in conjunction with NYFA 2015
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  • “If you are doing something that you really love, it is not work.”- Barclay Paul Okari
  • “What keeps you going [as an entrepreneur] is the need to see your idea come to fruition.”- Kwame Abrokwa
  • “African youth - there will not be the expected growth without your dreams. You need to create your job. In the DNA of Africans, the entrepreneurship gene is there.”- Karl Miville de Chene
  • “Let’s do everything to make sure youth are key stakeholders and are included.”- Michaëlle Jean
  • “Europe needs to do more in Africa so that African students can return to help their countries of origin.”- José Manuel Barroso
  • “The country cannot develop without you. Each of you has the opportunity to reach and accomplish your dreams. The continent of Africa is the continent of the future.”- H.E. Ali Bongo Ondimba
  • “Africa’s strong economic growth (5 percent) is thanks to its youth, which will be the main source of production and innovation in the coming years.”- Lionel Zinsou
  • “Talent does not exist everywhere. The only difference between countries is access. Without having access, nothing will happen.”- Garry Kasparov
  • “African women have arrived.”- Isabel dos Santos
  • “There’s a preconceived idea on Africa which is totally obsolete. Africa is now the future.”- Laurent Fabius
  • “Ambition is a key factor in transformation. The will to transform a country has to be accompanied by action”- Hafid Elalami
  • “All the research shows that investing in women is a good investment”- Cherie Blair
  • “The 21st century is the century of Africa.”- Vincente Fox
  • “This Forum is a perfect example of Gabon's engagement as a future-thinking country, searching for innovative solutions to the challenges facing Africa in its economic growth.”- Alassane Ouattara
  • “Africa is now open to all investors. Its leaders are willing to preserve the continent’s resources and willing to engage in a win-win partnership.”- Macky Sall
  • “Together, we want to encourage young women to venture into new frontiers, and learn that they can achieve anything.”- Sylvia Bongo Ondimba
  • “Technology is spurring innovation, and the so-called "demographic dividend" has brought change.”- Nouriel Roubini
  • “We Africans must do business with each other.”- President F.W. de Klerk
  • “We need to have a competitive economy and proper legal environment to create enterprise, which in turn creates jobs.”- Jean-Louis Billon
  • “We need peace for security but we also need justice and accountability.”- Fatou Bensouda
  • “Given technology in tough environments, people will do more with that technology than its engineers could have ever imagined.”- Jared Cohen
  • “You look at Africa the biggest impediment is our not being able to work together. It’s very simple.”- Kola Karim
  • “If you get the politics and the policies right, the economics usually follow.”- Lord Mandelson
  • “The G.D.P. of african countries has been rising swiftly, but we must take into account issues like access to water supply, education, healthcare, infrastructure and employment.”- Olusegun Obasanjo

2013 Speakers

His Excellency President Ali BONGO ONDIMBA
President of The Gabonese Republic
Gabon
Khalid ABDULLA JANAHI
Group Chief Executive, DMI Trust
Bahrain
Didier ACOUETEY
CEO, AfricSearch
France
David ADJAYE
Principal Architect, Adjaye Associates
United Kingdom
Idelphonse AFFOGBOLO
Founder and Chairman, Africa Capital
Ivory Coast
Hassan AHDAB
Vice President, Regional Director of Operations-Africa and Indian Ocean, Starwood Hotels and Resorts
Belgium
Clare AKAMANZI
CEO, Rwanda Development Board
Rwanda
Idriss AKKI
Managing Director, SportFive AFRICA
France
Nina ALIDA ABOUNA
Director General Agency for the Promotion of Investments and Exports (APIEX)
Republic of Gabon
Edmond ALPHANDERY
Member of the European Advisory Panel, Nomura International
France
Roberta ANNAN
Africa Chair, Fashion 4 Development
United States
Stéphanie ANTOINE
TV Anchor, France 24
France
Willy Conrad ASSEKO
Managing Director, Les Transports Citadins
Republic of Gabon
Ruben ATEKPE
Executive Chairman, Merchants Company of West Africa
Ghana
Jacques ATTALI
President, PlaNet Finance
France
