IGD Fall Frontier 100 Forum to Drive Action on Unlocking Greater U.S. investment in Africa

  • Top U.S. officials will be speakers for a Fireside Chat on greater engagement of Africa’s private sector in the continent’s economic transformation. A Policy Roundtable will focus on shaping U.S.-Africa trade and economic policy.
  • African Development Bank and African Export-Import Bank (Afeximbank) will serve as Collaborating Partners for the IGD Fall Forum.
  • Forum to host the Africa investor (Ai) Development Finance-Institutional Investor Roundtable.

The Initiative for Global Development will hold its Fall Frontier 100 Forum on October 11-12, 2017, in Washington, DC, where African and global business leaders will convene to drive action on unlocking greater U.S. investment in Africa and African mid-sized companies for sustainable development and inclusive growth.

Under the theme “Growing the ‘Middle’: Investing in African Companies for the Continent’s Economic Transformation”, the Fall Frontier 100 Forum will offer insight and scalable solutions on spurring investment opportunities to grow African companies and forge stronger business relationships between investors and African private sector leaders.

The Frontier 100 Forum is an exclusive, invitation-only gathering of CEOs and senior executives and high-level officials from the IGD Frontier Leader Network.

October 11, 2017
Rotunda room, Ronald Reagan Building
, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC

October 12, 2017
Covington, One CityCenter,
 850 10th St NW, Washington, DC

WHAT:  Sessions that are open for media coverage.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 11, 2017
4:30PM            Fireside Chat

Mr. Robert A. Mosbacher, Jr.Chairman, Mosbacher Energy Company & Former President & CEO, OPIC


  • Administrator Mark Green, Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Ambassador Donald Yamamoto, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Mr. Jonathan Nash, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation

5:15PM            Policy Roundtable: “Shaping U.S.-Africa Trade and Economic Policy to Improve Africa’s Investment Environment”

  • Mr. Gregory Simpkins, Majority Staff Director, House Subcommittee on Africa
  • Mr. Scott Eisner, Vice President, Africa Business Initiative, US Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Merin Rajadurai, Chairman, Secretary of State Open Forum, US State Department
  • Ms. Algene Sajery, Professional Staff Director, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

6:15PM                  Reception, sponsored by the Africa Development Bank

  • Mr. Charles Boamah, Senior Vice-President, African Development Bank

THURSDAY, OCT. 12, 2017
9:00AM               Opening Remarks

  •  Dr. Mima S. NedelcovychPresident & CEO, Initiative for Global Development


  • Dr. Witney Schneidman, Senior International Advisor for Africa, Covington & Burling LLP

9:10AM            INVESTMENT DIALOGUE: Growing Africa’s ‘Missing Middle’: Investing in Dynamic African Companies

  • Mr. Kenroy Dowers, Head of Corporate DevelopmentAtlas Mara Ltd.
  • Mr. Bunmi Akinyemiju, CEO and Managing Director, Venture Garden Group
  • Mr. Hurley DoddyManaging Director, Founding Partner, and Co-CEO, Emerging Capital Partners


2:00PM            Africa Investor’s Development Finance-Institutional Investor Roundtable on Africa

The Africa investor (Ai) leaders roundtable will feature an institutional investor public partnership’s (IIPP) dialogue, led by Ministers of Finance, institutional investors and Development Finance leaders, on the products, policies and roles Development Finance Institutions (DFI’s) and policy makers can play, to facilitate greater institutional allocations to public and private markets in Africa and African infrastructure as an investable asset class.


  • Mr. Hubert Danso, CEO & Vice Chairman, Africa Investor       
  • Mr. Nic Firzili, Director-General, World Pensions Council
  • Mr. John Espinosa, Managing Director, TIAA Investments
  • Mr. Chuck Burbridge, Executive Director, Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund
  • Mr. Symerre Grey-Johnson, Head, Regional Integration, Infrastructure and Trade Division, NEPAD
  • Hon. Sfiso Buthelezi, Deputy Minister of Finance, Government of South Africa
  • Mr. Joshua FranzelPresident and CEO, Center for State and Local Government Excellence
  • Mr. Gavin WilsonCEO, IFC Asset Management Company

3:45PM            Keynote: African Diaspora as a Market – Insights and Strategic Implications

  • Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah, President and ChairmanAfreximbank

5:30PM            Africa Investment Rising Celebration Reception

The Initiative for Global Development (IGD) is a network of African and global business leaders who are committed to advancing sustainable development and inclusive growth in Africa through strategic business investment. For more information, visit www.igdleaders.org.

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