Understanding the Financial Environment in Africa

November 4th 2015, Brussels.

Over the last decade, the African continent has experienced exceptional economic performance. With an average compound annual growth rate of 5% since 2000 for the continent, despite the global economic slowdown, African countries are among the fastest growing in the world. Finance is one of the sectors offering new opportunities and challenges for companies.

In that context, financial innovations are flourishing in this part of the world. As the African financial market is not mature yet, mastering the political and regulatory features of this sector is the key to success allowing companies to find opportunities and reach the top in Africa.

In this regard, the Africa Business Club's event offers you the opportunity to share and exchange with experts of the African financial field. Our guest speakers will share their expertise based on their experience in Africa. This will be the opportunity to get access to highly valued information and to increase your network.

Guest Speakers

Carole MAMAN, BIO Invest
Fernand DIMIDSCHSTEIN, Accenture
Marcel MBALLA-EKOBENA, Standard Bank

Carole Maman
Chief Investment Officer at BIO Invest

Carole Maman has a Master's Degree in Science of Management from ESSEC (Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Sociales, Economiques et Commerciales), Paris. From 1999 to 2003, she worked for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington, in executing and supervising investments in developing countries with a special focus on Latin America and the Health and Education sector. She finally joined BIO in 2003 as investment officer for Africa and afterwards headed the Financial Sector Department.

Fernand Dimidschstein
Managing Director - Financial Services for Subsaharan Africa at Accenture

Fernand Dimidschstein has a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the HEC/ULg Management School in Belgium. He served for three years at J.P. Morgan, from the position of Financial and Business Analyst to Deputy Vice President in the investment banking business. He also spent three years at The Bank of New York where, as Vice President and CFO, he established the Brussels´s branch of the bank and a Luxembourg subsidiary. He has more than 15 years of experience working for Accenture and is now Managing Director of the South African and Subsaharian Client Service Group at Accenture.

Marcel Mballa-Ekobena
Executive - Head of Investment Products - East Africa at Standard Bank Group

Marcel Mballa-Ekobena holds a Master's Degree in International Securities & Investment Banking from the University of Reading ICMA Centre and an IFID Certificate. He has built the group´s Equity Research platform in East Africa, one of the strongest franchises in sub-Sahara Africa. He has covered both developed and emerging markets banks and insurers as financial analyst. He also worked at JPMorgan Asset Management, HSBC Investment Banking Research and at the World Bank´s International Finance Corporation (IFC), where he had portfolio oversight of financials for Africa and Latin America.


Cinque Terre

Annie Mutamba
will moderate the debates. She has 15 years of experience in communication and advocacy in the public and private sector in Washington, DC and Brussels. She is the co-founder of Meridia Partners, an advocacy firm specialized in helping African organizations to engage effectively with European and international institutions.

When & Where

Wednesday, November 4th, 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)


18:30 Welcome and registration
19:00 Introduction by Annie Mutamba
19:10 Expert presentations:
- Opportunities and Challenges of investing in Sub-Saharan African private sector for European Investors: Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) by Carole Maman
- Digital Renaissance of the African Banking Sector by Fernand Dimidschstein
- Investment Banking in sub-Saharan Africa between impact and reality by Marcel Mballa-Ekobena
19:45 Debate - Q&A
- Panel Discussion - Speakers Debate
- Q&A - Speakers & Attendees Participation
20:30 Networking drink