Speakers

  • André Dias
    André Dias JAP Africa, Portugal
    CFO

    André is currently the CFO for JAP International Holding and is responsible for leading the trading company in Portugal (JAP Africa), as well as managing the Automatriz and Mobikey’s financial teams in Angola, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. He has been with JAP Group for 8 years and held positions as their Credit and Financing Manager, and their Credit and Collections Manager. Prior to JAP Group, André obtained experience within the Automotive and Banking Sector.

  • Anneli Walltott
    Anneli Walltott Sandvik, Sweden
    Deputy Group Treasurer, Head of Cash Flow Management

    Anneli Walltott is the Deputy Group Treasurer and Head of Cash Flow Management at Sandvik Treasury AB. She has been with Sandvik for 9 years and have 35 years of experience from the banking, financial and authority sector. In this role Anneli is specifically responsible for Global Cash Management, Global payment and Liquidity Projects, Treasury Operations, Treasury IT, Treasury Intra Group Services, Group Payment Infrastructure and Netting. Anneli is a member of the Board for Sandviks Insurance Company and the Chair of Sandvik Treasury AB. Apart from this Anneli is also the Deputy Group Treasurer and in that role supporting the Group Treasurer in all treasury related matters. Prior to Sandvik Anneli has worked and held different positions at other large International companies, bank and a state agency such as Assa Abloy Treasury, Skanska Financial Services, Nordea, SBAB Finance and The Swedish Supervisory Authority (FSA) as Head of Prudential Supervisory.

  • Bernardo Aparicio
    Bernardo Aparicio Absa Bank, Mozambique
    Head of Corporate and Investment Banking

    Bernardo is currently the Head of Corporate and Investment Banking at Absa Bank Mozambique, where he is responsible for the Corporate Banking, Investment Banking and Markets businesses. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of Absa Bank Moçambique. Bernardo was previously the Head of Investment Banking Coverage across the Southern and East Africa region. He was appointed to the position in June 2013 with over 13 years of banking experience primarily in the Project and Infrastructure Finance sector. After joining Baclays in 2009 he has worked in the Project Finance sector with a focus on Portugal. Bernardo was then appointed the Co-Head of the International Debt Finance team at Barclays, based in London, responsible for all corporate debt origination in the EMEA region. Prior to Absa, he was the director for Infrastructure Finance in Banesto (Santander Group) in Madrid and VP of the Project Finance team of CaixaBI (Caixa Geral) in Lisbon, with a focus on Europe, the US and Latin America. Bernardo has a degree in Economics from the Universidade Nova in Lisbon

  • Bohani Hlungwane
    Bohani Hlungwane Absa Group, South Africa
    Regional Head of Trade & Working Capital Africa Regional Operations

    Bohani Hlungwane is the regional head of Trade and Working Capital Finance for all Absa Group entities outside of South Africa. He is responsible for strategy, business development, profitability and overall management of the business. He manages a team based in Johannesburg and the various Trade and Working capital teams in the countries. Bohani is a senior global banker and business leader with 17 years’ experience in commercial banking, trade finance, product management, business development, business management, business strategy, operations management, working capital finance, managing profitability, and deal structuring. His immediate previous role was Director and Product Lead for Guarantees & Standby Documentary Credits in HSBC’s Global Trade Finance business where he worked in Asia (based in Hong Kong) from June 2012 until February 2018. In this role, he had responsibility for Europe, the Americas and MENA as the product lead. Bohani holds a Senior Executive Leadership Program certificate from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, an MBA (Strategy & Finance) from The University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), a Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Financial & Monetary Economics from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa and a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics from UNISA.

  • David Ofosu-Dorte
    David Ofosu-Dorte AB & David Africa, Ghana
    Senior Partner

    David Ofosu-Dorte is the senior partner of AB & David Africa, a pan-Africa business law firm with offices in 5 countries and a network of firms in a total of 23 African countries. His experience cuts across project finance, the power sector, public policy reform and public-private partnerships (PPPs) and lead adviser in numerous infrastructure transactions. In addition to law, David also holds Master’s degrees in Public Administration and in Applied Business Research, and is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (UK). He has served on the Governing Council of the Association of Ghana Industries and between 2013 and 2014. David had the distinction to serve as a committee member of the National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria (NCCN) as a non-Nigerian member. He is also an executive of the AfroChampions organisation which has spearheaded the several Pan-African private sector initiatives. In particular, David focuses on the AfCFTA work of AfroChampions where he leads the AfCFTA initiative.

  • Devyani Parameshwar
    Devyani Parameshwar Vodafone, UK
    Head of Commercial M-Pesa Africa

    Devyani Parameshwar is a Head of Commercial for M-Pesa at the Vodafone Group. Her team works alongside the leadership teams in Africa, to co-create M-Pesa’s product strategy, drive thought leadership and design new products across financial services, merchant and enterprise solutions and remittances. Prior to M-Pesa, Devyani worked on financial inclusion and social enterprise models based in India with the IFC and at Intellecap. Devyani has an MBA from London Business School and a double degree in Physics and International Relations from Wellesley College in the US.

