Under the High Patronage of
      Mr Emmanuel MACRON
       President of the French Republic


 

AMBITION AFRICA HAS BEEN POSTPONED ! 

In light of the exceptional circumstances created by the Covid-19 pandemic, the event Ambition Africa has been postponed.

THE NEW DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY

PROGRAM

Program Conducted by Fatimata Wane-Sagna, Journalist, FRANCE 24

Tuesday, November 17 - French Ministry for the Economy, Finance and the Recovery
 
8:00     Arrival of participants, coffee and greetings
 
9:00     Official opening speeches

Franck RIESTER, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Christophe LECOURTIER, Chief Executive Officer, BUSINESS FRANCE

 

9:30     Introductive ministerial round table – Regional approach and cooperation: free-trade zone and major cross-border projects

Christophe LECOURTIER, Chief Executive Officer, BUSINESS FRANCE

Mrs. Hala Helmy EL-SAID, Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform, EGYPT

Mrs. Paula INGABIRE, Minister of Information and communications technology & Innovation, RWANDA

M. Yonis ALI GUEDI, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, DJIBOUTI

Mrs Patricia DE LILLE, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, SOUTH AFRICA

M. Amadou HOTT, Minister of the Economy, Planning and International Cooperation, SENEGAL

Rémy RIOUX, Directeur Général, AGENCE FRANCAISE DE DEVELOPPEMEN

Conducted by : Fatimata WANE-SAGNA, Journalist, FRANCE 24

 

10:30   Africa is now!

Dr. Carlos LOPES, Economist

Abdelmalek ALAOUI, CEO, GUEPARD GROUP

Hafsat ABIOLA, President, WOMEN IN AFRICA

Laurent GOUTARD, Area Manager for Africa, Mediterranean Region & Overseas departments, SOCIETE GENERALE

Conducted by : Fatimata WANE-SAGNA, Journalist, FRANCE 24

 

11:20   Doing business in Africa

Seynabou DIA, Chief Executive Officer, GLOBAL MIND CONSULTING

David MIGNOT, C.E.O Africa, CANAL + INTERNATIONAL

Conducted by : Fatimata WANE-SAGNA, Journalist, FRANCE 24

 

12:10   Lunch break

 

13:10   Futureproofing Africa’s healthcare systems

Dr Sayavé GNOUMOU, World Health Organization Expert & President and Founder, NAZOUNKI GLOBAL MEDICAL NETWORK

Pascal FURTH, Regional Economic Service Head for Nigeria & Ghana, FRENCH EMBASSY, ABUJA, FRENCH TREASURY

Massamba DIOP, President, SOS MEDECINS SENEGAL

Justin KOFFI, Country Representative for Togo, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Conducted by Joëlle NDONG, Journalist, CANAL + INTERNATIONAL

 

14:00   Official opening of the France Invest Africa Club Conference

Luc RIGOUZZO, Chairman of the France Invest Africa Club & Co-founder, AMETHIS

 

14:25  A global pandemic accelerating mutations – The new growth sectors of the African private equity

Thierry DEAU, Founder & CEO, MERIDIAM

Damien BRAUD, Head of Private Equity Africa & Middle East, Proparco

Jean-Michel SEVERINO, President, I&P

Stéphane COLIN, Director and Head of Paris Office, AFRICINVEST

Isabelle BÉBÉAR, Head of International & European Affairs, BPIFRANCE

Conducted by Luc RIGOUZZO, Chairman of the France Invest Africa Club & Co-founder, AMETHIS

To find out more about the November 18th France Invest Africa Club workshop, CLICK HERE

 

15:20   How will the energy challenge shape Africa’s future? 

M. Yonis ALI GUEDI, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, DJIBOUTI

Linda MABHENA-OLAGUNJU, Founder and Managing Director, DLO ENERGY RESOURCES GROUP

Hervé LADO, Guinea Country Manager, NATURAL RESOURCE GOVERNANCE INSTITUTE (NRGI)

Philippe MIQUEL, Chief Customer Solution, ENGIE AFRICA, CEO of ENGIE SERVICES MAROCCO and President of ENGIE SENEGAL

Myriam FOURNIER KACIMI, CEO & Founder, SUNGY

Thérèse SEKEMANA, CEO, LED SOLUTIONS AND GREEN ENERGY RWANDA

Conducted by Line RIFAI, Business reporter, FRANCE 24

 

16:10   Paths towards sustainable urban mobility  

François SPORRER, Regional Economic Service Head for West Africa (excluding Nigeria-Ghana), FRENCH TREASURY

Hacinia PY, Head of Export Finance, SOCIETE GENERALE CORPORATE AND INVESTMENT BANKING

 

17:00   Could Africa be the next global agribusiness hub?

