Webinar: Business Event- Trade and Investment.
Topic: COVID19 has shaken and disrupted the global economy for international investment and trade: How trade and investment forecasts and how can it be strengthened between South Africa and Norway.
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Meet our speakers
Dr. Nkosana Moyo Founder of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS), and an Eisenhower Fellow and a World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Leader of Tomorrow alumnusDr. Nkosana MoyoFounder of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS), and an Eisenhower Fellow and a World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Leader of Tomorrow alumnus
Dr. Nkosana Moyo holds a PhD in Physics from Imperial College, University of London, and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, UK. He was until August 2011, the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the African Development Bank (AfDB). Before joining the AfDB, Dr. Moyo worked at Actis Capital LLP as Managing Partner for the Africa Business (http://www.act.is), and also served at the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) as an Associate Director. In his native country Zimbabwe, he served as Minister of Industry and International Trade, and was a candidate in the 2018 Presidential elections.
Dr. Moyo is the Founder of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS), and an Eisenhower Fellow and a World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Leader of Tomorrow alumnus. In his long association with the WEF, Nkosana has served as a Co-Chair of the Regional Agenda Council (RAC) on the Future of Africa, Chair of the Global Agenda Council (GAC) on Population Growth, and a member of the GAC on Population Dividend and Deputy Chair of the Meta- Council on Inclusive Growth (www.weforum.org).
Dr. Moyo has served on many Boards, for both commercial and not for profit organisations. After retiring from the AfDB, he has served as a Non-Executive Director (NED) on the following Boards: Old Mutual PLC, Impala Platinum, Nisela Capital and the Africa Leadership Institute (www.alinstitute.org). Before joining the AfDB, he was either on, or had previously served on the following boards: Chair of Banque Commercial Du Rwanda, Chair of DFCU Bank in Uganda, Diamond Bank in Nigeria, UAC in Nigeria, South African Airways and Kumba Iron Ore both in South Africa; Triangle Sugar and Border Timbers both in Zimbabwe; and he was a Founding Trustee of the Investment Climate Facility (ICF) for Africa (www.icfafrica.org). In the tertiary education sector, Dr. Moyo has served as an Advisory Board Member of the London Business School (www.london.edu) as well as the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (www.soas.ac.uk). He is a patron of The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Business Foundation.
Her Excellency Ms. Marianne Hagen Former State Secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Her Excellency Ms. Marianne HagenFormer State Secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Her Excellency Ms Marianne Hagen has been State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since November 2017. She has previously worked as Head of Communications at the Royal Court and as Adviser for the CEO of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association.
She has been a member of Akershus County Council and Executive Board and has held various posts in the Conservative Party in Akershus County.
Marianne Hagen has carried out undergraduate studies in Political Science and Law.
She has board membership experience from four sectors: culture, health, energy and finance. She has also been Deputy Chair of DNB Savings Bank Foundation and Chair of the Board of Dextra Musica.
Mr. Andoh Obed Mensah Manager, Trade and Investment Climate Division at The African Development Bank Group.Mr. Andoh Obed MensahManager, Trade and Investment Climate Division at The African Development Bank Group.
Mr. Andoh O. Mensah is Division Manager for the Trade and Investment Climate Division at the Private Sector, Industrial Trade and Investment Climate Department (PITD). Mr. Mensah operationalized the AfDB’s foremost joint Trade and Investment Climate program, leads and manages both programs to strengthen business environments at economy-wide, firm, as well as industry/sector levels, and to increase formal trade, promote and boost intra-country-trade and investments. Mr. Mensah is recognized as an astute operations design, implementation and management expert on operationalizing new programs and institutional set-ups.
Prior to this role, Mr. Mensah served in multiple roles as Chief Country Program Officer in the West Africa region with responsibility for the Nigeria Country Department of the Bank. Here Mr. Mensah managed a $6.5 billion portfolio and operations – a large part of this in Trade Development and Finance programs, industry, infrastructure and private sector development. As Principal Country Program Officer in the AfDB’s Sudan country program, Mr. Mensah coordinated capacity-building sessions, on export dynamics (trade for growth and work on removal of binding trade and business constraints), and trade facilitation within the IGAD region. Mr. Mensah led the Bank’s expansion and coordinated the groundwork that culminated into the set-up, footprints, and operationalization of the AfDB’s country office in Juba, South Sudan following independence in 2011. As Manager of the Trade Division, Mr. Mensah leads the Bank’s operations and interventions and portfolio; (in policy, trade capacity development and technical assistance and advisory) as well as the implementation of the Bank’s support to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as well as coordination with the RECs.
