WHY MLC 2020

a. Because survival is not enough for Africa in 2020: Africa needs its CEOs to make wise decisions for growth.
b. The COVID pandemic is an opportunity for African Companies with visionary leaders to grow exponentially.
c. Everything we need to grow our companies exponentially (market, human resources, capital, technology) is already in Africa

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About MLC


A Conference of High Impact Learning and Networking for Growth-Oriented African Business Leaders.

A gathering of Founders, CEOs,MD’s and GM’s of companies to share knowledge, needs and leads.


As Africa’s current business leaders, we have an incredible opportunity to tap into the largest youthful workforce in the world to transform our businesses. To do this, we must enhance our capacity as leaders…

All of the resources that African CEOs need to grow their businesses can be found in Africa…

At MLC we will meet and exchange ideas, learn from and challenge each other, and build the foundation for future business alliances and partnerships.



MLC was uniquely created by African CEOs for African CEOs. The conference audience capacity is expected to have a minimum of 300 African CEOs.


Learning labs: learn from peers, Leadership Coaches, and exchange ideas in small interactive sessions facilitated by professional facilitators.

Needs and leads sessions: use the power of an instant network to find ready-to-use solutions to your company’s needs…

Networking sessions: build the foundation for future partnerships and alliances that your company will need to grow… 

Amb. Dennis Awori

Chairperson, Toyota Kenya

Dennis Awori is a Kenyan diplomat and company manager involved in promoting the private sector in Kenya.
He joined Toyota Tsusho Corporation in 2009 and six years later was appointed Chairman of Toyota Tsusho East Africa
as well as Board Member of Kenya Vision 2030, a governmental organization in charge of the long-term development plan of the country.
Dennis Awori has been a Chairman of Kenya Airways and a member of several Boards of Directors including Bank of Africa,
Carbacid Investments and East Africa Cables. He is currently the Kenya country delegate for CFAO Group

Founder, The PLO Lumumba Foundation and Advocate of High Courts of Kenya and Tanganyika

Prof. PLO Lumumba is an Associate Professor of Public Law. He is an Advocate of the High Courts of Kenya and Tanganyika and a Certified Mediator.
He is the Chairman of Farafina Investment Group in Monrovia, Liberia and Economic Strategic Growth and Development Initiative for Africa based in Nigeria.
He is the Founding Trustee of the African Institute for Leaders and Leadership (AILL) and founding Chairman of the Association of the Citizens Against Corruption (ACAC).
He was the Founding Dean, Kabarak University School of Law, a former lecturer at the University of Nairobi (UON),
the United States International University (USIU Africa) and Widener University USA (Nairobi Summer School).

CEO Breakfast Club Africa

Dr. Modupe S. Taylor-Pearce Dr. Modupe Taylor-Pearce is a scholar and practitioner of leadership and organizational management. His passion for leadership development and education was born out of his experiences as an officer serving in combat in the Sierra Leone Civil War. An alumnus of Capella University (Ph.D. in Leadership, Organization and Management), Cornell University (MEng) and the United States Military Academy (Bsc), Modupe currently serves as the CEO of Breakfast Club Africa, a Pan-African CEO membership organization. He is the Founding Dean of the African Leadership University School of Business.

Acting President, African Institute of Mathematical Science

Dr. Youssef Travaly is the Acting President at the Africa Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Senegal and Vice-President of Science Innovation & Institutional Partnerships, Next Einstein Forum.
He is in charge of articulating the NEF’s scientific and technological ambitions including managing the policy aspects and Global Gathering program.
He is also responsible for developing and sustaining relationships with multiple partner institutions and stakeholders, resource mobilization,
donor relationship as well as driving innovation across the entire AIMS network. Dr. Travaly holds an MBA together with a PhD in Materials Science.

