KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

BABATUNDE RAJI FASHOLA SAN

THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF POWER, 

WORKS AND HOUSING, NIGERIA

Born on the 28th of June 1963 in Lagos, Nigeria, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN was sworn in as the Honourable Minister for Power, Works and Housing, newly created through an unprecedented consolidation of the three hitherto distinct ministries, by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday 11th November, 2015. Mr. Babatunde Fashola comes to the job with high acclaim as the immediate past Governor of Lagos State. Elected the thirteenth Governor of the State on May 29, 2007 and overwhelmingly re-elected for a second term on the 26th of April 2011, his second term tenure came to a glorious end on May 29, 2015 with the swearing in of Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, his successor from the same All Progressives Congress. Babatunde Fashola was called to the Nigerian Bar in November 1988. In August 2004, he was conferred with the rank of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria [SAN], Nigeria’s highest legal distinction. He is the first member of the 1988 Law School set to take the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and the Second University of Benin Faculty of Law graduate to be so honoured. Throughout his tenure as Governor of Lagos State from 2007- 2015, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN demonstrated a commitment to excellence in public service and an uncommon dedication to his avowed pledge to lead the change that will transform Lagos into Africa’s model mega-city. Both nationally and internationally, he was acclaimed as one of the bright hopes for the future of Nigeria, and one of the very progressive Governors determined to reclaim Nigeria’s past glories through competent and transparent leadership. His dogged pursuit of renewal of the infrastructure of Lagos as the critical strategy for economic growth and poverty alleviation won the State honours from as far away as Australia, where he was lauded for undertaking the fastest infrastructure renewal ever in Africa. Indeed, his unflagging spirit led the Government to explode many negative myths about Lagos. Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN is the recipient of the prestigious Stephen J. Solarz Award of the International Crisis Group for 2015 for his commitment to building a peaceful and vibrant society; his work to improve social and economic conditions in Lagos including his role in preventing the Ebola outbreak from becoming a crisis in Nigeria. He was listed in 2014 as one of the 100 Top Global Thinkers for 2013 by a global personality assessment organisation, Lo Spazio della Politica (LSDP) based in Italy and Brussels. TIME Magazine has commended him for “the overhaul of Lagos infrastructure” while The Economist Magazine acknowledged him as “a rare good man” and a Governor “who does his job well.” In Nigeria, Babatunde Fashola , SAN is the recipient of the popular Man of the Year Award of The Guardian (2009), The Vanguard (2009) , The SUN (2009), the Champion (2010) and the City People (2012) . He also received the Corporate Governance Award 2012 from the Governing Council of the Institute of Directors and was equally presented the Most Labour-friendly Governor’s Award 2012 by the Lagos Zonal Council of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG). At the Year 2014 Newswatch Awards organised by the Newswatch Communications Limited, publishers of Newswatch Magazine and Daily Newswatch, Mr. Fashola won three Awards-Governor of the Year (Internal Revenue Generation); Governor of the Year (Internal Security) and Governor of the Year (Health). During his tenure in office, he served in various Ad-hoc Committees of the Federal Government in different capacities. He was a member of the Presidential Committee on the Review of Tariffs charged with the responsibilities of reviewing the current tariff structure and fiscal incentives in Nigeria, identifying barriers to investments and recommending strategic initiatives that would promote foreign direct investment and ultimately stimulate economic growth. Mr. Fashola, SAN is Patron, Institute of Arbitrators (CIA), Member, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA); Member, International Bar Association (IBA); Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN); Notary Public of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He is a recipient of several awards and Certificates of Merit, Legal Practitioner, Administrator, Management Consultant, Team Player and a detribalised Nigerian. Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN is married to Dame Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola and they are blessed with children.

Bience Philomena Gawanas

Under Secretary General and Special Adviser on Africa

Advocate Gawanas was appointed in January 2018 as Special Adviser on Africa for the United Nations after having served as Commissioner for Social Affairs at the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government, from 2002 to 2012. She was a Commissioner on the Public Service Commission in Namibia from 1991 to 1996, and an Ombudswoman in the Namibian Government from 1996 to 2003.

Ms. Gawanas has served as Special Adviser to Namibia’s Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare.  Prior to this, she was Special Adviser to the Minister of Health and Social Services.  A champion of women’s health and rights in Africa, she has been commended for her role in initiating far‑reaching campaigns, such as the continental Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA).

Albert G. Zeufack

World Bank Chief Economist, Africa

Dr. Albert Zeufack is the current World Bank Chief Economist of Africa since May 2016. He was prior the Practice Manager in the Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management Global Practice and leader of the World Bank-wide Community of Practice for the Management of Natural Resources Rents. He joined the World Bank in 1997. During this time he has also served as the Director of Research and Investment Strategy/Chief Economist for Khazanah Nasional Berhad, a Malaysian Sovereign Wealth Fund. Dr. Zeufack received his Ph.D. in economics from CERDI, the University of Clermont-Ferrand (France). He also holds master’s degree in economic analysis and policy from the University of Yaoundé (Cameroon) and has received Executive Education from Harvard University and Stanford University

Ipumbu W. Shiimi

Governor of the Bank of Namibia

Ipumbu Wendelinus Shiimi was appointed as the head of Namibia’s Central Bank on March 25, 2010, by President Hifikepunye Pohamba. In this role he was responsible for providing strategic direction to the operations of the Bank, including managing foreign exchange reserves, banking supervision, economic stability and financial monitoring. His knowledge and experience in central banking span from an impressive record of technical and managerial engagement at the Bank of Namibia since 1995. During his working career, Shiimi participated in various research projects and co-authored various publications as well as served on various Boards and Committees. Amongst other qualifications, he holds a Master of Science in Financial Economics (MSc in Fin. Econ) – University of London, United Kingdom.

