Finance and Investment Forum

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  • Expert speakers identify the key trends impacting project finance in Africa’s regional energy markets, with updates and insights on market opportunities, sources of capital, financing instruments and access to project finance. 
  • A featured session on regional power integration will explore new methods of developing cross-border power projects, explore the opportunities for investors, and showcase the ways that regional power integration can substantially save capital investment costs. 
  • Top level outlook for African Energy projects: Perspective on the huge changes that have taken place in our industry of late - and what’s about to happen next. We address the long-term trends as well as the more immediate issues — where are the main deals coming from and what will they look like?
  • Fresh, live and first-hand information delivered by the leading investment bank dealmakers and the biggest project owners and operators — drilling down into the deal pipeline with unique intelligence on the biggest projects looming.

Announcing our Expert International Speakers – leading analysts and investors:

The African Power Finance and Investment Forum is the African investor and dealmakers hub.  The forum is about where the deals are coming from and what they will look like.  

We’re reshaping this year’s program to take more of an investment and impact perspective —getting real insider perspective on African energy trends and outlook. 

Dr Jerome Booth, leading expert investor in emerging markets, author of ‘Emerging Markets in an Upside Down World’; Chairman of New Sparta; co-founder of Ashmore, UK

Having co-founded Ashmore, one of the largest and most successful emerging market investment firms,  Dr Jerome Booth has turned his attention since 2013 to establishing a suite of companies under the New Sparta umbrella, spanning movie makers to magazines along with telecoms and the investor, New Sparta Asset Management. As any reader of Booth’s book might expect, investments are focused heavily on the vast potential from South-South trade, resulting in a particularly strong interest in African renewable and conventional energy projects. 

Subha Nagarajan, Managing Director for Africa, OPIC, USA

Nagarajan is responsible for coordinating business development across insurance, project and corporate finance, and private equity investments for the US government’s development finance institution. Prior to joining the Overseas Private Investment Corp., Nagarajan was responsible for originating, structuring and executing private equity and project finance transactions in infrastructure, energy, agribusiness, and oil & gas sectors for the African Development Bank.

Gavin Serkin, Managing Editor, Frontier Funds Consultancy, & author of ‘Frontier: Exploring the Top Ten Emerging Markets of Tomorrow’ (Bloomberg/ Wiley), UK

A leading writer and commentator on emerging market investing, Gavin Serkin founded the Frontier Funds Consultancy to create the world's first dedicated frontier and emerging markets news service, radio show and media consultancy. The former Emerging Markets Editor at Large for Bloomberg News, Serkin’s book “Frontier” was acclaimed as a “must read” by the Financial Times.

Andrew Moorfield, Head of Natural Resources, Exotix Partners, UK

With more analysts covering more companies than any other frontier markets firm, Exotix is the leading specialist investment bank, with a strong and growing focus on African energy deals. Moorfield led an expansion of the business when he joined last year, having been head of energy origination at Bank of Nova Scotia; global head of oil and gas at Lloyds/ Bank of Scotland; and Chairman of the OECD’s Renewable Energy Taskforce for the Middle East and North Africa.

Lisa Pinsley, Director for Energy, Actis, South Africa

Actis is one of the leading investors in frontier markets, with more than half of its $6.3 billion in assets. More than half of investments are in Africa over a quarter are in energy. Pinsley was previously Director for Africa Investments at American Capital Energy & Infrastructure, and prior to that she was with Globeleq and AES Africa Power Company. 


  • Expert perspectives on what changes have happened, what’s about to happen and to what extent long-term trends are shifting
  • Gain an edge on competitors by engaging with industry leaders to hear fresh, live and first-hand information on deals and projects development
  • Be the first to hear about new opportunities -  what infrastructure developments are being planned, where the main deals are coming from and what will they look like

For speaking opportunities, please contact Wendy De La Harpe: +27 21 700 3523,

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jason Zeelie: +27 21 700 3557,

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