2019 North Africa Confirmed Speakers
Dr Chami Abdelilah
Biladi Foundation for Sustainable Developement
Enterprise Value Accelerator
Ibrahima Ba is a private sector growth specialist with a 15 year track record of business development, economic analysis and management consulting success in Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Senegal and Togo. He is the founder of EVA (Enterprise Value Accelerator) and the Executive Director of a member-driven network currently providing technical support services to 152 promising SME entrepreneurs in Senegal. Ibrahima is fluent in French, English, and Wolof and graduated with honors with a BBA Degree from Howard University in Washington DC and a Masters Degree in Development Practice with a concentration in Economics from the University of Dakar.
Following a spell with a boutique Africa-focused investment firm in London, Theo spent two years at africapractice working on stakeholder engagement mandates for financial services clients across Africa. He has worked on projects in over 10 countries on the continent. Theo holds a BA in French from the University of Bristol.
Founder & President
Djiby Diagne is a bilingual professional (French/English) with 12+ years’ experience in economic and financial analysis, and project management focusing on Africa. He is the Founder and President of Casamango, an innovative company whose mission is to meet the need to connect fruits’ smallholder farmers in Casamance (Southern Senegal, West Africa) to the national and international value chains. Therefore, this inclusive approach will avoid post-harvest losses in the region and ensure secured access to fresh fruits. At a later stage, an industrial fruit processing unit will be rolled out to offer clients different mango and other fruits by-products, with organic and fair trade certifications. Djiby has led the Projects Monitoring Department of the Delivery Unit of the Emerging Senegal Plan, located in the Presidential Office, and manages a large team of sectoral specialists, project managers and their staff. Before returning home in 2013, he held several positions as an economist and financial analyst. He started his career in 2005, with back-to-back internships at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance and the African Development Bank. He then joined the French Embassy in Cameroon, where he served as an economist and business development officer. He has significant experience in finance, focusing on structuring and financing projects in Africa. He graduated from Sorbonne University, Paris, in 2005 with a Masters in Development Economics, and from Sciences Po Paris with a Masters in Finance and Strategy. He studied at Dillard University, New-Orleans, in the US, and in 2016 received an executive certificate from the LeAD Campus, Global Leaders for Africa’s Development programme. He also held a certificate from GSDPP as part of the 2017 cohort of “Leading in Public life” program.
Ababacar is a seasoned Investment Banker offering c. 15 years of experience (M&A, Capital Markets, Structured & Leveraged Finance, Strategic Advisory, etc.) in different geographies (SSA, Europe and MENA) with a focus on M&A. He is a Managing Director at Impaxis Group in charge of Advisory and Capital Markets transactions. Ababacar is CEO of Impaxis Securities, the Capital Markets arm of IMPAXIS Group. Before joining Impaxis Group, he was a Senior Associate in the HSBC M&A Department in Paris, France. Ababacar worked also within the Audit department of DELOITTE in Paris. He is graduated from the Magistère BFA (Paris DAUPHINE University) with a specialization in “Investment Banking & Corporate Finance” from the Olin Business School MBA Program (Washington University in St-Louis – USA). He also holds a Master in Economics and International Finance (DEA 106) from the Paris DAUPHINE University.
