Thomson Reuters Africa Summit Speakers

Axel Threlfall, Editor at Large at Reuters

Axel Threlfall is Editor-at-Large, Reuters, based in London. He hosts high-profile engagements and thought leadership events for and on behalf of Reuters and Thomson Reuters, such as the Newsmaker series and the World Economic Forum news show in Davos. He was previously Lead European Anchor for Reuters Digital Video. Prior to joining Reuters, Axel spent four years as an anchor for CNBC in London. Before that, he was an editor with The Wall Street Journal in New York and a news reporter for Bloomberg in London. He has also advised businesses and NGOs on their dealings with the international media. Axel is frequently asked to moderate events for international organizations, including the United Nations and the OECD. He has a BA in History from Durham University and a postgraduate degree in journalism from City University, London.

Badr Al Olama , CEO, Strata

Badr Al-Olama is Chief Executive Officer at Strata Manufacturing PJSC (Strata) and an Associate Director at Mubadala Aerospace & Defense Services. Badr also serves as a member of the Global Agenda Council for the Future of Manufacturing of the World Economic Forum, and was nominated by the Forum to be a Young Global Leader for the Middle East and North Africa region.

Badr has been instrumental in Strata’s recent growth in the aerospace industry. In just five years, Strata has forged partnerships with industry leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) growing the company up to become a global tier 1 supplier.

During his tenure with Mubadala, Badr played a key role in the development of Nibras – the Al Ain Aerospace Park, a joint initiative between Mubadala and Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), which will establish a sustainable global aerospace ecosystem in Abu Dhabi. Committed to contributing to socio-economic development, Badr is also leading the efforts behind setting up the world’s first Global Manufacturing & Industrialization Summit which will be held in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

In addition to his role at Strata and Mubadala, Badr serves as President of the Harvard Club of the UAE and is the Chairman of Bidayaat - the region’s leading childcare company.

Prior to his tenure with Mubadala, Badr was an advocate and legal consultant at Habib Al-Mulla & Company – now operating as Baker & McKenzie Habib Al-Mulla – a leading law firm in the UAE.

Badr holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sharia’h and Law from the UAE University (2002) and an LLM degree from Harvard Law School (2005).

Bola Onadele (Koko), CEO at FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange

Bola Onadele, mostly known as Koko in the Nigerian financial markets, is the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of FMDQ OTC PLC, a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registered securities exchange and self-regulatory organisation with a mission of empowering the OTC financial markets to be innovative and credible, in support of the Nigerian economy. Prior to this engagement, Koko was the President of FDHL, a financial markets and risk management consulting firm he founded in 2001. Koko, in these roles, participated in landmark financial markets transformation projects and initiatives, both for the regulators and the market operators

During his banking and consulting years, he championed various financial markets infrastructure development initiatives in Nigeria: the two-way quote (2-WQ) system, screen-based dealing, Nigerian Inter-bank Offered Rates (NIBOR), Nigerian Inter-bank Foreign Exchange Fixing (NIFEX), Nigerian Inter-bank Treasury Bills’ True Yields (NITTY), Contributors’ Home Ownership Scheme (CHOS) to galvanise home ownership and re-activate middle class in Nigeria, Financial Markets Dealers Quotations (FMDQ OTC) and the Association of Corporate Treasurers of Nigeria (ACTN). His passion in financial markets advocacy, architecture and development is legendary. Koko also championed, developed and launched a financial markets portal ( for the use of market risk managers and all financial markets’ stakeholders in 2008. He also developed financial market training modules in Money Market, Treasury bills, FX, Bonds, Equity, Market Risk, Treasury Operations, Corporate Treasury Management and Asset & Liability Management

Koko has over twenty years financial services experience and over fifteen years involvement in financial markets architecture and diplomacy. His banking career spanned across Nigerian International Bank (NIB) now Citibank Nigeria (Dealer/Chief Dealer), First City Monument Bank (Treasurer), Trust Bank of Africa (Merchant Bankers) (Managing Director/Chief Executive) and Leadbank (Chief Operating Officer).

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Financial Markets Dealers Association (FMDA) in Nigeria. As part of his support for market development, he served as consultant to the World Bank-IFC on the development of the Nigerian corporate bond market. He was also appointed the Country Manager of the Efficient Securities Market Infrastructure Development (ESMID) program in 2009

Koko has been an advocate of Cross Currency Interest Rate Swaps (CCIRS) as funding solutions to the infrastructural gap in Nigeria. In 2000, he demonstrated this by structuring a landmark $285million cross currency interest rate swap for Econet Nigeria (now Airtel) for the payment of its 2G licence

He is an economist and first prize award winning chartered accountant

Carlos Teixeira, Head-Corporate Banking, Misys


Colin Coleman, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Colin is head of the Investment Banking Division for Sub-Saharan Africa, a role assumed in 2008, and head of the South African office, a role he has held since he joined Goldman Sachs in 2000. In 2015, Colin was named member of the Investment Banking Services EMEA Captains Group. He is also a member of the Growth Markets Franchise Group. Colin was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2010. In 2013, Colin authored “Two Decades of Freedom,” a report by Goldman Sachs on South Africa’s progress since 1994. In the 1980s, Colin was involved in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement and later in its constitutional transition. From 1989 until South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, he was an executive director for the Consultative Business Movement (CBM). Colin served in working groups of the multi-party talks, facilitated the International Mediation Forum and helped to negotiate the agreement to facilitate all parties’ participation in South Africa’s 1994 elections. In 1994, Colin became a senior consultant for public affairs at Standard Bank Investment Corporation (SBIC), where he was an advisor to the SBIC chairman. He was subsequently appointed director of public finance for SBIC’s Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank. In 1997, Colin relocated to London, where he became a vice president of energy, power and oil for J.P. Morgan’s Investment Banking Advisory Department. In 1996, Colin was nominated as one of the World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders for Tomorrow. He was also a recipient on behalf of the CBM of Harvard Business School’s “Business Statesman Award” in 1994 and was named one of Euromoney's World Top Ten “Financing leaders for the 21st Century.” Colin earned a BA in Architecture from the University of Witwatersrand in 1988.

David Craig, President, Financial & Risk at Thomson Reuters

David Craig joined the company in 2007, serving first as Chief Strategy Officer of Thomson Reuters. In 2010 he became founder and President of our Governance, Risk & Compliance business, and in 2012 he assumed his current role of President of the Financial & Risk business division, a unit which represents US$6.5 billion in revenue with operations in over 150 countries.
Previously, David was with McKinsey & Company where he was a Partner in the Global Business Technology Office, advising banks and technology and media companies, as well as co-leading the global IT Strategy Practice and the Outsourcing and Offshoring Practice. Prior to McKinsey, he was a Senior Principal at American Management Systems. David started his career in manufacturing engineering.
He has an engineering degree in electronics and communications from the University of Bristol. David is on the Board of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and on the advisory boards of the Atlantic Council and TheCityUK.

