Oxford Africa Conference 2021


The Oxford Africa Conference has been the largest Africa-focused conference in Europe in recent years. This year we are thrilled to bring you amazing speakers from all parts of Africa, from Libya to South Africa, from Senegal to Ethiopia. Through our online platform, you will have the opportunity to engage entrepreneurs, nobel laureates and women champions, among others.

Economic Session

Moderator: Mauro César | 28th May, 2:15PM (UK)

Abebe Aemro Selassie

Abebe Aemro Selassie (Ethiopia)

Director, African Department, International Monetary Fund

Abebe Aemro Selassie has been the Director of the African Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since 2016. In this role, Mr. Selassie oversees the IMF’s operations and engagement with 45 countries across sub-Saharan Africa.


Ibukun Adebayo

Ibukun Adebayo

Co-Head of Emerging Markets, London Stock Exchange Group

Ibukun Adebayo is responsible for the London Stock Exchange Group’s strategy in emerging markets, with a primary focus on India and Africa. He has been responsible for several initiatives including the LSEG’s first International Advisory Group for Africa, which united African business leaders, investors and regulators to solve the challenges facing the continent’s capital markets.

Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi

Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi (Kenya)


Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi is a Kenyan politician who served as the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD, from September 2013 to 2021, resigning from his post to run for public office in Kenya.

Emma Wade-Smith OBE

Emma Wade-Smith OBE (United Kingdom)

Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa

Emma Wade-Smith OBE is the very first ever Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa, representing the UK Government’s Department for International Trade. Emma was appointed to this role in May 2018 having created and led the pan-African regional trade team since April 2017. She has full responsibility for all DIT work in Africa including: growing the overall bilateral trade and investment relationship between the UK and Africa, improving market access for British companies, and developing finance and trade policy.

Health Session

Moderators: Elisha Ngetich and Maryjane Nweje | 28th May, 3:30PM (UK)


Tedros Adhanom

Tedros Adhanom (Ethiopia)

Director-General, World Health Organization

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is an Ethiopian biologist, public health researcher, and official who has served since 2017 as Director-General of the World Health Organization. Tedros is the first African in the role, and was endorsed by the African Union.


Kwaku Agyemang-Manu

Kwaku Agyemang-Manu (Ghana)

Member of Parliament for Dormaa Central, and Minister of Health

Kwaku Agyeman-Manu is a Ghanaian politician. He currently serves as a Member of Parliament for Dormaa Central, as well as being the Minister of Health for the Republic of Ghana. Mr. Agyeman-Manu is the Board Chairman for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) headquartered in Geneva.

Tech Session

Moderator: Atherton Mutombwera | 29th May, 11:00AM (UK)

Linda Mabhena Olagunju

Linda Mabhena Olagunju (South Africa)

Founder & Managing director, DLO Energy Resources Group (Pty) Ltd

Linda Mabhena-Olagunju is the Founder & Managing Director of DLO Energy Resources Group (Pty) Ltd, a wholly African female owned independent power producer that operates one of Africa’s largest wind farms. In addition to her role at DLO she also sits as a board member of the International Advisory Board for the University of Oxford.


Elmer Santos

Elmer Santos (Angola)

Senior Operations Manager EMEA, Uber

Elmer Santos is a Senior Operations Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Uber. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Sonadiets Lda., carrying out all Dietsmann’s oil and gas facility maintenance activities in Angola.

Dr Vuyane Mhlomi

Dr Vuyane Mhlomi (South Africa)

Co-founder & CEO, QURO MEDICAL

Dr Vuyane Mhlomi studied medicine at the University of Cape Town, where he completed his degree with distinctions clinical examinations. He co-founded Quro in 2018, which is a South African digital health company delivering premium hospital-at-home services in Southern Africa.

Akeem Lawal

Akeem Lawal (Nigeria)

Divisional CEO, Interswitch Group

Akeem is the Divisional CEO of Interswitch and currently leads the Switching and Processing division of Interswitch. Akeem's current passion is to replicate the success of the Switching and Processing business across Africa.

Social Session

Moderator: Chibugo Okafor | 29th May, 2:15PM (UK)


Dr Denis Mkwenge

Dr Denis Mkwenge (DRC)

Founder, Panzi Hospital

Dr Denis Mkwenge is a world-renowned gynaecologist, human rights activist and 2018 Nobel Peace laureate for his ‘efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.


