“It was truly well organised with quality panels and networking.”

“It is really a wonderful platform for learning, exchanging and making and renewing relationships.”

“Thank YOU …… for putting together what I truly believe to be one of the better networking events for Africa.”

“I found the conference to be not only a thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening experience but very useful networking opportunity.”

“We were very impressed with the organization, the caliber of panelists and the venue.”

“The quality of the panels was excellent, the delegates interesting and the atmosphere welcoming, business-like and friendly.”

“It was very well organized and the crowd mix and networking opportunities were impressive.”

“Congratulations to the ALN team for another excellent conference. Thoroughly enjoyed the various interactions and beneficial connections.”

“Yet again, the quality and calibre of your invitees was superb and it provided a wonderful networking (and catching up) opportunity.”

“The panel sessions were most informative and the networking opportunity was equally valuable.”

“... the conference was one of the best I have attended in years! I look forward to attending next year.”

“It was a great success and it provided me with a great insight into the current state of affairs in Africa. ”

“Not only was it very interesting and full of key people, but also hugely enjoyable! Your efforts are much appreciated.”

“The organisation and attention to detail here never ceases to amaze me! Fantastic work... brilliant event.”

“The planning and execution of the entire event was just perfect. It was definitely an excellent networking forum, one that I believe will yield in positive results.”

“Always amazed by the quality of the speakers, presenters and attendees. Well done and looking forward to the next one.”


Hosted by:

Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota

21 - 22 October 2015

About the event

ALN together with Anjarwalla, Collins & Haidermota (ALN’s regional office in UAE), hosted its second ‘Africa: Bridging the Gulf’ conference at the Park Hyatt Dubai, on the 21-22nd October 2015.

The conference brought together approximately 500 thought leaders on investing and doing business in Africa to discuss the sectors and regions in Africa that provide the greatest opportunities for foreign investors, while analysing the legal and regulatory implications of doing business on the continent. The event was graced by dignitaries across different countries including His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan of the UAE, a delegation of senior officials from the Judiciary of Zambia, led by the Chief Justice, Hon. Justice Madam Irene Mambilima and Kenya’s Solicitor General, Mr. Njee Muturi. We also had the pleasure of hosting well-known business leaders across Africa and other parts of the world.

At the two-day conference, participants, drawn from different industries gave their insights on sectors such as Energy, Banking & Finance, Oil & Gas, Commercial property, Hospitality, Private Equity and Commercial Property on the African continent. Leading business leaders and professionals, with deep experience of working in Africa, engaged in panel discussions and shared their collective and candid insights on the various challenges, opportunities, rewards and risks.

The conference was applauded for the caliber of panelists and delegates present, as well as the resulting highly energized networking platform for all

Topics covered

Investing in Africa : Capital Markets – Debt and Equity : Banking & Finance : Hospitality : Oil & Gas : Energy : Healthcare : FMCG : Agriculture : Managing Risk in Africa : Private Equity : Islamic Finance : Commercial Property : Hot Investment Destinations (in Africa)


Industry leaders shared their opinions


His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan - Guest of Honour

Minister for Culture, Youth and Social Development, United Arab Emirates

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan is United Arab Emirates' Minister for Culture, Youth, and Social Development. He was formerly the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. He is also Chancellor to two of the UAE's three ...


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Hon. Madam Irene C. Mambilima - Honorable Guest

Chief Justice, Republic of Zambia


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Hon. Likando Kalaluka, SC - Honorable Guest

Attorney General, Republic of Zambia


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Dr. Cheick Modibo Diarra - Keynote Speaker

Chairman, ALN

Dr. Cheick Modibo Diarra is a leader in the business and civic community on the continent. A former Prime Minister of Mali, he is a distinguished leader in science, education, and public life and has been described as “the pride of Mali and ...


