8 - 9 March 2022
Cape Town International Convention Centre

Strategic Partner

National Treasury, Republic of South Africa

Platinum & ESG Sponsor

Absa

Platinum & ESG Sponsor

Nedbank CIB

Platinum & ESG Sponsor

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Platinum & ESG Sponsor

Standard Bank

Gold Sponsor

Africa Finance Corporation

Gold Sponsor

Mashreqbank

Gold Sponsor

SMBC

Lunch Sponsor

MUFG

Silver Sponsor

BancTrust

Silver Sponsor

Bank of Industry

Silver Sponsor

Bank One

Silver Sponsor

Citi

Silver Sponsor

Development Bank of Southern Africa

Silver Sponsor

Mizuho

Bronze Sponsor

African Export-Import Bank (Afrexim)

Bronze Sponsor

African Trade Insurance Agency

Bronze Sponsor

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Bronze Sponsor

ALCB Fund

Bronze Sponsor

Botswana Development Corporation (BDC)

Bronze Sponsor

KFW DEG

Bronze Sponsor

GCR Ratings

Bronze Sponsor

Proparco

Bronze Sponsor

S&P Global

Bronze Sponsor

TDB Group

Bronze Sponsor

UK Export Finance

Bronze Sponsor

Agence UMOA-Titres

Investor Partner

Emerging Markets Investors Alliance

Supporting Partner

Africa Capital Digest

Supporting Partner

Africa Global Funds

Supporting Partner

African Business
72%
Of All African Issuers Attended in 2019
60+
Expert Speakers
48%
Public & Private Issuers & Borrowers

Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Africa 2022

Introduction:

As COVID-19 restrictions ease, we remain committed to supporting our clients across Africa and are delighted to announce that we will be hosting an in-person Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Africa Conference at Cape Town International Convention Centre on the 8th & 9th March 2022.


Why Attend This Edition?

This will be the first industry gathering of the African financial markets since the onset of COVID-19. "The continent's only pan-African debt event" is your best opportunity to re-connect with friends, to start to rebuild business with key stakeholders and to discuss important market developments face-to-face.

The COVID-secure event will bring together hundreds of leading government officials, regulators, investors, bankers and corporates and feature over 60 expert speakers.

Use this unique high-level gathering of Africa's most senior capital markets stakeholders to reassert your position in the market; setup valuable face-to-face meetings; re-connect with your existing clients; build strong business relations with your prospects; and hear the market's financial leaders speak on how they are navigating the current economic climate/share their expectations for 2022/23.



WATCH THE 2022 HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO


Day Two Feature: ESG & Capital Markets Africa

For the 10th edition of Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Africa, we are delighted to present our ESG & Capital Markets Africa feature on Day 2 (9th March 2022). Comprised of 4 key panels and over 20 world class African ESG-focused speakers, it is a unique opportunity for borrowers, investors, bankers and policy makers to share knowledge, debate and network in ESG in-person.

This section of Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Africa 2022 is open to all conference attendees and will deliver 3 unique benefits. It is the only gathering focused on ESG and sustainable finance solutions for the African market and the only event to:

  1. Deliver solution-driven content on ESG finance focused solely on the African market
  2. Bring international sustainable finance leaders together with local financial markets to shape what ESG looks like in Africa
  3. Map out the journey for African issuers to raise sustainable instruments in this new environment

We have added this section to our wider in-person Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Africa 2022 Conference in response to high-demand from the market, following the success of our virtual ESG & Capital Markets Africa Conference in 2021.

It is clear that the African market recognises the need to better understand ESG principles, conduct cost/benefit analysis for green-priced products and incorporate sustainable thinking into governance and long-term business strategy. This Day 2 feature will enable attendees to gain practical solutions to move their business forward in a more sustainable direction.


THE ONLY EVENT TO:

  • Bring public and private buyers and sellers together to conduct business and shape future financing strategies
  • Provide a bird’s eye view of the pan-African market for the local and international community
  • Share deal-driven content from Tier 1 regional and international market players

BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING

  • Access Africa's most senior government, regulator, investor, banker and corporate decision-makers in-person and at one time
  • Setup valuable face-to-face meetings with participants
  • Gain exclusive behind-the-scenes insights from the 60+ regional and international African credit markets leaders speaking on our panels and continue the conversation in our networking hall
  • Connect with an audience consisting of 48% public and private issuers and borrowers
  • 100+ investors
  • Over 72% of all African issuers attended in 2019
  • 84% of attendees are director-level or above
  • More than 36 countries will be represented

KEY TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED IN 2022

Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Africa - KEY TOPICS (8th & 9th March 2022):

  1. Africa outlook 2022: which global, political, and economic factors are having the greatest impact on the continent’s growth trajectory?
  2. Portfolio growth vs. portfolio preservation: how have criteria and appetite for African investments changed post-pandemic?
  3. Balancing economic growth with fiscal responsibility: African sovereign debt outlook 2021/2022
  4. Moving the needle on restructuring: what changes need to be implemented to create a robust market?
  5. Can Sukuk offer African borrowers and issuers a route to diversifying funding and tapping new pools of capital?
  6. Corporate funding and risk: how has the approach to capital raising and risk management changed (during and) post-pandemic?
  7. Africa’s loan market under the microscope: unpacking supply, demand and the impact of COVID-19
  8. Building back better: how is Africa’s burgeoning infrastructure pipeline going to be funded?
  9. The rise of social infrastructure: how has the continent’s project pipeline evolved given the necessary “prioritisation” of healthcare?
  10. Private sector boom: to what extent is private vs. public capital helping to accelerate growth of these sectors?
ESG & Capital Markets Africa - KEY TOPICS (9th March 2022):
  1. Weighing up the options: a closer look at SDG-linked products, how they compare and what is next for this (growing) market
  2. Must-have or nice-to-have: how much emphasis are investors putting on E, S and G when investing in Africa?
  3. ESG reporting 101: unpacking the (hidden) complexities around ESG frameworks and reporting standards
  4. Green transition: how are hydrocarbon-rich economies and businesses incorporating ESG into their finances?

Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Africa 2022 Agenda

8th March 2022

09:05

Chairperson's opening remarks

Speaker

Kumeshen Naidoo

Kumeshen Naidoo

Head: Debt Capital Markets

Absa

Kumeshen Naidoo

Kumeshen Naidoo

Head: Debt Capital Markets at Absa

Absa

Absa

Absa Group Limited (‘Absa Group’) is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and is the parent company of one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups.

Absa Group, through its worldwide affiliates and subsidiaries (collectively referred to as “The Group”), offers an integrated set of products and services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management and insurance.

The Group has a presence in 12 countries in Africa, with approximately 42 000 employees.

The Group’s registered head office is in Johannesburg, South Africa, and it owns majority stakes in banks in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa (Absa Bank Limited), Tanzania (Barclays Bank Tanzania and National Bank of Commerce), Uganda and Zambia. The Group also has representative offices in Namibia, Nigeria, London and New York as well as insurance operations in Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

For further information about Absa Group Limited, please visit: www.absa.africa

LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/compa...

09:10

Supporting GDP growth in the wake of COVID-19: What role is the National Treasury playing in moving the South African economy forward in 2022/23? 

  • 2022 under the microscope: Growth forecast and investment strategies outlined 
  • Why continued development of the South African debt market is key to the country’s economic growth plans
  • Weathering the storm: How is the National Treasury managing current economic challenges? Where do they see the biggest opportunities? 

Speaker

Dondo Mogajane

Dondo Mogajane

Dondo Mogajane

Director General at National Treasury, Republic of South Africa

Mr. Mogajane joined National Treasury in 1999 as a Deputy Director and has worked in various areas including among others, the Intergovernmental Relations, Provincial Budget Analysis and the International Economic Relations divisions. Between 2007 and 2010, he represented South Africa at the Executive Board of the World Bank as senior advisor for Africa Group 1 countries.

Between 2010 and May 2014, he was appointed as the Chief of Staff in the Ministry of Finance and later as the acting Chief Operating Officer from May 2014 until May 2015. He subsequently was appointed Deputy Director-General responsible for the Public Finance division at National Treasury a position he occupied since June 2015.

Mr. Mogajane was appointed as the Director-General of the National Treasury on the 08th June 2018.

Prior to his appointment at the National Treasury, Mr. Mogajane was a Student Housing Manager and part-time lecturer at Durban Westville University. He was also lecturer in Public Management at Technikon SA and ML Sultan Technikon; and Deputy Director at Environmental and Development Agency Trust.

Mr. Mogajane has two honours degrees in Public Management and Human Resources and Industrial Relations obtained at the University of Durban Westville. He also completed a Master’s degree in Public Management at the University of Maryland (USA), a Management Advancement Programme at Wits Business School and a Programme in Budgeting and Public Financial Management at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

National Treasury, Republic of South Africa

National Treasury, Republic of South Africa

The National Treasury is responsible for managing South Africa’s national government finances. Supporting efficient and sustainable public financial management is fundamental to the promotion of economic development, good governance, social progress and a rising standard of living for all South Africans. The Constitution of the Republic (Chapter 13) mandates the National Treasury to ensure transparency, accountability and sound financial controls in the management of public finances.

The National Treasury’s legislative mandate is also described in the Public Finance Management Act (Chapter 2). The National Treasury is mandated to promote government’s fiscal policy framework; to coordinate macroeconomic policy and intergovernmental financial relations; to manage the budget preparation process; to facilitate the Division of Revenue Act, which provides for an equitable distribution of nationally raised revenue between national, provincial and local government; and to monitor the implementation of provincial budgets.

As mandated by the executive and Parliament, the National Treasury will continue to support the optimal allocation and utilisation of financial resources in all spheres of government to reduce poverty and vulnerability among South Africa’s most marginalised.

Over the next 10 years National Treasury priorities include increasing investment in infrastructure and industrial capital; improving education and skills development to raise productivity; improving the regulation of markets and public entities; and fighting poverty and inequality through efficient public service delivery, expanded employment levels, income support and empowerment.

09:30

Africa outlook 2022: Which global, political, and economic factors are having the greatest impact on the continent’s growth trajectory?

  • How has recent currency instability across Africa impacted regional and country-specific macroeconomic forecasting?
  • Which sectors are proving most resilient post-pandemic? Where is there potential for growth, and where is contraction?
  • What impact will the increase in interest rates in Nigeria have on the country’s debt profile? To what extent are measures being taken to support Nigerian growth?
  • Rising interest rates vs. Fed balance sheet contractions vs. fiscal expansion: what do changes to US monetary policy mean for African markets? How does this vary region-by-region?

Moderator

Goolam Ballim

Goolam Ballim

Chief Economist and Head of Research

Standard Bank

Goolam Ballim

Goolam Ballim

Chief Economist and Head of Research at Standard Bank

Goolam is the Chief Economist and Head of Research for the Standard Bank Group.

Goolam and his team consistently earn accolades for macroeconomic, political, sectoral and financial markets research. The team has been rated the Best Research House in South Africa for the past 6 years in the coveted Financial Mail Ranking the Analysts survey.

Goolam’s interest spans politics, the macroeconomy and financial markets, and he regularly engages in public dialogue across the globe.

Standard Bank

Standard Bank

About Standard Bank Group

Standard Bank Group is the largest African bank by assets, operating in 20 African countries and 5 global financial centres. Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, we are listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, with share code SBK, and the Namibian Stock Exchange, share code SNB.

Standard Bank has a 158-year history in South Africa and started building a franchise outside southern Africa in the early 1990s.

Our strategic position, which enables us to connect Africa to other select emerging markets as well as pools of capital in developed markets, and our balanced portfolio of businesses, provide significant opportunities for growth.

The group has over 50 000 employees, more than 1100 branches and over 6500 ATMs on the African continent, which enable it to deliver a complete range of services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking and wealth management.

Headline earnings for 2020 were R15.9 billion and total assets were R2.5 trillion (about USD170 billion). Standard Bank’s market capitalisation as of 31 December 2020 was R209.4 billion (USD14 billion).

The group’s largest shareholder is the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank, with a 20.1% shareholding. In addition, Standard Bank Group and ICBC share a strategic partnership that facilitates trade and deal flow between Africa, China and select emerging markets.

For further information, go to http://www.standardbank.com

> LinkedIn URL - Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking Page https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/standard-bank-corporate-and-investment-banking/

Speakers

Nomvuyo Guma

Nomvuyo Guma

Nomvuyo Guma

Acting DDG Economic Policy at National Treasury, Republic of South Africa

Nomvuyo Guma is the Chief Director for Microeconomic Policy at the National Treasury, responsible for sectoral policy analysis and structural reforms. Ms. Guma is an economist with over 15 years of experience in Economics and Policy Development in both the public and private sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Business Science in Management Studies in the specialised field of Economics, from the University of Cape Town obtained in 2005 and a Master’s degree in Economics: Economic Development and Policy Issues from the University of Johannesburg obtained in 2014. She joined the National Treasury in 2014 as Director: Microeconomic Policy where she was responsible for developing National Treasury’s policy positions on issues relating to the Services sector and provided inputs into departmental policy proposals and policy implementation processes. She also represents the National Treasury on the board of the Youth Employment Service (YES) initiative and has lead work on Treasury’s economic reform paper titled Economic transformation, inclusive growth, and competitiveness: a contribution towards a growth agenda for the South African economy, as well as on the modelling of government’s Economic Recovery and Reconstruction Programme (ERRP).

National Treasury, Republic of South Africa

National Treasury, Republic of South Africa

The National Treasury is responsible for managing South Africa’s national government finances. Supporting efficient and sustainable public financial management is fundamental to the promotion of economic development, good governance, social progress and a rising standard of living for all South Africans. The Constitution of the Republic (Chapter 13) mandates the National Treasury to ensure transparency, accountability and sound financial controls in the management of public finances.

