Demystifying Risk to SDG Investments in African Markets: Spotlight Ghana & Kenya
11:00 – 12:30
Centre International de Conférences Genève - Workshop Room 14
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.
Yofi GrantCEO, Ghana Investment Promotion Centre
Stephen JacksonUN Resident Coordinator in Kenya - UNRC Kenya
Mohammad AbbadiSenior Investment Manager, Local Development Finance Practice, UNCDF
Muthoni WachiraChief of Staff, MarketForce, Nairobi
Chuck OlsonManaging Partner, Enabling Qapital
Joanne MandaSenior SDG Investment Advisor - UNDP AFRICA
Joanne is the Senior SDG Investment Advisor in UNDP Africa Finance Sector Hub (AFSH) supporting countries to accelerate investments that align with SDG goals. Prior to joining the AFSH, Joanne was the Regional Advisor: Climate Change and Innovative Finance based in UNDP Indonesia’s Innovative Finance Lab (IF Lab) where she was providing technical advice on financing SDGs. Joanne is passionate about fighting climate change and generating development results by leveraging innovative financing mechanisms. Over the past eight years she supported countries in Asia Pacific to strengthen planning and budgeting systems and implement public financial reforms that incentivize climate action.
Preeti SinhaExecutive Secretary, United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
Jerry ParkesCEO and Co-Founder - Injaro Investments Limited
Jerry Parkes is the CEO and co-founder of Injaro Investments Limited (Injaro), a private capital management firm with over a decade’s experience of impact investment in Africa. Jerry is passionate about building multi-generational African businesses and achieving job-based economic growth in Africa through building partnerships, growing businesses and developing people. Over the last decade, he co-founded Injaro with an Ivorian partner, advised entrepreneurs on business development and groomed several investment professionals who now serve in senior roles at leading investment firms across Africa. Under his leadership, Injaro has secured mandates to manage Injaro Agricultural Capital Holdings Limited (IACHL), a US$50m fund; and to serve as investment advisor to the Agribusiness Capital (ABC) Fund, a €200 million fund. Since inception in 2009, Injaro has made over US$35 million of investments in African SMEs which have benefitted over 3 million people. In 2015, Injaro was featured on the Impact Assets 50, a list of top impact investment fund managers globally. Additionally, five IACHL portfolio companies were featured in The London Stock Exchange report, Companies to Inspire Africa 2017 while the turnaround story of another portfolio company earned Injaro the “Portfolio Company of the Year” award at the 2018 Private Equity Awards in London. Prior to Injaro, Jerry was a Director at a UK-based fund manager and activist private equity investor. He also served a variety of clients in an advisory capacity at Accenture, Merrill Lynch, UBS and Technoserve. He holds an M.Eng. Electrical and Electronic Engineering with French from the University of Manchester and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He also serves on the Board of African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA).