“Trade is Key to Africa’s Economic Growth”. Africa has about 2 percent of all world trade. Right now, the opportunities for businesses to trade across the region are vast.
As the global economy is in turmoil due to the COVID-19 pandemic, creation of the vast AfCFTA regional market is a major opportunity to help African countries diversify their exports, accelerate growth, and attract foreign direct investment. The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement will create the largest free trade area in the world measured by the number of countries participating. The pact connects 1.3 billion people across 55 countries with a combined gross domestic product (GDP) valued at US$3.4 trillion.
The Africa Trade Summit 2021 is a Virutal Event scheduled to take place on December 1 st, 2021, at 10:00 AM South Africa Time. This exclusive event will congregate major stakeholders, government authorities, port authorities, contractors, technology providers, suppliers of port equipment, terminal operating companies, supply chain and logistics professionals, freight forwarders, air cargo companies, Shipping and Maritime companies, Importers & Exporters, consultants, along with transportation authorities and more as they discuss their biggest challenges and debate best-practice methodologies, benchmark and set a road map for Africa's economic growth.
SUPPLY CHAIN & LOGISTICS
C Level Executives
Management Level Executives:
Ms Letsoalo is a Supply Chain Coach, thought leader and currently a Chief Executive of Sincpoint, an organisation focusing on
sustainable supply chain advisory, logistics and capacity development solutions. Lebo has above 21 years of experience in Supply chain
having held various executive portfolios within the energy, chemicals, transport and mining industries. Her roles included Vice President
of Supply Chain at Sasol, General Manager Supply Chain, Executive Manager Projects Development, Executive Manager Capital
Procurement, Projects, Procurement Coordinator, Senior Buyer and other roles
Lebo founded the African Women in Supply Chain Association (AWISCA) (the first and only association in Southern Africa focusing on functional mentorship and coaching in supply chain to build skills and capacity in the sector) and has successfully integrated the industry, government institutions and academia to take a unified approach to upskilling. Lebo continues to be selfless & and an avid advocate for transforming Supply Chain in Africa and its global competitivess.
She currently serves in 6 Boards and also continues to be a thought leader advocating on all portfolios of supply chain, from Procurement to Logistics ( various modes of transport), influencing positive change in supply chain within organisations. Her depth of knowledge and wisdom about socio-political issues has seen her give key addresses in different forums, on radio and printed media. Amongst other roles held by Lebo, includes coaching and mentorship for Entrepreneurs, Youth and Women.
Managing Partner – GBS Africa
Agnes is the Managing partner at advisory services firm. Her role involves supporting businesses overcome complex operational challenges associated with Sub Sahara Africa, providing strategic advisory on Africa’s political and economic risks, market entry strategies and stakeholder management. She has held various roles in both in public and private sector working collaboratively to promote competitive export market access for Africa’s commodities, trade competitiveness as well as regional integration.
Agnes serves as a trustee for the Micro Finance Charity (Five Talents UK) whose program support women economic empowerment through financial literacy training. She is a board member of the Intra Commonwealth SME association and the Eastern Africa Association.
Agnes works with the legal fraternity across East Africa to promote and build the region's arbitration capacity through the Labfa Network and the East Africa International Arbitration Conference where she is a committee member.
Azuka is the Chief Executive Officer of ARC_ESM. She oversees supply chain transformation projects in Nigeria and has also supported other African countries in strengthening their health systems. She is best known for her expertise in engaging governments and development partners, supporting them to prioritize and invest in health supply chain programmes in Africa.
Her work has improved financial investments by the Federal and State governments in Nigeria and co-investments worth over $8,000,000 (Eight Million US Dollars) from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Global Fund, and GAVI.
Azuka is well known for the role she plays as a Thought Partner and Advisor to National Ministries of Health in Africa. Beyond government engagements, she has successfully facilitated Public-Private Partnerships for innovative health financing through platforms such as the World Economic Forum and recently ARC.
Currently, she has pioneered the set-up of a first of its kind Membership Platform for the private sector in Nigeria through which private corporates and individual experts have contributed about $700,000 (Seven Hundred Thousand US Dollars) to public health programmes within the past four years.
