The Africa 2017 Young Entrepreneurs Day - Africa 2017 YED - is a special Africa 2017 event organised by the Government of Egypt and COMESA Regional Investment Agency, under the High Patronage of H.E Abdel Fattah Al Sissi, on the 7th of December 2017, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

  • 8:00 - 22:00

REGISTRATION

  • 9:00 - 10:00

WELCOME REMARKS AND ICE BREAKER

  • 10:00 - 11:00

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Hear moving stories from the champions of the African startup ecosystem.
     
  • Sacha Poignonnec, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Jumia
  • Elizabeth Rossiello, Founder and CEO, BitPesa, Kenya
  • Karim Beshara, Founder and Director, Accelero, Egypt (TBC, invited)
  • Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Co-founder and Managing Director, Flutterwave, Nigeria
  • Ashish Thakkar, Founder, Mara Group and Mara Foundation, Uganda
Facilitator: Ibrahima Cheikh Diong, Founder and CEO, Africa Consulting and Trading, Senegal

  • 11:00 - 11:30

GET FUNDED!

This session will focus on access to finance and how to structure a strong business proposition. It will also look at developing an attractive value proposition by creating a solution that can be quickly scaled-up. By bringing investors and those who have successfully attracted investors we will share success stories as well as offer advice and guidance for others to learn from.This session will focus on access to finance and how to structure a strong business proposition. It will also look at developing an attractive value proposition by creating a solution that can be quickly scaled-up. By bringing investors and those who have successfully attracted investors we will share success stories as well as offer advice and guidance for others to learn from.

     
  • Ben White, Founder and CEO, VC for Africa, Netherlands
  • Wale Ayeni, Senior Investment Officer, IFC Ventures
  • Papa Ndiaye, CEO Founding Partner, AFIG, Senegal (TBC, invited)
  • Sharif El-Badawi, Partner, 500 Startups, and Chairman, TechWadi, US
  • Ali Khalpey, CEO of Frontier Markets, EFG Hermes, Egypt
Moderator: Abdelmalek Alaoui, CEO, La Tribune Afrique, Morocco

  • 11:30 - 12:00

NETWORKING BREAK

  • 12:00 - 13:00

PARALLEL WORKSHOPS

5 x workshops, each focusing on a specific area of interest to entrepreneurs and leaders of fast growing companies. These will be made up of presentations, discussions and workshops. 

    Access to finance led by VC for Africa
    • Ben White, Founder and CEO, VC for Africa
Scaling-up business powered by Elite initiative London Stock Exchange
      • Ibukun Adebayo, Head of Middle East, Africa and South Asia, International Markets Unit, London Stock Exchange, UK
 Impact investment [with Dalberg]
      • Workshop leader to be provided by YED partners.
 Centred leadership [with McKinsey]
      • Workshop leader to be provided by YED partners.
 The art of storytelling: Pitching your idea to potential investors
      • Elikem Kuenyehia, Chairman, ENSafrica Ghana
 

  • 13:00 - 14:00

LUNCH

  • 14:00 - 14:45

VIEW FROM THE TOP

SPECIAL ADDRESS BY H.E PAUL KAGAME, PRESIDENT OF RWANDA AND CHAIRMAN OF SMART AFRICA (TBC)

Inspiring the youth and disruptors of tomorrow

Moderator: Mark Eddo, Founder and Managing Director, Mark Eddo Media, Nigeria

KEYNOTE: TONY ELUMELU, CHAIRMAN OF HEIRS HOLDINGS AND FOUNDER OF THE TONY ELUMELU FOUNDATION, NIGERIA

One of our continent’s top entrepreneurs, philanthropists, role models and change catalysts will share his insight on what it takes for genius startups to get their big break.

Moderator: Mark Eddo, Founder and Managing Director, Mark Eddo Media, Nigeria

  • 14:45 - 16:15

THE ELEVATOR PITCH: ‘NEEDS AND LEADS’

Offers a chance for African startups to gain exposure and raise their profile by pitching their business ideas to an international delegation of executives representing capital prospects, business mentors, and advisors. From our 100 or so startups and entrepreneurs, we will select 20 to make ‘elevator pitches’ – each 3.30 minute in length maximum – where these young business leaders will have the stage to present their idea and opportunity, highlight their needs and generate new leads.

