• Recently confirmed Gold Sponsors: Botswana Investment & Trade Centre; Jumo; BVI Finance; FSD Africa;
  • Recently confirmed Gold Sponsors: responsAbility; SBM; CDC; Proparco; IFC; BIO;
  • Recently confirmed Gold Sponsors: African Development Bank; Mauritius International Financial Centre; AFMI;
  • Recently confirmed Gold Sponsors: Frontera Capital; ens; Jersey Finance; TCX;
  • Recently confirmed Gold Sponsors: UK aid; ada microfinance; ABAX; Verdant Capital;
  • Recently confirmed Gold Sponsors: Confident Asset Management Limited; RSM; LCF Securities;
  • AFSIC 2017: 3rd - 5th May 2017, Park Plaza Riverbank, London, UK

Mohamed Kalif is the head of Financial Intermediation of the African Development Bank (AfDB) which covers commercial banks, trade finance, SMEs, insurance, leasing and regional development financial institutions. Before joining the Private Sector Department of the AFDB, Mohamed was chief risk of African Development Bank for a period of 7 years.

Prior to joining the AFDB, Mohamed was head of project finance for a commercial bank in Dubai  where he was responsible  for the development of the bank’s project finance activities throughout the Middle East included Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Oman and India. He also served as a credit manager for one of the largest banks in Saudi Arabia for period of four years.

Mohamed has accumulated 24 years banking experiences, including of risk management, corporate banking and project finance lending in commercial banks and development financial institutions environment.

Valdene Reddy is the Head of Equity & Equity Derivatives in the Capital Markets division of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

Her role entails building and leveraging services and relationships across JSE clients (member firms, institutional and retail investors, brokerages and banks) to enhance and develop new products and offerings.

Valdene is responsible for staying abreast of developments across global exchanges as well as the market and regulatory landscape to ensure that the JSE’s offerings constantly remain competitive and innovative.

Valdene’s career spans over 10 years across various financial institutions.

She began her career in 2005 at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch where she worked in the equity sales and trading team focused on covering local institutional clients. In 2006 to mid-2012, she moved onto their equity derivatives desk in sales and trading, where she focused on a vast span of products, marketing delta 1 and option products.

In her most recent role before joining the JSE, Valdene served at Renaissance Capital as Head of Equity Derivative Sales. At the company she was instrumental in progressing from a broking to market making derivatives desk across index and single stock futures, as well as equity options.

Valdene graduated with a Bachelor of Business Science, Actuarial Science degree from the University of Cape Town.

Co-Founder of Quanta Insurance:  Justus Hamusira Hausiku, a successful businessman and previous Managing Director of Hollard Life Namibia, has a Bachelors degree in Accounting from the University of Namibia, a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting from Rhodes University and completed a number of professional courses from different institutions.

He gained professional experience at well-known companies like PricewaterhouseCoopers, Old Mutual, FNB Namibia and Standard Insurance Brokers Namibia.

Through the course of his career Justus held various leadership positions amongst; serving as an executive board member of Hollard Namibia, board member of Namibia National Reinsurance Corporation (NamibRe), a council member of the Namibian Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA) and currently serving as a board member of the Development Bank of Namibia.

He is passionate about the transformation of the Namibian financial services, in terms of inclusiveness and ownership.


Harvesh Seegolam is the Chief Executive of the Financial Services Promotion Agency (FSPA). Prior to the FSPA, Harvesh was Director of the Innovation, Technology & Services cluster at the Board of Investment (BOI), the Investment Promotion Agency of Mauritius.

He has successfully advised a number of global players on setting up operations in Mauritius in the fields of banking, private equity, investment funds, legal services and wealth management, manufacturing and ICT amongst others.

Harvesh holds a BSc (hon) in Economics and an MSc in International Finance, in addition to several other qualifications in accountancy and finance.  He is an alumni of the London School of Economics & Political Science, the University College London and Durham University, as well as the SKEMA ‘Grande Ecole de Commerce’ in France.

Gavin Maxwell is Chairman of Coolfin Partnership, developers of   “The Project Diligence & Investment Platform for Energy and Agriculture in Emerging Markets”.

EUNIFI Net  Launch Press Release and Interview  MAY  2016 AFSIC Issue


For over 25 years he has lead the group’s international consultants and is considered to be ahead of the curve in the deployment of strategies for the rapidly changing technological and investment markets.

Mr Maxwell is an outspoken advocate of the need to shorten the distance between investors and project developers and reduce the cost of doing business in emerging markets.  Three decades of professional and industrial experience enables the EUNIF.NET platform team to deliver multi–investor funds to blend and enhance deal-flow and capital in these growth markets.

Coolfin Partnership are well known as consultants to the  DFI,  Philanthropy and Impact Capital  community and created  the  energy impact finance platform “EUNIFi.NET ” which seeks to streamline the selection, technical diligence and monitoring of projects through new commercial Impact Funds.

Mr Maxwell is a member of the OECD Emerging Markets Industry Group, Alliance for Rural Electricity and a regular speaker and panel member across the investment and energy sectors.

