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

Rotunda room, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC


1:00 – 2:00PM Registration

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

2:15PM  Interactive Investor Session with African and Global Investors, in partnership with PYXERA Global


  • Deirdre White, CEO |PYXERA Global
  • Matt Clark, Senior Global Engagement Manager |PYXERA Global



4:30PM Chairman Remarks: Robert A. Mosbacher, Jr. | Former President & CEO, OPIC and Chairman, Mosbacher Energy Company





Mark Green, U.S. Administrator | International Development (USAID)




Jonathan Nash, Acting Chief Executive Officer | Millennium Challenge Corporation




Ambassador Donald Yamamoto, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs | U.S. Department of State




5:15PM POLICY ROUNDTABLE: “Shaping U.S.-Africa Trade and Economic Policy to Improve Africa’s Investment Environment”


  • Gregory Simpkins, Majority Staff Director| House Subcommittee on Africa
  • Algene Sajery, Professional Staff Director | Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Merin Rajadurai, Chairman, Secretary of State Open Forum | US State Department
  • Scott Eisner, Vice President, Africa Business Initiative | US Chamber of Commerce


6:15PM Reception, sponsored by African Development Bank



Charles O. Boamah, Senior Vice-President  | African Development Bank Group




Thursday, October 12, 2017

Covington, One CityCenter, 850 10th St NW, Washington, DC


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  INVESTOR DIALOGUE: Growing Africa’s ‘Missing Middle’: Investing in Dynamic African Companies



Hurley Doddy, Managing Director, Founding Partner, and Co-CEO  |  Emerging Capital Partners (ECP)






Bunmi Akinyemiju, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer  |  Venture Garden Group



10:00AM PANEL SESSION 1: Attracting Private Equity Investments to Propel Inclusive Growth Opportunities for African Companies

Small and medium-sized enterprises are the engines of job creation and economic growth in Africa. The African continent presents tremendous opportunities for private equity investors to obtain relatively high returns on investments compared to other regions of the world. This session will feature a panel of private equity investors, African private sector leaders and high-level government officials who will draw attention to opportunities, constraints and risks to PE investment in African companies. The panel will also highlight the industry sectors that PE firms will invest in to spur growth and explore solutions to closing the funding gap.

MODERATOR: Carol Pineau, Anchor | Africa Today TV

  • Pr. Dorothé C. Sossa, Permanent Secretary | OHADA
  • James Polan, Vice-President |  Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • Bobby Pittman, Managing Partner | Kupanda Capital
  • Justin Chinyanta, Chairman and Executive Officer | Loita Group
  • Donna Sims Wilson, President| Smith Graham
  • Yaw Osafo-Marfo, Senior Minister | Government of Ghana


11:15AM Coffee Break


11:45AM Spotlight on Rockefeller Foundation’s Yieldwise initiative

11:50AM PANEL SESSION 2: “Strengthening the Value Chain: Financing Africa’s Agro-processing Industry”

Tapping into the enormous potential offered in the agriculture sector by moving away from large-scale commodity production to agricultural industrialization can contribute to spurring Africa’s growth and global competitiveness. By investing in agro-processing, African countries can reduce spending on agricultural imports and strengthen the agricultural value chain. This session brings together investors, African and global private sector leaders and policymakers to discuss increasing investment opportunities in agribusinesses to accelerate the development of the African agro-processing industry for value addition in agriculture.

MODERATOR: Carol Pineau, Anchor | Africa Today TV

  • Rasheed Sarumi, CEO | Saroafrica International Ltd.
  • Poorva Pandya,  Project Head | Export Trading Group
  • Vijay Sardana, Head, Food Security & Agribusiness | UPL
  • Dr. Yaw Ansu, Chief Economist | African Center for Economic Transformation


1:00PM Networking Luncheon



Remarks: Hon. Hadizatou Rosine Coulibaly/Sori, Minister of Finance, Government of Burkina Faso



2:00PM   Africa investor (Ai) Development Finance-Institutional Investor Roundtable

The Ai Development Finance-Institutional Investor Roundtable, is a dialogue platform for DFI’s, policy makers and asset owners on investing in Africa.

This Africa investor (Ai) leaders roundtable, will feature an institutional investor public partnership’s (IIPP) dialogue, led by Ministers of Finance, institutional investors and Development Finance leaders, on the products, policies and roles Development Finance Institutions (DFI’s) and policy makers can play, to facilitate greater institutional allocations to public and private markets in Africa and African infrastructure as an investable asset class.

MODERATOR: Hubert Danso, CEO & Vice Chairman, Africa Investor

  • Nic Firzili, Director-General |  World Pensions Council
  • John Espinosa, Managing Director | TIAA Investments
  • Chuck Burbridge, Executive Director | Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund
  • Symerre Grey-Johnson, Head, Regional Integration, Infrastructure and Trade Division | NEPAD
  • Joshua Franzel, President and CEO  | Center for State and Local Government Excellence
  • Gavin Wilson, CEO  |  IFC Asset Management Company


3:30PM Coffee Break

3:45PM  KEYNOTE ADDRESS: African Diaspora as a Market – Insights and Strategic Implications 



Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah,  President and Chairman of the Board of Directors | Afreximbank



4:00PM  PANEL SESSION 3: “Exploring Franchise Investment Opportunities: Win-Win for Building Africa’s Private Sector?”

As home to some of the world’s fastest economies and a growing middle class, franchising offers tremendous opportunities to strengthen private sector development and advance inclusive growth in Africa. International and African franchises are steadily expanding across the continent, contributing to job creation and building local supply chains. This session will feature a panel of U.S. and African franchisors and franchisees, investors, and legal experts who will give an overview of franchise investment opportunities and outline financing options and legal frameworks in expanding franchises in Africa as well as the U.S.

MODERATOR: Yinka Adegoke, Africa editor | Quartz

  • Kendal Tyre, Partner | Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Rick Angiuoni, Director, Africa Global Business Development Division | Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Michael H. Seid, Managing Director |  MSA Worldwide
  • Scott Lehr,  Senior Vice President, U.S. & International Development  & Conferences | International Franchise Association


5:15PM Closing Remarks & IGD Moving Forward

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


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