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Meet the experts – a new concept at the Nordic-African Business Summit 2016

Participants at this year’s Nordic-African Business Summit will for the first time be able to book relevant speed meetings in our ”meet the experts” session from 15:25 -17:00 in meeting room: Telemark.

If you would like to book a meeting, please send an email with your requested meetings to Ms. Benedicte Ålskog: benedicte.alskog@gmail.com


On Finance


Norfund – the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries – invests in the establishment and development of profitable and sustainable enterprises in developing countries. Norfund cooperates with partners that have the best potential for commercial success – Norwegian or international.

Representative: Mr. Ola Nafstad, Director, Strategy & Analysis – Norfund

The Nordic Environment Finance Company (NEFCO)

The Nordic Environment Finance Company (NEFCO) is an international financial institution established by the five Nordic countries. NEFCO finances green growth investments of interest to the Nordic region, as well as climate projects across the world. We also offer grant funding for internationalisation to Nordic small and medium-sized enterprises through the Nordic Project Fund.

Representative: Mr. Mikael Reims, Head of Nordic Project Fund

The Norwegian Export Credit Guarantee Agency (GIEK)

The Norwegian Export Credit Guarantee Agency (GIEK) GIEK’s mandate is to promote Norwegian exports, ensure Norwegian value creation and serve as a good financial partner and adviser for Norwegian exporters by issuing guarantees on behalf of the state.

Representative: Mr. Georg Kervel, Senior Vice President, GIEK

Export Credit Norway

Export Credit Norway helps Norwegian exporters to succeed abroad by offering Norwegian and foreign companies competitive financing when they buy goods and services from Norwegian exporters.

Representative: TBC

TRK Group

TRK Group is an Oslo-based Advisory and Active Ownership Firm, founded by long-term McKinsey Senior Partner Trond Riiber Knudsen. TRK Group is aiming to catalyze growth for promising entrepreneurial ventures across three particularly exciting domains: Disruptive Technologies, Digital service transformation, and Emerging Africa.

Representative: Mr. Trond Riiber Knudsen, investor, Founder and CEO

INTL FCStone Ltd

INTL FCStone Ltd (IFL) specialises in transferring funds to the emerging markets and complex countries. IFL has been an industry leader in providing cross-border payments solutions in exotic currencies for more than two decades to multinational corporations, financial institutions including 10 of the top international banks by total assets, UN agencies, NGOs and governmental agencies in more than 175 countries.

Representative: Mr. Jean-Claude Ngaboyisonga, FX Sales Scandinavia, Global Payments


On Human Resources

FK Norway

FK Norway gives young people in Norway and developing countries the opportunity to experience each other’s reality. About 400 organisations and institutions exchange young people in collaboration with us. The exchange may also take place between developing countries.

Representative: Ms. Mia Charlotte Østergaard, Education & Private Sector Development

International SOS

International SOS is the world’s leading medical and travel security risk services company. We care for clients across the globe, from more than 1,000 locations in 90 countries.

Representative: Dr. Philippe Biberson, Regional Medical Director South Europe & North – West Africa


On Infrastructure / real estate


Rendeavour works in partnership with world-class experts, local developers, governments and local communities, they create large-scale, mixed-use, mixed-income, satellite cities. The company owns more than 30,000 acres (12,000 ha) of land in the urban growth trajectories of major cities in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Representative: Mr. Tim Beighton, Head of Marketing & Communications

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help companies with their legal needs anywhere in the world.

Take this opportunity to meet with representatives from some of DLA Piper’s African offices and relationship firms. They represent local expertise in relevant industries for different African regions:

Johannes Gouws, country managing partner, South Africa, Mouhamed Kebe, partner, Senegal, Mehrteab Leul Kokeb, managing partner, Ethiopia, Fui Sokpoli Tsikata, partner, Ghana, James Mburu Kamau, managing partner, Kenya, Tunde Oyewole, senior partner, Lagos


  • Ms. Berit Reiss-Andersen, Partner
  • Mr. Petar Sekulic, Partner


On Due diligence/transparency issues

Steenstrup Stordrange

Steenstrup Stordrange’s range of expertise covers all aspects of law relating to commerce, trade and business in general. It has practices covering banking and finance, corporate, M&A, tax, restructuring and insolvency, immaterial property and ICT, competition, public procurement, real property, construction, employment, fisheries and aquaculture. Furthermore, the firm has a large and strong litigation practice.

Representative: Mr. Nicolai Skridshol, Partner


On Political risk

Control Risks

Control Risks is an independent, global risk consultancy specialising in helping organisations manage political, integrity and security risks in complex and hostile environments. We support clients by providing strategic consultancy, expert analysis and in-depth investigations, handling sensitive political issues and providing practical on-the-ground protection and support.


  • Ms. Jean Devlin, Director for Africa Consulting
  • Ms. Maria Knapp, Partner for Africa in Control Risks’ Compliance, Forensics and Intelligence department (due diligence/transparency issues)


On Consular services


Comet is a Nordic company with a global presence throughout its comprehensive network of global immigration partners. With more than 30 years of experience and own offices in the Nordic countries, Comet offers their clients fast and reliable assistance with outbound visa processes and immigration cases. We even legalize and translate export and legal documents.


  • Ms. Siri Aspestrand, Team Leader Operations & Customer Services
  • Ms. Mona Strand Blakaj, Handling Officer Visas & Legalizations


On Business development in Africa:

Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA)

Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA), seeks to promote business opportunities on the African continent and serve as a bridge between Norwegian and African business communities. NABA will work to increase more efficient and less risky trade between Norway and Africa.

Representative: Mr. Felix Osok, Regional Director East Africa

Innovation Norway

Innovation Norway is the Norwegian Government’s most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. We support companies in developing their competitive advantage and to enhance innovation.

Representative: Mr.Ole Johan Sandvær, Regional Director Middle East & Africa

The Nigerian Norwegian Chamber of Commerce

The Nigerian Norwegian Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit bilateral Chamber of Commerce established to promote the best of partnerships between commercial, social and cultural interests, primarily but not exclusively, across both Nigeria and Norway.


  • Mr.Adebowale Edward Doherty, Director General
  • Mr. Åsmund Mandal, Executive