CEO and Founder, Ajua

Kenfield is CEO and Co-founder of Ajua; Africa’s first Integrated Customer Experience company. Ajua allows businesses to connect with their customers at the points that matter most to their customers.
Ajua’s products are used by a wide range of businesses across emerging markets; from Safaricom, the creators of M-PESA to Java, the Starbucks of Africa.
Kenfield received his PhD from MIT where he studied Design and Computation, looking at data automation and computation using cloud computing for remote areas.
Kenfield focuses on designing better products utilizing methodologies for high-quality (data) feedback loops. Using case studies in Africa and LATAM,
Kenfield developed an end to end technology while at MIT to provide high-quality data to businesses through structured conversations with consumers, to drive business growth in emerging markets.

Advocate High Court of Kenya

Catherine Musakali is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Secretaries of Kenya.
She is the Founder of Dorion Associates LLP, a firm specializing in governance matters and commercial legal consultancies.
Catherine has worked for Kenya Shell Limited (Now Vivo Energy Kenya Limited) as their Company Secretary and Head of Legal for over fifteen (15) years,
where she managed the Legal Functions of Shell operations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia.
She has worked for shell in the United Kingdom where she specialized in Mergers and Acquisitions and was the Legal Focal Point for all Contracting and Procurement matters for its businesses in the 23 Countries in Africa.
She has served as the Chairman of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK) and also sat on the Council of the Corporate Secretaries International Association,
which is a global body bringing together governance professionals. She also consults for the IFC.


Co-Founder & CEO of Hagarla Institute for capacity building, Medical research and data collection

Dr Mohamed is a Somali-born doctor who earned an MD in Moscow in 2000 and was an OB-GYN resident in Russia until 2003 before relocating to the USA to work in healthcare.
Dr. Mohamed worked with MSF (Doctors Without Borders) from 2008 to 2010 in Somalia during the measles outbreak in the country, leading the vaccination
team as they vaccinated 14,000 children under 5. She is CEO of the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation and leads the 400-bed
Dr. Hawa Abdi General Hospital, the Waqaf-Diblawe Primary School, a women’s education center, and a smart farming agriculture project.
Dr. Mohamed is the co-founder of Somalia Cancer Society where she actively raises awareness about cancer and a member of the Advisory Board for the Global Women in Health (Somalia).

CEO, TAF Africa Global, The Gambia

Mr. Mustapha Njie, the Founder of TAF Africa Global. TAF Africa Global is a Made-in-Africa multi-national real estate development company registered in
eight African countries and rapidly expanding with a vision to develop one million homes in the next 20 years. Mr. Njie is a successful business leader who, despite winning the
2017 CNBC/All Africa Business Leaders Award for West Africa Entrepreneur of the Year, is still hungry for more growth. He hails from The Gambia.

Auditor-General, Sierra Leone

Lara Taylor-Pearce (Mrs.) is the current Auditor General of Sierra Leone and has more than 28 years of experience in public- and private-sector financial and administrative management and oversight.
Her Leadership has led to an increase in citizen awareness and use of Audit Service outputs to hold the government accountable; increasing audit coverage from 60% in 2011 to 85%,
including all public corporations and projects funded by the World Bank, African Development Bank, and International Fund for Agricultural Development; and introducing special audits such as the real-time audit of the use of Ebola funds.
She is vice chair of the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) board, chair of the governing board of the African Region of Supreme Audit Institutions-English Speaking (AFROSAI-E)

Data Scientist, Biosecurity expert and rehabilitation Doctor

Dr. Conton is an accomplished Data Scientist, Biosecurity expert, rehabilitation Doctor and fitness guru. He is a trained Olympic, World and African finalists accumulating a number of medalists in the process.
He owns Physio-Fitness Rehabilitation Centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone that has pushed a wellness wave throughout the city.
In 2014 he conceptualized and led a multidisciplinary implementation team from Intelligence,
Public health, private and NGO sectors to rescue all left over Ebola samples in Sierra Leone. He has given numerous presentations and workshops throughout the sub-region on the innovative
techniques used for retrospective bio-banking of Ebola samples. He founded Research Management Solutions, a Sierra Leonean based private company to contextualize international trials,
promote indigenous research and provide a logistical platform for multidisciplinary approaches in science.

