuarantCo as Regional Director, West and Central Francophone Africa. He has over 15 years of experience at the forefront of Francophone African Commercial and Investment Banking. Prior to joining FMFM, Jules was Managing Director of Ecobank Capital for Central African Countries where he led major financings in the Oil & Gas, Power, Agriculture, Real Estate and Telecommunication sectors, as well as other infrastructure projects. He holds a Master in Business Law from the University of Yaoundé in Cameroon.


Mallam Sanusi Lamido SANUSI
Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria
Nigeria

Mr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was appointed the 10th Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in June 2009.

Mr. Sanusi obtained his Bachelor’s and Master's degrees in Economics at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1981 and 1983 respectively. He also received the highest honors in Sharia and Islamic Studies from the African International University in Khartoum, Sudan in 1997. Mr. Sanusi started his career in 1983, as a lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.

Mr. Sanusi was named Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and was also been awarded the “Global Central Bank Governor for 2010” by The Banker Magazine. He is the three-time winner of the Central Bank Governor of the Year for Sub-Saharan Africa award. In 2011, Mr. Sanusi was named Forbes Africa Person of the Year and was recognized by TIME Magazine, as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.


Moussa SECK
Chairman, PanACC
Senegal

Moussa is a renowned expert in the field of agricultural science and planning.  He is the architect for Senegal’s national policy on agriculture, known as “Senegal Agricole” a comprehensive multisectorial rural development program. In the late 1990's he created Agraria Africa, a concept for developing agriculture on a Pan African scale, based on the geophysical and climatic specificities of the African Continent.

Moussa is also President of Agrina Senegal, an organic, highly mechanised irrigated agribusiness farm that he founded in 1996.

 He is the Chairman of PanAAC, the Pan-African Agriculture and Agribusiness Consortium, a platform intended to mobilize and engage the private sector involved in the African Agribusiness and Agro-industry value chain. Moussa was recently appointed as the Chairman of Lead Africa, a leadership training program for Anglophone and Francophone Africa.  He has acted as a consultant on agricultural policy to FAO, UNDP, World Bank, and the Swiss Government. 

Moussa graduated from the University of Minnesota Borlaug Hall, USA and the Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II in Morocco.


Wale SHONIBARE
Managing Director, Investment Banking, UBA Capital Plc
Nigeria

Wale is the Managing Director, Investment Banking at UBA Capital Plc. He has over 24 years experience of infrastructure finance and development spanning Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining UBA Capital, he was Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure, Africa, Middle East and New Markets at Renaissance Capital. He has also worked with KPMG as a Director in London and Dubai.

Wale is responsible for UBA Capital Plc's Investment Banking business which spans Debt and Equity Capital Markets, M&A, and Project Finance. Recent experience includes state government and corporate bonds, project and structured finance and M&A transactions across various sectors.

Wale holds a MBA from Imperial College, University of London and a B.Eng degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Glasgow.


Elie SMITH
Director, MNTV
Republic of the Congo

Elie Smith graduated from the Institute of Mass Communications Technology of Nigeria in 1995 where he studied broadcast journalism. He also graduated from the Institute de Commerce et de Gestion of Paris, France in 2005 where he studied marketing management.  Elie has worked for major media entities in Africa and in France including the Cameroon Radio Television Corporation, the English Service of Radio France International, Canal France International, France 24 and Telesud-all based in France.

He is Currently the Director of a Congo based Television station called MNTV. He has interviewed several African presidents and covered major news stories throughout Africa and produced a number of documentaries. In addition to working in broadcasting, Elie is also the deputy editor in chief of a bimonthly newspaper called Terrafrica and works for Songhai Advisory.




John E. TAMBI
Transport Infrastructure Expert, NEPAD
South Africa

Dr John E. Tambi is an Aviation and Transport Infrastructure Expert with more than 30 years of project management, planning, engineering, training, policy development, operations and economic analysis experience, with specialization in air, road, sea and rail transport modes. He is the Transport Infrastructure Expert for the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, responsible for regional and continental transport programs and projects, as well as the Coordinator for the Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative.  He has served in senior and executive positions with one of the world’s leaders in the Management of airports, ports, rail and transportation facilities – the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, USA and in major international consulting firms. 


Liliang TENG
Chief Marketing Officer, China-Africa Development Fund
China

Mr. Liliang Teng, MBA and Master of Risk Management, Senior Engineer, previously worked for China Development Bank mandated with project appraisal and credit management responsibilities,and Finance Company of China Southern Power Grid Corporation as Deputy General Manager. Mr. TENG has extensive experience in energy and infrastructure sectors.


