The Frontier 100 Forum is an exclusive, invitation-only event that brings together CEOs and senior executives from IGD’s Frontier Leader network to offer insight, collaborate, and advance initiatives in key sectors of Africa. The Frontier 100 Forum is an integral part of our mission to leverage business solutions for inclusive growth.

The Fall Frontier 100 Forum took place on October 4-5 in Washington, DC. Under the theme, “Unleashing an Enabling Environment for Africa’s Private Sector to Achieve Inclusive Growth” , the forum focused on engaging with African governments and bilateral donors to create an enabling environment to achieve inclusive growth and accelerate progress on the Africa Development Bank’s “High Fives”, the bank’s five new priority areas for continent’s transformation.


Burling Room, Covington – 850 Tenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Afreximbank and Exim Bank of China: Collaborating for Africa’s Industrialization and Economic Success

Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah, President | African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank). To read the  full remarks, please click here

Chinese Investment in Africa: A Balanced View of China’s Role and Impact on Africa’s Private Sector


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China has become a major investor in Africa, particularly after it pledged $60 billion for African development at the 6th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held December 2015 in South Africa. The panel discussion will delve into key issues, including a comparison of Chinese investment with investments from other regions of the world. It will also explore the prospects and challenges of trilateral cooperation between Chinese, American, and African companies and assess whether Chinese investment will exert a positive impact on employment and the African private sector.

Moderator: Dr. Deborah Brautigam, Director |China Africa Research Initiative, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University

  • The Honorable Henry Rotich,  Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury | Republic of Kenya
  • Dr. Witney Schneidman, Senior International Advisor for Africa | Covington
  • Dr. Hippolyte Fofack, Chief Economist and Director, Department of Research and International Cooperation | African Export-Import Bank
  • Ambassador Helen Hai, CEO | Made in Africa Initiative, UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador
  • Nick Earlam, Chief Executive Officer and Director | Plexus Cotton Ltd.
  • Michelle Na Zhang, Former Consultant | China Development Bank


Keynote Address: Unleashing an Enabling Environment for Africa’s Private Sector to Achieve Inclusive Growth (High 5s)

Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, President | African Development Bank 

PANEL SESSION: Light up and Power Africa

Frontier 100 Forum of the Initiative for Global Development, Washington, DC, Oct. 6, 2106. Photo: Jay Mallin jay@jaymallinphotos.com

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Power shortages cost Africa about two to four percent of gross national product each year, undermining economic growth and job creation. Without access to power, Africa’s global competitiveness and economic growth will continue to lag behind other regions of the world. This session will explore how to engage the private sector in a transformative partnership-driven effort to achieve universal access to energy in Africa by 2025. Panelists will put forth solutions on creating an enabling policy environment for energy access, transforming utility companies for success, increasing innovative financing and bankable energy projects, and accelerating regional projects to drive integration.

Moderator: Alan Kasujja, Presenter, Newsday | BBC News

  • The Honorable Dana Hyde, CEO | Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Alex Rugamba, Director, Energy, Environment, and Climate Change | African Development Bank
  • Uche Orji, Managing Director & CEO | Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority
  • Alaa Alessa, Managing Director | Endeavor Energy

PANEL SESSION:  Bolstering African Economies through Industrialization and Trade for Economic Prosperity

Frontier 100 Forum of the Initiative for Global Development, Washington, DC, Oct. 6, 2106. Photo: Jay Mallin jay@jaymallinphotos.com

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Today, Africa remains the least diversified region in the world with most economies largely fueled by the export of mineral and agricultural resources. By diversifying production and export bases and increasing investment in industrialization and trade facilitation, African countries can transform their economies through commodity-based industrialization. This session will focus on strengthening an enabling environment for African economies to grow and prosper by expanding trade and boosting the capacity for industrialization to create jobs and improve quality of life in Africa.