Hajer Sharief

Hajer Sharief (Libya)

Co-Founder, Together We Build It

Hajer Sharief is a peace and human rights activist. She co-leads the ‘Together We Build It’ organization in Libya. In 2011, at the age of 19, Sharief co-founded TWBI to build peace in her country and promote human rights, and in 2019 she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Comfort Lamptey

Comfort Lamptey (Ghana)

UN Women Country Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS

Ms. Comfort Lamptey is the Representative of UN Women to Nigeria and ECOWAS. Ms. Lamptey works to promote women’s rights and gender equality, in Africa and globally. She has served in senior advisory and management positions with different UN entities in New York, Geneva and in countries across the Africa region.

Ndidi Nwuneli

Ndidi Nwuneli (Nigeria)

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Sahel Consulting

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli joined The Rockefeller Foundation board of trustees in 2019. She is the author of “Social Innovation in Africa: A Practical Guide for Scaling Impact,” published by Routledge. She is a TED Global speaker and her work has been featured on CNN, BBC, Bloomberg and a range of other international and local media outlets.

Rosalind Kainyah MBE

Rosalind Kainyah MBE (Ghana)

Managing Director, Kina Advisory

Rosalind Kainyah MBE is a trusted advisor to Boards and Senior Executives of global companies on sustainability, and responsible business investment and partnerships in emerging markets. She has almost 30 years combined international, senior management, executive and board level experience working for companies such as Anglo American (South Africa), Linklaters, De Beers and Tullow Oil. Rosalind is a Non-Executive Director of LSE listed Gem Diamonds Limited and of CAL Bank Limited, Ghana; Board member of Results for Development (R4D); Vice Chairperson of the Africa Gifted Foundation; and Founding President of International Women’s Forum Ghana. She has been a Non Executive Director of Aker Energy AS and of GEMS Africa.

Environmental Session

Moderator: Godwin Nwangele | 29th May, 3:30PM (UK)


Adjany Costa

Adjany Costa (Angola)

Advisor to H.E. President João Lourenço

Adjany Costa is an Angolan marine biologist and conservationist, who has served as the Angolan Minister of Culture, Tourism and Environment. Mrs. Costa was a recipient of the United Nations Environment Programme Young Champions of the Earth Award in 2019, as well as the Angolan First Order of Civil Merit.

Amath Pathe Sene

Amath Pathe Sene (Senegal)

Head of Hub and Country Director, International Fund for Agricultural Development

Amath Pathe Sene is the Lead Environment and Climate for West and Central Africa at IFAD. In this capacity, he oversees the regional work on mainstreaming and managing climate, environment and social risks to create sustainable opportunities throughout the IFAD portfolio.

Esther Agbarakwe

Esther Agbarakwe (Nigeria)

Executive Office of the Secretary-General at United Nations

Esther Agbarakwe works in the Climate Action Team of the United Nations Secretary-General in New York and is responsible for global youth mobilization for climate action. From December 2015 to June 2018 she worked as the Special Adviser on Strategic Communication to the Minister of Environment of Nigeria. In her role as Special Advisor she supported the Ministry’s efforts in mobilizing stakeholders for climate action, protecting the environment and conservation of natural resources.

Dr. Kwaku Afriyie

Dr. Kwaku Afriyie (Ghana)

Minister of Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation

Dr. Kwaku Afriyie is a Medical Doctor by profession and has previously served as Minister of the Ministries of Health, Lands and Natural Resources, Western Regional Minister, and Minister of State Interests and Governance Authority (SIGA) at various stages of his political career.


Wiebe Boer (Netherlands)

CEO, All On

Dr. Boer is the Chief Executive Officer of All On and joined the team from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he was one of the founders of the strategy firm's Lagos office. Prior to BCG, Dr. Boer spent five years with the Heirs Holdings Group in Lagos, playing roles including Chief of Staff to the Chairman, Director of Strategy, and CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation. Dr. Boer has also worked in the Rockefeller Foundation's Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, McKinsey & Company, and with World Vision Mauritania where he managed a USAID funded development project.

