Victoria Falls, Zambia
Nov 21-22, 2018
2 Day Event

GTR’s inaugural Southern Africa Trade & Infrastructure Finance Conference took place at Victoria Falls, Zambia, on November 21-22, 2018, welcoming a host of senior government representatives, sovereign and corporate borrowers, project sponsors, risk management specialists and financing experts.

With a speaker roster including the Permanent Secretary of the Zambian Finance Ministry, Bwalya Ng’andu, Zimbabwe’s High Commissioner to Zambia, Ambassador Gertrude Takawira, and Mukuli Chikuba, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Zambia, delegates gained direct insight on the initiatives being undertaken to facilitate trade and infrastructure investment in some of Southern Africa’s growth hot spots.

Following a stunning safari boat cruise along the Zambezi river on the eve of the event, a comprehensive 2 day agenda provided the latest business-critical information on trade and infrastructure investment opportunities in markets including Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana, while assessing challenges surrounding sovereign debt sustainability, and the role that can be played by the trade, export and ECA finance sector in stimulating economic growth across Southern Africa.

With overwhelmingly positive feedback received on the inaugural Southern Africa Conference, GTR’s return for the next instalment in 2019 promises a highly anticipated opportunity to connect with the key players in this exciting region.


GTR continues to deliver the perfect mix for the highest quality trade conference: great
organisation, the right number and mix of delegates and high-quality interactive content,
delivered through a number of engaging means. It sets the standard.”
M Hogan, BTMU

GTR conferences give me the chance to stay ahead of the latest innovations, to integrate
new frameworks into our business and to improve our efficiency and competitiveness.”
C Julie, Orient Box

                                   “Excellent format and location. Great appearances from Country Officials who have
access to live information and opportunities”
Alistair Johnston, NMS

GTR once again managed to put together a highly representative speaker and audience
group with deep knowledge and vested interest in the southern Africa trade
and infrastructure environment”
Zhann Meyer, Nedbank CIB

“Great to see positive attitudes & can-do mentality coupled with”
Geoff Walsh, SusCon

“A quality inaugural event for Southern Africa bringing much-needed focus
on the region”
Chris Mitman, Investec

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This year’s list of speakers included:

Angelica Adamski, Chief Executive Officer, Swedafrica Consulting

Robert Besseling, Executive Director, EXX Africa

Gabriel Buck, Managing Director, GKB Ventures

Carosin Buitendag, Group Treasurer, Omnia

Dave Chalila, Head of Africa, Sace

Simon Cook, Partner, Sullivan & Worcester

Michael Creighton, Head, Export Credit finance, Nedbank

Rupert Cutler, Director, Financial & Political Risks, Parker Norfolk & Partners

Stephen Duggan, Chief Executive Officer, Housing Africa Corporation

Farid Fezoua, President & Chief Executive Officer, GE Healthcare Africa

Matthew Goddard, Senior Director, Exworks Capital

Dheerie Govender, Chief Executive Officer, Global Collateral Control

Inal Henry, Head of Export Credit Financing, Rand Merchant Bank

William Hunnam, Co-Founder, Orbitt

Brian Irvine, Head, Export & Agency Finance, Investec

Wouter Kool, Director, Trade & Commodity Finance, Rabobank Kenya

Chee Boon Lim, Regional Director, RHQ for Middle East & Africa, CrimsonLogic

Pizzaro Lukhanda, Regional Underwriter, Southern Africa, African Trade Insurance Agency

Michael Marnell, Vice-President, Commodity Business Centre (London), Bank of China

Lodewyk Meyer, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Zhann Meyer, Head of Agricultural Commodities, Nedbank CIB

Chris Mitman, Head of Export & Agency Finance, Investec

Stewart Mumba, Head, Trade Finance & Working Capital, Atlas Mara Zambia

Munyaradzi Musamba, Founder & Director, Thermal Agriculture

Hon. Margaret Mwanakatwe, Minister of Finance, Republic of Zambia 

Felistus Ndawi, Finance Director, Seed Co Zimbabwe

Mandisi Nkuhlu, Chief Operations Officer, ECIC

Mark Norris, Partner, Sullivan & Worcester

Nick Oliver, Head of Business Development, NMS International

Benedict Okey Oramah, President & Chairman of the Board of Directors, Afreximbank 

Robert Parson, Partner, Clyde & Co

Duarte Pedreira, ITFA Board Member; Chairman, ITFA Africa Regional Committee; Head of Trade Finance,
Crown Agents Bank

Derek Postma, Executive, Barak Fund Management

Ebbe Rabie, Head of Specialty, Price Forbes

Rainor Robinson, Consultant Partner, Manokore Attorneys

Rt. Hon. Mark Simmonds, Former Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister for Africa; Chairman of the Advisory Board, Invest Africa

Hiren Singharay, Member of the Supervisory Board, Global Finance & Capital Limited

George Wilson, Head, Institutional Trade Finance, Absa

Jonathan Wood, Head of Corporate Finance, Rift Valley Corporation

Denias Zaranyika, Regional Managing Director, Zimbabwe, Malawi & Mozambique, Seed Co Zimbabwe


Venue: Avani Victoria Falls Resort
Address: Mosi-oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone 20100, Zambia
Telephone/Fax: +260 97 8777044


Speaking opportunities

Email: George Mitchell at

Sponsorship opportunities

Email: Peter Gubbins at

Media & marketing opportunities

Email: Briony Hemmings at

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