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 to address poverty.

The Fall Frontier 100 Forum will take 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 will focus 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

3:00PM             Check-In & Registration

3:30PM             Welcome

Robert A. Mosbacher, Jr., Chairman, Mosbacher Energy Company

Witney Schneidman, Senior International Advisor for Africa, Covington

3:40PM             Opening Remarks

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

Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah, President | African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)

3:50PM             An Overview of Chinese Investment in Africa

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

4:05PM            PANEL SESSION:

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

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

6:00PM – 7:00PM Reception
Sponsored by Covington


Rayburn House Office Building – 45 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 

8:00AM            Registration/Continental Breakfast

9:00AM            Opening Remarks

Dr. Mima S. Nedelcovych, President & CEO | Initiative for Global Development

9:10 AM          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 


9:30AM           PANEL SESSION:

Light up and Power Africa

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

10:45AM           Coffee Break


11:15AM          PANEL SESSION:

Bolstering African Economies through Industrialization and Trade for Economic Prosperity

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 


12:30PM         Networking Luncheon 


1:30PM          Private Sector-Led Development:

Launch of IGD’s PIND-NDPI Impact Assessment Report

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)


2:00PM           PANEL SESSION:

Feed AfricaTransforming Africa’s Agriculture Sector

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


3:15PM           Coffee Break


3:30PM          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)


5:00PM          Coffee Break

5:15PM           Conversation on the Outcomes of the U.S. Africa Business Forum 

Expanding Engagement with Africa’s Private Sector

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

6:00PM          Close & IGD Moving Forward

6:15PM          Africa Investment Rising Reception
The Gold Room, Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Avenue SW
Sponsored by the Inaugural Africa Investment Rising Campaign Sponsors in celebration of the Official Launch of the Campaign and the signing of a Collaborative Agreement between IGD and the African Development Bank.


For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.igdleaders.org or contact Mariel Iezzoni at miezzoni@igdleaders.org



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