10 -10.45

Opening Ceremony​

Inspiring Talk

Joseph-Nkandu

Joseph Nkandu

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Ashoka Fellow, Founder NUCAFE

Opening Remarks

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Moses Anibaba

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Regional Director, Sub Saharan Africa, British Council

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Pape Samb

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Executive Director, Ashoka Africa

Key note address

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Arif Neky

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Senior Advisor, UN Strategic Partnerships Coordination- SDG Platform

Walid-

Walid Badawi

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Resident Representative - UNDP Kenya

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Peter Munya

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Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade & Coorperative, Kenya.

10.45 – 11.15

Tea and Networking break

11.15 – 12.15

Plenary panel: Collaborative finance for social innovation

Session Brief:

The goal is to provide insights on how collaboration could fostered to support growth of Social Innovations in Africa. By highlight the miss-match between availability and demand, existing models and to come up with suggestions for innovative financing approaches and processes required to meet the funding gap facing Africa.

Moderator

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Edward Mungai

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CEO, Kenya Climate Innovation Centre

Panelists

Aswani

Dr. Frank Aswani

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CEO, Africa Venture Philanthropy Alliance

Yvonne-Ofosu

Yvonne Ofosu-Appiah

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Investment Director, Wangara Green Ventures (Ghana)

Clem-

Clement Ugorji

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Director, Public Affairs & Communications at The Coca-Cola Company

Moka

Moka Lantum

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Ashoka Fellow, Founder & CEO Sagitarix Ltd

12.15 – 13.45

Lunch break

13.45 – 14.45

Plenary panel: State of Impact investment in Africa

Session Brief:

The goal is to provide insights on impact investment has the potential to complement public spending and development assistance by crowding in private sector capital and skills to reduce Africa economic vulnerability, providing market based solutions to the continent’s most pressing needs.

Moderator

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Michael Sudarkasa

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CEO, Africa Business Energy/ Chair Impact@Africa Network

Panelists

Tomas

Tomas Sales

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Regional Private Sector Special Advisor, UNDP Regional Service Centre Africa

Maryann

Maryanne Ochola

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East Africa Regional Manager, ANDE / Aspen Institute

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Moses Anibaba

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Regional Director, Sub Saharan Africa, British Council

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Pape Samb

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Executive Director, Ashoka Africa

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Dramane Coulibaly

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Chairman board of ICON, Founder CESAO

15.00 – 17.00

Parallel sessions: Master class and thematic workshops

master classes

Session 1: Model of Integration supporting sustainable and innovative solutions to promote good nutrition in Africa: ICON

Session Brief:
  • ICON presentation: shared vision, objectives, strategy / approach; instruments put in place to strengthen the impact of the members
  • ICON presentation: the 3 phases of evolution of ICON
    • A collective brand serving the quality of African products
    • Networking entrepreneurs for more impact of each
    • What mechanisms to facilitate & support access and consumption of local nutritious products in Africa

Moderator

dramane

Dramane Coulibaly

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Chairman board of ICON, Founder CESAO

Session 2: Measuring and Articulating Impact: B-lab East Africa

Session Brief:

A practical work session to dive deeper into measuring and managing the impact of organizations. The B Impact Assessment is a holistic impact framework that helps you consider the impact of all your stakeholders not just shareholders to balance profit and purpose in-order to keep scaling your social innovation and impact

Moderator

Victoria

Victoria Gathogo

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Head of Partnerships and Community engagement B Lab East Africa

thematic Sessions

Session 3: Real talk – with Impact Investors: Impact@Africa Network

Session Brief:

The breakout session “Real Talk with Impact Investors” will connect social entrepreneurs with asset managers from the continent and provide insight on how social entrepreneurs can prepare themselves to engage with impact investors.

Moderator

Francoise-

François Améguidé

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Board Member Impact@Africa

Panelists

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Darren Lobo

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Investment Professional, Aavishkaar

Emanuele

Emanuele Santi

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Fund Manager, Bamboo Capital

Falaq

Falaq Tijani

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Manager SAHEL Capital Partners

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Shiku Gitau

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Investment Manager, OPES Fund

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Toyin Emmanuel-Olubake

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Associate Director of Portfolio, Acumen

Session 4: Social Venture Building Model: Enviu

Session Brief:

Enviu will use the food program that they are building in Kenya as an example of a social venture building model.

  • Why a social venture building model?
  • How does this model work?
  • What are key lessons of Enviu?

