50+ Speakers Confirmed for 2017 U.S.-Africa Business Summit

The Corporate Council on Africa has announced an initial line-up of more than 50 speakers for the 11th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit. The first head-of-state to be confirmed for the event is Tanzanian President Filipe Nyusi. CCA is expecting more than 1,000 business and government leaders at Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC from on June 13 to 16 to discuss the challenges of doing business in Africa, proffer actionable solutions for businesses looking to seize opportunities, and advocate to shape effective U.S.-Africa trade and investment policies. CCA held the 10th Summit in Addis Ababa from February 1 to 4, 2016 with participation by more than 1,400 private sector and government representatives from 47 countries.

Who Will Be There?

Here is a preview of the speaker line-up confirmed to attend CCA’s U.S.-Africa Business Summit:

•    Sola Adepetun, Senior Partner, Energy and Project Finance Group, ACAS-Law
•    Dr. David Barash, Chief Medical Officer & Executive Director, Global Health, GE Foundation
•    Jonathan Berman, Senior Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP
•    Tony Carroll, Vice President, Manchester Trade Limited
•    Miriam Chiazor, Content Editor, Afro Tourism
•    Greg Cohen, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Asoko Insight
•    Miguel Coleta, Global Sustainability Officer, Philip Morris  
•    Gary Collar, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Asia-Pacific and Africa (APA), AGCO
•    Dr. Alain Damiba, Senior Vice President of Technical Leadership and Global Programs, Jhpiego
•    Bryn Fosburgh, SVP, Trimble Inc.
•    Tewolde GebreMariam, Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines
•    Krysta Harden, Vice President, Public Policy and Chief Sustainability Office, Dupont  
•    Paul Hinks, CEO, Symbion Power
•    Paul Holmes, Director, Federal Relations - Global Health, American Cancer Society
•    Cheryle Jackson, President of AAR Africa, AAR Corp
•    Seward “Skip” L. Jones Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa and Middle East, U.S. Department of Commerce
•    Barbara Keating, President and Founder, Computer Frontiers  
•    Dr. Douglas Keene, Vice President, Pharmaceutical Management and Health Technologies Group, Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
•    Katrin Kuhlmann, President and Founder, New Markets Lab  
•    Olaf Kula, Senior Vice President, ACDI/VOCA
•    Laura Lane, President, Global Public Affairs, UPS
•    Florizelle Liser, President and CEO, Corporate Council on Africa
•    Rebecca Martin, Director, Center for Global Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
•    Vicky McPherson, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP
•    Tsepiso Mosasane, Director of Immigration, Kingdom of Lesotho
•    Hon. Dr. Eng. Walter Mzembi, Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Republic of Zimbabwe & Chairperson of the Commission for Africa, UN World Tourism Organization
•    Jonathan Nash, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation  
•    Sindiso Ngwenya, Secretary General, COMESA
•    Andy Olson, Senior Advisor, International Economics & Trade, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations  
•    Jim Ovia, Chairman, Zenith Bank
•    David Picard, Region Manager, Africa/Middle East, Caterpillar
•    Jirair Ratevosian, Director, Government Affairs, Africa, Gilead Sciences Inc.  
•    Nabil Elias Romanos, Vice President, MEA & Emerging Markets VARIAN Medical Systems
•    Aymeric Saha, Managing Director, NASP-USAID Investment Partnership
•    Federica Saliola, Program Manager, Enabling the Business of Agriculture, World Bank
•    Mohammed Samir, President – India, Middle East and Africa (IMEA), Procter & Gamble
•    Toyin Saraki, Founder, Wellbeing Foundation
•    Scott Schloegel, Acting Vice Chairman and First Vice President, Export Import Bank of the United States
•    Dawn Shackleford, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, WTO and Multilateral Affairs, USTR
•    Marcel De Souza, President, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
•    Vanessa Stiffler-Claus, Director, International Affairs, John Deere  
•    Dr. Jeffrey Sturchio, Rabin Martin
•    Paul Sullivan, Vice President, Acrow Bridge
•    Lynn Tabernacki, Deputy VP SME Finance & Head Global Energy, OPIC  
•    Eric Trachtenberg, Director, Food and Agriculture, McLarty Associates
•    Alain Tschudin, Executive Director, SADC, Good Governance Africa  
•    Jon Vandenheuvel, CEO, Africa Atlantic Holdings  
•    General William E. (Kip) Ward (ret.), President and COO, Sentel Corp.
•    Staci Warden, Executive Director, Center for Financial Markets, Milken Institute
•    Jean-Louis Warnholz, Founding Principal and Managing Director, BlackIvy Group
•    Robert Watkinson, Partner, Portland Communications
•    Jim Winkler, Global Practice Leader, Trade & Investment, DAI
•    Vice Admiral Anthony L. Winns (Ret.), President, Middle East-Africa Region, Lockheed Martin Corporation
•    Rahama Wright Founder and CEO, Shea Yeleen Health and Beauty, LLC
•    Fatai Yusufu, President, Fayus International Foods 


U.S.-Africa Business Summit 2016

The 10th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit was held in Addis Ababa from February 1 to 4, 2016 with participation by more than 1,400 private sector and government representatives from 47 countries.

The Corporate Council on Africa's 10th biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit took place in Addis Ababa, bringing together business representatives and government officials, entrepreneurs and investors, decision-makers and managers, from throughout Africa, the United States and the rest of the World. Government leaders taking part include Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, former African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

Speaking at the opening recption Monday night were Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu and U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce Michael Lally.