David Renwick, Managing Director, Head of Global Finance & Trade

David Renwick joined Barclays Africa in 2011 as the Head of Global Finance & Trade, Corporate & Investment Banking. David’s Global Finance portfolio includes Leveraged and Acquisition Finance, Debt Capital Markets, Loan Capital Markets and Resource & Project Finance, and his Trade portfolio includes Trade Sales, FI Trade and Structured Trade & Commodity Finance. David’s previous appointment was at Standard Bank, where he was Head of Diversified Lending and Leverage. His prior responsibilities covered a number of investment banking product areas including Leverage and Acquisition Finance activities, Structured Trade and Commodity Finance and developing the bank’s Mezzanine Finance portfolio. He holds a B.Com Hons (Finance) from the University of the Witwatersrand.

David Marsh, Managing Director and Co-Founder, OMFIF.

David Marsh is Managing Director and Co-Founder of OMFIF. He is Senior Adviser to asset management company Soditic and Chairman of the Advisory Board of independent investment bank London & Oxford Capital Markets. Previously, he worked for City merchant bank Robert Fleming, corporate finance boutique Hawkpoint and German management consultancy Droege.

Marsh is a Board Member of Henderson Eurotrust, the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany and the Institute for Corporate Cultural Affairs, and visiting Professor at Sheffield University and King's College London. He is former co-founder, chairman and deputy chairman of the German-British Forum. He was made Commander of the British Empire in 2000 and was awarded the German Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) in 2003.

He started his career at Reuters in 1973 having graduated with a BA in chemistry from Queen's College Oxford. Between 1978 and 1995 he worked for the Financial Times in France and Germany, latterly as European Editor in London. Marsh has written five books: 'Europe's Deadlock: How the Crisis Could Be Solved - And Why It Won't Happen' (2013); 'The Euro – The Politics of the New Global Currency' (2009 – re-released in 2011 as 'The Battle for the New Global Currency'); 'Germany and Europe – The Crisis of Unity' (1994); 'The Bundesbank – The Bank that Rules Europe' (1992); and 'Germany – Rich, Bothered and Divided' (1989).

He is a frequent media commentator in Europe and the US.

He is Senior Adviser to asset management company Soditic and Chairman of the Advisory Board of independent investment bank London & Oxford Capital Markets. Previously, he worked for City merchant bank Robert Fleming, corporate finance boutique Hawkpoint and German management consultancy Droege.

Marsh is a Board Member of Henderson Eurotrust, the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany and the Institute for Corporate Cultural Affairs, and visiting Professor at Sheffield University and King's College London. He is former co-founder, chairman and deputy chairman of the German-British Forum. He was made Commander of the British Empire in 2000 and was awarded the German Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) in 2003.

He started his career at Reuters in 1973 having graduated with a BA in chemistry from Queen's College Oxford. Between 1978 and 1995 he worked for the Financial Times in France and Germany, latterly as European Editor in London. Marsh has written five books: 'Europe's Deadlock: How the Crisis Could Be Solved - And Why It Won't Happen' (2013); 'The Euro – The Politics of the New Global Currency' (2009 – re-released in 2011 as 'The Battle for the New Global Currency'); 'Germany and Europe – The Crisis of Unity' (1994); 'The Bundesbank – The Bank that Rules Europe' (1992); and 'Germany – Rich, Bothered and Divided' (1989).

He is a frequent media commentator in Europe and the US.

David Tarimo, Partner - Director, PwC Tanzania

David’s professional experience includes 10 years in the United Kingdom with the London office of another “big four” firm (1985 to 1995) and more than 20 years in Tanzania (1995 to date). His experience includes tax compliance, advisory and planning work for many of the major companies operating in Tanzania, including most of the listed companies and spanning a broad range of economic sectors (including agriculture, financial services, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, telecommunications, utilities). He has also had significant involvement in national discussions on tax policy matters – including interactions with the Ministry of Finance (for example, participation in the Minister for Finance’s Think Tank), Tanzania Revenue Authority, National Board of Accountants and Auditors and various private sector bodies.

His role as PwC’s tax leader for PwC’s East Market Area in Africa , and previously for PwC’s Africa Central region, has given him insights into tax regimes across Africa. With effect from July 2014 he has taken on the role of Country Senior Partner in Tanzania.

Dermot Gaffney, Head of Tax Markets, KPMG South Africa

Dermot is the Head of Tax Markets for KPMG South Africa and the Tax Services Co-ordinator for KPMG in Africa.

He has been with KPMG since 1994 and was admitted to the partnership in 1998. He has led teams in 5 Countries across 3 Continents, specialising in the area of Indirect Taxes, and his current role is to co-ordinate the delivery of the different tax offerings to multi-national clients, and assist clients with market entry issues.

He came to South Africa in 2006 and had a 4 year stint in Australia before returning to South Africa in 2015 to take up his current role. Prior to coming to South Africa he led teams in Ireland, Scotland and the North of England.

He is a CA and a former Inspector of Taxes with the Revenue Commissioners in Ireland. Married with three children (17yrs – 25yrs) he is a keen golfer and has been known to enjoy a glass of wine or three.

Donna M. Nemer, Director Capital Markets & Group Strategy, Capital Markets

Donna joined the JSE in August 2014 as Director of Capital Markets. In this capacity she is responsible for all primary and secondary market activity across all asset classes. This includes the sourcing of new debt and equity primary issues, the development and on-going management of all secondary market trading in cash and derivative markets (Equities, Bonds, Interest Rates, Commodities and Currencies). She also oversees the JSE wide Group Strategy, Group Economics and Group Regulatory Policy functions, as well as New Product and Market Development.

Prior to that, Donna spent 30 years at Citibank. She joined the firm in New York in 1985 as part of the Country Debt Restructuring Unit and followed on to occupy positions in NY as the head of the Treasury Marketing Unit; in Sao Paulo Brazil as the head of derivatives in the treasury, and lastly moved to South Africa in 1995 where Donna held several senior positions such as Head of Strategic Planning and Direct Equity Investments, Africa Division; Head of Strategic Planning and Public Affairs, Sub-Saharan Africa; Chief Operating Officer, Africa Division; and her last position of Managing Director, Chief Country Officer of Citi South Africa.

Donna graduated cum laude from Duke University in 1978 and holds a Master of Arts Degree from Georgetown University (1982), majoring in Latin American Studies and Economics. She is dedicated to community service and for many years sat on the boards of Junior Achievement Southern Africa, Operation Hope Africa and Conservation South Africa. She also served as the President of the American Chamber of Commerce from 2011-2013, was the Chairperson of the International Banking Association of South Africa and was a board member of the South African Banking Association.