Her ambition is to provide governments and partners with a pragmatic framework for sustainability and country ownership for supply chain delivery. Her most recent aspiration is in advocating for human capital development in Africa and championing a collaboration with MIT Boston, Zaragoza Logistics Centre, Spain, and six local universities in Nigeria to set-up a Pan-African Centre of Excellence for Supply Chain Management.
Head, Marketing Communications & Sustainable Solutions
Kezia Newlands is the Head, Marketing, Communications and Sustainable Solutions at Scania West Africa where she is responsible for the corporate image, branding and sustainable transport efforts of the Swedish heavy duty automotive company in the West African region. Over the years at Scania, she has worked with initiatives like the Women Moving the City, Women Moving Trucks, West African Transport Academy, etc.
Before Scania, she worked with clients such as Unilever, Emirates, Kasapreko, GCNet in Ghana. Prior to relocating to Ghana, Kezia worked at Weber Shandwick; an IPG PR agency in the US, handling Exxon Mobil, Pizza Hut, Anheuser Busch, FedEx and others. She also served as practicum student consultant for Stupid Cancer and interned for public relations agencies including Veritas Modo LLC and Autumn Communications.
Kezia has a master's degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from New York University and earned her bachelor's in English from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Michael Sudarkasa is the CEO of Africa Business Group (ABG), a South Africa based continentally active, African economic development company.
ABG focuses on three key areas:
A U.S. commercial attorney by training, Michael is the author of several publications, including: The African Union Commission’s Africa Business Directory: Toward the Facilitation of Growth, Partnership and Global Inclusion (African Union, 2014), A Field Guide to Inclusive Business Finance (UNDP 2012) and Investing in Africa: An Insider’s Guide to the Ultimate Emerging Market (John Wiley & Sons, August 2000).
Michael is also the Chair of Impact@Africa, a continentally focused impact investment ecosystem development platform, and serves on the global board of the UNDRR’s Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies -ARISE. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (High Honors in History), a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.
Vice President of Business Development
Sean Gotkin Vice President of Business Development at All Office which is in office furniture and hospitality, doing imports and exports across the content.
All Office has been around for 43 years and has done projects across 25 countries on the continent with notable project work including: Investec (South Africa), BGFIBank Group (Congo), MTN (Cameroon), Vodafone (Ghana), Microsoft (South Africa) Debswana (Botswana), Sonangol (Angola), Multichoice (Kenya), US AID (Zambia), BP (Tanzania), Sunbird Group (Malawi), Old Mutual (Namibia)
Previously, I have spent the past 15 years as an entrepreneur, with experience in investing and consulting, as well as in the events industry where I have done over 400 events across the public and private sector. Have also been in the tech industry, with a start-up raising $6m Series A funding.
Ms Claudia Furriel is the Director for NEPAD/African Union in the Trade Policy, Negotiations and Cooperation Branch at the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic). She is responsible for the dtic’s participation in the continental trade and economic work programme, particularly the regional economic integration agenda, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) negotiations and Africa’s Strategic Partnerships.
Ms Furriel was appointed as Director: NEPAD/African Union in September 2014. She joined the dti in August 2009 as a Deputy Director in the same division. Before joining the dti, Ms. Furriel worked at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation in Branch: Africa Multilateral from the period 2007-2009 and at the Embassy of Japan in the Development and Economic section from 2000-2007.
Director Africa Business Venture/ Director Chamber of Commerce of Cote d'Ivoire in Great Britain
Sonia Galat is the Director of the first Chamber of Commerce of Cote d'Ivoire in Europe, supporting businesses discovering opportunities in Cote d'Ivoire.
Sonia is also the Director of Africa Business Venture, an online platform providing fixed costs market entry solutions to businesses wishing to enter Africa high growth markets.
Sonia has a master degree in international law and a master in business energy management. She has been supporting international companies for the past 15 years with international contracts and transactions. She is specialised in energy, supply chain and high technologies industries such as aerospace and telecommunications.
