22 - 26 April 2024
Johannesburg, South Africa


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, 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

Bassel Rahmy Chief Executive Officer, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise Development Agency (MSMEDA)

9:25 am - 9:30 am

Morning Chair Introduction

Marc Lasserre Managing Partner, S.O. Capital Advice

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-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Development Partners International (DPI)

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

Skander Oueslati Deputy Managing Director, Partner & Chief Investment Officer, AfricInvest

Peter Maila Co-Chief Investment Officer, FMO

Clarisa De Franco Managing Director & Head of Private Equity Funds, British International Investment (moderator)

10:15 am - 10:35 am

Network Network Network!!!

10:35 am - 10:50 am

60 Seconds with US Capital Allocators

Joseph Boateng Chief Investment Officer , Casey Family Programs

Amanda Wirth Senior Alternative Investments Specialist, Mercer

Nadine Mentor Williams Senior Managing Director, MiDA Advisors

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 Bébéar Director, Head of International & European Affairs , Bpifrance

Luc Rigouzzo Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Amethis

Hatim Ben Ahmed Managing Partner at Mediterrania Capital Partners & President of the Moroccan PE Association

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

Samantha Pokroy Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sanari Capital

Barthout van Slingelandt Managing Partner, XSML

Matthew Hunt Director, South Suez Capital (moderator)

12:20 pm - 1:15 pm

Networking Lunch

1:15 pm - 1:20 pm

Afternoon Day Chair

Ayodele Adeyemi-Faboya Partner, Banwo & Ighodalo

1:20 pm - 1:40 pm

Fireside chat: Global Investor Lens - Opportunities in Private Capital

Colleen Ostrowski Senior Vice President, Treasurer and General Manager, Visa

‘Tokunboh Ishmael Managing Director, Alitheia 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.

Jeremie Ceyrac Global Head Private Equity, Proparco

Nicholas Vickery Global Head, Private Equity Funds, International Finance Corporation

Catherine Cax Managing Director, Investments, Soros Economic Development Fund, Open Society Foundations

Tarrell V. Gamble Investment Committee Chair, Alameda County Employees Retirement Association (ACERA)

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

Jacop B. Rentschler Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Zoscales Partners

Fatoumata Ba Founder and Executive Chair, Janngo Capital

Safia Fassi-Fihri Partner, ALN | ADNA (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

Nadia Kouassi Coulibaly Head of Research, AVCA

Kenddrick Chan Senior Policy Analyst (Policy and Politics), Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

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 innovative structures and solutions to accelerate capital allocators participating in and closing the financing gaps in the climate investment space. 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

Tariye Gbadegesin Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, ARM-Harith Infrastructure Investment

Paul Ohaga Senior Director, Africa, New Forests

Chinua Azubike Chief Executive Officer, InfraCredit

Karima Ola Partner, Leapfrog Investments

Anne-Marie Chidzero Chief Investment Officer, FSD Africa Investments (moderator)

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 Bacquaert Managing Partner, Adenia Partners

Chumani Kula Co-Head: Old Mutual Private Equity, Old Mutual Alternative Investments (OMAI)

Mezuo Nwuneli Managing Partner, Sahel Capital

Aliya Shariff Managing Director, Rohatyn Group

Labi Williams Partner & Managing Director, Kuramo Capital Management (moderator)

5:10 pm - 5:15 pm

Closing Remarks

Rhoda Mhango Head of Strategic Initiatives & Stakeholder Engagement, AVCA

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.