Ed Stoddard, Journalist, Reuters

Ed Stoddard has been a journalist with Reuters for 21 years, including 14 in southern Africa. Ed covers commodities, with a focus on mining, agriculture, energy and the environment, and their links in the web of wider macro and policy issues. A Canadian national who hails from Nova Scotia, Ed has an MA in history from Dalhousie University and when he is not pursuing stories, he is pursuing fish, game and new times on trail runs.

Edward Kieswetter, President: Da Vinci Institute & Businessman (Ex- Group Chief Executive Alexander Forbes Holdings)

Edward Kieswetter retired recently from Alexander Forbes, as Group Chief Executive from 2010 - 2016. Under Edward's leadership the company restored its financial performance whilst rebuilding its reputation and ethos. His contribution led to relisting on the JSE in 2014, attracting significant local and international investors. He still chairs the board of UK Actuarial Consulting firm, Lane Clark Peacock.

He previously held positions as Deputy Commissioner at SARS (South African Revenue Service) and senior executive roles at FirstRand Group and Eskom. Edward is a qualified educator and through his passion for education he has remained involved throughout his professional life. His career is marked by an impressive list of achievements and recognition as a leader at executive and governance level at international level.

His professional accomplishments include:

  • South Africa’s Boss of the Year, 2000
  • Member, International Centre for the American Tax Administrations 2004 – 2009
  • Leadership Thinking Award, Boss of the Year, 2006
  • President – South African Institute of Bankers, South Africa, 2002-2004
  • President since 2012, and Majority shareholder of Da Vinci Institute, a private University in South Africa,
  • Deputy Chair - IFAC International Accounting Education Standards Board 2011 - 2014
  • Member & Deputy Chair Free State University Council 2004 - 2014
  • Current Board Director: Shoprite, Lane Clark & Peacock, Da Vinci Institute

Edward is a Life Long Scholar, with a keen interest in Leadership, as well as a committed Servant Leader actively involved in community and social projects. He is involved in various school support programmes and serves as a Visiting Professor at the University of the Free State and the Da Vinci Institute. You can follow Edward on Twitter @EdKieswetter.

Erika van der Merwe, CEO: Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA)

Erika holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) accreditation, has a Master’s degree in Economics from Cambridge University and an M.Com in Economics from the University of Natal. Erika’s career has extended from economic analysis within the asset management industry to financial journalism. She has served as SAVCA CEO since November 2012.

The Southern Africa Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (“SAVCA”) is the industry body and public policy advocate for private equity and venture capital in Southern Africa, representing about R165 billion in assets under management, through more than 150 members. SAVCA promotes Southern Africa private equity by engaging with regulators and legislators on a range of matters affecting the industry, providing relevant and insightful research on aspects of the industry, offering training on private equity and creating meaningful networking opportunities for industry players.

Euvin Naidoo, Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

Euvin Naidoo is a Partner and Managing Director in the Johannesburg office of The Boston Consulting Group where he leads the Financial Services and Public Sector practices for Africa and South Africa.

Euvin held key roles in strategy and financial services in the region since 2004. At Standard Bank he focused on Acquisition Finance within Corporate & Investment Banking both in New York and Johannesburg. He returned to South Africa from the USA to lead Standard Bank's Risk Appetite & Credit Portfolio Mgt. focusing on analysing organisational structures and processes to deal with risk, capital allocation and incentives across the business. Euvin subsequently served as Head of Strategy for Barclays Africa Regional Mgt. across the bank's 11 country 'Rest of Africa' portfolio including championing a focus on digital payments and organisational changes focused on customer centricity across a matrix organisation (geography; business units; product teams).

Euvin's direct engagement within the airline industry began in the year 2000, as part of the original team brought in at SAA to develop, also introducing e-tickets to South Africa and the rolling out of the new SAA call centre's CRM system at the time. As MBA faculty at Oxford and Wits, Euvin's focus has been on customer centricity including, over the past several years, leading sessions and 'masterclasses' on the operating model of South West Airlines. His lecture sessions and work on 'airline turnarounds' has focused on the alignment of operating models around the customer i.e. aligning organisational design around a strong service culture, linked to processes of recruiting and managing talent, incentives and finally an operational model aligned to an appropriate and sustainable funding model. He has led the core course at Wits business school on customer services for 5 years, starting his session with a focus on the challenges and successes within the airline industry linked to conscious choices made on operating models. He has twice been awarded the annual prize for teaching excellence.

Farzam Ehsani, Blockchain ,@RMB Foundery

Five years ago, in the midst of the Greek debt crisis, soaring gold prices and the credit downgrade of the US federal government, Farzam set out to deepen his knowledge about our fragile global financial system to understand what can be changed so that it can better serve humanity. Over the last few years, this journey has taken Farzam through RMB’s Global Markets, Group Treasury, Investment Banking, and Private Equity divisions as part of RMB's Class Of programme. He recently helped establish the Foundery, RMB’s FinTech unit, where he is currently leading RMB’s Blockchain Initiative. Farzam believes that blockchain technology will be as transformative to our financial system as the internet has been to the world. Farzam previously worked at McKinsey & Company in Johannesburg, Deloitte Consulting in San Francisco, the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa and the United Nations in Nairobi. He studied economics at the University of California – Berkeley.

Francois Conradie, Head of Research at NKC

Francois studied a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Stellenbosch, and holds an MPhil in Futures Studies from the same university. After teaching languages in Cape Town for a year he began his career in marketing. In 2007 he moved to Tunisia where he worked as a stockbroker on the local market, and in 2008 he moved to Morocco to launch the international trading desk for Integra Bourse, a regional financial services company. He returned to South Africa in 2010 and has been doing political analysis for NKC since August 2011.

Garth Klintworth, Head of Markets, Barclays Africa

Garth Klintworth joined Absa Capital in July 2009 and currently holds the position of Head of Markets. Previously Head of FI Rates, Currencies & Commodities, Garth was appointed Head of Trading for Absa Capital in April 2013, taking on additional responsibility for Equities and Prime, alongside his existing FICC trading mandate.

Work Experience: Johannesburg Consolidated Investment Co. 1991-1997 (left as Derivatives Manager in Treasury) JPMorgan 1997-2009 (left as Treasurer) Garth has a Bcom (Business Information Systems, Commercial Law) from WITS University, Accountancy (UNISA) and Certified Network Engineer, 2001

Gary Haylett, General Manager Strategic Projects, The Banking Association South Africa

Gary works in the Prudential Division at The Banking Association of South Africa. His key focus is on the regulatory and capital impact that governs banks.

Gary has a long career in banking and corporate treasury functions. He started in banking in 1983 moving through various divisions before settling in the treasury environment. He has been with local and international investment banks before moving to the corporate sector in 2003 where he moved up to the treasurer position for a large global diversified mining company. After more than 8 years in this role and his varied experience, he joined The Banking Association of South Africa Personal and Professional Learning Experience: With over 20 years’ experience in the treasury division, Gary has had exposure to trading in forex, money markets, capital and derivative instruments. He has worked on global mergers and acquisitions; global funding projects having had exposure to operational assets at a corporate level and managing functional currency exposure. He has also worked with a junior mining venture capital fund which provides capital for early to later stage exploration and mining development projects as well as an interim CFO role for a new iron minerals beneficiation venture.

