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Special Guests for Africa Business Forum – Jun 1st 2016 – Ethiopia

  • Yohannes Tilahun - Former CEO to General Electric (Ethiopia) and Adviser to the commissioner at Ethiopian Investment Commission.
  • Hirut Zemene Kassa 0 Director General , Business Diplomacy Directorate General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Federal Republic of Ethiopia.
  • Representatives from the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Finance and Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Industry, State Ministry for livestock, Tourism Organization, Federal Republic of Ethiopia.
  • Eissa Al-Sheebani - Executive Director, Ajman Free Zone in Dubai (UAE) representing His Excellency and the deputy director of Ajman Freezone (UAE Government).
  • H.E. Ambassador Philip Baker, Canadian Embassy in Ethiopia.
  • Matteo Pianca, First Secretary and Commercial Counselor, Embassy of Italy in Ethiopia.
  • Zulfikar Kilic - Commercial Counselor, Turkish Embassy in Ethiopia and Turkish companies.
  • Vijayakumar K - Commercial Counselor, Embassy of India in Ethiopia and Indian companies.
  • Mr Philippe Mores , Chargé d’affaires a.i. at the Embassy of Luxembourg in Ethiopia.
  • Craig Bridgman - Executive Chairman of East Africa Oil Field Services and Founder of Adamantine Energy (Kenya).
  • Mohamud Kasil Ali - Managing Director, Middle East, North East Africa & Pakistan, Covestro AG , Dubai (Germany's Bayer Pharmaceuticals $12.3 billion materials science division) (Germany).
  • James R Kanagwa - Country CEO at ECOBANK, world-class Pan-African bank (Ethiopia). 
  • Vipin Gupta - Commercial Manager, Essel Group Middle East, turnover of over 12 billion USD.
  • Joshy Ouseph - Deputy Commercial Manager, Essel Group Middle East, turnover of over 12 billion USD.
  • Connie Kefyalew - Public Relation and Marketig, Middletone GI Facility Management (Africa).
  • Rose Musau - CEO, Preferred Personal Africa
  • Hussian Bin Jama Al Ishaqi – Acting CEO, Oman Oil.
  • Dahir Hussein - Head of Finance - Ericsson Telecommunications (East Africa) World leading Telecoms company (Middle East).
  • Reuben Ahronee, CEO. Massida Group.
  • Serge Tiran, Massida Sarl logistics, Country Representative for Ethiopia.
  • Joachim Yebouet CEO, East African Tiger Brands Industries plc
  • Este-Hiwot Girma - Senior manager transaction advisory, services, Ernst & Young.
  • Mr Yilma Abebe, corporate relation manager, East African tiger brands industries Plc
  • Thomas Berry - East Africa Regional Manager, S-RM Risk Management Consultancy, UK.
  • Edao Wosho - General Manager, Edao Trading, Export of agro-commodities (Ethiopia).
  • Mohamed Ibrahim Yassin - CEO Daallo Airlines, National carrier of Republic of Djibouti.
  • Amjad Musa - General Manager, Construction Cities Group (Kuwait).
  • Saif Elyazal Mahgoub Mahmoud -General Manager, Automotive, OGS Group Middle East (UAE).
  • Saadet Karabulut - Africa Sales Head, Dogtas Furniture (Turkey).
  • Selvi Ugural - Africa Sales Manager, Dogtas Furniture (Turkey).
  • George Kabban - CEO, UIB (DIFC) Reinsurance Brokerage (UAE).
  • Osama Abdalla Gahalla - CEO, Automotive, OGS Group Middle East (UAE).
  • Hatim Awad - Director of Sales, Automotive, OGS Group Middle East (UAE).
  • Shajahan Thavodi - Head of Sales, Brand Folio (UAE).
  • Pennie Njeri - Sales Executive, Brand Folio (UAE).
  • Abdishu Hussien Wariyo - Partner & CEO, Dawista Industries.
  • Fhami Shakir - CEO and Chairman, Pathways Global (UAE).
  • Kazuhiro Suzuki - Ambasaador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of J, Embassy of Japan in Ethiopia (Japan).
  • And many more...
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Being from Nigeria I represent one of the fasting growing regions in the world in terms of GDP and growth. Great to see an Africa Business Forum, organised by Africans for Africans. This is truly becoming an important hub and now thanks to the forum, an important meeting place for Africans to connect.


I am the Deputy Consul General of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia in the UAE. It is great to support such a Pan-African platform. Myself and my team have made a lot of new contacts and new potential business leads interested in investing in East Africa.


Addleshaw Goddard (Middle East & Africa) LLP. Leading International Law Firm. Part of a business-led Africa initiative chaired by the UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment and backed by UK Prime Minister, David Cameron.


I represent the Dubai Government Export Agency towards Africa. It is very important to support and enhance the trade links between Dubai and the rest of Africa. Africa is becoming one of the most important re-export markets for the UAE and also a base for many Africans looking to do business Globally.


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