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Atiq S. Anjarwalla - Host

Managing Partner, Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota


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Sunita Singh-Dalal - Host

Partner, Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota


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Ade Adeola

Executive Director, Origination and Client Coverage (OCC)

Standard Chartered Bank

Adil Popat

Chief Executive Officer

Simba Corporation

Agnes Gitau

International Trade & Investment consultant

East Africa Business Network

Ali Mohamed

Head of Africa

Qatar Financial Centre Authority

Ameet Shah

Co-Founder & Co-Chairman

Astonfield Renewables

Asad Ahmed, OGW

Managing Director

Alvarez & Marsal's Financial Industry Advisory Services

David Harper

Head of Property Services

Hotel Partners Africa

Hani Ibrahim

Director - Head of Debt Capital Markets

Q Invest

Ian Gaitta


Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota

Jameel Verjee

Chief Executive Officer

Diar Capital & City Blue Hotels

James A. Kaplan

Senior Vice President of Development

Minor Hotel Group (MHG)

James Wild

Chief Executive Officer

Louis Dreyfus Commodities

Kevin Kariuki

Head of Infrastructure

Industrial Promotion Services (K) Ltd.

Lamine Mbacke

President & Director General

African Institute of Islamic Finance

Lisa Lambie

Satatt Holdings International

Managing Partner

Nadeem Ahmed

Chairman, Founder, and Managing Director

Global Tea & Commodities Ltd. Group

Omar Momin

Head - M&A and Africa

Godrej Consumer Products Ltd

Osman Qureshi

Chief Finance Officer

Mubadala Infrastructure Partners Ltd

Pardon Makumbe

Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer

Africa Angels Network

Paul Kavuma

Chief Executive Officer

Catalyst Principal Partners

Reji George

Head of Farming & Plantations - West Africa

Tropical General Investments

Romain Py

Executive Head of Transactions


Taron Mohan

Chief Executive Officer

NextGen Telesolutions Pvt. Ltd

Tejas Shah

Development Director - Africa

Hyatt International

Tony Soh

Chief Corporate Officer

Ascott Ltd.

Zemedeneh Negatu

Managing Partner and Head of Transaction Advisory, Eastern Africa

E&Y Ethiopia


What happened when

Day 1: October 21

Day 2: October 22

Day 1

8:00 Registration All
9:00 Welcome address Mr Atiq S Anjarwalla, Managing Partner, Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota

“Africa's Transition To Democracy & Development: Navigating Political & Economic Minefields”
Moderator:Dr. Cheick Modibo Diarra, Chairman, ALN
Panelist:Ashish J. Thakkar, Mara Group
Panelist:Dr. Jendayi Fraser, AFEX
Panelist:G. Jayakrishnan, International Enterprise Singapore
Panelist:Mohammed Amersi, Emergent Telecom Ventures
Panelist:Robert Hersov, Invest Africa
Panelist:Zemedeneh Negatu, E&Y Ethiopia
10:15 Presentation to dignitaries  
Keynote Address His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister for Culture, Youth and Social Development, UAE
Speech Hon. Justice Irene Mambilima, Chief Justice of The Republic of Zambia
11:00 Coffee Break All
11:15 Panel - BANKING & FINANCE

“Banking On Africa: Harvesting New Horizons”
Moderator:Rizwan Desai, Collins Newman & Co.
Panelist:Chris Oduneye, Commerzbank AG
Panelist:John Vitalo, Atlas Mara
Panelist:Mohammed Nyaoga, Central Bank of Kenya
Panelist:Sherazam Mazari, Sabre Advisors
Panelist:Taron Mohan, NextGen Telesolutions Pvt. Ltd
12:15 Panel - PRIVATE EQUITY

“Private Equity in Africa”
Moderator:Karim Anjarwalla, Anjarwalla & Khanna
Panelist:Ameel Somani, Helios Investment Partners
Panelist:Asif Abdallah, Prime Fuels
Panelist:Dr. Frannie Leautier, Mkoba Private Equity
Panelist:Jeenal Shah, AutoXpress Ltd.
Panelist:Sylvain C Denis, CFA, Alioth Capital
1:15 Lunch All
2:15 Panel - FMCG

