TXF Africa 2018

Project, Export and Commodities Finance

May 3 - May 4, 2018
Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi Upper Hill, Kenya
H.E. Sufian  Ahmed
H.E. Sufian Ahmed
Former Minister of Finance and Economic Development
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Bruce Gau
Bruce Gau
Director: Sales Financing
Huawei Technologies Company
Charles Mwaura
Charles Mwaura
Secretary for State Department of Housing and Urban Development
Government of Kenya
Abebe Tadesse
Abebe Tadesse
Deputy Director General, PPP Directorate General
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Shikuku Obosi
Shikuku Obosi
Chair of African Advisory Council
AbleChildAfrica
Martin Mungai
Martin Mungai
Upstream Commercial Advisor
Government of Kenya
Gathuru Mburu
Gathuru Mburu
Managing Director
Kipya- Africa Drilling Solutions
David Mwangi
David Mwangi
Energy Consultant
Power Africa
Mekuria Lemma
Mekuria Lemma
Head of Strategy and Investment
Ethiopian Electric Power
Birgitta Lindström Kruk
Birgitta Lindström Kruk
Senior Manager Export & Project Finance
Scania
Brunno Maradei
Brunno Maradei
Senior Investment Officer, Project Finance and Guarantee
European Investment Bank (EIB)
Ahmed Mansur
Ahmed Mansur
Director, Corporate Communications
Dangote Industries
Johan Van Kerrebroeck
Johan Van Kerrebroeck
Regional Manager Eastern Africa
Engie Africa
Benoit  Fugah
Benoit Fugah
Head - Political and Economic Research
Export Credit Insurance of South Africa (ECIC)
Yoshinori Utaka
Yoshinori Utaka
CEO, Middle East & Africa Projects
Mitsui & Co., Ltd
Gerard Kisbey-Green
Gerard Kisbey-Green
CEO
Goldplat
Dr. Layi Fatona
Dr. Layi Fatona
Managing Director
ND Western
Angelica Adamski
Angelica Adamski
Director and Senior Advisor to the CEO
Eltel Networks
Henrique de Azevedo  Avila
Henrique de Azevedo Avila
Senior Adviser to the Executive Director
Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimiento Economico e Social
Niall Kramer
Niall Kramer
CEO
South African Oil & Gas Alliance (SAOGA)
Erik Granskog
Erik Granskog
Managing Director – EFS Global Markets
GE
Deo Onyango
Deo Onyango
Renewable Energy Leader, Sub-Saharan Africa
GE
William Mboya
William Mboya
Water Services Management Specialist
Africa Water Watch Ltd
Anne Crepin
Anne Crepin
Deputy Head of Export Credit
SFIL
Romain Bauret
Romain Bauret
Bpifrance
Ed Harkins
Ed Harkins
Trade Ambassador
South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI)
Rob Withagen
Rob Withagen
Co-Founder & CEO
Asoko Insight
John Lentaigne
John Lentaigne
Chief Underwriting Officer
ATI - The African Trade Insurance Agency
Sunesh Bhoola
Sunesh Bhoola
CEO
uLima Limited
Atsuko Toda
Atsuko Toda
Director for Agriculture Finance and Rural Development
African Development Bank (AfDB)
Sebastian Wagner
Sebastian Wagner
Executive Director
DMWA Resources
Dinesh  Sharma
Dinesh Sharma
VP & Regional CFO, South & East Africa
Olam International
Andries Kruger
Andries Kruger
Head:Africa Investment and Integration Desk
NEPAD Business Foundation
Cynthia Omondi
Cynthia Omondi
Head of Corporate Finance
Genghis Capital Ltd
Emilie Fontanel
Emilie Fontanel
Legal Counsel
Bpifrance
Eduardo Oliveira
Eduardo Oliveira
CEO, Finance and Administration
HOMT España S.A.
Tassadit  Hanaizi
Tassadit Hanaizi
Head of Origination Eastern Europe, Africa and Middle East
Credit Agricole CIB
Hoda  Moustafa
Hoda Moustafa
Africa Regional Head
MIGA - Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
Leah Kasera
Leah Kasera
Country Management East and Southern Africa
GrowAfrica
Antonio Sala
Antonio Sala
Executive Director - Global Export & Agency Finance
Santander
Ángela Pérez
Ángela Pérez
Head of Finance
Elecnor
Jens Heitmann
Jens Heitmann
Head of Division International Relations
Euler Hermes
Thomas Rybicki
Thomas Rybicki
Senior Vice President, Export & Agency Finance
Commerzbank
Michael Creighton
Michael Creighton
Head: Export Credit Finance
Nedbank Corporate & Investment Bank
Koen Ceyssens
Koen Ceyssens
SVP Export Finance Middle East Africa
BNP Paribas
Greg Fyfe
Greg Fyfe
Head - Mining, Energy and Infrastructure
Standard Bank
Agnès Tauty-Giraldi
Agnès Tauty-Giraldi
Head of Export Finance Europe, Africa and Structured Trade Receivables Finance
Société Générale
Mark Norris
Mark Norris
Partner
Sullivan & Worcester
Karl-Oskar Olming
Karl-Oskar Olming
Africa Representative
EKN - The Swedish Export Credit Agency
Hacina Py
Hacina Py
Global Head of Export Finance
Société Générale
Michael Foundethakis
Michael Foundethakis
Partner - Global Head of Trade & Export Finance
Baker & McKenzie
John Kimotho
John Kimotho
Investment Manager
Africa Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM)
Oscar Kang’oro
Oscar Kang’oro
Non-executive Director
Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund
Jean-Bernard Ruggieri
Jean-Bernard Ruggieri
Chief Representative, Team Leader, Africa
EDC - Export Development Canada
Hanting Li
Hanting Li
Representative - South Africa Office
Sinosure - China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation
Snehar  Shah
Snehar Shah
General Manager, East Africa
Azuri Technologies
Kyriakos Armenakis
Kyriakos Armenakis
Principal
Coskal (Ethiopia)
Mpho Nkgodi
Mpho Nkgodi
General Manager – Business Development
SENET
Mary Joseph
Mary Joseph
Independent Consultant
Jasandra Nyker
Jasandra Nyker
Chief Executive Officer
BioTherm
Emeka Chinwuba
Emeka Chinwuba
Partner
Baker & McKenzie
Joseph Mbuyi
Joseph Mbuyi
Director, Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Office
KfW IPEX-Bank
Dr. Robert  Besseling
Dr. Robert Besseling
Executive Director
EXX AFRICA
Tony Nyagah
Tony Nyagah
CEO
Strauss Energy
Tina Nduta
Tina Nduta
Founder
East Africa Extractives Network

