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 4-6 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             An Overview of Chinese Investment in Africa

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

4:00PM            PANEL SESSION: Chinese Investment in Africa: A Balanced View of China’s Role and Impact on Africa’s Private Sector

Moderator: Annette Nijs, Executive Director Global Initiative | China Europe International Business School

  • Witney Schneidman, Senior International Advisor for Africa | Covington
  • Dr. Hyppolyte Fofack, Chief Economist and Director, Department of Research and International Cooperation | African Export-Import Bank
  • Michelle Na Zhang, Consultant | World Bank Group. Formerly of China Development Bank

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


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

8:00AM            Registration/Continental Breakfast

9:00AM            Opening Remarks
9:00AM            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 Adesina, President | African Development Bank (TBC)

9:30AM           PANEL SESSION: Powering Africa

10:45AM           Coffee Break

11:15AM          PANEL SESSION: Bolstering African Economies through Industrialization and Trade for Economic Prosperity

  • Florizelle Liser, U.S. Trade Representative for Africa | Office of USTR
  • Temitope Illuyemi, Associate Director, Global Government Relations, Sub-Sahara Africa | Procter & Gamble
  • Yohannes Mekbebe, General Manager | Yeshi Group

12:30PM          Luncheon 

1:30PM          Private Sector-Led Development: Launch of IGD’s PIND-NDPI Impact Assessment Report  

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


2:00PM           PANEL SESSION: Transforming Africa’s Agriculture Sector

  • Morgan Nzwere, CEO | SeedCo Ltd.
  • Nii Simmonds, Trade, Diaspora and Agribusiness Entrepreneurship | World Bank Group
  • Kapil Kapoor, Ag. Vice-President for Operations | African Development Bank

3:15PM           Coffee Break


3:30PM          Legislative Session on U.S.-Africa Policy – Shaping a U.S.-Africa Agenda by Engaging the Private Sector

  • 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)
  • Colleen Donnelly, National Security Policy Advisor | Senate Subcommittee on Africa, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) – TBC
  • Thomas Mancinelli, Foreign Policy Legislative Assistant | Senate Subcommittee on Africa, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) – TBC


5:00PM          Coffee Break

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

6:00PM          Close & IGD Moving Forward

6:15PM          Africa Investment Rising Reception
The Gold Room, Rayburn House Office Building
Sponsored by Inaugural Sponsors of Africa Investment Rising campaign

7:30PM          Reception Ends



Africa Investor’s CEO Investment Summit co-sponsored by Africa Investor and World Bank in collaboration with IGD

For more information and to register with IGD special discount, please complete the registration form here!

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