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BUSINESS IN AFRICA - OPPORTUNITIES & PERSPECTIVES

April 2nd, Brussels.

Over the last decade, the African continent has experienced exceptional economic performance. With an average 5% growth since 2000, despite the global economic slowdown, African countries are among the fastest growing in the world. This growth is boosted by strong household spending and by an increase in net private capital flows to the continent, thanks to the positive business-friendly environment, as shown by the World Bank’s report entitled “Ease Doing Business.”

These investments, which were formerly limited to the mining sector, have been expanding to other sectors, such as telecommunications, banking, transportation, and FMCG. The African consumer is a force to contend with and represents an opportunity that no company can afford to ignore. Urbanization, the increase of the middle class, and the widespread use of mobile phones and related services are some of the opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs.

In that context, the Africa Business Club’s opening event will be focused on the subject of opportunities and perspectives of business in Africa. Our guest speakers will share their vision and their expertise on the topic. This will be the opportunity to get access to highly valued information and to a network of concerned professionals.

Guest Speakers

Prof. Dr. Alassane B. Ndiaye

Christina M. Hawley, Jumia

Yves Brosens, DLA-Piper

Serge Nawej, DLA-Piper


Prof. Dr. Alassane B. Ndiaye
Professor of Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Educated in logistics and supply chain management strategies at Stanford University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor Ndiaye is head of Qalinca Labs - Logistics & Transport Systems at the Brussels School of Engineering and teaching logistics, quality and transport systems to business and engineering students at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). In addition, he achieved extensive training and participated in excellence centers in transport and logistics in Indonesia, Tunisia, Ecuador, Senegal, Vietnam, South Africa, Brazil, etc.

Christina M. Hawley
Managing Director at JUMIA (Africa Internet Group)

Christina Hawley is responsible for the launch, management and operation of the brand new countries as Jumia expands across Africa. Prior to JUMIA, Christina spent 3 years at McKinsey & Co in the consumer goods and e-commerce practices. At McKinsey Christina worked for FMCG and retailers in South America and Africa. Prior to her experience at McKinsey and her MBA at INSEAD, Christina worked in business development and marketing in New York and London.

Yves Brosens
Partner at DLA Piper – Africa Team

Yves Brosens is a Partner in the Finance & Projects group of the global law firm DLA Piper and is very experienced in project finance, PPP, export finance and related matters such as co-operation structures, distribution, procurement, supply and off take, PPA's, etc. He was educated in law in Belgium (UCL and ULeuven) and the United States (University of Georgia). He assists governments in Africa to improve the legal environment to attract foreign investment. He is together with Serge Nawej the initiator of a new law firm in the DRC called ProxmA serving international clients.

Serge Nawej
Lawyer at DLA Piper – Africa Team

Graduated from Université Libre de Bruxelles and Faculté Saint Louis, Serge Nawej is engaged in finance and projects matters for DLA Piper with a focus on African related projects. He offers international cross-border legal solutions and assists clients in penetrating African markets. He concentrates on Sub-saharan Africa. He is also very knowledgeable regarding OHADA law (Organisation pour l'Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires) . He is seconded in DRC since January 2014 and is a driving force to the development of the new business law firm ProximA in the DRC that serves the region.

Moderator

The debates will be moderated by Prof. Michele Cincera , Professor of Economics at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.

When & Where

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 at 7.00pm
SBS-EM Building, Avenue F.D. Roosevelt 42 - 1050 Brussels
Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Parking available on the campus (entrance via Avenue Buyl or Avenue Roosevelt)

Program

18:45 Welcome and registration
19:00 Presentation of the Africa Business Club
19:15 Expert presentations
Prof. Dr. Alassane B. Ndiaye - Africa's infrastructure: challenges and trends / Training and capacity building.
Yves Brosens and Serge Nawej - Legal as integral part of doing business in Africa.
Christina M. Hawley - The internet revolution: The Emergence of ecommerce and online business in Africa.
20:15 Debate
21:00 Networking drink