Gary loves to travel and is a keen cyclist.

Geoffrey White, CEO, Agility

Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa, is an expert on infrastructure development, retail supply chains, agri-business, and investment for African markets. Agility, a leading global provider of logistics and related infrastructure solutions for the oil and gas and FMCG markets, has over $5 billion in revenue, 24,000 employees, and offices in more than 100 countries. Mr White is a member of the Agility Strategic Advisory Board. Mr. White joined Agility in 2014 after serving as CEO of Lonrho Plc for 8 years, where he developed product supply chains for some of the world’s largest retailers and developed essential infrastructure and logistics facilities for Africa’s burgeoning oil and gas industry. Mr. White’s career path has included Thomas Tilling Plc, BTR Plc, Asda Plc, Hilton, Ford PAG, and a leading Middle Eastern private investment office. Mr. White has commented on Africa for the BBC, CNN, CNBC, Forbes, and at the World Economic Forum, Royal Africa Society, Chatham House, the Africa Investor Index Series Summit, and The Economist East Africa Summit and many other important African debates. He is a regular author of editorials on Africa.

George Glynos, Managing Director at ETM Analytics

George holds a BComm (Hons Economics). His working experience in economics spans 19 years. On joining Econometrix in 1996 worked under Chief Economist, Dr Azar Jammine. After holding several research posts within Econometrix, George then moved into Econometrix’s real-time division where analysis was conducted on the rand, fixed income and equity markets. In March 2004, George left Econometrix (Pty) Ltd and was co-founder of what is now known as ETM Analytics (Pty) Ltd taking up his post as managing director and Chief Economist. Aside from consulting in the financial market environment, ETM Analytics also consults to a range of companies and funds of all sizes and in different spheres on the economic challenges they face. ETM boasts a substantial international client base. In 2010, George then also took up his post as head of research for Tradition Data and Analytical Services (TDAS) which he currently holds together with his post at ETM Analytics. In his augmented role as CIO at ETM, core focus revolves around global macro themes, Africa and the strategies that best take advantage of the views held.

Graham Sinclair, Director, Investor Program, Ceres Inc

Ceres is an advocate for sustainability leadership. Our mission is mobilizing investors and business leadership to build a thriving, sustainable, global economy. Ceres is working globally with investors, companies and stock exchanges to streamline ESG disclosures, develop a global level playing field for ESG performance, and enhance the sustainable investment case.

Graham Sinclair is a Director on the Ceres Investor Team in Boston focused on stock exchanges as strategic linkages in capital markets for sustainable investment. Graham has two decades experience in the global institutional investment field, since 2004 focused on sustainability. His first decade was running pension funds in Southern Africa and marketing global multi-managers like SEI Investments. His second decade was focused on sustainable investment, firstly managing investment research products at KLD and later consulting to clients on engagements ranging from AIG Global Investors on Wall St, to the UN Environment Programme in Geneva for the Principles for Responsible Investment, designing the Access to Nutrition Index for the Gates Foundation, to private equity funds benchmarking and ESG design, to co-developing the 2015 CFA ESG Handbook.

As a sustainable investment subject matter expert with academic and practitioner publications and @esgarchitect having 3,500+ followers, Graham developed a Sustainable Investment MBA Masterclass that he lectured at universities in Europe and the US while his TEDx "Investing As If The Future Matters" was ranked top 5 in ESG by the CFA Institute. Graham has professional certifications in investment and sustainability including the inaugural cohort of the WWF One Planet Leaders Programme in Switzerland and is a Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program. Graham holds an MBA from the Villanova School of Business (where he co-launched the first-ever student-managed ESG long-only equity large cap fund), and an LL.B from the Howard College School of Law.

Gonzalo Lissarrague, President GGO, Thomson Reuters

In December 2013, he was appointed President of Global Growth and Operations (GGO), one of Thomson Reuters five global Business Units, reporting into Thomson Reuters CEO, Jim Smith and member of the Thomson Reuters ExCom. As the new leader of an organization of 7000 employees across the globe, he is responsible for building a business strategy that focuses on accelerating growth across Financial & Risk, Legal, Tax & Accounting and IP & Science in emerging markets, such as, Latin America South Andean, Latin America North, Brazil, Iberia, Russia/CIS, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, China, India and Asean-North Asia, as well as running global Operations Centers for the Company.

Gonzalo joined the company as an intern in 1991 in the Legal Information Technology area and since then has managed several key business growth initiatives in Latin America and globally. His key roles at Thomson Reuters have included; Operations Manager, Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President for Latin America within the Global Businesses Unit, Before joining Thomson Reuters Gonzalo worked in the Department of Parliamentary Affairs of the House of Deputies of the National Congress. He lives in Buenos Aires with his wife and four children and in his spare time enjoys playing golf.

Gonzalo has attained the following qualifications; Management Development Program - Instituto de Altos Estudios (IAE), 2000, Masters studies in Marketing - Universidad de San Andrés, 1997 and Attorney-at-law - Universidad de Buenos Aires, 1994.

In 2008 he received the Konex Award -one of Argentina’s most prestigious recognitions- for his outstanding leadership in the last 10 years, in the Services, Banking and Commercial industries.

Greg Cohen, Founder & Director, Asoko Insight

Greg is co-founder and Executive Director of Asoko Insight, a provider of corporate data on African, privately-held companies. Asoko leverages local data collection teams, partnerships and technology to build Africa's largest repository of company information serving corporates, investors and governments worldwide.

Prior to Asoko, Greg was an editor and analyst with several consultancies focused on African and Middle Eastern growth markets, including Oxford Business Group, Eurasia Group, the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation and IHS Global Insight. He is a frequent panelist and keynote speaker at Africa ¬focused events including summits at Harvard, Columbia, Bloomberg, the Corporate Council on Africa and others.

Gugulethu Cele, CNBC Africa

Gugulethu Cele, a true communicator at heart and a B.Comm Accounting graduate from the University of Johannesburg, entered broadcast in 2010 as a newsreader at Eyewitness News on Talk Radio 702. She swiftly moved up the ranks joining Moneyweb in 2011 as a financial journalist specialising in IT and as a business news reader. Her broadcasting talent was soon recognised and she became a radio presenter on Lotus FM and SAfm and later made the cross over to TV joining CNBC Africa. Gugu anchors various programmes on the channel speaking to CEO’s, economists and specialists in various fields, together with analysing daily market moving news.

Some of her career highlights include attending the 2014 Annual World Economic Forum held in Davos, moderating a panel discussion on Zambia’s investment potential in mining and participating in the broadcast of former state President Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

In 2012, Gugu received acknowledgement for her work regarding BEE investment options, in the form of a nomination for the Peregrine award for Alternative investment reporting, in the Citadel Words on Money Journalism Awards.