Moderator

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Denis Karema

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Venture Builder, Enviu East Africa

Session 5: Collaborative Leadership

Session Brief:

What is the effect of Team Leadership on Collaboration?
Why is Social capital necessary?

Moderator

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Wamuyu Mahinda

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Ashoka Fellow

Session 6: Making More Health: Ashoka

Session Brief:

“The only thing more powerful than a new idea in the hands of an entrepreneur is a group of entrepreneurs working together.” Bill Drayton – Founder of Ashoka

Co-creation occurs when all partners involved acknowledge and leverage each other’s strengths, recognize and respect each other’s value, align around a shared vision, and believe that the final product, service or business model will lead to positive systemic impact, for all stakeholders.Yet, what are the requirements, levers and tools necessary for co-creation to be successful? How is a co-creation different from a “traditional” partnership, and what internal challenges and opportunities does co-creation trigger? Come, learn and explore these questions and more, through the lens of social entrepreneurs and their co-creation journeys with companies, foundations and NGO’s. Discuss and interact with our panel to uncover insights on how co-creation can lead to increased healthcare access.

Moderator

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Yeleka Barrett

Panelists

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Ngu. H. Morcho

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Ashoka Fellow, Founder YAKO Medical Africa Ltd

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Joost Van Engen

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Founder and CEO Healthy Entrepreneurs – Ashoka Fellow

Simon-Manyara

Simon Manyara

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Access to Healthcare Manager Boehringer Ingelheim Sub-Saharan Africa

Session 7: Shifting Attitudes; opportunities for increased collaboration between NGOs and social enterprises: ActionAid

Session Brief:
Traditionally, the purpose of NGOs and Enterprise have been viewed as fundamentally different. The purpose of one is to support the alleviation of poverty and address social and environmental issues, and the other is to make profit. In the minds of many, even in relation to social enterprises, this dichotomy remains. This needs to change. In order to achieve the SDGs, strong and meaningful cross-sector partnerships are essential. This panel explores the ways in which NGOs can collaborate to help address some of the challenges faced by social enterprises by looking at the ActionAid-run SDG Ambassadors program. In the SDG Ambassadors program, ActionAid, and international NGO active in over 45 countries is working with 7 social enterprises to attempt to maximise their social impact and help address challenges they face. In this panel, representatives from the SDG Ambassadors and ActionAid will share reflections on NGO-social enterprise collaboration.The benefit of NGO-Social Enterprise collaboration is not a one-way street. This panel will also explore the ways in which NGOs can learn from social enterprises.

Moderator

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Benjamin Barnett

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Consultant, ActionAid

Panelists

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Stephen Maina

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CEO, Imara TV, SDG Ambassador

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Luke Muleka

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Founder and Managing Director, Signs TV, SDG Ambassador

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Grace Ngina Ndungu

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Operation and Partnerships at Mantle Africa, SDG Ambassador

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Sanne Meijboom

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CEO and Founder, I Like Local, SDG Ambassador.

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Mathias Kure

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SDG Ambassadors Program Manager, ActionAid

4&5 Dec

AFRICA CAFÉ - Conversations with Social Innovators

Session Brief:

Show case transformative models depicting the theme and sub themes of the summit for increased visibility of social innovations.

Exhibitors

  1. Making more health 
  2. Innovative Cooperating for the Optimization of Nutrition in Africa: (ICON)
  3. Kenya Climate Innovation Facility
  4. Shop- Soko
  5. British Council

Joseph Nkandu
Ashoka Fellow, Executive Director at NUCAFE

A practicing and professional social entrepreneur that has spearheaded empowerment of over 1.5 million Uganda smallholder coffee farmers in the profitable nodes of the coffee value chain increasing their household income by 250%. Joseph is compassionate leader who has created over 200 rural community based coffee farmers owned enterprises as associations and cooperatives that are business and impact oriented.

Joseph has founded and established two national social enterprises; NUCAFE as Uganda’s coffee industry largest employer and CURAD as Uganda’s largest agribusiness incubator.

Joseph is the innovator of the Farmer ownership model, a model he believes is already liberating farmers from inequality and poverty manifested in agricultural value chains.

Having organized farmers, Joseph successfully championed and influenced Government of Uganda to formulate the first ever Uganda’s National Coffee Policy, which supports farmers to own and add value to their coffee.

Joseph has also facilitated reforms in Makerere University curricula of BSc and MSC Agriculture Degree programs. Joseph is also currently facilitating curriculum reforms as chairman of the Uganda Martyrs University curriculum Review committee.