MC: Mark Eddo, Founder and Managing Director, Mark Eddo Media, Nigeria

  • 16:15 - 16:30

TRANSITION TO WORKSHOPS

  • 16:30 - 17:30

POLICY TOOLBOX 3X

This will be a working break, breaking up the participants into 3 groups. Interactive working groups will identify 3 constraints and recommend 3 inclusive business policy solutions to strengthen the startup and early state investment ecosystems. Each group will use the Inclusive Business Policy toolbox, developed by Endeva, which offers a framework to identify and design policy recommendations that can be implemented by government.

Moderators: Working group leaders to be provided by YED partners.

  • 17:30 - 18:30

ENTREPRENEURSHIP ECOSYSTEMS

Entrepreneurship is flourishing in Africa, many incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces are being established every year in African countries. If Africa is to capitalize on new disruptive technologies and new business models, many successful African entrepreneurs will need to scale up their ventures beyond the limits of their small local markets and branch out into other African markets. Promoting cross-border entrepreneurship is an enormous task that no single organization can do alone. Stakeholders’ cooperation is urgently needed. This session will discuss policies, programs, and initiatives needed to encourage and promote regional integration through cross border entrepreneurship.

Case Study:
Ahmed El Alfi, Founder of Flat6Labs, Sawari Ventures and TATP, Egypt

Speakers:
    • Ms. Rebecca Enonchong, Founder and CEO, AppsTech, Cameroon
    • Parminder Vir, CEO, Tony Elumelu Foundation, Nigeria
    • Bosun Tijani, CEO and Co-Founder, Co-creation Hub, Nigeria
    • Issam Chleuh, Co-Founder and Managing Director, SUGUBA, Mali
    • Noomane Fehri, CEO, B@labs, Tunisia
    • Segeni Ng'ethe, BRCK Ambassador, Kenya
 Moderator: Nnamdi Oranye, Founder, Disrupting Africa, South Africa

  • 19:30 - 22:00

YED COCKTAIL

  • 8:00 - 22:00

REGISTRATION

  • 9:30 - 10:30

OPENING

SETTING THE SCENE
  • Ms. Heba Salama, Director, COMESA Regional Investment Agency
  • H.E. Dr. Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Egypt
Facilitator: Ibrahima Cheikh Diong, Founder and CEO, Africa Consulting and Trading, Senegal

PRESIDENTIAL OPENING
  • H.E. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt• H.E. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Facilitator: Ibrahima Cheikh Diong, Founder and CEO, Africa Consulting and Trading, Senegal

  • 10:30 - 11:15

PLENARY 1: INCLUSIVE GROWTH: WOMEN AT THE TOP

How can we reinvent leadership in Africa with women, and youth, to ensure we meet Agenda 2063 and all the continent’s promise?

Panel Discussion:
  • Dina Powell, Senior Advisor to the President of the United States (TBC)
  • Folorunso Alakija, Vice-Chairman, Famfa Oil, Nigeria
  • Ibukun Awosika, Chairman, First Bank Nigeria, Nigeria
  • Oulimata Sarr, Regional Advisor on Women Economic Empowerment, UN Women, Senegal
  • Segun Agbaje, Managing Director and CEO, Guaranty Trust Bank, Nigeria (TBC, invited)
  • Wendy Luhabe, Social Entrepreneur and Economic Activist, South Africa (TBC)
Moderator: Lukwesa Burak, News Anchor, BBC, Zambia

  • 11:15 - 11:45

NETWORKING BREAK

  • 11:45 - 12:00

KEYNOTE: H.E. KHALAF AHMAD AL HABTOOR, CHAIRMAN, AL HABTOOR GROUP, UAE (TBC, invited)

Choosing locations for long-term sustainable investment: perspectives from business tycoon H.E. Khalaf Al Habtoor on how to convince business giants to invest in Africa. Facilitator: Ibrahima Cheikh Diong, Founder and CEO, Africa Consulting and Trading, Senegal 

  • 12:00 - 13:00

PLENARY 2: INVESTING IN AFRICA; CROSS BORDER PARTNERSHIPS AND INVESTMENT

FEATURING: ALIKO DANGOTE, FOUNDER AND CEO, DANGOTE GROUP, NIGERIA (TBC)Global CEO Aliko Dangote, will give his outlook on investment, doing business, international capital flows and the general macro-economic environment.

