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5th Africa Business Forum – 01 Mar 2017 @Sheraton Hotel, Ethiopia

5th Africa Business Forum – 01 Mar 2017 at the 5-star venue, the Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, East Africa.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to an Exclusive Business Event on Wednesday 01 Mar 2017 at the 5-star venue, the Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, East Africa. The conference has become one of the most important bi-annual gatherings in Africa and the Middle East. The event is held under the Patronage of Saudi Sheikh Mohammed Al Amoudi. One of the largest investors in Africa, Forbes ranked billionaire and Ethiopia’s biggest employer. Join Africa’s largest network of CEO’s.

The Africa Business Forum focuses on offering international companies considerable opportunities to enter and become successful in one of the fastest growing economies in the world in the areas of – Finance & Capital Investment, ICT, Agriculture & Mining, Power & Energy, Consumer Goods & General Trade, Logistics & Aviation, Infrastructure, Tourism, Hospitality & Real Estate, Manufacturing and all related industries. 

The event provides a unique platform to showcase the latest products and services to the booming African markets. Register and participate to access key business professionals, CEO’s, Entrepreneurs, Government officials, Exporters, Buyers and Sellers. Our aim is to strengthen ties between the business world and one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest-growing regions. Creating partnerships that will promote trade, accelerate job growth, and encourage investment. An opportunity to maximize market share by building connections with African customers and partners.

AfricaBusinessForum.com is home to a global community of 10,000+ professionals, 20,000+ international companies, 60,000+ social media followers and 10 million website visitors. Connect, network and meet with the right people to make your business grow in Africa. We also encourage you to become a member of our business community on www.AfricaGlobalTrade.com.

Visit AfricaBusinessForum.com to register online. No tickets available at the venue. Limited seats available, register early to avoid disappointment. Email contact@africabf.com or call +97145147386 (Dubai), +251935402526 (Addis Ababa) or +442081440159 (London) for more information or for speaker enquiries. Refreshments and food will be provided.

Conference Brochure can be downloaded here: Africa Business Forum 01 March 2017 Brochure.

Official Airline Partner Emirates Airline: For special discounts for GCC passengers, see the following link: Emirates exclusive offer for Africa Business Forum

Program for Wednesday 01 March 2017 – Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, East Africa:

Special Guests:

  • Fitsum Arega – Director General of the Ethiopian Investment Commission – Ethiopia Government.
  • Belachew Fikre, PhD – Deputy Commissioner – Ethiopian Investment Commission – Ethiopia Government.
  • Mohamad Saeed Al Raqbani – General Manager at Dubai investments Industries, a subsidiary of Dubai Investments. (UAE)
  • Zemedeneh Negatu – Founder of EY (Ernest & Young) Ethiopia and Global Chairman of Fairfax Africa Fund, LLC (U.S.), and among “The Top 15 CEOs of Africa to watch in 2015″ by the London-based African Business magazine. Fairfax is a $200 million U.S. based investment firm which invests in high growth emerging markets especially Africa.
  • Yohannes Tilahun – Former CEO to General Electric (Ethiopia) and Adviser to the commissioner at Ethiopian Investment Commission.
  • Hussain Bin Jama Al Ishaqi – Acting CEO of Oman Oil. (Oman)
  • John Small – Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Africa Association (UK)
  • H.E. Mr. Andreas Gaarder – Ambassador, Norway Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Norway)
  • H.E. Mr. Fatih Ulusoy –  Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to AU. (Turkey)
  • H.E. Catherine Mwangi – Ambassador , Kenya Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Kenya)
  • H.E. Naimi S.H. Aziz – Ambassador, Tanzania Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Tanzania)
  • Mohamud Kasil – General Manager, Covestro Middle East (formerly Bayer’s $12.3 billion materials science division). (UAE)
  • Craig Bridgman – Former Global Head of Investment Banking for Clarkson Capital Markets, currently Executive Chairman of East Africa Oil Field Services and Founder of Adamantine Energy and who sits on a number of advisory boards. (Canada)
  • Rob Withagen – Managing Director & Co Founder – Asoko Insight. (UK)
  • Zekarias Amsalu – Director, Ethiopia Operations – Asoko Insight. (Ethiopia)
  • Jari Matero – Senior Investment Manager at Finnfund. (Finland)
  • Gianluigi Esposito – Managing Partner – AEM Carnelutti Law. (Italy/US)
  • Mohamoud Dualeh – Head of Products at Alizz islamic bank (Oman).
  • Seyoum Bereded – CEO Consopia Consulting Services and President of the ICT Association of Ethiopia.
  • Attorney N. Jude (Jay) Menes – President, Meneslaw Konsult & Europlaw. (USA)
  • Olatorera Oniru – Entrepreneur & CEO of Dressmeoutlet.com. (Nigeria)
  • Joachim Yebouet – Chief Executive Officer – East African Tiger Brands Industries.
  • Sjors Jansen – Managing Partner – ATRAXX Capital Partners. (Netherlands)
  • Sean Keough – Managing Director – Ethiopia Investments. (Ethiopia)
  • Vijaykumar Muthukrishnan – Export Manager – Oman Oil Marketing Company. (Oman)
  • Yamini Virani – Founder – Celebrus Business Strategies. (USA)
  • Rachel Griffith – Business Development – Celebrus Business Strategies. (USA)
  • And many more…