Marc DEBETS, General Director, APEXAGRI

Sarah TOUMI, Agro-environmental expert, Collaborator to the President’s special envoy for biodiversity, Founder of ACACIAS FOR ALL

Karima AITTALB, Managing Director, ADVENS

Badr BENNIS, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, LES DOMAINES AGRICOLES

Conducted by TANIA HABIMANA, Founder and CEO, NONZERO AFRICA

 

17:50   Concluding Remarks

 

18:00   Cocktail  

 

Wednesday, November 18 - French Ministry for the Economy, Finance and the Recovery

**10h00 – 12h00 : 2 workshops on African Private Equity will be conducted by the France Invest Africa Club. Register for the webinar here 

 

9:00    Strategies for boosting African talents

Roslane BENCHARIF, Vice-President, GAAN (Groupement Algérien des Acteurs du Numérique)

Grace LOUBASSOU, Institutional Relations Manager Africa, CANAL + INTERNATIONAL

Alexandra PALT, Exeuctive Vice President, L’ORÉAL FOUNDATION

Didier ACOUETEY, President, AFRICSEARCH

Conducted by Léocadie EBAKISSE, Founder, TALENTS AWAKE

 

09:50  Rethinking infrastructure and logistics at the dawn of the AfCFTA

Ms. Patricia DE LILLE, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, SOUTH AFRICA 

Patrick LAWSON, Director of Port Concessions, BOLLORE PORTS

 

11:00  Water and Waste Management: issues highlighted by the pandemic

Paul BOURDILLON, Managing Director Africa & Middle East, SUEZ

Bernard BENAYOUN, President, BAMBOO FOR LIFE

 

11:30  How is Africa transitioning into the digital world?

Mrs Paula INGABIRE, Minister of Information and communications Technology & Innovation, RWANDA

Lionel BARABAN, C.E.O, FAMOCO

Pierre ROY-CONTANCIN, General Secretary, VIVENDI AFRICA GROUP

Stephan-Eloïse GRAS, Executive Director of DIGITAL AFRICA, AFD (French Development Agency)

Conducted by Marie France REVEILLARD, Journalist, LA TRIBUNE AFRIQUE

 

12h30  Networking Lunch break
 
13:15 Going for Gold: Sports opportunities in Africa

Bryan HABANA, International rugby player, SOUTH AFRICA

Jacques-Henri EYRAUD, President, OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE

Régis CHARPENTIER, President, WINWIN AFRIQUE

Guillaume DEGUERRY, Managing Partner, METALU PLAST

Laëtitia HABCHI, Head of the Social Link Unit, AGENCE FRANCAISE DE DEVELOPPEMENT

Conducted by Malick TRAORE, Sports Journalist, CANAL + INTERNATIONAL

 

14:00  Financing solutions for African SMEs

Yann DE NANTEUIL, Directeur Délégué Afrique, SOCIETE GENERALE

Djalal KHIMDJEE, Deputy CEO, PROPARCO

Wilfrid LAURIANO DO REGO, President of the Oversight Council & Global Lead Partner, KPMG FRANCE, and Coordinator, CONSEIL PRESIDENTIEL POUR l’AFRIQUE

Reckya MADOUGOU, Special Counselor to the President of the Togolese Republic

Pedro NOVO, Executive Director (Export), BPIFRANCE

 

15:00  Consumer goods and leisure: who is the 21st century African consumer? 

Laetitia VAGNER, Sales Manager Government & Trade Services, INTERTEK

Freda OBENG-AMPOFO, Founder and Chief Mixer, KAEME

Stanislas SEVENO, Senior Client Advisor, Division Insights, KANTAR

Conducted by TANIA HABIMANA, Founder and CEO, NONZERO AFRICA

 

15:50  Tourism and the hotel industry: Next stop, Africa! 