TXF Africa 2018 was full of senior decision-makers, seeking out financing and getting ready to facilitate it. Our delegates were able to discuss new projects with experts in the export, project and commodity finance communities over the course of the two-day event, making the most of the opportunities in this fast-growing continent. Outside of meetings, we had keynote sessions covering new areas for investment and the challenges facing Pan-African business.  

 

What the event was about -

Keynote sessions covering the outlines of investment opportunities in East and West Africa from government ministers 

Discussion of the project pipelines of sponsors, SOES and borrowers planning their regional activities for the next 5 years

Dedicated commodity finance sessions directed by commodity finance leaders in the region

The opportunity to make local connections and meet new business partners during our 6 networking breaks

All delegates received a delegate list with contact details before the event to help them plan their meetings

Sessions including the investment criteria of DFIs and the regions they are working in

A wide range of session types that covered different countries, sectors and individual projects where asking questions was actively encouraged

All delegates will have earnt 16 CPD points at this event to put towards their professional development

 

Get in touch at [email protected].com to find out more about next year's event.


 

The quality of the group of people you managed to bring together was excellent. You must have worked very hard to ensure you got the right calibre of people that were able to articulate on key issues. That does not happen very often in “ECA Land".
Simon Jones
Head of Export & Agency Finance, EMEA , TD Securities
Simon Jones
Cannot be bettered as a forum to exchange ideas and obtain access to the key players in the industry
Oliver Irwin
Senior Associate, Milbank,Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Oliver Irwin
Met many quality project finance people with capabilities in Africa.
Mark Gantar
Honorary Consul for Ethiopia in Seattle, ArcSoft Consulting
Mark Gantar
Very creative style in terms of design of conference, construction of plenary sessions and workshops
Mike Creighton
Head of Africa, SACE
Mike Creighton
This has been an incredibly educating two days for me. Very practical lessons on Africa.
Dr. Layi Fatona
Managing Director, ND Western
Dr. Layi Fatona
A well-organised conference with a very good turnout.
Eyob Easwaran
Black Rhino Development Group
Eyob Easwaran
This was great! I enjoyed the conference - the discussions, the place, the possibility to meet people based in Addis. Congratulations to the whole team for this successful event.
Hacina Py
Global Head of Export Finance , Société Générale
Hacina Py
The high TXF standard continues into Africa.
Olwyn Buldhoo
Executive Director, Head of ECA Finance EMEA, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG)
Olwyn Buldhoo
Excellent organisation, good audience in a refreshing environment!
Gert Van Melkebeke
Head of Export Finance BeNeLux - France, Commerzbank
Gert Van Melkebeke

