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October 2017

November 2017
1-3 (Wed-Fri) Global SME Finance Forum on digitization of SME Finance in Berlin, Germany. Registration ends 25 October. 400 leaders from banks, fintech companies and development finance institutions for an agenda including interactive sessions, study tours to high-performing institutions, fintech demos, a B2B marketplace and networking. See website.

3 (Fri) Finnovation Africa: Ethiopia 2017 at Radisson Blu, Addis Ababa, focusing on Africa’s fintech ecosystem and digital transformation of banking. organized by Ethico Live! Top speakers from a range of fintech and related businesses across Africa and the world. Here is the website.

8-9 (Wed-Thu) International Islamic Banking Summit Africa in Kempinski Palace Djibouti, organized by Ethico Live! Under patronage of President HE Ismail Omar Guelleh. Lots of top speakers including central bankers, regulators, bankers, writers, experts and participants. Great agenda, check the website.

8-9 (Wed-Thu) Mastercard Symposium on Financial Inclusion in and around Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, Accra. Debates on being client centred, the client journey, inclusive ecosystems and others. See the conference website.

8-10 (Wed-Fri) Abuja Nigeria is the location for CEO Forum of African Development Finance Institutions, in Transcorp Hilton Hotel, organized by Association of African Development Finance Institutions (AADFI) and hosted by Bank of Industry, Nigeria. Website is here.

9 (Thu) FT Mozambique summit in Maputo. Speakers include Prime Minister H.E. Carlos Agostinho Do Rosário and several ministers, including debates on economic direction, energy and a viable programme for accelerating return to stronger growth and less risk as well as business opportunities. Find the FT Live! website here.

19-21 (Sun-Tue), 21st African Securities Exchanges Annual Conference at The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Cairo. Theme “Africa Mapping the Future”. The key annual event for Africa’s exchanges and all the professionals who work with them. Hosted by the Egyptian Exchange. Top speakers include HE Sherif Ismail (Prime Minister of Egypt), Ministers from several countries, stock exchange heads and top executives from Nigeria, BRVM, Morocco, Egypt, South Africa, Abu Dhabi and many others. Find out more at the conference website here.

22-24 (Wed-Fri) Africa PPP: 9th Africa Public Private Partnership conference and showcase at Cape Sun Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa. The first day 22 November is training and the conference is 23 and 24 November. Africa’s longest-running public-private partnership event. Agenda includes standardizing frameworks, best practice international case studies, multiple streams covering different specialist areas. New in 2017 – extended 1-on-1 meeting time; industry include: hotels & tourism, agriculture & food, manufacturing & industrialization, offices & government precincts; dedicated sector specific breakaway sessions. More African PPP project overviews and investable opportunities. The first day is a CPD-certified masterclass training including managing contracts such as politics, allocating risks, performance management and contract management and work exercises. For more go to conference website.

December 2017
4 (Mon) NeMa Africa: Network Management Conference, organized by the Informa plc at Hilton London Tower Bridge Hotel,London, UK. This is the link for information.

4-6 (Mon-Wed): SuperReturn Africa: Will be held at the Westin Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. Focused on African entrepreneurship and Venture Capital, designed for great networking – both formal and informal. For more information.

7-9 (Thu-Sat), Africa 2017 Forum: Business for Africa in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. Organized under the patronage of H.E. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and organized by the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation of Egypt and the COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) Regional Investment Agency (RIA). Day 1 is a young entrepreneurs’ day, featuring top start-ups, funding and training as well as talk by Tony Elumelu; day 2 inclusive growth and women, cross border partnerships, cities, energy and more; day 3 China-Africa, sustainable development, more breakouts and a panel on visions for Africa’s future. Last year attracted 1,800 delegates and 6 Heads of State. Check the website.

February 2018
21-22 (Wed-Thu), the SAVCA 2018 Private Equity in Southern Africa conference, held at beautiful Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Top networking opportunities with private equity managers, institutional investors and advisors. Speakers include Dion Chang (Flux Trends), Frans Cronje (South African Institute of Race Relations), Andile Khumalo (Power 98.7). Early-bird rate ends 8 November (the last conference was sold out), check the website of the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA) for more. SAVCA will also be celebrating 20 years in the evening on 22 February, separate registration.

26-27 (Mon-Tue) 7th annual Opal European Family Office Winter Symposium at One Great George St, London. Premier event for high net-worth individuals, family offices, private investors and asset managers. Topics include investment updates, tax, asset protection, structuring a family office, impact investing, capital raising, and others. The conference website can be found here.

27-28 (Tue-Wed) 13th annual World Exchanges Congress in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman (Shangi-La’s Barr al Jissah resort and spa). This is the key industry conference, organized excellently by Terrapinn, drawing together some 300 CEOs and senior executives of the world’s regulated stock, fx, futures, commodity and energy exchanges as well as clearing houses, investment banks and regulators. The 90 speakers cover topics relevant to the world’s tier 1 as well as frontier exchanges, with participation in 2018 extending to exchanges’ key people on technology, cyber security, innovation and risk, covering a full range including global politics, tomorrow’s customers, new technology including blockchain and “RegTech” (regulatory technology), collaboration, cyber security and capitalizing on SME markets. Hosted by Muscat Securities Market. For more information check the website.

March 2018
7 Wed FT Africa Payments Innovation conference in Nairobi, Kenya. For more see the FT Live website page.

14-16 (Wed-Fri) Pension Funds and Alternative Investments Africa: 2nd edition pf PI Africa conference, in Balaclava, Mauritius. The leading conference annually for Africa’s pension industry. For more details see the PI Africa website. The first day will be a CPD-certified training.

May 2018
2-4 (Wed-Fri) Global investors gather in London for African Financial Services Investment Conference (AFSIC), held at Park Plaza Riverbank hotel. Two rooms of presentations from the best of African banks, insurance, microfinance, leasing, stockbrokers and financial services companies together with top panels. Speakers include World Bank, private equity, multilaterals and development finance institutions, top international and African bankers. For more, see website