Joseph has received many national, regional and international awards; notable ones being (i) an Ashoka Fellow 2013, (ii) African Agricultural Role Model, 2013, (iii) Gold Medal winner as a Person of Global Compassion, (iv) Joseph has won NUCAFE many awards including; the National Investor of the Year Award 2016, (v) Best Africa Farmer Organization of the year 2016 in income diversity.

Joseph holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture from Makerere University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Catholic University of Milan, Italy.

Moses Anibaba
Regional Director - Sub Saharan Africa
British Council

Moses was appointed Regional Director (Group MD) for British Council’s operations in Sub Saharan Africa in July 2017.

Prior to this, he worked as Director Private Sector Partnership in Africa and the British Council’s global lead for partnerships with the extractive industry from January 2014.

Moses was Country Director Ghana from 2007 and later Cluster Lead West Africa in 2010.

Before his job in Ghana, Moses worked in Romania where he spent 3 years at the British Council first as Deputy Director, and later Director. Between 1999 and 2003, Moses worked in Greece and prior to this engagement worked in Zimbabwe between 1996 and 1999 including stints working on World Bank Projects in Central and Southern Africa.

He has also worked in South Africa (9 months between 1994 & 1995), Ukraine, Yemen and Turkey on shorter assignments and in London.

Moses posses a strong business background, holds an MBA from Durham University and is a fellow of ACCA UK. This is tingled with a strong interest in arts and the role culture plays in community development and cohesion and in breaking down barriers between people. Moses is committed to the empowerment and professional development of young people/professionals. He is a regular speaker at youth related conferences and board member of two organisations specialising entrepreneurship and youth training in Ghana.

Moses has worked extensively in the private sector over the last 17 years, past assignment and projects include SHELL, BP, Barclays, World bank, HESS, Anadarko, Vodafone, De Beers, GSK and TIGO – and many others. He was Director and global lead for the partnership with Tullow Oil since its inception in 2011. Moses is currently studying for an LLM in International Oil and Gas and Energy Law.

Moses was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2013 New Year’s honour list in recognition for the work in brokering partnership with corporate sector in Ghana and other parts of West Africa.

Pape Samb
Global Vice President
Ashoka

Pape Samb serves as the Global Vice President of Ashoka and Executive Director of Ashoka Africa. He is an Adjunct Professor and Executive in Residence at American University’ School of Public Affairs. He founded and serves as Chairman of the Global Youth Innovative Network (GYIN), a youth-run and led network of over 6,000 young leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and farmers in almost 100 countries. As an advocate for social innovation and youth initiatives, he frequently facilitated post-thematic Youth Consultations for the United Nations and international organizations.

Pape Samb is a social entrepreneur specialized in youth and women livelihoods, and social innovation. He has more than 20 years of experience in program and resource development, partnership building, entrepreneurship, strategic planning, training and facilitation, global leadership, and content management. He focuses his energy on educating underserved communities to create livelihoods and social innovation, particularly for women and youth around the world, helping them become self-sufficient and connecting them with the resources they need.

Samb holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Masters in Executive Leadership and Public Administration from American University in Washington, D.C.

Walid Badawi
Resident Representative
UNDP Kenya

Mr. Walid Badawi was appointed as the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kenya with effect from 4 June 2019.

Mr. Badawi has vast experience in UNDP with 26 years of progressively complex international development and leadership experience. Until his appointment, Mr. Badawi served as the United Nations Resident Representative ad interim for UNDP South Africa and prior to that UNDP Country Director, South Africa (2014 – 2019).

He began his career in UNDP as Programme Officer, UNDP Jakarta, Indonesia (1993 –1999); and Coordination Officer in the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator, UN/UNDP Cairo, Egypt (1999 – 2001). He held various positions in the Regional Bureau for Arab States between September (2001 – January 2007) last being the Chief of Staff and Senior policy Advisor to the Regional Bureau Director.

After that he served as Deputy Resident Representative (Programme), in UNDP Iraq, (based in Amman, Jordan) (January 2007 – March 2009). Subsequently he was appointed Deputy Director, Division of Resource Mobilization in UNDP’s Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) (March 2009 – January 2014).

Mr. Badawi holds a Masters degree in International Management (Finance and Marketing) from the American Graduate School of International Management, Thunderbird, Campus, Glendale, Arizona and a B.A from Fordham University in Economics.

Mr. Badawi is married and has three children.