Chairman, St. Ignatius College & Vice Chairman, Zambia National Advisory Board for Impact Investment Taskforce

Ms. Lumpa is an accomplished executive with extensive experience in the insurance, banking, tourism and telecommunications industries
Ms. Lumpa is the Chairman of the St. Ignatius College and is Vice Chairman of the Zambia National Advisory Board for Impact Investment Taskforce
and of the Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management Board. She is an investment panelist of the
Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund, an innovation and impact focused development fund. Ms. Lumpa serves as a Director on the board of
Prospero Zambia Ltd, Air Namibia (where she is the Chairperson of the Audit Committee) and the government appointed project Board of the Women’s Bank Zambia Limited


In his role at Mara Phones as Director, Investment and Corporate Development, he is a member of the Executive Management Team reporting to the CEO and the Board with responsibility for designing and implementing fund raising strategies in support of business goals and growth, managing relationships with investors and lenders, and leading strategic investments and partnerships.
From December 2019 to March 2020, he transitioned into the consulting business as an International Consultant assisting Private Companies to develop growth strategies and implementation plans and offering Program Evaluation Services to Bilateral, Multilateral and Government Initiatives.

He brings 12 Years working for the International Finance Corporation (IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group) in Rwanda and Kenya, from where he acquired a strong experience in Development Finance, leading Investment and Advisory services’ Teams across sectors including Manufacturing, Infrastructure, Financial Institutions, Technologies and Services. This contribution to private sector growth and development from an international bank’s perspective complements over 13 years of experience in the Private Sector, particularly in the Aga Khan Group (IPS- Industrial Promotion Services) where he held numerous executive roles including CEO positions in various industries, developing greenfield projects, growth strategies for existing businesses lines and had responsibility for the Group’s M&A.

Other areas of expertise at the beginning of his career cover leading roles in the telecom for an oil and gas distribution company in his former capacity as Telecoms Chief Engineer in DRC (Zaire Sep), and in Program Evaluation in his mid-career when he left Africa to join an international consulting firm (GMG Canada) in Quebec as a Senior Partner in charge of Europe and Africa, after which he started a five years journey with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) as a Senior Manager in Charge of Programs Evaluations and Results Based Management, working for an independent performance unit reporting to the President and Independent Board through which platform recommendations and outcomes were published by the Canadian Minister of International Cooperation.
He holds an Executive MPA-International Management from the National School of Public Administration at Quebec (ENAP), a Master in Project Management from the University of Quebec, and an Engineering degree in Industrial Electronics from the University of DRC.

CEO - Christian Aid

Amanda has more than 20 years’ experience, extensive knowledge and expertise in working to alleviate poverty, injustice and inequality, with a special focus on women’s leadership, civic engagement and volunteering.
Prior to joining Christian Aid, her most recent appointment was as the Chief of Volunteer Knowledge and Innovation for the United Nations Volunteer Programme (UNDP), based in Germany.
Before that, she was the Director of Policy for VSO International, based in London, where she was responsible for programme policy and programme effectiveness across the whole federation and VSO global.
She has also served as Head of External Relations and Head of Programmes at Skillshare International UK, as well as Women in Business Coordinator at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa in Lusaka, where she began her career in international development.
Amanda has a Master’s degree in International Economic Law, from the University of Warwick, and a Bachelor of Laws degree, from the University of Zambia.