Moderator: Alan Kasujja, Presenter, Newsday |  BBC News

  • Florizelle Liser, U.S. Trade Representative for Africa | Office of USTR
  • Dr. Désiré Vencatachellum, Director, Resource Mobilization and External Finance Department | African Development Bank
  • Alain Ebobissé, CEO | Africa50
  • Temitope Illuyemi, Associate Director, Global Government Relations, Sub-Saharan Africa | Procter & Gamble
  • Richard China, President & CEO | International Green Structures
  • Irene Yuan Sun, Engagement Manager | McKinsey & Company; Author | The Next Factory of the World 

Private Sector-Led Development:  Launch of IGD’s PIND-NDPI Impact Assessment Report


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IGD released a groundbreaking impact assessment report, “Pioneering New Operating Models and Measurement Techniques for Private Sector-Led Development: Assessing Impact in Nigeria’s Niger Delta” in July 2016.  The report is a culmination of a comprehensive, institutional-level impact as­sessment of the first five years of operations of Chevron-supported nongovernmental organizations Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), based in Nigeria, and its U.S-based strategic partner the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative Foundation (NDPI).

The report has garnered international attention for its findings and innovative methods to measure private sector and market-systems based approaches to development. Together, IGD and NDPI will highlight key findings from the report, including the critical success factors that the private sector can use to operate in complex environments.

  • Adrienne Gifford, Senior Advisor | IGD & Founder and Principal | Oceti Advisors
  • Eniola Mafe, Program Manager | Niger Delta Partnership Initiative Foundation (NDPI)

PANEL SESSION: Feed AfricaTransforming Africa’s Agriculture Sector

Frontier 100 Forum of the Initiative for Global Development, Washington, DC, Oct. 6, 2106. Photo:  Jay Mallin    jay@jaymallinphotos.com

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Africa has the potential to become a powerhouse in providing food to the world. This session will feature a panel of experts who will discuss how to transform Africa’s agriculture sector from largely subsistence farming into a business that generates wealth and diversifies economies. Key African and U.S. government officials and representatives of leading African agribusiness companies will highlight solutions to improve access to high quality inputs and technologies to increase value addition and achieve transformation in agriculture value chains.

Moderator: Alan Kasujja, Presenter, Newsday | BBC News

  • The Honorable Dr. Dogo Seck, Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture | Republic of Senegal
  • Kapil Kapoor, Ag. Vice President for Sector Operations | African Development Bank
  • Dr. Beth Dunford, Assistant to the Administrator, Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future | USAID
  • Morgan Nzwere, CEO | SeedCo Limited
  • Gavin Dalgleish, Group Managing Director | Illovo Sugar Ltd.
  • Nii Simmonds, Trade, Diaspora and Agribusiness Entrepreneurship | World Bank Group

Legislative Session on U.S.-Africa Policy: Shaping a U.S.-Africa Agenda by Engaging the Private Sector


A bipartisan panel of legislative directors from the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate Subcommittees on Africa, will review the White House’s signature initiatives and present a legislative agenda of U.S.-Africa policy, to date, and pending legislation.

Moderator: Scott Eisner, President | U.S. Africa Business Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

  • Thomas Mancinelli, Foreign Policy Legislative Assistant | Senate Subcommittee on Africa, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)
  • Gregory Simpkins, Majority Staff Director | House Subcommittee on Africa, Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ)
  • Margot Sullivan, Minority Staff Director | House Subcommittee on Africa, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA)

Conversation on the Outcomes of the U.S. Africa Business Forum: Expanding Engagement with Africa’s Private Sector

Frontier 100 Forum of the Initiative for Global Development, Washington, DC, Oct. 6, 2106. Photo: Jay Mallin jay@jaymallinphotos.com

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Bloomberg Philanthropies and the U.S. Department of Commerce co-hosted the 2nd U.S. Africa Business Forum in late-September during the 71st session of the UN General Assembly. African heads of state and U.S. and African business leaders gathered for the one-day forum to strengthen trade and business opportunities between the United States and Africa. This Conversation will feature highlights from the forum and identify next steps to expand greater engagement with Africa’s private sector and contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth.

Moderator: Hubert Danso, CEO and Vice-Chairman | Africa Investor (Ai) Group

  • The Honorable Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs | U.S. Department of State
  • The Honorable Michael Lally, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa | U.S. Department of Commerce
  • James Polan, Vice-President of the Small and Medium Enterprise Finance Department | Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
  • Enoh T. Ebong, Deputy Director | U.S. Trade and Development Agency
  • Charles Boamah, Vice President and CFO | African Development Bank Group
  • Andrew Alli, CEO | Africa Finance Corporation


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