Mr. Thierry Tanoh is Ivory Coast’s Minister of Oil, Energy and Renewable Energy Development.
He started his career as a chartered accountant and in 1994, joined the IFC through the Young Professionals Program, first covering the Asian region and then branched out to Latin America and Eastern Europe. In 2001, he moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Country Manager and focused on IFC’s operations in Latin America. In 2004, he was appointed Deputy Director of IFC’s Africa region, a position he held until 2006 when he was appointed Director. In 2008, Thierry Tanoh became Vice-President in charge of Sub-Saharan Africa, Western Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. In this capacity, he became a member of the IFC Executive Committee.
In 2012, Thierry Tanoh joined Ecobank as CEO at the pan-African banking group until 2014 when he joined the Presidential Office of Ivory Coast as Deputy Secretary General in charge of Economic and Financial Affairs. From January 2016 to January 2017, Thierry Tanoh served as Minister of Economic and Financial Affairs at the Presidency.
Mr. Thierry Tanoh graduated from the Abidjan Business School, is a French Chartered Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School (Class of 94). He is married to Sylvie Tanoh and has three children: Ines, Maelle and Augustin.
Mr. Karim LOTFI SENHADJI is the CEO of OCP Africa, a OCP subsidiary with 10 offices in Africa and 150 employees. Prior to holding this position, Mr. LOTFI SENHADJI spent more than 7 years at OCP in different leadership positions, including as OCP’s Shipping and Logistics Vice President and as the Director of OCP Group Management Control Department. Before joining OCP, Mr. LOTFI SENHADJI held different managing positions at several Moroccan and multinational companies, including Holcim Group, Altadis Maroc and Méditelecom.
Mr. LOTFI SENHADJI has degrees from MIT in Boston and HEC Paris and holds an Executive MBA from ESSEC & Mannheim Business schools. He is also a graduate of the Marrakech’s Royal Air Forces School where he received his diploma in aeronautic engineering and trained as a fighter pilot.
Razia Khan is Chief Economist for Africa and the Middle East, with over 20 years of experience covering emerging and frontier markets. She is a well-known commentator on the region, and has provided regular updates to central banks, finance ministries and sovereign wealth funds. She currently serves on the WEF’s Global Future Council on Migration and on the Advisory Board of the Royal Africa Society. She was named one of the ‘100 Most Influential Africans’ in 2015 by New African Magazine, and the ‘100 Africa Economics Leaders’ by Institut Choiseul (2017). Razia holds BSc and MSc (Econ) degrees from the London School of Economics.
NBA Legend DIKEMBE MUTOMBO was born in the capital city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mutombo is the seventh of ten children born to the late Samuel and Biamba Marie Mutombo. He arrived in the United States in 1987 on an academic scholarship to attend Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In his second year, legendary basketball coach John Thompson invited the 7'2" Mutombo to try out for the university's renowned basketball team. After joining the team, Mutombo re-directed his pre-med ambitions and graduated from Georgetown with dual degrees in Linguistics and Diplomacy. Mutombo is fluent in nine languages, including five African languages. He played professional basketball in the NBA for 18 years before retiring from the Houston Rockets in 2009.
Giving back has always been a trademark of Mutombo ever since he entered the NBA in 1991. As a former spokesman for CARE, the international relief agency, Mutombo visited the Somali refugee camps in Northern Kenya in 1993 and traveled with NBA Commissioner David Stern and Georgetown colleagues Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning to Cape Town and Johannesburg.
In 1996, Mutombo paid for the Congo’s women’s basketball team’s trip to Atlanta for the Summer Olympics games and also picked up the tab for the track team’s uniforms and expenses. He is the first Youth Emissary for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and he also served on the Advisory Board for the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health.
Mutombo presently serves on the boards of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Constitution Center, Special Olympics International and on the National Board for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
Mutombo has been named ABC’s Person of the Week, Essence Magazine’s 2001 Achiever, and Sporting News’ No. 1 Good Guy. He has been featured in Europe’s TIME magazine, Sports Illustrated for Kids, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Houston Chronicle and Forbes magazine.
In 2009, then NBA Commissioner David Stern appointed Mutombo to the newly created position of NBA Global Ambassador where he continues to work to grow and celebrate the game of basketball through international sporting events while working with NBA Cares to bring attention to important social issues.