“The Rise Of The African Consumer: Opportunities & Challenges”
Moderator:Paul Kavuma, Catalyst Principal Partners
Panelist:Dinesh Rathi, Tolaram Group
Panelist:Dr. Wura Abiola, Management Transformation Ltd.
Panelist:Marc-Peter Zander, XCOM Africa Ltd.
Panelist:Nabeel Kazerooni, Arqaam Capital
Panelist:Omar Momin, Godrej Consumer Products Ltd
Panelist:Rob Bergman, Talem Africa
Panelist:Salvatore Caizzone, VIS MUNDI
2:15 Panel - ENERGY

“Energy Opportunities in Africa: The Bankability Test”
Moderator:Amyn Mussa, Anjarwalla & Khanna
Panelist:Akinwole Omoboriowo II, Genesis Electricity
Panelist:Ameet Shah, Astonfield Renewables
Panelist:Francis Koome Njogu, Gulf Energy
Panelist:Nicolas Bruynooghe, Elicio
Panelist:Osman Qureshi, Mubadala Infrastructure Partners Ltd
Panelist:Vahid Fotuhi, Access Power

“Managing Risks Of Investing In Africa”
Moderator:Assad Abdulatiff, AXIS
Panelist:David Tusa, Alvarez & Marsal
Panelist:Jason Harel, BLC Chambers
Panelist:Lord Peter Chadlington, The Chadlington Consultancy
Panelist:Mbwana Alliy, Savannah Fund
Panelist:Patrick Matu, Control Risks Limited
3:15 Panel - AGRICULTURE

“The Promised Land”
Moderator:Agnes Gitau, East Africa Business Network
Panelist:Ali Mohamed, Qatar Financial Centre Authority
Panelist:Dr. Jendayi Fraser, AFEX
Panelist:James Wild, Louis Dreyfus Commodities
Panelist:Nadeem Ahmed, Global Tea & Commodities Ltd. Group
Panelist:Reji George, Tropical General Investments
Panelist:Richard Evans, Hemingways Holding Group
Panelist:Ricky R Spandiel, ACC International Agriculture & Biotechnologies
4:15 Coffee Break All

“Is Islamic Finance Living up to its Potential?”
Moderator:Asad Ahmed, OGW, Alvarez & Marsal's Financial Industry Advisory Services
Panelist:Abdullahi Omar Adan, Chase Iman, Chase Bank (K) Ltd.
Panelist:Ali Mohamed, Qatar Financial Centre Authority
Panelist:Hani Ibrahim, Q Invest
Panelist:Lamine Mbacke, African Institute of Islamic Finance
Panelist:Mona K. Doshi, Anjarwalla & Khanna
4:30 Panel - HEALTHCARE

“"Survival Of The Fittest" - Demystifying Operational Risk & Redefining The Delivery Of Healthcare In Africa”
Moderator:Sunita Singh-Dalal, Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota
Panelist:Aly S. Maheralli, Executive Healthcare Solutions
Panelist:Claudia Palme, 55 East
Panelist:Dr. Skhumbuzo Ngozwana, Serenus Biotherapeutics
Panelist:Dr. Stuart Bennett, Abraaj Capital
Panelist:Galeb Gulam, Aga Khan Hospitals

Day 2

8:00 Registration All

“Re-Defining The Real Investment Thesis In A New Era Of Lower Economic Growth In Sub-Saharan Africa”
Moderator:Kevin Teeroovengadum, AttAfrica
Panelist:Anne Kirima Muchoki, Kenya Investment Authority
Panelist:Jaimal Shergil, Eagle Hills
Panelist:James Mworia, Centum
Panelist:Kapil Jobanputra, Standard Chartered Bank, Dubai, UAE
Panelist:Koome Gikunda, Actis
Panelist:Louis Tay Heng Hock, Surbana Jurong Private Limited
Panelist:Mike O'Malley, Westport
9:00 Panel - OIL & GAS