Biendi Maganga-Moussavou

Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food in Charge of the GRAINE Program

Biendie Maganga Moussavou was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food in charge of the GRAINE program from February 2018. Prior to that, he was head of the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion, National Entrepreneurship Officer from October 2016. He has served as Deputy CEO at ORAGROUP, a subsidiary of Emerging Capital Partners (ECP); Director of the Treasury of UBA GABON; Citigroup; the IMF; and taught at the National Institute of Science and Management and Institute of Banking Techniques. He holds a DTES in banking economics and a DESS in banking and finance from the University of Tours in France.

Bozoma St. John

Chief Marketing Officer,
William Morris Endeavor

Philanthropist, Disruptor, Innovator and Mother are a few of the words that even attempt to describe Bozoma St. John also known simply as Boz. Currently, the Chief Marketing Officer of Endeavor, Bozoma is the quintessential Brand Building and Public Relations Executive. Her 20 years’ experience spans across multiple industries including digital music/entertainment, consumer packaged goods, fashion, sports and automotive. Boz is the essence of distinction in the industry. She famously opened an Apple Developers Conference to rave reviews around the world in 2016 where she was the Head of Apple Music and ITunes. Before joining Apple Inc., she had helped Pepsi Cola build brand relations with Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Mary J. Blige, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Tom Brady Drake and Eminem among many other stellar names.
Bozoma took up the uniquely created role of Chief Brand Officer of Uber in 2017 where she was in charge of the ride hailing company’s vast global operations.
In 2018, ‘The Boz’ joined William Morris Endeavor one of the leading Media, Entertainment and Talent Management Agencies in the World as the Chief Marketing officer (CMO).
The businesswoman and bright-as-the-sun personality recently helped found the ‘Full Circle Festival’ a Celebration of Culture and Heritage which marks 400 years of the arrival of the First African slaves in America. The Ghana based Full Circle Festival aims to improve the relationships between Africans in the Diaspora and the African continent.
To the world Bozoma St, John is both a RockStar and a Unicorn (An African- American Powerful Female Business Executive so rare that people do not even think they exist) but equally important to her engagements is being the mother of Lael St. John. “I want to be the change so my daughter can accomplish more because I existed.” Says the Boz.
The awards are piling up quickly among which include induction into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement in 2014. She currently sits on its Executive Committee. She was named 2016’s Executive of the Year by Billboard Magazine, featured in Fortune Magazine’s Disruptors, Innovators & Stars 40 Under 40 feature, Ebony Magazine’s 100 Powerful Executives, Black Enterprise ’s Most Powerful Women in Business as well as BET’s Leading Women Defined Butterfly Award. She also serves on the Board of Girls Who Code.
In March, 2017, she was named as a Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute.

Gwen Mwaba

Director of Trade Finance, Afreximbank

Gwen Mwaba is the Director of Trade Finance at Afrexim Bank, moving from her previous position as Regional Manager for Anglophone West Africa in charge of Afreximbank’s Abuja Branch Office. A Zambian national, Ms. Mwaba joined Afreximbank from Standard Bank Plc., where she worked as Executive Vice President, Structured Trade Finance and Syndications for Africa, based in London. Previously, she worked with Stanbic Bank Zambia Ltd as Head, Vehicle and Asset Finance and as Head, Corporate Banking; Standard Bank of South Africa as Head of Corporate Banking; African Banking Corporation as Corporate Banking Manager; and Stanbic Bank Zambia Ltd as Account Manager, Financial Services. Ms. Mwaba holds a Bachelor of Applied Accounting from Oxford Brooks University, United Kingdom, and a Master of Business Administration from Heriot-Watt University, also in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Stephen Tio Kauma, FCIPD

Director & Global Head Human Resources(Tio) Kauma, Human Resources Director,

Mr. Stephen Tio Kauma holds a BA degree in Political Science from Makerere University, Uganda; an MBA from the Makerere University Business School, Uganda and a Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Uganda Management Institute, Kampala. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (FCIPD). From 1995, Mr. Kauma worked for SA Alliance Air, a regional subsidiary of South African Airways in Kampala for five years before he joined KPMG East Africa based in Kampala as a Business Advisor in the Business Advisory Services Department in 2000. In 2003, he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in Uganda as an HR Advisor, rising to the position of Manager, Human Resource Services in 2006. In March 2007, he joined Lafarge Cement, the largest building materials company in the world, as Human Resource and Administration Manager for Uganda. Mr. Kauma joined Afreximbank in November 2008 as a Human Resource Officer and became Director (Human Resources) in February 2015.