Summit Speakers

Hubert Danso

CEO and Chairman: Africa investor, Chairman: ASWPFF

CEO and Vice Chairman, Africa Investor (Ai),

Chairman of the Board: Africa investor Sovereign Wealth & Pension Fund Leaders Forum

Chairman, CFA Asset Owners Advisory Board

Commissioner, Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development


Hubert is the Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Africa investor (Ai) Group. He serves as the Chairman of the (Ai African Sovereign Wealth & Pension Fund Leaders Forum). He is responsible for advising institutional investors, governments and development finance institutions on major infrastructure and private equity investments in Africa.

He is also responsible for Ai’s platform  initiatives such as:

Ai Analytix, an artificial intelligence, machine learning platform turning big data into actionable information for Ai’s one-stop destination for comprehensive company analysis, fundamental research, portfolio evaluation, screening tools and investor relations on over 1 100 African listed equities.

AiAssetX, Africa investors’ online co-investment marketplace, designed to profile project and infrastructure investment opportunities and securely connect accredited domestic and international asset owners and institutional infrastructure investors, with infrastructure project developers and infrastructure fund and investment managers working in Africa.


AfricaPLC, an innovative, B2B/ B2G E-commerce marketplace & FinTech platform, focused on improving intra-African Trade flows, cross border payments, supply chain transparency and access to trade intelligence and global markets.

Danso established Africa investor in 2002, after leaving the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris, where he was the Senior Adviser for African Affairs, responsible for Advising the world’s largest corporations and institutional investors on investments in Africa.

He holds an LLB in Business Law and an LLM Masters in International Commercial Law from the University of Sussex in England.

Danso was instrumental in establishing the NEPAD Business Group and was a member of the OECD-NEPAD Investment Initiative Steering Committee, the African Development Bank-NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Fund Oversight Committee, the UNEP Finance Initiative African Task Force, the UN Business Committee on Financing for Development and a Reviewer of The Africa Competitiveness Report published by The World Bank, World Economic Forum and the African Development Bank.

Richard Byarugaba


Is a Ugandan business executive, banker, and entrepreneur. He is the managing director and chief executive officer of the National Social Security Fund (Uganda), a semi-autonomous retirement pension organisation for non-government employees in Uganda.He was also listed in 2012 as one of the wealthiest individuals in Uganda.
Byarugaba has held various positions over the years, with the majority in Uganda’s banking sector.He started as a banking officer at Standard Chartered Uganda (Stanchart), in 1983. By 1992, he had risen to executive director for finance at Stanchart. In 1994, he was transferred to Stanchart’s international headquarters in London, as the regional manager for finance, responsible for Africa.He returned to Uganda in 1997, where he joined Nile Bank Limited, a private retail bank. He became managing director of the bank in 2003. In 2007, Barclays, the British financial conglomerate, bought all the shares of Nile Bank Limited for US $27 million (UGX:52 billion). The new owners merged the bank with their existing banking interests in the country to form the existing Barclays Bank (Uganda). Byarugaba moved to Baclays Bank (Uganda) as the chief operating officer.
In 2008, when Global Trust Bank (Uganda) was established, the new owners appointed Byarugaba as managing director of the newly created bank.He held that position until 2010 when he left to become the managing director and chief executive officer of the National Social Security Fund (Uganda).
Byarugaba has also worked with Hospice Africa, the Palliative Care Association of Uganda, and the Uganda Institute of Banking and Financial Services. When he resigned from Global Trust Bank, he was the treasurer of the Uganda Bankers Association.

Aldo Tembe

CEO, Moçambique Previdente

Mr. Tembe is the CEO of Moçambique Previdente which is a Pension Funds Management Company, created in December 2012. It is the first Mozambican company created specifically for the Management of Pension Funds. 

Aldo Tembe studied law at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane and Pension Funds Management at University of South Africa (UNISA).

Prior to Moçambique Previdente, he worked for four years for British American Tobacco in corporate, regulatory affairs, and legal departments.

He has also been legal consultant and corporate advisor for Nadhari, Mila Investments, and Managing Director for NBC Mozambique.