  • Ibtihel Sadfi
    Ibtihel Sadfi Decathlon International, France
    Group Treasurer

    Former Treasurer at Auchan France - Credit Management Department. Current position: Group Treasurer at Decathlon International - FOREX Risk Management Department

  • Jason Marsden
    Jason Marsden Standard Bank Group, UK
    Head of Sales: Europe, Transactional Products & Services

    Jason has built a career in financial services over the past 22 years with 18 years’ experience at Standard Bank, holding various roles before transferring to London in 2010 to set up the transaction banking unit. Jason has experience in both retail and corporate banking businesses across Africa. During this time he developed vast experience in strengthening the transactional banking business, including cash management & trade finance solutions for the Public, Private & FI sectors across Sub-Saharan Africa. Jason holds an MBA from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.

  • Manish Joshi
    Manish Joshi GE Capital, UAE
    Director, Cash & Banking, Middle East, Turkey & Africa

  • Michele Maffei
    Michele Maffei Standard Advisory Ltd., UK
    Head of International Sales, Global Markets

    Michele Graduated from the LSE in 1983 with a BSc in Economics specializing in International Trade and Development. An Italian National, he has been working 35 years in banking in diverse businesses ranging from international commercial lending to trading in Global Markets since 1989, managing interest rate, fixed income, currency and credit trading & structuring businesses across Developed and Emerging Markets with JPMorgan Chase and before that Midland Bank International. Michele has been at Standard Bank since 2004 having been responsible for fixed income, currency trading and structuring businesses in East Europe and Asia, Head of Product Management for Investor Products and Head of eCommerce and Digitization for Global Markets until 2017. Michele is currently Global Markets Head of International Sales in London to focus on the delivery of African Global Market products, business development and relationship management of Multinational Corporations in Europe Middle East, North and South America.

  • Natalia Martynova
    Natalia Martynova BAT Plc, UK
    Regional Treasury Manager - Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa

    Natalia is a graduate of Moscow University (Russian Academy of Finance). She is also fully qualified in CIMA and AMCT. Natalia currently oversees operations of 50+ end markets from a treasury perspective. This involves setting treasury strategy across the full spectrum of commercial treasury activities (e.g. cash management, FX, funding, working capital management). From an Africa perspective, the primary focus over the last 3 years has been on driving critical treasury initiatives, including securing trapped funds in Angola, optimising sales collections in South Africa and managing FX risk in markets with very limited hedging instruments available. Previously, Natalia has been Head of Treasury operations in Russia, then Head of Treasury role for Southern African markets based in Cape Town.

  • Pat Thaker
    Pat Thaker Economist Intelligence Unit, UK
    Regional Director Middle East & Africa

    Since 2000, Pratibha Thaker has directed the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa team, which publishes regular country reports and forecasts on macroeconomic, business and political conditions. Working with a substantial pool of external contributors and an internal team of regional and country specialists, she provides the intellectual leadership necessary to ensure the EIU forecasts for the Middle East and African economies are among the most accurate and insightful available to international decision makers. She is responsible for ensuring that the forecasts and analysis for the Middle East and African economies are closely integrated with the EIU’s global macroeconomic outlook.

  • Rahul Daswani
    Rahul Daswani Microsoft Corporation, UAE
    Group Finance Manager - International Financing Solutions, Strategy & Solutions, Global Financial Services

    Rahul Daswani is leading Microsoft’s financing initiatives for India & Middle East Africa. Finance professional having 19+yr’s work experience in treasury and corporate finance. Successful career with Ge-Capital, Nokia, Citibank and Microsoft across Asia & Africa Geographies. Proficient is working capital, cross border transactions, treasury and credit risk management. Comprehensive understanding of Process Management, Industry trends and Managing teams during disruptive change. Strong business skills beyond finance demonstrated via high impact cross-functional projects recognized by company & industry wide awards. Effective leader with strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Razia Khan
    Razia Khan Standard Chartered, UK
    Chief Economist Africa and Middle East

  • Roz Clark
    Roz Clark DPO Group, Kenya
    Head of Group Sales

    Roz Clark is head of sales at DPO Group, a leading African payment service provider working with over 100,000 merchants across 19 African countries. Based in Nairobi, Roz is responsible for DPO’s pan-African sales expansion and the management of existing branches. Roz is also charged with implementing further expansion into west and francophone Africa through recruitment, training and supporting local teams in each country.

