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The role of women in sustainable growth in Africa

How can we reinvent leadership in Africa with women and youth to ensure we meet Agenda 2063? This is one of the many questions the first edition of New African Woman Forum hopes to address by bringing together leaders from business, academia and civil society, as well as key decision makers from the public and private sectors. Our aim is to find innovative solutions and strategies to enable a sustainable transformative growth in Africa.

The forum will be accompanied by the New African Woman Awards, a gala cocktail dinner to recognise women leadership and excellence on the continent. The winners, voted by the New African Woman magazine’s readers and shortlisted by our board of advisors will be announced during the awards dinner. For more information visit the website.


Day 1

  • 14.00 – 19.00 Registration
  • 19.00 – 21.00 Cocktail Reception Inaugural Address: HE Ato Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Day 2

  • 8.00 – 9.00 Registration and Breakfast
  • 09.00– 09.15 Opening Remarks Kouhei Osada, President, Nikkei Business Publications Omar Ben Yedder, Publisher, African Business Kazuhiro Suzuki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ethiopia
  • 09.15-09.45 Keynote Speeches Senior Government Official (TBC), Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Jun Karube, President & CEO, Toyota Tsusho Group
  • 09.15-10.15 Special Dialogue: “African Transformation through Japan-Africa Collaboration” Akihiko Tanaka, President, Japan International Cooperation Agency Dr. Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • 10.15 – 11.15 Plenary Session 1 Quality Infrastructure: partnership and investment opportunities Speakers: Dr. James Mwangi CBS, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Equity Bank Group Zemedeneh Negatu, Managing Partner, Ethiopia and Head, Transaction Advisory Services, EY Gilberto Rodrigues, CEO Mota-Engil Africa Koffi Klousseh, Principal Investment Officer, IFC InfraVentures
  • 11.15 – 11.45 Coffee Break
  • 11.45 – 13.00 Breakout Session 1 Green Energy: Africa’s solar, wind and hydropower projects Speakers: Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella, Undersecretary-General and Special Representative, United Nations – Sustainable Energy for All Tas Anvaripour, Chief Executive Officer, Africa50 Fumiya Kokubu, President and CEO, Marubeni Breakout Session 2 Logistics & Ports: building and expanding Africa’s trade gateways Speakers: Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO, Ethiopian Airlines Admassu Tadesse, President and CEO, PTA Bank Jean-Louis Ekra, President, Afreximbank Hon. Moussa Ahmed Hassan, Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Djibouti Breakout Session 3 Capital Markets: Financing Africa’s infrastructure development Speakers: Hon. Henry Rotich, Cabinet Secretary- National Treasury, Kenya Eiji Nakai, President and CEO, Barclays Japan Hon. Seth Terkper, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Ghana Melissa Cook, Managing Director, African Sunrise Partners LLC Amadou Hott, CEO, Sovereign Wealth Fund for Strategic Investments, Senegal
  • 13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
  • 14.30 – 15.30 Plenary Session 2 Innovation, Technology and Value Chains: what can Africa learn from Japan? Speakers: Dr. Frannie Leautier, CEO, Mkoba Private Equity HRH Prince Cedza Dlamini, Chair, Nexus Africa Bright Simons, President, mPedigree Network Anat Bar-Gera, Co-Founder and Chairperson, YooMee Africa AG
  • 15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break
  • 16.00 – 17.00 Breakout Session 4 Manufacturing: developing Africa’s production capacity and quality Speakers: Betty Maina, Chief Executive, Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) Joel Jackson, Founder and CEO, Mobius Haruki Hayashi, Regional CEO-Europe and Africa, Mitsubishi Corporation International Breakout Session 5 Agriculture/Agribusiness: food security and industry-driven growth Speakers: Hon. Mukeshimana Gerardine, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Rwanda Mostafa Terrab, Chairman and CEO, OCP Group Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Econet Wireless International and Board Chair, AGRA Isaak Mogetutu, Chief Innovations Officer, m-Farm, Kenya Breakout Session 6 Investing in Healthcare: Prospects, Policies and Challenges HE Dr. Seif Seleman Rashid, Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Tanzania Steven Adjei, Founding Partner, Bluecloud Healthcare Andrew Wilson, Vice President, Abbott Fund, Tanzania Amit Thakker, Chairman, East African Health Platform
  • 17.00 – 17.15 Closing Remarks

Day 3

  • 09.00 – 09.40 Presentation “Kaizen” Case Studies
  • 09.40 – 10.40 Special Session “Investing in Ethiopia”
  • 10.40 – 12.30 Regional Economic Communities Presentation
  • 12.30 – 17.00 One to One Meetings
  • 14.00 – 17.00 Site Visits *The Programme including timing and speakers may be subject to change


Event details

New African Woman Forum
From March 10, 2016
Till March 11, 2016
Supported events
London, United Kingdom