African and global business leaders will gather for the Initiative for Global Development’s Fall Frontier 100 Forum on October 11-12, 2017, in Washington, D.C.  Under the theme,“Growing ‘The Middle’: Investing in African Companies for the Continent’s Economic Transformation”, the Fall Forum will focus on increasing U.S. investment in Africa and investing in African mid-sized companies for sustainable development and inclusive growth.

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 part of IGD’s mission to leverage business solutions for inclusive growth.




Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Capitol Hill

1:00 – 2:00PM Registration

2:00PM Welcome
Dr. Mima S. Nedelcovych, President & CEO | Initiative for Global Development

Chairman Remarks
Robert A. Mosbacher, Jr. | Former President & CEO, OPIC and Chairman, Mosbacher Energy Company

2:15PM Keynote Address: “The Perfect Match: Forging Partnerships Between U.S. and African Private Sector Leaders for Africa’s Economic Transformation”

2:30PM Interactive Investor Session with African and Global Investors, in partnership with PYXERA Global

4:30PM Fireside Chat & Legislative Roundtable: “Shaping U.S.-Africa Trade and Economic Policy to Improve Africa’s Investment Environment”

6:00PM Reception


Thursday, October 12, 2017


8:00AM Registration

8:30AM Continental Breakfast

9:00AM Opening Remarks
Dr. Mima S. Nedelcovych, President & CEO | Initiative for Global Development

Witney Schneidman, Senior International Advisor for Africa | Covington & Burling LLP

9:10AM Keynote Address: Growing Africa’s ‘Missing Middle’: Investing in Dynamic African Companies

9:30AM PANEL SESSION 1: Attracting Private Equity Investments to Propel Inclusive Growth Opportunities for African Companies

10:45AM Coffee Break

11:15AM Spotlight on Rockefeller Foundation’s Yieldwise initiative

11:30AM PANEL SESSION 2: “Strengthening the Value Chain: Financing Africa’s Agro-processing Industry”

12:45PM Networking Luncheon

1:45PM  Investor Conversation: African & US Investors

3:30PM Coffee Break

3:45PM PANEL SESSION 3: “Exploring Franchise Investment Opportunities: Win-Win for Building Africa’s Private Sector?”

5:00PM Closing Remarks & IGD Moving Forward

5:30PM Africa Investment Rising Celebration Reception: Launch of “Increasing U.S. Investment in Africa” grassroots effort


>>Read the 2017 Spring Frontier 100 Forum press release

>> Find out who attended the forum.
>>Check out a video recap and  photo highlights from the forum
>>Listen to the first “Making Farming Cool! podcast
>> Follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Hashtag: #Frontier100