Hogan Lovells Africa Forum 2017

We are delighted to announce our 4th annual Africa Forum on 21 June 2017, hosted at the Merchant Taylors' Hall in the City of London.

This year's theme, Africa Stand Up – Vision 2025, asks some difficult questions about Africa's future and how as business, government and academic leaders, we can find the right solutions and better prepare for it.

Confirmed speakers include CEO's from CDC, Airtel and Quantum Power alongside other leading industry and influential figures.

Please contact the Africa Forum event team if you are interested in attending.



Kanayo Awani

Managing Director - Intra-African Trade Initiative: AFREXIMBANK

Kanayo Awani is the Managing Director of the Intra-African Trade Initiative at Afreximbank. She holds a Master Degree of Public Administration, specialising in International Trade and Finance, from Harvard University. She also holds the Edward S. Mason Fellowship in Public Policy and Management from the same University.

Miguel Azevedo

Head of Investment Banking Africa (exc. SA & Egypt) and Portugal: Citigroup

Miguel joined Citigroup in 2010 as Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for Portugal. In 2012, he was appointed Head of Investment Banking Africa (exc. SA & Egypt). Prior to working at Citigroup, Miguel was a Senior Country Advisor with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and an Executive Director with Goldman Sachs. Miguel has an MBA in Finance from City University (Cass).

Murray Grant

Managing Director, CDC Group​

Murray Grant rejoined CDC in January 2015 from Actis LLP where he was a Founding Partner responsible for the development of its Africa business.

Judith Mosely

Business Development Director (Mining and Metals), Rand Merchant Bank

Judith Mosely is a senior banker with eighteen years experience in the mining and metals sector. For the last three years she has been responsible for developing the bank's African business with international mining and metals companies.

Gaimin Nonyane

Head of Economic Research desk and Project Manager: Ecobank

Gaimin Nonyane is Head of Economic Research desk and Project Manager for LocalKnowledgeAfrica (LKA; an advisory arm at Ecobank Research) part of the Ecobank Group, based in London. She joined the bank in November 2012, and helped to launch the bank’s first ever Country Profiles, designed to give investors an insight into the operating environment in Africa.


Elizabeth Rossiello

CEO: BitPesa Limited

Elizabeth is the CEO and Founder of BitPesa, a pan-African digital FX and payment platform. She founded BitPesa in Nairobi, Kenya in 2013 and has since grown the business across six African countries. BitPesa is also licensed by the FCA in the UK as an Authorised Payment Institution and offers direct access to every major African currency at one-third the cost of bank transfers or other brokers.

Michael Schottler

Lead Legal Counsel: Anglo American

Michael is responsible for the significant litigation matters affecting Anglo American plc globally. His role is to lead the analysis, strategy development, management and execution of identified high value / high risk litigious matters for the Group, with the aim of creating value, and mitigating risk.

Mark Spelman

Co-Head, Digital Economy and Society System Initiative: World Economic Forum

Mark is an international business leader with significant experience in business and digital strategies, operating models and change management. His current roles include leading the World Economic Forum (WEF) Digital Transformation Research Initiative and chairing an EU-China Expert group on the Future of the Digital Economy.

Admassu Tadesse

President and Chief Executive: TDB

Mr Tadesse is the President and Chief Executive of Trade and Development Bank (formerly trading as PTA Bank - the Eastern and Southern Africa Trade and Development Bank). He has served on several boards, trusts and industry bodies in Africa and internationally. He has lived and worked in ten countries across three continents including South Africa and Kenya and Burundi.

Dr John James Teeling

Executive Chairman: Botswana Diamonds

John Teeling is a 40 year veteran of mineral and oil exploration. Having established numerous companies, seven of which are on the London Stock Exchange, he currently chairs six, two in diamonds, two in oil, one in gold and one in zinc. He has been involved in Africa since the mid 1980's.

Lucy Quist

CEO, Airtel Ghana

Lucy Quist is an international business leader and the CEO of Airtel – one of Ghana’s largest telecommunications companies and an industry leader in data and digital innovation.

Matty Vengerik

CEO, Quantum Power

Matty Vengerik is the CEO and co-founder of Quantum Power, an Africa focused power and energy infrastructure investment platform. They are currently constructing and developing projects in eight African countries.


Adebola Williams

CEO: Red Media Africa and StateCraft Inc

Recently selected for President Obama’s Mandela Washington fellow and profiled by Forbes Africa as the man who helped three Presidents win elections, Adebola Williams is Co-Founder of RED, which is home to several well-known brands including The Future Awards Africa, and YNaija.com. His clients include Facebook, Uber and Intel.

Jeremy Wrathall

Managing Director, Cornish Lithium

Jeremy Wrathall has over 25 years of experience in the field of mining finance. He started his career working as a mining engineer for three years in the South African gold mining industry. He then pursued a career in mining investment banking in London and has financed mining projects globally, including companies listed on all of the world's major mining exchanges.

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