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

Hala heads the Market Development for Thomson Reuters’ Risk Business in all the Emerging Markets globally. Prior to this Hala was leading the Advisory and Educational Services for Thomson Reuters’ Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) business. Hala is a lawyer by profession, practiced law for several years on diversified crimes and legal breaches. She is a thought leader on the topic of GRC and represents Thomson Reuters with Regulatory Authorities, Central Banks and other Government entities, and in industry events, publications and other forums globally.

Prior to Thomson Reuters, Hala was a Compliance Consultant and a Senior Manager, Compliance and Money Laundering Reporting Officer, at the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA). Previous to this, Hala headed the AML / Compliance Department at BLOM Bank France. Hala worked for the United Nations Development Project as an Intellectual Property compliance Officer.

A member of the Lebanese Lawyer’s Bar Association, Hala holds a Master’s Degree in Data Processing Law & Artificial Intelligence – Legal Informatics (IT and Law) & Intellectual Property from the Sagesse University ( Université La Sagesse" and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law.

Hasnen Varawalla, Head of Corporate Finance, Barclays Africa

Hasnen Varawalla is the Head of Corporate Finance for Barclays Africa based in Johannesburg in which capacity he oversees the corporate finance and M&A business.

He has 22 years of investment banking experience spanning London, Emerging Europe, Africa and Asia having advised on over 100 capital markets and advisory assignments.

Prior to joining Barclays he has worked at Renaissance Capital building their African investment banking business and at Credit Suisse. He also has been the Co-Chairman of the USD 630 mn Macquarie Renaissance Infrastructure Fund.

He started his career as part of the Tata Administrative Service. He has B. Tech. from The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, a PGDM from The Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and an MBA from The International Institute for Management Development, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Hubert Danso, CEO, African Investor

Hubert is Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Africa Investor (Ai) Group. He is responsible for advising institutional investors, governments and development finance institutions on major infrastructure and private equity investments in Africa. He is also the Managing Editor of Africa investor magazine.

Hubert established Africa investor in 2002, after leaving the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris, where he was the Senior Adviser for African Affairs, responsible for Advising the world's largest corporations and institutional investors on investments in Africa. He holds an LLB in Business Law and an LL.M Masters in International Commercial Law from the University of Sussex in England. Hubert was instrumental in establishing the NEPAD Business Group and is a member of the OECD-NEPAD Investment Initiative Steering Committee, the African Development Bank-NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Fund Oversight Committee, the UNEP Finance Initiative African Task Force, the UN Business Committee on Financing for Development and a Reviewer of The Africa Competitiveness Report published by

The World Bank, World Economic Forum and the African Development Bank. Hubert is also a member of the Junior Achievement Worldwide Board.

Hugo Smit, Head of Sub Sahara Africa , SWIFT

Hugo Smit is head of Sub Sahara Africa for SWIFT, having joined the company in 2012.

Coming from an IT background, he was involved in the development various internal systems at the SA Reserve Bank. At the Reserve Bank, Hugo was also project manager for the South African RTGS (SAMOS) system. Following the success of the SAMOS, Hugo co-founded Perago, a company that specialises in the development of payment and settlement systems software. In 2003 he established Trustlink, one of the 1st SWIFT Service Bureaus in Africa. Under his tenure, Trustlink grew to become one of the leading service bureaus globally.

Ian Merrington

Ian is passionate about the role of innovation in solving the challenges faced by modern societies. He brings a wealth of corporate experience to the leadership position at Citi with extensive experience in the technology, innovation and the creative sectors. Ian is responsible for the execution of organisational strategy and operations. Prior to his present role, he spent several years in advertising and consulting services, during which time he was Group Financial Director of BBDO and later Chief Operating Officer for iKineo, a leading Pan-African customer engagement firm. Ian also serves as Chairman of Camps Bay Watch on a voluntary basis and as a founding executive of the Camps Bay Community Security Initiative.

Jeff Gable, Head of Research, Barclays Africa

Jeff Gable is a Managing Principal, Head of Research and Chief Economist at Barclays Africa. His research teams covering both cash equities for South Africa and fundamental macroeconomic and market strategy research on South African and more than a dozen other Sub Saharan markets. Jeff joined the South African business in late 2006 as part of the build out of the investment bank, having joined Barclays in London in mid-2004. Previously he was a senior economist with Deutsche Bank in London, and earlier in his career worked three years at the International Monetary Fund following time at the Canadian central bank. Jeff studied Economics at the University of Western Ontario and Queen’s University, Canada.

Dr. Jacqueline Chimhanzi, CEO, African Leadership Institute

Dr Jackie Chimhanzi is Senior Strategist at the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa. Prior to IDC, she was Lead: Africa Desk with Deloitte SA assisting companies to access opportunities across Africa in various sectors. Previously, she was a Manager in the Deloitte Consulting Strategy unit leading client engagements in power, oil and gas, steel, breweries and agriculture. She is a fellow of the highly competitive Archbishop Tutu Leadership Programme at Oxford University. She serves on ONE’s Africa Policy Advisory Board, the GIBS (the Gordon Institute of Business Science) Advisory Board and is a non-executive director of the African Leadership Institute. Her brand as an ‘Africa expert’ is rising. She was recognised by Forbes Africa magazine as one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa in 2012 – women under 45 shaping the narrative of Africa’s rising. She is a keen Africa-watcher and has authored a number of Africa-focused pieces as well as a chapter on African regional integration in the book, “Africans Investing in Africa" launched at the WEF in 2015. She holds a BSc (Hons), MBA (with Distinction) and a PhD (Strategic Marketing) - all from Cardiff Business School, UK and has authored and co-authored papers in peer reviewed leading international academic journals. Her PhD research focused on enhancing companies’ strategy execution capabilities.

Jessica van Onselen, Director of JvO Consulting

Jessica van Onselen is an independent strategic communications specialist with over ten years of experience in the mining sector. Jessica spent a number of years (2005 – 2013) with gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti. In her final role as Public Affairs Manager for the company’s Africa region she gained strong Africa experience and exposure, working on issues of strategic engagement, partnership, negotiation and political risk mitigation.

In 2012 Jessica was seconded to the World Gold Council in London to work on the global gold body’s Conflict Free Gold Standard, published later that same year, which allowed her to work with a wide range of international mining companies through an umbrella body. An independent consultant since 2013, Jessica works closely with a range of clients – both private and public – on issues of policy advocacy, issues-driven engagement and communication. She has worked on mining issues in Zambia, Lesotho, Mali, Guinea, Ghana, the DRC, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and the United States.

Some of her assignments this year have included supporting the African Union’s agency the African Mineral Development Centre on the roll out of the African Mining Vision, and working on an EU-funded project inside the Department of Mining and Minerals Development in Zambia. Jessica holds a Masters' degree, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the Wits Business School in South Africa.

