1 - 5 May 2023
Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza, Egypt


PE Conference

Registration 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

9:00 am - 9:10 am

Opening Remarks

Speaker: Abi Mustapha-Maduakor, CEO, AVCA

Abi Mustapha-Maduakor Chief Executive Officer, African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA)

9:10 am - 9:15 am

Welcome Remarks

Paul Botha Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Metier

9:15 am - 9:25 am

Opening Keynote Address

9:25 am - 9:30 am

Day Chair Introduction

9:30 am - 10:15 am

Panel 1: Unlocking Opportunities for Private Capital in Africa: Navigating Global Uncertainty

2022 was a year of unprecedented global uncertainty: the Russia-Ukraine war, Sino-American tensions, supply chain disruptions and a global macroeconomic downturn upended the investment landscape both globally and in Africa. This panel explores how private capital investors in Africa are navigating this storm to unlock opportunities on the continent and maintain a competitive portfolio amidst a threatening global recession.

Runa Alam Co-Founding Partner & Chief Executive Officer, Development Partners International

Okey Enelamah Chairman & Co-Founder, African Capital Alliance (ACA)

Skander Oueslati Deputy MD and Partner & Chief Investment Officer, AfricInvest

10:15 am - 10:35 am

Network Network Network!!!

10:35 am - 10:50 am

60 Seconds with…

10:50 am - 11:35 am

Panel 2: Exploring the Timeless Treasures and Investment Opportunities in North Africa

North Africa’s private capital landscape has evolved significantly in the last two decades, with over $12 billion worth of private capital deals being executed in the period. Now on the other side of a series of geopolitical crises in the mid-2010s, private capital in North Africa remained resilient under the expert tutelage of local investors with deep local expertise and presence on the ground who continued to explore and invest in the timeless treasures and investment opportunities the region had to offer. This panel explores the rise of North Africa as an investment destination of interest in Africa; the markets currently attracting the most private capital deal activity and investor interest; and prospects for the region’s future economic development.

Hany Assaad Co-Founder and Chief Portfolio and Risk Officer, Avanz Capital

Isabelle Bebear Director – Head of International & European Affairs, BPI France

Luc Rigouzzo Managing Partner, Amethis

Jason Mendens Partner , Clifford Chance (moderator)

11:35 am - 12:20 pm

Panel 3: On the Other Side – Life After Your Maiden Fund

This panel profiles second and third-generation fund managers, an often-overlooked subset of fund managers in Africa’s private capital landscape. Having successfully raised and deployed their maiden funds, this panel evaluates life after exit at the genesis of another round of fundraising. Panellists will share lessons learned from their maiden funds, portfolio management and positioning, institutionalisation and operational growth and best practices from this experience that can be incorporated into subsequent fundraising cycles.

Wael Amin Partner, Sawari Ventures

Femi Ogunjimi Partner, CardinalStone Capital Advisors

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm

Networking Lunch

1:20 pm - 1:40 pm

Fireside chat: Global Investor Lens - Opportunities in Private Capital

Colleen Ostrowski SVP & Treasurer, Visa

‘Tokunboh Ishmael Co-Founder & Managing Director, Aliteia Capital (moderator)

1:40 pm - 2:25 pm

Panel 4: Allocate, Allocate, Allocate – LPs at the Core of Private Capital in Africa

This panel draws on the views and expectations of emerging and longstanding limited partners in Africa’s private capital ecosystem to discuss appetite for, performance and impact of private capital in Africa. In particular, this panel makes the case for the diversification of capital generation sources for Africa’s private capital funds, exploring alternative financing routes and ways to galvanise commercial capital to alternative asset classes on the continent.

Wale Adeosun Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Kuramo Capital

Kevin Nolan Partner, DLA Piper (moderator)

2:25 pm - 3:10 pm

Panel 5: Frontier Markets – Outside the Big 4

Frontier markets present significant investment potential due to their pre-emerging status and the possibility of generating higher long-term returns, especially once fully developed. This panel observes the emerging and frontier markets outside of Africa’s leading quartet exhibiting growth and the drivers for their development, while analysing the investment opportunities they present and the risks involved in harnessing them. Convening fund managers and investors focused on exploring opportunities in frontier markets on the continent to give a practical, holistic view on the most promising opportunities for private capital in their markets of expertise.

Samuel Akyianu Chief of Party, Mastercard Foundation Africa Growth Fund

Amine Allam Managing Director, Admaius Capital Partners

Safia Franco Partner, ALN (moderator)

3:10 pm - 3:30 pm

Network Network Network!!!

3:30 pm - 3:40 pm

Climate Financing in Africa - Strategies for the Future

Presentation by AVCA & Tony Blair Institute

3:40 pm - 4:25 pm

Panel 6: Transitioning to a Green Economy

Transitioning to a green economy globally requires a complete reconfiguration of current production and consumption processes to increase material and energy efficiency. Even more pressing, however, is the need for technological innovation in green value chain development across industries. This panel examines the avenues for funding climate resilience and adaptation, zeroing in on the role the private sector has to play in the transition to a greener economy.

Carola Bose Head of Africa Private Equity & Global Climate Investments, DEG

4:25 pm - 5:10 pm

Panel 7: Creating Value for Successful Exits

Private equity fund managers have characteristically been driven by a mandate to add value to a company, over and above what could have been achieved without their investment. This panel explores the challenges and best practices of executing vision and creating value amidst global uncertainty. What value creation and management strategies can fund managers leverage to support their portfolio and to improve corporate governance and transparency? When and how should exits be conceptualised in the lifecycle of a fund, particularly in the current environment?

Stephane Bacquert Managing Partner, Adenia Partners

Chumani Kula Co-Head, Private Equity, Old Mutual Alternative Investments

Mezuo Nwuneli Managing Partner, Sahel Capital

5:10 pm - 5:15 pm


6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-gala dinner drinks

7:30 pm - onwards

Gala Dinner

Apply for a complimentary qualified FREE LP* pass

*The AVCA Conference is complimentary for qualified Limited Partners (LPs), classified as non-retail investors in private equity funds, limited to 3 complimentary passes per organisation. This includes full-time employees of development finance institutions (DFIs), endowments, single-family offices, insurance companies, public and private pension funds, and sovereign wealth funds.