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Africa Trade and Investment Summit


Theme: Re-imagining Economic Growth in Africa.


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The Africa Trade and Investment Summit stands as a premier platform for industry leaders, policymakers, and professionals to engage in critical discussions, share valuable insights and form strategic collaborations that drive economic growth and development across the African continent. The theme for this year is "Re-imagining Economic Growth in Africa".

The Plenaries

Creative Economy and the Marine and Blue Economy at the Africa Trade and Investment Summit

I. Introduction:

The upcoming Africa Trade and Investment Summit marks a pivotal moment in fostering economic growth and sustainable development across the continent. One of the key highlights of this summit is the series of plenary sessions dedicated to exploring the intersection of the creative economy and the marine and blue economy.

The creative economy, encompassing industries such as arts, culture, design, and innovation, has emerged as a dynamic force driving economic diversification and job creation. Simultaneously, the Marine and Blue economy, involving sustainable use of ocean resources, presents unprecedented opportunities for economic prosperity and environmental stewardship.

Recognizing the potential synergy between these two sectors, the organizers of the Africa Trade and Investment Summit have curated plenary sessions to delve into the interconnectedness and collaborative possibilities that lie at the intersection of the creative economy and the marine and blue economy.

The sessions will Identify Investment Opportunities: Highlight investment opportunities within these sectors, encouraging both public and private stakeholders to explore and support ventures that contribute to economic resilience.

Share Best Practices: Showcase successful models and best practices from regions where the creative and marine economies have synergized effectively, serving as inspiration for scalable and replicable initiatives across Africa.

Advocate for Sustainable Practices: Emphasize the importance of sustainable and responsible practices in both the creative and marine sectors, aligning economic growth with environmental and social stewardship.

Knowledge Exchange: Facilitate a robust exchange of ideas, experiences, and expertise among participants, fostering a deeper understanding of the potential impact and challenges within these sectors.

Partnership Building: Provide a platform for networking and collaboration, encouraging partnerships between diverse stakeholders, including government bodies, businesses, NGOs, and academic institutions.

Policy Advocacy: Encourage the development of supportive policies that foster the growth of the creative and marine economies, creating an enabling environment for sustainable development.

Inspiration and Innovation: Inspire participants to think creatively and innovatively about the future of these industries, sparking new ideas and initiatives that can contribute to Africa's economic transformation.

Actionable Strategies Acquire practical strategies and actionable recommendations for leveraging the economic potential of these sectors in alignment with sustainable and responsible practices.

In conclusion, the plenary sessions on the Creative Economy and the Marine and Blue economy at the Africa Trade and Investment Summit promises to be a cornerstone in shaping the economic narrative of the continent. By fostering collaboration, innovation, and sustainable practices, these sessions aim to catalyse a wave of positive change that will resonate across industries and contribute to Africa's emergence as a global economic force.


Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala GCON

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a Nigerian-American economist and the current Director-General of the World Trade Organization, making her the first woman and first African to hold the position. With an extensive career, she served as Nigeria's Finance Minister for two terms, becoming the first Nigerian woman to do so. Okonjo-Iweala has a notable presence on the boards of various global organizations and institutions, including Danone, Standard Chartered Bank, and GAVI: Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. She also had a distinguished 25-year career at The World Bank, rising to the position of Managing Director for Operations from 2007 to 2011.

HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi CON

His Highness Muhammad Sanusi II, the 14th Fulani Emir of Kano since 2014, has a diverse background in economics and finance. Formerly the governor of the central bank in Nigeria, he was recognized as the World's Best Central Bank Governor of the Year in 2011. An advocate for development, Emir Sanusi remains engaged in finance and chairs an impact capital fund, Babban Gona, dedicated to agricultural development and supporting small-scale rural farmers. His distinguished career spans banking, central banking, and leadership in efforts to address Nigeria's social and security challenges.

Dr Nkemdilim Iheanachor (Lagos Business School).

Dr Nkemdilim Iheanachor is a member and Senior Lecturer in the Strategy Group in Lagos Business School (LBS) where he also serves as an Academic Director in the Senior Management Programme as well as a course director in other executive and open-enrolment programmes in the School. Nkemdilim holds a Bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering, a Master of Business Administration degree as well as MPhil and PhD Degrees in Strategic Management. He is also a visiting lecturer in University of Stellenbosch's Business School, Cape Town, South Africa and Africa Business School, Rabat, Morocco.

He has attended fellowships and faculty development programmes in Harvard Business School, Wharton Business School and Robinson College of Business all in the United States of America. He is alumnus of the Wharton School’s Global Faculty Development Programme as well as INSEAD’s ITP Programme. He has extensively presented his research in international professional and academic conferencesvin the United States, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Spain, Kenya, and Rwanda to mention a few. He is currently a member of the worldwide Academy of Management as well as the Academy of Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Knowledge. As a member of the Academy of International Business, he sits on the executive committee as the treasurer of the African chapter. He sits on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Governance and Financial Intermediation and Digital Economics and Innovation ESIC Journal.


