New reality, new priorities

Today’s rapidly deteriorating global economic context demands fresh thinking and a swift response.

 

African CEOs will need to be agile: more selective in their risk-taking, more creative in sourcing finance, more aware of the global economic trends influencing their businesses. African governments will have to offer favorable conditions to the private sector, find new partners to drive growth, and to access the untapped wealth already present on the continent.

 

Past editions of the forum have seen key debates taking place in a context of cautious optimism towards Africa’s booming economy. Living up to its reputation of being at the forefront of discussions shaping the continent’s growth, THE AFRICA CEO FORUM 2016 edition will explore ways to keep moving forward in these volatile times where opportunities of tomorrow will be different to the commodity story of yesterday.

 

For the first time on African soil, the frontrunner of African business conferences will gather over 1000 leaders in finance, industry and politics to interact through high-end panels, insightful workshops, operational CEO Roundtables and networking sessions under the theme “New reality, new priorities”.

 

On sunday March 20 at 19:00, join the welcome cocktail at the Sofitel Ivoire hotel

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Monday 21 March 2016
From 09:15 to 10:45
ECONOMY panel

Between Ambition and Resilience – Making the most of volatile times

After a decade of accelerated growth, the continent is experiencing its share of global economic challenges. Persistent fall in commodity prices and a slowdown of Chinese’s demand by 40% in 2015 has led to a slowdown in the economy. With 3.75% in 2015, the sub-Saharan region experienced its lowest growth rate in 6 years. This situation has even led some experts to challenge the continent’s potential to deliver on its “Africa rising” narrative. In such a context, how should African companies and countries proceed in this context? How can they build their resilience, without giving up their ambitions?

Key points :

• Decoding the near term implications of the new macro-economic reality for African countries and businesses

• Macro-economic discipline, real structural reforms, bold industrialization policies: identifying the key conditions to maintain sustainable growth for countries                                                                                                                                              

• Innovation, prioritization and solid balance sheets: what strategies should African CEOs use to remain successful and stay ahead?

Speakers :

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Amine Tazi-Riffi
Panel Expert - Director, McKinsey
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Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina
President, African Development Bank
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Aliko Dangote
Founder and President, Dangote Group
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H.E. Daniel Kablan Duncan
Prime Minister, Côte d'Ivoire
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H.E. Moulay Hafid Elalamy
Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and digital Economy, Morocco
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Jonathan Oppenheimer
Director, E Oppenheimer & Son
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H.E. William Ruto
Deputy Vice President , Kenya

Moderator :

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Beatrice Marshall
Global Anchor, CCTV Africa
From 10:45 to 11:15

Networking break

From 11:15 to 12:30
GROWTH panel

Preparing for the future (1): can Africa be the next clean energy powerhouse ?

A combination of trends – downturn in oil prices, falling costs of technologies in renewables and international commitment to combat climate change witnessed at the last COP21 conference – are reshaping the global energy landscape. With its energy investment strategies still at an early stage, its huge and diversified renewable resources, Africa has the potential to become the next world’s powerhouse. How should African countries and corporations position themselves to be at the vanguard of this “new energy deal”? What future lies ahead for traditional energy sources?

Key points :

• Exploring how the decisions taken at the COP21 will affect Africa’s energy landscape

• What policy and strategic decisions African governments should take to foster the sector’s development? How will it impact the African growth map?

• What concrete business opportunities for African CEOs?

Speakers :

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Jeremy Oppenheim
Panel Expert - Director, McKinsey
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Oliver Andrews
Executive Director, Africa Finance Corporate
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Elizabeth L. Littlefield
President and CEO, OPIC
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Siyanga Malumo
Chairman, Copperbelt Energy Corporation
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Ahmed Nakkouch
CEO, Nareva
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Kevin Urama
Senior Advisor to the President, African Development Bank

Moderator :

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Pascal Agboyibor
Director of Activities in Africa, member of the board, Orrick Group
From 12:30 to 14:15

Networking lunch

From 14:15 to 15:30
Côte d'Ivoire

Investment opportunites

From 14:15 to 15:30
STRATEGY panel

CSR: doing well by doing good

Africa is still new at CSR, yet the capacity of corporate social responsibility in improving a company’s image and performance have been proven elsewhere. Although it often appeared as a gadget, a communication tool or an additional constraint imposed by international organizations. When it is well applied, CSR can transform the way we do business. It drives innovation, resulting in enhanced productivity and product quality and leaving both the clientele and workforce satisfied. Such responsibility represents a significant opportunity providing companies learn to deploy CSR to African realities and engage with governments for legal regimes that encourage such practice.

