Oct 21-22, 2015
2 Day Event

African trade finance community gather in London

Global Trade Review (GTR), the leading publication for the trade, commodity and export finance community, was delighted to host the inaugural Africa Trade & Infrastructure Finance Conference 2015, which took place at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square on October 21-22, 2015.

The two-day conference attracted over 240 business leaders and provide extensive networking opportunities for domestic, regional and international financial institutions, global corporates and SMEs, policy makers and specialist trade finance experts.

The event commenced with an opening address from Dr Benedict Okey Oramah, newly elected President of the African Export-Import Bank, followed by a keynote presentation from Razia Khan, Managing Director and Chief Economist for Africa at Standard Chartered Bank, outlining the African trade success story and highlighting varying approaches across differing regional markets. The day continued with various high level discussions featuring prominent corporates such as Huawei, Shoreline Energy, Oando, ABB, Nakumatt and Elephant Group.

The conference brought together a wealth of decision makers, including representatives from exporters and trading companies, banks, insurers, export credit agencies, legal experts, multilaterals, solution providers and non-bank financiers, attracting many local and international delegates from the European and African markets to discuss the development of the region’s trade potential.

GTR has established a firm presence across Africa, through its market leading gatherings in several locations including South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Mauritius, highlighting a range of opportunities across a range of exciting and dynamic markets, ” said Jeff Ando, Associate Director and Head of Conference Production at GTR. “With London benefitting from a wealth of African financial experience and in many ways seen as a hub for the continent, we feel this event was perfectly placed to hold key discussions and provide an assessment of activities in the market over the last year.”

Topics for discussion included the trade risk environment, new developments in the Nigerian market following the recent elections, an examination of the nuances of the Francophone region, infrastructure challenges in sectors such as power and transportation, opportunities across the East African Community and the linkage between trade and development aid.

With so many high-level delegates in attendance, networking was a key feature throughout both days. With networking lunches, an evening drinks reception and specific networking platforms, there was ample opportunity for anyone serious about doing business in the region to create new business contacts and build relationships with the market’s main players.

  • Dr Benedict Okey Oramah, President, African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)
  • Razia Khan, Managing Director, Chief Economist, Africa, Standard Chartered Bank
  • John O’Mulloy, Global Head of Trade & Structured Commodity Finance, Standard Bank
  • Toks Abimbola, Business Development Director, Shoreline Group
  • Sanjoe Mathew, Regional Associate Director, Trade, Export & Structured Finance, Huawei Tech
  • Christian Karam, Partner, Africa Trade Finance
  • Nisrin Hala, Head of Africa Desk, SMBCE
  • Bob Kottler, Managing Director, Dawnus International
  • Oliver Everett, Chief Executive, Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council (CWEIC)
  • Shannon Manders, Editor, Global Trade Review (GTR)
  • Deen Solebo, Head of Corporate Finance, Oando
  • Charles Weller, Managing Director, Africa Trade, Barclays
  • Tunji Owoeye, Group Managing Director, Elephant Group Africa
  • Baba Epega, Chairman & Founder, EMC3
  • Edward George, Head of Research, Ecobank
  • Rollo Reid, Technical Director, ReidSteel
  • Michiel Hendriksz, Private Sector Trader, FarmStrong Commodities; Founder & Executive Director, FarmStrong Foundation
  • Brian Klaas, Consultant, Menas Associates; Fellow, London School of Economics
  • Arnaud Louis, Director, Sovereigns Group, Fitch Ratings
  • David Nelligan, Partner, DLA Piper
  • Anne-Marie Woolley, Head of Energy & Metals, Global Commodity Finance, Nedbank CIB
  • Amelia Slocombe, ?Senior Associate Director, Loan Market Association
  • Nabil Frik, Head of Client Coverage for Francophone Africa, British Arab Commercial Bank
  • Farrukh Siddiqui, Managing Director, Head of Global Trade & Loan Products, Middle East & Africa, J.P. Morgan
  • Nicholas Stockdale, Director, ECA & Capex Financing Solutions, Barclays
  • Alejandra Hidalgo, Head of Export Finance, ABB Group
  • Andrew Palmateer, Program Director, US-East Africa Geothermal Partnership (EAGP), Power Africa
  • John Sayers, Partner, Simmons & Simmons
  • Jan-Philipp Apking, Head of Department, Underwriting & Financial Institutions, Euler Hermes Aktiengesellschaft
  • Frederik Hsu DL, Deputy Chairman, NMS International Group
  • David Ludlow, Head of International Business Development, UK Export Finance
  • Agnes Tauty-Giraldi, Head of Export Finance, Europe & Africa; Structured Trade Finance, Societe Generale
  • Morten Sørensen, Senior Director, Head of Large Corporates, EKF
  • Manya Biemans, Regional Head, Local Corporates, Commodity Traders & Agriculture, Transaction Banking, Africa, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Natznet Tesfay, Head of Africa, IHS Country Risk
  • Charles Weller, Managing Director, Africa Trade, Barclays
  • Gaimin Nonyane, Senior Macroeconomic Specialist, Ecobank Research
  • H.E. Williams Nkurunziza, High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Kingdom
  • Vijay Kumar, Group Controller, Finance, Nakumatt
  • Hemnabh Khatau, Director, Mehta Group
  • Olivier Buyoya, Regional Trade Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • Rumit Nanji, Senior Associate, Memery Crystal
  • Simon Bessant, Director, Texel Finance
  • Richard Lamb, Unit Head, Political & Credit Risks, Novae Syndicates
  • Sebastien Avot, Regional Head, Middle East & Africa, Distribution & Trading, Deutsche Bank
  • Kefa Muga, Senior Economist, Africa Trade Insurance Agency (ATI)
  • Sam Evans, Assistant Director, BPL Global
  • Jon Boyce, Manager, Northern Regions; Mid-Sized Business Senior Specialist, Export Finance Adviser, UK Export Finance
  • Mark Norris, Partner, Sullivan & Worcester UK
  • Bolaji Sofoluwe, Director of Planning & Strategy, ETK Group
  • Geoffrey de Mowbray, Chief Executive & Managing Director, Dints International
  • Bryan Richmond, Supply Chain Services Director, Crown Agents
  • Ed Harkins, Head of Export Credit Financing, Fieldstone
  • Gabriel Buck, Commissioner, Cole Review; Chair, Export Finance & Trade Committee, British Bankers Association (BBA)
  • Geoffrey Wynne, Partner, Sullivan & Worcester UK
  • Lamin Sanneh, Head of Business Development, Commodity Connect DMCC
  • Rupert Cutler, Managing Director, Financial & Political Risks, CGNMB


Venue: London Mariott Hotel Grosvenor Square
Address: London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 6JP
Telephone/Fax: +44(0)20 7493 1232



Email: Jeff Ando at


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