09.00 – 9.30 Arrival & registration of event participants.

09.30 – 10.00 Welcome address and opening.

  • Ministerial and Governmental keynote address – Fitsum Arega – Director General of the Ethiopian Investment Commission – Ethiopia Government.
  • Keynote Speaker – Zemedeneh Negatu – Country Managing Partner for EY (Ernest & Young) Ethiopia, and among “The Top 15 CEOs of Africa to watch in 2015″ by the London-based African Business magazine.
  • Welcome by Rashed Y Ahmed – Founder & Chairman of Africa Business Forum and Young African Entrepreneur 2016.

10.00 – 10.45 Business Leaders Panel Session 1- Finance and Capital Investment opportunities in Africa.

The efficiency and sophistication of the development of the industrialization within Africa will be critical to sustaining economic development and growth in the region. Hear personal insights from leading financial services professionals and businessmen with interests and investments in Africa to learn about how the financial services industry has evolved and the direction in which it is heading optimize the investment opportunities in Africa.

  • Belachew Fikre, PhD – Deputy Commissioner – Ethiopian Investment Commission.
  • Mr Yohannes Tilahun – Former CEO to General Electric (Ethiopia) and Adviser to the commissioner at Ethiopian Investment Commission.
  • John Small – CEO, The Eastern Africa Association.
  • Craig Bridgman – Former Global Head of Investment Banking for Clarkson Capital Markets, currently Executive Chairman of East Africa Oil Field Services and Founder of Adamantine Energy and who sits on a number of advisory boards. Specialist in bringing international investment to African projects, SME’s and businesses.
  • More panelists to be announced shortly.

10.45 – 11.00 Morning networking coffee break.

11.00 – 11.45 Business Leaders Panel Session 2 – Agriculture, Energy, Manufacturing, Mining and Livestock opportunities in Africa.

What are the existing and future opportunities in Africa? What’s next for Africa? The aim of this section is to analyze Natural Resource Exports driving Africa’s Growth to 2020 and beyond

  • Hussain Bin Jama Al Ishaqi – Acting CEO of Oman Oil (Oman).
  • Craig Bridgman – Executive Chairman of East Africa Oil Field Services and Founder of Adamantine Energy (Kenya).
  • Mohamoud Dualeh – Head of Products at Alizz islamic bank (Oman).
  • Jari Matero – Senior Investment Manager at Finnfund.
  • More panelists to be announced shortly.

11.45 – 12.00 Business to Business Networking Meetings.

12.00 – 14.00 Business to Business networking and lunch. Industry specific Face to Face meetings.

  • In order to facilitate additional networking opportunities at the Africa Business Forum, we are making space available during the conference for participants to network with other businessmen and women from the same sectors.  These sessions are usually highly interactive, informal and informative addressing key interests and issues.

14.00 – 14.45 Business Leaders Panel Session 3 – IT, Telecom and Infrastructure opportunities in Africa

Bridging the infrastructure gap is essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. This forum will allow for a greater range of voices as we bridge infrastructure and capacity gaps, particularly in challenging environments. Furthermore, it will highlight opportunities for investment and cooperation that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable.

  • Mr. Gianluigi Esposito – Managing Partner for AEM Carnelutti Law.
  • More panelists to be announced shortly.

14.45 – 15.15 ABF 2017 Partner Awards presentations.