Key points

• Set a good CSR policy – tailored to African socio-cultural realities and to the continent’s business environment

• How to integrate a CSR approach to the business strategy?

• What benefits can the business gain from having a CSR policy?

Speakers :

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Pierre Jacquemot
Panel Expert - Chairman, GRET
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Jad Ariss
CEO Middle East, Gulf and Africa, AXA
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Mossadeck Bally
Founder and CEO, Azalaï Hotels
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Mohamed Ben Ouda
CEO, Société Nationale des Transports et de la Logistique (SNTL)
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Dougie Brew
Director of Corporate Affairs, Communications and Sustainability, Unilever Africa
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Jean-Baptiste Satchivi
Chairman, CDPA-Agrisatch-SBB, CCI Bénin

Moderator :

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Julien Lefilleur
Head of division, Proparco
From 14:15 to 15:30
CEO ROUNDTABLE 2

CEO ROUNDTABLE: Real estate and construction

The purpose of the CEO Roundtables is to gather CEOs, bankers, investors, service providers and regulators to discuss sector-related topics, major trends, opportunities, new projects and also challenges. The sessions (in English, no simultaneous translation) will provide participants with the opportunity to interact on a more informal level. Led by experts, the CEO Roundtables are designed in such a way that participants are able to exchange thoughts with their peers on the sector’s latest trends, share experiences on concrete business cases and discuss good practices. These ‘off the record’ talks facilitate the networking and identification of new partners, and favour discussions about development projects.

* Limited number of seats available. Pre-registration only, opening from 1st March.

Speakers :

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Amadou Sanankoua
Co-founder and Managing director, OnPoint Africa Group
From 14:15 to 15:30
CEO ROUNDTABLE 1

CEO ROUNDTABLE: FMCG and Retail

The purpose of the CEO Roundtables is to gather CEOs, bankers, investors, service providers and regulators to discuss sector-related topics, major trends, opportunities, new projects and also challenges. The sessions (in English, no simultaneous translation) will provide participants with the opportunity to interact on a more informal level. Led by experts, the CEO Roundtables are designed in such a way that participants are able to exchange thoughts with their peers on the sector’s latest trends, share experiences on concrete business cases and discuss good practices. These ‘off the record’ talks facilitate the networking and identification of new partners, and favour discussions about development projects.

* Limited number of seats available. Pre-registration only, opening from 1st March.

Moderator :

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Serge Thiémélé
Partner, EY Europe, Middle-East, Africa and India
From 15:30 to 16:00

Networking Break

From 16:00 to 17:15
CEO ROUNDTABLE 4

CEO ROUNDTABLE: Digital Financial Services

The purpose of the CEO Roundtables is to gather CEOs, bankers, investors, service providers and regulators to discuss sector-related topics, major trends, opportunities, new projects and also challenges. The sessions (in English, no simultaneous translation) will provide participants with the opportunity to interact on a more informal level. Led by experts, the CEO Roundtables are designed in such a way that participants are able to exchange thoughts with their peers on the sector’s latest trends, share experiences on concrete business cases and discuss good practices. These ‘off the record’ talks facilitate the networking and identification of new partners, and favour discussions about development projects.

* Limited number of seats available. Pre-registration only, opening from 1st March.

Moderator :

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Zied Loukil
Partner, Mazars
From 16:00 to 17:15
CEO ROUNDTABLE 3

CEO ROUNDTABLE: Renewable Energy

The purpose of the CEO Roundtables is to gather CEOs, bankers, investors, service providers and regulators to discuss sector-related topics, major trends, opportunities, new projects and also challenges. The sessions (in English, no simultaneous translation) will provide participants with the opportunity to interact on a more informal level. Led by experts, the CEO Roundtables are designed in such a way that participants are able to exchange thoughts with their peers on the sector’s latest trends, share experiences on concrete business cases and discuss good practices. These ‘off the record’ talks facilitate the networking and identification of new partners, and favour discussions about development projects.

* Limited number of seats available. Pre-registration only, opening from 1st March.