Mr. Mensah also worked for some 12 years at the World Bank, Washington, D.C., on trade promotion and investment guarantees. Mr. Mensah advised Ministries of Trade and Finance in strengthening trade, private sector development and national investment policies for countries in West Africa. Prior to these roles, Mr. Mensah worked as Trade Specialist at the industrial and global trade promotion program of the State of Maryland, USA, providing technical and advisory support to small-medium-scale manufacturers and exporters. Mr. Mensah holds a, Bachelors (Economics) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees from the University of Maryland and Executive Management on Trade Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS).
Mr. Ignace Rusenga Mihigo BacyahaDirector of Development and Investment at Mara Phones.
Mr Bacyaha is a member of the Executive Management Team at Mara Phones reporting to the CEO and the Board. In his role in the executive management team he is responsibility for designing and implementing fund raising strategies in support of business goals and growth, managing relationships with investors and lenders, and leading strategic investments and partnerships.
From December 2019 to March 2020, he transitioned into the consulting business as an International Consultant assisting Private Companies to develop growth strategies and implementation plans and offering Program Evaluation Services to Bilateral, Multilateral and Government Initiatives.
He brings 12 Years working for the International Finance Corporation (IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group) in Rwanda and Kenya, from where he acquired a strong experience in Development Finance, leading Investment and Advisory services’ Teams across sectors including Manufacturing, Infrastructure, Financial Institutions, Technologies and Services. This contribution to private sector growth and development from an international bank’s perspective complements over 13 years of experience in the Private Sector, particularly in the Aga Khan Group (IPS) where he held numerous executive roles including CEO positions in various industries, developing greenfield projects, growth strategies for existing businesses lines and had responsibility for the Group’s M&A.
Other areas of expertise at the beginning of his career cover leading roles in the telecom for an oil and gas distribution company in his former capacity as Telecoms Chief Engineer in DRC (Zaire Sep), and in Program Evaluation in his mid-career when he left Africa to join an international consulting firm (GMG Canada) in Quebec as a Senior Partner in charge of Europe and Africa, after which he started a five years journey with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) as a Senior Manager in Charge of Programs Evaluations and Results-Based Management, working for an independent performance unit reporting to the President and Independent Board, through which platform recommendations and outcomes were published by the Canadian Minister of International Cooperation.
He holds an Executive MPA-International Management from the National Business School of Public Administration of Quebec (ENAP), a Master of Project Management from the University of Quebec, and an Engineering Degree in Industrial Electronics obtained in DRC.
Mr. Julius OosthuizenExecutive in Insurance, corporate commercial, agribusiness at ENSafrica.
Mr. Julius Oosthuizen is an Executive at ENSafrica and Joint Head of the Corporate Commercial department, which is the largest department of its kind in Africa. He specialises in M&A, where he has been involved in every aspect of the process, from the provision of structuring advice, conducting and managing due diligence investigations, to contract negotiation and drafting. He has extensive experience in the drafting of commercial contracts, either in the context of M&A, or as stand-alone transactions. He has acted for a range of clients in corporate transactions, and has particular experience in cross-border transactions, mergers and acquisitions within the financial services sector and corporate acquisitions in listed environments. Julius has been involved in successful and
potential transactions in such diverse jurisdictions as the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, India, Indonesia, Botswana and Rwanda. Julius’ further experience includes general corporate, retail and IT law.
Julius is recognised as a leading/recommended lawyer by:
IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide 2021, 2020, 2019 – Leading Lawyer – Highly Regarded; 2018, 2017 – Leading Lawyer – Rising Star (South Africa)
Best Lawyers® 2019 – Insolvency and Reorganisation; 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 – Corporate Law (South Africa) and Insurance Lawyer of the year for 2020
The Legal 500 EMEA 2020, 2019 – Commercial, Corporate and M&A (South Africa)
Qualifications: BCom (cum laude) (Stellenbosch University) LLB (Stellenbosch University) LLM (summa cum laude) (University of Notre Dame) Admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa.
Mr. Sanjaykumar R. Maharaj Co-founder, Board Member and CEO of the South African Norwegian Association (SANA)Mr. Sanjaykumar R. MaharajCo-founder, Board Member and CEO of the South African Norwegian Association (SANA)
Mr Sanjaykumar R. Maharaj founded a South African commercial law-firm in 2009 and represented international corporations, national companies, financial institutions, prominent individual clients and developing companies. In 2019 he founded the SRM Group of which the core business is to provide products/services to enable sustainable and scalable solutions through innovation and technology. He is the co-founder, Board member and Chief Executive Officer of the South African Norwegian Association (SANA) and has been instrumental in establishing and promoting strong ties between South African and Norwegian business Communities. In addition he is promoting study opportunities in higher education between South Africa and Norway. He has also recently been appointed to the advisory board to the Basic Internet Foundation. The aim of the Foundation is to make digital inclusion happen to improve the life of every single human, by providing free access to the internet and information furthering the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Sanjaykumar R Maharaj holds a Baccalaureus Artium (B.A.) degree and Baccalaureus Legum (LL.B.) degree from the University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. In 2017 he obtained his Masters degree (LL.M.) in Information and Communication Technology Law from the University of Oslo, Norway.
