Thomson Reuters Africa Summit

Day One – 13 October 2016

08:00 - 08:30 - Registration


08:30 - 08:50 - Opening & Welcome

Sneha Shah, Managing Director for Africa: Thomson Reuters

08:50 - 09:00 - Opening & Introduction

Axel Threlfall, Editor at Large- Reuters

9:00 - 9:45 - Panel: Building the Foundation for Africa’s Success

Moderated by Bronwyn Nielsen from CNBC Africa

  • What pieces of the puzzle must government provide in order to allow for Economic growth and development?
  • What are the requisite legislative and regulatory building blocks to unlock long-term and inclusive economic development?
  • What impediments are there to reform, and how can these impediments be overcome?
  • Rule of law, land rights and tax

Dr. Jacqueline Chimhanzi, Senior Strategist: IDC
Edward Kieswetter, President: Da Vinci Institute & Businessman ( Ex- Group Chief Executive Alexander Forbes Holdings)
Francois Conradie, Head of Research: NKC
Sneha Shah- Managing Director- Thomson Reuters



10:15 - 10:30 - Comfort Break: Tea & Coffee


10:30 - 11:15 - Analysis: Africa in today’s Global Context

Moderated by Bronwyn Nielsen from CNBC Africa

  • The fundamentals: What are they, and how will it impact Africa?
  • The global macroeconomic context: slowing China, stagnant Europe, resurgent US, the end of the commodity super-cycle, impact of Brexit on SSA and the ebb and flow of QE
  • The coming demographic divide, and what this means for Africa. Comparison to South America.
  • What can African leaders do?

George Glynos – Managing Director at ETM Analytics
Jeff Gable - Head of Research- Barclays Africa
Ronak Gopaldas – Head of Country Risk, RMB
Gonzalo Lissarrague – President, Global Growth Organization, Thomson Reuters

11:15 - 12:00 - Panel: Is Africa moving away from its dependence on commodities?

Moderated by Ed Stoddard- Senior Correspondent, Reuters News

The challenges and opportunities by the end of the commodity boom:
•What opportunities does the shift away from commodities represent?
• How can commodity-dependent economies escape the resource curse?

Robert Fish- Head of Market Development- Commodities, Thomson Reuters
Shawn Duthie- Analyst, Africa Risk
Jessica van Onselen, Director of JvO Consulting.
Hubert Danso, CEO- African Investor

12:00 – 12:45 - Lunch break


12:45 - 13:50 - Interactive Workshop: Doing Business Across Borders in Africa

  • Overcoming the challenges and barriers (regulation, risk, supply chains, capital markets)
  • What must be done to unlock opportunities of doing business across borders in Africa?
  • How do we drive regional integration across the continent?
  • Supply chain corridors and achieving efficiencies when crossing boarders
  • Cross boarder payment transactions, the current challenges and upcoming innovations
  • What are regional best practices?
  • The role of capital markets in enabling cross boarder business
  • Overcoming the logistical and infrastructural challenges of cross

Geoffrey White-CEO at Agility
Hugo Smit, Head of Sub Sahara Africa, SWIFT
Hala Bou Alwan - Head of Risk Market Development, GGO, Thomson Reuters
Dermot Gaffney- Head of Tax Markets at KPMG South Africa
Carlos Teixeira,Head-Corporate Banking, Misys

13:50 - 14:00 - TED style talk Topic: Mitigating the risks of Trading in Africa

Speakers: Hala Bou Alwan, Head of Risk Market Development, GGO, Thomson Reuters

14:00 – 14:30 - Nigeria Untold Stories, Unleashing Potential

Moderator: Axel Threlfall, Editor at Large: Reuters

  • Taking stock: how far has Nigeria come, and how far can it go?
  • What are governments and businesses doing to create and grab opportunity?
  • What are the untold stories? Moving away from oil dependence, internally generated revenue, ease of doing business, infrastructure solutions, innovation

Bola Onadele. Koko , CEO- FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange
Hasnen Varawalla - Head of Corporate Finance, Barclays Africa.
Ed Cropley, Bureau Chief for Sub Sahara Africa- Reuters News
Suresh Chaytoo, President, S A-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce
David Marsh, Managing Director- OMFIF

14:30 – 15:15 - TED Style Talks– African Bright Spots

What are the success stories from Africa? How did they make these happen? Learn from three successful leaders on their journey to success, and what they see as the next set of opportunities