Panel Discussion:

  • H.E. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, UAE (TBC, invited)
  • Ms. Isabel dos Santos, CEO, Sonagol, Angola
  • Angel Gurría, Secretary General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Chairman, Econet, Zimbabwe (TBC, invited)
  • Admassu Tadesse, President and CEO, Trade and Development Bank
  • Dr. Donald Kaberuka, Chairman, Centum, Kenya
  • Dr. Daniel Matjila, CEO, Public Investment Corporation (SOC) Limited, South Africa
Moderator: Mark Eddo, Founder and Managing Director, Mark Eddo Media, Nigeria

  • 13:00 - 14:30

LUNCH

  • 14:30 - 15:45

BREAKOUT I – Special Economic Zones: Presentations

Continuing on the theme of industrialisation and promoting fast and diversified growth, this session will look at special economic zones, the opportunities that these present for both investors and also companies wanting to re-locate there.

Expert Briefing:

  • Amadou Sy, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, Senegal (TBC, invited)
Presentations and case studies followed by a general Q&A:
  • E. Admiral Mohab Mohamed Hussein Mameesh, Chairman, Suez Canal Economic Zone, Egypt (TBC)
  • C. Li Kwong Wing, Chairman, SBM Holdings Ltd., Mauritius
  • Helen Hai, CEO, Made in Africa initiative, China
  • Umana Okon Umana, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority, Nigeria
  Moderator: Victor Kgomoeswana, Director and Author, Africa is Open for Business, South Africa  

  • 14:30 - 15:45

BREAKOUT II – Cities: Sustainable urban development

Cities are economic engines of growth. Urban Africa is forecasted to contribute nearly 40 percent of GDP growth. Intelligent urbanisation, underpinned by sustainable urban development is key to harness the potential of these cities. In this session concrete business case studies and presentations by developers across Africa.

Expert Briefing: TBC

Case Studies:
Herman Manshaba, Executive Mayor, City of Johannesburg, South Africa (TBC, invited)
Graham Zink, Vice President, China Fortune Land Development Co., China (TBC, invited)
Stephen Jennings, Founder and CEO, Rendeavour, UK
John Tanui, CEO, Konza Technopolis Development Authority, Kenya
Sanyogita Atrey, Chairperson and Managing Director, SG18 Realty Pvt. Ltd, India

Moderator: Lanre Akinola, Editor, African Business, IC Publications, UK

  • 14:30 - 15:45

BREAKOUT III – Energy: the new energy mix and the future of power generation

The global energy landscape is changing. Traditional centres of demand are being overtaken by fast-growing emerging markets. Sub-Sahara Africa is expected to outpace Russia as a global gas supplier by 2040. Moreover, rapid growth and industrialisation means higher demand of energy and power. How does the new Energy Mix look like for Africa? What is the way forward in terms of smart and off-grid solutions for the African Continent? How do you finance it?

Expert Briefing: The Energy Outlook over the next 20 years
Paul Appleby, Head of Energy Economics, BP Group Economics Team, UK

Speakers: 

  • Justin DeAngelis, Managing Director, Denham Capital, USA
  • Anders Runevad, CEO, Vestas, Netherlands (TBC, invited)
  • Oliver Andrews, Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer, Africa Finance Corporation, Nigeria
  • Sipho Phiri, Executive Chairman, Western Power Company Limited, Zambia
  • Paul Hinks, Founder and CEO, Symbion Power, USA
  • Eric Monga, Chairman, Kipay Energy, DR Congo  

Moderator: Dr. Christopher Marks, Managing Director and Head of Emerging Markets, EMEA, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Japan

  • 14:40 - 15:45

BREAKOUT IV – The African Consumer

According to McKinsey, household consumption is expected to grow at 3.8 percent a year to 2025 to reach $2.1 trillion. Business spending is expected to grow from $2.6 trillion in 2015 to $3.5 trillion by 2025. Tapping consumer markets will require companies to have a detailed understanding of income, geographic, and category trends. This panel of experts will discuss the trends and singularities of the African consumer markets including taking advantage of the formal and informal sectors.