William EGBE is a corporate executive and company director with almost thirty years of experience
acquired in leadership roles within American and British multi-national companies, operating in
North America, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South East Asia.
An electrical engineer by training, Mr. Egbe most recently spent about 19 years in general
management and executive roles within the Coca-Cola Company, mostly in Africa. This included
roles as President of Coca-Cola’s business in Sub-Saharan Africa, President of Coca-Cola’s business
in Southern Africa, and as Chairman of the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation.
Prior to his tenure with Coca-Cola, Mr. Egbe worked in engineering, finance, marketing and general
management roles across the US, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East for AT&T,
British Petroleum, and the Eastman Kodak Company. This included serving as Managing Director
for Kodak’s dental products business for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, headquartered in
Post retirement from the corporate world, Mr. Egbe’s business activities primarily focus on managing
his private equity investments and partnerships in Africa, Europe and the USA.
He also serves as a non-executive director of several private investment companies. Mr. Egbe is
currently a board member and non-executive director of Tana Africa Capital (Mauritius), an
evergreen Africa-focused investment company founded by E. Oppenheimer & Son and Temasek. He
is also a partner and shareholder of IncuBev Ltd and director of Remoggo PCC (Mauritius), both of
which are private investment holding companies active in various sectors across sub-Sahara Africa.

Ndidi Nwuneli is the managing partner of Sahel Consulting which works across West Africa, unlocking the agriculture and nutrition potential in the region. She is also the co- founder of AACE Foods, which was established in 2009 to fight malnutrition, reduce post-harvest losses among smallholder farmers and displace imports. She is the founder of LEAP Africa which inspires, empowers and equips a new cadre of principled, disciplined and dynamic young leaders in Africa.
Ndidi started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in their Chicago, New York and Johannesburg Offices. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She was a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School and an Aspen Institute NewVoices Fellow.
Ndidi was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and received a National Honor from the Nigerian Government. Ndidi serves on the boards of the Rockefeller Foundation, AGRA, Nigerian Breweries Plc. (Heineken), Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. India, Fairfax Africa Holdings Canada, BusinessDay Newspapers, Royal DSM Sustainability Board, Netherlands, the Center for Memories and the African Philanthropy Forum.
Ndidi is the author of “Social Innovation in Africa: A Practical Guide for Scaling Impact," published by Routledge. She is a TED Global speaker and her work has been featured on CNN, BBC and a range of international and local media outlets.

Mr Cyrille Nkontchou holds a BA in Economics from Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is the Co-founding Partner of Enko Capital Managers ("ECM"), Management Company of the Enko Africa Private Equity Fund. Mr Nkontchou has years of experience as an Investment Banker and was a Manager in Accenture in Paris, specializing in financial markets. He was Managing Director and Founder of LiquidAfrica Holdings Limited, a pan-African investment bank specializing in capital raising and trading in all African markets. Before starting LiquidAfrica in 2000, he was the head of Sub-Saharan research at Merrill Lynch & Co. in London, where he was ranked in the Financial Mail 1999 Analyst Survey as one of the best research analysts on the continent. Mr Nkontchou was nominated as Young Global Leader 2006 by the World Economic Forum

Maurice Toroitich is an Executive Director at the Board of Directors and the Managing Director and CEO of Banque Populaire du Rwanda since September 2017. Maurice Toroitich held a similar role in KCB Bank Rwanda Limited over a period of 8 years. Prior to joining KCB Group, Maurice had a long career of 15 years with Stanbic Bank Kenya Ltd where he held various senior assignments in Corporate Banking, Retail and Credit. He has been associated with several landmark transactions in sectors such as telecommunications, power, consumer, food products and airlines in different countries. Mr.Toroitich leads a bank, BPR, started by local ordinary people with a mission of contributing towards the wellbeing of ordinary Rwandans.