Mr. Simbah MutasaRegional Director for Southern Africa at Norfund
Mr. Simbah Mutasa is currently the Regional Director for Southern Africa at Norfund based in Cape Town.
He started his career at Citi in London in 2007 in the Telecoms, Media and Technology team where he rose from Analyst to Senior Associate. During this time, he advised on over 15 landmark transactions.
Following the completion of his Master’s in Finance in 2013, he joined the M&A team at Liberty Global. Whilst at Liberty Global he executed transactions resulting in over US$6bn of investment across Europe and Latin America.
Driven by his passion for Africa Simbah re-joined Citi in 2015 based in Johannesburg firstly as a Vice President and was subsequently promoted to Director in 2018. Throughout this period, he led the execution of transactions totalling over US$10bn across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Mr. Mutasa holds a BSc (Hons) in Business Mathematics and Statistics from the London School of Economics and a Master’s in Finance from the University of Cambridge.
Ms. Amanda TshayaHead of the Agribusiness Investment Unit at Wesgro.
Ms. Amanda Tshaya is the Head of the Agribusiness Investment Unit. She has over 8 years’ experience in Foreign and Local Investment Facilitation across multiple sectors including Manufacturing, Medical Devices, Agribusiness and Agro-processing. With over 16 years’ experience in Client Relationship Management, Portfolio Management and Business Development Strategies. In her years at Wesgro Amanda has facilitated over R3 billion in investments into the Western Cape economy.
Amanda is a highly dynamic achiever and creative executive who is passionate about premium service delivery and new business development. She has consistently demonstrated her ability to lead diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success in a variety of highly competitive industries, cutting edge markets and fast-paced environments. She has built her career weaving the fields of business development both local and international markets including the Pan-Africa.
In her personal capacity, Amanda is also involved in SMME,’s development in and around her community to educate entrepreneurs on good governance and guide them on how to access early-stage funding. Based on her experience and large industry network Amanda also plays a role in facilitating and connecting SMME’s to industry chain and government network.
Ms. Phumzile Langeni South African Presidential Investment Envoy and co-founder and executive chairman of Afropulse Group Proprietary LimitedMs. Phumzile LangeniSouth African Presidential Investment Envoy and co-founder and executive chairman of Afropulse Group Proprietary Limited
Ms. Phumzile Langeni, a stockbroker by training, is the co-founder and executive chairman of Afropulse Group Proprietary Limited. She serves as non-executive chairman of Imperial Logistics Limited and Delta Property Fund. She is an independent non-executive chairman of both the Mineworkers Investment Company Proprietary Limited, and Primedia Holdings Proprietary Limited. Ms. Langeni also serves as the Deputy Chairman and lead independent non-executive director of Massmart Holdings Limited and a lead independent director of Metrofile Limited. She also serves as President Ramaphosa’s Special Investment Envoys.
Ms. Langeni has a BCom (University of KwaZulu-Natal), BCom (Hons) (Unisa), MCom (University of Pretoria)
Prof. Mthunzi Mdwaba Co-Founder, Board Member and Chairman of SANA, IOE Vice President to the ILO, Vice Chair of ILO, IOE Chair of Business Human Rights, Chair of ProductivitySA.Prof. Mthunzi MdwabaCo-Founder, Board Member and Chairman of SANA, IOE Vice President to the ILO, Vice Chair of ILO, IOE Chair of Business Human Rights, Chair of ProductivitySA.
Chairman, Board Member and co-founder of SANA. He is the IOE VP to the ILO, Vice-Chair of the ILO, IOE Chair of Business Human Rights, and Chair of productivity. Mr. Mdwaba is also the founder, President, and CEO of TZoro IBC that operates across 27 countries, dedicated to Computer Technical Training Solutions (the largest partner for Cisco and Microsoft). He has held the position of the Chairman of Employer Organisations, namely and for two terms as President of the ITA (Information Technology Association. He was a board member of the Business Women’s Association in South Africa, Vice President for Professionals that comprised members of the professional organizations of Business Unity South Africa, and Vice President of the Uni-sectoral Sector.
Mr. Mdwaba holds a Baccalaureus Artium (B.A.) degree and Baccalaureus Legum (LL.B.) degree from the University of the Witswatersrand (WITS) and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.