The National Treasury’s legislative mandate is also described in the Public Finance Management Act (Chapter 2). The National Treasury is mandated to promote government’s fiscal policy framework; to coordinate macroeconomic policy and intergovernmental financial relations; to manage the budget preparation process; to facilitate the Division of Revenue Act, which provides for an equitable distribution of nationally raised revenue between national, provincial and local government; and to monitor the implementation of provincial budgets.

As mandated by the executive and Parliament, the National Treasury will continue to support the optimal allocation and utilisation of financial resources in all spheres of government to reduce poverty and vulnerability among South Africa’s most marginalised.

Over the next 10 years National Treasury priorities include increasing investment in infrastructure and industrial capital; improving education and skills development to raise productivity; improving the regulation of markets and public entities; and fighting poverty and inequality through efficient public service delivery, expanded employment levels, income support and empowerment.

Daniel Kavishe

Daniel Kavishe

Daniel Kavishe

Sub-Saharan Economist at Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Daniel Kavishe is a Sub-Saharan Economist at RMB Markets team in South Africa. Daniel analyzes the macroeconomic trends of emerging African nations. He specifically focuses on countries where the FirstRand Group has presence. Prior to this, Daniel served as the Group economist for FirstRand Namibia, supplying detailed macroeconomic analysis of the Namibian market.

Within the FirstRand group, he has also worked as a general market research manager supplying competitor analysis and key market trends that aided the process of building various client value proposition products. He has helped run Namibia’s housing Index and he later developed a Rental index that is still used until today.

Prior to working for FirstRand, he served as an economic analyst for a stock broking firm. Daniel has an Honours degree in Economics (cum laude) from the University of Namibia with work experience in the journalism field as well.

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

RMB at a glance

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) is a leading African Corporate and Investment Bank and part of one of the largest financial services groups (by market capitalisation) in Africa – FirstRand Bank Limited. We offer our clients innovative, value-added advisory, funding, trading, corporate banking and principal investing solutions.

At RMB we are passionate about solving problems for our clients by seeking solutions beyond the obvious. We are innovative in our thinking and turn challenges into opportunities. We call ourselves Solutionist Thinkers who deliver on Traditional values. Innovative ideas.

Our ability to think differently, our collaborative spirit, our client-centric approach and our belief that great minds don’t always have to think alike, is what sets us apart from our competitors. The emerging and necessary focus on ESG as a tool for capital allocation will lead to more effective and efficient capital markets when principles are adopted by stakeholders. RMB continues to embed ESG principles into our frameworks so that we can deliver relevant solutions that are valued by our clients in the markets in which we operate.

As the Corporate and Investment arm of FirstRand Bank Limited (which is wholly-owned by FirstRand Limited), we have access to a network of retail banks in 25 African countries, including representative offices and branches in the UK, India and China.

For more information please visit: www.rmb.co.za

Dean Tyler

Dean Tyler

Board Member & Head of Global Markets

BancTrust

Dean Tyler

Dean Tyler

Board Member & Head of Global Markets at BancTrust

Dean Tyler is a Board Member & the Head of Global Markets at BancTrust, based in London. He has 25 years of experience in Fixed Income Markets, 21 of them in Emerging Markets. He has run Fixed Income, Currency & Commodity businesses for Exotix Capital, Sberbank, VTB Capital & ING Bank amongst others and has over 10 years of experience at various asset management firms including AIG and F&C as both a Portfolio Manager and Trader.

Dean holds a BSc Econ (Hons) in Banking & Finance, is a qualified Non-Executive Director and certified in Responsible Investment. He has served on numerous Executive Committees and Boards in several countries and has been a Founding Member of the Guild of Investment Managers since its inception in 2015.

BancTrust

BancTrust

BancTrust Investment Bank Limited (trading as “BancTrust & Co. Investment Bank”) is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) in the United Kingdom under Firm Reference Number 580379.

BancTrust & Co. is a boutique investment bank dedicated to the Emerging Markets and specialises in high beta credit markets in LATAM and CEEMEA.

The firm offers capital markets advisory, institutional sales & trading, and investment research products and services to EM-based sovereigns, corporates, financial institutions and global institutional investors.

The company is the main trading counterparty of the wider BancTrust & Co. group of companies originally founded in Latin America in 1995.

Since inception the BancTrust group has been strengthening its capabilities and expanding its global footprint with its new HQ based in London, and regional presence throughout the Americas with offices in New York, Miami, Bogota, Caracas and Buenos Aires; in Africa with a Lagos office opening in 3Q21; and an Asia hub opening by end of 1Q22 in Hong Kong.

LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/banctrust-&-co-

10:10

Balancing economic growth with fiscal responsibility: African sovereign debt outlook 2021/2022

  • Supporting GDP growth vs. deleveraging: how are governments striking a balance between borrowing to support economic growth and maintaining ratings by lowering fiscal deficits?
  • Unpacking African sovereigns’ Eurobond success stories: how were sovereigns able to access this market during and post-pandemic? To what extent was timing key?
  • Bonds vs. Loans vs. Sukuk, hard vs. local currency: which markets and methods are sovereigns using to finance themselves? Is the trend of moving away from the loan market (and towards bonds) here to stay? Why?
  • How are sovereigns looking to restructure and/or refinance their existing debt obligations?
  • Understanding the G20 DSSI: to what extent are sovereigns willing (and able) to use this framework to support their fiscal responsibility?

Moderator

Rizwan Kanji

Rizwan Kanji

Rizwan Kanji

Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Rizwan Kanji’s practice focuses on debt capital markets, finance and securitizations using both conventional and Islamic finance structures.

He advises investment banks, financial institutions, multilateral development banks, sovereign states, insurance companies and multinational regional corporations on high-profile transactions across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa.

Widely considered one of the leading lawyers within Islamic finance, Rizwan has earned a reputation for advising on “first of its kind” transactions.

Global directories, Chambers and Partners have consecutively ranked Mr. Kanji as one of the world's leading Islamic finance and debt capital markets lawyers. Clients are highly impressed with his breadth of expertise, elaborating: "His problem-solving skills and pragmatic approach to transactions are invaluable” and “He has a lot of attention to detail and is very attentive to his clients.”

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Speakers

Leon Bezuidenhout

Leon Bezuidenhout

Associate Director, Sovereign & IPF Ratings

S&P Global

Leon Bezuidenhout

Leon Bezuidenhout

Associate Director, Sovereign & IPF Ratings at S&P Global

Leon is an Associate Director for Sovereign Ratings based in South Africa and covers sovereign ratings across Sub-Saharan Africa. Leon joined S&P Global in 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Prior to joining S&P Global, Leon was an analyst in the Country Risk team at Rand Merchant Bank covering Sub-Saharan Africa and was also responsible for managing cross-border credit risk. Leon’s Country Risk background started at BMI Research (now Fitch Solutions) covering frontier markets globally.

Leon is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in Econometrics from the University of Johannesburg.

S&P Global

S&P Global

S&P Global is the world's foremost provider of credit ratings, benchmarks and analytics in the global capital and commodity markets, offering ESG solutions, deep data, and insights on critical economic, market, and business factors. We've been providing essential intelligence that unlocks opportunity, fosters growth, and accelerates progress for more than 160 years. Our divisions include S&P Global Ratings, S&P Global Market Intelligence, S&P Dow Jones Indices, and S&P Global Platts. For more information, visit www.spglobal.com.

LinkedIn

Carl Chirwa

Carl Chirwa

Head of International Banking

Bank One

Carl Chirwa

Carl Chirwa

Head of International Banking at Bank One

Carl is a seasoned Pan-African banking executive with a special focus on corporate banking, structured trade and commodity finance, project finance and financial advisory services. He has developed deep networks on the subcontinent through 20 years of proven track record of origination, structuring and executing of large ticket strategic transactions across a wide variety of sectors in over 26 African countries. A Fellow Chartered Accountant with a BSc in Applied Accounting, Carl was previously Head of Trade Finance at Citi for the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Carl joined Bank One in September 2018.

Bank One

Bank One
Arsène Dansou

Arsène Dansou

Arsène Dansou

Head of Debt Management Office at Ministry of Economy and Finance, Republic of Benin

Ministry of Economy and Finance, Republic of Benin

Patience Oniha

Patience Oniha

Patience Oniha

Director-General at Debt Management Office, Nigeria

Ms. Oniha began her career at Icon Limited Merchant Bankers in 1986, where she rose to the position of a Manager, before joining First Securities Discount House Limited (now FSDH Merchant Bank Ltd.) in 1992. She rose to the position of General Manager/Director before joining Ecobank Nigeria Limited in 2000. From 2004 – 2008, Ms. Oniha was in Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Ltd. as a General Manager.

After a fulfilling career in the banking sector spanning over 22 years, Ms. Oniha made a career move to the public sectors when she joined the DMO in 2008 as Director, Market Development Department. In this capacity, Ms. Oniha brought her banking experience to bear on various aspects of the DMO’s activities. A major achievement of hers during her eight years at the DMO was the introduction of Benchmark Bonds to develop the domestic bond market in order to improve liquidity and to create a sovereign yield curve which created opportunities for State Governments, Multilaterals and Corporates to raise long term funds. The purpose behind this drive was to create a debt capital market where the public and private sectors can access long term funds to finance Nigeria’s growth and development. For sustainable development of the debt capital market, she actively engaged with local and foreign investors, regulators and other stakeholders to develop a large and diversified investor base for FGN Securities and Bonds issued by other borrowers.

Ms Oniha managed the successful issuance of Nigeria’s debut USD500 million Eurobond in January 2011. The debut Eurobond opened a new source of funding for the Federal Government and Corporates. In 2013, she also managed the issuance of the dual-tranche USD1 billion Eurobond which was subscribed to the tune of about 400%. A number of Nigerian banks also tapped into this funding window by issuing Eurobonds. She was also responsible for the inclusion of FGN Bonds in the J.P. Morgan Government Bond Index – Emerging Markets (GBI – EM) in October 2012 which made Nigeria the second country in Africa, after South Africa to have its local currency sovereign bond included in the Index. The inclusion of FGN bonds in this Index attracted foreign investors to the domestic bond market as a whole. This was followed by the inclusion of FGN Bonds in the Barclays Capital Emerging Markets – Local Currency Government Bond Index (EM – LCBI) in March 2013.

While still at the DMO, Ms. Oniha was appointed as the Head of the Efficiency Unit at the Federal Ministry of Finance. To execute the mandate of the Unit which was to moderate the Government’s Overhead Expenditure and generate savings from the procurement process, Ms. Oniha introduced a number of initiatives. Amongst them were the issuance of 7 Circulars to control expenditure on specific Overhead items and the negotiation of discounts with airlines. These delivered savings estimated at N17 billion to the Government. She was working on the introduction of new processes for payment and procurements when she was appointed Director-General of DMO with effect from July 1, 2017.

Ms. Oniha obtained a B.Sc. Economics, First Class Honours from the University of Benin in 1983 and went on to earn an M.Sc. Finance from the University of Lagos in 1985. She is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria in 1990 and a Fellow in 2008. She is also an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. Since her return to the DMO, Nigeria has issued its debut N100 billion Sovereign Sukuk and N10.69 billion Sovereign Green Bond. Nigeria also issued its first 30-Year tenored Eurobond in the International Capital Market which represents the first by a sub-Saharan country other than South Africa and has established the basis for long term infrastructure funding.

Debt Management Office, Nigeria

Debt Management Office, Nigeria
11:10

Coffee and networking break

11:40

Corporate funding and risk: How has the approach to capital raising and risk management changed (during and) post-pandemic?

  • Local vs. international, bonds vs. loans: where are/have corporates raising long term capital? How much has the decision-making behind which market to target been impacted by changes in FX, rates, commodity prices and ratings across the continent?
  • Boosting local economies with local issuances: will we see a shift back to the international markets as we emerge from the pandemic, or are local market issuances here to stay? Do local markets provide sufficient (and sustainable) liquidity for corporates?
  • The price is right: how does pricing compare in the local vs. international markets?
  • How are corporates hedging themselves against FX and rate changes?
  • The move from loans to bonds: how do corporates view both markets post-pandemic? How are they incorporating one (or both) into their 2022 financing strategies?

Moderator

Stewart Wakeman

Stewart Wakeman

Managing Director & Head of International Finance (Africa)

Mizuho

Stewart Wakeman

Stewart Wakeman

Managing Director & Head of International Finance (Africa) at Mizuho

Speakers

Adrian Bain

Adrian Bain

Director, EMEA Loans & Leverage Finance

Citi

Adrian Bain

Adrian Bain

Director, EMEA Loans & Leverage Finance at Citi

Adrian Bain is a Vice President in the EMEA Loans & Acquisition Finance team, part of Citi’s Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory division based in London

Adrian joined Citi in 2011 and has arranged a number of debt transactions for a broad base of clients across the EMEA region. Currently, Adrian’s particular focus is arranging transactions for Citi’s clients in Southern and East Africa

Citi

Citi
Deepen Jhina

Deepen Jhina

General Manager, Capital, Investment & Funding

MTN Group

Deepen Jhina

Deepen Jhina

General Manager, Capital, Investment & Funding at MTN Group

Deepen is the General Manager for Capital, Investment & Funding at MTN Group Limited, based in Johannesburg. MTN is a pure-play emerging markets mobile telecommunications operator at the forefront of technological and digital changes. MTN is active in over 20 countries, has in excess of 250 million active subscribers and is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Deepen has been with MTN for 12 years across general management and finance roles. Prior to MTN, he worked with institutions such as Absa and EY in M&A and corporate finance roles. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

During his career, he has concluded a multitude of transactions in local and international debt and capital markets; some of which include syndicated loans, export credit backed financings, DFI financing, Eurobonds and preference share funding amongst others. His experience encompasses dealing with a variety of markets including more challenging jurisdictions in Africa and the Middle East. He has concluded transactions in Cote d’ Ivoire, Cameroon, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa and Afghanistan to name a few.

