The Africa Business Forum

The Africa Business Forum convenes global business executives, government officials, academic leaders and 25 Mandela Washington Fellows from 18 African countries to discuss today’s business environment in Africa and opportunities for spurring economic growth, good governance and private sector investment. The format was designed to encourage informal dialogue and interactions among participants. The program includes moderated panel discussions, lightning roundtables, and an informal networking lunch.


2017 Plenary Speakers

Brionne Dawson

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

James B. Murray Jr.

Murray Enterprises

Paul Sullivan

Acrow Bridge

Ken Flechler

Pike Energy

Amb. (Dr.) Robin Renee Sanders

Chevron

Toni Weis

CIPE

Adam Hemphill

Walmart

Suzie Zimmerman

UPS

Ru Nyambuya

Standard Bank

Francois Baird

Baird’s U.S.

Hibah Kamal-Grayson

Google

Curtis Etherly

Coca-Cola

Mike Ligon

Universal Corporation

Prosser Stirling

Oracle

Temitope Iluyemi

Proctor & Gamble

Teresa Jennings

LexisNexis/RELX

Michael DiPaula-Coyle

IBM

Jeffrey Krilla

Kosmos Energy

Cassady Walters

Albright Stonebridge

Neal Piper

The Presidential Precinct




Agenda

8:45-9:15am
Coffee & Informal Networking


9:15-9:30am
Welcome Remarks

Brionne Dawson, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
James B. Murray Jr., The Presidential Precinct


9:30–10:15am
Panel 1: The Importance of SMEs in Strengthening
Economies Across Africa

Moderator: Toni Weiss, Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
Paul Sullivan, Acrow Bridge
Ken Flechler, Pike Corporation
Dr. Robin Renee Sanders, FE3DS