Oscar Onyema

CEO, Nigeria Stock Exchange 
Mr. Onyema has been CEO and member of the National Council of The Exchange since April 2011. In this role, he is responsible for superintending the general working of The Exchange.
Mr. Onyema is the President of African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA); Chairman of Central Securities Clearing System PLC (CSCS), the clearing, settlement and depository for the Nigerian capital market; and Chairman of the subsidiaries of The Exchange. He has served as a Council member of Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS); Global Agenda Council member of World Economic Forum (WEF); board member of FMDQ OTC PLC and National Pension Commission of Nigeria (PENCOM). Prior to relocating to Nigeria, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at American Stock Exchange (Amex). He also ran the NYSE Amex equity business after the merger of NYSE Euronext and Amex in 2008.
He holds the Nigerian National honor of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON); is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (IOD); and member of London Stock Exchange (LSEG) Africa Advisory Group. Forbes listed him as one of the ten most powerful men in Africa in 2015.
Mr. Onyema completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (AMP) in 2015. He got his MBA from Baruch College, New York in 1998; and BSc from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, in 1991.​


Dan Matjila

CEO, Public Investment Corporation of South Africa 
Dr. Matjila served as the Chief Investment Officer of Public Investment Corporation until November 2014. Previously, he was the Risk Manager.
Dr. Matjila started his career as a mathematics lecturer at the University of the North, after which he entered the corporate world as a divisional manager at Anglo American.
He then moved to Stanlib as a Senior Manager Quantitative Research Analysis, before joining Public Investment Corporation in 2003.
Dr. Matjila holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Mathematics from Fort Hare University, a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from Rhodes University, a PhD in Mathematics from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematical Finance from Oxford University.
He has also completed a Senior Management Programme and Advanced Management Programme at the University of Pretoria.

Ekow Afedzie

MD Ghana Stock Exchange 
MR. EKOW AFEDZIE is currently the Deputy Managing Director of the Ghana Stock Exchange. He was educated at the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 1989.
He also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Economic Policy Management, from the University of Ghana.
He joined the Ghana Stock Exchange in 1990 when it was established and he is currently the Deputy Managing Director of the Stock Exchange. He has held various positions at the Exchange including the General Manager and Senior Manager for Research, Systems and Marketing.
Mr. Afedzie has been one of the strong pillars behind the growing success of the Ghana Stock Exchange. He is experienced in stock market operations and has participated in many international conferences on Stock Market issues. He has also made contributions to local and international research on stock markets, and presented papers on stock market operations at many local and international fora.
Mr. Afedzie was the Project Manager for the recent automation of the Ghana Stock Exchange and he is also coordinating the Integration of West Africa Stock Markets. Mr. Afedzie currently serves as a Director on the boards of Ghana Stock Exchange and GSE Securities Depository Committee. He is also a member of the Governing committee of the newly established Ghana Alternative Market and the National Bond Committee.
He has been a past Vice President of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) for 4 years from 2005 – 2009 and currently a member of the Executive Committee of ASEA.

Edoh Kossi Amenounve

Mr. Edoh Kossi AMENOUNVE holds a PhD in Administration and Finance from Laval University in Canada (1995) after an MBA (1992).
Before taking office as CEO of the Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (BRVM) and the Central Depository/Settlement Bank (DC/BR) in October 2012, Mr. Edoh Kossi AMENOUNVE was from September 2003 to September 2012 Secretary General of the Regional Council for Savings and Financial Markets (CREPMF), the financial market regulation authority of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU).
Before that, he was CEO of SGI-TOGO, a Brokerage Company from Togo operating in the regional financial market, from 1997 to 2003 and President of the Professional Association of Brokerage Houses of WAEMU (APSGI) from 2000 to 2001. He has also created OPTI ASSET Management, an Asset Management company of Collective Investment Schemes (CIS).
From 1997 to 2000, he worked toward the installation of the Regional Stock Exchange (BRVM) and the Central Depository / Settlement Bank (DC / BR) as Assistant to the Chairman of the Board and Secretary of the Technical Monitoring Committee.
Mr. Edoh Kossi AMENOUNVE led during his position as Secretary General of the CREPMF major financial market reforms namely the review of basic texts, reform guarantees and the introduction of notation, the development of the mortgage market and securitization, harmonization of taxation of securities in the WAEMU and the introduction of tax incentives, review of market pricing.


