FREE for AGF subsribers / $30 guests
Join AGF and leading industry experts on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 for a webinar to discuss African infrastructure space
Infrastructure development in Africa: an Attractive opportunity or a complex challenge?
Start Date: July 22nd, 2020
Time: 9:00AM - 10:00AM (EST) // 14:00 - 15:00 (UK) // 15:00 - 16:00 SA
- Infrastructure gap and what it means for employment and GDP growth
- Funding challenges and role of government and private sector
- Project development and lack of bankable projects
- Commercial returns and yields
- Key sectors, investment opportunities and promoter risks
- Climate agenda and SDG goals
His overall responsibility in AFC includes Treasury, Trade Finance , Debt Syndication , Country & Investor Relations and Financial Advisory.
He is a Guest Lecturer at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and at the University of Amsterdam Business School and continues to speak at other universities globally and various think tanks.
Mr. Gupta has 30 years of experience in Investment and Fund Management, Private Equity and Corporate Finance.
His forte has been to blend together global and indigenous corporates, financial investors and governments to develop commercially viable business and development models that leave a sustainable impact on emerging market economies.
Prior to joining AFC, Mr. Gupta was the Managing Partner of Emerging Markets Mergers and Acquisitions Center of Excellence at Ernst and Young. He has also been the Chief Executive Officer of Sanlam Investment Management Emerging Markets operations and was a Founder & Managing Partner of Emerging Opportunity Consulting, an advisory firm specialising in SME financing.
Among his other interests, he currently serves as a Non Executive Director and Trustee in UK based NGO Common Purpose ,chairs their Student Programme, is the Advisor to a Dubai based Family Office , mentors young professionals on doing business in emerging markets and also is an Advisory Board Member in Africa’s premier Networking organization Invest Africa.
Mr Gupta is an active speaker and writer on emerging market challenges, cultural intelligence and diversity management issues. He has spoken to various audiences and at numerous conferences, webinars and motivational forums.
Mr. Gupta is an Alumnus of the Said Business School, University of Oxford, England and also an alumnus of the MIT Sloan School of Management, USA. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, India (FCA).
Paromita has 14 years of infrastructure finance experience gained in project, corporate and structured finance as well as M&A in primarily developing and emerging economies. She has worked with the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund since 2009. Prior to this, Paromita worked for DVB Bank in their Global Advisory & M&A business in London, for Ernst & Young (India) in Transaction Advisory Services as well as in the Structured Finance department of SBI Capital Markets, India. She is an Electrical Engineer and holds an MBA with majors in finance and operations.
Lesley is an executive with extensive international experience in insurance and investment management. He is currently the CEO of the African Risk Capacity (ARC) Ltd. ARC Ltd is a specialist insurance company that provides parametric insurance coverage to African countries against extreme weather events and natural disasters.
Lesley spent close to a decade in various senior management roles in insurance and asset management with the AXA Group in London, Paris and Singapore, including as CEO of a Lloyd’s of London insurance syndicate, Head of Corporate Development for AXA Global Asset Management and Chief Investment Officer for AXA Singapore.
Prior to joining the AXA Group, he was Vice President, Investments at AXIS Capital in Bermuda, as part of an institutional investment team managing US$15 billion in a global multi-asset investment portfolio. He began his professional career with Deloitte, where he had various assignments in corporate finance, audit, tax advisory. He currently serves as a Non-Executive Director for various financial services companies around the world.
Lesley is a graduate of Christ Church, University of Oxford in England and at the Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD) in France. He is a CFA charter holder, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales and a member of the Institute of Directors.
Kenza Bounjou, partner at Dentons in Casablanca, is primarily active in banking and project finance (including public-private partnerships). She regularly assists banks and other international financial institutions as well as borrowers in the fields of energy and infrastructure. Kenza has also developed an extensive experience in industrial projects and real estate developments in Morocco. She has a broad knowledge of the legal and business environment in Morocco and Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as a good understanding of the operational issues specific to the region. Before joining Dentons, Kenza worked as an associate with the Banking/Project Finance teams of White & Case in Paris and Allen & Overy in Casablanca. She has also worked for the legal department of Credit Agricole CIB in New York City.
Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa, is an expert on infrastructure development, retail supply chains, agri-business, and investment for African markets. Agility, a leading global provider of logistics and related infrastructure solutions for the oil and gas and FMCG markets, has over $5.6 billion in revenue, 26,000 employees, and offices in more than 100 countries. Mr White is a member of the Agility Strategic Advisory Board.
Agility is funding and developing an extensive network of warehouse distribution parks across Africa to provide international standard infrastructure to support both multinational corporations and the growth of SME’s in Africa and the development of African trade regionally and globally.
Mr. White joined Agility in 2014 after serving as CEO of Lonrho Plc for 8 years, where he developed product supply chains for some of the world’s largest retailers and developed essential infrastructure and logistics facilities for Africa’s burgeoning oil and gas industry. Mr. White’s career path has included working with Thomas Tilling Plc, BTR Plc, Asda Plc, Hilton, Ford PAG, and a leading Middle Eastern private investment office.
Mr. White frequently comments on Africa for the BBC, CNN, CNBC, Forbes, and at the World Economic Forum, AU, NEPAD, Royal Africa Society, Chatham House, The Economist and other important African forums.