Country Procurement Manager
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Key responsibilities include but not limited to;
Chairperson of the Gauteng Branch
Chairperson of the Gauteng Branch
A Wits University Ph.D graduate and a GIBS MBA Alumni, Dr. Faith is a Procurement Executive with almost 20 years experience in the field of Procurement & Supply Chain Management. Her vast work experience spans across the private and public sector including top four commercial bank, a development finance institution, a public university and two of the largest State-Owned Entities (SOEs) in South Africa. In 2019, she became one of twelve South African professionals to gain the prestigious Fellow (FCIPS) status by CIPS UK, which is a senior advocate status with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS).
As a seasoned Chartered Procurement and Supply professional (MCIPS), the Procurement Ninja continues to share her expertise as a Keynote Speaker, Feature Contributor and Thought Leader in the Procurement & Supply profession. Dr. Faith has been featured and celebrated as one of the leading women in Procurement & Supply Chain Management on influential platforms including Women Power Africa, CIPS Africa, Supply Network Africa, SmartProcurement, HERS-SA and Strategic African Women in Leadership (SAWIL). More recently in 2021, she made the list of Top 100 Most Influential Supply Chain Women in Africa (AWISCA) while Truss Empowerment Foundation lauded Dr. Faith as one of 18 exemplary Female Supply Chain Practitioners in Africa. She currently serves as Chairperson of the Gauteng Branch for the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) and is the co-founder of Makgarebe A Mahikeng, an organisation focused on empowerment of women in her hometown, Mahikeng.
Azukaego Chukwuelue is a certified professional with a wealth of commercial experience spanning
over two decades in West, East and Central Africa. Over the course of her 22-year career, she led
Commercial & Supply Chain strategy & Operations in Cadbury, Kraft foods, Mondelez Int"l, Pfizer
(later Neimeth) and, most recently, Kimberly-Clark as Supply Chain Director.
Azukaego is passionate about ensuring visibility in the supply chain with the objective to enable trade and ease of doing business in the African region, build capacity and get young people productively engaged in every areas of the supply chain, and enable MSME's to thrive.
Beyond her work, she mentors young women through Truss Empowerment Foundation, a nonprofit that runs an internship program where young people (men & women) solve complex business problems, enabled by a tech platform that simulates real-world business problems across the supply chain with the objective of solving the issues around unemployment, underemployment, diversity and inclusion.
Recently, Supply Chain & Demand Executive named her as a Woman in Supply Chain, a global recognition honoring female supply chain leaders and executives whose accomplishments, mentorship and examples set a foundation for women in all levels of a company’s supply chain network. She was also named among the 100 female professionals in 20 industries advancing excellence and professionalism in Nigeria’s corporate sector.
A Montessori teacher by profession, Lorraine’s sustainability journey began during her gap years in the UK, Canada and finally California in the 1970s, when she worked with the brand new Environmental Protection Agency.
Then back home, she spent 15 years as Contracts and Procurement Manager for Africa’s largest hotel chain.
She went solo and trained as a Climate Reality Leader with US Vice President, Al Gore, the United Nations Eco-Labelling Project, the National Cleaner Production Programme, Green Building Council’s Interior Design and Décor, Green Leaf carbon auditing.
As a specialist in climate change, ecocide and a sustainable, circular supply chain guide, Lorraine has been honoured with 22 awards for her green home and hotel projects, awareness campaigns and her inspirational speaking engagements around the world.
Wangeci Gitata-Kiriga is a lawyer by training and a women’s champion at heart. She has focused her energy over the last 10 years on rural livelihoods and improvement through certification and trade across Africa.
Eight were as part of the senior leadership of Fairtrade in Africa. Growing up in a coffee farming community has rooted Wangeci’s interest in agriculture as well as experience in the vulnerability of farmers. This disadvantaged position of farmers is the narrative that she is working very hard to change and is partnering with different organisations to do so.
