Strategic Policymaking – Africa, The Next Factory of the World?

Africa is seeking to industrialize but challenges remain. In comparison with China and East Asia, African countries are still aspiring to structurally transform their economies and improve their industrial capabilities. In renewed efforts, African countries have identified strategic priorities that will accelerate industrialization and drive sustainable growth and development. This panel discusses the policies shaping development strategy on the continent, essential sectors for investment, harnessing the talents and resources of Africa’s diaspora and how complementarities between Africa and the rest of the world presents both new opportunities for partnerships and traps of dependency. How can multilateral institutions enhance policy for sustainable development? What are cutting edge policies on Africa’s development emerging from Africa? What are the best practices and lessons learned on the existing partnerships with external actors in promoting sustainable growth? What concrete measures need to be put in place to enhance development policies in Africa?


Emeka Charles Chinwuba


Volker Treichel

Volker Treichel
Regional Economist for West and Central Africa, IFC

“Volker Treichel has been IFC’s Regional Economist for South Asia and West- and Central Africa since August 2017. In this capacity, he is responsible for operationalizing the ‘Maximizing Finance for Development Agenda’, including through the new Country Private Sector Diagnostics.   Prior to that, he was the World Bank’s Lead Country Economist for India, primarily in charge of the macroeconomic policy dialogue with India, including at the state level. From late-2012 to mid-2015, Volker was the Program Leader/Sector Leader for Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Togo and Guinea and managed, among others, the World Bank’s budget support operations with the five countries, including in the context of the Systematic Country Diagnostic for Cote d’Ivoire and the first Regional budget support operation of the World Bank between Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso.

From 2010-2012, he was a Lead Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist and Senior Vice President Justin Lin. During this time, he co-authored several publications with Justin Lin, including on the global financial crisis, the crisis of the Euro-zone, and growth strategies for Latin America and Nigeria.

From 2007, he was the World Bank’s Lead Economist for Nigeria. During this time, he published the book “Putting Nigeria to Work- A Strategy for Employment and Growth”, and led the first subnational budget support operation in sub-Saharan Africa in Lagos State, piloted the engagement with the Niger Delta, and co-led the 2009 USD 500 million budget support operation with the Federal Government of Nigeria.

From 1993-2007, he was an economist with the IMF, including as mission chief for Togo and resident representative in Albania.   He also prepared a Working Paper on financial sector reforms in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.”              

Olumide Akpata

Olumide Akpata
Partner and the Head of the Corporate and Commercial Practice, Templars

Olumide Akpata is a Partner and the Head of the Corporate and Commercial Practice at Templars, one of Nigeria’s leading commercial law firms. With over two decades’ experience, Olumide is recognized for advising local and international corporations on marketing leading transactions in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa. His experience spans several core areas of commercial law and practice including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, employment, immigration and regulatory compliance amongst others.  He has been recognized by leading legal directories including the IFLR 1000 as a leading Mergers & Acquisition lawyer in Nigeria, and by Chambers and Partners “as having long experience in representing foreign clients” in his area(s) of practice. He is the erstwhile Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law and via this platform, Mr. Akpata championed the development of business law and policy in Nigeria via several innovative initiatives. He remains an active member of the Nigerian Bar Association and the International Bar Association.                                          

Zikho Pali is an LLM. candidate at Harvard Law School. Prior to coming to Harvard, she practiced as an attorney for several years and worked for Bowmans South Africa (previously Bowman Gilfillan.Inc), one of the largest law firms in Africa. During this period, she was nominated and appointed by the provincial government as the youngest serving board member at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, the largest hospital in Africa and the third largest in the world. She is currently one of the Co-founders and Vice President of Quro Medical, a private company that is incorporated in South Africa. Quro medical combines the use of technology, mid-level healthcare professionals and specialist oversight to deliver an affordable, quality at-home medical healthcare service.

Nox Nokukhanya Ntuli Ms

Nox Nokukhanya Ntuli Ms
Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (Part of the World Bank Group)

Eiman Kheir is a Development Champion. Her work focuses on pioneering development conscious programming that’s innovative, inclusive and impactful.

She has over 15 years of experience in different private sector and UN agencies working in Education, Civil Affairs, Conflict Prevention, Civic Education, Reintegration, and Migration for Development.

Ms. Kheir joined the African Union as the Regional Policy Officer for the Middle East, Asia and Oceania and was recently appointed as the African Union Commission, Head of Diaspora Division.”

Eiman Kheir

Eiman Kheir
Head of Diaspora Division, African Union

Matt leads global operations and manages the development of labs and new relationships at MASS. Since joining the team in 2015, Matt has guided cross-office organizational design and change processes enabling MASS to scale its impact while remaining true to its values as an international, justice-driven design collective. He now builds new partnerships for the organization and operationalizes the collective’s strategy. Prior to joining MASS, Matt was a project manager and organizational development consultant working in the U.S., Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Mexico and Timor-Leste. He holds a Masters in Development Practice from Columbia University where he was the recipient of the U.S. Department of Education’s Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. Matt was also the recipient of a David L. Boren Fellowship, studying Kiswahili and entrepreneurial development programs in East Africa after graduating from Montana State University where he studied Business Management and Ethics.       

Joia Mukherjee MD, MPH is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health (PIH), an international medical charity dedicated to providing a preferential option for the poor in healthcare. She is an internist, a pediatrician, an infectious disease doctor and public health specialist. Dr. Mukherjee has been supporting PIH’s efforts to provide high quality, comprehensive health care to the poorest in partnership with local communities and health officials in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Kazakhstan and the Navajo Nation. Dr. Mukherjee’s clinical foci include HIV, multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, mental health, Ebola, human resources for health, and health systems strengthening. She also teaches Global Health Delivery, social medicine, infectious disease and human rights to medical students, residents and fellows at a wide variety of US and international institutions. She has helped create a new residency and fellowship training program for Rwandan and Haitian physicians as well as global health residencies and fellowships for US trainees at Harvard and other American universities.