Bolanle Austen-Peters, aka BAP, is a renowned Nigerian businesswoman, lawyer, and award-winning film and theatre producer/director. With a Master's in International Law from LSE and a law degree from the University of Lagos, she's globally recognized for her contributions to the arts, featured on CNN, BBC, and Forbes Afrique. As a Foundry Fellow at MIT's Legatum Center, she promotes Nigeria's art and culture for inclusive economic growth. Bolanle founded Terra Kulture in 2003 to showcase Nigerian languages, arts, and culture. As the founder of BAP Productions, the first Nigerian company at London's West End, she's produced acclaimed films like "93 DAYS" and "The Bling Lagosians," both on NETFLIX. Bolanle Austen-Peters is a trailblazer shaping the cultural narrative and fostering global partnerships.

Ms. Aisha Rimi

Ms. Aisha Rimi

Ms. Aisha Rimi was recently appointed as the Chief Executive Office/Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission. Prior to this, Ms. Rimi was managing partner in the Corporate Commercial and Private Client practice group of Africa Law Practice, a leading commercial Law Firm in Lagos, Nigeria.

As a leading transaction lawyer, Ms. Rimi has over 30 years if experience in general corporate commercial law with expertise in foreign investments, regulatory compliance, and business advisory services for ‘doing business in Africa’.

Her areas of specialisation and experience include project finance, corporate and operational joint ventures, all manners of commercial structures and advisory services such as joint ventures, shareholder arrangements, manufacturing, licensing and distribution agreements, divestments, mergers and acquisitions; corporate restructuring and government and regulatory compliance.

Olusegun Zaccheaus, (Partner and West Africa Lead, PwC Strategy).

Olusegun Zaccheaus has about 15 years of experience advising clients primarily in financial services, telecommunications, the consumer market and the public sector. His expertise in financial services covers banks, fintech, insurance, capital market players, development finance institutions and regulators. He has built deep competence in topics including corporate strategy, growth strategy; digital strategy; group restructuring; integration and separation; start-up advisory and business planning; operations strategy and improvement; strategy execution and business transformation; and macroeconomic and policy advisory.

Ivana I. Osagie (CEO of PWR Advisory)

Ivana I. Osagie is the CEO of PWR Advisory, a leading Africa-focused Sustainability and Inclusion consulting firm. With over three decades of executive experience, she specializes in advising organizations on sustainability/ESG, focusing on strategy and governance. Osagie, a member of the Institute of Directors in Nigeria and the UK, serves as a non-executive director on various boards, including The Infrastructure Bank PLC and Rising Tide Africa. She holds an MSc, MBA, and certificates in ESG, Board Direction, and Diversity and Inclusion.

Ziad Hamoui

Ziad Hamoui is a Chartered logistician and passionate Pan-Africanist with two decades of private sector experience in logistics and transport in Ghana. He is the National President for Ghana of Borderless Alliance, a multi-stakeholder advocacy group promoting regional economic integration in West Africa. As a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, he also contributes to various high-level national and international advisory committees, focusing on trade facilitation and connectivity strategies in Africa.

Opeyemi Abebe

Ms. Opeyemi Abebe is the Head of the Trade Competitiveness Section of the Commonwealth Secretariat where she leads a team of Advisers to provide technical assistance to the member countries overseeing 18 country and 4 regional trade support projects in Asia and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions. She previously managed a $2 million USD, USAID funded program, supporting MSMEs in Nigeria and served as a member of the Nigerian National Focal Point on Commerce. She led on the implementation of AGOA at the Nigerian Export Promotion Council and has worked as a Consultant to the UNDP, DFID, and World Bank on several trade projects.

Kililou Traore

HE Ambassador Mr Kalilou TRAORE was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, by the Council of Ministers held on December 18, 2019 in Yamoussouktro. He effectively took office on February 13, 2020 in Abuja.

Before this function, Mr Kalilou TRAORE was the Commissioner of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in charge of Industry and Private Sector.

In this capacity, he developed and launched ECOWAS’s 2015-2020 industrial development strategy as well as the development strategy for the Private Sector and SMEs .


Dr. Afua Asabea Asare is a Corporate and Cross-Cultural Trainer and Strategy Enthusiast known for her extensive knowledge in Integrated Communications and Organizational Development. She has 26-years worth of management experience working in a variety of corporate environments.  

She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, the Government’s trade promotion agency. 

Dr. Asare sits on a number of academic and corporate boards such as the African Leadership Academy, South Africa, IE Advisory Board for IE University in Madrid, Spain, Ghana Telecom University College, Ghana, World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) Ghana, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ghana, Advisory Board on Trade & Investment Support Institution of ITC, Ghana Exim Bank, Venture Capital Trust Fund and the Data Protection Agency, Ghana.

She is a Recipient of the 2019 Women in Transformational Leadership Awards (Governance category) and was also recently inducted into the 2019 West African Nobles Hall of Fame as an award recipient.