Kevin Gallagher, Head of the Financial & Risk - Africa, Thomson Reuters

Kevin Gallagher was appointed Head of the Financial & Risk business division for Thomson Reuters in Africa from May 2015. With offices throughout the continent his team is focused on partnering with clients to improve their risk and compliance management and generate superior returns through the delivery of critical news, information and analytics, enabling transactions and connecting communities of trading, investing, financial and corporate professionals.

Since joining Thomson Reuters in 1996, Kevin has led high performing teams within the Financial business division in both Europe and USA before moving to South Africa in 2008. In Africa he has been instrumental in the successful integration of the Thomson and Reuters businesses and in the past few years has also led the Sales efforts across the region building a strong client focused team Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, he was an analyst at the Financial Times and also had a regular monthly column in IFR/World Equity magazine on Global Equity trends. Kevin has a degree in Economics & Mathematics from University College Cork in Ireland.

Lloyd West, Director, The Abraaj Group

Lloyd West is a member of The Abraaj Group's Global Markets team, focusing primarily on Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to joining The Abraaj Group, Mr. West previously worked at UK-based private equity firm MVision Private Equity Advisers, where he was covering deal co-ordination, fundraising, industry research and deal execution. During his tenure, he supported the fundraising and marketing activities of a number of private equity managers in both developed and growth markets and was also responsible at MVision for maintaining relationships with investor communities in Europe, particularly the Nordic region as well as in the Middle East.

Mr. West studied at the University of California, Davis where he graduated with degrees in both Economics and Cognitive Psychology.

Malungelo, Chief Investment Officer, Mazi

Clan Name: Qwathi – Noni, Dikela, Sdindi, Ntswayibana.

Malungelo is the founder of Mazi and its Chief Investment Officer. He oversees the investment management and strategic direction of the business. Malungelo has 17 years of investment management experience, having worked as a generalist investment analyst and a portfolio manager of different asset classes. These have included specialist institutional equity funds, retail equity funds, listed property funds and hedge funds.

Malungelo holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Quantity Surveying and a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) in Finance from the University of Cape Town. Favourite quote: “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” – Warren Buffett.

Mary Jane Ncube, Executive Director, Transparency International - Zimbabwe

Mary Jane Ncube has 12 years’ experience in anti-corruption, democracy, governance and human rights advocacy. She has worked extensively in the region through TI and other institutions. Mary Jane is increasingly recognised and engaged locally and abroad as a professional speaker and trainer in corruption and governance issues. She has been the Executive Director for TIZ since 2008. Through this position she has helped to shape and direct the vision of the organization. Mary Jane is a Hubert Humphrey Fellow in Public Policy, holds a law degree and Master's in Poverty Reduction and Development.

Mthuli Ncube, Head of Research, Quantum Global

Mthuli Ncube is Professor of Public Policy at Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, where he teaches and researches in the areas on macroeconomics, finance, development economics, political economy, and health economics. He has a background in academia, banking, investments and public policy. He also leads a multi-disciplinary project on the Economics of HIV (Rethink HIV). He joined from the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), where he was as Chief Economist and Vice President. He is ranked as a top economic thinker on Africa and globally. As Vice President, and Chief Economist of the AfDB. he led the strategic thinking within the bank on development issues, and directly supervised the development Research, Statistics, and capacity development. and general knowledge management, and strategy. He led and guided the development of the Bank’ 10 term Strategy (2013-2022). He championed the “inclusive growth” agenda that underpins the bank’s long-term strategy, and creating an “Inclusive Growth Index” for Africa. He represented the AfDB in external engagements and spokesperson on economic/development issues. He has led policy dialogue activities with governments in Africa and globally.

Professor Ncube holds a PhD in Economics (Mathematical Finance) from University of Cambridge, Selwyn College, UK, on “Pricing Options under Stochastic Volatility”. He has been the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce Law and Management, and also Dean and Professor of Finance at Wits Business School, all at University of Witwatersrand, in South Africa. He founded the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Wits University. He was also a Lecturer in Finance at the London School of Economics (LSE).

He has extensive experience as an investment banker, having worked at Investec. He was head of Asset Allocation Strategy and Manager of the Investec Global Managed Fund. He founded Barbican Holdings and Selwyn Capital, financial services companies. He was a Board member of the South African Financial Services Board (FSB), and Chairman of the National Small Business Advisory Council. He is Chairman of the Board of AERC and Board member of the Global Development Network (GDN).

He has published numerous books, papers and articles in the area of economics and political economy and finance. Some of his recent books include: Monetary Policy and the Economy in South Africa (Macmillan 2013); Quantitative Easing and its Impact on US, UK Europe and Japan (2013); Africa’s Middleclass (2014); African Financial Markets and Monetary Policy (2009); and The Oxford Companion of the Economics of South Africa (co-edited, Oxford University Press, 2015).

He is on the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum on “Poverty and Economic Development” and on the Advisory Council for World Economic Forum (WEF) on Sustainable Infrastructure. He is a Commissioner of the Lancet Commission on Investing Health, which is co-chaired by Prof Lawrence Summers, former US secretary to the treasury, and member of the OECD Expect Group on Rethinking the Future of development Aid.

He is a regular commentator in media such as the BBC, Financial Times and Wall Street Journal.

Mustafa Abdel-Wadood, Partner, Abraaj

Mustafa Abdel‐Wadood is a Partner and Global Head of Abraaj’s Regional Fund Businesses, responsible for the Firm’s performance in relation to all of its regional Funds. He is a Board Member of The Abraaj Group, a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee, and a member of the Management Executive Committee.

Mr. Abdel‐Wadood joined The Abraaj Group from EFG‐Hermes, where he was Chief Executive Officer for the UAE. Before this, he co‐founded Sigma Capital and served as its Managing Director. Prior to that role, he spent eight years at Orascom Group as Director of Development and Investments.

Mr. Abdel‐Wadood has served on the Boards of several publicly listed and private companies. In 2002, the World Economic Forum named Mr. Abdel‐Wadood a 'Global Leader for Tomorrow' and in 2007 named him a ‘Young Global Leader’. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

He graduated in Business Administration from American University and holds an MBA from Georgetown University.

Neil Pryce, Client Engagement COO, Barclays Africa

Neil is a Chartered Accountant having completed his articles at Deloitte. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. Post auditing Neil worked as a consultant in both South Africa and the United States covering enterprise IT applications, process re-engineering, CFO services, innovation and general strategy and management consulting. His clients included Disney, J&J, Bombardier, SABMiller and BHPBilliton.