Papa Demba THIAM
Cluster Coordinator: Finance, Private Sector Development & Regional Integration, The World Bank
Republic of the Congo

Dr. Thiam has become an institutional entrepreneur. He developed resource-based growth strategies in academics, incubated them in private sector and mainstreamed them in major development institutions. His interface strategies for the construction of value chains and integrative economic clusters supported the development of supply chains in Senegal, economic hubs in ACP countries and a multipolar growth center in Ghana. His credentials were critical for the design and implementation of strategic public-private-partnership on value chains in DRC that will help develop 10 new techno-pole based cities. Dr. Thiam is currently Cluster Coordinator for Finance, Private Sector Development and Regional Integration at the World Bank, after occupying senior and managerial positions in academics, private sector and major development institutions such as the EU-ACP and the OECD. He also served as senior international consultant to the Government of Switzerland, the GTZ, and UNIDO. He authored several well-known publications including a global best seller.


Jean-Yves TOLOT
CEO, Thales Africa
France

A part of Thales since 2008, Jean-Yves Tolot is currently Chairman of Thales Africa, having formerly held the position of Chairman for Thales in Turkey, Central Asia, and Saudi Arabia.

Prior to joining Thales, Tolot was VP and Head of International Industrial Cooperation for EADS.

Jean- Yves began his career at the Ministry of Public Works, Housing and Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Finance and where he held positions from 1980-1984 and 1984-1986, respectively.From 1998 until 2005 he was CEO of SGCC.


Cesare TREVISANI
CEO, Trevi
Italy

Cesare Trevisani was born in Cesena, Italy on 8th of July 1951. He currently serves as Chairman and Managing Director of Petreven as well Managing Director of Trevi S.p.A. He is also Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Soilmec and Drillmec

Since 1989 he has been a consistent part of the life of the Confindustria “system”, when he became President of the Young Entrepreneurs of the Emilia Romagna Region.

He later became Chairman of AIF (National Association of Companies specialized in Foundation Works, Consolidations and Soil Investigations) and the Confindustria National Commission for Public Contracts as well as Vice Chairman of ANCE (National Association of Building Contractors). He is currently a member of the Confindustria Council, the Confindustria Arbitrators’ Board, the Confindustria Committee for Infrastructures and Territory.


Hamada TOURE
Head of Investment Banking Business Development for Francophone Africa, UBA Capital
Nigeria

Hamada is responsible for origination, structuring and execution of transactions across Francophone Africa. His coverage spans M&A, Project Finance and Equity and debt financings. Hamada has led different teams on diverse transactions; across growth sectors in Europe, Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining UBA Capital, Hamada worked for Afribridge Capital, an Africa-focused investment and advisory firm based in U.A.E, where he advised global and regional corporates. Prior to that, he was Financial Analyst at the global Oil & Gas services company, Schlumberger in Dubai covering Russia, Africa and Europe .He started his career in 2002 with Arthur Andersen in Paris, where he gained hands-on experience in transaction advisory, due diligence, corporate restructuring and audit.

Hamada graduated from Paris Dauphine University. He is a multilingual; French, English and native African languages


Paul WOOD
Managing Director, Africa and Arabia, Waterfund, LLC
UAE

Paul is Managing Director for Africa and Middle East at Waterfund and has over 12 years extensive experience in the energy and commodities sectors across Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. Prior to moving to Dubai in 2006, Paul spent three years in London and three years in Singapore with the Petroleum Argus group, developing pricing indices used as benchmarks within global oil products markets.

In Dubai Paul worked for Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, responsible for initiating, developing and implementing soft and hard infrastructure projects to enhance trade flows through the Emirate. This involved devising and co-ordinating project strategies and economic models for a broad variety of commercial infrastructure projects in the emirate.

Paul is originally from the UK and graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in philology. 


Salahdin YACOUBI
Independent Advisor in Open Road Tolling & Transportation Infrastructure Development, Yacoubi Consulting Associates
South Africa

Salahdin Yacoubi. PhD, is a French national, with Moroccan background.  

For the last 20 years he has held leadership positions implementing major PPP highways projects in large metropolitan areas which provided daily mobility to millions of users. These projects took place in France, Australia, Chile and South Africa.

He spent the last five years in South Africa, as the CEO of a company which he set up in 2009 to implement and operate electronic toll collection nationwide services, serving more than 3 million customers on behalf of the South African national Road Agency, under 8 years contract. 

In addition Mr. Yacoubi played lead role in bidding for other PPP highway projects in Chile, Brazil, USA and Canada.

2014 marked a new stage in Mr Yacoubi career; when he became ‘’independent advisor’’ to public and private entities embarking on Open Road Tolling scheme for PPP based roads infrastructure development projects.