If you wish to obtain a  written interview  Q&A please  connect on Linked-in-  or by email  Tel: +353 51 387477  or Dublin Media Unit at Tomax +353 1 676 3088.

Sunil Benimadhu has been in office as Chief Executive of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius (SEM) since May 1998 after having held various positions in the Securities Industry. He has played an instrumental role in uplifting the operational, technical and regulatory infrastructure of the SEM and contributed to its emergence as one of the leading Exchanges in Africa.  Sunil is the Chairman of Global Finance Mauritius, the apex body of private sector operators in the Financial Services Industry in Mauritius.

Sunil was elected in October 2014 for a three-year term on the Board of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), an association of the World’s leading Stock Exchanges. Sunil was the President of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) an association of 23 Exchanges operating on the continent, from August 2010 to November 2014.  He was a member of the Executive Committee of the South Asian Federation of Exchanges (SAFE), and the Chairman of the SADC Committee of Stock Exchanges (COSSE). Sunil is a regular speaker on emerging markets and on African markets in international stock exchange conferences.

Before joining the Stock Exchange of Mauritius, Sunil Benimadhu worked in the Treasury Department of the African Development Bank (ADB) from February 1997 to April 1998, where he managed the Bank’s assets on international fixed-income markets.  Sunil Benimadhu was the General Manager of the National Mutual Fund Limited between December 1992 and February 1997. He played an instrumental role in the structuring, marketing and setting up of the National Investment Trust Limited, one of the largest investment trusts listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.

Sunil Benimadhu holds a MBA in Finance and Investment from the University of Illinois, United States. He also holds a D.E.A in Development Economics and a Maîtrise in Macro-Economics from the University of Aix-Marseille, France.

Caspar Sprokel joined Triodos Investment Management’s Emerging Markets team in July 2012. As Head of Equity he is responsible for global equity investments in inclusive finance. He is a member of the management team and Investment Committee and has served on Boards of SME and microfinance banks in Africa and Asia. Caspar has over 20 years of banking and financial sector experience in Europe, Africa and Asia. He was Investment Director at SDG, a Botswana-based private equity fund that focuses on the African financial sector and Missing Middle Markets (2008-2011). Prior to that, Caspar held Senior Investment Management positions with financial institutions in Africa (2003-2006) and was a consultant to the World Bank, KfW and USAID on financial sector reform, SME banking and microfinance (2006-2007). From 1997 to 2003 Caspar held various investment management positions with the Dutch development bank FMO. Caspar started his career with ING Bank in the Netherlands as a management trainee, where he held various commercial and SME banking positions. He has an MBA from the University of Groningen and holds certificates in Banking & Finance, French and Corporate Law from various universities.

Megan Viernes is the head of the Africa Team for USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA), the Agency’s partial credit guarantee.  In her current role, she develops and oversees a team of DCA Investment Officers who structure new partial-credit guarantees in support of development objectives in Africa. She has grown the annual Africa portfolio from $98 million to over $382 million in annual credit mobilized. She has focused the team’s efforts on strategic outreach in the agriculture, energy, municipal and trade sectors as well as has targeted women-focused facilities. Megan has also led the development of the DCA’s innovative finance applications, including using the guarantee to support leasing in Africa, mobilizing institutional capital, and spurring capital market transactions. In addition to leading DCA’s Africa Team, Megan oversees USAID’s co-guarantee partnership with Swedish Sida and has been the Agency’s Relationship Manager for both Standard Chartered Bank and General Electric.

Prior to leading DCA’s Africa Unit, Megan worked for the United Nations Environment Program Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch, focusing on sustainable finance in clean energy projects in Haiti. Before that she developed and ran the Gifted and Talented Program at an elementary school in Miami as a Teach for America (TFA) Corps Member. She has a Masters in International Affairs in from Columbia University, a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and French from Baylor University, and has studied at the American Business School and Université de Paris-Sorbonne, both in Paris.

Ainsley a Partner at Newid Capital, a fund investing in financial service and FinTech companies outside of the USA and Western Europe. Prior to forming Newid Capital, Ainsley spent time as an Investment Analyst at QED Investors. During her tenure at QED, Ainsley focused on the FinTech sector in the USA.

Prior to joining QED Investors, Ainsley ran the finance and operations at a legal staffing startup in Washington, DC. Ainsley has previously spent time working for the Women’s Microfinance Initiative (WMI) in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. Ainsley remains on the Advisory Board of WMI, which is continuing to innovate and issue loans to women in rural Africa. Ainsley has a Master’s Degree (with Honours) in Economics from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

M-Pesa is the world’s most successful money transfer service and is now live in 11 countries across Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. Chris leads M-Pesa’s strategy for interoperability with other Financial Services Providers to expand the M-Pesa value proposition. Chris has a decade’s experience of driving mobile innovation in developing markets, and has held senior strategy and business development roles in Europe and Africa. Chris has a 1st in Engineering from Cambridge and an MBA with Distinction from London Business School.