Moderator :

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Vera Songwe
Director, West and Central Africa, IFC
From 16:00 to 17:15
STRATEGY panel

Human capital: attract, develop and retain your most valuable asset

With an expansion and intensification of their activities, African companies are in an urgent need of executive talents that can face the challenges of cross-cultural decision-making. Yet the talent pool in Africa remains narrow and a wide skills gap prevails. To pass a new milestone in the management of their human resources companies need to better map the skills within their teams to support and retain them.  Alongside these efforts, the continent with the youngest population, must look into the shaping of its new class of future leaders. How can the success factors of today’s leaders provide considerations for the development of tomorrow’s executive talents?

Key points :

• Motivating and attracting the best profiles locally and from the diaspora (and keeping them!)

• Money, work environment, corporate culture: what are Millennials’ employee looking for?

• Best practices – How to increase the performance of African teams?

Speakers :

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Abdou Diop
Panel Expert - Partner, Mazars
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Jay Ireland
President and CEO, General Electric Africa
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Sunita Pitamber
Director for Human and Social Development, African Development Bank
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Sacha Poignonnec
co-CEO, Africa Internet Group (AIG)
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Gossy Ukanwoke
Founder, BAU R&D
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Eric Valette
EMEA Director, Applied Research Consulting, Steelcase

Moderator :

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Stéphanie Antoine
Economics commentator and presenter, France 24
From 16:00 to 17:15
GROWTH panel

The finish line: becoming an African champion

Following major banks, insurance or telecom operators, a second wave of African companies now in the process of becoming African champions in other sectors. The last few steps to becoming a champion can be risky in terms of positioning, control or management of new territories. It takes a deliberate effort to grow a business and the champion of this growth must be the CEO. How to approach this transition/transformation and what kind of growth can be considered?

Key points :

• Critical steps to define an effective growth

• JV vs greenfield vs acquisition – which model for what growth?

• Diversification vs territorial expansion – Why favour a growth to the other?

Speakers :

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Martyn Davies
Panel Expert -Managing Director of Emerging Markets & Africa, Deloitte Frontier Advisory
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Denys Denya
Executive Vice-President, Afreximbank
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Boubker Jai
Director, Attijariwafa Bank
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Vuyani Jarana
Chief Officer, Vodacom Business
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Delphine Maïdou
CEO, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Africa
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Tunji Owoeye
Managing Director, Elephant Group

Moderator :

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Serge Nawej
Partner, ProximA
From 19:00 to 23:00

Gala Dinner and AWARDS ceremony

Tuesday 22 March 2016
From 08:45 to 09:45
CEO ROUNDTABLE 5

CEO ROUNDTABLE: Logistics

The purpose of the CEO Roundtables is to gather CEOs, bankers, investors, service providers and regulators to discuss sector-related topics, major trends, opportunities, new projects and also challenges. The sessions (in English, no simultaneous translation) will provide participants with the opportunity to interact on a more informal level. Led by experts, the CEO Roundtables are designed in such a way that participants are able to exchange thoughts with their peers on the sector’s latest trends, share experiences on concrete business cases and discuss good practices. These ‘off the record’ talks facilitate the networking and identification of new partners, and favour discussions about development projects.

* Limited number of seats available. Pre-registration only, opening from 1st March.

Moderator :

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Oumar Seydi
Directeur, IFC
From 08:45 to 09:45
LEADERSHIP panel

Leadership in a challenging world

Africa is changing at an unprecedented speed with business opportunities arising everywhere, the technology revolution transforming every industry, and economic uncertainties suddenly shaking up previously solid business plans. In this context, organisations must be agile and adapt quickly. The role of CEO is therefore crucial in setting new goals and managing more demanding stakeholders to maintain success. What are the top priorities leaders should focus on?

Key points

• Technology development, social change, African middle-class expectations; what are the key factors business practice?

• Leading, strategic planning, inspiring, developing employees… The most important skills of future leaders.

• Is there a specific African CEO model?

Speakers :

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Pierre Antoine Balu
Panel Expert - Partner and Africa Advisor, PWC
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Richard Bielle
CEO, CFAO
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Slim Othmani
CEO, NCA Rouiba
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Oba Otudeko
Chairman, Honeywell Group
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Venkataramani Srivathsan
CEO Africa and Middle-East, Olam Group

Moderator :

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Rodolphe Durand
Professor of Strategy and Business Policy, HEC Paris
From 10:00 to 11:15
FINANCE panel

Preparing for the future (2) : Harnessing the power of local capital to finance Africa

Since the 1st edition of the Africa CEO Forum in 2012, the financing equation of some African countries and companies has radically changed. Africa’s debt has reached 44% of GDP against 34% in 2010, some currencies are falling and stock market performances have deteriorated. As a result, access to hard currencies is tighter, bond issuances are more costly and FDIs may go down. Mobilizing local capital in this global context of crisis might be a big challenge of the coming years – but also the biggest opportunity.