Ms. Ndèye Diago DIEYE is a seasoned professional, with over 12 years of work experience in the Financial Services sector, across the US, Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. She joined FONSIS (the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Senegal for Strategic Investments) in 2013 as part of the Fund’s founding team. She is currently an Investment Manager and is primarily in charge of the Fund’s investments in the agriculture and agribusiness sectors. Until recently at FONSIS, she also covered other strategic sectors such as infrastructure, health, education, manufacturing and energy. Diago is an experienced Corporate Finance and Investment specialist, with backgrounds in Investment Banking and Corporate Finance Advisory. Throughout her career in New York, London and most recently Dakar, she has led and managed transactions and projects from sourcing to closing, overseeing all aspects related to Finance, Funding, Accounting, Legal, Tax, and ESG impact. She holds a double Bachelor’s Degree Cum Laude in Economics and Japanese, a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting, Business Law and Tax and is currently pursuing a Postgraduate Degree for Executives in Finance, Accounting, Business Law and Tax. As a volunteer, Diago in a non-executive Board Director in various companies based in Senegal, most of them start-ups. As such, she contributes in instituting in those companies a corporate culture based on the worldwide best practices she has witnessed, throughout her career across three continents. As an alumna of the United World College (UWC) of the Atlantic in Wales, UK, where she obtained a bilingual International Baccalaureate Diploma, she is also a member of the Executive Team of the Senegal National Committee of UWCs. Born and raised in Senegal, she is fluent in English, French and Wolof, with basic knowledge in Spanish and Japanese. Diago is a Sushi addict and an avid collector of high heel pointy toe shoes (c. 50 pairs) and designer brand luxury fragrances (c. 20 bottles). In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis and practices Bikram Yoga and HIIT activities, as an amateur.
CEO of DELVIC Sanitation Initiatives
Biologist, PhD in Environmental Sciences, specializing in Sanitation, Dr. Becaye Sidy DIOP has twenty years experience. Dr. DIOP headed for ten years a research on wastewater natural treatment systems on behalf of ONAS1 and Dakar University. This research was awarded in 1999 by the Grand Prix of the President of the Republic for Sciences. He is a founding member and was the CeO of H2O Engineering, a Senegalese engineering firm specialized in sanitation. Currently, Dr. DIOP is the CeO of DELVIC, a Senegalese private company specialized in onsite sanitation, the first private company operating Fecal Sludge Treatment Plants in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. DIOP conducts, as Consultant, on behalf of Senegal Government, International Financial Institutions and Non-Governmental Organizations, various studies in water, sanitation and hygiene. Dr. DIOP is well acquainted with the African sanitation context, particularly in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Cameroon.
Najwa El Iraki is the Founder & Managing Partner of AfricaDev Consulting Ltd, a business development and financial advisory firm. She is also the Managing Director in Morocco for Opportunity Network, a global fintech matchmaking platform headquartered in London that connects CEOs worldwide for business opportunities. Prior to this, she was the Head of Business Development at Casablanca Finance City Authority (CFCA), a public-private held organization dedicated to positioning Casablanca (Morocco) as a regional financial center and a premier gateway into African markets. Najwa structured the project from its inception, contributing to the overall strategy for building a regional business and financial centre, advising institutional prospective investors and attracting 130 international companies. Previously, she was Senior Manager within Mazars’ Financial Services Group in London. She was responsible for a team providing business advisory work and financial/tax planning across the banking, insurance and funds sectors. A role she took on after working within both large international investment banks (Lehman Brothers/Nomura) within their EMEA equity derivative business and a big four firm (KPMG London) advising financial institutions and corporates in various consulting areas including tax, corporate finance and restructuring. Najwa has accumulated close to 15 years’ experience and holds a Master’s degree in Business Management and Finance from leading French and British business schools (Kedge Business School & Aston Business School). She is a qualified Chartered Accountant, member of both international accountancy and UK tax leading professional institutes (ICAS & ATT). She holds a certificate in leadership management from Harvard Business School. She is also actively involved either as a co-founder or a member in a number of business associations and networks in Africa (CasaExpats, Africa Expert Network, Al-Sahm Women etc.) Najwa was named among the 60 most influential women in Africa in 2016 by “New African Woman Magazine" as well as Financial Advisor North Africa of the Year – Consultancy Award by the Corporate Vision Magazine based in London.
Senior Legal Consultant
Having previously been based in Australia and in the Middle East, Peter Finan's international project experience covers a wide range of industry sectors including resources (particularly mining), infrastructure, oil and gas, renewables, energy and property development. Peter has experience on all forms of project delivery and has prepared many types of agreements including concession agreements, development agreements, finance agreements and various types of construction contracts internationally.