Rob Withagen, Founder, Managing Director , Asoko Insight
Saki Zamxaka, CEO of the GGDA (Gauteng Growth and Development Agency)

15:15 – 15:30 - Comfort Break


15:30 - 16:15 - Panel: Middle East Investing into Africa

Moderator: Axel Threlfall, Editor at Large: Reuters

An Economic boom in the middle East has resulted in Arab Investors spreading their investments to north and sub- Saharan Africa in search of the high returns that are becoming harder to find in saturated western markets

Badr Al Olama, CEO, Strata
Mustafa Abdel-Wadood, Partner Abraaj

16:15 – 16:45 - Panel: Ted Style Talk: The Global Investors view on Emerging Markets

  • What is the view from London, NYC and China on Africa’s emerging frontier markets
  • How do the opportunities in Africa compare to those in emerging markets?
  • What are the top things Africa economies can do to attract more capital?

Colin Coleman- Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

16:45 – 17:00 - Economic Update: South Africa’s Economic Outlook

Konrad Reuss, S&P Global: South Africa’s Sovereign Rating

17:00 - 17:10 - Day 1 Wrap Up

Sneha Shah, Managing Director for Africa: Thomson Reuters

20:00 - Thomson Africa Summit Opening Party



Day Two – 14 October 2016

08:00- 08:30 - Registration


08:30 - 09:00 - Opening and Recap ( Convene Poll)

Axel Threlfall

09:00 – 9:25 - Keynote: Financial Revolution

David Craig, President for Financial & Risk: Thomson Reuters

9:25 - 9:30 - Lipper Awards

David Craig, President for Financial & Risk: Thomson Reuters

9:30 - 10:00 - Keynote: Investment into Africa from a US perspective- what does Africa need to differently to attract more

Scott Eisner, President, U.S. - Africa Business Center – US Chamber

10:00 - 10:45 - CEO and Advisor insight: What is keeping Africa’s business leaders up at night

Moderator: Euvin Naidoo, Partner & MD, BSG

  • Is the increasing burden of global regulation a concern for institutions operating and growing in Africa?
  • Which tax, legal, risk and compliance regulations are causing the greatest concern? 
  • How institutions are adapting to the increasing burden of compliance
  • Where are the exciting investment opportunities and how can business move faster in this environment?
  • Lessons learnt from operating businesses and advisors, and how to apply these lessons to new operations

Geoffrey White CEO Agility
Colin Coleman MD, Goldman Sachs
Garth Klintworth, Head of Markets- Barclays Africa
David Tarimo, Director PWC Tanzania
Salim Dewji, MD, PowerTrack Africa

10:45 - 11:30 - Comfort Break


11:00 - 11:45 - Panel: Comply or Explain: Is Supply Chain Risk and Transparency the New Regulation?

Moderator: Warrick Beaver , Managing Director – Thomson Reuters

  • Corporations and financial institutions are increasingly facing a range of pressures outside pure regulation to understand, monitor and manage risks among their third parties and suppliers. Why is this happening and how is it being addressed?
  • What is the different between regulatory and reputational risk.  Why are we seeing this movement in approach and how should companies manage these risks?
  • Transparency of environmental, governance and social risks decreases the further down the network of vendors and suppliers you go. What are the lasting effects of non-compliance and how do financial institutions and corporations avoid these pitfalls?
  • Are companies that truly understand their supply chain better placed to improve risk management and meet stated business and sustainability objectives?
  • What opportunities does this present to unlock Africa’s potential?
  • Awareness of regulatory changes that happen in real time are vital, but how can technology and intelligent data aid in reacting effectively to other risks including consumer attitudes and social media feeling?
  • What role do consumers and investors in Africa have to play in driving this agenda?

Mary-Jane Ncube, Executive Director- Transparency International Zimabwe
Malungelo Zilimbola- Chief Investment Officer, Mazi Capital
Du Toit Botes, MD, Brand Identity

11:45 - 12:30 - Doing Things Differently: Case Study: Innovation in KYC

Moderator: Steve Pulley, Managing Director for ORG ID at Thomson Reuters

  • Utility launched in South Africa with 3x key banking partners to simplify and accelerate client on-boarding – 1st country level model globally
  • How did the banks work with Thomson Reuters to turn a problem into an opportunity / solution?
  • How can this scale across Africa?