MTN Group

MTN Group
Nyiko Mageza

Nyiko Mageza

Nyiko Mageza

Treasury Manager at Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA)

Nyiko is the Treasury Manager at TCTA. He is responsible for debt and liquidity management, management of cash reserves and for accessing the public money and capital markets. TCTA is an SOE that funds and constructs bulk water infrastructure (Dams and transfer schemes) on behalf of South Africa’s Department of Water and Sanitation. It was established in 1986 to manage the South African portion of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. It currently manages the implementation of seven stand-alone bulk water projects, one funded fiscally and six funded through debt.

Nyiko has been with TCTA since 2010, and has been Treasurer since 2015. Previous to that he was a fixed income investment manager and a fixed income strategist. He holds a Bcom degree in accounting and finance from the University of Cape Town and an MPhil in Economic Policy from Stellenbosch University.

Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA)

Lwandi Nene

Lwandi Nene

Senior Transactor – Debt Capital Markets

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Lwandi Nene

Lwandi Nene

Senior Transactor – Debt Capital Markets at Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Lwandi is a Senior Transactor in RMB’s Debt Capital Markets business, focussing on hard-currency transactions across the African continent. He has led numerous deals across the Corporate, Financial Institution and Sovereign space, including multiple award-winning debt raisings.

With nearly a decade of investment banking experience under his belt, Lwandi has executed several industry leading deals, having worked in both the local and international markets, assisting some of Africa’s Blue-Chip issuers to access private and public capital markets over the years.

Lwandi has spent the better part of the last two years on secondment in RMB’s London office, working in the International DCM Team.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in Investment Management from the University of Johannesburg as well as a Bachelor Commerce in Business Finance and Economics from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

RMB at a glance

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) is a leading African Corporate and Investment Bank and part of one of the largest financial services groups (by market capitalisation) in Africa – FirstRand Bank Limited. We offer our clients innovative, value-added advisory, funding, trading, corporate banking and principal investing solutions.

At RMB we are passionate about solving problems for our clients by seeking solutions beyond the obvious. We are innovative in our thinking and turn challenges into opportunities. We call ourselves Solutionist Thinkers who deliver on Traditional values. Innovative ideas.

Our ability to think differently, our collaborative spirit, our client-centric approach and our belief that great minds don’t always have to think alike, is what sets us apart from our competitors. The emerging and necessary focus on ESG as a tool for capital allocation will lead to more effective and efficient capital markets when principles are adopted by stakeholders. RMB continues to embed ESG principles into our frameworks so that we can deliver relevant solutions that are valued by our clients in the markets in which we operate.

As the Corporate and Investment arm of FirstRand Bank Limited (which is wholly-owned by FirstRand Limited), we have access to a network of retail banks in 25 African countries, including representative offices and branches in the UK, India and China.

For more information please visit: www.rmb.co.za

Jacques Piekarski

Jacques Piekarski

Chief Financial Officer

BUA Cement

Jacques Piekarski

Jacques Piekarski

Chief Financial Officer at BUA Cement

Jacques Piekarski, a Swiss National, is the Chief Financial Officer / Executive Director of BUA Cement Plc. Lagos, Nigeria. He is a graduate of the Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland, and holds an MBA from the Robert Kennedy College, Zurich, Switzerland and the University of Wales. Jacques is also the President of the Swiss Nigerian Business Council in Lagos since 2015.

A seasoned finance professional with over 30 years’ experience, Jacques has held several C-suite finance roles across Europe and Africa in various industries including FMCG, Cement, Trading, and Mining. Over the course of his career, Jacques has had significant achievements in setting-up finance and operational strategies, financing (loans, bonds, rights issue, debt restructuring), M&A, leading transformation and various expansions and projects including ERP implementations. Prior to joining BUA Cement, Jacques was Group CFO for TGI Group Nigeria - one of the largest Food and Agric privately owned conglomerate in the country. Earlier on, he was the Group CFO of Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc. Jacques has also garnered an extensive knowledge of the cement industry from his time as the CFO for Holcim (today LafargeHolcim) in Egypt with a joint venture with the Orascom Group.

BUA Cement

12:40

Portfolio growth vs. portfolio preservation: How have criteria and appetite for African investments changed post-pandemic?

  • Where does African credit fit within portfolios post-COVID19? Are current prices attracting investors back to the continent?
  • Growth or preservation: are Portfolio Managers looking to increase their exposure to Africa or hold their positions?
  • Which regions (and countries) have the most attractive levels of entry? To what extent has investor strategy and sentiment shifted post vs. pre-pandemic?
  • What impact has the US Treasury curve had on investors’ concerns around Africa’s fiscal position?
  • How has the reopening of the USD Eurobond market in Africa impacted international investor appetite for African credit and risk?
  • How much of a challenge is FX convertibility when investing in local markets? Where are investors seeing the best opportunities in local vs. hard currency?

Moderator

Irina Sfeir

Irina Sfeir

Director, Debt Capital Markets

SMBC Nikko

Irina Sfeir

Irina Sfeir

Director, Debt Capital Markets at SMBC Nikko

Irina Sfeir is a Director in SMBC Nikko's DCM team, responsible for Turkish, Central Eastern European and CIS international bond issuances. Irina has a range of experience across industries and geographies having executed dozens of transactions across multiple currencies and capital structures. She has over 10 years’ experience in the financial sector, having previously worked at MUFG, Rothschild and HSBC prior to joining SMBC Nikko. Irina graduated from the London School of Economics with a BA in Government and Economics.

SMBC Nikko

Speakers

Kojo Amoo-Gottfried

Kojo Amoo-Gottfried

Kojo Amoo-Gottfried

Chief Investment Officer at Black Stars Investments (BSI)

Mr. Amoo-Gottfried is the Chief Investment Officer of Black Stars Investments, (BSI), an Emerging Markets focused hedge fund. BSI is a fundamentally focused investor in both traditional and frontier EM. Prior to joining BSI, he worked as a Portfolio Manager at two hedge funds in London where he successfully ran funds investing in Emerging Markets winning multiple awards. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics (LSE) and London Business School (LBS).

Black Stars Investments (BSI)

Markus Bayer

Markus Bayer

Head of CEE & Africa Debt Capital Markets

MUFG

Markus Bayer

Markus Bayer

Head of CEE & Africa Debt Capital Markets at MUFG

MUFG

MUFG

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG) is one of the world’s leading financial groups. Headquartered in Tokyo and with over 360 years of history, MUFG has a global network with approximately 2,500 locations in more than 50 countries. The Group has about 170,000 employees and offers services including commercial banking, trust banking, securities, credit cards, consumer finance, asset management, and leasing. The Group aims to “be the world’s most trusted financial group” through close collaboration among our operating companies and flexibly respond to all of the financial needs of our customers, serving society, and fostering shared and sustainable growth for a better world.

Please visit the website for more information - https://www.mufgemea.com/

LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mufg

Twitter Page: @MUFGEMEA

Simon Howie

Simon Howie

Co-Head of South Africa & Africa Fixed Income

Ninety One

Simon Howie

Simon Howie

Co-Head of South Africa & Africa Fixed Income at Ninety One

Simon is a co-head of SA & Africa Fixed Income and is responsible for the SA and Africa Credit team at Ninety One. He joined in 2005 when he was tasked with building its credit business and capabilities. Ninety One now holds a leading position in managing diverse institutional credit portfolios, including both the listed and unlisted markets. These strategies include the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, a donor-funded debt strategy that supports sustainable infrastructure and the multi-vintage Ninety One Credit Opportunities range which targets private and illiquid credit in South Africa and the rest of Africa.

Simon was previously with Investec Bank where he was responsible for debt origination (including corporate bonds, structured credit and securitisation) and was involved in the Southern African debt capital markets from its infancy in the late 1990s.

Simon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Natal, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Nijenrode University in The Netherlands, and is a CFA® Charterholder.

Ninety One

Aditya Kotibhaskar

Aditya Kotibhaskar

Senior Director, Head of Debt Capital Markets

Mashreqbank

Aditya Kotibhaskar

Aditya Kotibhaskar

Senior Director, Head of Debt Capital Markets at Mashreqbank

Aditya has responsibility for Mashreqbank’s debt capital markets activities. With over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, Aditya has led and worked across origination and execution platforms at Trussbridge, ADIB, Nomura, Lehman Brothers, E&Y and Arthur Andersen. He worked in London, Dubai and Mumbai. He has bookrun deals in excess of several billions of dollars of landmark financings, across the conventional and Islamic space, for governments, supra-nationals, corporates and financial institutions worldwide.

Aditya is a ranking Chartered Accountant from India and has a MBA from London Business School.

Mashreqbank

Mashreqbank

One of the UAE’s best performing banks for five decades, Mashreq is a leading financial institution with an expanding footprint across the Middle East. We have international offices in Europe, Asia, Africa and the US, and a strong presence in the financial capitals of the world.

As the oldest bank in the UAE, our journey can be traced back to humble beginnings in 1967, followed by periods of rapid growth and strategic expansion. Throughout our history, Mashreq has differentiated itself by pioneering new-to-market concepts and launching unique products and services.

Our innovative approach sets us truly apart, it also continues to win us numerous awards and accolades across all fields including digital banking, the most recent were: Middle East Best Digital Bank by Euromoney Regional Awards for Excellence, the Most Innovative Consumer/Corporate Digital Bank in the UAE and Best Bank in the UAE by World's Best Bank Awards by Global Finance, Most Innovative Bank in the Middle East by EMEA Finance and many others.

LinkedIn URL - https://www.linkedin.com/company/mashreq-corporate-and-investment-banking-group

13:50

Networking lunch sponsored by MUFG

14:50

Chairman's opening remarks

Speaker

Dalu Ajene

Dalu Ajene

Dalu Ajene

Head: Coverage at Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Dalu is the Head of Coverage at Rand Merchant Bank (“RMB”) where he is responsible for managing RMB’s client origination and engagement teams across key sector verticals in South Africa and RMB’s regional offices in the Rest of Africa and the U.K. Prior to his current role, Dalu served as the Deputy CEO and Head of Investment Banking at RMB Nigeria. He has over 19 years of financial services experience working for both Global investment banks and Africa investment banks. He has executed over US$15 billion worth of advisory, capital markets and financing transactions in several continents including North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

He started his career at Bear Stearns as an M&A Analyst and since then has worked in various international banks including Bank of America, BNP Paribas and Credit Suisse, before moving to Africa to work at Rand Merchant Bank in various roles. Dalu is a member of various Senior Executive Committees of the Bank and key Risk and Credit Committees for SA and RofA businesses.

Dalu holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Dartmouth College. He is married and has two sons and enjoys running and playing squash.

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

RMB at a glance

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) is a leading African Corporate and Investment Bank and part of one of the largest financial services groups (by market capitalisation) in Africa – FirstRand Bank Limited. We offer our clients innovative, value-added advisory, funding, trading, corporate banking and principal investing solutions.

At RMB we are passionate about solving problems for our clients by seeking solutions beyond the obvious. We are innovative in our thinking and turn challenges into opportunities. We call ourselves Solutionist Thinkers who deliver on Traditional values. Innovative ideas.

Our ability to think differently, our collaborative spirit, our client-centric approach and our belief that great minds don’t always have to think alike, is what sets us apart from our competitors. The emerging and necessary focus on ESG as a tool for capital allocation will lead to more effective and efficient capital markets when principles are adopted by stakeholders. RMB continues to embed ESG principles into our frameworks so that we can deliver relevant solutions that are valued by our clients in the markets in which we operate.

As the Corporate and Investment arm of FirstRand Bank Limited (which is wholly-owned by FirstRand Limited), we have access to a network of retail banks in 25 African countries, including representative offices and branches in the UK, India and China.

For more information please visit: www.rmb.co.za

14:55

Africa’s loan market under the microscope: unpacking supply, demand and the impact of COVID-19

  • What impact has the pandemic had on banks’ distribution strategies? To what extent have their credit criteria changed post vs. pre-pandemic?
  • Decreased borrower demand or increased bank caution: what are banks doing to address the imbalance of supply and demand in the loan market? How are they promoting confidence amongst clients?
  • What alternative structures are banks now offering?
  • How has the relationship and interaction between local, regional and international bank loan teams shifted post-pandemic? Has the retrenchment of international lenders opened the door for local and regional players to take the lead?
  • Understanding the impact of LIBOR transition: how should banks be preparing themselves?

Moderator

Eric Zimny

Eric Zimny

Managing Director, Co-Head of Corporate Origination, Loan Capital Markets, EMEA

SMBC

Eric Zimny

Eric Zimny

Managing Director, Co-Head of Corporate Origination, Loan Capital Markets, EMEA at SMBC

With over 25 years of Loan and Debt Capital Market experience, Eric is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Corporate Origination, Loan Capital Markets, EMEA at SMBCE responsible for the origination and structuring of loans for corporates and financial institutions across the full regional and borrower spectrum. Before joining SMBC in 2011, he was employed at Commerzbank New York, Frankfurt and London, where he held various head positions including loans and bonds origination. Eric is a certified Attorney at Law and has worked as such in Germany and the US. Eric is also a member of a group of authors that triennially publish a practical textbook on syndicated lending for borrowers, banking professionals, lawyers and auditors in German language.

SMBC

SMBC

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) is one of the largest commercial banks in Japan. With offices in 40 countries and regions including the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Oceania, SMBC has an extensive global network and growing international presence. SMBC and its group companies offer a broad range of financial services, including deposit taking, lending, securities brokering and trading, securities investment, money transfer, foreign currency exchange, corporate bond trustee services and custody services, financial futures underwriting, investment trust sales and other commercial banking activities.

Speakers

Narisa Balgobind

Narisa Balgobind

Head of Africa Debt

Absa

Narisa Balgobind

Narisa Balgobind

Head of Africa Debt at Absa

Absa

Absa

Absa Group Limited (‘Absa Group’) is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and is the parent company of one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups.

Absa Group, through its worldwide affiliates and subsidiaries (collectively referred to as “The Group”), offers an integrated set of products and services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management and insurance.

The Group has a presence in 12 countries in Africa, with approximately 42 000 employees.

