Oslo: Africa in 2020 – what to expect?

Member meeting

Yara International, Drammensveien 131, Skøyen, Oslo


As in 2019, we will start the NABA year by looking into the future: what will happen on the continent in 2020?

Join our distinguished speakers Ms. Jean Devlin, Mr. Lanre Akinola and Mr. Anders Blom who will give you an update on business, politics and economics in the year to come. Caroline Wirschke from Equinor (and NABA’s board) will moderate. The meeting is co-hosted by Norfund.

Price for attendance:

NABA members & Norfund partners  – Complimentary
Non-members – NOK 1950,- (excl. VAT)


Jean Devlin
Partner, Control Risks

Jean Devlin leads political risk consulting engagements for Control Risks’ clients across Europe and Africa. She has extensive experience advising clients on investment decisions, ethics and compliance issues, operational analysis and complex problem solving. Jean has regional expertise in sub-Saharan Africa developed over ten years, and is a regular media commentator and public speaker on business implications of political and security dynamics on the continent. Before Control Risks, Jean worked at the UN as part of the Young Professionals’ Programme of United Nations Industrial Development Organization where her work focused on developing innovative financing mechanisms for agribusiness in sub-Saharan Africa, with frequent travel to the region. She previously worked as part of the UN advocacy team of International Crisis Group in New York and in the Financial Institutions Group of Goldman Sachs in London, covering banking, insurance and private-equity clients.

Jean holds a Masters of Philosophy in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin, both first-class. She holds a certificate in risk management from the Institute of Risk Management.
She has authored and contributed to peer-reviewed publications on topics in development finance. In addition to her native English, Jean speaks Irish and proficient French.

Lanre Akinola
Editor, 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.

Hanna Caroline Wirschke
Vice President GSB, Equinor

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

Anders Blom
Senior Investment Manager – Clean Energy, Norfund

Mr. Anders Blom is a Senior Investment Manager within Norfund’s Clean Energy team. With 14 years experience from across the energy space, he is now deeply involved in financing the energy transition in developing markets, primarily in the distributed generation space.

Mr. Blom holds a Master of Science in Engineering from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Sweden. He has earlier worked for Statoil (now Equinor), WWF International and SN Power, prior to joining Norfund in in 2017.


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Event contact

Eivind Fjeldstad
+47 959 69 631