Cécilia ATTIAS
Founder and President, Cécilia Attias Foundation for Women
United States
Richard ATTIAS
Founder and Chairman, The New York Forum
Morocco
Olatunde AYENI
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Skye Bank
Nigeria
Stéphane BACQUAERT
Managing Director, Wendel and Board Member, IHS Africa
France
Sade BADERINWA
TV Anchor, WABC
United States
Bolagi BALOGUN
CEO, Chapel Hill Denham
Nigeria
François BARRAULT
Chairman, FDB Partners
France
Jean-Louis BEFFA
Chairman of Asia, Lazard
France
Afif BEN YEDDER
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, IC Publications
France
Boris BECKER
Partner, Becker Private Office
Germany
Samir BENMAKHLOUF
General Manager, Microsoft Morocco
Morocco
Fatou BENSOUDA
Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
The Gambia
Alan BERNSTEIN
Executive Chairman, Sustainable Forestry Management Africa
United Kingdom
Jean-Baptiste BIKALOU
President, Petro Gabon
Republic of Gabon
Jean Louis BILLON
Minister of Commerce, Craft & SME Promotion
Ivory Coast
Cherie BLAIR
Founder, The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
United Kingdom
Pierre BLAYAU
Managing Director, SNCF GEODIS and Chairman, GEODIS
France
Ozwald BOATENG
Designer, Ozwald Boateng and Co-Founder, Made in Africa Foundation
United Kingdom
Younes BOUMEHDI
CEO, Hit Radio
Morocco
Eric Fernando BOUNDONO
President, Vocal Centre SA
Republic of Gabon
Jean-Jacques BOUYA
Minister for Spatial Planning and Delegate-General for Major Projects
Republic of The Congo
H.E. JOSE MANUEL BRIOSA E GALA
Special Advisor and Personal Representative for Africa for Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Portugal
PORTUGAL
Harry BROADMAN
Managing Director and Chief Economist, Price water house Coopers
United States
Shashi BULUSWAR
CEO, Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies
United States
Nicholas BUSSARD
CEO, LinkedAfrica.com
France
Yassir CHAKIB
President, PAYTOP
Morocco
Jacqueline CHIMHANZI
Senior Strategist, Industrial Development Corporation
South Africa
Jared COHEN
Author of "The New Digital Age: Re-Shaping the Future of People, Nations and Business" and Director, Google Ideas
United States
Colin COLEMAN
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs international
South Africa
Melissa COOK
Founder and Managing Director, African Sunrise Partners
United States
Cyrille COSTES
President and CEO, Lynx Energy Partners
Switzerland
Steve DANIELS
Editor In Chief, Makeshift Magazine
United States
Martyn DAVIES
CEO, Frontier Advisory
South Africa
FW DE KLERK
President, South Africa (1989-1994) and Nobel Laureate (Peace), 1993
South Africa
Pierre DESCAZEAUX
Senior Vice President Africa and Middle East, Air France KLM, France
France
Amadou DIALLO
CEO, DHL Freight
Germany
Ibrahima Cheikh DIONG
Founder and CEO, Africa Consulting and Trading (ACT)
Senegal
Gervais Koffi DJONDO
Chairman of the Board of Directors, ASKY Airlines
Togo
Sindika DOKOLO
Founder, Sindika Dokolo Foundation
Angola
Isabel DOS SANTOS
CEO, Unitel Telecom
Angola
Pascal DROUHAUD
Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, Alstom
France
Nicholas DUNCAN WILLIAMS
Presiding Archbishop & General Overseer, Christian Action Faith Ministries
Ghana
Vladimir DUTHIERS
International Correspondent, CNN
Nigeria
Latifa ECHIHABI
Director General, National Agency for Promotion of SMEs
Republic of Gabon
William EGBE
Director, Sustainability, Strategy and Business Planning, Coca-Cola
South Africa
Scott EISNER
Vice President African Affairs & International Operations U.S. Chamber of Commerce
United States
Arnold EKPE
Former CEO, Ecobank
Nigeria
Jean-Louis EKRA
President, African Export-Import Bank
Egypt
Mohamed EL KETTANI
Chairman and CEO, Attijariwafa bank
Morocco
Moulay Hafid ELALAMY
President and Founder, SAHAM Group
Morocco
YARIV ELBAZ
Founder, YCAP
FRANCE
Souad ELMALLEM
Vice President, North Africa, Bombardier
Canada
Ebenezer ESSOKA
CEO, South Africa, Standard Chartered Bank
South Africa
Amadou FALL
Managing Director, NBA Africa
South Africa
Malta David FORREST
Executive Vice-President & CEO, Groupe Forrest International
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Celine Victoria FOTSO
Founder, Je Wanda Magazines
Cameroon
Roert FRIEDLAND
Founder and Executive Chairman, Ivanplats Ltd.