Neil then joined Absa initially in a change/project capacity before taking on the role of Chief Operating Officer. In his time as Markets COO, the geographic scope expanded from trading in South Africa to trading in 13 countries across Africa. Neil was also instrumental in implementing a leading, scalable and simple IT stack that comprised Barclays e-commerce technology, Front Arena from Sungard as the cross asset, cross geography trading system and IBM and Barclays technology for credit and market risk. During Neil's tenure the Markets division of Barclays Africa won many awards including the overall JSE Spire and Risk Awards 5 times as well as dominating market share in most asset classes.

Neil is currently the COO for the newly formed Client division within Barclays Africa CIB - a division formed to drive client centricity.

Peris Bosire, CEO & CoFounder, FarmDrive

Peris Bosire is a young social entrepreneur from Kenya who grew up in a remote smallholder farming community, experiencing first-hand the daily struggles of a smallholder farmer. Peris is the founder of FarmDrive a fintech startup committed to improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Africa by using simple mobile phones and alternative data-driven credit models to increase flow of capital to smallholder farmers from financial institutions.

Peris has a First Class Honours BSc. Computer Science degree from the University of Nairobi. She has been involved in various ICT for Development projects in 4 global companies including Nokia Research Center Design Projects and IBM Research-Africa focused on using data and mobile phones to solve challenges in developing economies.

Peris was recently awarded the prestigious 2016 Queen’s Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty the Queen and the 2016 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work in recognition of her outstanding role in transforming livelihoods and making a lasting difference in communities; contributing to global development.

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

Pieter Geldenhuys is a renowned Futurist, Academic and Innovation expert. He has a degree in Electronic Engineering, an MBA specialising in Technology Strategy and is currently busy with a PhD thesis in Innovation Management.

He was a Technology Strategy advisor to the CEO of Vodacom between 2005 and 2011, and the previous Vice-Chair of the Innovation Focus Group at the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva, Switzerland.

He is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Technology Strategy and Innovation, aligned with North-West University. Over the past decade, he has guided more than 3000 students and more than 80 innovation projects within South Africa's largest technology companies. He has developed 7 post-graduate University accredited training programmes in the Telecommunication and ICT field since 2004. As academic, he was honoured in 2014 with a nomination to the prestigious South African Academy of Science and Arts.

As public speaker, he has more than 800 radio and more than 1000 public appearances under his belt, and has spoken to audiences in more than 20 countries. He has recently been commissioned to create a new TV series entitled “2025”.

He believes the only way to effectively predict the future is to create it.

Peter Alkema, CIO of Business Banking, FNB

Peter is the CIO of Business Banking at FNB which is part of the FirstRand Group, a financial services provider in South Africa. He has spent 15 years in IT both inconsulting and banking where he has led large IT implementations and operational teams. He has spoken at industry conferences in Frankfurt, Philadelphia, Amsterdam, Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Peter is busy with his PhD at Wits University researching the impact of senior leadership on Agile software development teams.

Rob Withagen, Founder, Managing Director, Asoko Insight:

Rob is co-founder and Managing Director of Asoko Insight, a provider of corporate data on African, privately-held companies. Asoko leverages local data collection teams, partnerships and technology to build Africa's largest repository of company information serving corporates, investors and governments worldwide. Prior to Asoko, Rob worked as Oxford Business Group's West Africa editor based out of Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal and Gabon. He has written and commented extensively on bridging the information gap between Africa's business opportunities and foreign capital flows.

Robert Fish, Head of Market Development for Commodoties, Thomson Reuters

Robert is responsible for developing profitable commodities markets across Sub Saharan Africa for Thomson Reuters. He joins Thomson Reuters Africa recently after spending over 15 years with Reuters and Thomson Reuters in London with a background of commodity and financial reporting, product, market and business development. Has held key roles in multiple financial information and news organisations including Metal Bulletin, McGraw-Hill, Bridge Europe and Knight-Ridder Financial. Graduated from Rhodes University, South Africa, and is a published author on commodity trading and markets.

Ronak Gopaldas, Head of Country Risk, RMB

Ronak Gopaldas is the Head of Country Risk at Rand Merchant Bank in Johannesburg, South Africa where he manages a team of analysts who provide the firm with in-depth analysis of economic, political, security and operational dynamics across sub-Saharan Africa. He is a regular guest speaker at conferences, provides market analysis and commentary in the local and international media, and writes opinion and analysis pieces for various publications. In 2015, he was appointed to RMB’s Africa and International Management Board (MANBO).

In 2011, Ronak was selected as one of South Africa’s “Brightest Young Minds” and is a fellow of the second youth class of the African Leadership Initiative (YALI). In November 2015, he participated in the Asian Forum on Global Governance in New Delhi with a number of young leaders from around the world.

Ronak holds a BCom degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) with Business French as well as a BCom (Hons) in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management from the University of Cape Town (UCT). He is currently completing an MSc in Finance (Economic Policy) through the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.

Saidah Nash Carter, Head of Innovation, Thomson Reuters

Saidah Nash Carter is a builder of new experiences for new platforms. She began her career creating news products for Reuters News and launched some of the first multimedia news offerings on Yahoo! and AOL nearly 15 years ago. Today she pursues her passion for building innovative, digital content experiences for consumers and professionals with an increased focus on the intersection of mobile,social and emerging markets.

Saki Zamxaka,, CEO, GGDA (Gauteng Growth and Development Agency)

Saki Zamxaka joined GGDA as the Group CEO in March 2016. Prior to joining the GGDA; Mr Zamxaka was the Chief Executive Officer of a Division of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa - PRASA Technical; a position he held from April 2012. Before that, he served as Chief Executive Officer for Autopax, also a subsidiary of PRASA, trading as Translux and City to City, where he held the position for three years since April 2009.

Saki has extensive experience in other roles in project management, development economics and financing, and also has a keen interest in venture capital as well as promoting new industries for development.

Saki’s studied at the University of the Western Cape, and New York on a Scholarship to pursue a Diploma in a Program of International Education at Bard College. He obtain both a B. Admin degree as well as a B. Econ Honours at UWC. His ‘art of observation’ is captured through his passion for the fine arts!

Salim Dewji, Managing Director, PowerTrack Africa

Salim Dewji is founder and managing director of PowerTrack Africa a B2B telematics business offering fleet management and other technology solutions. He is also a director of a consumer products trading company doing business predominantly in Africa. Congo (DRC), where he is born, and Angola are his main countries of operations though based in South Africa. He is a member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Board as well as the Young Presidents’ Organization’s Johannesburg Chapter Board. His diversified interests keep him constantly active and racking up too many frequent flier miles.

Shawn Robert Duthie, Analyst, Africa Risk Consulting (ARC)

Shawn Robert Duthie is an analyst at Africa Risk Consulting (ARC). At ARC, Shawn has produced political risk assessments on countries such as Nigeria, Botswana and Gabon and conducted due diligence investigations for private equity and financial clients in Angola and Kenya, among other countries.

