Investing for Change in Africa

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 – Tuesday, October 4, 2022
14:00 – 15:30
Centre International de Conférences Genève - Room A
Innovative Finance

This session will illustrate the rising opportunities in Africa to redirect investments to the SDGs in this critical stage of the development trajectory. It brings together policy makers, investors and enterprises, to provide insights on efforts and partnerships to mobilize public and private investment to effect change for sustainable development.


Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed

Minister of Finance, Federal Republic of Nigeria

Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed is the Nigerian Minister of Finance. Before being appointed Acting Minister of Finance in September 2018, Zainab Ahmed was the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning. She previously served as the  Executive Secretary and National Coordinator of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).

Sahba Sobhani

Director, Instanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development, UNDP

Sahba Sobhani brings 19 years of experience in the private sector in Silicon Valley, Singapore and UNDP including as the technical lead for the recently endorsed UNDP private sector strategy.

Peter Njonjo

Twiga Foods, CEO

Peter Njonjo is Co-Founder and Group CEO of Twiga Foods, a B2B e-commerce company that focuses on food and grocery in the informal retail.

Muthoni Wachira

Chief of Staff, MarketForce, Nairobi

Muthoni Wachira is a change-maker recognised as one of 12 venture capitalists to know in Africa. She has 15 years experience in corporates such as Merrill Lynch, American Express and Safaricom.

Frannie Léautier

Partner and Vice-Chair, SouthBridge Group; CEO, SouthBridge Investments

Frannie Léautier, is Partner and Vice-Chair at SouthBridge Group and CEO of SouthBridge Investments. Previously she was Chief of Staff to the President, and Vice-President at the World Bank Group.

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