Thomas Konditi is the Chief Financial Officer for GE Africa. He is responsible for the oversight of sub-Saharan Africa finance, capital markets, financial services, treasury and tax support for the $2 Billion operation across 14 countries. A native of Kenya, Thomas is based in Nairobi and reports directly to Jay Ireland, President and CEO, GE Africa. Since joining GE in 1994, Thomas has held positions of increasing responsibility across 30 countries in finance, audit, quality, asset management and executive leadership. His experience at driving growth and innovation were further honed and demonstrated as Chief Executive of three start-ups inside and outside GE. Thomas completed his high school education at Strathmore School in Nairobi. He attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering. He also holds an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in Saint Louis. Thomas is a pilot and enjoys flying and aviation.
Mr. Strive Masiyiwa is founder and Executive Chairman of South African-based, diversified international telecommunications group, Econet Wireless. Under his leadership and guidance, Econet Wireless has developed, since its formation in 1993, into a global telecommunications enterprise with a presence in more than 15 countries in Africa, Europe and the East Asia-Pacific region. The company operates in the core areas of mobile cellular telephony, fixed public networks, and internet and satellite services. A recognized entrepreneur, Mr. Masiyiwa has also been involved in the development of Africa’s independent media.
Apart from Econet Wireless, Mr. Masiyiwa is a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation and a board member of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa which is funded by both the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, chaired by Kofi Annan. He is currently on the boards of the Nelson Mandela Advisory Committee and Endeavor SA.
Together with Sir Richard Branson, Mr. Masiyiwa is a co-founder of the Carbon War Room, a global, independent non-profit established to help entrepreneurs unlock market-driven solutions to climate change.
He is a well-known international business leader who has won international recognition and numerous awards for business excellence. In 1999 he was named by the Junior Chamber International (Jaycees) as one of the “Ten Most Outstanding Young Persons of the World.” In 2003 he was chosen as one of the “15 Global Influentials of the year” in a CNN/Time magazine poll.
Mr. Masiyiwa was a member of the coordinating committee, which set up the Social Dimensions Fund (SDF), an initiative to alleviate the impact of poverty arising during the implementation of economic reforms in Zimbabwe. He was also a founding member of the African Latin American Institute at Punta Del Este in Uruguay in 1994. The institute promotes cultural, educational and business linkages between Southern Africa and the Mercusior region of Latin America.
Mr. Masiyiwa’s other business activities include operations and investments in some of Africa’s leading businesses in areas such as financial services, insurance, renewable energy, bottling for Coca-Cola, hotel and safari lodges.
Mr. Masiyiwa lives with his family in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Mr. Tito Mboweni is the Chairman of AngloGold Ashanti, a leading global gold producer operating in 11 countries and listed on five stock exchanges, including the NYSE. In 2010, he was appointed as an international advisor to Goldman Sachs to provide strategic advice on the firm’s business in South and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The youngest of three children, Mr. Mboweni was born on 16 March, 1959. He grew up in Tzaneen in the then Transvaal Pronvince. He attended the University of the North between 1979 and 1980, where he registered for a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He did not complete his studies there and left South Africa to go into exile in 1980.
While in exile in Lesotho, he joined the ANC, South Africa's current governing party, and became an active member who participated in many party activities in various capacities .He served as a Deputy Head of the Department of Economic Policy in the African National Congress (ANC). He also represented the ANC on several domestic and international platforms. He was a member of the ANC's National Executive and National Working Committees and was also Chairperson of the National Executive.
From 1994 to 1998 he was appointed Minister of Labour in President Nelson Mandela’s cabinet.
In 1997 he was appointed head of the ANC’s Policy Department, which was responsible for managing ANC policy processes. Upon joining the South African Reserve Bank, he resigned all of his elected and appointed positions at the ANC.
Mr Mboweni was the eighth Governor of the South African Reserve Bank. He succeeded Dr. Christian Lodewyk Stals on the 8 August 1999.
In 2009 he was named African Central Bank Governor of the Year.
He became one of the World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders of Tomorrow in 1995 and in 2001 was named Euro money Central Bank Governor of the Year.
Mr Mboweni obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from the National University of Lesotho in 1985. Two years later he obtained a Master of Arts degree in Development Economics from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.
Mr. Mboweni’s other academic accolades include, Doctor of Economics, honoris causa, University of Natal ;Doctor of Economics, honoirs causa, University of Johannesburg Doctor of Economic Science, honoirs causa, University of Cape Town and several other honors.
Paul Christensen is Associate Dean and Executive Director, Global Programs and Clinical Associate Professor of Finance at the Kellogg School of Management where he teaches courses on microfinance and international business. In addition, he helps direct the school’s International Business and Markets Program where he is involved in international curriculum development, visiting scholars and executives, student club activities and alumni outreach.
Prior to Kellogg, Paul served as the founder and President of ShoreCap International Ltd., a $28 million private equity company sponsored by ShoreBank Corporation which invests in financial institutions in developing countries throughout Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. Having established the company in London, Paul built a portfolio of 15 leading development finance institutions serving over 1,000,000 microfinance and small business clients and produced annual fund returns in excess of 20%. From 2000-2003, Paul served as President and CEO of ShoreBank Enterprise Group, a $12 million-asset small business development organization in Cleveland, Ohio.
Prior to joining ShoreBank, Paul was an Engagement Manager for the consulting firm, McKinsey and Company, where he focused on operations performance, organizational effectiveness and strategic planning for clients in the financial services, manufacturing, consumer goods, petroleum, and electric utility industries. Paul received an MBA with distinction from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts, economics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Dartmouth College.