Neil Pryce, Client Engagement COO, Barclays Africa Corporate and Investment Bank
Gary Haylett -General Manager Strategic Projects, Prudential Division, The Banking Association South Africa
Sibusiso Ngubeni, Head: Client Data, Standard Bank Group

12:30 - 13:00 - Streams - Doing things differently

Stream I: Creative ways of Raising Capital
• The role of the DFI’s
• Large investors, and investor relations
• The role of private equity
• The African corporate bond market

Erika van der Merwe, CEO: SAVCA
David Renwick, Managing Principal, Head of Global Finance at ABSA Capital.
Lloyd West, Director, The Abraaj Group
Greg Cohen, Founder & Director, Asoko Insight

Stream II: Doing things differently: Financial inclusion as a business opportunity
Moderator: Saidah Nash- Carter- Head of Innovation for Africa at Thomson

• How can Africa leapfrog more developed economies using new Fintech models?
• What success stories are out there?
• What is needed to scale?
• What is the size of the unbanked opportunity – individuals & SMEs
• What roles are traditional banks playing to tap into the un/under banked opportunity?
• How can banks evolve practices to be more inclusive?
• Africa is not a country. What are the different dimensions of financial inclusion from market to market?
• What is banking really, and what does it mean in a truly fintech enabled environment?
• Why are people excluded? What solutions are connecting with them and why?
• Why some people don’t trust banks and what can be done to build trust with new solutions?

Peter Alkema - CIO, FNB
Shirley Gilbey – Head of Commercialization, Barclays Open Innovation
Peris Bosire – CEO & CoFounder, FarmDrive
Ian Merrington, CEO of theCiTi and Bandwidth Barn

13:00 - 13:30 - Doing things differently: How are African Exchanges evolving to remain relevant

Moderator: Donna M. Nemer - Director of Capital Markets- JSE

  • African exchange diversification and what to expect for the rest of 2016
  • What is the potential impact of technology e.g. digital revolution, mobile phone trading, block chain, innovation?
  • What are the opportunities created by disruption?
  • What does the future of exchanges look like in Africa? Simple, low-cost and solving for financial inclusion
  • African Exchange Megatrends – derivatives, ETF’s

Bola Onadele. Koko – CEO FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange
Farzam Ehsani, Blockchain @RMB Foundery
Andrew Gillespie, Head Futures at Tradition Futures
Graham Sinclair, Director, Investor Program, Ceres, Inc.

13:30 - 14:00 - Keynote: The 4th Industrial Revolution – Unlocking Unique Technology Business Models in Africa

Pieter Geldenhuys, Founder & Director of the Institute for Technology Strategy & Innovation

14:00 - 14:30 - Close of Summit & Prize Giving

Axel Threlfall/ Sneha Shah

14:30 - 15:00 - Networking Finger Lunch


14:30 - Shuttle Departs to Thomson Reuters Innovation Lab


15:00 – 17:30 - Opening & Celebration of Thomson Reuters Innovation Lab


17:30 - 18:00 - Shuttle Returns to Westin Hotel




Our Sponsors



For further information, please contact Murendeni Mulaudzi, Johannesburg, South Africa on email



VVIP Programme
Receive an exclusive experience at Africa Summit that includes premium airport transfers, priority event registration and seating status, VVIP lounge access, guided tours through the show floor demonstrations area, personalised executive meeting facilitations and an invitation to attend a special information session with David Craig, President of Financial and Risk for Thomson Reuters and Sneha Shah, Managing Director for Thomson Reuters in Africa.

Network And Meeting Centre
A central place in which to address your business needs and engage in personalised executive discussions.

Show Floor Demonstrations
Visit the event sponsors on the show floor at Africa Summit to experience useful product and solution demonstrations as well as expert advice on growing your business.

Africa Summit Cocktail Party
A cheese and wine tasting cocktail function, showcasing a photo exhibition by Thomson Reuters entitled ‘Africa’s power’ and offering local entertainment artists.

Africa Summit After Party
Enjoy prime networking and relationship building with peers and influential thought leaders in a relaxed environment.


Thomson Reuters Convene 3.0

Travel light and travel smoothly when you attend the 5th Annual Thomson Reuters Africa Summit. Thomson Reuters Convene provides an easy-to-use, one-stop app for all the information you used to have on paper or scattered among various electronic programs: the event program, directory, FAQs, maps, polls, handouts, reference materials, personalized event schedule and much more.

Download Convene 3.0 from Apple's App Store, or the Android Store to get access today.