Dr Joyce Rosalind Aryee is the Founder and Executive Director of Salt & Light Ministries, a Christian para-church organisation that motivates and encourages Christians to be the best that God has created them to be.
A Management & Communication Consultant, she serves on the boards of diverse organisations including Volta River Authority (VRA), College of Education - the University of Ghana, The Roman Ridge School, Data Bank Ark Fund, Chirano Gold Mines Limited, Newmont Gold Ghana Gold Limited and Newmont Golden Ridge Limited, Global Media Alliance. She is the President of Bible Society Ghana and the Pro-Chancellor of Central University to mention a few. Dr Aryee is also a Senior Mentor of Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI), and the Moremi Initiative for Women in Leadership for African Development (MILEAD), both mentorship institutions for young Africans. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Relations, Ghana, Fellow-Ghana Institute of Management, and an Honorary Fellow of the Ghana Institution of Engineers and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
In recognition of her immense contributions to the growth of the mining industry, the University of Mines & Technology (UMaT) conferred a Doctor of Letters degree (Honoris Causa) on Ms Aryee in July 2009. She has also received many prestigious awards including Ghana’s second-highest national award, the Companion of the Order of the Volta in 2006, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana’s (CIMG) “Marketing Woman of the Year” for 2007 and the African Leadership on Centre for Economic Development’s “African Female Business Leader of the Year” for 2009. She received the Inspirational Woman Award at the Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards 2015 for creating change, paving the way for women as well as being the first female to head an African Chamber of Mines and was named the Public Relations Personality of the Year 2014. Dr Aryee was adjudged 9th out of 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 2016.
Dr Joyce Rosalind Aryee is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines where she served for ten years. She is also the first woman to head an African Chamber of Mines. Dr Aryee has dedicated well over forty years of service to the public and private sectors in Ghana.
She is the Executive Chairman of Harmonious Chorale and an avid promoter of Ghanaian sacred classical and choral compositions. She is a member of the Beach Chapter of Full Gospel Business Men Fellowship International and a preacher and teacher of the word of God.

Nankhonde is an organizational change architect & behaviour specialist based in Lusaka, Zambia. She is an Organization & Relationship Systems Certified Coach (ORSCC) and an Associate Certified Coach accredited by the International Coach Federation (ACC). She is an internationally trained Executive Coach with extensive experience in multi-nationals, international organizations and the Government of the Republic of Zambia. She is an accomplished professional with a wealth of African, international and multi-cultural experience in designing and leading change in multiple sectors.

Expertise: Organizational strategy and tactics, strategic planning of human capital (aligning people and business results), design thinking, change management, management skills development, leadership development, employee engagement, team building and learning, conflict resolution, a transformation of organizational culture, emotional intelligence.

Following a decade working in international development and international finance, she returned to Zambia to pursue her passion for performance coaching, human capital development and change management in Africa. She has lived and worked in New York, Geneva, Dakar and Lilongwe. She has travelled extensively through West Africa and supported programmes in notably, Senegal, Ghana, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. She has also travelled extensively through East Asia and supported programmes in notably Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam. Through these experiences, she was able to design, measure, monitor and evaluate organizational change & performance across different continents.

Nankhonde was a Founding Board Member of the Africa Executive Coaching Council (AECC/DFID) based in Nairobi, Kenya; and a current Board Member of the Lusaka Apex Medical University in Lusaka, Zambia.  Nankhonde is a graduate of the renowned HEC Paris Business School (France) & Oxford University (U.K) joint Executive Specialized Masters Degree in Consulting & Coaching for Change. In addition, she holds an MBA specializing in Project Management from the African Institute of Management (Dakar, Senegal), an MSc in Management from the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi (Quebec, Canada), and a BA in Management from Webster University (Geneva, Switzerland).  She studied co-Active coaching at the Coaches Training Institute in New York and Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching with CRR Global in Johannesburg. She is fluent in French and is married with 2 children.

Dr Stephen Adei holds PhD (Economics, Sydney), MSc (Strathclyde), BSc. (Legon), Bachelor of Divinity (London) and Masters in Theology (UNISA). He is a graduate and Fellow of Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIMG), Chartered Company Secretary (ACIS) and holds a Diploma in Marriage Counselling. He is a Professor of Economics and Leadership. Between January 2000 and December 2008 he was the Director-General and the First Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).