The Group’s registered head office is in Johannesburg, South Africa, and it owns majority stakes in banks in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa (Absa Bank Limited), Tanzania (Barclays Bank Tanzania and National Bank of Commerce), Uganda and Zambia. The Group also has representative offices in Namibia, Nigeria, London and New York as well as insurance operations in Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

For further information about Absa Group Limited, please visit: www.absa.africa

LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/compa...

Michael Fischer

Michael Fischer

Director - Financial Institutions Africa

KFW DEG

Michael Fischer

Michael Fischer

Director - Financial Institutions Africa at KFW DEG

Michael has more than 25 years’ experience in international finance ranging from project finance to private equity. During this period, he has been involved in more than 150 finance transactions on the African continent alone.

In 2000 Michael joint DEG - German Investment and Development Company as Vice President New Business Africa. In this position he was responsible for DEG's new business in predominantly East Africa. In addition, he was DEG's key account manager for the company's telecom projects. Before joining DEG in Germany, Michael worked for over 8 years at Dresdner Bank Group in Germany and Southern Africa, predominantly in credit and corporate banking.

Between 2004 and 2018, Michael has been heading DEG’s regional Office in South Africa in Johannesburg. Since May 2018, he has been the Director of the Department Financial Institutions Africa which has branches in Cologne, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos and Abidjan.

Michael holds an engineering and business administration degree from Karlsruhe Technical University, Germany. Over the years he has hold various directorships of African companies and advisory board seats of various private equity funds. Michael is currently a director of Global Credit Ratings and Beefmaster (Pty) Ltd.

KFW DEG

KFW DEG

DEG: More than finance

For almost 60 years DEG has been a reliable partner to private-sector enterprises operating in developing and emerging-market countries. We provide our customers with tailor-made solutions, including financing, promotional programmes and advice tailored to individual needs. They can thus develop successfully and sustainably, while generating local added value and creating qualified jobs. With our portfolio of around EUR 9 billion in over 80 countries we’re one of the world’s largest private-sector development financiers.

www.deginvest.de/en

Helen Mtshali

Helen Mtshali

Co-Head, Loan Syndications

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Helen Mtshali

Helen Mtshali

Co-Head, Loan Syndications at Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

RMB at a glance

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) is a leading African Corporate and Investment Bank and part of one of the largest financial services groups (by market capitalisation) in Africa – FirstRand Bank Limited. We offer our clients innovative, value-added advisory, funding, trading, corporate banking and principal investing solutions.

At RMB we are passionate about solving problems for our clients by seeking solutions beyond the obvious. We are innovative in our thinking and turn challenges into opportunities. We call ourselves Solutionist Thinkers who deliver on Traditional values. Innovative ideas.

Our ability to think differently, our collaborative spirit, our client-centric approach and our belief that great minds don’t always have to think alike, is what sets us apart from our competitors. The emerging and necessary focus on ESG as a tool for capital allocation will lead to more effective and efficient capital markets when principles are adopted by stakeholders. RMB continues to embed ESG principles into our frameworks so that we can deliver relevant solutions that are valued by our clients in the markets in which we operate.

As the Corporate and Investment arm of FirstRand Bank Limited (which is wholly-owned by FirstRand Limited), we have access to a network of retail banks in 25 African countries, including representative offices and branches in the UK, India and China.

For more information please visit: www.rmb.co.za

Benjamin Mugisha

Benjamin Mugisha

Benjamin Mugisha

Chief Underwriting Officer at African Trade Insurance Agency

African Trade Insurance Agency

African Trade Insurance Agency

ATI was founded in 2001 by African States to cover the trade and investment risks of companies doing business in Africa. ATI predominantly provides Political Risk, Credit Insurance and, Surety Insurance. In 2019, ATI closed the year with exposures of USD6.4 billion and continued to post record results for the eighth consecutive year with 132% growth on the net profit over 2018 owing to strong demand for ATI’s insurance solutions from the international financial sector and from African governments. Since inception, ATI has supported USD62 billion worth of investments and trade into Africa. For over a decade, ATI has maintained an ‘A/Stable’ rating for Financial Strength and Counterparty Credit by Standard & Poor’s, and in 2019, ATI obtained an A3/Stable rating from Moody’s.

James Pearson

James Pearson

Executive Vice President, Global Head of FI & NBFI

Mashreqbank

James Pearson

James Pearson

Executive Vice President, Global Head of FI & NBFI at Mashreqbank

James Pearson is the Global Head of Financial Institutions at Mashreq Bank, which includes coverage of clients in the Banks, Central Banks and Non-Bank Financial Institutions segments. The Financial Institutions business is an integral part of Mashreq Bank’s Corporate and Investment Banking Group.

In his role at Mashreq, James is responsible for devising and implementing the overall business strategy for the Financial Institutions segment working closely with Head of CIBG to deliver a broader range of products to the Bank’s clients while driving other growth initiatives.

James possesses over 30 years’ experience in corporate and investment banking and has worked extensively with banks, insurers, investors and intermediaries. Before joining Mashreq, he worked with Nomura where he served as Head of Financial Institutions, Asia (ex-Japan). Prior to Nomura, he worked at Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore for seven years, where he was the Global Head of Financial Institutions Industry Coverage and Global Head of Insurance Clients.

In addition, James has worked with various other organizations including ABN AMRO / RBS and Morgan Stanley where he held several leadership positions covering the Asia-Pacific markets including roles leading the Financial Institutions sector and Investment Banking business.

James is a UK Chartered Accountant, and holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from Nottingham University.

Mashreqbank

Mashreqbank

One of the UAE’s best performing banks for five decades, Mashreq is a leading financial institution with an expanding footprint across the Middle East. We have international offices in Europe, Asia, Africa and the US, and a strong presence in the financial capitals of the world.

As the oldest bank in the UAE, our journey can be traced back to humble beginnings in 1967, followed by periods of rapid growth and strategic expansion. Throughout our history, Mashreq has differentiated itself by pioneering new-to-market concepts and launching unique products and services.

Our innovative approach sets us truly apart, it also continues to win us numerous awards and accolades across all fields including digital banking, the most recent were: Middle East Best Digital Bank by Euromoney Regional Awards for Excellence, the Most Innovative Consumer/Corporate Digital Bank in the UAE and Best Bank in the UAE by World's Best Bank Awards by Global Finance, Most Innovative Bank in the Middle East by EMEA Finance and many others.

LinkedIn URL - https://www.linkedin.com/company/mashreq-corporate-and-investment-banking-group

16:05

Moving the needle on restructuring: What changes need to be implemented to create a robust market?

  • What are the key elements of undertaking a successful restructuring? Where should a company start?
  • What role are (and should) FIs be playing in helping a company restructure?
  • Taking the lead: who are the advisors willing and able to support and guide companies through the process?
  • What are the regulatory and legal challenges currently facing this market?
  • Could a streamlining of this market help to resolve South African SOE liquidity complications? If so, how and to what extent?

Moderator

Matthew Pirnie

Matthew Pirnie

Group Head of Ratings

GCR Ratings

Matthew Pirnie

Matthew Pirnie

Group Head of Ratings at GCR Ratings

Matthew is a multisector credit ratings expert, focusing on Africa. He is the GCR Group Head of Ratings, overseeing corporate, local and regional governments, financial institutions and insurance ratings. He is also the author and custodian of the GCR ratings framework.

Until 2018, he worked for nearly two decades at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (now S&P Global). At S&P, Matthew chaired the credit committees for emerging market ratings, which focused not only on African but also on Brazilian, Indian and Chinese credits, particularly banks and non-bank financial institutions.

Matthew holds a BA from the University of Manchester and an MSc from the University of Southampton.

GCR Ratings

GCR Ratings

GCR Ratings (GCR) is Africa’s leading rating agency, with a rating coverage in excess of 500 ratings in over 20 African countries. Through its network of local offices in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Mauritius, GCR has the largest rating team in Africa, which gives it unmatched on-the-ground presence, as well as easy access to market participants.

GCR traces its origins back to 1996 and has since established itself as the leading rating agency in Africa, accounting for the majority of all ratings accorded on the African continent. GCR is licensed as a rating agency in a number of markets, including Kenya with the Capital Markets Authority, Nigeria with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Zimbabwe with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and Mauritius with the Financial Services Commission. In South Africa, GCR is registered as a Credit Rating Services Provider by the Financial Services Conduct Authority and is recognised as an eligible External Credit Assessment Institution (ECAI) by the South African Reserve Bank.

Speakers

Anthony Evens

Anthony Evens

Head of Special Asset Management

Absa

Anthony Evens

Anthony Evens

Head of Special Asset Management at Absa

Anthony Evens is the Head of Special Asset Management at Absa’s Corporate and Investment Banking division providing restructuring solutions for clients across the African Continent. After qualifying as a CA(SA) Anthony moved to London where he spent 7 years working in Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions and Strategy for PwC and Barclays Capital. During this time, Anthony provided advice on deals across UK, Europe, North America, New Zealand and Australia.

Anthony returned to South Africa in 2008, which coincided with the Global Financial Crisis causing some unique dislocation in the SA banking market and Anthony’s initiation into the distress sector. Since then, Anthony has worked on most major restructurings amassing experience across a broad range of sectors and geographies in the African context.

One of Anthony’s desires is to see the African distress market develop to its full potential for the advancement of our economies.

Absa

Absa

Absa Group Limited (‘Absa Group’) is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and is the parent company of one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups.

Absa Group, through its worldwide affiliates and subsidiaries (collectively referred to as “The Group”), offers an integrated set of products and services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management and insurance.

The Group has a presence in 12 countries in Africa, with approximately 42 000 employees.

The Group’s registered head office is in Johannesburg, South Africa, and it owns majority stakes in banks in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa (Absa Bank Limited), Tanzania (Barclays Bank Tanzania and National Bank of Commerce), Uganda and Zambia. The Group also has representative offices in Namibia, Nigeria, London and New York as well as insurance operations in Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

For further information about Absa Group Limited, please visit: www.absa.africa

LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/compa...

Brandyn Lilley

Brandyn Lilley

Investment Specialist

Ninety One

Brandyn Lilley

Brandyn Lilley

Investment Specialist at Ninety One

Brandyn is an investment specialist within Ninety One’s South African and African Credit team. He primarily focuses on unlisted and privately negotiated lending transactions and debt restructuring transactions.

Before joining the firm, Brandyn was an attorney at Bowmans, responsible for mergers and acquisitions and banking and finance. He also managed cross-border transactions and coordinated African law firms for multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Brandyn holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (cum laude) from the University of South Africa and has passed all three levels of the CFA® Institute’s Chartered Financial Analyst Program.

Ninety One

16:45

Unpacking secondary market liquidity: Opportunities, challenges and next steps

  • In what way has the South Africa secondary credit market improved? What extra measures (structural or otherwise) need to be taken to further increase liquidity?
  • What role are electronic trading platforms playing to improve liquidity? How much take-up have they seen from the market, and how do they envisage the journey playing out over the coming 12-24 months?
  • How much value do corporates place on secondary market liquidity? To what extent does it impact their funding strategies?

Moderator

Zine Misani

Zine Misani

Senior Trader, Structured Trading

Absa

Zine Misani

Zine Misani

Senior Trader, Structured Trading at Absa

Absa

Absa

Absa Group Limited (‘Absa Group’) is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and is the parent company of one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups.

Absa Group, through its worldwide affiliates and subsidiaries (collectively referred to as “The Group”), offers an integrated set of products and services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management and insurance.

The Group has a presence in 12 countries in Africa, with approximately 42 000 employees.

The Group’s registered head office is in Johannesburg, South Africa, and it owns majority stakes in banks in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa (Absa Bank Limited), Tanzania (Barclays Bank Tanzania and National Bank of Commerce), Uganda and Zambia. The Group also has representative offices in Namibia, Nigeria, London and New York as well as insurance operations in Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

For further information about Absa Group Limited, please visit: www.absa.africa

LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/compa...

Speakers

Ian Norden

Ian Norden

Executive Director & head of Funding Solutions

Addendum Financial Technologies

Ian Norden

Ian Norden

Executive Director & head of Funding Solutions at Addendum Financial Technologies

Executive Director, Ian, joined Addendum to found the Funding Solutions division in 2017. The division’s first platform, Debt Solutions, provides corporate debt issuers with an efficient, cost effective and direct connection into the capital markets and has helped companies issue over R15bn billion worth of debt in this way. More recently, the new Addendum Marketplace platform has been launched to help debt capital markets participants interact with similar ease and efficiency in the secondary market.

Ian began his career as a healthcare actuarial consultant before moving into investment banking. Prior to joining Addendum, he spent almost 10 years at Macquarie Bank where he was responsible for the structured finance desk. Ian has significant experience across a range of client solutions including structured lending, preference share funding, BEE funding and structured derivatives. Ian’s combination of technical skills and market experience leaves him well equipped to distil seemingly complicated client needs into simple and cost-effective solutions.

Ian received a BSc (Hons) degree from the University of Cape Town, a Masters in Finance from INSEAD Business School and is a qualified actuary.

Addendum Financial Technologies

Ryan Shillaw

Ryan Shillaw

Head, Credit Trading

Standard Bank

Ryan Shillaw

Ryan Shillaw

Head, Credit Trading at Standard Bank

Standard Bank

Standard Bank

About Standard Bank Group

Standard Bank Group is the largest African bank by assets, operating in 20 African countries and 5 global financial centres. Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, we are listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, with share code SBK, and the Namibian Stock Exchange, share code SNB.

Standard Bank has a 158-year history in South Africa and started building a franchise outside southern Africa in the early 1990s.

Our strategic position, which enables us to connect Africa to other select emerging markets as well as pools of capital in developed markets, and our balanced portfolio of businesses, provide significant opportunities for growth.

The group has over 50 000 employees, more than 1100 branches and over 6500 ATMs on the African continent, which enable it to deliver a complete range of services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking and wealth management.

Headline earnings for 2020 were R15.9 billion and total assets were R2.5 trillion (about USD170 billion). Standard Bank’s market capitalisation as of 31 December 2020 was R209.4 billion (USD14 billion).