Sunil Benimadhu

CEO Stock Exchange of Mauritius
Sunil Benimadhu has been in office as Chief Executive of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius (SEM) since May 1998 after having held various positions in the Securities Industry. He has played an instrumental role in uplifting the operational, technical and regulatory infrastructure of the SEM and contributed to its emergence as one of the leading Exchanges in Africa.  Sunil is the Chairman of Global Finance Mauritius, the apex body of private sector operators in the Financial Services Industry in Mauritius.
Sunil was elected in October 2014 for a three-year term on the Board of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), an association of the World’s leading Stock Exchanges. Sunil was the President of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) an association of 23 Exchanges operating on the continent, from August 2010 to November 2014.  He was a member of the Executive Committee of the South Asian Federation of Exchanges (SAFE), and the Chairman of the SADC Committee of Stock Exchanges (COSSE). Sunil is a regular speaker on emerging markets and on African markets in international stock exchange conferences.
Before joining the Stock Exchange of Mauritius, Sunil Benimadhu worked in the Treasury Department of the African Development Bank (ADB) from February 1997 to April 1998, where he managed the Bank’s assets on international fixed-income markets.  Sunil Benimadhu was the General Manager of the National Mutual Fund Limited between December 1992 and February 1997. He played an instrumental role in the structuring, marketing and setting up of the National Investment Trust Limited, one of the largest investment trusts listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
Sunil Benimadhu holds a MBA in Finance and Investment from the University of Illinois, United States. He also holds a D.E.A in Development Economics and a Maîtrise in Macro-Economics from the University of Aix-Marseille, France.

Dr. Frannie Leautier

Dr. Leautier was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Eastern & Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) effective the 1st of September 2018
She will also assume the responsibility of Executive Director, Asset Management and serve as the Head of Office of the Bank’s Operations Complex in Nairobi, Kenya.
Dr. Leautier has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Dares Salaam, Master’s degree in Transportation from MIT in 1986, and a PhD in Infrastructure Systems from MIT in 1990. She graduated with Harvard University’s Executive Program. In 2013 she received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from North Central College in Naperville, IL (USA) in recognition of her contribution to Africa’s development.

Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki

Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki of the Republic of Niger is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency. He was appointed to the position in January 2009.
A former Prime Minister of Niger, from 1997 to 2000, Dr. Mayaki has a Master’ degree from the National School of Public Administration (Enap), Quebec, Canada and a PhD in Administrative Sciences from the University of Paris I, France.
He worked as a Professor of Public Administration in Niger and Venezuela. From 1996 to 1997 he was appointed Minister in charge of African Integration and Cooperation and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Niger. In August 2000, he set up the Analysis Centre for Public Policy in Senegal.
From 2000 to 2004, Dr. Mayaki was a guest Professor at the University of Paris XI, where he lectured on international relations. He also led research at the Research Centre on Europe and the Contemporary World within that university. In 2004, he served as Executive Director of the Platform in support of Rural Development in West and Central Africa, the Rural Hub, based in Dakar, Senegal.

Symerre Grey-Johnson

Head of Regional Integration, Infrastructure and Trade, NEPAD
Symerre is currently the Head of Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation Division and the Head of the Infrastructure Strategic Business Unit at the NEPAD Agency.
Prior to joining the NEPAD Agency, he worked for the German Development Agency (GIZ). His work focused on assisting African Institutions to implement their mandates and was initially seconded to the African Forum for Utility Regulators (AFUR).
Thereafter, he served as Technical Advisor under the GIZ programme to support the Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI) and later worked as Component Manager under the GIZ programme to Support Pan-African Institutions (SPAI). In his home country of The Gambia, he worked at Gambia Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) as the Director in charge of Policy, Strategy and Consumer Affairs.
Symerre holds a Masters of Arts degree in International Economics from the University of Colorado, Denver, USA.