Under his leadership, between 2000 and 2008 GIMPA was transformed from a small, under-resourced and sub-vented Institute in 1999 to the most successful organization under the Government of Ghana’s Public Sector Reform Programme. Since the end of 2001 GIMPA has been totally self-financing with turnover rising from less than $500,000 to around $15 million. Prior to that, he was, among others, Head of UN System in South Africa (September 1994-February 1995), UNDP Resident Representative in Namibia (1995-1999), Economist and Chief of the Directorate of Africa Bureau, UNDP, New York (1989-1995); Senior Economist of the Commonwealth Secretariat, London (1986-1989) and staff of the Ghana Investment Board (now Ghana Investment Promotion Centre), rising to Deputy Director and Head of Research (1973-1985).

He has taught Economics, Leadership, Governance, Management, Public Administration and Personal Organisation at several universities and institutions including the University of Ghana, the University of Sydney, GIMPA, Pentecost University College, Accra and since 2013 he has been a Professor of Economics Leadership at Ashesi University College. Prof. Stephen Adei has served on the governing bodies of several national and international organisations including Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, Kofi Annan Centre for Excellence in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Chartered Institute of Marketing (Ghana), Global Foundation of Management Education Association of African Public Administrators and Management (AAPAM), Commonwealth Association of Public Administrators and Management (CAPAM), Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA) Accra, the Ghana Red Cross Society.

He is currently Chairman and/ or member of the boards of several companies and institutions including members of the Advisory Board of the Ministry of Finance of Ghana, Chairman of The Beige Group, Databank Money Fund, and Accra College of Medicine. He is the author, co-author and editor of more than 20 books, 8 book chapters and written more than 100 articles and papers. As a committed Evangelical Christian, Prof. Adei has served many organizations in voluntary capacities as Deacon, Elder, Chairman and Board Member of Churches and not for profit organizations including the Scripture Union. He and his wife Georgina are co-founders of top-rated Ghana Christian International High School and Family Life Mission in Ghana. They have four adult children – Stephen, Eunice, Priscilla and Timothy.

Dumi Magadlela, PhD, is a Behavioral Scientist, a certified international Executive Coach and Leadership Development Facilitator based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). He is a member of the Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (COMENSA) and is one of the Founding Board Members of the Africa Board for Coaching, Consulting and Coaching Psychology (ABCCCP). He currently serves as a trustee on the International Board of Trustees of the ICF Foundation. Dumi uses Emotional Intelligence,
Gestalt, and Ubuntu principles (and practices) to ignite human excellence within individuals, in
teams, and across organisational systems. He has been helping organizations develop dynamic
and high-performance cultures for many years, focusing on individual and collective leadership
behaviours and values. He is passionate about helping leaders navigate the modern high-tech and
digital workplace, and facilitating coach-training programmes to promote and develop coaching
skills within organizations. Dumi serves on the faculties of The Integral Africa Coaching Centre
in Cape Town (where he teaches a Module on the African Coaching Context, with Ubuntu
awareness), and is on the University of Stellenbosch Business School part-time faculty where he
delivers a Module on African Team Coaching fundamentals on the MPhil in Management
Coaching. He is the co-founding Chairperson of the pioneering Ubuntu Coaching Foundation
(UCF). Dumi works across the African continent delivering leadership, coaching, mentoring, and
organisational culture training sessions. He has recently co-edited a pioneering publication on
African coaching and consulting, and regularly features on radio programmes discussing
coaching and personal effectiveness.