The group’s largest shareholder is the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank, with a 20.1% shareholding. In addition, Standard Bank Group and ICBC share a strategic partnership that facilitates trade and deal flow between Africa, China and select emerging markets.

For further information, go to http://www.standardbank.com

> LinkedIn URL - Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking Page https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/standard-bank-corporate-and-investment-banking/

Conrad Wood

Conrad Wood

Conrad Wood

Head of FI at Aluwani

Conrad is the Head of Fixed Income Strategies and a founding member at ALUWANI Capital Partners. He has been instrumental in creating the investment process that has placed ALUWANI among the best performing asset managers in South Africa. Conrad has managed fixed income portfolios for more than 25 years and has previously worked for Momentum Asset Management and RMB Momentum Asset Management.

Aluwani

17:25

Chairperson's closing remarks & Close of Day One

9th March 2022

09:15

Chairperson's opening remarks

Speaker

Jones Gondo

Jones Gondo

Senior Research Analyst: Credit

Nedbank CIB

Jones Gondo

Jones Gondo

Senior Research Analyst: Credit at Nedbank CIB

Jones is an Economist and a top-rated financial analyst in South Africa. He is a Senior Research Analyst in Nedbank CIB Markets covering fixed income, credit, ESG and credit ratings advisory. Jones has in-depth knowledge of Sub-Saharan African economies and CEEMEA banking systems. Prior to joining Nedbank in 2016, Jones worked as an Analyst at S&P Global Ratings responsible for CEEMEA financial institutions and non-financial corporate issuers. Jones has also worked as a Development Economist and advisor to governments, donor agencies and international finance institutions across Sub-Sahara Africa, with a focus on shared value and impact strategies in development finance. Jones holds a Masters in Economics from University of Cape Town and Executive Education Programmes from NYU Stern School of Business and Duke University.

  • Jones has extensive experience in credit market research and fundamental ratings analysis covering sovereigns, financial institution and corporate credits.
  • He is currently a rated South Africa corporate credit analyst at Nedbank CIB Markets Research.
  • Prior to this, he covered issuer research and debt advisory in Nedbank’s investment bank – debt capital market origination.
  • As a consultant in development economics, Jones covered an array of public and private sector clients across Africa; focusing on developing industrial and financial sector deepening policies; designing, monitoring and evaluating development finance impact funds seeded by multilateral financial institutions and donor agencies; developing public policy position papers for a variety of South African business chambers; and designing shared value and impact strategies for the extractives industry in Sub-Sahara Africa.
  • Jones’ professional experience has covered multiple jurisdictions; including in-depth knowledge of Sub-Saharan African economies and CEEMEA banking sectors.

Nedbank CIB

Nedbank CIB

Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB)

Nedbank CIB is the wholesale banking arm of Johannesburg-based Nedbank Group, with large operational centres in Durban and Cape Town.

The business covers the full spectrum of leading corporate and investment banking solutions through innovative transactional, funding and investment banking options, which are characterised by fresh thinking. The scope of investment banking stretches from debt advisory and long-term project financing to equity trading and investment, as well as research.

Banking is changing significantly - change that is largely driven by disruptive technology, platforms and new players entering the market. That change has prompted us to see the world and money differently with two goals in mind; one is to continue to deliver impactful solutions for the enduring success of our clients, and the second is to positively impact the fabric of corporations and nations. Some of our bold investments are in the technology industry, thereby enabling us to introduce clients to disruptive innovation. We experiment and distribute the innovation to improve not only our own growth, but importantly improve efficiencies within our clients’ businesses.

Nedbank has a presence across Africa, comprising more than 2 000 branches in 39 countries, as well as in selected key global financial centres.

09:20

Building back better: How is Africa’s burgeoning infrastructure pipeline going to be funded?

  • To what extent are local banks, DFIs, multilaterals and ECAs taking the lead in the financing of African infrastructure vs. international banks? Who can provide long-term financing and on what terms?
  • How much risk are banks willing and able to take on when it comes to these projects?
  • DFIs, multilaterals and ECAs in the driving seat: a closer look at the alternative financing structures on offer
  • The introduction of private debt and credit funds: to what extent will their role increase? What pricing, tenor and terms are they able to offer?
  • Joining forces: could the opening up of the PPP market across Africa be the key to moving the continent’s critical infrastructure pipeline forward? What regulations and frameworks needs to be improved in order for this market to flourish?
  • How much of a factor is funding projects in an “environmentally sustainable way” having on delivery and progress?

Moderator

James Doree

James Doree

James Doree

Managing Director at Lion's Head Global Partners

James Doree joined Lion’s Head in 2011, and has worked with the founding Partners to build investment banking and asset management activities across Africa and Frontier Markets. He now leads Corporate and Investment Banking, covering sectors such as power, infrastructure, affordable housing, industry and financial inclusion. As part of Lion’s Head’s work in African capital markets, James has responsibility for managing the African Local Currency Bond Fund (www.alcbfund.com), which helps companies issue debt in their domestic capital markets for the first time.

In addition to his work in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, James has advised European utilities, governments and regulators on corporate and regulatory finance issues, covering energy, rail and postal sectors. James was previously a Senior Consultant at Cambridge Economic Policy Associates and, prior to that, worked for Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Nairobi.He has a Masters in Development Economics and a first class MA in History and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford.

Lion's Head Global Partners

Speakers

Abraham Byanyima

Abraham Byanyima

Executive, Treasury

TDB Group

Abraham Byanyima

Abraham Byanyima

Executive, Treasury at TDB Group

  • Mr. Byanyima is the Executive for Treasury at TDB ( East and Southern African Trade and Development Bank). He has over 20 years of diverse and progressive experience in emerging and global markets gained from working for global banks and Africa based Financial Institutions. His expertise includes Treasury Risk Management, Debt Capital Markets and Development Finance.
  • Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Byanyima worked as a Vice President of Bank of New York Mellon (NY) Global Markets and as Associate Director at UBS Investment Bank, Stamford CT.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Makerere University and an MBA from Fordham University. Has undertaken various management courses including a Senior Executive Management course at Harvard Business School.

TDB Group

TDB Group
Michele Dee

Michele Dee

Michele Dee

Regional Head at UK Export Finance

Michèle is Regional Head at UK Export Finance where she leads the International business development of the department in Europe, Africa and South Asia. She joined UKEF in 2017 as Head of the Renewables and High-Tech branch before moving to her current position in 2019. Before joining UKEF, Michèle spent two years as a Corporate Finance Advisor for the Business Energy and Infrastructure Department (BEIS). Her role at BEIS led her to advise the International Climate Fund in their investment strategy as well as to provide advice to the Department with regards to the UK renewable energy markets. Prior to joining the civil service, Michèle had pursued a career in banking where she held project financier positions in CA-CIB, Lloyds and Barclays. This gave her the opportunity to finance landmark projects in various sectors including energy and economic infrastructure.

UK Export Finance

UK Export Finance

UK Export Finance (UKEF) is the UK’s export credit agency. We support UK exporters, international project sponsors and buyers of UK goods and services. We also work with banks to provide flexible, innovative, and competitive financing solutions.

In 2020/21, we provided £12.3bn in support for UK exports to 77 countries and increased our capacity to support exports to over 100 foreign markets. UKEF can support exports for any size of company and across all sectors, from capital goods to services and intangibles such as intellectual property.

UKEF is delighted to have been voted ‘best export credit agency’ by Global Trade Review for 2020. This is a recognition of our innovative approach to supporting exporters, comprehensive product offering and substantial appetite to take on new business.

UKEF have an international network of export finance representatives in key markets around the world: Brazil, China, Columbia, East Africa, India, Indonesia, Middle East & Asia Pacific, Turkey and West Africa, with responsibility for developing commercial ties and matching UK businesses to local projects. This is alongside our network of Export Finance Managers based regionally across the UK, who are local points of contact for exporters and businesses with export potential.

To find out more on how UK Export Finance can support you, visits: www.great.gov.uk/get-finance/

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Siby Diabira

Siby Diabira

Regional Head, Southern Africa & Indian Ocean

Proparco

Siby Diabira

Siby Diabira

Regional Head, Southern Africa & Indian Ocean at Proparco

Mrs. Siby Diabira serves as Regional Director for Southern Africa and Indian Ocean based in Johannesburg at PROPARCO. Mrs. DIABIRA previously worked with PROPARCO in Paris as a Senior Investment Officer within the Private Equity Division handling various equity transactions across various regions in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Before Joining PROPARCO, Mrs. Diabira worked for 8 years at BNP PARIBAS dealing with Structured Finance (Buy-out, Capita expansion) and Credit Analysis in France. She started her career as Auditor with PWC. Mrs Diabira holds a Master s Degree in Financing Engineering from Sorbonne University and a Certificate of Business management from University California of San Diego.

Proparco

Proparco

About Proparco

Proparco is the private sector financing arm of Agence Française de Développement Group (AFD Group). It has been promoting sustainable economic, social and environmental development for over 40 years. Proparco provides funding and support to both businesses and financial institutions in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle-East. Its action focuses on the key development sectors: infrastructure, mainly for renewable energies, agribusiness, financial institutions, health and education.

Its operations aim to strengthen the contribution of private players to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the international community in 2015. To this end, Proparco finances companies, whose activity contributes to creating jobs and decent incomes, providing essential goods and services and combating climate change.

For a World in Common.

For further information: www.proparco.fr/en and @Proparco

LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/proparco

Timothy Ononiwu

Timothy Ononiwu

Chief Financial Officer

Axxela

Timothy Ononiwu

Timothy Ononiwu

Chief Financial Officer at Axxela

Timothy is an accomplished finance executive with extensive experience spanning Project Financing, Financial Advisory, Capital Raising, Business Development and Project Management across the energy, environmental and infrastructure sectors.

Prior to joining Axxela in 2018, he held senior management positions in various financial and non-financial institutions including Executive Director and Head of Thermal Power and Oil & Gas, Project Finance North America at BBVA Securities, Co-Head of Energy and Industrials at Fitch Ratings (NY), Director and Head of Thermal/Oil & Gas at Dexia. His transactions have won ‘Deal of the Year’ awards from Project Finance International and Euromoney publications, both industry-leading magazines.

Timothy has an MBA in Finance and International Business from the Columbia University Business School.

Axxela

Mohan Vivekanandan

Mohan Vivekanandan

Group Executive: Origination and Coverage

Development Bank of Southern Africa

Mohan Vivekanandan

Mohan Vivekanandan

Group Executive: Origination and Coverage at Development Bank of Southern Africa

Mohan is a member of the DBSA’s Group Executive Committee, with accountability for deal origination and client relationship management across Africa. His teams cover the energy, transport, ICT, water/sanitation, education, health and municipal sectors.

Mohan is involved in a number of global and African initiatives at the intersection of infrastructure and development finance. These include the World Economic Forum (WEF) Sustainable Development Investment Partnership Africa Hub, the WEF Global Futures Council on Development Finance, and he is a board member of Invest Africa-US. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, lecturing on development finance.

Mohan holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and an MSc in Global Finance from New York University Stern School of Business. He completed a BA (Honours) in Economics and Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University in Chicago, USA.

Development Bank of Southern Africa

Development Bank of Southern Africa

The Development Bank of Southern Africa is one of the leading development financial institutions on the continent. Our primary purpose is delivering impactful development finance solutions that ignite transformative change in South Africa and on the rest of the African continent. Improving the quality of life of people in Africa is the fundamental focus of our development impact. We aim to bend the arc of history towards shared prosperity through multifaceted investments in sustainable infrastructure and human capacity.

Our product solutions span all phases of the infrastructure development value chain from infrastructure planning and project preparation, across range of financing and non-financing investments to infrastructure implementation and delivery. Our primary areas of focus include Energy, ICT, Transport, Water and Sanitation. Our secondary area of focus are Education, Housing and Health.

10:30

The rise of social infrastructure: How has the continent’s project pipeline evolved given the necessary “prioritisation” of healthcare and affordable housing?

  • Region-by-region, sector-by-sector: Which projects are taking priority in the midst of COVID-19, and which are being put on the back-burner?
  • To what extent are developers and off-takers able to push forward with “traditional” project pipelines (power, road etc.)? How have these timelines changed, if at all?
  • Healthcare infrastructure vs. healthcare capabilities: How does funding from private capital vs. multilaterals, ECAs and DFIs vary across these two areas?
  • Unpacking affordable housing in Africa: What does the pipeline look like, who is investing, and how are these projects being financed?

Moderator

Christopher Marks

Christopher Marks

Managing Director, Head of Emerging Markets, EMEA

MUFG

Christopher Marks

Christopher Marks

Managing Director, Head of Emerging Markets, EMEA at MUFG

MUFG

MUFG

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG) is one of the world’s leading financial groups. Headquartered in Tokyo and with over 360 years of history, MUFG has a global network with approximately 2,500 locations in more than 50 countries. The Group has about 170,000 employees and offers services including commercial banking, trust banking, securities, credit cards, consumer finance, asset management, and leasing. The Group aims to “be the world’s most trusted financial group” through close collaboration among our operating companies and flexibly respond to all of the financial needs of our customers, serving society, and fostering shared and sustainable growth for a better world.

Please visit the website for more information - https://www.mufgemea.com/

LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mufg

Twitter Page: @MUFGEMEA

Speakers

Lebowa Letsoalo

Lebowa Letsoalo

Lebowa Letsoalo

Executive: Project Development at Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA) of South Africa

Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA) of South Africa

Jason Lightfoot

Jason Lightfoot

Jason Lightfoot

Portfolio Manager at Futuregrowth Asset Management

Jason is the Portfolio Manager of the flagship Futuregrowth Infrastructure & Development Bond Fund, as well as, the Yield Enhanced ALBI benchmarked range of portfolios. In addition, he plays a mentoring role within the Credit team and is involved in various aspects of risk assessment within the investment process.