Key points :

• The new finance equation: overview and future impact on businesses

• The CEO toolbox: drawing from recent cases of local financing

• Insurance, pensions funds, stock markets and bonds markets, private equity funds, investment banks: which regulatory environment should be put in place to ease their access?

Speakers :

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Luc Rigouzzo
Panel Expert - Managing partner, Amethis Finance
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Ade Ayeyemi
Group Chief Executive Officer, Ecobank
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Jean Kacou Diagou
CEO, NSIA
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Jingdong Hua
Vice-President and Treasurer, IFC
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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Senior Advisor, Lazard
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Henri-Claude Oyima
CEO, BGFIBank

Moderator :

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Charles Boamah
Vice-President, Finance, African Development Bank
From 11:15 to 11:45

Networking break

From 11:45 to 12:45

PRESIDENT PANEL

From 12:45 to 14:30

Networking Lunch

From 14:30 to 16:00
THE AFRICA REPORT DEBATE

The big debate: is regional integration failing?

The economic imperative for regional integration has never been clearer; Africa’s constellation of small fractured markets needs consolidation to help domestic industrial champions, and to attract outside investment. The Abuja Treaty, which established the African Economic Community in 1991, created regional economic blocs as stepping-stones to one united market. The key milestones have already been identified – improving regional infrastructure, free movement for goods and people… But despite this, intra-Africa trade struggles to break through the 15% mark. Has regional integration failed? What success stories can be harnessed and emulated?

Key points

• Cultural, linguistic and customs barriers, realpolitik, security: the challenges facing regional integration. Who can bridge the Anglophone/Francophone divide?

• State of regional integration and international comparisons (EU, Mercosur, ASEAN…)

• Top 3 priorities for regional integration: abolition of visas, common markets and administrative facilities.

Speakers :

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Moono Mupotola
Panel Expert - Director of Regional Integration and Trade Division, African Development Bank
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Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina
President, African Development Bank
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H.E. Mohamed Boussaid
Minister of Economy, Morocco
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Moïse Katumbi
Former Governor of the Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of Congo

Moderator :

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Nicholas Norbrook
Managing Editor, The Africa Report
From 14:30 to 16:00
GABON FREE ZONE

Gabon Free Zone: Investment Opportunities

From 16:00 to 16:30

Networking Break

From 16:30 to 17:45
CEO ROUNDTABLE 6

CEO ROUNDTABLE: Agribusiness

The purpose of the CEO Roundtables is to gather CEOs, bankers, investors, service providers and regulators to discuss sector-related topics, major trends, opportunities, new projects and also challenges. The sessions (in English, no simultaneous translation) will provide participants with the opportunity to interact on a more informal level. Led by experts, the CEO Roundtables are designed in such a way that participants are able to exchange thoughts with their peers on the sector’s latest trends, share experiences on concrete business cases and discuss good practices. These ‘off the record’ talks facilitate the networking and identification of new partners, and favour discussions about development projects.

* Limited number of seats available. Pre-registration only, opening from 1st March.

Moderator :

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Richard Ferguson
African Agribusiness Advisor, PWC
From 16:30 to 17:45
BRANDING Panel

Developing strong African brands

The brand is a world hit of value creation. Often described as the epicentre of bold experiences and consumer loyalty, we see more and more brand phenomenons adding to technics and function the aspiration and the emotion. They say pleasure, lifestyle, storytelling… re-enchanting with new tools the consumption game. What about branding in Africa? How can we bet on African holistic values to be the ultimate foundation for branding performance and new world standards? What is the potential of an African branding counter-model?

Key points :

• What is modern branding? Knowing more about world benchmarks !

• The power of African imaginaries, how to translate them into the branding game.

• The opportunity of quick and stunning African world standards.

 

Speakers :

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Edouard Malbois
Panel Expert - CEO and Founder, Enivrance
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Jean-Sébastien Decaux
CEO Southern Europe, Africa, Belgium, Luxembourg and Israel, JC Decaux
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Anand Kapoor
Founder and Vice-Chairman, Midcom Group
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Henok Teferra
CEO, Asky
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Pierre-André Terisse
CEO Africa, Danone

Moderator :

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Francis Herd
Journalist and presenter, SABC
From 17:45 to 19:30

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