Honors and awards:
· 2017 Trumpet Humanitarian Award – Trumpet Foundation
· 2016 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award
· 2016 Professional Honoree Boys Scouts of America/Atlanta Chapter
· 2015 Naismith Memorial Basketball – Hall of Fame
· 2015 Caring Award The Caring Institute
· 2014 Global Leadership Award – Upwardly Global
· 2014 Global Leadership Award – FrenchAmerican Chamber of Commerce
· 2014 Chairman’s Award – 100 Black Men of America
· 2014 Trailblazer Award – 100 Black Men of America
· 2014 Humanitarian of the Year - FOCOS
· 2013 Congressional Humanitarian Award
· 2013 Legacy Award – Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta
· 2013 Gateway Award for Excellence in Humanitarian Service – Washington Adventist University
· 2011 Goodermote Humanitarian Award – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
· 2011 Public Service Award – Big Brothers/Big Sisters of New York City
· 2010 Laureus World Sports Award
· 2010 B.C. Forbes Peopling of America Award for Sports – Ellis Island Foundation
· 2010 Miracle Corners of the World Award
· January 2010, President Barack Obama served as a surprise guest at the eighth annual "Let Freedom Ring!" event celebrating of the life and legacy of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and honoring NBA great and philanthropist Dikembe Mutombo who received the John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of a Dream award.
· 2010 Humanitarian in Sport Award during the Beyond Sport Summit, which was attended by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair
· 2010 Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy awarded to the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
· 2007 - Mutombo was recognized by President George W. Bush during his State of the Union address
· 2003 – Helen Hayes MacArthur Award
· 2000 - The President's Service Award awarded by President Bill Clinton
· World Economic Forum - Young Global Leader
· Wilt Chamberlain Award - Operation Smile
· Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters – SUNY/Cortland
· Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters – Georgetown University
· Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters – Haverford College
· NAACP Phoenix Award
· The Henry Iba Citizen Athlete Award
· J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award - NBA
· Ernie Davis Humanitarian Award
· The Samuel J. Halsey Award - Georgetown University
· Constituency for Africa's Trailblazer Award
Dikembe Mutombo is the Chairman and President of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation which he created in 1997. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia the Foundation’s mission is to improve the health, education and quality of life for the people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. One major project of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation was the construction of a new general hospital in the capital city of Kinshasa.
In December 2007 and at a cost of $29 million, the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital opened in the Congo. Named in memory of Mutombo’s beloved mother, the hospital has treated close to 200,000 men, women and children.
Dikembe Mutombo and his wife Rose live in Atlanta, Georgia with their 3 children.
Mrs. Daphne Mashile-Nkosi is the executive chairperson of Kalagadi Manganese, a trustee and chairperson of the Women’s Development Bank Trust, a chairperson of Women’s Development Bank Investments Holdings (Proprietary) Limited. She has a strong development background, as an activist on gender issues, and encourages business to improve the quality of life of poor communities and the nurturing of women entrepreneurs and business leaders. In 1993, she was nominated by the Women’s Development Bank to study development economics in Nagoya, Japan. She is the founder and a director of Temoso Telecommunication (Proprietary) Limited.
She represents shareholder interests as a director of various companies, including: Eyesizwe Mining, Exxaro, Interfile, Kalahari Resources, Temoso Holdings, Traxys Africa and Kalagadi Manganese. She is the chairperson of Bakhazi-Banalima (Proprietary) Limited. She is also a trustee of the First Rand Empowerment Trust.
Mrs. Mashile-Nkosi started her career as a loan officer with Women’s Development Bank Micro Finance in 1990 and grew through the ranks. She has a long history of commitment to developing the black community, and particularly women. She is a former detainee, and founder member of Detainees Parents Support Committee, which gave moral and material support to families of detainees and political prisoners during the 70s and early 80s. She was active in formation of United Democratic Front and, after the un-banning of the ANC, became the chairperson of the Soweto Sub-region of the Women’s League and General Secretary of the Soweto South African Communist Party.
She served on the National Committee of the Women’s National Coalition and was involved in the pre-Beijing and the post-Beijing process. She was active in the formation of Transvaal Rural Action Committee, an NGO fighting against forced removals and incorporation into the homelands systems. This experience matured into an active Rural Development career, with a special focus of rural women and culminated in the formation of the National Movement of Rural Women, which is still concerned with the rights and development of rural women. She remains committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the movement. She submitted the document “Minority Status of African Women under customary Law” and organised advocacy programmes around the implications of polygamy.