Jason joined Futuregrowth in February 2001 from a unit trust retail background, heading up the Client Reporting team and then joined the Fixed Interest Investment team in February 2004.

Futuregrowth Asset Management

Palesa Mkhize

Palesa Mkhize

Head, Affordable Housing Development

Standard Bank

Palesa Mkhize

Palesa Mkhize

Head, Affordable Housing Development at Standard Bank

Palesa is the head of affordable housing development at Standard Bank South Africa. Her team invests in large affordable housing integrated projects in partnership with the government and developers.

Before joining Standard Bank Palesa spent her career as an investment professional at Old Mutual Alternative Investments focusing on infrastructure and housing finance. She has also spent time as a consultant in affordable housing development finance. Her career in the broader infrastructure sector spans over 10 years.

Palesa holds a BCom Accounting from the University of Cape Town and an Honours in Financial Management from the University of Johannesburg.

Standard Bank

Standard Bank

About Standard Bank Group

Standard Bank Group is the largest African bank by assets, operating in 20 African countries and 5 global financial centres. Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, we are listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, with share code SBK, and the Namibian Stock Exchange, share code SNB.

Standard Bank has a 158-year history in South Africa and started building a franchise outside southern Africa in the early 1990s.

Our strategic position, which enables us to connect Africa to other select emerging markets as well as pools of capital in developed markets, and our balanced portfolio of businesses, provide significant opportunities for growth.

The group has over 50 000 employees, more than 1100 branches and over 6500 ATMs on the African continent, which enable it to deliver a complete range of services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking and wealth management.

Headline earnings for 2020 were R15.9 billion and total assets were R2.5 trillion (about USD170 billion). Standard Bank’s market capitalisation as of 31 December 2020 was R209.4 billion (USD14 billion).

The group’s largest shareholder is the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank, with a 20.1% shareholding. In addition, Standard Bank Group and ICBC share a strategic partnership that facilitates trade and deal flow between Africa, China and select emerging markets.

For further information, go to http://www.standardbank.com

> LinkedIn URL - Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking Page https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/standard-bank-corporate-and-investment-banking/

Olukayode Pitan

Olukayode Pitan

Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer

Bank of Industry

Olukayode Pitan

Olukayode Pitan

Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer at Bank of Industry

Mr. Olukayode Pitan is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Industry Ltd, Nigeria’s oldest and largest development finance institution. He draws on significant work experience gained across the Financial Services sectors - Banking, Capital Markets, etc during the course of his over 30-year career.

As an astute corporate and investment banker, Mr. Pitan has participated in many innovative transactions in the Nigerian Capital Market and the International Financial Market towards the economic development of Nigeria.

He has led the Bank to successfully raise over $3.5 billion from the international market through syndications and now through the bond markets.

Pitan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (FCIB),a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (FCS), a Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administration of Nigeria (FICA), a Fellow of Nigeria Economic Society (FNES) and a member of the Institute of Directors of Nigeria.

He is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School and the London Business School. He is also an alumnus of the Haggai Institute, Singapore and the Galilee International Management Institute, Israel. He is an ordained Senior Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

Bank of Industry

Bank of Industry

The Bank of Industry (BOI) is Nigeria’s foremost and oldest Development Finance Institution and has been in operation for over 60 years: initially incorporated in 1959 as Investment Company of Nigeria (ICON), it became BOI in 2001.

BOI’s mission is to transform Nigeria’s industrial sector by providing financial and advisory support services to enterprises. BOI promotes financial inclusion through long-term financing and counter-cyclical loans diversified across industries such as agro-processing, gender businesses and renewable energy, among others.

As BOI is not a deposit money Bank, it has to frequently engage in capital raising activities to sustain its capacity to continue supporting its customers across key sectors and segments of the Nigerian economy. BOI has raised about $3.8bn from the international financial market in the last four years. This includes a $750mn syndicated medium-term loan in 2018; a €1bn syndicated loan in March 2020; a $1bn syndicated loan in December 2020; and a 750mn Senior Eurobond (the first by any African national DFI) in February 2022. The $750mn raised in 2018 has been fully paid off while the other loans are performing.

In the last 6 years, the Bank has disbursed over $2.7bn to over 3mn enterprises which has facilitated the creation of over 7mn direct and indirect jobs, thereby advancing sustainable development.

BOI holds a National Long-Term Rating of ‘AAA (nga)’ and Long-Term Issuer Default Rating of ‘B’ with a stable outlook from Fitch Ratings; and an ‘Aa3.ng/NG-1’ national scale issuer rating and a ‘B2’corporate family rating (CFR) from Moody’s.

Palesa Ryan

Palesa Ryan

Coverage Head: Social Infrastructure

Development Bank of Southern Africa

Palesa Ryan

Palesa Ryan

Coverage Head: Social Infrastructure at Development Bank of Southern Africa

Palesa Ryan is the Head of Origination and Coverage for the Social, Health and Education sectors at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). She has more than 16 years of experience in the financial services industry; spanning across South Africa’s big four banks as well as the key DFIs including the IDC and the Land Bank of South Africa. Her work experience includes Credit, Workout and Restructuring, Coverage (Relationship Management) and Private Equity.

Prior to joining DBSA, Palesa managed the Workout and Restructuring Business Unit at Land Bank, which led the turnaround of the bank’s non-performing loan book in the agricultural sector. During her tenure, she also

sat on numerous committees as either a voting or an alternate member on Credit, Pricing and Asset and Liability Management Committee (“ALCO”) for the Land Bank. She has also served as the Vice President and Head of Non-Bank Financial Institutions (“NBFI”) for ABSA Group Limited.  In this role, she managed a budget in excess of R 330m across Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda, Botswana, Mauritius, Mozambique and Seychelles. 

Palesa holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Management Accounting and Finance from the University of Witwatersrand, as well as a Diploma (cum laude) in Insolvency Law & Practice from the University of Johannesburg. In October 2020, she qualified as a PPP Professional under the Nepad Business Foundations CP3P Certification Programme.

Outside of work and academia, Palesa has contributed insightful business and development news from around the continent to the Continent and South Africa’s business media including CNBC Africa, Power FM and Radio 702. Palesa is currently serving as the Co-Chair of the Human Settlements Technical Working Group under the Presidency as part of the Inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium. The mother to twin boys, she is recognized as an astute public speaker and Master of Ceremonies, having hosted key international events such as the African Presidential Leadership Conference in 2017.

Development Bank of Southern Africa

Development Bank of Southern Africa

The Development Bank of Southern Africa is one of the leading development financial institutions on the continent. Our primary purpose is delivering impactful development finance solutions that ignite transformative change in South Africa and on the rest of the African continent. Improving the quality of life of people in Africa is the fundamental focus of our development impact. We aim to bend the arc of history towards shared prosperity through multifaceted investments in sustainable infrastructure and human capacity.

Our product solutions span all phases of the infrastructure development value chain from infrastructure planning and project preparation, across range of financing and non-financing investments to infrastructure implementation and delivery. Our primary areas of focus include Energy, ICT, Transport, Water and Sanitation. Our secondary area of focus are Education, Housing and Health.

11:15

Coffee and networking break

11:40

Weighing up the options: A closer look at SDG-linked products, how they compare and what is next for this (growing) market

  • How are prospective issuers approaching the green bond market? What are their motives for doing so?
  • How does green vs. vanilla bond pricing stack-up?
  • Has Benin’s SDG-linked bond set the benchmark and starting point for increased sovereign activity in this area? What needs to be done to promote increased issuances?
  • To what extent do ESG-linked loans provide pricing benefits vs. green bonds?

Moderator

Nigel Beck

Nigel Beck

Head of Sustainable Finance & ESG Advisory

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Nigel Beck

Nigel Beck

Head of Sustainable Finance & ESG Advisory at Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Nigel leads RMB’s Sustainable Finance and ESG Advisory business. He has pioneered the development of sustainable finance on the African continent, executing several innovative and award-winning products.

He is the longest standing Chair of the Equator Principles steering committee, lead at the International Chamber of Commerce (Sustainable Trade Finance) and member of the Impact Investing National Task Force.

He holds a number of qualifications including a MSc & DIC (Environmental Technology) from Imperial College, University of London and an MBA from Wits Business School.

Previously, he was the Global Managing Director of Sustainable Finance & ESG Advisory at Standard Bank.

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

RMB at a glance

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) is a leading African Corporate and Investment Bank and part of one of the largest financial services groups (by market capitalisation) in Africa – FirstRand Bank Limited. We offer our clients innovative, value-added advisory, funding, trading, corporate banking and principal investing solutions.

At RMB we are passionate about solving problems for our clients by seeking solutions beyond the obvious. We are innovative in our thinking and turn challenges into opportunities. We call ourselves Solutionist Thinkers who deliver on Traditional values. Innovative ideas.

Our ability to think differently, our collaborative spirit, our client-centric approach and our belief that great minds don’t always have to think alike, is what sets us apart from our competitors. The emerging and necessary focus on ESG as a tool for capital allocation will lead to more effective and efficient capital markets when principles are adopted by stakeholders. RMB continues to embed ESG principles into our frameworks so that we can deliver relevant solutions that are valued by our clients in the markets in which we operate.

As the Corporate and Investment arm of FirstRand Bank Limited (which is wholly-owned by FirstRand Limited), we have access to a network of retail banks in 25 African countries, including representative offices and branches in the UK, India and China.

For more information please visit: www.rmb.co.za

Speakers

Banji Fehintola

Banji Fehintola

Senior Director, Head of Treasury & Financial Institutions

Africa Finance Corporation

Banji Fehintola

Banji Fehintola

Senior Director, Head of Treasury & Financial Institutions at Africa Finance Corporation

Banji is Senior Director and Head of Treasury & Financial Institutions at Africa Finance Corporation (AFC). He is responsible for managing the Corporation’s balance sheet with total assets of about US$4.5 billion and leading the implementation of its annual funding program in the international loan and debt capital markets. Banji joined AFC in January 2008 and as the pioneer Treasurer of the Corporation, he was instrumental in setting up the Corporation’s treasury function and leading AFC to becoming one of the leading African credits in the international loan and debt capital markets.

He has led several landmark borrowing transactions that AFC has executed since its inception. He manages AFC’s relationship with its rating agencies, bankers and asset managers. AFC in one of the highest investment grade rated entities in Africa with a credit rating of A3 (Stable Outlook) from Moody’s. Prior to joining AFC, Banji worked with the Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities team of Citibank Nigeria and the Tax and Business Advisory Division of former Arthur Andersen. He is a Chartered Accountant, with a first degree in Economics and a Masters degree in International Finance. He is also a CFA Charter holder.

Africa Finance Corporation

Africa Finance Corporation

AFC, an investment grade multilateral finance institution, was established in 2007 with an equity capital base of US$1.1 billion, to be the catalyst for private sector-led infrastructure investment across Africa. With a current balance sheet of approximately US$6.1 billion, AFC is the second highest investment grade rated multilateral financial institution in Africa with an A3/P2 (Stable outlook) rating from Moody’s Investors Service. AFC successfully raised US$1,150 billion (US$650 million and US$500 million) in 2019, US$500 million in 2017 and US$750 million in 2015 through Eurobond issuances; out of its Board-approved US$5 Billion Global Medium-Term Note (MTN) Programme. All Eurobond issues were oversubscribed and attracted investors from Asia, Europe and the USA.

AFC’s investment approach combines specialist industry expertise with a focus on financial and technical advisory, project structuring, project development and risk capital to address Africa’s infrastructure development needs and drive sustainable economic growth. AFC invests in high-quality infrastructure assets that provide essential services in the core infrastructure sectors of power, natural resources, heavy industry, transport, and telecommunications. To date, the Corporation has invested over US$7.2billion in projects within 32 countries across Africa.

Anneke Lund

Anneke Lund

Sustainable Finance Executive

Standard Bank

Anneke Lund

Anneke Lund

Sustainable Finance Executive at Standard Bank

Investment banking experience 10+ years

  • Anneke leads transaction execution, project management and regulatory engagement
  • Anneke has extensive experience in the debt solutions team, having joined the bank in 2005.
  • Anneke holds a bachelor of Commerce Honours degree in Financial Analysis and is a registered CIMA Chartered Management Accountant.

Standard Bank

Standard Bank

About Standard Bank Group

Standard Bank Group is the largest African bank by assets, operating in 20 African countries and 5 global financial centres. Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, we are listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, with share code SBK, and the Namibian Stock Exchange, share code SNB.

Standard Bank has a 158-year history in South Africa and started building a franchise outside southern Africa in the early 1990s.

Our strategic position, which enables us to connect Africa to other select emerging markets as well as pools of capital in developed markets, and our balanced portfolio of businesses, provide significant opportunities for growth.

The group has over 50 000 employees, more than 1100 branches and over 6500 ATMs on the African continent, which enable it to deliver a complete range of services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking and wealth management.

Headline earnings for 2020 were R15.9 billion and total assets were R2.5 trillion (about USD170 billion). Standard Bank’s market capitalisation as of 31 December 2020 was R209.4 billion (USD14 billion).

The group’s largest shareholder is the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank, with a 20.1% shareholding. In addition, Standard Bank Group and ICBC share a strategic partnership that facilitates trade and deal flow between Africa, China and select emerging markets.

For further information, go to http://www.standardbank.com

> LinkedIn URL - Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking Page https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/standard-bank-corporate-and-investment-banking/

Lucky Ncobela

Lucky Ncobela

Group Treasurer

Rand Water

Lucky Ncobela

Lucky Ncobela

Group Treasurer at Rand Water

Rand Water

Arvana Singh

Arvana Singh

Head: Sustainable Finance Solutions

Nedbank

Arvana Singh

Arvana Singh

Head: Sustainable Finance Solutions at Nedbank

Arvana leads Sustainable Finance Solutions at Nedbank CIB and holds extensive investment banking and sustainable finance experience having arranged over R 8,5bn equivalent of green bonds and climate loans over the last three years thereby placing Nedbank at the forefront of this space. Arvana formulated a market leading sustainability issuance framework for Nedbank and structured its inaugural green renewable energy bonds and subsequent Tier 2 green capital instruments. The green renewable energy bond instruments were endorsed by international and global investors and achieved the African Banker Energy Deal of the Year Award and the Impact Initiative of the Year Award for Africa from Environmental Finance. The Tier 2 Green Bond deal resulted in Nedbank being named as the Best Sustainable Finance Bank in Africa by Euromoney in 2021.