Expert Briefing: Acha Leke, Senior Partner, McKinsey, South Africa

Speakers:

    • Sacha Poignonnec, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Jumia
    • Slim Othmani, Chairman, Rouiba, Algeria
    • Dr. Chris Kirubi, Chairman, Haco Tiger Brands Kenya Limited, Kenya
Moderator: Lukwesa Burak, News Anchor, BBC, Zambia

  • 15:45 - 16:15

NETWORKING BREAK

  • 16:15 - 16:30

KEYNOTE: (TBA)

MC: Nozipho Mbanjwa, Anchor, CNBC Africa, South Africa

  • 16:30 - 17:30

PLENARY 3: THE 4TH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION: GENERATING FUTURE JOBS

Africa has a youth bulge that presents an opportunity. However, a jobless generation will turn Africa rising into an African uprising. Where are the opportunities and how can one ensure these are fully realised? This session will contextualise the African opportunity within a global context as well as look at the challenges that it needs to overcome. The panel will amongst others look at where some of Africa’s business leaders are investing; how policy changes can lead to significant investments; the rise of special economic zones; and the impact on technology in what is being dubbed the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Panel Discussion:
  • H.E. Sindiso Ngwenya, Secretary General, COMESA
  • H.E. Cheick Modibo Diarra, Former Transitional Prime Minister, Mali
  • Kristalina Georgieva, CEO, World Bank, Bulgaria
  • Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman, Alibaba, China (TBC)
  • Mustafa Abdel-Wadood, Managing Partner and Global Head of Private Equity, Abraaj Capital, UAE
  • Mohamed Dewji, CEO, MeTL Group, Tanzania (TBC, invited)
Moderator: Nozipho Mbanjwa, Anchor, CNBC Africa, South Africa

  • 19:30 - 22:00

GALA DINNER

  • 9:00 - 10:00

PLENARY 4: CHINA-AFRICA

China is Africa’s 1st trade partner, its biggest single infrastructure financier and fastest growing FDI partner. According to McKinsey, over 10,000 Chinese companies currently operate on African soil, providing jobs and actively participating in the economies where they are operating. China's growth may have slowed but it is still growing by $700bn on a yearly basis, driven increasingly by local consumption, which also presents a massive opportunity. This session will contextualise the new China under Xi and how best to position oneself to harness the opportunity this important country and partner presents.

  • How can African countries best harness Chinese investment? 
  • One Belt One Road Initiative: what does it mean for Africa?
  • What will the new economic structure of China mean for Africa? 
  • What role can Chinese companies play in the industrialization of the continent?

Speakers:
  • Carlos Lopes, Former Executive Secretary, UNECA, and Professor, Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice, University of Cape Town, Guinea-Bissau
  • Jun Liang, President, Sinohydro Corporation, China (TBC)
  • Li Ruogu, President, Export Import Bank of China (TBC)
  • Jeremy Stevens, International Economist, Standard Bank, South Africa
 Moderator: Bloomberg

  • 10:00 - 11:00

PLENARY 5: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: INVEST SMART, INVEST LONG

This panel will discuss the impact of the private sector in inclusive economic growth as well as identify the changes needed to design new business models that can contribute to the SDGs. That is increase local content, ensure that the models are sustainable, tackling issues such as lost tax revenues from illicit financial flows due to transfer pricing and other accounting practices and taking advantage of the opportunity provided by green energy solutions.
 
  • Lionel Zinsou, President and PAI Partners and Former Prime Minister, Benin
  • Keiko Honda, Executive Vice President and CEO, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
  • Bassem Loukil, Chairman, Groupe Loukil, Tunisia
  • Kuseni Dlamini, Chairman, Massmart Africa, South Africa
  • Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, UNECA
  • Karim Awad, CEO, EFG Hermes, Egypt
 Moderator: Ibrahima Cheikh Diong, Founder and CEO, Africa Consulting and Trading, Senegal

  • 10:45 - 11:15

NETWORKING BREAK

  • 11:30 - 12:45

BREAKOUT V – The New Egypt: better governance, higher returns

Egypt kick-started an all-compassing economic and structural reforms program in 2014. Long-awaited transformational measures are now under implementation, encompassing fiscal consolidation, exchange markets, doing business reforms and mega projects. The new investment law in particular will further streamline investment procedures and cut red tape, expand investment guarantees and incentives, and enhance governance and accountability. This session will examine how current reforms will impact Egypt’s its investment landscape in the short and long term.

