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Initiate! Programme | Demo Zone Programme

Africa: Open for business!

Tuesday 16 May 2017

09:30 - 11:30 Opening Keynote Screening - exhibition floor
11:30 - 13:30 Exhibition Floor



Africa: Open For Business 

13:00 - 15:30

A vibrant discussion about Africa’s shifting market, from one of gaps to one of opportunities, prospects, and ventures. The fast growing youth population, the rapid urbanization, and Africa’s swelling economy are all common knowledge to those who have been observing this continent. Hear from the investment promotion agencies on why their market holds the most lucrative investment opportunity and continue to drive economic growth across Africa. 

13:30 - 13:40

Chairperson’s Introduction

Tim Harris, CEO, Wesgro, South Africa

13:40 - 14:00

Overview of the the latest projects and opportunities spanning across the African continent

Paul Runge, Director Projects & Development Finance, Africa House, South Africa

14:00 - 14:45

Panel discussion: South Africa: Investing in Africa’s economic power house


Paul Runge, Director Projects & Development Finance, Africa House, South Africa


Saki Zamxaka , CEO, Gauteng Growth and Development Agency, South Africa

Annelize Van der Merwe, Green Economy Investment and Finance Liaison , Greencape, South Africa

Hildegarde Fast Lead: Energy Security Game Changer, Department of Economic Development & Tourism Western Cape Government, South Africa

14:45 - 14:55 

Botswana: What are the investement opportunities?

Moshie Ratsebe, Executive Director, International Business, Botswana Investment & Trade Centre, Botswana

14:55 - 15:05

Derisking Investments in Africa: Managing Political and Commercial Risks

Benjamin Mugisha, Senior Underwriter, African Trade Insurance Agency, Kenya

15:05 - 15:15

Sub Saharan Africa’s trade and project environment

Lebohang Mosetu , Senior Underwriter, Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa, South Africa

15:15 - 15:25

African Energy Live Database – the comprehensive data source for energy projects across Africa

Nick Dashwood Brown

17:30 Day 1 close and drinks reception


Wednesday 17 May 2017

09:30 - 11:30 Innovation Hub - exhibition floor
11:30 - 13:30 Exhibition Floor
13:30 - 13:35

Understand how innovation is providing an influential tool for transforming Africa's challenges into unique opportunities. The result; a continent catapulting past traditional structures becoming the ground for global solutions of the future.

- Understand the hurdles preventing Africa from economic development and the potential solutions

- Learn about the social, environmental and economic benefits of energy development

- Facilitate knowledge sharing about overcoming barriers to energy supply

Chairperson: Aunnie Patton Power, Impact Finance Manager, Bertha Centre for Social Innovation, South Africa

13:35 - 13:50

Taking back the power: Tackling electricity theft through metering


Edmand Aijuka, C.E.O - Kamata Online Protection services (KOPs), Uganda - an electricity theft detection and control device

13:50 - 15:05

Measures to improve the livelihoods of those in energy and water poverty


Mr Solomon Smit, Electrical Engineer, Water & Solar 100, South Africa - A lightweight, foldable and portable solar cooker, which can generate electricity, charge batteries and sterilise water and medical instruments in rural areas where alternative equipment is unavailable

Jonny Harris, Founder, Isidima , South Africa – A project seeking to tap into the genius of nature and the genius of people in Langrug Informal Settlement near Franschhoek to develop innovative solutions to the management of solid waste and greywater

Ralph Muvhiiwa, Engineer, Biogas & Biodiesel Projects, Engineers Without Borders, South Africa - Cooking with biogas made from cattle dung

Hamed Beheshti, Founder, Boreal Light, Germany – An outdoor water desalination system able to produce drinking water directly from high saline water resources

Claire Baker, Director of Development, LivelyHoods, Kenya, Kenya – Showcasing an empowerment and income generation model through below the line distribution of clean cookstoves

15:05 - 15:45

Water solutions for Africa


Marius Hugo, CEO, Hermanus Wave project, South Africa – A locally developed ocean wave energy converter

Jonny Harris, Founder, ArumLoo, South Africa – An innovative toilet capable of flushing on less than two litres of water

Gregoire Landel, CEO, City Taps, France - A mission to boost the health, dignity and economic opportunity of the urban poor by enabling them to access running water at home

Chloe Bolton, Chairperson, Engineers without Borders - UCT, South Africa – feasible solutions in relation to the crisis faced by South Africa

15:45 - 16:20

Guaranteeing energy access to informal settlements: Case study examples


James Van Der Walt, CEO, Solar Turtle, South Africa - Ultra secure solar solution in a box. Shipping containers are converted into small, mobile solar power stations

David Hees, CEO, Ishack, Sustainability Institute, South Africa - providing solar electricity, on a pay-for-use basis, to residents of an informal settlement in Stellenbosch (Enkanini)

Hendrik Schloemann, CEO, Zonke Energy, South Africa – A growing social enterprise servicing off-grid communities in Cape Town with renewable energy

16:00 - 16:15

Emerging markets: Identifying the opportunities in BRIC economies

Dr. Iqbal Survé, Chairman, BRICS Business Council for South Africa, South Africa*

16:30 Day 2 Close and Awards Gala Dinner