  • Servaes Peeters
    Servaes Peeters Siemens, Portugal
    Head of Treasury South West Europe & North West Africa

    Servaes Peeters studied at the London School of Economics and has almost 30 years of financing experience gained with banks such as Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau and ING as well as in various functions with Siemens in Germany and abroad. Since mid-2016, Servaes has been responsible for moving Siemens’ treasury in South West Europe and North West Africa up to the next level, with a special focus on improving both pro-active risk-management and renegotiating pricing and documentation with banks in Maghreb, Central/West Africa and Angola/Mozambique. A major challenge is balancing the providing of pro-active added value to the industrial business and its growth targets on the one hand with performing treasury’s role of governance as well as achieving productivity gain targets on the other hand.Previous functions of Servaes include that of Managing Director of Siemens AG Hong Kong Branch, where he streamlined operations and reorganised and bundled treasury activities for Asia Pacific in the Regional Treasury Centre in Hong Kong; Project Manager “One Treasury” where he structured and implemented the new global mandate and organisation of Siemens AG’s Corporate Treasurer; Head of Energy Investments at Siemens Project Ventures where he revamped the equity investment process and grew the pipeline of energy development projects worldwide; and Managing Director Siemens Consultoria Ltda., Brazil, where he successfully rebuilt the factoring/forfeiting business of Siemens Financial Services after the Argentina-crisis and structured close to USD 1 billion of vendor financings in telecom, energy and healthcare.

  • Shafina Hamed
    Shafina Hamed IATA, Spain
  • Sherif ElZeiny
    Sherif ElZeiny Elsewedy Electric, Egypt
    MBA, NED VP and Group CFO

    Mr. Sherif ElZeiny has extensive experience in Finance and Business sectors covering all of the financial system related aspects whether globally, regionally or in Egypt. Currently, he is the VP and CFO of Elsewedy Electric Group whereby he is responsible for the entire group of companies worldwide. Elsewedy Electric is a significant contributor to the economic growth in Egypt being a well-established group operating in several Middle Eastern, African, European and Asian countries. The group operates in 8 diversified energy segments including; Cables & Accessories, Energy Measurement &Management, Transformers, Communications, Power Generation Plants and Renewable Energy Solutions, Projects & Development with a turnover of $4 billion and workforce of 15,000+ employees. Prior to that, ElZeiny held various senior positions in many distinguished organizations/ companies such as Mentor Graphics, NCR Corporation, Siemens, General Motors (GM) and INDEVCO Group. He holds a Bachelor Degree (B.SC. Com.) in Commerce from Cairo University of Egypt and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from City University of Seattle. He is also a certified Non-Executive Director (NED) from Financial Times.

  • Vanessa Manning
    Vanessa Manning UK
    Independent Financial Services Consultant

  • Vasu Reddy
    Vasu Reddy GE Capital, South Africa
    Treasury Leader - Sub Saharan Africa

    Vasu Reddy is currently the Treasury Leader – Sub-Saharan Africa, based in South Africa and has been in the role from February 2013 to date. Vasu is responsible for global funding, cash and foreign exchange management, and other treasury services for GE's operations in Sub-Saharan Africa which spans over 25 countries. He also supports the business needs for research; indicative pricing and hedging strategies for foreign exchange risk as well as establish regional banking relationships with local preferred and approved banks, Central banks and develop cash management strategies by country. Vasu joined GE from Chevron, South Africa where he was the Senior Treasury Manager, covering South & Central Africa for 7 years and prior to that was at Land and Development Bank of SA before spending 6 years at Woolworths (Pty) Ltd. He is a highly experienced professional with 20 years’ Treasury and Finance experience having worked in Multinational companies in Retail, banking and Oil & Gas sectors. Vasu holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree, an Honours degree in Financial Management from University of Cape Town, Postgraduate Diploma in accounting from University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa and completed the Leadership Executive Program from the Graduate School of Business, Cape Town. Vasu is a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, South Africa. Vasu enjoys gyming and reading.

  • Viplav Rathore
    Viplav Rathore Standard Chartered, UAE
    MD, Head of Cash Management for Africa, Middle East and Pakistan

    Viplav has over 21 years of banking and treasury experience, with in-depth expertise around various aspects of International Cash and Treasury Management. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, he was the Treasury Director at GE Corporate Treasury, heading up their Transaction Banking team for the EMEA & APAC regions. Viplav brings to the table diverse experience, gained from managing GE‘s treasury needs in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific cutting across Cash and Liquidity Management, FX hedging, Risk Management and Middle Office functions. He was actively involved with the set up of the RTC and SSC and the creation of complex cash pools and “In House Bank” structures. He has also led a number of global process re-engineering projects for productivity, cost and controllership wins. In Nov 14, he joined Standard Chartered Bank in London to run the Bank’s Treasury Advisory practice for Europe. He was working with the key clients of the bank to offer them best practice advice and solutions helping them to achieve their efficiency and control aspirations and to crease best in class treasury infrastructure. This included selection of platforms (TMS, SWIFT bureaus), design and set up on IHB, centralizing operations in SSC, integration of acquired companies, payable and receivable optimization and drafting treasury policies and procedures. Since Feb 2017, he is with Standard Chartered Bank in Dubai as part of the Transaction Banking business for Africa and Middle East. Till Aug 2019 he was running Cash Products and Treasury solutions for AME and the cash business for the UAE. In his current role he leads up Cash Management for Africa and MENAP. In his past roles he has worked with ANZ Banking Group and Standard Chartered in the areas of risk management and middle office. He holds a Management degree from the Delhi School of Economics.