Oslo: Africa in 2019 – what to expect?

Member meeting

Middelthuns gate 27, 0368 Oslo, Norway


As in 2018, we will start the NABA year by looking into the future: what will happen on the continent in 2019? Join our distinguished speakers (see under) who will give you an update on business, politics and economics in the year to come. This year we will also organise country roundtables for some selected countries. Lunch will be served during the country roundtables (10:30 – 11:30.)

Country roundtables:

Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania



Hanna Caroline Wirschke
Vice President Communication, Global Strategy and Business Development (GSB), Equinor and Board Director in NABA

Ms. Hanna C. Wirschke is Vice President Communication, Global Strategy and Business Development (GSB) in Equnor. 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.

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.

Georges Desvaux
Managing Partner, McKinsey & Co

Based in Johannesburg, Georges is the McKinsey managing partner for Africa. From 2011 to 2015, he was the managing partner of Japan. He also worked in Beijing from 1999 to 2006, and Paris from 2006 to 2011. Georges is also a member of McKinsey’s Shareholders’ Council, the firm's governing body.

Georges is a leader of our Marketing Practice and has authored articles and research on consumer and macroeconomic trends as well as building our Consumer Insights and Analytics capabilities.

Georges devotes much of his time and energy to developing McKinsey’s global talent and has initiated and co-led McKinsey’s “Women Matter” research on the role of women in corporations since 2007.

Lanre Akinola
Editor of Nurmara

Mr. Lanre Akinola is the Editor of Nurmara, focused on analysis of the policy and the business environment across the continent.

He was previously the editor of This Is Africa, a Financial Times Ltd publication focused on analysis of the policy and business environment, as well as Africa’s strategic relationships with other world regions.

Mr. Akinola has worked with the World Economic Forum, Rockefeller Foundation, OECD, Bloomberg TV, and BBC. He holds a BA in politics from SOAS, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.


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Price for attendance:
NABA & NHO Members  – Complimentary
Non-members – NOK 1950,- (excl. VAT)

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Event contact

Eivind Fjeldstad