GTABC 2021 Agenda

Shaping the Conversation

See details below for the full conference program

Friday, March 12

Georgetown Alumni Panel

10am ET

Join us on Day One of the Georgetown Africa Business Conference (GTABC) 2021 for a panel discussion with alumni whose work is focused on and around the African continent. As a global institution, Georgetown University is committed to sustaining a diverse international community and engaging from a global perspective, thus, it is our pleasure to host this session. Alumni will discuss various industries of interest, benefits and challenges of working in Africa as well as share recruiting tips and resources for people interested in working on the continent.

Panelists include:

Jeff Hammond – Sr. Consultant, Deloitte & Co-founder, Fleri, MBA ’20 (Panel Moderator)

Manish Padhiar – Portfolio Management at Groupe Ndoum, MBA/MSFS ‘16
Lauren Hess – Partnerships Consultant at IFC (World Bank Group), MSFS ‘19
Ashley Ndir – Foreign Service Officer at the US Department of Commerce, MA, GHD ‘16
Humphrey Wireko – Associate Principal at CrossBoundary, MBA ‘15

Saturday, March 13

Welcome and Registration

8:45am ET

Welcome Address

9am ET

Keynote Address

9:15am ET

Plenary Session

9:45am ET

Coffee Break

11am ET

Participants are welcome to log into the virtual conference platform

Opening remarks and welcome address delivered by Joel Hellman, Dean, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Keynote address delivered by Ms. Bajabulile Swazi Tshabalala, Acting Senior Vice President of African Development Bank Group (AfDB)

Plenary panel session featuring

Thierry Tanoh - Former Minister, Former Minister of Petroleum, Energy, and Renewable Energy, Côte d’Ivoire

Landry Signé - Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution

Stephen Cashin - CEO, Pan African Capital Group

Mohamed Camara - Chair, Department of African Studies, Howard University

Shanta Devarajan -  Concentration Chair, International Development , Georgetown University (Panel Moderator)

Conference Panel Session 1 

11:15am ET

Finance Panel

11:15am ET





Women in Business & Leadership

11:15am ET



Energy & Infrastructure

11:15am ET

Lunch Break

12:15pm ET

Panel Speakers include:

Alice Tomdio - Head of Finance, Paystack, Nigeria

Aurele Houngbedji - Financial Risk Management, IFC

Dave Uduanu - CEO, Sigma Pensions, Nigeria (Panel Moderator)

Souleymane Ba - Partner, Investment Team, Helios Investment, London (UK)

Yofi Grant – CEO, Ghana Investment Promotion Center

Panel Speakers include:

Cynthia Quarcoo – Founder and Managing Partner, CQ Legal & Consulting

Eloho Omame  - Cofounder, FirstCheck Africa

Lerato Mbele – Presenter, BBC World News (Panel Moderator)

Laura Kemp-Pedersen Founder, ImpactInc.

Panel Speakers include

Aubrey Hruby - Africa Investments Advisor, Africa Expert Network, Atlantic Council (Panel Moderator)

Ije Okoku Okeke - Founding Team CEC Africa Investments and CFO, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company

Linda Munyengeterwa - Regional Industry Director for Infrastructure for Middle East and Africa, IFC

Opuiyo Oforiokuma - Acting Chief Operating Officer, Africa50

Rolake Akinkugbe-Filani - Chief Commercial Officer, Mixta Africa

Conference Panel Session 2

12:45pm ET

Healthcare Panel

12:45pm ET

Technology Panel

12:45pm ET

Trade Panel

12:45pm ET

Closing Remarks

1:45pm ET

Panel Speakers include:

Dr. Elizabeth Wala - Global Advisor, Health & Nutrition, Aga Khan Foundation

Dr. Funmi Adewara – CEO & Founder, Mobihealth International

Kwadwo Sarpong – Georgetown Medical School (Panel Moderator)

Dr. Richardson Ajayi - Chairman, Governing Board, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital

Dr. Tariro Makadzange -Infectious Disease Physician and Vaccinologist

Panel Speakers include:

Alex Tsado - Founder, Alliance for AI

Dr. Grant Warner - Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Howard University (Panel Moderator) 

Jean Le Bel Ngopnang - Managing Director & Senior Expert at Blue Ocean Group
Malvin Nkomo - Founder, Hailer Technologies

Maya Horgan Famodu - Founder & Partner, Ingressive Capital

Wale Ayeni - Acting Global Head, Disruptive Technologies and Venture Capital Investments, IFC

Panel Speakers include:

Prudence Sebahizi - Chief Technical Advisor on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) (Panel Moderator)

Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders - CEO, FEEEDS Advocacy Initiative

Gainmore Zanamwe - Senior Manager (Trade Facilitation), Africa Export Import Bank

Witney Schneidman - Senior International Advisor for Africa, Covington and Burling

Conference closing remarks delivered by Scott Taylor, Professor and Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

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