Canada
Ibrahima GUIMBA SAIDOU
SVP Africa, SES
South Africa
Karim HAJJI
CEO, Casablanca Stock Exchange
Morocco
David HALE
Founding Chairman, David Hale Global Economics
United States
Stefan HEILMANN
Managing Director, IEG-Investment Banking Group
Germany
Robert HERSOV
Chairman of the Advisory Board, VistaJet
United Kingdom
Gentry HUMPHREY
Sportswear & Footwear Business Director - Basketball & Football, Nike
United States
Ivor ICHIKOWITZ
Founder and Executive Chairman, Paramount Group
South Africa
Emmanuel ISSOZE NGONDET
Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation, and the Francophonie
Republic of Gabon
Saran KABA JONES
Founder and Executive Director, FACE Africa
United States
Donald KABERUKA
President, African Development Bank
Tunisia
Kola KARIM
Group CEO and Managing Director, Shoreline Energy International
Nigeria
David KHAYAT
President, French Cancer National Institute
France
Shiv KHEMKA
Vice Chairman, SUN Group
India
Jacob KHOLI
Partner, Abraaj Group
United Arab Emirates
Stella KILONZO
Founder, Astute Capital
Kenya
Manoj KOHLI
Managing Director & CEO (International), Bharti Airtel Limited
India
Isabelle KUMAR
Presenter, Euronews
France
Angelle KWEMO
President, A StrategiK Group, LLC
United States
Olivier LAOUCHEZ
Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, Trace TV
France
Fatine LAYT
Chairwoman & Managing Partner, Oddo Corporate Finance
France
Acha LEKE
Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
Nigeria
Francois LOCOH-DONOU
Senior Vice President, Global Products Group, Ciena
United States
Lord MANDELSON
Chairman, Global Counsel and Chairman, Lazard International
United Kingdom
Verone MANKOU
Founder, VMK
Republic of the Congo
Beatrice MARSHALL
Anchor, Africa Live, CCTV News
Kenya
Swaady MARTIN-LEKE
Founder and CEO, YSWARA Luxury Tea
Ivory Coast
Luc Richard MBAH A MOUTE
NBA Basketball Player, Milwaukee Bucks
Cameroon
Brian MENELL
Principal & CEO, Kemet Group
United Kingdom
Paul MERCIER
Managing Director, Michael Page Africa
France
Serge MIKOTO
CEO, National Fund for Investment
Republic of Gabon
Paolo MONTESSORI
CEO, eServGlobal
France
Tarek MOUGANIE
Founder, Affinity
Ghana
Daniel MOUEN MAKOUA
CEO, Bwamanga Sustainable Investment Advisers
United Kingdom
Louise MUSHIKIWABO
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Rwanda
Bertin NAHUM
Founder and President, Medtech
France
Amir NAYERI
Chief of Staff, Richard Attias & Associates
Canada
Zemedeneh NEGATU
Managing Partner, Ethiopia, Ernst & Young
Ethiopia
Thione NIANG
Founder and President, Give 1 Project
Senegal
ANTHONY OBAME
Taekwondo silver medallist at London 2012 Olympics Games
Gabon
Olusegun OBASANJO
President of Nigeria, 1999-2007 and Founder, Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation
Nigeria
Christine OCKRENT
Journalist and Writer
France
Francis OKOMO-OKELLO
Advisory Board Member, Africa 2.0
Kenya
H.E. ALASSANE DRAMANE OUATTARA
Presidént de la République de Cote d’Ivoire
ALAIN BA OUMAR
CEO, IG TELECOM
GABON
Alberto OLYMPIO
Co-Founder, President and CEO, Axxend
Senegal
Yaw OWUSU
Founder, Ghana Cyber City
Ghana
Henri Claude OYIMA
CEO, BGFI Bank
Republic of Gabon
Luc OYOUBI
Minister of Economy, Employment and Sustainable Development
Republic of Gabon
Milind OZA
President, Global Ventures – North and West Africa Jindal Steel and Power
India
Loic PEQUIGNOT
President, Windeo Green Futur Europe
Belgium