Arvana is also developing ESG themed loan financings with clients across sectors and holds a vast knowledge on sustainable finance and E, S and G principles and frameworks. She has completed the University of Cambridge Sustainability Practitioners course, is a CFA Charterholder and serves as a contributor to various sustainable finance industry initiatives.

Nedbank

Nedbank
12:25

Must-have or nice-to-have: How much emphasis are investors putting on E, S and G when investing in Africa?

  • What are investors looking for when it comes to green asset classes? What boxes needed to be ticked?
  • How do investors balance E vs. S vs. G when talking about sustainability?
  • To what extent do investors put emphasis on “use of proceeds” vs. “green instruments” when looking at ESG-related transactions?

Moderator

Wayne Frank

Wayne Frank

Principal: Distribution

Nedbank

Wayne Frank

Wayne Frank

Principal: Distribution at Nedbank

Wayne has 18 years of banking experience across a wide area of roles. Wayne performed numerous roles in the Leveraged Finance bank debt market while living in London (8 years) and since being back in South Africa for the last 10 years placing corporate bonds and loans with institutional investors and other banks while working in the Distribution and Syndication team at Nedbank CIB. Increasingly Wayne has been involved in the structuring and placement of impact bonds and loans which has seen increased interest from the investor community in South Africa. Was involved in the structuring and placement of Nedbank’s Sustainability linked Green bonds in 2019 which became the first green bonds to be listed by a bank on the green segment of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. In August 2020 that deal was awarded Energy Deal of the year 2020 by the African banker magazine.

Nedbank

Nedbank

Speakers

Melissa Moore

Melissa Moore

Melissa Moore

Investment Analyst at Futuregrowth Asset Management

Melissa joined Futuregrowth Asset Management in 2015, initially managing the Specialist Investment Administration team before joining the Investment team as an investment analyst in 2017. Her responsibilities include deal origination, investment analysis, deal negotiation and structuring in the unlisted credit market. Prior to joining Futuregrowth, Melissa completed her articles at PwC in Cape Town followed by an eight month secondment at PwC in the US.

Futuregrowth Asset Management

Ashok Parameswaran

Ashok Parameswaran

Ashok Parameswaran

Founder & President at Emerging Markets Investors Alliance

Ashok Parameswaran is the President and Founder of the Emerging Markets Investors Alliance. He has over 20 years of experience relating to emerging markets, mostly as an emerging market sovereign debt analyst. During his career, he has worked at asset managers including Invesco, AIG Investments, and Fidelity Management and Research. Ashok was part of an Invesco team that performed in the top third of Bloomberg-listed emerging market peers for 4 out of 5 years.

Ashok also has significant experience in international economics and development. At the US Treasury Department, he advised the US Treasury Secretaries Paul O’Neill and John Snow on economic policy towards South Asia, the Middle East, and East Africa. During this time, he served as Treasury’s Coordinator for Afghan Reconstruction. Ashok helped to start the India Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he worked with CSIS Executive Vice President Doug Johnston, US Ambassador to India William Clark, and Congressman Stephen Solarz, former Chair of the House Subcommittee on Asia and Pacific Affairs.

Ashok has served on the Board of the microfinance non-profit United Prosperity and on the Junior Board of Seeds of Peace. Ashok holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.

Emerging Markets Investors Alliance

Emerging Markets Investors Alliance
13:10

Networking lunch sponsored by MUFG

14:10

ESG reporting 101: Unpacking the (hidden) complexities around ESG frameworks and reporting standards

  • What are the first steps that a company should take when embarking on their ESG journey? What are the most important aspects of existing frameworks that should be followed and/or noted?
  • What can be learnt from previous successes (and obstacles) of African corporates who have implemented ESG into their business models?
  • Following the crowd vs. paving your own way: Should Africa be looking towards “global” standards to improve ESG frameworks and reporting, or should the continent be looking towards forging its own standards to match its own rate of growth?

Moderator

Amanda Vainio

Amanda Vainio

Head of Sustainable Financing EU

MUFG

Amanda Vainio

Amanda Vainio

Head of Sustainable Financing EU at MUFG

Amanda joined MUFG’s Sustainable Financing team in 2018, and is responsible for the EU Sustainable Financing business across both bonds and loans.

Amanda has in-depth knowledge on Sustainable Financing instruments, and has advised and supported various clients on their ESG Financing processes. Her most recent high-profile ESG Structuring Advisor deals included the debut Sustainability-Linked Bond for Coca Cola İçecek, ICL’s first Sustainability-Linked Loan, debut Green Bond for Arçelik and Faurecia, the inaugural Sustainability Bond for the Kingdom of Thailand, and the debut Green Sukuk for Saudi Electricity Company. All of these successful transactions required several months of close collaboration with the clients to achieve the best possible transaction structure suitable for them.

Amanda is part of a number of ICMA’s Sustainable Finance Working Groups, including for Sustainability-Linked Bonds, Social Bonds, Climate Transition Financing and Impact Reporting, and hence is at the forefront of the market development.

Amanda holds a BSc Hons Business Studies from Lancaster University and a MSc Finance with concentration in Corporate Finance from Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

MUFG

MUFG

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG) is one of the world’s leading financial groups. Headquartered in Tokyo and with over 360 years of history, MUFG has a global network with approximately 2,500 locations in more than 50 countries. The Group has about 170,000 employees and offers services including commercial banking, trust banking, securities, credit cards, consumer finance, asset management, and leasing. The Group aims to “be the world’s most trusted financial group” through close collaboration among our operating companies and flexibly respond to all of the financial needs of our customers, serving society, and fostering shared and sustainable growth for a better world.

Please visit the website for more information - https://www.mufgemea.com/

LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mufg

Twitter Page: @MUFGEMEA

Speakers

Omega Collocott

Omega Collocott

Director and Lead Analyst, Corporate Ratings

S&P Global

Omega Collocott

Omega Collocott

Director and Lead Analyst, Corporate Ratings at S&P Global

Omega Collocott joined S&P Global Ratings in September 2017 as Director of Corporate Ratings, based in Johannesburg. Omega’s portfolio includes companies based in sub-Saharan Africa, and operating in the utilities, mining, telecoms and chemicals sectors, amongst others.

Prior to joining S&P Global, Omega spent 11 years analysing financial institutions, having worked as sector head for Financial Institution Ratings at Global Credit Ratings, overseeing ratings across the African continent, as well as SCMB Securities and Deutsche Securities. She headed Standard Bank’s CIS and Africa Credit Research team from 2005-2009, while based in Russia. In addition to analytical roles, Omega provided audit and consulting services to financial institutions for over eight years.

Omega is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, and CFA Institute. She has previously served on the boards of the CFA societies in both South Africa and Russia. Omega completed a finance honours degree at the University of Cape Town

S&P Global

S&P Global

S&P Global is the world's foremost provider of credit ratings, benchmarks and analytics in the global capital and commodity markets, offering ESG solutions, deep data, and insights on critical economic, market, and business factors. We've been providing essential intelligence that unlocks opportunity, fosters growth, and accelerates progress for more than 160 years. Our divisions include S&P Global Ratings, S&P Global Market Intelligence, S&P Dow Jones Indices, and S&P Global Platts. For more information, visit www.spglobal.com.

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Ilona Roodt

Ilona Roodt

Chief Financial Officer

TUHF

Ilona Roodt

Ilona Roodt

Chief Financial Officer at TUHF

Ilona Roodt is the CFO at the TUHF Group, managing the entire financial process within the company. Her role includes financial reporting, Policy development and implementation, Treasury and Risk Management, Governance and regulatory compliance.

Before joining TUHF, she held positions as financial manager at Standard Bank Property Finance & Advisory services, Portfolio Manager for Rand Merchant Bank (a Division of First Rand Bank Ltd), and Credit Manager and Corporate & International Credit at Nedcor Bank.

Ilona holds a B.Com (Accountancy, Auditing, Commercial Law), C.T.A./B.Compt (Accountancy, Auditing, Tax), PAAB Qualifying Exam – CA (SA), JSE Compliance Officer Rules Exam, Mortgage finance (Wits Business School), Property Development Programme (SAPOA), H. Dip Tax, and an International Housing Finance Program (Wharton Business School, Pennsylvania) qualification.

TUHF

Ashleigh Sparrow

Ashleigh Sparrow

Analyst, Sustainable Finance Solutions

Nedbank CIB

Ashleigh Sparrow

Ashleigh Sparrow

Analyst, Sustainable Finance Solutions at Nedbank CIB

Ashleigh holds a Bachelor of Accounting and a Bachelor of Law (BAccLLB) from Stellenbosch University and has completed Level I of the CFA programme. Ashleigh started on the Nedbank CIB Graduate Programme in 2019 and spent two years in the Aircraft Finance team gaining experience in asset based financing and distressed debt. In 2021 she joined the Sustainable Finance Solutions team where she has gained a good grounding and understanding of sustainable finance frameworks and best practice trends and has been assisting in structuring sustainability linked products and frameworks for borrowers.

Nedbank CIB

Nedbank CIB

Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB)

Nedbank CIB is the wholesale banking arm of Johannesburg-based Nedbank Group, with large operational centres in Durban and Cape Town.

The business covers the full spectrum of leading corporate and investment banking solutions through innovative transactional, funding and investment banking options, which are characterised by fresh thinking. The scope of investment banking stretches from debt advisory and long-term project financing to equity trading and investment, as well as research.

Banking is changing significantly - change that is largely driven by disruptive technology, platforms and new players entering the market. That change has prompted us to see the world and money differently with two goals in mind; one is to continue to deliver impactful solutions for the enduring success of our clients, and the second is to positively impact the fabric of corporations and nations. Some of our bold investments are in the technology industry, thereby enabling us to introduce clients to disruptive innovation. We experiment and distribute the innovation to improve not only our own growth, but importantly improve efficiencies within our clients’ businesses.

Nedbank has a presence across Africa, comprising more than 2 000 branches in 39 countries, as well as in selected key global financial centres.

14:55

Green transition: What does the Energy Transition mean for Africa, and how are businesses (particularly those that are hydrocarbon-rich) incorporating ESG into their finances?

  • Balancing Africa’s growth and development imperative with climate change: How should trade-offs be approached? What are the greatest opportunities and risks surrounding the transition?
  • How can sovereigns and corporates access transition finance? What criteria are the banks looking for? What alternative sources of capital are available?
  • Prioritising spend: How are/can African economies balance costs associated with a Just Transition vs. other socio-economic demands?
  • Private and public collaboration: How are these two sectors working together to fund Africa’s transition?
  • How are corporates defining and creating an ESG policy? What tools are available for measuring ESG compliance?
  • How does sustainable loan financing impact critical areas like oil and gas? What alternative support is available to encourage countries not to use their natural resources?

Moderator

Greg Fyfe

Greg Fyfe

Head of Sustainable Finance

Standard Bank

Greg Fyfe

Greg Fyfe

Head of Sustainable Finance at Standard Bank

Investment Banking experience: 20+

  • Greg has over 20 years’ Investment Banking experience and has occupied various roles within the Standard Bank Group since joining the group in 1997;
  • Before being appointed to lead the Sustainable Finance team in 2021, Greg headed the global Energy and Infrastructure debt business for Standard Bank. In this role, he was responsible for the provision of the full range of debt solutions to clients across the infrastructure and energy sectors, including renewable energy. This included advisory, underwriting, arranging as well as lending solutions across the debt spectrum;
  • He was appointed as an Executive in the Project Finance business in 2007 and has extensive experience sourcing, structuring and closing cross border project financing transactions through appropriate and tailored risk mitigation solutions and has successfully closed several high profile infrastructure finance debt, mezzanine and equity mandates with high profile clients.
  • Greg holds an LLB and MBA degree.

Standard Bank

Standard Bank

About Standard Bank Group

Standard Bank Group is the largest African bank by assets, operating in 20 African countries and 5 global financial centres. Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, we are listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, with share code SBK, and the Namibian Stock Exchange, share code SNB.

Standard Bank has a 158-year history in South Africa and started building a franchise outside southern Africa in the early 1990s.

Our strategic position, which enables us to connect Africa to other select emerging markets as well as pools of capital in developed markets, and our balanced portfolio of businesses, provide significant opportunities for growth.

The group has over 50 000 employees, more than 1100 branches and over 6500 ATMs on the African continent, which enable it to deliver a complete range of services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking and wealth management.

Headline earnings for 2020 were R15.9 billion and total assets were R2.5 trillion (about USD170 billion). Standard Bank’s market capitalisation as of 31 December 2020 was R209.4 billion (USD14 billion).

The group’s largest shareholder is the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank, with a 20.1% shareholding. In addition, Standard Bank Group and ICBC share a strategic partnership that facilitates trade and deal flow between Africa, China and select emerging markets.

For further information, go to http://www.standardbank.com

> LinkedIn URL - Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking Page https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/standard-bank-corporate-and-investment-banking/

Speakers

Guillaume Barberousse

Guillaume Barberousse

Head of FI Debt Group

Proparco

Guillaume Barberousse

Guillaume Barberousse

Head of FI Debt Group at Proparco

Guillaume Barberousse started his career with BNP Paribas 2000, working in the mergers and acquisitions consultancy department with particular responsibility for deals in the agro-industry sector, and in media and telecommunications, before becoming manager of the valuations team.

