Past Podcasts

Then and Now: Reflections on Private Capital in Africa

While the industry has witnessed significant success stories across fundraising and deal-making, challenges such as foreign exchange volatility, complex regulatory environments, limited exit options, and the increasing trend of consolidation continue to prevent the continent’s investment potential from being realised fully. This panel chronicles some of the recent changes the industry has encountered and overcome, as well as fund manager strategies to maintain investor interest, mobilise resources, and create value in their investment portfolio. Speakers: Clarisa De Franco, Managing Director and Head of Private Equity Funds • British International Investment 'Tokunboh Ishmael, Co-Founder and Managing Director • Alitheia Capital Ziad Oueslati, Co-Founding Partner and Managing Director • AfricInvest Luc Rigouzzo, Co-Founder and Managing Partner • Amethis Nicholas Vickery, Global Head Private Equity Funds • IFC Christopher Baird, Partner • DLA Piper

18 August 2022


Unpacking The Future of Food and Agriculture in AfricaFood for Thought: Unpacking The Future of Food and Agriculture in Africa

Food for Thought Series

DESCRIPTION The nature of African farming and food production has witnessed seismic shifts in the last several years. This panel unpacks the growth drivers of the industry’s maturation, zooming in on the enormous commercial opportunities Agribusiness has to offer private investors in Africa, which is home to 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land. This panel discussion also adopts a granular view of the challenges associated with establishing an effective and efficient food production industry on the continent, including the changing demography of African farmers, weak supply chains, and climate change. Published 28 July 2022 The nature of African farming and food production has witnessed seismic shifts in the last several years. This panel unpacks the growth drivers of the industry’s maturation, zooming in on the enormous commercial opportunities Agribusiness has to offer private investors in Africa, which is home to 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land. This podcast discussion also adopts a granular view of the challenges associated with establishing an effective and efficient food production industry on the continent, including the changing demography of African farmers, weak supply chains, and climate change. Speakers: Nadia Coulibaly Kouassi, Head of Research • AVCA Vanessa Adams, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Chief of Party • AGRA Stuart Bradley, Managing Partner • Phatisa Euler Bropleh, Founder and Managing Director • VestedWorld

28 July 2022


In conversation with Ham Serunjogi

Becoming an African Unicorn

Fireside Chat: In conversation with Ham Serunjogi In this podcast we dive into a discussion with Ham Serunjogi, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Chipper Cash, on his entrepreneurial journey to becoming 1 of the 7 unicorns in Africa, raising capital as a startup and fundamentals for growth in Fintech.

30 June 2022


Growth and opportunities in Angolan capital markets

Angolan capital markets

In this podcast, we discuss Angolan capital markets with Rui Oliveira, CEO, BFA Asset Management, including the current state of private investment in the country, challenges BFA and the industry have faced, and the tremendous growth of GDP per capita predicted in the next 2 years.

26 May 2022


‘Catch Me If You Can’: Exploring the drivers of venture capital in Africa

Spotlight on Research at African Development Bank

In this episode, we talk to three economists from the African Development Bank (AfDB) – Dr Fadel Jaoui, Dr Omolola Amoussou, and Dr Francis Kemeze. Fadel, Lola and Francis conducted an empirical analysis of the venture capital drivers using a dataset of African economies over the 2014 – 2019 period. Their research finds that in Africa, digital infrastructure plays a significant role in shaping a favourable environment for VC in Africa to thrive, in addition to enabling regulatory frameworks, institutional factors, market size, and corporate governance. From the potential to engineer ‘clusters’ for innovation and knowledge exchange in Africa, to bringing informal economy stakeholders into the VC conversation, our guests address the factors, trends and issues that continue to influence the flow of early-stage funding across Africa.

16 December 2021

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