Day 1

From strength to strength: Investing in Ethiopia’s growth prospects
The second most populous nation in Africa, Ethiopia looks set to see considerable economic growth over the coming years. Through
government implementation of its Growth & Transformation Project, the industrial sector alone is hoped to grow by 20%. We are joined by HE
Sufian Ahmed, the architect responsible for Ethiopia’s successful economic development since 1994, to discuss how the government plans for
the nation to reach lower-middle-income status by 2025.
HE Sufian Ahmed, Former Minister of Finance & Economic Development, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Separating fact from fiction: Geopolitical risk across Africa
Understand which countries on the continent should be on your radar for investment, and which require more careful scrutiny; get the latest
on policy reforms, presidential elections, and political unrest.
Dr. Robert Besseling, Executive Director, EXX AFRICA

DFI & bank collaboration: Pre-agreed templates Vs. Re-inventing the wheel
DFIs are often critical to doing business in the region, but are they too active in spaces where we might expect commercial banks to be more
dominant? Or are there enough investment opportunities for everyone to work together?
John Lentaigne, Chief Underwriting Officer, ATI
Henrique de Azevedo Avila, Senior Advisor to the Executive Director, BNDES
Antonio Sala,
Executive Director, Global Agency & Export Finance, Grupo Santander
Paolo Munini,
Head of Corporate Lending for Asia, Latin America, Africa, Caribbean and Pacific, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Moderator: Mark Norris,
Partner, Sullivan & Worcester

Exporter & Borrower perspective: Requirements, regions
and future forecasts

Hear from leading exporters and borrowers/sponsors active on the continent on their current financing requirements. Which sectors are
providing the most opportunities, and which regions are they looking to next?
Ed Harkins, Managing Director, GKB Ventures Ltd
Ángela Pérez,
Head of Finance, Elecnor
Tassadit Hanaizi, Regional Head of Export & Trade Finance Eastern Europe, Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank 

Birgitta Lindström Kruk, Senior Manager Export & Project Finance, Scania

Mining, metals and… missed opportunities?
With many commodity prices stabilising or indeed on the rise, new flows of investment entering the sector, and Africa's stronghold in
some key metals production, who is poised to capitalise on this? Which markets are ripe for investment? Or can we look at
lost opportunities in some countries?
Angelica Adamski, Director and Senior Advisor to the CEO, Eltel Networks
Pushpender Singla, CFO, Vedanta Zinc International
Moderator: Tina Nduta, Founder, East Africa Extractives Network

 

ECAs and PRIs: Cover policies compared
Hear from leading ECAs and private insurers in the market, who have similarly increased their cover policies in African markets, and learn where they are
looking to next.
Kutoane Kutoane, CEO, ECIC
Karl-Oskar Olming, Head of CSR and International Relations, EKN
Jens Heitmann, Head of Division - International Relations, Euler Hermes
Michael Creighton, Head: Export Credit Finance, Nedbank

Agribusiness: Harvesting growth
Agribusiness looks to be a very promising sector, accounting for 25% of Africa's GDP. however with an ever increasing population, 
how can we continue to support growth in this sector productively?
Sunesh Bhoola, Co-founder and CEO, uLima Limited
Atsuko Toda, Director for Agriculture Finance and Rural Development, African Development Bank (AfDB)
Dinesh Sharma, VP & Regional CFO, South & East Africa, Olam International
Mary Joseph, Director of Partnerships and External Relations, FarmDrive
Leah Kasera, Country Management East and Southern Africa, Grow Africa

Leveraging the promise of China’s Belt and Road initiative
Chinese investment in Africa remains resilient, the key to this is the Belt and Road initiative, which is stepping up a gear with projects
estimated to be worth $350bn over the next five years. 
Hanting Li, Representative, South Africa Office, Sinosure

Trends in Asian investment appetite across Africa
Asian investment still remains significant on the continent, with a bigger risk appetite and much lower limites, this panel explores how
Asian ECA and development backed lending is transforming Africa and how exporters are competing with their Western
counterparts in cost and technology.
Yoshinori Utaka, CEO - Middle East & Africa Projects, Mitsui & Co
Bruce Gau, Director - Sales Financing Solutions, Huawei

