Conferences

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January 2018

February 2018
5-8 (Mon-Thu), Investing in African Mining Indaba conference, held in Cape Town. Featuring 60 of the hottest mining projects in Africa, lots of junior (166+) and major miners and over 350 qualified, buy-side investors, top speakers from mining, politics and thought leaders. For more see www.miningindaba.com.
16 (Fri) Driving Financial Inclusion through Digital Solutions: Implications for Sector Players, organized by FINCA with the Mastercard Foundation, a learning and networking event at Serena Hotel, Dar es Salaam. FINCA shares learning from its 4-year partnership with Mastercard. Registration closes 9 Feb, check the website.
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), 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
6 Tue Innovation Summit Africa 2018 conference in Nairobi, organized by The Economist, theme “Digital transformation for accelerated growth”. The agenda highlights Kenya as the “silicon savannah”, policy as driver for innovation, can Africa be the world’s factory, the future of mobile in Africa. Event website.
7 Wed FT Africa Payments Innovation conference in Nairobi. For more see the FT Live website page.
11 Sun Islamic Financial News world leaders summit at Ritz Carlton, DIFC Dubai, to celebrate capital markets including debt capital markets (sovereign and corporate sukuk, green sukuk and socially responsible investments). For more information.
14-16 (Wed-Fri) Pension Funds and Alternative Investments Africa: 2nd edition of 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.

April 2018
10-11 (Tue-Wed) Mining Investment Botswana at Gaborone International Convention Centre, Grand Palm Hotel, Gaborone. For more on this strategic mining conference with 250 attendees from 15 countries and mining, quarrying and construction material exhibition see www.mininginvestmentbotswana.com.
10-11 (Tue-Wed), 7th edition African Banking and Finance Conference at Four Points Hotel Sheraton in Lagos. This aims to sustain momentum in financial inclusion and is organized by Aidem Business Solutions. For more see website.
19-20 (Thu-Fri), an excellent event is Building African Financial Markets (BAFM) seminar at Vila Rosa Kempinski Hotel in Nairobi. The theme is “Adaptive innovation as a lever for the growth and sustainable development of African financial markets”.
20-21 (Fri-Sat) LSE Africa Summit at London School of Economics and Political Science. Into its 7th year, watch this space.
22-26 (Sun-Thu) African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) 15th annual conference), at Movenpick Hotel, Marrakech, Morocco. The 2017 conference included 100 thought leader speakers on private investment in Africa, over 600 investment professionals from 40 countries, over 150 limited partner institutional investors managing $1.5 trillion in assets. The first day is GP-LP summit and welcome cocktails, 23-24 Apr is conference, and roundtables for ESG practitioners and on infrastructure, 25-26 Apr is AVCA professional development programmes. For more www.avcaconference.com.
24-25 (Tue-Wed), Financial inclusion for practitioners in sub-Saharan Africa hosted by the Microfinance Association in Accra. For website.

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 www.afsic.net.
15-16 (Tue-Wed) 20th anniversary of IFC’s Annual Global Private Equity conference with EMPEA (Emerging Markets Private Equity Association), “Inspiring innovation and impact”, in Washington DC. Over 850 investment professionals from 60 countries and wide range of investment practitioners. Check out more here. Registration opens 15 January 2018.
22-25 (Tue-Fri) African Development Bank’s 2018 annual meetings, to be hosted by South Korea at the Conference and Exhibition Centre in Busan.

June 2018

July 2018

August 2018

September 2018
18-24 (Tue-Mon) United Nations General Assembly, New York.

October 2018
7-8 (Sun-Mon) FT Africa Summit, celebrating 5th y7ear, organized by Financial Times, at Claridges, London. Website.

November 2018
5-7 (Mon-Wed), SuperReturn Africa at The Westin, Cape Town. Over 550 attendees, including over 100 leading local and international limited partners (LPs) under one roof, over 140 speakers including development finance institutions, industry veterans, etc. For more information.

December 2018