Guillaume joined Proparco in the Credit Risk department in 2007, before becoming deputy director of the Manufacturing/Agribusiness/Services division with special responsibility for agro-industry. He became regional Director based in Proparco’s Istanbul office from September 2013 to June 2016. Guillaume has been heading Proparco’s FI department since he has back from Istanbul. In this capacity, he led the growth and reorganization of the department, which provided over 1bnEUR of new funds (debt and guarantees) to partner FIs in 2021.

Guillaume has a degree in agricultural engineering and a Master’s in finance from ESCP business school in Paris.

Proparco

Proparco

About Proparco

Proparco is the private sector financing arm of Agence Française de Développement Group (AFD Group). It has been promoting sustainable economic, social and environmental development for over 40 years. Proparco provides funding and support to both businesses and financial institutions in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle-East. Its action focuses on the key development sectors: infrastructure, mainly for renewable energies, agribusiness, financial institutions, health and education.

Its operations aim to strengthen the contribution of private players to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the international community in 2015. To this end, Proparco finances companies, whose activity contributes to creating jobs and decent incomes, providing essential goods and services and combating climate change.

For a World in Common.

For further information: www.proparco.fr/en and @Proparco

LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/proparco

Heidi Barends

Heidi Barends

Specialist Banking: Sustainable Finance

Absa

Heidi Barends

Heidi Barends

Specialist Banking: Sustainable Finance at Absa

Heidi is heading up the sustainable finance team at Absa CIB, based in Johannesburg. Her team is leveraging the bank’s strength as a leading African financial institution to channel financing into solutions that support inclusive growth and environmental protection across the continent. Heidi has been working in banking since 2015, and has experience spanning retail and investment banking. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial engineering from the University of Pretoria and a Master’s degree in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge.

Absa

Absa

Absa Group Limited (‘Absa Group’) is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and is the parent company of one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups.

Absa Group, through its worldwide affiliates and subsidiaries (collectively referred to as “The Group”), offers an integrated set of products and services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management and insurance.

The Group has a presence in 12 countries in Africa, with approximately 42 000 employees.

The Group’s registered head office is in Johannesburg, South Africa, and it owns majority stakes in banks in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa (Absa Bank Limited), Tanzania (Barclays Bank Tanzania and National Bank of Commerce), Uganda and Zambia. The Group also has representative offices in Namibia, Nigeria, London and New York as well as insurance operations in Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

For further information about Absa Group Limited, please visit: www.absa.africa

LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/compa...

Mpati Makoa

Mpati Makoa

Environmental Manager

SANRAL

Mpati Makoa

Mpati Makoa

Environmental Manager at SANRAL

Mpati is an Environmental Scientist/Engineer with a Masters degree and over 20 years of experience spanning government and the private sector. Mpati’s experience includes her current responsibility as the Environmental Manager at the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL)’s, where she provides direction for SANRAL’s environmental sustainability programme; develops and implements relevant policy; ensures compliance with environmental laws; conducts environmental awareness training; drives research on topics such as alien and invasive vegetation, etc. Her role also includes input to SANRAL’s Integrated Report, preparing reports to regulators, local and international banks/lenders, and other stakeholders, and ‘greenfluencing’ others such as consultants, and construction and maintenance teams to ensure conformance to SANRAL’s Sustainability Framework.

Mpati has previous experience from a coal-fired power station, where she was responsible for environmental management and community liaison. She championed cleaner production and resource efficiency measures, including the station’s Asbestos Reduction Programme; Air Emission Reduction Plan and Ash Recycling Programme which led to development of new businesses in brickmaking and cement manufacturing. She also played a major role in the power station’s Social Responsibility initiatives as a committee member.

SANRAL

15:40

End of Day Two & Close of conference


COUNTRIES REPRESENTED IN 2022


Angola, Belgium, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, DRC, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, India, Italy, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, UAE, UK, USA & Zambia.



COMPANIES CONFIRMED FOR 2022


  • 27 Four Investment Managers
  • ABCO Bourse
  • Absa
  • Access Bank
  • Acorn Holdings Africa
  • AD Global Investors Limited
  • Addendum Financial Technologies
  • Afena Capital
  • Africa Data Centres
  • Africa Finance Corporation
  • Africa Islamic Economic Foundation (AFRIEF)
  • Africa Link Capital
  • Africa Rising Capital
  • Africa Specialty Risks Ltd
  • African Bank
  • African Development Bank
  • African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)



  • African Industries Group
  • African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM)
  • African Trade Insurance Agency
  • Ahizone Resources
  • Airports Company South Africa
  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld
  • Allan Gray Investment Management
  • Aluwani Capital Partners
  • American Tower Corporation
  • Amundi Asset Management
  • Apparel Group
  • Argentil Capital Partners
  • Arise
  • Ashburton
  • ASISA
  • Autonomous Port of Dakar
  • Autus Securities
  • Axian Group
  • Axxela Limited
  • B B Energy DMCC
  • Baker & Mckenzie
  • BancTrust and Co. Investment Bank
  • Bank of Africa UK
  • Bank of China
  • Bank of Industry
  • Bank of Uganda
  • Bank One Limited
  • Barloworld
  • Bayport Management Ltd
  • BIHL
  • Black Star Group
  • Black Stars Investments (BSI)
  • Blue Mountain Inn
  • BlueOrchard Finance
  • BofA Securities
  • Botswana Housing Corporation
  • Botswana Insurance Fund Management (BIFM)
  • Botswana Motor Vehicle Accident Fund
  • Botswana Savings Bank
  • Bowmans
  • BUA Cement
  • BUA International Nigeria
  • Canadian Solar
  • Cape Berkshire Asset Management
  • Capitaltrust Investment & Asset Management
  • Carius Krueger and Partners
  • Catalis
  • CDC Group
  • CDP
  • Centrafin
  • Central Bank of Eswatini
  • Centum Investment
  • CGF Bourse
  • Chic Shak Design
  • Citi
  • City of Cape Town
  • City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality
  • City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality
  • Clifford Chance
  • Clyde & Company
  • Commerzbank
  • Congo Airways
  • Connect Earth
  • CRDB Bank Tanzania
  • Credit Europe Bank
  • Credit Suisse
  • Daimler
  • Dangote Group
  • Debswana
  • Debt Management Office, Nigeria
  • DEG Invest
  • Dentons
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Development Bank of Namibia
  • Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)
  • Dhow Kimura
  • Dubai Islamic Bank
  • Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank
  • Ecobank - The Pan African Bank
  • Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs (ENS)
  • Embassy of Spain
  • Emerging Markets Investors Alliance
  • Emso Asset Management
  • Equites Property Fund Limited
  • Eskom
  • Eskom Finance Company SOC
  • ETG World
  • eThekwini Municipality
  • Ethos Mezzanine Partners
  • European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • Exxaro Resources
  • Federated Hermes
  • Fencas Real Estate Development Company
  • FIMCO
  • FirstRand Bank
  • Fitch Ratings
  • Fitch Solutions
  • FMO
  • Foschini Group
  • Futuregrowth Asset Management
  • Gauteng Department of Economic Development
  • Gauteng Infrastructure Financing Agency (GIFA)
  • Gauteng Infrastrucuture Financing Agency
  • GCR Ratings
  • GE Capital Markets
  • GE Healthcare
  • Ghana International Bank
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Government of Kaduna State
  • Granate Asset Management
  • GroCapital Holdings
  • GrowthPoint Properties
  • GuarantCo
  • Harmony Gold
  • Harvest Asset Management
  • Helios Investment Partners
  • HSBC
  • Hyprop
  • ICBC Standard Bank
  • Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE)
  • IHS Towers
  • Impaxis Securities
  • Imperial Logistics
  • Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) of South Africa
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • Intesa Sanpaolo
  • Investec Bank
  • Invictus Capital & Finance
  • Izwe Africa
  • Johannesburg Stock Exchange
  • JP Morgan
  • Kairos Capital
  • Kendal Investment Partners
  • KF Titrisation
  • KfW IPEX Bank
  • Khanyisa Impact Investment Fund
  • KSM2G Professionals
  • Laurium Capital
  • LEAP
  • Letlole La Rona Limited
  • Letshego Holdings
  • Liberty Group
  • Lion's Head Global Partners
  • Liquid Intelligent Technologies
  • Loukil Investment Group
  • LUMIERE G INTERNATIONAL LTD
  • Lusaka Securities Exchange
  • M&G Investments
  • Maitland Trust
  • Marsh
  • Mashreqbank
  • Matha Capital
  • Mauritius Commercial Bank
  • MawereSibanda Commercial Lawyers
  • Mazi Capital
  • Mergence Investment Managers
  • Michiah Enterprises
  • MIGA
  • Miller Insurance Services
  • Ministère du Développement, de l'Economie et des Finances, Benin
  • Ministry of Finance - Tanzania
  • Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Tanzania
  • Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Sierra Leone
  • Ministry of Finance, Angola
  • Ministry of Finance, Cameroon
  • Ministry of Finance, Guinée Bissau
  • Ministry of Finance, Senegal
  • Mizuho Bank
  • M-Kopa Solar
  • MMI Holdings
  • Momentum Metropolitan Holdings
  • Moore Debt Advisory
  • Moove
  • Moove Africa
  • Motus Holdings Ltd
  • MTN Group
  • MUFG
  • National Treasury, Kenya
  • National Treasury, Republic of South Africa
  • Natixis
  • Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking
  • Ninety One
  • Norsad Capital
  • NPF Pensions
  • Nthane Brothers
  • Nuveen Investments
  • Oasis Crescent
  • Old Mutual Alternative Investments
  • Old Mutual Finance
  • Old Mutual Investment Group
  • Old Mutual Specialised Finance
  • Pangaea Securities
  • Pareto Limited
  • Pent Asset and Wealth Management
  • Petrosa
  • Powerhouse International
  • Prescient
  • Price Forbes & Partners Ltd
  • Proparco
  • Quadridge Trust Services (Pty Ltd)
  • Radiant Insurance
  • Rand Merchant Bank
  • Rand Water
  • RAWSUR SA, RDC
  • Raymond James Financial
  • RDC Properties South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Red Sea National Refinery and Petrochemicals Company
  • responsAbility
  • Retail Capital
  • Rho Capital
  • S&P Global
  • SA Home Loans
  • SA Taxi Finance
  • Sanlam
  • Sanlam Capital Markets
  • Sanlam Investments
  • SANParks
  • Sappi
  • Saudi Aramco
  • SBM Bank (Mauritius)
  • Scania
  • Select Africa
  • Senelec
  • SGI Hudson & CIE
  • SMBC
  • SMBC Nikko Capital Markets
  • Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA) of South Africa
  • Societe Generale
  • SoluSoft Limited
  • Sonangol
  • South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL)
  • South African Reserve Bank
  • Southchester Investment Managers
  • Sovereign Risk Insurance
  • Stanbic Bank
  • Stanbic IBTC
  • Stanbic IBTC Capital
  • Standard Bank
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Standard Investment Bank
  • Stanlib
  • Stanlib Asset Management
  • State Bank of India
  • Stonehage Fleming Corporate Services
  • Stronghold Global Finance
  • Symbiotics ICS
  • Taquanta Asset Managers
  • Telecel group
  • Telecom Egypt
  • Telkom
  • Terebinth Capital
  • Texel Finance
  • The Autonomous Sinking Fund, Cameroon
  • The Bidvest Group
  • Thelo
  • TMF Group
  • Toyota Financial Services
  • Trade and Development Bank – TDB
  • Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority
  • Transaction Capital
  • Transaction Capital Recoveries
  • Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA)
  • Transnamib Holdings Limited
  • Transnet SOC
  • Truworths International
  • TUHF Ltd
  • Tysers
  • U Can Grow Africa
  • U.S. International Development Finance Corporation
  • UK Export Finance
  • UMK
  • UMOA - Titres
  • Verdant Capital
  • Vodacom Group
  • Webber Wentzel
  • West Africa Rating Agency - WARA
  • Western Cape Government
  • White & Case
  • Wilmar
  • Woolworths Holdings
  • World Bank Group
  • World Economic Forum
  • WSP
  • Yapi Merkezi
  • Zambezi River Authority

ACCOMODATION

We have discounted hotel rates at the Mount Nelson Hotel, although please note that it is a 30 min walk/15 min drive from the CTICC – details below:

  • Hotel: Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town
  • Rate: R7190 single/R7685 double, bed and breakfast
  • Dates Available: From 6th-12th March
  • To Book: Email gillian.slater@belmond.com stating that you are part of the Bonds & Loans Africa Group

COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES


GFC Media Group protocols:

  • Upon entry to the event, all attendees will be required to produce either a vaccination certificate (2nd dose at least 14 days ago), or a negative PCR test certificate (test taken within 72 hours of arriving at the event) or a certificate of having antibodies. Failure to do so will result in refused entry.
  • We ask that individuals do not attend the event if they feel unwell, are experiencing any of the main COVID-19 symptoms or have recently come into contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • Masks are required to be worn at all times by everyone at the event, unless eating, drinking or speaking on stage (with minimum 2m distance between speaker and audience).
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  • We ask that attendees maintain a safe physical distance of 1m apart from each other when moving about the event space and networking.

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Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Africa AWARDS 2022


About:

The Bonds & Loans Africa Awards Ceremony will be held on the evening of Wednesday 9th March 2022 at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town.

The nominations for the Bonds & Loans Africa AWARDS 2021 and 2022 are now open. The 2021 Bonds & Loans Africa AWARDS was postponed due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19. However, we are delighted to advise that the Bonds & Loans Africa AWARDS ceremony in 2022 will feature winners from both years – winners selected on performance in 2020 and 2021.

Since 2015, the Bonds & Loans Awards has been recognising the most innovative and ground-breaking deals from Sovereign, Corporate and Financial Institution issuers and borrowers.


Benefits of attending the AWARDS Ceremony:

  • Access a highly exclusive event and senior industry-leading figures involved in the most innovative and ground-breaking deals from Sovereign, Corporate and Financial Institutions & Borrowers
  • Build your network: limited numbers ensure guaranteed interaction and networking with a select group of the industry’s elite; all of our 2019/20 ceremonies sold out and proved a night to remember

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