Erik M. Clemons
CEO and President
Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology

Erik Clemons is the founding CEO and President of the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT), a non-profit organization based on the model of Bill Strickland’s National Center for Arts and Technology, which is dedicated to creating empowering art-based educational environments for at-risk public school students and training programs for under and unemployed adults. Erik has an extensive background in nonprofit management and organizational leadership. For more than 20 years, Erik has committed himself to serving the best interests of diverse and traditionally underserved communities. Prior to embarking on his journey with ConnCAT, Erik was the Executive Director of the Leadership Education Athletics and Partnerships (LEAP) program, which trains New Haven college and public high school students to work with younger children on areas of literacy, arts, computer science, swimming, athletics, camping, cooking and team building. Erik has serves as an Education Fellow at the Pahara-Aspen Institute, Yale-New Haven Hospital trustee, member of the Connecticut State Board of Education, Board Chair of the Housing Authority of New Haven (HANH), Board of Directors at New Haven Bank, and member of Boston Federal Reserve’s Community Council. Erik was appointed chairman of the board of the newly formed Partnership of Connecticut, founded by Ray and Barbara Dalio and which has committed $100 million to strengthen public education in the state of Connecticut. Erik is a Fellow at Pierson College-Yale University, and lecturer on Social Entrepreneurship at Yale School of Management. In addition to the work Erik does to build, develop, and support communities of color, his investment in these areas has led him to take on a leadership role with the Community Leadership Program, an organization founded by philanthropist Bill Graustein to deepen the capacity of community leaders to work inclusively. Erik holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Southern Connecticut State University and a Master of Arts in Theology and Ethics from the Hartford Seminary. He is also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters; Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, CT. Erik is a husband and a father of four daughters

Dr Amina Hersi Moghe is a leading woman entrepreneur and investor whose zeal and hard work in sectors previously dominated by men, has earned her accolades from both local and international business leaders. In less than a decade, Dr Amina has singlehandedly started and completed landmark investment projects which have changed the face of the city of Kampala. These remarkable achievements have won Dr Amina local and international recognition, the most recent being The NEW ECONOMY Africa Businesswoman of the year 2014 which was presented to her at the London Stock Exchange.

Her projects include The Atiak Sugar Factory (Horyal Investments Holding Company Ltd), The ICD East Africa Container Terminal Ltd, The Oasis Mall, The Laburnum Courts Luxury Apartments and Kingstone Hardware Stores which were the first suppliers of cement and building materials in Kampala, Uganda after the country was stabilised,
Dr Amina’s projects have provided employment to over 6000 people mostly women. Her determination and unique ability to make things happen have endeared her to several African Heads of State who have personally visited her projects to witness firsthand the transformation and impact they have on the city and its people.
These Include; His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E. Mwai Kibaki, former President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Joyce Banda President of the Republic of Malawi, H.E. Rupiah Banda former President of Zambia, H.E. Kalonzo Musyoka, former Vice President of the Republic of Kenya and many dignitaries from the East African region and beyond.

Cherno Gaye, CFA
Chief Executive Officer, Cogebanque Plc.
Mr. Gaye is currently the CEO of Cogebanque, a commercial bank based in Rwanda.
His previous roles include CEO of FinCity Investment Advisory Limited, a company he
founded in 2017, CFO of BPR (part of Atlas Mara) & CFO and Deputy CEO of BRD
Commercial Bank (a fully owned subsidiary of Atlas Mara which was later merged into
BPR), Chief Finance Officer of Banque Commerciale du Rwanda (BCR), now part of the
I&M Group from 2005 to 2010 and Head of Finance/Finance Manager of Maersk
(Gambia) Limited, a subsidiary of AP Moller Maersk A/S Group. Cherno also worked as
an external auditor with both KPMG and Deloitte and Touche.
He currently serves on the board of Crystal Telecom, a company listed on the Rwanda
Stock Exchange and previously served on the board of Rwanda Energy Company –
REC as vice chairman.
Cherno is a CFA charter holder and a member of the CFA Institute in Charlottesville
USA and the CFA Society of South Africa. He is a fellow member of the Association of
Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Co-CEO & Co-Founder
Cellulant Corporation

Ken is a Co-founder and Co-CEO of Cellulant. A mobile commerce evangelist and career entrepreneur, Ken previously served as co-founder and Solution Design Director of 3Mice Interactive Media. The company grew from a two-man team to a leading web development firm in East Africa. 3Mice was later acquired by Africa Online- the largest Pan-African Internet Server Provider.