Prior to launching Weebi Pierre worked as a business developer for three start-ups based in Dakar Senegal. He worked for Manobi, deploying payment solutions for water distribution, then for InTouch SA where he had the opportunity to develop a single window service gathering money transfer services within a single mobile device and then for Cdiscount Senegal a e-commerce webstite. Pierre also worked for Dalberg in designing and implementing the Guinean Delivery Unit (DU) under the authority of the Prime Minister Mamady Youla. After the first strategic planning phase, Pierre was involved in the implementation process of the pineapple value chain to double cultivated areas and yields by 2020. Beyond these entrepreneurial experiences, Pierre worked as an analyst for Amethis Finance, an investment fund dedicated to Africa, studying industries such as Islamic Finance in Kenya or retail in Côte d’Ivoire.
Senior Infrastructure Finance Advisor
Professor Jeremy Gorelick is an international finance expert with over 15 years of experience in structuring complex transactions, with a focus on urban and water/sanitation interventions in the global south. He is the global lead for infrastructure finance for WASH-FIN, a USAID program implemented by Tetra Tech, which is mandated to mobilize domestic and international capital for water and sanitation projects sponsored by municipalities and/or water and sanitation service providers in sub-Saharan Africa and south/southeast Asia. Previously, he spent six years as the Lead Technical and Financial Advisor for the City of Dakar as it prepared to launch the region's first municipal bond. In addition, he has worked for the World Bank as a short-term consultant for a municipal finance project in the Nigerian city of Ibadan, where the Bank is engaged in the preparation of a significant loan to address flooding and water management. He has also consulted for the Global Green Growth Institute in their efforts to identify funding sources for WASH initiatives in Senegal, for Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor as it examined financing solutions for urban sanitation issues in east Africa, and for Water and Sanitation for Africa as part of their efforts to establish a Social Enterprise Group to manage financial innovations on an SME basis. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Johns Hopkins University, where he currently teaches in Baltimore and Washington, and wrote his doctoral dissertation at the University of Cape Town on financing municipalities in sub-Saharan Africa.
GENI & KEBE
Mouhamed Kebe is Managing Partner of GENI & KEBE, a full-service commercial law firm providing legal services in sub-Saharan Africa and a member firm of DLA Piper Africa. Named by Jeune Afrique as one of Francophone Africa’s top 50 lawyers, Mouhamed has been a leading lawyer in the region over the past 25 years. Mouhamed advises on corporate transactions, major projects and public-private partnerships. He is also a chartered arbitrator before the Arbitration Court of the OHADA States and a member of the Arbitration Court of the ICC. Mouhamed is named in Who’s Who Legal Mining, is recognised by IFLR1000 as a Leading Lawyer for Energy and Infrastructure and is top ranked in Chambers Global.
Founder & Managing Partner
Kenza Lahlou is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Outlierz Ventures, a seed and early-stage pan-African VC fund, based out of Morocco. The fund invests in tech-enabled companies solving a real problem in key industries (including fintech, insurtech, logistics, healthtech, agritech, and logistics/distribution) across Africa. Kenza started Outlierz Ventures after spending four years on the ground building Morocco’s startup scene via StartupYourLife (SYL), a pioneer ecosystem player and entrepreneurs network, that she co-founded after a life-changing experience in San Francisco working closely with startups and accelerators in emerging markets. Prior to SYL, she worked in private equity, management consulting and in the digital industry. In recognition for her work, Kenza was selected to be part of the Goldman Sachs Leadership Program for Arab women entrepreneurs in 2016 (10K Women) as well as invited as speaker and jury in many high-level Africa related conferences and competitions around the world. She holds an MSc in Computer Science from INSA in France and a Master’s in Business from ESSEC in Singapore. She also completed a Leadership Program at Harvard University as well as an Executive Program on Venture Capital at Stanford University in partnership with 500 Startups (VC Unlocked).