Edward Mbucho Mungai
Chief Executive Officer
Kenya Climate Innovation Centre

Mr. Edward Mungai is the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) and the Lead consultant for Impact Africa Consulting Ltd.

He leads the team across focus areas and crafts unconventional strategies to drive innovation and entrepreneurship for sustainable development.

Mr. Mungai has a multifaceted background in business advisory, entrepreneurship, and investment management, having worked with the Danish International Investment Funds (IFU) as an Investment Manager in Copenhagen as well as in Africa where he was the head of the regional office for IFU.

Edward holds an Executive MBA as well as a Business Management degree from Moi University, Kenya. He has huge interest in corporate sustainability and has been involved in high level discussions of the topic across Africa and the USA. Edward is a 2016 Eisenhower Fellow and a published author of the book “Impact Investing in Africa” by Palgrave Macmillan.

Dr. Frank Aswani
CEO
Africa Venture Philanthropy Alliance

Dr. Aswani, who is a Kenyan national living in Johannesburg, holds a Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of Nairobi and an MBA from GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Studies), University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is also a certified Design Thinking and Design Sprints Practitioner.

Dr. Frank Aswani is the CEO of the newly established Africa Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA) and has extensive experience in both the private and social sectors.

Before joining AVPA Dr. Aswani held the position of VP and Director of Strategic Relations for six years at the African Leadership Academy (ALA) in Johannesburg, where he led ALA’s corporate partnerships, business development and fundraising activities.

Dr. Aswani also worked for Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) as the Regional Director for Africa and spent fourteen years with Eli Lilly where he worked in Kenya, England, Switzerland and South Africa. His last role at Eli Lilly was Sales Director for South Africa and Regional Director for Sub Sahara Africa.

Yvonne Ofosu
Investment Director Wangara Green Ventures

The visionary behind ColaLife that transformed access to the recommended diarrhoea treatment (ORS and Zinc) for children in Zambia. In 2017 he also instigated an effort to get co-packaged ORS and Zinc on the WHO Essential Medicines List (EML). This was achieved in Jul-19.

Currently working, through the Diarrhoea Innovations Group, to build on this global EML listing and speed up the adoption of this change by national governments. If all cases of diarrhoea received ORS and Zinc, mortality would be cut by 90% (saving more that 450,000 lives a year). This work will lead to an increased demand for ColaLife’s findings and learning from Zambia which ColaLife shares freely.

She has been a leader in the voluntary, private and public sectors. He has lived and worked in South America, the Caribbean, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and the UK. He graduated in Agriculture (BSc (Hons), Reading) and has a post graduate qualification in Tropical Animal Health (MSc, Edinburgh).

In 2015 she was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship of social entrepreneurs.

Clem Ugorji
Public Affairs & Communications Director for the West Africa Business Unit

Clem Ugorji is the Public Affairs & Communications Director for the West Africa Business Unit responsible for leading the Company’s sustainability agenda and stakeholder management to grow corporate trust and enable sustainable business growth.

Clem was previously the Public Affairs & Communications Director for Coca-Cola Nigeria Franchise. In this role, he successfully positioned Coca-Cola as an active citizen and one of the most respected companies in the country. An active advocate for B2B collaboration for social good, Clem led the formation of the Food & Beverage Recycling Alliance – a coalition of leading F&B companies to promote the recovery and recycling of packaging waste. He was also a leading member of the steering committee for the formation of the Nigerian Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Prior to joining Coca-Cola as Communications Manager for Nigeria and Equatorial Africa in 2006, Clem had more than ten years of management level experience in the Banking and ICT sectors with roles of increasing responsibility spanning Executive Support, Business Strategy, Brand Development and Corporate Communications.

Clem holds an honors degree in Political Science from the University of Abuja, Nigeria and a Master’s degree in International Relations & Strategic Studies.

Dr. Moka Lantum
Founder / CEO
SAGITARIX Ltd

Dr. Lantum is a physician, scientist, and social entrepreneur transforming health care in Africa’s resource-limited settings using m-/e-Health technologies and inclusive business models to improve access to care and medicines solutions.

He is also Managing Director of CheckUp Medical Clinics in Kenya and South Sudan. Dr. Lantum obtained his Doctor of Medicine training at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaoundé, Cameroon; a Diploma in Nutrition and International Child Health, from Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden; a Doctorate in Pharmacology, from the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York. He is a graduate of the Masters in Health Care Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is an Ashoka fellow and frequent featured guest speaker on social entrepreneurship.