Ken is unwavering in his pursuit of seeing Cellulant achieve its mission of building a world-class, values-driven $1B business by digitizing payments for the largest economies in Africa. Ken has led the company from an idea sketched on a serviette in 2003 with his co-founder Bolaji Akinboro, to a reputable payments company in Africa. Cellulant currently has more than 400 employees across 18 markets; servicing 34 countries in Africa.

Over the past couple of years, Ken has invested time in training and advising the next generation of entrepreneurs, and contributing to the growth of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Africa. He seats on the Advisory board of Swahilipot hub whose vision is to provide an environment for youth to become change-makers in their communities.

In 2017, Ken was selected as the first Sub-Saharan and Kenyan Global Endeavor Entrepreneur for his commitment to advancing an ecosystem of entrepreneurship in Africa.

In September of this year, Ken was named the recipient of the 2019 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, an honour bestowed each year by the World Economic Forum’s sister organization, Schwab Foundation to identify and recognize the world’s leading social entrepreneurs.

Jennifer Mbaluto is a Partner at Clifford Chance and co-heads the firm’s East Africa practice. She has wide experience of advising on M&A and related commercial transactions in the Telecoms, Media and Technology sectors, and has a focus on emerging markets (particularly, Africa). Jennifer is a member of Clifford Chance London’s gender diversity committee Accelerate>>>, and sits on the firm’s London Pay Gap Working Group. Jennifer is also the firm’s pro bono coordinator for Africa and supports a range of the firm’s pro bono clients including Invictus Games Foundations, African Prisons Project and International Lawyers for Africa.

Prior to joining Clifford Chance, Jennifer was a senior lawyer at a leading Kenyan law firm, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews, where her practice covered all aspects of Corporate and financing transactions in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Nairobi and is qualified to practice law in Kenya and in England & Wales. She was born and educated in Kenya and is an alumnus of Loreto High School, Limuru in Kenya

Amini Kajunju is the executive director of the IUGB Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to empowering students and helping to procure the necessary resources to make the International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB) a centre of excellence for higher education in West Africa.

Kajunju joins the Foundation from Africa Integras, where she served as director of strategic partnerships. Africa Integras, a New York-based firm, invests in the development of education infrastructure, including academic facilities, student hostels and faculty housing at African universities.

Prior to her role with Africa Integras, Kajunju was the president and CEO of the Africa-America Institute (AAI), a New York-based non-profit dedicated to strengthening human capacity in Africa. She is the first African to serve at the helm of the oldest non-profit organization of its kind in the United States.

A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kajunju also founded the Bashi Group, an international consultancy focused on education and entrepreneurship in Africa in 2016.

With 20 years of experience in entrepreneurial and economic development, she joined AAI from the Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO), a New York-based non-profit small business development service provider serving entrepreneurs in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, where she was executive director for 10 years.

Kajunju previously served in program positions at the International Executive Service Corps (IESC) and Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and conducted field research at the Center for Humanitarian Outreach & Intercultural Exchange and spent a summer at The Carter Presidential Center.

She was honoured as “Advocate of the Year” at Applause Africa’s African Diaspora Awards 2013 and was named Forbes’ 20 Young Power Women in Africa 2013. She was on the economics of innovation council of the World Economic Forum between 2015 to 2016. She sits on the board of Education Congo and JA Africa.

She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in International Relations with an emphasis on economic development from Brigham Young University and a Masters degree in Public Administration with a concentration in finance and management from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Amini speaks French and has a basic understanding of Kiswahili and Lingala.