15.15 – 16.30 Business to Business Networking Meetings over afternoon coffee and Closing.

  • In order to facilitate additional networking opportunities at the Africa Business Forum, we are making space available during the conference for participants to network with others businessmen and women from the same sectors. These sessions are usually highly interactive, informal and informative addressing key interests and issues.

20.00 Black-tie Evening Reception at the Sheraton Hotel.

Special Guests that attended on 01 June 2016 (200+ attendees):

  • Yohannes Tilahun – Former CEO to General Electric (Ethiopia) and Adviser to the commissioner at Ethiopian Investment Commission.
  • Hirut Zemene Kassa – Director General , Business Diplomacy Directorate General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Federal Republic of Ethiopia.
  • Zemedeneh Negatu –  Country Managing Partner for Ernest & Young Ethiopia, and among “The Top 50 CEOs of Africa to watch in 2015″ by the London-based African Business magazine.
  • 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 Free zone (UAE Government).
  • H.E. Kazuhiro Suzuki – Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of J, Embassy of Japan in Ethiopia (Government/Public Sector) – Japan.
  • 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 (Government).
  • Vijayakumar Kizhapate – First Secretary, Embassy of India, Addis Ababa, (Government/Public Sector) – India.
  • Mr Philippe Mores , Chargé D’affairs at the Embassy of Luxembourg in Ethiopia.
  • Craig Bridgman – Executive Chairman of East Africa Oil Field Services and Founder of Adamantine Energy (Energy / Infrastructure) – Kenya & Dubai.
  • Mohamud Kasil Ali – Managing Director, Middle East, North East Africa & Pakistan, Covestro AG , Dubai (Germany’s Bayer Pharmaceuticals $12.3 billion materials science division) (Material Science) – Germany.
  • James R Kanagwa – Country CEO at ECOBANK, world-class Pan-African bank (Financial/Banking) – Ethiopia. 
  • Vipin Gupta – Commercial Manager, Essel Group Middle East, turnover of over 12 billion USD (Oil & Gas, Mining & Trading) – Africa.
  • H.E. Fatih Ulusoy – Ambassador, Turkish Embassy, Addis Ababa, (Government) – Turkey.
  • Ahmed Badr – First Secretary, Egypt Embassy – Commercial Office in Addis Ababa, (Government) – Egypt.
  • Waleed Elzomor – Commercial Counsellor – Egypt Embassy – Commercial Office in Addis Ababa, (Government) – Egypt.
  • Marina Abie – Deputy Head of the Economic Department, Embassy of France in Ethiopia and to the African Union (Government) – France.
  • Ghazi Abdulla Binashar Almahri – Ambassador and Representative to AU, Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Addis Ababa, (Government) – UAE.
  • Joshy Ouseph – Deputy Commercial Manager, Essel Group Middle East, turnover of over 12 billion USD (Oil & Gas, Mining & Trading) – Africa.
  • Rose Musau – CEO, Preferred Personal Africa (Human Resources) – Kenya
  • Abdulhakim Mohamoud – Advisor, Abu Dhabi Education Council, (Government) – UAE.
  • Meaza Ashanafi – Founder / CEO, ENAT Bank, (Financial Services) -Ethiopia.
  • Eiman Musa – Second Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Sudan, (Government) – Sudan.
  • Egziael Buzuayehu – CEO, East African Real Estate Development, (Real Estate) – Ethiopia.
  • Birberssa Demise – Audit Partner, ASGB Partners, (Accounting/Auditing) – Ethiopia.
  • Girma Afework – Managing Director, Gate Pro Engineering PLC, (Metal Manufacturing) – Ethiopia.
  • Munir Duri – CEO, Kifiya Financial Technology, (Digital Financial Services) – Ethiopia.
