• 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

Mr. Omar Gueye is a Senior Investment Officer at responsAbility. Based in Nairobi, Mr. Gueye is in charge of originating and executing debt investments in the financial sector in Sub-Saharan Africa. Mr Gueye has 10 years of experience in investment banking and private equity. Before joining responsAbility, Mr Gueye worked as a Senior Associate at Impaxis Capital, an advisory and investment firm based in Dakar, Senegal. Prior to Impaxis, Mr Gueye was an Associate at the European Investment Bank. Mr. Gueye holds an M.A. in Economics from Paris Sorbonne University and an MSc in Finance from the London School of Economics.

Albert Alsina has more than 25 years of international experience where he held several executive positions in General Management at global and European levels in the US, UK, Brazil, Germany, Zimbabwe and Spain. Albert joined the banking group Riva y García in 2008, and in 2013 he founded Mediterrania Capital Partners, a Private Equity firm based in Barcelona. With offices in Abidjan, Algiers, Casablanca, Tunis, and Malta, Mediterrania Capital Partners focuses on growth investments in North Africa and Sub-Saharan African markets.

Alexander Sotiriou leads CGAPs work on Digital Finance Plus (DF+), which aims to understand how digital finance can support innovative solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in development, including access to energy, water and education.

He joined CGAP from MicroVest, where he was the Investment Manager for Latin America and managed a portfolio of investments in the region’s leading microfinance and SME finance institutions. Prior to that, he was as an Associate in Citi’s Johannesburg and Mexico City offices, where he worked to provide corporate and project finance solutions to corporations and governments across Africa and in Mexico. He has also worked as an analyst for a private equity fund in Mexico and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso and Guatemala.

Alexander holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a BA in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Arizona.

Mr Yao GUEMEDI is a Doctor in private law (Business law option at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University, France, 2001). He was a Teacher researcher at the University of Lomé, Togo, from 2001 to 2004 before becoming Legal Director of the Banque Atlantique Group from 2004 to 2007. He was then made Deputy Managing Director at Atlantic Bank Mali, where he stayed until 2009, before being appointed Secretary General at Banque Atlantique. He joined Oragroup in 2011 as the Head of Legal, Compliance, CSR and Corporate Ethics. He also serves as Director of Orabank Togo, Orabank Guinea and Orabank Mauritania.

Mr. Kroijer (born 1972) is the founder and managing director of – the leading directory and aggregator of alternative capital into the world’s 132 lower and middle income countries.  He is the author of “Money Mavericks – Confessions of a Hedge Fund Manager” (Financial Times Press – 2010 & 2012 – 2nd edition) and “Investing Demystified – How to Invest without Speculation and Sleepless Nights” (Financial Times Press – 2013 & 2017 – 2nd edition).

Mr. Kroijer currently serves on the advisory board of alternative investment funds in London, New York, and Hong Kong.  He has frequently appeared as a finance expert on a broad range of media, including BBC, CNN, CNBC, FT, Bloomberg, Reuters, NY Times, Forbes, etc.

Previously Mr. Kroijer was the CIO of Holte Capital Ltd, a London-based market neutral special situations hedge fund which he founded in 2002 before returning external capital in the spring of 2008. Prior to establishing Holte Capital, Mr. Kroijer served in the London office of HBK Investments focusing on special situations investing. In addition, he previously worked at SC Fundamental, a value-focused hedge fund, and the investment banking division of Lazard Frères, both in New York.  While in graduate school Mr. Kroijer held internships with the private equity firm Permira Advisors (then Schroder Ventures) and management consulting firm McKinsey & Co.

Mr. Kroijer graduated Magna cum Laude from Harvard University with a degree in economics and received a MBA from Harvard Business School.

A Danish national, Mr. Kroijer lives in London and is married with twin daughters.


Gaimin Nonyane is Head of Economic Research desk and Project Manager for LocalKnowledgeAfrica (LKA; an advisory arm at Ecobank Research) at the pan-African bank, Ecobank Group, based in London. She joined the bank in November 2012, and helped to launch the bank’s first ever Country Profiles, designed to given investors an insight into the operating environment in Middle Africa. Prior to that, she headed the sub-Saharan Africa desk on macroeconomic and political research at Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) UK Limited, while also covering some markets in East Asia. She also led analysis on non-oil commodities. Before joining D&B, Gaimin worked as a Consultant for a number of World-Bank funded projects, assessing the poverty and social impact of privatising public utilities in Lesotho, Southern Africa. She was also one of 21 fellows funded by the UK government under the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Fellowship scheme, placing young career economists at mid-management level in developing countries. Gaimin has a MSc in International Economics and Policy from the University of Surrey and a BA (Hons) in Economic Studies with Law.

Brian is the founding Managing Director of the Zimbabwe Microfinance Fund (ZMF), a financial apex body formed in 2011 through the efforts of a consortium of stakeholders key among them being ZAMFI, HIVOS, DFID, DANIDA and GIZ with the objective of providing wholesale lending capital to Financial Service Providers (FSPs) such as Microfinance Institutions (MFIs), Banks and Savings and Credit Unions (SACCOs) for retailing to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Zimbabwe. Brian is responsible for the development and implementation of the ZMF corporate strategy. Brian has vast experience in the financial services sector spanning regulation, banking, and development finance.  He holds a B.Com. (Hons) Degree in Banking (NUST), MSc Banking and Financial Services (NUST), Masters in Microfinance (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and a Certificate in Banking.

Grant is Chief Executive of Atria Africa. He began his career with Fleming Asset Management Zimbabwe in 2002, becoming Managing Director and CIO in its latter incarnation. In addition to being Fund Manager of the firm’s flagship African equities fund, he oversaw the re-emergence of a vibrant corporate bond market in Zimbabwe and has extensive research and investment experience in Africa.

Paddy has two degrees in history from Oxford University, where he also won a Blue for boxing and was Junior Dean of Brasenose College. He was in the oil & gas corporate finance team at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London, before joining the boutique investment bank Global Union (based in Bahrain) as a Director. His work in this role included extensive business development in Africa. After leaving the Middle East, Paddy returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers to take up a role as Manager of the regional CEE & CIS energy corporate finance team, based in Prague; he left this position in the autumn of 2009 to establish Phoenix Africa. Paddy was on the UK board of Millennium Promise 2010-2015 and was a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Fragile States 2012-14. He is currently also Chairman of Lion Mountains, the first Phoenix Africa business, and a Member of the Private Sector Mechanism for the Committee on World Food Security at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Zhi Yong Heng is an investment professional at TLG Capital. He manages the Credit Arbitrage portfolio with a focus on special situations. Prior to joining TLG Capital, Zhi Yong worked for Davide Leone & Partners, focusing on special situations and event-driven strategies. He adopts a top-down macro overlay with a bottom-up research driven approach towards investments.

Zhi Yong has had past experience working in the Investment Banking and Investment Management divisions of various global financial institutions including Goldman Sachs. He holds a Bsc (Honours) in Economics and Statistics from the University College London. He also served with Distinction in the Singapore Military Force.