Norwegian-African Business Summit 2013

Date: Friday 01. November 2013
Venue: Radisson BLU Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo (Show map)
Event contact: Eivind Fjeldstad
Phone: (+47) 959 69 631


The Norwegian-African Business Summit 2013 will take place at the RadissonBLU Scandinavia Hotel in Oslo/Norway on Friday the 1st of November.

This year’s topic is “Breaking down barriers: how to succeed on the African continent”. Attend this year’s Summit to learn practical, hands-on advice on how to overcome barriers when doing business in African markets. Get the best advice from investors and entrepreneurs who have succeeded. Learn valuable experiences from our panel focusing on “people and partnerships”. Special sessions include focus on human resources, finance and “navigating new waters” – focusing on security/due diligence/political risk/anti-corruption. Meet 20+ African embassies/Ambassadors and experts ready to meet you during the NABA Ambassador speed dating.

If you have any questions regarding this year’s Summit, please email:

Take advantage of our early bird discount of 15 percent if you register by 10th of October.


08:15 – 09:00Registration, coffee and tea
09:00 – 10:30PLENARY SESSION PART IModerator: Zeinab Badawi, BBC
Introductory remarksHow can the Norwegian government help break down barriers to investing in Africa?- Mr. Børge Brende, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Ms. Dilek Ayhan, State Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry
- Mr. Finn Kristian Aamodt, Senior Vice President, Innovation Norway
Keynote speech- Mr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Central Bank Governor, Nigeria
Keynote interview - Mr. Aliko Dangote, President/CEO, Dangote group
10:30 – 11:00Networking break, refreshments
11:00 – 12:30PLENARY SESSION PART II: People and Partnerships
Panel: People and Partnerships
Identifying and developing productive partnerships in an African context
- Ms. Phuti Mahanyele, CEO, Shanduka Group
- Mr. Kjell Roland, Managing Director, Norfund
- Mr. Arne Cartridge, Director, Grow Africa
- Mr. William Asiko, CEO, The Investment Climate Facility for Africa
- Ms. Nita Kapoor, Director General, FK Norway

Moderator: Mr. Jonathan Ledgard, The Economist
12:30 – 14:00Networking lunch
SESSION I: Linking capital to African opportunities- Mr. Ivor Ichikowitz, Executive Chairman, Transafrica Capital
- Mr. Nicola Padovani, Head of Risk Management, FM Capital Partners
- Hon. Fifi Kwetey, Minister of State, Office of the President, Government of Ghana
- Mr. Jon David Haugse, Adviser, Aktivt Eierskap AS

Moderator: Mr. Lanre Akinola, Editor, This is Africa/Financial Times
SESSION II: Navigating new waters – Deciphering political risk, security, corruption, due diligence and local content- Mr. Steven Fox, CEO, Veracity Worldwide
- Mr. David Middleton, Director of Operations, Pasco Risk Management
- Ms. Jean Devlin, Associate Director Africa, Control Risks
- Ms. Gloria Masika, Lawyer, Arntzen de Besche
- Mr. Christian F. Michelet, Partner, Arntzen de Besche

Moderator: Jonathan Ledgard, The Economist
SESSION III: Overcoming the people barrier – identifying and developing human resources- Mr. Terje Osmundsen, Senior Vice President, Scatec Solar
- Mr. Marius Koestler, Advisor East Africa, NABA
- Mr. Alexander Lindeman, Talent Developer Africa, Human Resource Boosters
- Ms. Lucrezia Biteete, CEO, Laboremus Uganda

Moderator: Heidi Berg, Norfund
15:45 – 17:00SPEED DATING
Sign up for speed meetings during the breaks to meet:

- African Ambassadors/embassy representatives (18 embassies confirmed)
- Experts on political risk, anti-corruption, due diligence, security and local content
- Eksportkreditt Norge and GIEK (Guarantee Institute for Export Credit)
- Information Office for Private Sector Development
- Toll og avgiftsdirektoratet (TAD)
- FK Norway
- Innovation Norway
17:00 – 18:00Reception