Elhadji Malick Soumare is an Investment Professional and an Accredited SME consultant with strong experience and knowledge of African markets and finance industry. He currently is Investment Manager at GroFin, a pioneering private development finance institution specialized in financing and supporting small and growing businesses (SGBs) across Africa and the Middle East by combining medium term loan capital and value-added business support. He used to be Investment Officer at Teranga Capital and Investment assistant at Advance Finance and Investment Group Funds, Private Equity firms (impact investing) fully dedicated to Small and Medium Enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa. He also held Google ambassador responsibilities in Sub-Saharan Africa helping. El Hadji spent the early part of his SME support experience being highly devoted within ENACTUS, a global non-profit and community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives. He is a citizen of Senegal.
Senegal-UK Chamber of Commerce
Serigne Mansour Gaye is a Financial and Investment Professional and a Real Estate/Tech Entrepreneur. He has also spent many years working for several companies such as Bloomberg, KKR, AXA and Mintel performing various roles in Market Analysis, Corporate Governance and Investment Strategy. He is an Experienced Government Relations, Trade Facilitation with an in-depth knowledge of frontier markets and Sub-Saharan Africa; providing advice to multinational companies looking to do business in Africa. Currently, Mr Serigne Mansour Gaye serves as the President of the UK Senegal Business Council /Senegal UK Chamber of Commerce, a bilateral trade organization, authority on all aspects of two-way trade and investment between Senegal and the UK. Mr Gaye is member of the International Chamber of Commerce (WTO) for Africa Digital Trade, member of the Sustainable Trade Action Group of the World Trade Board/World Trade Symposium, a member of Young African Leaders Initiative Network. He holds a MBA from NYU and Buffalo University.
Executive Vice President
Experienced Senior Advisor with a demonstrated history of working in the investment banking industry.Strong community and social services professional skilled in Private Equity, Financial Structuring, RiskManagement, Corporate Finance, and Investment Banking.
Matthew D. Meredith is a serial project developer with multiple completed investment projects in emerging markets. He is Managing Principle at LixCap, an independent investment advisory that mobilizes private sector investment by in emerging and frontier markets focused on NW Africa. Matthew plays the role of intermediary between entrepreneurs, capital providers and government. Among his recent entrepreneurial activities, Matthew launched the company Friopuerto Tanger SA in April 2014 to create USD 13 Million a fresh food logistics hub at the Port of Tanger Med on a 13,000M2 site. As a project manager for the MorSEFF project, from 2014 to 2015 helped to close an EBRD-led EUR 80 Million funding line for investments into sustainable energy projects for industry and agroindustry Moroccan SMEs. Previously he raised private equity capital to build a national frozen food and logistics company in German as founder and CEO. He has a BA from Tufts University in International Relations and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Business. He speaks professional level German and French.
Head of Environmental and Social Sustainability
Adrian is Head of Environmental and Social Sustainability at BDO, and possesses nearly 20 years of experience managing the environmental and social compliance of internationally-significant, high-value infrastructure projects across Africa and the Middle East. He has also undertaken numerous Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) due diligence studies on behalf of financial institutions and investors. Adrian’s speciality is making companies more investable by improving the bankability of their projects in aligning them with the ESG expectations of international investors. He has applied key standards, frameworks and guidelines (i.e. the IFC Performance Standards, Equator Principles and numerous others) in a variety of sectors, including mining, oil and gas, energy / renewables, infrastructure (road, rail, airports), tourism and agriculture. In addition, he has been successfully engaged in the private sector to define and negotiate environmental and social conditions related to project financing. Adrian has been recognized as a 'Chartered Environmentalist' and 'Chartered Scientist' by the Institute of Environmental Sciences in the UK.