Serge PEREIRA
CEO, Unicon Developments
Spain
Michael PETERS
CEO, Euronews
France
Herbert POHL
Director, McKinsey & Company
United Arab Emirates
Mehdi QOTBI
President, National Museum Foundation
Morocco
John QUELCH
Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
United States
Jean-Christophe RAMOS
Executive Director, Canal + Afrique
France
Moji RHODES
Deputy Chief of Staff, Lagos State Government
Nigeria
Jean-Luc RICCI
Director for Africa, HEC Groupe
France
Luc RIGOUZZO
President and Managing Partner, Amethis Finance
France
Alec ROSS
Senior Advisor on Innovation
United States
Nouriel ROUBINI
Co-Founder and Chairman, Roubini Global Economics
United States
Xiaoming RUAN
Chairman, Gemsy New Group
China
Blessing RUGARA
Managing Director, Circle Capital Global
South Africa
Nadia SALAH
Editorial Director, The Economist
Morocco
Minna SALAMI
Founder, MsAfropolitan
United Kingdom
Oulimata SARR
Director, Africa 2.0
Senegal
Albert SASSON
Chairman, Governing Council, The Norman Borlaug Institute for Global Food Security
Morocco
Moussa SECK
Chairman, Pan African Agribusiness and Agro-Industry Consortium
Senegal
Saad SEFRIOUI
Managing Director, Addoha Group
Morocco
Taiye SELASI
Author, 'Ghana Must Go'
Italy
Ipeleng SELELE
Founder & CEO, Khumo Group
South Africa
Abe SHER
Founder, Chairman, and CEO, AquaSciences
United States
Dan SHINE
Curator, The Innovation Hangar
United States
Bright SIMONS
Founder and CEO, mPedigree Network
Nigeria
Dongsheng SONG
President, Sinohydro Corporation
China
Craig STAPLETON
Senior Advisor, Stone Point Capital & Former U.S. Ambassador to France
United States
Peter SULLIVAN
President, Sub-Saharan Africa, Amrop
South Africa
Lawrence H. SUMMERS
Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus, Harvard University
United States
Hapsatou SY
Founder, Ethnicia
France
Thierry TANOH
CEO, Ecobank
Togo
Mourad TAOUFIKI
Partner, McKinsey & Co.
Morocco
Amine TAZI-RIFFI
Director, McKinsey & Company
Morocco
Sam THENYA
CEO, Nairobi Women's Hospital
Kenya
Bu THIAM
Vice President, Def Jam Records
United States
Aida TOUIHRI
Journalist, France Televisions
France
Mamadou TOURE
Founder, Africa 2.0
South Africa
Katherine TWEEDIE
Executive Director, Investec Investment Institute
United Kingdom
Hubert VEDRINE
President, Institut Francois Mitterrand
France
Alexandre VILGRAIN
Chairman and CEO, SOMDIAA and President, CIAN
France
Magatte WADE
Founder and CEO, Tiossan
Senegal
Yong WANG
Vice-President, China-Africa Development Fund
China
Alek WEK
Supermodel and UN Refugee Agency Advocate
South Sudan
Rosa WHITAKER
Founder, The Whitaker Group
United States
Lee WHITE
Executive Secretary, Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux (ANPN)
Gabon
Paul WOOD
Managing Director - Waterfund Africa & Arabia DMCC
United Arab Emirates
Zhiming XU
Chairman, Yuemei Group and Vice-Chairman, China-Africa Business Council
China
Lan YAN
Managing Director, Head of Greater China Investment Banking, Lazard China
China
Andrew YOUNG
14th US Ambassador to the United Nations
United States
Yuewen ZHENG
Chairman, Creat Group and Chairman, China-Africa Business Council
China
Patrick ZHONG
Senior Managing Director, FOSUN International
China
Lionel ZINSOU
Chairman and CEO, Pai Partners
France
Leyth ZNIBER
Former CEO, Diana Holding Founder and Chairman, Iltizam Foundation
Morocco

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