Shawn was previously a lecturer in the Political Studies department at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and was editorial assistant for the South African Journal of International Affairs. Shawn holds a Masters in International Relations from UCT as well as a Bachelor of Science in Politics and International Relations from the University of London and an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Sociology from the University of Toronto. He has travelled extensively in Africa and Asia and resides in Cape Town, South Africa.

Shirley Gilbey, Head of Commercialise for Open Innovation, Barclays Africa Group Limited

Shirley is a result driven individual able to demonstrate strong analytic aptitude with good organisational and planning skills. Enjoys being challenged to build, achieve and deliver new things - described as a pioneer. Thrives under pressure, enjoys a dynamic working environment and is undaunted by obstacles. Strengths include transparency, perseverance, relationship and network building skills. Passionate about working with both late stage start-ups looking to scale and early stage ventures trying to gain market traction, with specific interest in (all)tech innovation.

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

Scott Eisner is president of the U.S.-Africa Business Center at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is also an officer at the Chamber serving as vice president. Eisner represents the Chamber’s interests in Africa through its U.S. -Africa Business Center (USABC), the business community’s leading advocacy group aimed at strengthening U.S.-Africa trade relations. He directs the strategic activities of the USABC as it engages with senior-level U.S. government officials, international business leaders, and African governments. In addition, he heads the Chamber’s U.S.-South Africa Business Council and the U.S.-Cote d’Ivoire Business Council.

Previously, Eisner was head of operations for the Chamber’s International Affairs Division while holding the position of vice president, African Affairs. Before that, he was deputy chief of staff at the Chamber where he oversaw the Executive Office and was the senior staffer to the Chamber’s president and CEO. Eisner has held a number of leadership roles at the Chamber, including special assistant to the president and CEO and director of programs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, formerly known as the National Chamber Foundation. Before joining the Chamber, Eisner held positions in the political arena, most notably his work on Sen. John McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign and his reelection to the Senate in 2004.

Eisner spent time in international politics working for the International Republican Institute in Malawi, Africa, where he trained political parties on communications and campaign tactics leading up to Malawi’s 2004 presidential elections. Earlier, he was director of business development for the Kronk Boxing Gym, one of boxing’s leading management and training firms. His duties included promoting and training former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis.

Eisner graduated with a degree in political science from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He is a former member of the U.S. Trade Representative’s Trade Advisory Committee on Africa and sits on the advisory board for the Coalition for Development Reform. He is on the board of the Africa Leadership Foundation, a foundation supporting the Africa Leadership Academy (ALA). ALA seeks to transform Africa by identifying, developing, and connecting the next generation of African leaders.

He and his wife live in Washington, D.C.

Sibusiso Ngubeni, Head of Client Data, Standard Bank Group

Sibusiso was appointed as Head of Client Data Management for CIB Operations. The core focus of this role is to deliver data as a strategic asset through master, reference data management and data governance practices. This role is also part of the Global CIB Data team.

Before he joined Standard Bank, Sibusiso held the position of Head of Data Management and Governance in the Data Systems & Insights team at Barclays Africa Group. Prior to joining Barclays Africa in 2013, Sibusiso worked for Ernst & Young as Data Analytics Senior Manager.

Sibusiso is a seasoned developer, data practitioner and Information Technology specialist with strong business acumen. His 17 years’ experience and knowledge in data management through multiple disciplines across various industries has provided him with the foundation to support and lead innovation throughout his career. He currently focuses on reconciling data management best practice to legislative, regulatory and business requirements.

Sneha Shah, Managing Director, Africa, Thomson Reuters

Sneha Shah was appointed Managing Director of sub-Saharan Africa for Thomson Reuters in April 2015, and is responsible for developing strategy and executing operational plans to drive profitable short- and long-term growth across all Thomson Reuters business units in Africa, which include Financial & Risk, Legal and Tax & Accounting. Africa is a key growth market for Thomson Reuters and Sneha is committed to ensuring that the company is delivering what the continent needs, in a manner that contributes positively to the region's economic development.

Born in Kenya and having worked in many African countries, Sneha is particularly passionate about initiatives that help empower Africa’s success. She has initiated partnerships with leading international market development, media and training providers, led regional and global mentoring programs and works in close collaboration with public and private sector organizations in each country. Sneha is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the African Leadership Network (ALN), and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Governance. She is also a member of the Board of the US Chamber of Commerce US-Africa Business Center.

Sneha joined Thomson Reuters in 2001 in New York, and has held several global leadership roles across the Financial and Media business units in operations, product development and technology before moving back to South Africa to lead the Financial and Risk business for Thomson Reuters across Africa in 2013. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Sneha was a Commodities Trader for Cargill in South Africa and traded money markets and foreign exchange at CFC Bank in Kenya. Sneha also chaired the Women@Thomson Reuters Global Advisory Council from 2012 to 2014.

She holds a BA (Hons) degree in Politics with International Studies from the University of Warwick in the UK.

Steven Pulley, Managing Director, Risk Managed Services at Thomson Reuters

Steve Pulley is Managing Director of Thomson Reuters’ Risk Managed Service business spanning KYC and Client On-boarding Solutions (Org ID and Goldtier) and our Enhanced Due Diligence offerings, having joined the firm in February 2013. Prior to assuming this expanded role in March, Steve held the position of Managing Director Org ID responsible for taking the embryonic Org ID proposition to market and evolving it into the market leading proposition it has become. Prior to that Steve was Global Head of Industry Solutions and Partnerships for the Financial & Risk business unit. Steve joined Thomson Reuters from AnaCap Financial Partners, a €2 Billion Private Equity firm focused on investments in European financial institutions where he was a Managing Director involved in all aspects of the investment life cycle. During his career with AnaCap, Steve led a series of acquisitions and sat on the Board or Supervisory Board of five portfolio companies. Previously Steve was a management consultant with Oliver Wyman in London and New York. As a member of the Capital Markets Practice he led and worked on a range of strategy, risk management and post merger integration projects for financial institutions in Europe, North America and Asia. Steve is a graduate of Oxford University with an MA (Hons) in Mathematical Sciences and is married with one daughter.

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Warrick Beaver, Managing Director, Customer & Third-Party Risk , Thomson Reuters

Warrick Beaver Thomson Reuters Managing Director, Customer & Third-Party Risk Warrick Beaver is the Managing Director for Thomson Reuters Customer and Third-Party Risk (C3PR) Risk sector where he leads Thomson Reuters third party risk management propositions including World-Check. Customer and Third-Party Risk is the fastest growing sector in Thomson Reuters Risk segment combining services, content and platform to solve for risk relevance in third party relationships. He was previously the Global Head of Human Resources for Thomson Reuters Risk business, a role he’s held since August 2013. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Human Resources for FCR following the acquisition of World-Check in 2011. Warrick has worked for over 20 years across a multitude of industries and geographies. At the executive or board level, either as director, manager or consultant, he has helped leadership teams manage and develop their business agendas across a variety of cultural, legislative and economic environments.



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