Using a market systems approach to link farmers to regional and global supply chains has been the focus of her work. Ensuring that women’s voices are amplified and included along the entire value chain and not just in production, has been reflected in the partnerships pursued. She has worked to co-create international standards as part of Fairtrade and collaborated in the development of EcoMark Africa, the voluntary standard for Africa Regional Standard Organisation (ARSO).
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Mohamed El-behery is a supply management professional with an extensive experience in Procurement, Contracts, and Sourcing, Supply chain Management, CAPEX and Financial management.
Mohamed had been in touch personally with many industries such as, Fertilizers (Nitrogen & Potash), Oil &Gas, Petrochemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Cement, IT in addition to consultation and training services
Mohamed had a master’s degree in Business administration from Georgia State University, and he also preparing the final desertion of his doctoral degree from Alexandria University. He is a certified Project management professional (PMP) from the Project management institute (PMI) and he is a certified trainer from RITI with a huge several lecturing background mainly in supply chain and Management .
Mohamed is currently employed as a Chief supply chain officer in a world leading fertilizers Group in Sadat City, Menofia, Egypt.
Founder & CEO
Karen Pretorius , founder and CEO, has 19 years’ supply chain experience and more than 10 years’ hands-on training experience. Her qualifications include MSc in International Business Management with a focus on Supply Chain, MBA with focus on Leadership in Supply Chain Management, a B Tech in Post School Education, Certified Supply Chain Professional and Certified in Logistics, Transport and Distribution as well CSSCP (Certified sustainability Supply Chain Professional). She is also a qualified instructional designer and content developer, assessor, and moderator. She offers objective facilitation for business strategy and process design and is an expert project manager.
Karen’s practical warehouse experience is solidly underpinned by her qualifications. She has spent much of her career focussing where business processes and IT systems interact, and understand business from the operational and IT sides, and can bring this together in systems and process audits and improvement projects.
Karen has been involved in several WMS roll-outs as well as relocations and selection of warehouses where all processes had to be incorporated and trained. She also was the project lead on software implementation projects such as Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Activity Based Costing, and was the integration lead and analyst/tester on more than 10 integration projects. Most operational projects were strategic – property selection, lease negotiations, interacting with developers and logistics solution experts on facility location, design, and optimization, and with the onboarding of large-scale multinational clients.
A key motto of KPI Cubed is “Perfection is not reached when there is nothing left to add, but instead when there is nothing left that can be taken away.” Our approach is to reduce waste, thereby reducing cost, but not at the expense of agility and customer service. When the world changes quickly and unexpectedly, supply chains must be able to adapt while maintaining customer service.
Cristina Peña Andrés is a Senior Industrial Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, with an International MBA, 20 years of experience in senior management positions, leading dozens of international teams in automotive, air conditioning and machinery sectors for industry and construction. Expert in international trading, supply chain, digital transformation and customer service.
She is fluent in several languages, having experience leading more than 100 people in 20 countries simultaneously, billing € 50 million as global spare parts manager in Alimak Group, world leader in lifting equipment.
Teacher in business schools, speaker at international conferences, writer in business magazines, author of international business books. (www.cristinapenaandres.com)
She is currently the CEO in TuComex, offering an all in one of internationalization services (International Advising and Consulting, Training in International Trading, International Growth and Expansion) by 50 senior experts in all international areas, with extensive experience in the field.
Cargo Business Development and Innovation Manager
A PMP certified Industrial Engineer with a Master’s Degree on Business Administration (MBA) in London, UK.
Have been working at Turkish Airlines since December 2013 and have worked in various departments since then.
Currently working as the Cargo Business Development and Innovation Manager and have successfully completed several multi-million-dollar projects.
Directly leading 30+ Digital Innovation projects (incl. IoT, AR, UAV, UGV technologies, Software and Integration projects etc) and 10+ Business Development projects for Turkish Cargo (incl. JV, Investments, Partnerships opportunities, and Commercial BDs etc.)
Have 10+ years of IT Project Management background and 2 years of business management background.
Chief Director: Export Development, Promotion & Outward Investment
Willem van der Spuy currently serves as Chief Director providing strategic and operational support to the Export Development, Promotion and Outward Investment (EDP&OI) Branch in the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) of South Africa.
