Workshop

Demystifying Risk to SDG Investments in African Markets: Spotlight Ghana & Kenya

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 From 11:00 to 12:30 (CET) Centre International des Conférences Genève - Workshop Room 14
Emerging Markets Innovative Finance Partnership

This workshop will bring into roundtable discussions live examples of SDG- focused pipelines from Ghana and Kenya. It will provide hands-on engagement with local entrepreneurs, asset managers, and public sector actors to show existing potential; address perceived risks and information asymmetries between capital providers and project developers on the ground.

Speakers:

Yofi Grant

CEO, Ghana Investment Promotion Centre

Reginald Yofi Grant, draws from over three decades of a successful career and experience in investment banking and finance as he heads the Ghana Investment Promotion Agency, under the Office of the President of Ghana.

Stephen Jackson

UN Resident Coordinator in Kenya, UNRC Kenya

Mr. Jackson brings close to 30 years of experience in international development, peacebuilding and humanitarian affairs to the position, more than 10 years in Sub-Saharan Africa. He recently served as Resident Coordinator in Gabon, after holding leadership positions at the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) and with United Nations Peacekeeping.

Mohammad Abbadi

Senior Investment Manager, Local Development Finance Practice, UNCDF

Mohammad Abbadi brings over 16 years of international development and managerial experience. He continues to provide innovative approaches to Investment and Impact management, including industry standard assessment instruments, methodologies and best practices in building sustainable investment portfolios.

Jerry Parks

CEO, Injaro

Prior to Injaro, Jerry Parks was a Director at a UK-based fund manager and activist private equity investor. In this role, he managed a £30m portfolio of SMEs and his responsibilities included engaging with senior management to seek actively the improved performance of their businesses.

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.

Chuck Olson

Managing Partner, Enabling Qapital

Chuck Olson has worked in the financial sector for over 25 years, starting work in 1992 in a rural financial institution as a Peace Corps volunteer, continuing in emerging market finance at the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), working over six years in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.

Joan Manda

Senior SDG Investment Advisor, UNDP Africa Finance Sector Hub

Joan Manda worked for 12 years with UK DFID as a Livelihoods and Climate Change Advisor developing social protection, disaster management and climate change adaptation programmes in Africa and South Asia before joining UNDP in 2013.

Preeti Sinha

Executive Secretary, United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Preeti Sinha is a globally experienced investment and development banker with a 30-year track record associated with raising and managing institutional public and private development capital. She served as CEO & President of FFD Financing for Development LLC, a specialist development finance firm focused on financing the UN SDGs.