  • Mayur Kothari – CEO, Mohan International PLC, (Manufacturing)- Ethiopia.
  • Isaias Lemma – Business Development Manager, The Twins PLC, (Manufacturing) – Ethiopia.
  • Benyam Bisrat – Managing Director, Jupiter Business Group, (Hospitality) – Ethiopia.
  • Gizeshwork Tessema – Managing Director, GIZE PLC, (Transportation and Logistics Services) – Ethiopia.
  • Sanches Diamantino – CEO, Clear Global, (Consulting) – UAE.
  • Henok Assefa – Managing Partner, Precise Consult International PLCF, (Management Consulting) – Ethiopia.
  • Senait Okbaghebreil – Business Development Executive, Arabian Security, (Electronic Security System) – UAE.
  • Seyoum Bereded-Samuel – President of the ICT Association – Ethiopia.
  • Sam Rosmarin – Independent Consultant, African Development Bank, (Finance and Development) – Ethiopia.
  • Ruth Dresselgn – Key Account Manager, Julfar (Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries), (Pharmaceutical) – Ethiopia.
  • Yonas Teka – CEO, i-Globe Production, (Technology) – Ethiopia.
  • Dawit Yoseph – President, Triple A Advertising, (Marketing) – Ethiopia.
  • Fesseha Takele – General Manager, Tahses ICT & Consultancy PLC, (ICT & Technology) – Ethiopia.
  • Yasmin Abdulwassie Abubeker – Head of Innovation and Programme Development, Farm Africa, (Development) – United Kingdom.
  • Beatrice Merian Muliahela – Project Coordinator, Farm Africa, (Development) – United Kingdom.
  • Omer Bomba Mohammed – Managing Partner, Veritas Ethiopia, (Consultancy) – Ethiopia.
  • Zeco Kassim – General Manager, Anchor, (Milk Processing) – New Zealand.
  • Gebresealasse Haile – General Manager, FMG Consultancy, (Trade and Investment) – Ethiopia.
  • Getu Adamu – Owner and General manager, Yakla Milk, (Agro Processing) – Ethiopia.
  • Roman Tesfaye – Consultant, Veritas, (Ethiopia)
  • Hussian Bin Jama Al Ishaqi – Acting CEO, Oman Oil.
  • Dahir Hussein – Head of Finance – Ericsson Telecommunications (East Africa) World leading Telecoms company (ICT) – Middle East.
  • Reuben Ahronee, CEO. Massida Group, (Logistics) – Djibouti.
  • Serge Tiran, Massida Sarl logistics, Country Representative for Ethiopia (Logistics) – Ethiopia.
  • Joachim Yebouet – CEO, East African Tiger Brands Industries plc (Manufacturing) – Ethiopia.
  • Etse-Hiwot Girma – Senior Manager Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young (EY) Ethiopia, (Professional Services) -Ethiopia.
  • Mr Yilma Abebe, corporate relation manager, East African tiger brands industries Plc (Manufacturing Sector) – Ethiopia.
  • 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 (Chemical Construction) – Kuwait.
  • Saif Elyazal Mahgoub Mahmoud -General Manager, Automotive, OGS Group Middle East (General Trading) – UAE.
  • Saadet Karabulut – Africa Sales Head, Dogtas Furniture (Furniture) – Turkey.
  • Selvi Ugural – Africa Sales Manager, Dogtas Furniture (Furniture) – Turkey.
  • George Kabban – CEO, UIB (DIFC) (Reinsurance Brokerage) – UAE.
  • Osama Abdalla Gahalla – CEO, Automotive, OGS Group Middle East (General Trading) – UAE.
  • Hatim Awad – Director of Sales, Automotive, OGS Group Middle East (General Trading) – UAE.
  • Shajahan Thavodi – Head of Sales, Brand Folio (International Distribut0r) – UAE.
  • Pennie Njeri – Sales Executive, Brand Folio (International Distribut0r) – UAE.
  • Abdishu Hussien Wariyo – Partner & CEO, Dawista Industries (Manufacturing Sector) – Ethiopia.
  • Fhami Shakir – CEO and Chairman, Pathways Global (Investment) – UAE.
  • Connie Kefyalew – Public Relation and Marketig, Middletone GI Facility Management (Sustainable Housing) – Africa.
  • Asfaw Zeferetsion – General Manager, Azhme PLC, (Ethiopia)