The Branch’s main contribution is that of enhancing South Africa’s export competitiveness; increasing South Africa’s exporter base; promoting trade and the economic footprint in the rest of Africa, including through the AfCFTA; as well as developing a sustainable long-term market-positioning and international trade profile for the country.
He has more than 20 years public and private sector experience in the areas of trade policy as well as export and investment promotion, including serving as South Africa’s Foreign Economic Representative (FER) to Brazil.
COO and Founder
Moataz Aly is the founder of PROBOX, he is one the top global container terminal experts, he brings over 18-years of significant hands-on Ports and logistics experience with APM Terminals in several locations in Asia, Europe and Africa.
His senior positions fall throughout Port Operations, Regional business development, Inland services and depots.
Currently he is leading PROBOX's ambitious team to support the African terminals and ports with world-class advisory, training and digital transformation customized to African particularity.
Director: Tourism Investment Coordination
Kenny S. Hlela (PhD) is the Director: Tourism Investment Coordination in the South African Department of Tourism with more than 15 years of experience in the public service.
During this period, he also worked in the following departments: Trade, Industry and Competition and the Public Service & Administration.
Kenny played an instrumental role in coordinating the following projects, namely: The Regional Spatial Development Initiatives Programme, the South African Chapter of the APRM, negotiated various Bilateral Investment Treaties and the business case for the LATAM Airlines’ Sao Paolo-Johannesburg Route.
One of the key functions of his Directorate is tourism project preparation support. Prior to joining the public service, he worked as a researcher at the Centre for Policy Studies. Kenny has facilitated outward tourism investment promotion initiatives to the GCC.
He has been a panellist in a number of investment platforms, including the 2017 Africa PPP Conference and the 2019 WTM Africa – Africa Tourism Investment Seminar.
Oluyemisi Iranloye is a quintessential Biochemist/entrepreneur, the MD/CEO of Psaltry International Ltd who has worked as Agro processor for more than 18 years with good knowledge of mechanized Cassava farming and processing.
She presently manages over 8000 hectares of cassava plantation for her Out-growers/In-growers and company back up farms.
Oluyemisi has built her success on an inclusive business model that places smallholder farmers at the center of operations. Psaltry currently transforms cassava into Food Grade Starch, High Quality Cassava Flour and the first to produce Cassava based Sorbitol in Africa.
She was a member of UNIDO/Ministry of Commerce Committee that designed the blueprint for cassava development in Nigeria in 2005 and a member of the Presidential Committee on Cassava Development and Utility in 2006.
She is a member of Board of Directors of IITA-Business Incubation Platform amongst other Board appointments.
Chief, Regional Integration and AfCFTA Cluster
Andrew Mold is Chief of the AfCFTA Cluster at the office for East Africa of Economic Commission for Africa. He has a PhD. in economics and has worked for the United Nations in Costa Rica, Chile, Ethiopia, Chile and Rwanda. He was also a Senior Economist at the OECD in Paris. His work has focused on international trade, multinational corporations and regional integration.
Andrew Mold is Chief, Regional Integration and AfCFTA Cluster at the East Africa Office of the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Kigali. He has a Masters in Economics and Politics of Development from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid. He has previously worked for the UNECA in Addis Ababa, and also for the UN Secretariat in Chile and UNICEF in Costa Rica. He was also Senior Economist at the OECD Development Centre in Paris (2008-2011) He was editor of the European Journal of Development Research (2004-2009). Dr. Mold is the author of two books: ‘EU Development Policy in a Changing World – Challenges for the 21st Century’ (Amsterdam/Chicago University Press, 2007), and ‘Policy Ownership and Aid Conditionality in the Light of the Financial Crisis – A Critical Review’ (OECD, Paris, 2009) - He has published in a wide-range of journals, including the Journal of African Trade, Journal of International Development, the CEPAL Review, the African Development Review, the Journal of Common Market Studies, and the Journal of Agricultural Economics. Currently, he is Guest Editor for the Special Issue of the Journal of African Trade, ‘The AfCFTA and African Trade’.