Flavour of the continent: Ethiopia’s growth prospects
Ethiopia is currently on the international communities’ radar as a nation with huge potential and opportunity, but so far financing is largely coming from 
DFIs - how can other financiers succesfully tap into this?
Kyriakos Armenakis, Principal, Coskal Ethiopia
Mekuria Lemma, Head of Strategy and Investment, Ethiopian Electric Power
Abebe Tadessse, Deputy Director General; PPP Directorate General, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Case study: Mozambique’s rising energy
The energy sector in Mozambique continues to attract substantial international investors' interest and project financing despite the loan scandal of 2016 which
has shaken Maputo. At the end of 2017, the country closed a $4.7bn, multi-sourced ECA backed facility, financed by a combination of 18 international
banks and 5 ECAs. We are joined by those who worked on the dealto examine the elements that led to a successful financial close. 
Emilie Fontanel, Legal Counsel, Bpifrance
Anne Crepin, Deputy Head of Export Credit, SFIL

Private equity: The shapeshifters of the finance industry?
Is the growth in alternative financing due to traditional commercial banks not being ambitious enough, often hampered by regulation, or do they offer a genuinely
more attractive and flexible proposition? What impact will any interest rises in the financial markets have on their enthusiasm for export and project finance
assets? We examine who these alternative players are and what they can offer to the African market. 
Cynthia Omondi, Head of Corporate Finance, Genghis Capital Ltd

Electrifying Africa: Can the market meet the need?
T
here are still around 600 million people living in Africa without access to electricity, presenting a huge opportunity for power investment. this panel asks how governments,
project sponsors, investors and developers plan to take this sector forward? What are the innovations to tackle transmission challenges?
Erik Granskog, Managing Director, Deal Execution Leader Sub-Saharan Africa, GE EFS Global Markets
Agnés Tauty-Giraldy, Head of Export Finance - Europe Africa & Structured Trade Finance, Société Générale
Moderator: Koen Ceyssens, Senior Vice President Export Finance Middle East & Africa, BNP Paribas

 

Day 2

Going green and getting off the ground: renewables financing
DFIs and commercial banks are investing in the renewables sector, the funds and the appetite are available, but are we seeing enough projects
materialising to reflect this? What is holding up large-scale developments in renewables?
Johan Van Kerrebroeck, Regional Manager Eastern Africa, Engie
Snehar Shah, General Manager, East Africa, Azuri Technologies
Jasandra Nyker, Chief Executive Officer, BioTherm
Tony Nyagah, CEO, Strauss Energy

Investing in West Africa: Looking beyond Nigeria’s mega oil and gas projects
With its huge pool of natural resources, Nigeria has attracted the attention of many international investors. We investigate the exciting
opportunities arising from the West African nation including, amongst others, mega projects coming on-stream both upstream and
downstream, and the potentials surrounding the Dangote refinery, petrochemicals and fertiliser complex.
Dr Layi Fatona, Managing Director, NG Delta
Dr Robert Besselling, 
Executive Director, EXX Africa
Mansur Ahmed, 
Director - Corporate Communications, Dangote Group
Moderator: Victor Eromosele
, Chairman & CEO, ME Consulting Limited

Going local - the drive for African ownership
African countries are striving for inclusive development, however scarcity of government resources has led countries to impose localization requirements on
foreign investments. Whilst they initially proved popular, these requirements are not having the desired effects.
Joseph Mbuyi, Director, KfW IPEX Bank
Rob Withagen, Co-founder and Managing Director, Asoko Insight

Rail, roads, and regional development
Transportation infrastructure is essential for the development on theb continent and trade between nations. We assess where the new projects are taking place, where there
is a vital need, and who are currently the most active players in this market?
Paul Sullivan, Senior Vice President – International, Acrow Bridge

Water you waiting for? Overcoming obstacles to financing African water and sanitation projects
Countries are trying to extend the water, sanitation and healthcare services that they provide to their populations, but are these projects bankable?
Oscar Kang’Oro, Non-Executive Director, Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund
André Kruger, Head, Africa Investment and Integration Desk, NEPAD Business Foundation
William Mboya, Water Services Management Specialist, Africa Water Watch Ltd

Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi Upper Hill

Nairobi, Kenya

This year TXF Africa will be bringing the magic back to the Radisson Blu, Elgon Road 00100, Nairobi.

Take a look at our photos tab to see what we got up to at this beautiful hotel in 2017.

Of course, there is discounted accommodation for our guests of this year's event and you can book by using this link

We look forward to seeing you back at the Radisson for another wonderful event.