Conflict Resolution Session

Moderator: Tiril Rahn | 30th May, 2:45PM (UK)


Ambassador Fred Ngoga Gateretse

Ambassador Fred Ngoga Gateretse (Burundi)

Head of the Conflict Prevention and Early Warning Division, African Union Commission (AU)

Ambassador Fred Ngoga Gateretse is the Head of the Conflict Prevention and Early Warning Division at the African Union Commission (AU). Before joining this division, he served as a Senior Officer with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), providing support on Counter-Terrorism and military operations.

Lawrence Muli

Lawrence Muli (Kenya)

Public Policy manager, Facebook

Lawrence Muli is a Public Policy Manager for Counter-Terrorism & Dangerous Organisations at Facebook. He previously served as Programmes Lead for the Commonwealth Youth Programme, and as a Consultant for the United Nations, reporting on Universal Environmental Health Coverage System in Kenya.

Imen Zaouam

Imen Zaouam (Tunisia)

Diplomat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Imen Zaouam is a Chevening Scholar, a postgraduate Diplomatic Studies student and a Secretary of Foreign Affairs from the Republic of Tunisia. She works in the General Directorate of Economic and Cultural Diplomacy and Strategic Planning in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to that, Imen joined the Directorate General of the Americas and Asia and later the Committee of the preparation of the Arab Summit 2018.

Culture Session



DJ Cuppy (Nigeria)

Musical Artist

Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola, professionally known as DJ Cuppy, or simply Cuppy, is a Nigerian disc jockey and producer. She is the daughter of Nigerian businessman Femi Otedola.


Sílvio Nascimento

Sílvio Nascimento(Angola)

Actor and Producer

Sílvio Nascimento is an actor and producer, best known for his roles in Linhas de Sangue (2018) and Falso Perfil (2018). He has two nominations for the ‘Emmys International TV Festival’ for his roles in Windeck (2014) and Jikulumessu (2015).

African Development Session

Moderator: Samson Itodo | 30th May, 1:30PM (UK)


Fadzayi Mahere

Fadzayi Mahere (Zimbabwe)

Advocate of the High Court and Supreme Court of Zimbabwe

Fadzayi Mahere is a prominent Zimbabwean lawyer and politician. After a career in legal advocacy, she emerged around April 2016 as a politician in the mass movement of activists rising against the government and has been arrested several times as a result.

Audu Innocent Ogbeh

Audu Innocent Ogbeh (Nigeria)

Former Chairman, People’s Democratic Party

Audu Innocent Ogbeh is a Nigerian politician who was chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) from 2001 to 2005, and the former Minister of Agriculture of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 2015 - 2019.

Samson Itodo

Samson Itodo (Nigeria)

Community Organiser and Development Practitioner

Samson Itodo serves as the Executive Director of Yiaga Africa and Convener, Not Too Young To Run. He is a member of the Board of Advisers of International IDEA, an intergovernmental organization that supports and promotes democracy around the world.

Highlight Interviews

Mark Suzman

Mark Suzman (South Africa)

CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Interviewed by: Chibugo Okafor

Mark Suzman is the Chief Executive Officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to this, he had several positions at the United Nations, such as serving as Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategic Communications in the Office of Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Policy Director at the United Nations Development Program. Mark holds a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He earned his bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Harvard University.

Atiku Abubakar GCON

Atiku Abubakar GCON (Nigeria)

Former Vice President of Nigeria

Atiku Abubakar is a politician and business person, who served as the Vice President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. In 2019, he was the Presidential Candidate for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) during the presidential elections.

H.E. Toyin Saraki

H.E. Toyin Saraki (Nigeria)

Founder-President, The Wellbeing Foundation

Interviewed by: Chibugo Okafor

H.E. Toyin Ojora-Saraki is a global health advocate, healthcare philanthropist and the Founder-President of Wellbeing Foundation Africa. Additionally, she serves as Special Adviser to the Independent Advisory Group of the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa.

Abebe Aemro Selassie

Abdulsamad Rabiu (Nigeria)

Founder, BUA Group

Abdulsamad Rabiu is a Nigerian billionaire, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, with a net worth of $5.9 billion. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of BUA: a Nigerian conglomerate focused on agriculture, infrastructure, manufacturing, logistics, and port operations. He is also the Chairman of the Nigerian Bank of Industry.