Panel Livestream

Investing for Change in Africa

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 From 14:00 to 15:30 (CET) Centre International des Conférences Genève - Room A
Emerging Markets Innovative Finance Partnership

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.

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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.

Karen Wilson

Moderator - Founder, GV Partners

Karen is the Founder of GV Partners and an expert on entrepreneurship, innovation and finance, working with private sector firms, international organizations, foundations and universities. Among other mandates, Karen has been working with the OECD since 2009 focused on impact investment, sustainable finance, impact measurement, entrepreneurial finance and the role of private finance for sustainable development. Most recently, she has been leading the OECD’s engagement in an international collaboration on impact measurement and management. She is also an Associate Fellow at Said Business School at Oxford University, a Visiting Lecturer at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and teaches at other universities. In addition to other boards and advisory positions, she serves as Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Impact Linked Finance Fund and a board member of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA). She also serves on the G7 Impact Taskforce Working Group on Impact Reporting, Integrity and Transparency, the Global Impact Investment Steering Group (GSG) Strategy Committee and the Climate Advisory Group of the Multi-Asset Climate Solutions Fund of Aberdeen Standard Investments and Big Issue Invest.
She received, with honors, a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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