Norwegian-African Business Summit 2012

Date: Friday 12. October 2012
Venue: Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel (Show map)
Event contact: Eivind Fjeldstad
Phone: (+47) 959 69 631


The Norwegian-African Business Summit is an unmissable event for decision makers in companies with international ambitions, people in charge of M&A, investors interested in the world’s most exciting emerging markets and business people keen to learn more about the opportunities in African markets. Parallell seminars on oil and gas, renewable energy, finance, agribusiness and telecom/technology.

On 12. October 2012, the Norwegian-African Business Association successfully hosted the Norwegian-African Business Summit at the Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel in Oslo.

We would like to take this opportunity to send a big ‘Thank You’ to all partners, speakers, participants, delegates and volunteers.


08:00 - 09:00 Registration, tea and coffee
09:00 - 10:30 MORNING PROGRAM
Introductory remarks: more Norwegian business in Africa Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Espen Barth Eide
Africa’s growth story – seen from Ghana His Royal Highness Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Ghana
How Google see the future in Africa Mr. Joseph Mucheru, Regional Lead Sub-Saharan Africa, Google
Transforming African agriculture into business opportunities Mr. Jørgen Ole Haslestad, President & CEO, Yara International
10:30 - 10:50 Networking break
The rising continent - a discussion on macro-economy and the drivers of the African consumer story. Where are the opportunities and how should you take advantage of them. Mr. Arend van Wamelen, partner, McKinsey&Co, South Africa
Panel: an African shopping expedition – opportunities for consumer focused players. A growing middle class and demand for consumer goods are making companies begin to look to a future beyond resources. What are the perceived and actual risks when investing in Africa? Editor Anver Versi, African Business Magazine (Moderator)Dr. Jolyon Ford, Senior Analyst Africa, Oxford Analytica Mr. Arend van Wamelen, McKinsey&Co Mr. Kenneth Oyolla, Global Head of Marketing Activation, Nokia Ms. Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, Managing Director of SoleRebels, Ethiopia
Funding opportunities for your Africa venture - The World Bank Group’s funding opportunities when entering African markets Olivier J. L. Lambert, Manager, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, World Bank Group
A Private Equity firm buying and selling an African company - A Private Equity firm takes the audience through an investment they made in the consumer sector discussing valuations, growth/value added, managing and mitigating risks, and exit. Mr. Lloyd West, Vice President, Aureos Advisers Ltd
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch & networking
13:30 - 15:00 PARALLEL SESSIONS, part I
SESSION 1: OIL AND GAS OPPORTUNITIES IN AFRICA, with: - H.E. Aston P. Kajara, Minister of State for Privatisation and Investment, Government of Uganda - Mr. Petter Nore, Director Norad - Mr. Kristian Siem, Chairman, Subsea7 - Mr. Harris Utne, Project Manager, Rystad Energy - Mr. John Small, Chief Executive, Eastern African Association (UK) - Mr. Hans W. Meier-Ewert, Managing Partner, Africa Access - Mr. Oheneba Akwasi Abayie, Ghana - Statoil Representative (TBC)
SESSION 2: TELECOM & TECHNOLOGY IN AFRICA, with: - Mr. Joseph Mucheru, Regional lead, Sub Saharan Africa, Google - Mr. Kenneth Oyolla, Global Head of Marketing Activation, Nokia - Mr. Andreas Thome, Executive Vice President Sales&Marketing, Opera Software - Mr. Finn Helge Tolpinrød, Group CEO, IPX Extenso - Mr. Håvard Hovedhaugen, Acting Deputy Director General, FK Norway
13:30 - 15:30 PARALLEL SESSIONS, part II
FINANCE Understanding and Mitigating Risks in African Markets The political, economic, and financial risks associated with investing in African markets viewed through sovereign risks: how do you manage them and how do you price them? The impact of external shocks – such as the Euro crisis – on African markets; how do you trade in African markets? Speakers: - Mr. Christian Esters, Senior Director Sovereign Ratings. Standard & Poor’s - Mr. Graham Stock, Chief Strategist, Insparo Asset Management (TBC)Keynote: Seeking Alpha–strategies for alpha in Africa equity markets - Dr. Ayo Salami, CIO – Africa funds. Duet Group African Capital Markets – investing in the ‘final frontier’ Coverage of equity capital markets in Africa; update on North Africa; discussion of alpha & beta, liquidity; are African markets still an uncorrelated investment; index investing versus stock picking; IPO outlook. Speakers: - Mr. Lloyd West, Vice President, Aureos Advisers Ltd - Dr. Ayo Salami, CIO Africa, Duet Group - Mr. Tarek Shahin, Portfolio Manager Frontier Markets, Investec Asset Management Interview with Mr. Sverre Thornes, CEO, KLP: How, not Why Africa Why allocate to African markets; what are the expectations of investors when making allocations to Africa; what will it take before more Norwegian capital is allocated towards African markets.
15:10 - 16:40 PARALLEL SESSIONS, part III
SESSION 3: RENEWABLE ENERGY IN AFRICA, with: - Mr. Arvin Gadgil, Deputy Minister of Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Ms. Line Amlund Hagen, INTPOW, Session moderator - Mr. Eddy Njoroge, Managing Director, KenGen - Mr. Mark Davis, Head of Renewable Energy at Norfund - Ms. Carole Rosenlund, International Center for Hydropower - Mr. Karabo Maelane, Investment Promotion Manager, WESGRO - Ambassador Ole Lindeman, Energy+ at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Mr. Alex Blomfield, Senior lawyer, Wikborg Rein
SESSION 4: AGRIBUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN AFRICA, with: - H.E. Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, Minister of the Higher Council for Investment, Republic of Sudan - Mr. Samuel Afari-Dartey, Chief Executive Officer, Forestry Commission of Ghana - Mr. Daniel A. Tanoe, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA) - Dr. Jolyon Ford, Senior Analyst Africa, Oxford Analytica - Ms. Elin Ersdal, Head of Industrial partnerships, Norfund - Mr. Frank Nagel, Region Manager Africa, Rabobank
14:00 - 16:00 Speed-dating with Ambassadors and regional experts
16:40 - 18:00 Reception


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