Closing Remarks
May
4
3:55pm 3:55pm

Closing Remarks

Mr. Kingsley Ify, CEO & Co-Founder of Springboard

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Communiqué: What thrives business and where and how to invest in Côte d’Ivoire?
May
4
3:35pm 3:35pm

Communiqué: What thrives business and where and how to invest in Côte d’Ivoire?

CEPICI Communiqué will promote investment opportunities and investment incentives in Côte d'Ivoire. It will also present the Centre of Investment Promotion in Côte d'Ivoire (CEPICI) more in detail, since it is the one-stop-shop for private investment and has multiple services for the investors. 

Ms. Carole Versteeg, Investment Attraction Director, Centre of Investment Promotion Côte d’Ivoire (CEPICI), Côte d'Ivoire

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Panel: Finance & Funding Mechanisms – New Opportunities
May
4
2:55pm 2:55pm

Panel: Finance & Funding Mechanisms – New Opportunities

Finding and developing business opportunities in new markets, sometimes in distant locations, requires capital. What are the best financing strategies for market entry in Africa? The panel discussion will also consider challenges and the benefits for companies and investors, as well as local investment practices. 

Ms. Catherine Kimaryo, Director: Nairobi Regional Office & Project and Infrastructure Finance, Tanzania
Ms. Viola Llewellyn, Co-Founder & President of Ovamba, UK
Mr. Ari Virtanen, CEO of Ensto, Finland
Mr. Marko Backström, Lawyer, Taaleri Private Equity Funds, Taaleri, Finland

MODERATOR: Mr Jussi Hinkkanen, CEO and Co-Founder of Fuzu Ltd, Finland

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Panel:  SDGs & Private Sector – Mutual Benefits for Development: Challenges and Opportunities
May
4
1:40pm 1:40pm

Panel: SDGs & Private Sector – Mutual Benefits for Development: Challenges and Opportunities

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals create a plan for partnership among governments, development agencies, the private sector, civil society and individuals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all. The Biolan-UNICEF cooperation is a successful example of such partnership. The panel looks at the challenges, opportunities and benefits. 

Ms. Irene Leino, Corporate Responsibility Advisor, UNICEF Finland, Finland
Ms. Hannamaija Fontell, Director: Business Development and R&D, Biolan, Finland
Mr. Ben Malunga Phiri, Executive Chairperson and CEO, Beata Holdings Ltd, Malawi
Mr. Pasi Rinne, Chairman and Founding Partner, Gaia Group, Finland  

MODERATOR: Mr. James Woods, CEO of Ajafrica, Malawi                                                                 

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Guest Speech: Building A Million Dollar Business in Africa – A Success Case
May
4
1:10pm 1:10pm

Guest Speech: Building A Million Dollar Business in Africa – A Success Case

Jonas will take you through the journey of setting up Nordic Hotels and what he calls the #nordicfeeling in Nigeria. He share experiences about doing business in Nigeria as a Danish person. He will also share with us how creativity plays a big part of the success and will share feedback from their guests and the reception Nordic Hotels has got in Abuja. Moreover, he will explain his and his partners' way to making it in Nigeria, which is often observed as one of the most challenging markets in Africa. 

Mr. Jonas Schwarz Lausten, Co-Owner, Nordic Hotels Nigeria, Denmark

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Panel: Nordic Expertise and Innovation in Education and Healthcare
May
4
11:15am11:15am

Panel: Nordic Expertise and Innovation in Education and Healthcare

Nordic companies are proven innovators in education and healthcare. As a leader in PISA education rankings, Finland has already positioned itself as a budding exporter of education expertise. But what is the situation for companies planning to do business in these sectors in Africa?

Mr. Mikko Kauppinen, Village Chief, Health Innovation Village & Energy Village, Finland
Mr. Lasse Leponiemi, Partner & COO, HundrED.org, Finland
Mr. Matti Copeland, Executive Director: Nordic Business Development, EY Finland, Finland
Mr. Jussi Hinkkanen, CEO and Co-Founder of Fuzu Ltd, Finland

MODERATOR: Mr. Jovin Hurry, Strategist, GOInternational, Mauritius

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Panel: How Infrastructure Shapes the Future of Africa?
May
4
9:55am 9:55am

Panel: How Infrastructure Shapes the Future of Africa?

Population growth and economic expansion are driving urbanisation across the African continent. This means that local and national governments as well as private sector players are spending more on infrastructure development. What are the opportunities and challenges facing companies wanting to invest in infrastructure projects in Africa? 

Ms. Catherine Kimaryo, Director: Nairobi Regional Office & Project and InfrastructureFinance, TDB, Tanzania
Mr. Artem Gurevich, Chief of Staff, Rendeavour, Canada
Mr. Karim Sadek, Managing Director, Qalaa Holdings, Egypt

MODERATOR: Mr. André Noël Chaker, Speaker, world-class Moderator and Host, Canada-Finland

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Guest Speech:  Energy Sector in Africa – Prospects for Traditional and New Energy Forms
May
4
9:35am 9:35am

Guest Speech: Energy Sector in Africa – Prospects for Traditional and New Energy Forms

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Mr. Karim Sadek, Managing Director, Qalaa Holdings

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Keynote: Africa is NOT a Country!
May
4
9:15am 9:15am

Keynote: Africa is NOT a Country!

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Ms. Viola Llewellyn, Co-founder & President and Ovamba Solutions Inc., UK  

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Welcome & Opening Remarks
May
4
9:00am 9:00am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Welcome remarks by the organiser, opening remarks by the venue host and official opening keynote by Finnish Trade and Development Minister.

Mr. Kingsley Ify, CEO & Co-Founder of Springboard Afro-Nordic Business Platform
Mr. Matti Copeland, Executive Director, Nordic Business Development, EY Finland, Finland
Mr. Kai Mykkänen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, MFA Finland, Finland

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