M E E T  O U R  C O N F I R M E D  S P E A K E R S

AMB. DENNIS AWORI – KENYA

Chairperson, Toyota Kenya

A graduate of Manchester University and Ashridge Management College, 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.

From 2015 to 2016, Dennis Awori was Chairman of Kenya Airways. He is 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

PROF. PLO LUMUMBA – KENYA

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

Prof. PLO Lumumba is an Associate Professor of Public Law, a holder of an LL.D (Doctor of Laws) on the Law of the Sea from the University of Ghent, Belgium, Master of Laws degree and Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi. Prof PLO Lumumba holds an honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) (Honoris Causa) from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. He is also a holder of the Degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) (Honoris Causa) from Bells University of Technology in Nigeria. He has been trained on Humans Rights at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies University of London in England, Humanitarian Law at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of the University of Lund in Sweden and on International Humanitarian Law in Geneva, Switzerland. He is an Advocate of the High Courts of Kenya and Tanganyika and a Certified Mediator. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya FCPS (K), a Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Management (FKIM) and Honorary Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (FAAS). 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 immediate former Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya School of Law, a former Secretary of the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission and a former Director of the defunct Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC), (Now Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)).  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).

DR. MODUPE TAYLOR PEARCE – SIERRA LEONE

From 1986 – 1988 I lived in Nairobi and never knew or heard of a country called Rwanda (I heard of Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Somalia). In 1994 Rwanda became famous for all the wrong reasons. The rise of Rwanda like a phoenix from the ashes of violence and destruction is a testament to the power of leadership and belief in the power of one’s citizens to determine their own positive destiny. In 2018, Kigali hosted more international conferences and meetings than Nairobi. Leadership matters.

If you have not been to Rwanda before, the Made-in-Africa Leadership Conference is an opportunity for you to see first-hand how an African country can work. You will be inspired by the plethora of evidence you will see in Rwanda of good leadership and the efficient utilization of scarce resources.

You will see the results of dreaming big and having the discipline to pursue the vision. You will rub shoulders with other CEOs who will challenge you to dream bigger than you have ever dreamt before and to lead better than you have ever led. And you will realize that unlike Rwanda which took 20 years to achieve its vision, you can achieve it in less time, because you have tools and technology available to you that were no

DR YOUSSEF TRAVALY – RWANDA

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.

DR. KENFIELD GRIFFITH

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.

Ajua is Africa’s first Integrated Customer Experience company for businesses on the continent. We exist to bridge the gap between businesses and their customers. Ajua’s technology integrates with businesses at the points that matter most to their customers to measure and optimize their Customer Experience. Our plug and play platform has enabled leading brands of various sizes and industries on the continent to create actionable strategies that drive business growth.

CATHERINE MUSAKALI – KENYA 

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. Prior to founding Dorion Associates, Catherine worked for Kenya Shell Limited (Now Vivo Energy Kenya Limited) as their Company Secretary and Head of Legal for over fifteen (15) years, during which period 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.

 

DR. DEQO MOHAMED – SOMALIA

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

Dr Mohamed is a Somali-born doctor who grew up feeding the refugees her mother (Dr. Hawa Abdi) was harboring. She 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).

MR. MUSTAPHA NJIE – THE GAMBIA

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.

MRS LARA ELLEN TAYLOR-PEARCE – SIERRA LEONE

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.

Through her leadership as Sierra Leone’s public  sector’s chief external auditor since 2011, she  won praise for helping change Sierra Leone’s public-sector accountability landscape, including her support in developing its 2016 Public Financial Management Act, and other public sector oversight Acts. Among other honors, she received the 2015 National Integrity Award from the Sierra Leone Anti-Corruption Commission.

Other achievements include increasing citizen awareness and use of Audit Service outputs to hold the government accountable; developing and retaining high-quality staff who have become part of training teams in the international public-sector audit world; 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.

Prior to her joining the Audit Service as a deputy Auditor General in 2007, she has also served as principal finance manager and head of administration for the Institutional Reform and Capacity Building Project, finance and administrative manager for the Public Sector Management Support Project, technical assistant in the Accountant General’s Department of the Ministry of Finance, and supervisory senior for KPMG Peat Marwick.

An honors graduate in economics of the University of Sierra Leone, she is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), U.K, and of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sierra Leone (FCASL). 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), and a Grand Officer of the Order of the Rokel (GOOR) President’s National Award.

Among her interests are women’s and youth empowerment and community development.

DR. BRIAN CONTON – SIERRA LEONE

Data Scientist, Biosecurity expert and rehabilitation Doctor

Dr. Conton is an accomplished Data Scientist, Biosecurity expert, rehabilitation Doctor and fitness guru. He has 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. He uses medical protocols and innovative exercise based treatments for  patients to fulfil a variety of health  goals. These plans draw from diverse artforms such as tai chi or karate woven with modern research to create a commonsense tapestry bespoke to every individual’s condition. The aims are not just curative to combat the stress and physical ills of modern living conditions, but also be preventive.
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, without compromising National Security. As a result 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.
He is also the Director of Leone Preparatory School. At this institution an ultra-modern curriculum which incorporates elements of the Montessori philosophy, computer based instruction, with variable learning style methodologies geared towards self-directed scholarship has been put in place. 
 He possesses a Doctorate in Physical Therapy specializing in cultural contingency effects on Workforce development, an MBA, a BSc in Engineering and certifications in Data Science from Columbia University.

ment and community development.

MS. CHARITY CHANDA LUMPA – ZAMBIA

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 has previously held the positions of Managing Director of the then Zambia National Tourism Board, Ecobank Zambia Limited and Airtel Networks Zambia Plc. To her achievements is having successfully set up Ecobank Zambia Limited as a greenfield financial institution in 2008 and became its first Managing Director.

Ms. Lumpa is also 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;

She is the Vice President of the Business and Professional Women Zambia Association, Matron of the University of Zambia Business and Economics Association (UnzaBECA), and the Hall of Fame mentor for the Push Women’s Network.

Ms. Lumpa holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (Finance), a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration, a postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Management and in Technical and Vocational Teaching. In addition, she is certified under the University of Oxford Women in Leadership Transformation and the Open Doors accreditation for Directors of company boards sponsored by the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) of the UK. She is currently enrolled to commence a diploma in Coaching. She is also an Elder of the UCZ Trinity Church.

About MLC

WHAT  IS MLC?

Two Days of High Impact Learning and Networking for Growth-Oriented African Business Leaders.

A gathering of Founders, CEOs, MD’s, and GM’s of African-owned companies with an annual turnover of $500,000 to $100,000,000 (one hundred million dollars).

WHY MLC?

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.

 

OUR AUDIENCE 

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

FEATURES OF MLC

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

Peer-based problem-solving sessions: work with other business leaders to solve real problems at real companies.

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…