Head of the Africa Regional Office
Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)
Hoda Atia Moustafa is the Head of the Africa Regional Office of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group. Previously, Ms. Moustafa was Senior Counsel in the Legal and Claims Group at MIGA, where she worked closely with underwriters and political risk analysts to structure political risk guarantees in the context of international investments in developing member countries. Her sector focus is energy, infrastructure and financial sector projects, with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining MIGA in 2007, Ms. Moustafa was Assistant General Counsel at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a bilateral US government agency providing financing and political risk insurance to private sector projects in emerging markets. Prior to joining OPIC, Ms. Moustafa was in private practice at two international law firms, Clifford Chance in Washington, DC and Mayer Brown in Chicago. She advised multilateral lenders, commercial banks, sponsor and issuers on project financings as well as asset-backed securitizations and other structured finance transactions. Ms. Moustafa holds a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center and Master’s Degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Investors and Partners (I&P)
Sidy opened the Investors and Partners subsidiary in Ouagadougou and covered the Sahel region for I & P until September 2018. He is now Head of Investments and I & P representative in Senegal for the IPAE and IPAE II funds in capital up to 2 billion FCFA in SMEs). Before joining I & P and the world of investing in SMEs, Sidy began his career at Amethis Finance in Paris where he made investments of more than 10 million euros. In total he has participated in the execution of more than 10 equity / quasi equity transactions on the African continent.
Currently Managing Partner at ACT Afrique, the leading boutique investment banking and advisory firm in West Africa, Fabrice Nze-Bekale has built an international career in financial services, telecoms and mining, in the private and public sectors. Before joining the ACT, Fabrice launched and managed Gabon’s national mining company (SEM) for 6 years. Fabrice has positioned SEM as the cornerstone investor in all major mining projects in Gabon. Previously, he was the Head of Corporate & Investment Banking at Citibank in Gabon before joining Celtel International as Group Corporate Finance Manager where he reorganized the capital structure of a dozen operating subsidiaries to the tune of $ 1.5 billion, including the introduction of Celtel Zambia on the Lusaka Stock Exchange, and a landmark $300m multi-country facility with IFC, DEG, Proparco, other DFIs and commercial lenders. Fabrice also worked in the Global Telecoms and Media department of Standard Bank Plc in London, where he advised major industry players such as Helios Towers Africa, MTN Group, Orascom Telecom Holdings and Portugal Telecom in their activities in Africa. Fabrice has been a member of the board of several private and public institutions, including Gabon’s sovereign wealth fund. Fabrice holds a Master’s degree in Finance and Financial Engineering from the University of Paris-Dauphine (France) and an MBA from London Business School (UK).
Mr. Hassan Rizk has an Education background in “Development Economics”, with an Associate Degree in business Administration from Connecticut Mitchell College, a Master’s degree in International Studies from Kiev State University and a Post Graduate course in Economic Development of LDC’s - Lesser Developing Countries - from Georgetown University Washington DC. His experience in the public sector started, at the Ministry of Fisheries and Merchant Marine, where he was in charge of international cooperation and participated to major sectorial studies conducted with international organizations, such as The Worl Bank, European Union, FAO, International Maritime Organization (IMO), UN-Conference for Trade & development (UNCTAD), UNDP, JICA – Japan International Cooperation Agency, USAID, etc. He also acted as an Advisor to the Secretary General of this Department and coordinator for major studies, as well as representing the Ministry in various Boards of Directors. He also acted as a special Advisor to the CEO of the National Fisheries Agency for Institutional Relations, CSR policy and Board of Directors coordination. His experience in the private sector covers various industrial fields. He filled the position of Manager at the Kawasaki Group Office in Morocco where he focused on business development and Project tendering for the Ship-repair yard in Agadir, Research Vessels, training vessels and navigation equipment, etc. He then founded a JV Company with a Norwegian Group and became the managing partner of Norland Morocco Mining Company, for extracting and exporting barite to the North Sea Oil drilling industry. He later Joined Al Qudra Holding Morocco, a Subsidiary of the Abu Dahbi based Investment Holding Company. He occupied the position of Business