Mossadeck BALLY, Founder & C.E.O., AZALAÏ HOTELS

 

16:40  Concluding Remarks
 
17:00  End of the event

 

SPEAKERS

(Click pictures to view bios)

Fatimata WANE

Journalist, FRANCE 24

Tuesday, November 17th


Christophe LECOURTIER

Chief Executive Officer
BUSINESS FRANCE

Franck RIESTER

Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness
MINISTRY FOR EUROPE AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Hala Hemly EL SAID

Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform
EGYPT 

Carlos LOPES

Former Executive Secretary to the United Nations Economic Commission for
Africa

 

Mrs. Patricia DE LILLE

 Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure
SOUTH AFRICA

 

 

Therese SEKEMANA

C.E.O
LED SOLUTIONS AND GREEN ENERGY RWANDA

 

 

Pascal FURTH

Regional Economic Service Head for Nigeria and Ghana
FRENCH EMBASSY, ABUJA, FRENCH TREASURY

Hacina PY

Head of Export Finance
SOCIETE GENERALE CORPORATE AND INVESTMENT BANKING

François SPORRER

Regional Economic Service Head for West Africa (excluding Nigeria-Ghana)
FRENCH TREASURY
 

Laurent GOUTARD

Head of Africa, Mediterannean & Overseas
SOCIETE GENERALE
 

Hafsat ABIOLA

President
WOMEN IN AFRICA

Seynabou DIA

CEO
CABINET GLOBAL MIND CONSULTING

Hervé LADO

Guinea Country Manager
NATURAL RESOURCE GOVERNANCE INSTITUTE (NRGI)

Thierry DEAU

Founder & CEO
MERIDIAM

 

Luc RIGOUZZO

Co-Founder and et Associate Manager
AMETHIS

 

David MIGNOT

C.E.O
CANAL + AFRIQUE

 

Abdelmalek ALAOUI

CEO
GUEPARD GROUP

 

Myriam FOURNIER KACIMI

CEO & Founder
SUNGY

Philippe MIQUEL

Solutions Director, ENGIE AFRIQUE
CEO, ENGIE SERVICES MAROC
President, ENGIE SENEGAL

 

Marc DEBETS 

General Director
APEXAGRI
 

Linda MABHENA-OLAGUNJU

Director
 DLO ENERGY RESOURCES GROUP

 

Wednesday, November 18th


Paula INGABIRE

Minister of Information and communications technology & Innovation

RWANDA

 

Jacques-Henri EYRAUD

President
OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE

Pedro NOVO

International Managing Director
BPIFRANCE
 

Reckya MADOUGOU

Special Counselor to the President of the Togolese Republic

 

Paul BOURDILLON

CEO Africa & Near-East
SUEZ

 

Bryan HABANA

 International Rugby Player
SOUTH AFRICA

 

 

Alexandra PALT

Vice President
FONDATION LOREAL

 

 

Laetitia VAGNER

Sales Manager Government & Trade Services
INTERTEK

 

 

Lionel BARABAN

CEO
FAMOCO

Yann DE NANTEUIL

Deputy Head for Africa & Overseas 
SOCIETE GENERALE

Freda OBENG-AMPOFO

Founder and Chief Mixer
KAEME

Pierre ROY-CONTANCIN

General Secretary
GROUPE VIVENDI AFRICA

Guillaume DEGUERRY

Associate Director
METALU PLAST

Marie-France REVEILLARD

Journalist
LA TRIBUNE AFRIQUE
 

 

Djalal KHIMDJEE

Deputy CEO
PROPARCO

Mossadeck BALLY

Founder & C.E.O
AZALAÏ HOTELS

Roslane BENCHARIF

Vice-President
GAAN

 

Joelle NDONG

TV Host of "Bonjour Santé"
CANAL +

 

Laëtitia HABCHI

Head of the Social Link Unit
AGENCE FRANCAISE DE DEVELOPPEMENT

Régis CHARPENTIER

President
WINWIN AFRIQUE

Didier ACOUETEY

President

AFRICSEARCH

 

Patrick LAWSON

Director of Port Concessions
BOLLORE PORTS

 

Grace LOUBASSOU

Head of Institutional Relations Africa
CANAL+
 

 

 

Malick TRAORE

Sports Journalist
CANAL+ INTERNATIONAL

 

Bernard BENAYOUN

President
BAMBOO FOR LIFE

 

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