Click below to view slide show

COUNTDOWN: Top Reasons to Attend U.S.-Africa Business Summit Feb 1-4 in Addis


50+ Speakers Confirmed for 2017 U.S.-Africa Business Summit

The Corporate Council on Africa has announced an initial line-up of more than 50 speakers for the 11th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit. The first head-of-state to be confirmed for the event is Tanzanian President Filipe Nyusi. CCA is expecting more than 1,000 business and government leaders at Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC from on June 13 to 16 to discuss the challenges of doing business in Africa, proffer actionable solutions for businesses looking to seize opportunities, and advocate to shape effective U.S.-Africa trade and investment policies. CCA held the 10th Summit in Addis Ababa from February 1 to 4, 2016 with participation by more than 1,400 private sector and government representatives from 47 countries.

Who Will Be There?

Here is a preview of the speaker line-up confirmed to attend CCA’s U.S.-Africa Business Summit:

•    Sola Adepetun, Senior Partner, Energy and Project Finance Group, ACAS-Law
•    Dr. David Barash, Chief Medical Officer & Executive Director, Global Health, GE Foundation
•    Jonathan Berman, Senior Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP
•    Tony Carroll, Vice President, Manchester Trade Limited
•    Miriam Chiazor, Content Editor, Afro Tourism
•    Greg Cohen, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Asoko Insight
•    Miguel Coleta, Global Sustainability Officer, Philip Morris  
•    Gary Collar, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Asia-Pacific and Africa (APA), AGCO
•    Dr. Alain Damiba, Senior Vice President of Technical Leadership and Global Programs, Jhpiego
•    Bryn Fosburgh, SVP, Trimble Inc.
•    Tewolde GebreMariam, Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines
•    Krysta Harden, Vice President, Public Policy and Chief Sustainability Office, Dupont  
•    Paul Hinks, CEO, Symbion Power
•    Paul Holmes, Director, Federal Relations - Global Health, American Cancer Society
•    Cheryle Jackson, President of AAR Africa, AAR Corp
•    Seward “Skip” L. Jones Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa and Middle East, U.S. Department of Commerce
•    Barbara Keating, President and Founder, Computer Frontiers  
•    Dr. Douglas Keene, Vice President, Pharmaceutical Management and Health Technologies Group, Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
•    Katrin Kuhlmann, President and Founder, New Markets Lab  
•    Olaf Kula, Senior Vice President, ACDI/VOCA
•    Laura Lane, President, Global Public Affairs, UPS
•    Florizelle Liser, President and CEO, Corporate Council on Africa
•    Rebecca Martin, Director, Center for Global Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
•    Vicky McPherson, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP
•    Tsepiso Mosasane, Director of Immigration, Kingdom of Lesotho
•    Hon. Dr. Eng. Walter Mzembi, Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Republic of Zimbabwe & Chairperson of the Commission for Africa, UN World Tourism Organization
•    Jonathan Nash, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation  
•    Sindiso Ngwenya, Secretary General, COMESA
•    Andy Olson, Senior Advisor, International Economics & Trade, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations  
•    Jim Ovia, Chairman, Zenith Bank
•    David Picard, Region Manager, Africa/Middle East, Caterpillar
•    Jirair Ratevosian, Director, Government Affairs, Africa, Gilead Sciences Inc.  
•    Nabil Elias Romanos, Vice President, MEA & Emerging Markets VARIAN Medical Systems
•    Aymeric Saha, Managing Director, NASP-USAID Investment Partnership
•    Federica Saliola, Program Manager, Enabling the Business of Agriculture, World Bank
•    Mohammed Samir, President – India, Middle East and Africa (IMEA), Procter & Gamble
•    Toyin Saraki, Founder, Wellbeing Foundation
•    Scott Schloegel, Acting Vice Chairman and First Vice President, Export Import Bank of the United States
•    Dawn Shackleford, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, WTO and Multilateral Affairs, USTR
•    Marcel De Souza, President, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
•    Vanessa Stiffler-Claus, Director, International Affairs, John Deere  
•    Dr. Jeffrey Sturchio, Rabin Martin
•    Paul Sullivan, Vice President, Acrow Bridge
•    Lynn Tabernacki, Deputy VP SME Finance & Head Global Energy, OPIC  
•    Eric Trachtenberg, Director, Food and Agriculture, McLarty Associates
•    Alain Tschudin, Executive Director, SADC, Good Governance Africa  
•    Jon Vandenheuvel, CEO, Africa Atlantic Holdings  
•    General William E. (Kip) Ward (ret.), President and COO, Sentel Corp.
•    Staci Warden, Executive Director, Center for Financial Markets, Milken Institute
•    Jean-Louis Warnholz, Founding Principal and Managing Director, BlackIvy Group
•    Robert Watkinson, Partner, Portland Communications
•    Jim Winkler, Global Practice Leader, Trade & Investment, DAI
•    Vice Admiral Anthony L. Winns (Ret.), President, Middle East-Africa Region, Lockheed Martin Corporation
•    Rahama Wright Founder and CEO, Shea Yeleen Health and Beauty, LLC
•    Fatai Yusufu, President, Fayus International Foods 


U.S.-Africa Business Summit 2016

The 10th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit was held in Addis Ababa from February 1 to 4, 2016 with participation by more than 1,400 private sector and government representatives from 47 countries.

The Corporate Council on Africa's 10th biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit took place in Addis Ababa, bringing together business representatives and government officials, entrepreneurs and investors, decision-makers and managers, from throughout Africa, the United States and the rest of the World. Government leaders taking part include Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, former African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

Speaking at the opening recption Monday night were Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu and U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce Michael Lally.

Click below to view slide show

COUNTDOWN: Top Reasons to Attend U.S.-Africa Business Summit Feb 1-4 in Addis


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