African-Nordic Business Conference 2018 seeks to provide a forum for building sustainable growth by pairing the proven innovation and knowledge transfer credentials of the Nordics with the extensive growth and business potential in African – for mutual benefit. Meet African and Nordic change agents connecting business representatives, impact investors, accelerators, scale-ups/ start-ups, government and other ecosystem operators at the leading sustainable innovation gathering in Helsinki.
Speaking in Helsinki
Founder and CEO,
Vusi Thembekwayo is a venture capitalist, a renowned global business speaker, the author of The Magna Carta of Exponentiality – a business mogul who has successfully built and transformed businesses in South Africa and abroad.
Vusi doesn’t just talk about business, he lives it. He does more than inspire revolution, he initiates it. He has been a catalyst for change in businesses across the globe through expertise in strategy, leadership and culture. Through his international speaking engagements, more than 21 countries and 350 000 audiences have experienced Vusi.
Vusi is a board member of the South African Venture Capitalist Association. In 2017, Thembekwayo was announced by SME South Africa as one of the eight entrepreneurs who had a stellar year.
Founding Director and CEO,
Innate Investment Solutions
Lynette Ntuli is the Founding Director and CEO of Innate Investment Solutions, a professional services firm in the built environment that provides property and infrastructure development services; and enterprise asset management solutions. Ntuli has held senior leadership roles in the commercial, development and investment spheres of the property management and trade and investment sectors, and sits on the boards and working groups of various real estate organizations.
Over a 13 year period, Ntuli has gathered diverse experiences in asset and infrastructure planning, management and development and her exposure to the built environment, and accompanied by her articulation of this insight into high impact social and economic solutions is an asset to work in providing holistic development solutions in Sub Saharan Africa. She holds postgraduate property specific qualifications from the University of Pretoria and the University of Cape Town GSB.
Her experience extends to the use of the organizational capacity of the private and public sector to facilitate developments within the priority sectors of the economy with a focus on Infrastructure Development and Planning, understanding Government Planning and Development policy, asset management frameworks and audit and compliance processes. Lynette has been well profiled for her executive positions, amongst them, becoming the first woman in South Africa to become GM of a super regional shopping center (The Pavilion) and CEO of the Durban Business Enhancement Initiative.
Passionate about youth development and leadership, Lynette is a Founding Director and Chairman of IgniteSA.com, a youth-oriented digital media and programme platform which curates content in Education, Skills, and Entrepreneurial Development in South Africa.
Jaakko Kangasniemi has been the Managing Director of Finnfund (Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Ltd.), the Finnish development finance company, since 2002. Previously he was the economic advisor with Finland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs and economist with the World Bank. Jaakko holds a Ph.D. (Agricultural Economics) degree from Michigan State University, an M.B.A. from the Helsinki School of Economics (currently the Aalto University School of Economics) and an M.Sc. (Economics) degree from the University of Helsinki. During his time with Finnfund, the company has increased its investment volumes more than five-fold and shifted its primary focus to Africa.
Catherine co-founded WorldRemit in 2010, convinced that digital innovation would enable faster, lower-cost money transfers around the world. Her current board responsibilities focus on corporate governance and compliance. She represents the company with keynote appearances at major conferences and in the international media, talking on fintech, innovation and women in business.
A qualified accountant, she has extensive international experience and deep knowledge of the money transfer industry. She has held a number of previous corporate leadership roles. At Coinstar Money Transfer, she was a regional director, actively involved in scaling up the business the UK, Ireland and Benelux. Catherine is a member of the Institute of Directors and the professional accountancy body, ACCA. She served on the UK governments’ Remittances Task Force established by DFID between 2006 and 2009.