He is recipient of numerous international awards, including the 2014 Sankalp Award, the 2013 and 2015 GSK-Save the Children Healthcare Innovation Award, and was nominated a Top-100 Global Thinker 2016 by Foreign Policy Magazine alongside Mark Zuckerberg & Hillary Clinton. 

Michael Sudrakasa
Africa Business Group CEO & Board Chair
Impact@Africa Network

Michael Sudarkasa is the Board Chair of Impact@Africa (www.impactatafrica.org), the pan-African impact investment ecosystem development network. He is also the CEO of Africa Business Group (ABG) (www.abghq.com), a South Africa based continentally active, African economic development company.

Founded in 2005, ABG focuses on three key areas: 1) economic and business development consulting, 2) agriculture and renewable energy/ energy efficiency project development, and 3) capacity development in the areas of private sector development and trade and investment facilitation – within Africa and between Africa and the global business community.

ABG’s sister company, Africa Business Energy (ABE) (www.africabusinessenergy.com), is the vehicle through which the group provides renewable energy and energy efficiency focused: a) training; b) advocacy; c) consulting and c) project design, development, and implementation.

ABE has a particular focus on providing renewable energy solutions for agribusiness and agriculture complex needs, and production, and pre- and post-harvest projects that involve processing, water and waste management, product transformation and value addition, and post-harvest loss reduction related projects.

For young-ish agripreneurs (aged 18-40), ABG also has designed and manages the Global African Agribusiness Accelerator Platform (www.gaaap.biz) as the company’s principal capacity development initiative.

An American commercial attorney by training, Michael has lived in South Africa since 1999 ; travelled, and worked in 50 countries around the world (including 35 in Africa), and is the author of several publications, including: The African Union Commission’s Africa Business Directory: Toward the Facilitation of Growth, Partnership and Global Inclusion (African Union, 2014), A Field Guide to Inclusive Business Finance (UNDP 2012) and Investing in Africa: An Insider’s Guide to the Ultimate Emerging Market (John Wiley & Sons, August 2000).

He is currently pursuing his doctorate degree at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, and he holds a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (High-Honors in History) and he received his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

Thomas Sales
Regional Private Sector Special Advisor
UNDP Regional Service Centre Africa

Tomas Sales is financial economist and emerging markets expert with over 25 years of experience in the public, private and development sector in Africa, Europe, Latin America, USA and Asia.

He began his professional career in government as a development diplomat and completed more than a decade of work in international economic cooperation both within bilateral and multilateral organizations. He gained experience as an Investment Specialist on Wall Street and as an executive for international companies, consulting firms and governments.

He is currently the Special Advisor on Private Sector and SDG Financing in the UNDP Finance Sector Hub. He is also the Vice Board Chair of Impact@Africa (www.impactatafrica.org), the pan-African impact investment ecosystem development network, and has been leading the Network’s conceptualisation, development and field

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Maryanne Ochola
East Africa Regional Chapter Manager for the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), The Aspen Institute

Maryanne is the Regional Chapter Manager for the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) in East Africa. 

She is an impact investment professional with experience supporting early stage social enterprises in seven African countries in investor readiness. She has also served as a Markets Advisor for Non-Profit Organizations in East Africa. Prior to that she spent nine years in commercial banking, including as a turnaround manager of a distressed SME portfolio. She is also a trained financial journalist passionate about fueling economic growth in Africa through data driven journalism.

Maryanne holds an MBA from IE Business School.

Dramane Coulibaly
Ashoka Fellow, Chairman board
ICON

Dramane Coulibaly : Chairman board of ICON and Ashoka Fellow from Burkina Faso.

Founding member of ICON (Innovative Cooperation for the Optimization of Nutrition in Africa launched by 16 Ashoka Fellows, spread over 9 countries in Africa launch a cooperative for the optimization of nutrition in Africa

Victoria Gathogo
Head of Partnerships and Community engagement
B Lab East Africa

Excited to grow the B movement in East Africa, working with diverse businesses and partners to drive business as a force for good in Africa.

Prior to this role, Victoria worked as operations and business development associate for Voice of the Family in Africa, to provide parental formational programs to the new generation of parents.

She also worked at BDO as an Audit Assistant in their East Africa office. Victoria holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from Audencia Business School, Nantes France and a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science from the University of Nairobi. She is also a Certified Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK

François Améguidé
Board Member
Impact@Africa

François Améguidé is a Board Member of Impact@Africa (www.impactatafrica.org), the pan-African impact investment ecosystem development network. Until recently, he has also been a Partner at GreenTec Capital and the head of the firm’s Africa Office in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was responsible for identifying and vetting new investments and implementing the firm’s strategy on-the-ground in Africa.