“Oil And Gas Across Africa - New Opportunities And Challenges For Investment”
Moderator:John Smelcer, Webber Wentzel
Panelist:Ade Adeola, Standard Chartered Bank
Panelist:Brij Mohan Bansal, Gulf Petrochem
Panelist:Darrell McGraw, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nigeria
Panelist:Florival Mucave, Genese Oil & Gas Consultants
Panelist:Gbolahan Elias, G.Elias & Co.
Panelist:Sonal Sejpal, Anjarwalla & Khanna

“Infrastructure Investment in Africa: Unleashing the Continents Potential”
Moderator:Amyn Mussa, Anjarwalla & Khanna
Panelist:Adesegun Akin Olugbade OFR, Africa Finance Corporation
Panelist:Carlo von Wageningen, Lake Turkana Wind Power
Panelist:James Mworia, Centum
Panelist:Kevin Kariuki, Industrial Promotion Services (K) Ltd.
Panelist:Mark De Sario, Investibridge
Panelist:Romain Py, AIIM
10:15 Panel - HOSPITALITY

“Hospitable times? A discussion on the state of the Sub-Saharan Africa hospitality market.”
Moderator:Ian Gaitta, Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota
Panelist:Adil Popat, Simba Corporation
Panelist:David Harper, Hotel Partners Africa
Panelist:Jameel Verjee, Diar Capital & City Blue Hotels
Panelist:James A. Kaplan, Minor Hotel Group (MHG)
Panelist:Karim Cheltout, Marriott
Panelist:Tejas Shah, Hyatt International
Panelist:Tony Soh, Ascott Ltd.
11:15 Coffee Break All

“Africa: Capital Raising Opportunities In Challenging Times”
Moderator:Darrell McGraw, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nigeria
Panelist:Adebola Akindele, Courteville Business Solutions
Panelist:David Halpert, Prince Street Capital Management
Panelist:Hasnain Malik, Exotix Partners
Panelist:Pardon Makumbe, Africa Angels Network

“Oil And Gas Across Africa - New Opportunities And Challenges For Investment”
Moderator:Arshad Dudhia, Managing Partner
Panelist:Christo Els, Webber Wentzel
Panelist:Florival Mucave, Genese Oil & Gas Consultants
Panelist:Gbolahan Elias, G.Elias & Co.
Panelist:Karim Anjarwalla, Anjarwalla & Khanna
Panelist:Lisa Lambie, Managing Partner
Panelist:Mesfin Tafesse, Mesfin Tafese Law Office
2:00 Keynote Address Hon. Mr Henry K Rotich, Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury , The Republic of Kenya
Closing Address Hon Dr Cheick Modibo Diarra, Chairman ALN
2:30 Lunch All

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About ALN

ALN is an independent alliance of leading law firms in Africa. It is the largest and only grouping of its kind in Africa, with close working relationships across its members and an established network of “Best Friends” across the continent.

ALN represents a solution to the problem that there has not been, until recently, a truly African on-the-ground highly experienced supplier of legal services for large and complex transactions. We understand the issues arising from doing business in Africa from start to finish because we have been doing African deals from our inception.

Each ALN member firm is a recognized leader on the continent with a strong track record in advising domestic, regional and international clients on commercial and legal issues. Our members offer a deep understanding of the sectors and industries in which clients operate as well as the risks and opportunities of doing business in Africa’s rapidly changing markets.

With ALN you get the benefit of internationally-trained lawyers who live and work where the deals are happening and are therefore able to add value by providing their invaluable local perspectives. Our lawyers offer seamless legal, advisory and transactional services on complex and multi-jurisdictional matters due to our thorough understanding of cultural and business practice in the local and regional landscape.

For more information on ALN visit www.africalegalnetwork.com


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