Economist, with double master’s degrees in economics and Public Administration from Harvard University, Ms Dookhony has very strong linkages across both Francophone and Anglophone Africa. With over 20 years of relevant experience developing policies and strategies for business environment, she has extensive experience advising business leaders and high-level government officials including at Presidential and Prime Minister-level. Manisha Dookhony is a regular contributor to national economics and business articles.
Manisha is a seasoned board director having served on a range of for profit and non-profit board director. She is the co-founder of Mauritius Society Renewal, vice chair for the women in Investment and Finance Association. She is currently the Senior advisor for the Namibian Investment Promotion and Development Board and co-manages the regional facility of the EU across 25 countries in Eastern and South Africa focusing on job creation and Investment.
Rose Sang :
Seasoned and self-motivated HR Professional with over 20 years of HR management experience and background of repeated success implementing best practices and establishing effective HR Departments from the ground up. A strategic thinker with the ability to influence culture while cultivating a sense of ownership and pride in the Company.
Rose has worked in various capacities for several multinationals including Ceva Logistics, Qatar Airways, Kenya Airways and KPMG
Rose sits on the Board of Habitat for Humanity in Kenya, is a members of Women on Boards as well as the Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM). She holds an MSC in Human Resources, BCom (marketing) and is a Chartered Accountant (ACCA).
Willem van der Spuy A 17 years experience in entrepreneurship, E-Commerce, Business Development, and Project Management experience in operations and technology.
Currently managing Sprint Logistics since 2019, a technology driven start up focused on providing a world class last mile "delivery experience" for e-commerce merchants and consumers
AWISCA focuses on elevating and transforming the Southern African supply chain skills in collaboration with a network of corporate, government entities, universities and industry at large. The role of the association is to address the supply chain capability and capacity gaps that exists within the industry and providing an integrated solutions to such challenges.
We aim to achieve our mandate through focused functional mentorship and coaching programs inclusive of training & development initiatives. We have collaborated with various organizations and professionals in the industry co contribute their expertise in order to ensure that a holistic development approach is driven within the industry. Our focus is targeted at Students, Women, Entrepreneurs and Professionals within the entire disciplines of supply chain (Inbound to Outbound) ie, logistics, transportation (various modes), warehousing, procurement and marine.
Sincpoint Pty (Ltd) is a 100% female black owned company aimed at unlocking value and creating sustainable solutions in supply chain.
The organization is capacitated to optimise, facilitate the development and execution of procurement, logistics, information systems, distribution, and organizational strategies that reduce delivery lead-time & cost. Our efforts and commitment to our customer is to provide expertise and asset base that will facilitate our clients requirements in a more effective and efficient manner.
We offer unique, bespoke solutions to our clients, no matter how big or small their business.
Hotelstuff was launched in 2001 by Lorraine Jenks. It is an online directory for everybody, not only hotels. We don't sell anything or take commission. It is free to use, and subscribers pay an annual subscription to list. Originally developed to help hospitality buyers and suppliers find each other, the website has evolved into a platform for all: homes, hotels, offices, government, hospitals, architects, designers, etc.
Our sister website www.greenstuff.co.za links back to the main www.hotelstuff.co.za website and our service has become known as Hotelstuff/Greenstuff. Greenstuff is a directory of green, eco-friendly products and services. Our hidden agenda was to change mindsets and make it easy to 'go green', and ironically and to our delight, this has become the core focus of our work!
Women in Finance and Investment Network is about taking action to bridge a generational gap in our industry. It’s surprising to read about various reports profiling the widening gap between males and females at the apex of the leadership of the Finance and Investment industry, yet with little action. At WIFIN, we aim to address this under-representation of women in the industry with the hope to evolve the public perception of what an expert in these related fields looks like.
With a global network of women in the Finance and Investment space, we strongly believe that such increased visibility of today’s finance and investment female professionals will motivate the next generation of talent to aspire to these roles.
We aim to achieve this objective through series of dialogues, correspondences, webinars, meet-ups, and conferences as well as special programs together with our partners.
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