Mamadou Mbaye

Mamadou has 17 years of work experience in Commodities trading, Investment banking and Fund management across Europe and Asia of which 10 years in managerial / executive positions.
Former Chief Investment Officer of a Private Equity firm with a focus on Africa, investing mainly in Energy, Mining and Infrastructure.
Graduate from the National School for Statistics and Economic Administration, Paris, France
Graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France
Fluent in English and French

Sarah Takaki

Senior Principal, Responsible Investing
Sarah Takaki is a Senior Principal on the Responsible Investing team at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. She helps develop Ontario Teachers’ responsible investing strategy and partners with investment teams to identify, analyze and manage ESG risks and opportunities.
Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Sarah was an operational improvement consultant in the financial services sector and she began her career managing social change programs in the non-profit sector.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario. She completed her MBA at the University of Cambridge in 2013

Jérôme Lussier

Director, Investment Stewardship, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)
Jérôme is responsible for the investment stewardship portfolio for CDPQ.
He joined CDPQ in 2014 and  holds a Bachelor of Law from McGill University, a Master of Science in Financial Journalism

Thapelo Tsheole

Chief Executive Officer, Botswana Stock Exchange
Mr Tsheole is a seasoned Financial Markets expert with a cumulative experience of 15 years having worked for Bank of Botswana and Botswana Stock Exchange.
Mr Tsheole holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Single Major Economics) from the University of Botswana and a Master of Commerce (MComm) in Financial Markets from Rhodes University (RSA). Further, he holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town (RSA). He has also completed several financial markets programmes as well as a Leadership Development Programme at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (RSA).
Mr Tsheole has extensive financial markets experience in Capital Markets, Forex, Structured Products and the Financial Market Regulation. He was appointed CEO of the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) in January 2016 following a short stint as Deputy CEO at BSE since February 2014. His career at BSE began in February 2007 when he was appointed Product Development Manager.
Mr Tsheole is a firm believer in the development of the financial market in Botswana and Africa, as well as their importance to economic growth and stability. It is against this backdrop that he has led initiatives to increase activity in the financial market in Botswana.
Mr Tsheole is the Chairman of the Committee of SADC Stock Exchanges (CoSSE). He is also a member of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) Executive Committee, and sits on the following Boards; Botswana Accountancy Oversight Authority, Medicines Regulatory Authority of Botswana, Special Economic Zones Authority (SEZA), ACHAP Botswana and ACHAP International. As a result of his extensive experience he was invited to serve as a member of Africa Integrated Reporting Committee (AIRC), a joint initiative between Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA) and World Bank as of July, 2017.

Pierre Guislain

Vice-President, Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization, African Development Bank
Pierre Guislain, a Belgian national, is (since July 2014) the Senior Director for the Transport and Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) Global Practice at the World Bank, providing support to developing countries in improving their connectivity and competitiveness by linking people to markets, services and employment opportunities.
Transport is the World Bank’s largest lending sector accounting for about 20% of the total portfolio, while ICT is increasingly at the core of development solutions in all sectors. Major areas of emphasis for Transport & ICT include an increased focus on climate change (mitigation and adaptation), urban mobility, road safety, regional connectivity, multimodal transport and logistics, as well as broadband development, Internet access and digital platforms and solutions for public services.
Pierre was previously (2006-2014) the Director of the joint Bank-IFC-MIGA Investment Climate Department (CIC). In this position, he also served as co-director at IFC for Fragile and Conflict Affected countries. From 2001-2005, Pierre was the Manager of the Bank’s Global Telecommunications and ICT Sector division. He joined the Bank in 1983 and has served the World Bank in a range of capacities in the legal department, private sector development, Africa, Asia, and Middle East and North Africa regions. During that time, he spearheaded the creation of the private participation in infrastructure division, and established and managed a joint program with the European Commission on Private Infrastructure in the Middle East and North Africa.
Pierre brings extensive experience in private sector development and infrastructure sector reform, including Transport and ICT, as well as a deep practice of partnership within and outside the World Bank. He is author and editor of publications on PSD, foreign direct investment, ICT, infrastructure reform and privatization.
He holds an MPA in Economics and Public Policy from Princeton University, as well as a graduate degree in Belgian and International Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the Université Catholique de Louvain.