François Améguidé is a private equity and corporate finance veteran bringing more than 14 years’ investment experience and deal-making from many corners of the African continent. Most recently he held the role of Principal Private Equity at Coast2Coast Capital in South Africa, where he was responsible for sourcing and developing investment opportunities across Africa.

François holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). Currently, he is a doctoral candidate in Business Administration at the Maastricht School of Management.

François is very passionate about youth mentoring and leadership as well as the economic development of Africa. He is fluent in French and English.

Emanuele Santi
Fund Manager
Bamboo Capital

Emanuele Santi, is Fund Manager of the Agri-Business Capital Fund (ABC Fund) for Bamboo Capital Partners.

The ABC Fund is a blended finance vehicle providing loans and equity investments to high impact and commercially viable SMEs, farmers’ organizations, agri-preneurs and rural financial institutions.

Prior to joining Bamboo Capital Partners, Emanuele has worked for 15 years at World Bank and African Development Bank, where he has pioneered new program and instruments to support entrepreneurship and innovation, such as Souk Attanmia, the largest mobilization of partners to support social entrepreneurship in Tunisia in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, and Boost Africa, a blended finance vehicle enabling the market emergence of innovative forms of financing in the continent.

He also founded Afrilanthropy a platform connecting African social enterprises with wide variety of venture philanthropists, foundations and impact funds.

He holds a PHD in Development Studies from University of Trieste, MA in Economics from College of Europe in Bruges and a Harvard certificate on Public Financial Management.

Falaq Tijani
Manager at SAHEL Consulting

Falaq is a Manager at Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Limited.

She has worked with development organizations, private organizations and government agencies on strategic assessment and planning, market analysis, national and regional policy analysis and entry strategies to inform investments in the African Agricultural sector.

She has worked on the downstream and upstream sectors across various value chains focusing on several countries in West Africa including Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Niger and Nigeria.

Falaq holds a BSc in Business Economics (First Class Honors) from the Anglia Ruskin University, England. She is proficient in French and English.

Ngu H Morcho
Ashoka Fellow Three Arrows Impact Partner

Ngu has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare business development, strategic marketing, general management.

He is the founder of Yako Healthcare Holdings ltd (Yako), a medical technology solutions platform with a Pan-African focus. Yako Healthcare Holdings connects patients to doctors in the most efficient way possible to increase access and affordability to all people.

Prior to founding Yako, Ngu Morcho served as GM and Project Development Leader GE Healthcare for West & Central Africa.

Ngu also worked at AlphaDev LLC, a healthcare early-stage venture firm in Houston TX, and Pfizer, Inc as a senior hospital account manager.

Born & raised in Cameroon, Central Africa, Ngu Morcho holds an MBA from Rice University, Houston, TX and is also a veteran of the US Military, Navy branch.

He is married to Michelle and they have 3 sons.

Simon Manyara
Access to Healthcare Manager at Boehringer Ingelheim

Simon Manyara works with Boehringer Ingelheim sub-Saharan Africa as Access To Healthcare manager, where he is responsible for a variety of projects and initiatives aimed at addressing barriers to healthcare access.

As part of his responsibilities, Simon has oversight over Boehringer Ingelheim’s social business initiatives under the broader Making More Health (MMH) umbrella. Through MMH, Boehringer Ingelheim has partnered with Ashoka to co-create holistic and sustainable solutions to healthcare by working together with social entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Boehringer Ingelheim, Simon led the implementation of various projects focusing on access to medicines and affordable healthcare in rural western Kenya.

Simon holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Nairobi and a Master’s degree in Global Health from the University of Edinburgh. He is currently pursuing his MBA at the IE Business School. Simon is passionate about sustainable healthcare delivery and disruptive innovation.

Benjamin Barnett
Cosultant at ActionAid Denmark

Benjamin Barnett is a consultant working for ActionAid International Kenya on the SDG Ambassadors Program. In the SDG Ambassadors Program, ActionAid, and International NGO, work with 7 Social Enterprises from around Kenya to help them maximise their impact and help address the challenges they face.

Benjamin’s past experience spans the fields of social enterprise and NGOs. Before ActionAid, he worked as Head of Business Development and sustainable finance social enterprise ‘Util’, as well as ‘Openwell’, a Social Impact Investment Consultancy.

He is also currently studying for his MSc in Global Development from the University of Copenhagen.’