Africa in 2018: what to expect?


Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29, 0167 Oslo, Norge


As in 2017, we will start the NABA year by looking into the future: what will happen on the continent in 2018? Join our distinguished speakers who will give you an update on business, politics and economics in the year to come.


08:15: Breakfast

08:30: Welcome by NABA Managing Director Eivind Fjeldstad

08:33: Africa in 2018 – from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. State Secretary Ms. Marianne Hagen.

08:45: Africa’s Economic Outlook 2018 – Roy Mutooni, Analyst, ABSA Africa fund

09:00: Political risk – what we need to know about Africa in 2018? Imad Mesdoua, Senior Consultant Africa, Control Risks

09:15: Norfund’s investments in Africa this year – perspectives from CEO Mr. Kjell Roland.

09:15 – 10:00: Discussion and q&a – moderated by Ms. Hanna Caroline Wirschke, Statoil and NABA Board Director


Imad Mesdoua
Senior Consultant Africa, Control Risks

As senior consultant on the Africa desk, Imad leads Control Risks’ political risk consultancy engagements in sub-Saharan Africa. In this role, he works closely with our extensive team of country
analysts, business intelligence consultants and security risk management experts to deliver complex and sensitive consultancy engagements in Africa. He specialises in North and West Africa.

Imad has lived and travelled extensively in the region, conducting regular research, consulting and
business development trips across Africa. He is also a regular commentator on TV, radio and print media on political and security dynamics across Africa. Before joining Control Risks, Imad worked as a political risk analyst for a number of London-based risk consultancies, where he covered the Maghreb and West Africa. He has appeared as an expert witness before several parliamentary hearings (UK House of Commons 2013 and UK House of Lords 2015) and regularly attends conferences as a speaker. Imad holds a master's degree in International Public Policy from the University College London (UCL) and is fluent in Arabic, French, English and Spanish.

Roy Mutooni
Analyst for the ABSA Africa fund

18 years capital markets experience in South Africa and Kenya, covering private equity, consulting, stockbroking and asset management industries with extensive experience in the analysis of capital intensive and diversified industrial companies operating throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Roy was ranked Top 5 on Financial Mail’s Analyst of the year survey between 2005 and 2014, and no. 1 on Institutional Investor’s Analyst survey for Construction and engineering in 2011. He is a CFA charterholder.

Kjell Roland
Managing Director, Norfund

Kjell Roland holds a Master of Science degree from the department of Economics at the University of Oslo, a lower degree in Philosophy from University of Tromsø and has been a visiting scholar at the Department of Economics and Department Operations Research at Stanford University. Roland was partner and CEO in ECON Management AS and ECON Analysis over two decades. He co-founded ECON in 1986. As consultant, he has worked on macro-economics, energy and environmental issues for private companies, governments and international organizations such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Since 2006 he has been the CEO of Norfund (the Norwegian government's investment fund for developing countries).

Marianne Hagen
State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Marianne Hagen became State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2017 after nine years as head of communications at the Royal Court. Before her position at the Royal Court she was the advisor for the CEO at the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association.

Hanna Caroline Wirschke
Statoil and NABA Board Director

Ms. Hanna C. Wirschke is the Head of Communication -Operations, Technology & Partner-Operated Licenses, DPI for Statoil.
Ms. Wirschke has previously worked as Senior Political Analyst for Statoil for the region of Sub Saharan Africa, focusing on Global Strategy and Business Development. She has also worked as Financial and Political Risk analyst for the AKE Group in the United Kingdom. She holds an MA in International Peace and Security Studies from King’s College London.


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Event contact

Eivind Fjeldstad
+47 95969631