Femi Boyede

Femi Boyede, a distinguished international trade expert, earned the CITP®|FIBP® designation in 2014. As the Managing Director and CEO of Koinonia Ventures Ltd. (now Koinonia Global Services Inc. in Canada), he boasts over 30 years of experience in export business development and trade promotion. Fueled by a childhood immersed in trade, Femi is a fervent advocate for stronger trade relations between Canada and various African countries, particularly Nigeria. His leadership and passion make him a notable figure in the global trade community.

Hon. Stella Erhuvwuoghene Okotete FCE, PFD

Hon. Stella Erhuvwuoghene Okotete is a trailblazer in education and leadership. She was born on April 20th, 1984, in Warri, Delta State. She is a graduate of Benson Idahosa University where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Diplomacy. She is also a graduate of the Rivers State College of Arts and Sciences where she obtained a Diploma in Law. She possesses a Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution with an ongoing Masters in Public Administration alongside an Executive Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the renowned University of Abuja. Her educational portfolio includes various certificate programs in management, leadership and business development from prestigious institutions such as Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Massachusetts, USA; the University of Virginia; INSEAD Business School, Fontainebleau, France; University of Oxford, Saïd Business School, London, UK; Pan Atlantic University, Enterprise

Development Center; and Columbia Business School, New York.

Mr Segun Awolowo Secretary AfCFTA National Secretariat

Olusegun Awolowo Jr. (born 27 September 1963) is a Nigerian Lawyer. He served as the executive director of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council from 2013 to 2021. He now serves as the Secretary of the Nigeria Secretariat of AfCFTA. 

In July 2021, he was unanimously elected as the President of National Trade Promotion Organizations (TPOs) from ECOWAS Member States

Oreoluwa Boboye, CEO, Jobberman Nigeria

Oreoluwa Boboye is a seasoned executive boasting nearly a decade of expertise in diverse areas such as Product Development, Forecasting, Planning, Data Analysis, Business Intelligence, and Human Capital Development across the dynamic region of EMEA (East and Middle Eastern Africa).

As the Chief Executive Officer of Jobberman Nigeria, Oreoluwa spearheads Nigeria's premier recruitment platform, with an impressive user base of over 3 million job seekers and serves as a trusted partner to 60,000 employers.

Oreoluwa's tenure is distinguished by a string of accomplishments, showcasing his proficiency in conducting advanced analytics to discern opportunities and strengths that align with strategic business objectives. furthermore, he has expertly crafted and maintained data visualisations that have proven instrumental in educating, informing, and engaging key business partners, illuminating critical metrics and performance indicators.

James Mobolaji, Treasury & Investment Manager, Anchoria Asset Management

James is the Treasury and Investments Manager at Anchoria Asset Management. He has over 6 years of experience in Treasury management and Fixed income trading. Prior to his appointment, James was the Treasury Manager, Fliqpay Technologies Limited. He has served in diverse capacities as Team Lead, Treasury Management as well as ALM Officer, both at VFD Group Limited. He has also served as ALM/Money Market trader at Coronation Merchant Bank. His specialization includes Treasury and Global markets, Investment management and financial market analyses. He has ACI-FMA Dealing Certificate and holds a MSc. in Petroleum Engineering and Project Development from IPS, Port Harcourt/ IFP School France.

Oghogho Makinde

Oghogho joined the partnership of Aluko & Oyebode in 2003. Her main practice areas are energy and natural

resources, public-private partnerships (PPPs), banking and finance, private equity, corporate restructuring and divestitures, project/infrastructure finance and regulatory compliance. She is a Partner and Practice Head at Aluko

& Oyebode.

Oghogho received a bachelor's degree in law (LL.B) from the University of Benin in 1988 and was admitted to the

Nigerian Bar in 1989. She has a master's degree in law (LL.M) from the University of Lagos. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria; an associate member of the Energy Institute; a member of the Nigerian

Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), the Nigerian Gas Association, Women In Energy, Nigeria (WIEN) and Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ).

Muyiwa Akinyemi, Group Deputy Managing Director, United Bank for Africa (UBA)

Muyiwa is the Group Deputy Managing Director of United Bank for Africa (UBA).

He oversees the bank’s business in Southern Nigeria and coordinates the corporate banking arm.

Prior to this, Akinyemi who joined UBA in 2005, drove the bank’s energy bank business and was the General Manager, Corporate and Commercial Banking. He also headed the Wholesale banking arm between 2013 and 2015, where he was responsible for the bank’s business activities in various geographies where UBA was present at the time. He served as CEO/MD of UBA Kenya between 2010 and 2011. 

Before joining UBA, Muyiwa worked in Standard Trust Bank between 1998 and 2005, where he led in various teams including the Investment Banking, Energy & Telecoms Division and Structured finance groups. 

Muyiwa Akinyemi is a Chartered Accountant and studied Accounting from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He is also a member of several professional bodies including the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers, etc.

Dr Olisa Agbakoba SAN

Mr Imal Silva Creative Policy Expert

Mr Audu Maikori Entertainment Lawyerand Founder of Chocolate City

Tonye Krukrubo SAN .

Partner ALN Nigeria Aluko & Oyebode

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