More than 600 leaders in private equity will convene in Marrakech next month to discuss the key trends shaping the investment landscape in Africa at the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association’s (AVCA) 15th Annual Conference.
On the back of successful industry gatherings in Abidjan, Accra, Addis Ababa, Cairo, Cape Town, and Lagos, the Pan-African industry association continues to showcase the fastest growing economies in the world by convening the industry in Morocco this April. Global and African dignitaries, investors, and business leaders will discuss the latest developments affecting diverse industries and geographies within the private equity ecosystem.
Hosted by AVCA, the agenda incorporates experienced industry perspectives from the likes of CDC Group, Coronation Capital, DLA Piper, and Verod Capital.
The landmark occasion will involve keynote addresses, panel discussions, investor and portfolio company spotlights, and roundtables from top public and private sector leaders including Lamia Boutaleb, Secretary of State to the Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Crafts and the Social Economy, Kingdom of Morocco, Hicham Zanati Serghini, Chief Executive Offcer, la Caisse Centrale de Garantie, Brahim Benjelloun-Touimi, Group Executive Managing Director, Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur, Mamadou Biteye, Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation and Stéphane Bacquaert, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Wendel Africa.
Others are Isabelle Bébéar, Head of International Affairs and Management Programs, Bpifrance Investissement, Antony Barker, Director of Pensions and Chief Investment Officer, Santander UK, Nicolas Gauthey, Senior Strategist, Impact and Alternative Investments, AXA Investment Management and Richard Rincón, Senior Investment Officer, Emerging Market, University of Texas Investment Management Company, Kevin Njiraini, Regional Lead, Private Equity Funds, Sub-Saharan Africa, International Finance Corporation and Robert Zegers, Chief Investment Officer, The African Development Bank, among others.
According to AVCA, locating the summit in Morocco reflects the tremendous growth that has taken place in North Africa over the past few years and highlights the country’s favourable business environment and powerful economy.
The conference, which holds from Monday 23rd to Tuesday 24th April 2018, will focus on investment prospects within Africa, the continent’s infrastructure needs, how development finance institutions are supporting SMEs, startups as well as VC firms investing in them, new narratives driving the continent’s transformation, the rise of family offices looking to Africa, how African private equity funds are delivering alpha, sustainability and impact investing, and value creation via exits – all unique perspectives from a diverse range of investors shaping the industry and landscape.