She is recognised worldwide through various local and international awards which include the: The Black Business Council Baobab Award (2016), Motlekar Holdings Platinum Award (2015), Most Outstanding Woman of the Year Award in New York (2015); African Female Business Leader of the Year Award in London (2015), African Mining and Metals Deal of the Year at the IJ Global Europe & Africa Awards in London (2015), Africa Forum CEO of the Year Award (2014), International Star for Leadership in Quality Platinum Award (2014), International Star for Leadership in Quality Gold Award (2013), and IPM CEO of the Year Award (2013) inter alia.
DR. BENEDICT OKEY ORAMAH
PRESIDENT and CHAIRMAN of AFREXIMBANK (African Export – Import Bank)
Dr. Oramah assumed the position of President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Export – Import Bank (Afreximbank) in September 2015.
Prior to his current role, he was the Executive Vice President responsible for Business Development and Corporate Banking (BDCB), a position he occupied from October 2008 to September 2015. As Executive Vice President, Dr. Oramah supervised the Business Development functions, namely: Trade Finance, Project and Export development finance, Syndications and Specialized Finance (SSF), and Corporate Finance and Advisory Services (CFAS). He also supervised the Research and Knowledge Management Functions of the Bank. Further, he assisted the then President of the Bank in overseeing the Bank’s Strategic Planning and International Cooperation functions. Dr. Oramah joined Afreximbank as Chief Analyst in 1994 and was promoted to the position of Senior Director, Planning and Business Development in 2007.
Prior to joining Afreximbank, he held the position of Assistant Research Manager at the Nigerian Export Import Bank (NEXIM) from 1992 to 1994.
Dr. Oramah holds an Advanced Management Certificate from the Colombia University obtained in 2015, an M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degrees in Agricultural Economics obtained in 1987 and 1991 respectively from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He obtained a B.Sc. degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1983. He recently published a book titled “Foundations of Structured Trade Finance” and has written over 35 professional/scholarly articles on a wide range of African economic, trade and trade finance issues.
He is a regular speaker at several trade and trade finance conferences around the world. Dr. Oramah is a Member of the Emerging Markets Advisory Council of the Institute of International Finance (IIF), an Executive Committee Member of the Factors Chain International (FCI)/International Factors Group (IFG), a member of the Consultative Board on the World Cocoa Economy of the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) and a Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administration (FICA). He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Trade and Forfaiting Review (TFR) and the Journal of African Trade (JAT).
He is married and has three children.
Raja Kaul is Chief Operating Officer and Head of International Markets at Sundial Brands LLC, manufacturers of SheaMoisture, a life style and cross-category personal care brand, ranked the fast growing among the top 10 haircare brands in the US. SheaMoisture’s range of products for hair, bath, body, face, baby and men are made with natural, certified organic and fair trade ingredients.
As Head of International Markets and as a member of the Liberian immigrant family that started Sundial Brands LLC in the US more than 26 years ago, Raja ensures that the Sundial’s Community Commerce business model and its “needs state” approach to inclusive beauty are brought to life as the company expands into Africa, Latin America, Europe and Australasia.
Through its Community Commerce business model, Raja leads the company’s efforts in international markets to support women of color entrepreneurs through company programs like the Young Sofi Tucker Campaign in Nigeria, the Sundial Fellowship at Tuck Business School and the New Voices Fund, created as part of Sundial’s partnership with Unilever.
Prior to Sundial, Raja was the Resident Country Director and Agency Head in Zambia for the United States government agency, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Before MCC, he served as UN Chief Technical Advisor in Senegal and led the UNDP negotiation and technical support program to 11 African governments on natural resources regulatory and contract negotiating matters. Raja has also held a number of executive and senior positions at American multinational companies and a leading non-profit.
Raja holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in Quebec, and a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School in New York. He is married and has two sons.
Ramesh has made a distinguished career expertise in Agriculture /Food Commodities and Africa. The geography under his supervision consists of 20 countries in Central, South and East Africa. His current strategic business unit employs over 3,000 people including 50 top global managers. He serves on the Olam’s Global OpCo and ManCo.
Ramesh joined Olam at its inception in Nigeria 25 years ago, and has been a part of the core team that saw the company grow from a green field start up to a Singapore listed USD 20 billion revenue organization today. Ramesh has lived and worked in multiple countries across Africa and also headed Olam’s India operations at one stage. He started Olam’s trading desk in Europe, based out of the Netherlands, before returning to Africa.
Ramesh has worked closely with farmer groups, worked alongside government programs, set up and run logistics and processing operations and also set up distribution structures in a variety of African markets. He is widely consulted by banks, government structures, NGOs and private businesses. He teaches at the University of Cape town.
Ramesh lives in Durban with his wife.
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