An Intimate Discussion with H.E. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR


Paul Christensen

Associate Dean and Executive Director, Global Programs Clinical Associate Professor of Finance
Kellogg School of Management

Brain Drain Revisited: Attracting and Developing World Class Talent for Africa

This panel will discuss Africa's challenges and opportunities to attract, develop and retain globally competitive talent. Specifically, this panel will focus on factors that attract business professionals to Africa, challenges of retaining world class talent and initiatives to develop indigenous business leaders.


Richard Joseph

Northwestern University Professor and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution


Angela Gbemisola Adeboye

Project Manager
Roland Berger Strategy Consultantsr

Frank Braeken

Executive Vice President, Africa

Njideka Harry

Founder and CEO
Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF)

Tapuwa Mtutu

Talent Acquisitiom Manager
Global Career Company

The Investors' Perspective on Capital Markets in Africa

Billions of dollars in capital are currently being raised by private equity funds and public markets in Africa. This panel will engage top investors in Africa to discuss the hallmarks of a lucrative investment on the continent and optimal exit strategies. It will also address expected time horizons and lessons learned from past investments.


David Besanko

Alvin J. Huss Professor of Management and Strategy
Kellogg School of Management


Walé F. Adeosun

Founder and Chief Investment Officer
Kuramo Capital Management

Dr. Kolawole (Kola) Olofinboba

MD – Partner
Fairview Capital Partners

Solomon Adegbie-Quaynor '94

Country Manager-Nigeria
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Technology: The Master Key to Africa's Potential?

This panel will focus on the use of technology across various industries in Africa. The panel will address the technology solutions that business leaders have used to build their enterprises.


Kevin Thompson



Brian Hearlihy

Founder & CEO

Dare Okoudjou

MFS Africa

Eric Osiakwan

Executive Secretary
African ISP Association

Affiong Osuchukwu '06

Country Marketing Manager-Nigeria

The Truth About Entrepreneurship in Africa

This panel will address the obstacles and challenge commonly held misconceptions about establishing business in Africa. The panel will feature successful entrepreneurs who will share beliefs they once held about entrepreneurship in Africa which they now reject. It will also address the unexpected hurdles and lessons learned in establishing and growing a startup on the continent.


Paul Chadha

Corporate Counsel, Accenture and Northwestern Law Adj. Professor


Tony Ashamu '11

President and CEO
Olive Networks

Alexandra E. Graham, Ph.D., MBA

LaGray Chemical Company

Toyin Kolawole '06

Founder and CEO
True Branches