Speakers:

  • E. Dr. Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Egypt
  • Mohamed Farid Saleh, Chairman, The Egyptian Exchange and The Federation of Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges, Egypt
  • Mohamed Irfan, Chairman, Administrative Control Authority, Egypt (TBC)
  • Ahmed A. Sadek El Sewedy, President and CEO, El Sewedy Electric, Egypt
 Reactions:
  • Mariam Allam, Head of MENA Governance Programme, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
 

  • 11:30 - 12:45

BREAKOUT VI – Financing Cross-Border Infrastructure and Trade

Africa’s Agenda 2063 aspires to an African world-class infrastructure which, by 2045, should enable intra-continental trade to grow to up 50% from less than 14% today, and Africa’s total contribution to global trade to rise from 2.5% to 12%. All the evidence suggests that, to close the large financing gap and realize this ambition, the existence of capital is not necessary the issue, but rather, the lack of mechanisms needed to make it available.

  • Sovereign wealth funds, insurers, pension funds, central banks. Away from more traditional sources, which domestic and regional instruments are likely to gain popularity over the next decade in Africa?
  • What regulatory environment changes will be necessary to ensure that these take off and effectively contribute to the continent’s infrastructure needs?
Speakers:
  • Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO, NEPAD (TBC, invited)
  • Mohamed Omran, Chairman, Egyptian Supervisory Authority, Egypt
  • George Otieno, CEO, African Trade Insurance Agency
  • Saad Sheikh, Portfolio Manager, TLG Capital, UK
  • Karim Sadek, Director of the Board, Nile Logistics, Egypt
  • Renato Torres, Chairman of the Board, Northern Development Corridor, Mozambique (TBC, invited)
  • Samuel Dossou-Aworet, Founder and CEO, Petrolin Group and Backbone Project, Benin (TBC, invited)
 Moderator: Lanre Akinola, Editor, African Business, IC Publications, UK

  • 12:45 - 14:00

BREAKOUT VII – Agribusiness

With 65% of the world’s uncultivated land, Africa will determine the future of food for the world. The African Development Bank values commercial agriculture at more than US$1 trillion business by 2030. However, lack of access to land, finance, markets and technologies are barriers that need to be overcome. This session proposes to find sustainable and market driven solutions for the Agriculture sector in Africa.

Case Study: Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin, Founder, CEO and Founder of blueMoo and Founder of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, Ethiopia

 Speakers: 

  • Ritesh Shah, CEO, Rabo Bank Africa, Kenya (TBC, invited)
  • Sri Venkataramani, Managing Director and CEO, Africa and Middle East, Olam International Ltd., Singapore
  • Jane Karuku, Managing Director, East African Breweries Limited, Kenya (TBC, invited)
 Moderator: Dr. Maggie Kigozi, Chairman, Zuri Model Farm Ltd., Uganda

  • 11:00 - 11:30

LUNCH AND NETWORKING

  • 14:00 - 14:30

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: LISE KINGO, CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL COMPACT (TBC, invited)

One of the leading actors in drawing up the SDGs will give a progress update, share success stories and causes for optimism as well as present his views and thoughts on areas of priority.

Reactions:

  • Julie Essiam, CEO, Ecobank Foundation, Togo
 Moderator: Isha Sesay, Anchor, CNN (TBC)

  • 14:30 - 15:30

PLENARY 6: NEW WORLD, NEW PARTNERS

In this closing plenary, our speakers will set out their vision for the continent in the context of this new world order. The African Union can outline the African position whilst the international business leaders represented will reflect on their investment strategy in light on international developments. The African contingent will discuss first hand on the realities on the ground as well as what this means for business and future FDI and ODA funds coming to Africa.

Panel discussion:
  • E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson, African Union Commission (TBC, invited)
  • E. Bandar Hajjar, President, IDB Group, Chairman, Board of Executive Directors, Islamic Development Bank
  • Hon. Mark Simmonds, Former Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister with responsibility for Africa, The Caribbean, Conflict Prevention and International Energy, UK
  • Ahmed Heikal, Chairman and Founder, Qalaa Holdings, Egypt
  • Mohamed El Kettani, Chairman and CEO, Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco (TBC, invited)
  • Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman, Afreximbank
 Moderator: Isha Sesay, Anchor, CNN (TBC)

  • 15:30 - 16:00

TRANSITION

  • 16:00 - 17:00

CLOSING DIALOGUE: FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT

Two of the entrepreneurs will recount their experience, policy outcomes and any other thoughts and ideas that emerged from their discussions. Two generations coming together to discuss solutions for Africa.

Moderator: Isha Sesay, Anchor, CNN (TBC)