500 leaders to discuss how to invest in Africa’s transition at 7th Annual Nordic-African Business Summit

The Summit facilitates face to face conversations with business leaders, politicians and civil society that build trust, a key ingredient to building businesses across continents.

The annual NABA conference unites African and Nordic leaders from a range of industries, giving them a unique opportunity to discuss experiences, opportunities, challenges – and share their successes regarding Norwegian-African ventures. This year NABA will convene under the theme “Investing in Africa’s transition: how, not why?”.

Africa’s real GDP growth slowed down to 2.2% in 2016, mainly due to the continued fall in commodity prices and weak global economic growth. Yet due to dynamic private sectors, entrepreneurial spirit and vast resources, the continent’s aggregate growth is expected to rise to 3.2% in 2018 and 3.5% in 2019, reflecting a recovery in the largest economies.

“Building on the successes of the previous six summits, this year the summit will mix inspiring keynotes with smaller workshops that will show how you can invest in and take part in Africa’s resilient growth. The Summit facilitates face to face conversations with business leaders, politicians and civil society that build trust, a key ingredient to building businesses across continents,” says Eivind Fjeldstad, Managing Director of NABA.

More than 30 speakers and approximately 500 delegates will convene with African and Nordic policy makers, business leaders, and high-level delegates. The summit offers a unique opportunity to meet with more than 20 African ambassadors.

Confirmed speakers include:

H.E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of Ghana

H.E. Mubarak Al- Fadil, Minister of Investment of the Republic of the Sudan

H.E. Dr. Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investments and International Cooperation of the Arab Republic of Egypt

H.E. Esther Mbayo, Minister for the Presidency, Government of Uganda

Amadou Hott, Vice-President, Power, Energy, Climate change and green growth,     African Development Bank (AfDB)

Adam Ikdal, Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) South Africa

Svein Tore Holsether, President and Chief Executive Officer, Yara International

Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Andrew Johnstone, CEO, Climate Investor One

Aubrey Hruby, Africa Investment Advisor, Senior Fellow, the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council

Cathrine G. Jahnsen, Executive Programme Manager, Virke

Chad Larson, Co-founder, Mkopa

Gaimin Nonyane, Head of Economic Research, Ecobank

Hanna C. Wirschke, Head of Communication Operations, Technology & Partner-Operated Licenses (OTP), DPI – Statoil

Helen Hai, CEO at China Africa Consulting Ltd

Jørn Lyseggen, CEO, Meltwater

Jussi Hinkkanen, CEO, Fuzu

Kjell Roland, Managing Director, Norfund

Lanre Akinola, Editor, African Business Magazine

Mari Sofie Furu, Senior Advisor/ Energy Economist, Multiconsult

Mark Davis, Head of Clean energy, Norfund

Mark Eddo, CEO, Mark Eddo Media

Michael Macharia, CEO, Seven seas Technology

Nariman Behravesh, Chief Economist, HIS Markit

Pontus Engström, CEO, MTI Investment

Raymond Carlsen, CEO, Scatec Solar

Alisdair Munro, Director, Knowledge & Technology, Virke, The Enterprise Federation of Norway

Stuart Ponder, Senior Vice- President EMEA Global Payments Division INTL FCStone Ltd

Tas Anvaripour, Partner in the Energy Infrastructure Team

Tutu Agyare, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Nbuke Investments

Wilfried Pimenta, Business Development Director, IOTA Foundation

Yomi Ademola, Head West Africa, Rendeavour

The summit will take place at the Radisson BLU Scandinavia Hotel in Oslo.

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