  • Hamdi Ali – General Manager, Izmen General Trading, (Ethiopia)
  • Philippe Delaunay – Managing Director, The Source, (Automotive & Electrical) – West Africa.
  • Abdulhamid Zaidy – CEO, Araek Industrial PLC, (Manufacturing and Trading) – Ethiopia.
  • Kiros Teklu – General Manager, EKT Import and Export, -Ethiopia.
  • Ambassador Tawfik Abdullahi – Advisor to Board, Yapi Merkezi Insaat ve Sanayi A.S Ethiopia Branch (Construction) – Ethiopia.
  • Murat Ocal – Regional Financial Affairs Manager, Yapi Merkezi Insaat ve Sanayi A.S Ethiopia Branch, Construction) – Ethiopia.
  • Murat Koksal – East Africa Regional Manager, Yapi Merkezi Insaat ve Senayi A.S Ethiopia, (Construction) – Ethiopia.
  • Woldeleul Kassa – Managing Director, IVM (Ethiopia)
  • Bahrnegash Bellete – Director of External Relations, Greener Ethiopia, (Ethiopia)
  • Mizanekristos Yohannes – Managing Director, Greener Services PLC (Urban Development) – Ethiopia.
  • Alula Soloman – General Manager, NMC, (Ethiopia)
  • Nebiat Gessesse – Commercial Manager, NMC (Ethiopia)
  • Tetyanet Tesfaye – Finance & Admin Director, NMC (Ethiopia)
  • Melat Tilahun – Communication, NMC, (Ethiopia)
  • Abdulkarim Badri – Owner/Managing Director, PETRAM PLC, (Manufacturing, Distribution, Import) – Ethiopia.
  • Abete Getaneh – Director for R&D, MOWIE, (Ethiopia)
  • Birhane Gebre – CEO, Hari Consult (Ethiopia)
  • Shimeles Yigezu – Consultant, Al-Sulaiteen Ltd., (Ethiopia)
  • Mohammad Bedri – General Director, Faffa Food Share Company, (Food Processing) – Ethiopia.
  • Biniyam Alem – Senior Consultant &Deputy Manager, G-Two Investment & Environmental Consulting PLC, (Consultancy) – Ethiopia.
  • Selvi Sinem Ugural – Area Sales Manaer / Africa, Dogtas Kelebek Furniture Company, (Furniture) – Turkey
  • Bazgenawork Woldemedhin – Director Trade Fair & Event Directorate, ECCSA, (Event Management) – Ethiopia.
  • Samuel Legesse – CEO, Universal Technology Solutions, (Technology) – USA.
  • Ahmed Abderuf – Vice Board of Chairman, General Trading Tour & Travel Car Assembly Plant, (Real Estate) – Ethiopia.
  • Wen Tian – Country Representative, C.G.C.O.C, (Construction) – China
  • Captain Desalegne Mebrate – Owner & Manager, Evana Engineering PLC, (Agro Processing) – Ethiopia.
  • Alemu Bade – Power Manager, Eureka, (Ethiopia)
  • Hailu Abebe – CEO, Hillmark Consult, (Ethiopia)
  • Addis Alemayehi – Manager, Impress Hotel, (Ethiopia)
  • Solomon Afework – ECCSA President, ECCSA, (Ethiopia)
  • Abebaw Mekonene – ECCSA Vice President, ECCSA (Ethiopia)
  • Ashenafi Feleke – ECCSA Board Member, ECCSA, (Ethiopia)
  • Asefa Alamrew – ECCSA Board Member, ECCSA, (Ethiopia)
  • Daniel Kassahun – ECCSA Board Member, ECCSA, (Ethiopia)
  • Mamit Melka – ECCSA Board Member, ECCSA, (Ethiopia)
  • Gezahegn Erbeto – ECCSA Board Member, ECCSA, (Ethiopia)
  • Almaz Zergaw – ECCSA Board Member, ECCSA, (Ethiopia)
  • Debebe Abebe – ECCSA Board Member, ECCSA, (Ethiopia)
  • Biniyam Mesgena – ECCSA Board Member, ECCSA, (Ethiopia)
  • Jara Semmae – ECCSA Board Member, ECCSA, (Ethiopia)
  • Wubie Meengistu – ECCSA Board Member, ECCSA, (Ethiopia)
  • Ambaye Tesfaye – General Manager / Co-Founder, ETTA Solutions PLC, (Ethiopia)
  • Adham Bedri – Managing, Maaza Ethiopia, (Beverage) -Ethiopia.
  • Awol Shifa – ECCSA Board Member, ECCSA, (Ethiopia)
  • Feyisa Ararssa – ECCSA Board Member, ECCSA, (Ethiopia)
  • Kenenia Dekekiso -ECCSA Board Member, ECCSA, (Ethiopia)
  • Asmamaw Mulualem – Marubeni Corporation, (Industry, Power & Machinery) – Japan.
  • And many more…

 

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