Development Manager, then Investment Manager and ended up as General Manager. The Projects and transaction he handeled related to IPO operations at the Casablanca Stock Exchange, partnership with Addoha in Real estate developments, Partnership in the Bouregrag Agency, in charge of the Bab El Bahr Marina Project in Rabat, Agricultural project development in The Green Morocco Program, Gas to Energy Project studies and tendering. In 2013 he founded his own Consulting firm, Investment & Development Associates (INDEV), and initiated a first partnership with Solveo Energie MENA, as a senior Consultant and Managing Director, presently developing a pipe of projects, as IPP, as well as conducting an applied research program with IRESEN. INDEV - Associates relies on a network of specialized consultants able to provide full range of services in the fields of Renewable Energy, Infrastructure, sustainable agriculture and Eco – Tourism, starting from opportunity sourcing, project site identification, legal and fiscal aspects related to the activity, Market survey and competition, initial development studies and permitting, project feasibility studies, Partnership setting for SPV, Financing sources search and negotiations to the best interest of the investor. INDEV strategic goals in to accompany foreign investors in implementing and securing their investments in Morocco and West African region, by providing High quality services, according to International Standards and Best Practices
10 years of entrepreneurial life out of 17 years professional experience, with strong skills and track record, in investment banking and projects finance across several industries: Banking, Energy, Telecom, Financial Services, IT... etc Moctar started his journey with Orange Senegal then worked at BNP Paribas Private Bank Paris before joining the Senegalese branch. Later on, he joined SOPAF as Group Treasury Manager with ~USD 900 million turnover under management. Then worked as Africa Executive Director for Al Karama Investment Group Dubai based company, where he advised several ASX companies like IronRidge, Nemex, Ferrum Crescent also Africa Energy 360MW coal plant in Senegal among other corporates. He raised and structured financing over USD 760 million for Corporates. He is Co-Founder and Managing Director of M&A Capital Group, in 2016, a USD 30 Million investment company, grounded in Dakar with operations in East, West & Central Africa focused in Agribusiness (M&A Agri), TowerCo (Al Karama Towers), Oil & Gas (M&A Oil & Gas), Financial Technology (M&A Fintech) and a Ventures Capital named M&A Ventures. Moctar is an ISM Alumni, where he spent 2 years during his Prepa HEC 1997-1999, after being graduated at Lamine Gueye high school in Dakar in the age of 17 years. He holds a Master Degree in Assets Management from ESLSCA Paris and FX/MM Certification from Citibank College also. Moctar is member of the Advisory Board of EDGE Institut (Master Gestion de Patrimoine) part of CRES “Consortium pour la Recherche Economique et social” and board member of several companies in West and Central Africa. 39 years old, Moctar is a Senegalese citizen, but is described as African Citizen. During his venture, he has visited and worked over 18 African Countries, with a special place in his heart for Koira Kanou in Niamey City.
Moustapha Sow is a leading Senegalese entrepreneur with significant expertise in corporate and investment banking in Senegal and Canada, where he held various positions at UBA, Diamond Bank, Citibank and BMO-Bank of Montreal. After 5 years working as Director for Africa at The Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (ICIEC), he founded SF Capital in 2012, an Africa-focused investment banking boutique based in Dakar. Providing comprehensive advisory services in Corporate Finance, Structured Trade Finance, and Project Finance, the company aims to efficiently address Africa’s financial infrastructure gap and to contribute to building a better Africa. Moustapha holds a Bachelor in Economics from the University of Montreal and an MBA in Finance from McGill University.
Madou is the founder of Prime Dash and affiliate companies. Prior to this role, Madou was the CEO of Systems & Solutions International Group (SSIG), a global management consulting company helping businesses with innovative financial, operations, and management systems. As a business consultant, Madou Sylla has saved many companies from imminent failure, coordinated mergers and acquisitions, turned inefficient organizations into well-oiled operations, and groomed numerous executives to become effective, dynamic, and successful. On an average day, Madou is conceptualizing and developing cutting-edge business systems to help leaders and decision-makers. He faithfully invests his time and efforts on developing new processes and technologies that reduce the use of resources, promote efficiency, and increase market share for companies. Madou holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Shepherd University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Marshall University.