4th Africa Finance
Conference of Paris
Paris – Autumn 2016



Paris February 13, 2015

Hosted by


Plenary conference and panels

Morning Session

8:15 - 8:55 Registration of participants

  • Coffee
  • Networking

9:00 - 9:10 Welcome note - From the Kusuntu-Orrick Africa Finance Conference to the Paris Africa Finance Conference
Jean-Jacques ESSOMBE – Partner, Banking & Finance Practice – ORRICK RAMBAUD MARTEL

9:15 - 9:35 Opening Remarks – Africa a place for responsible and impactful economic development
Jean-Michel SEVERINO - Chief Executive Officer - INVESTISSEURS & PARTENAIRES

  • The Africa Time, getting the best of the economic development experiences
  • The last frontier offer opportunities for all but needs to keep it the most inclusive and the most responsible

9:35 - 9:55 Presentation 1 – The Building of an Impact Enterprise
Erick RAJAONARY Chief Executive Officer GUANOMAD

Challenges and pitfalls in getting an impact business to a success

  • Searching for impact, how are ESG standards implemented
  • Making the search for impact a strategy

10:00 - 10:20 Presentation 2 - The Impact Investing Landscape in Africa: The East Africa Business Case

  • The Impact Fund Industry in Africa (how many funds, which region/sectors do they target, what are the deal size...)
  • Key future opportunities for Impact Investing in East Africa (variation by country, sector, instrument..)

10:20 - 10:35 Break

  • Coffee
  • Networking


10:40 - 11:30 Panel 1.1 – Impact as a component of Private Equity investment process: how are factored in the ESG principles

Hervé Dieudonné AYISSI – Investment Officer – CENAINVEST
Laureen KOUASSI OLSSON – Investment Director – AMETHIS FINANCE
Paul VAN AASLT – Managing Partner – SOVEC
Martin POULSEN – Managing Partner – The MORINGA PARTNERSHIP

Moderator: Patricia M. DINNEEN – Chair Person Impact Investing Council – The EMERGING MARKETS PRIVATE EQUITY ASSOCIATION
What really drive investors when backing an African company

  • Is impact a marketing element or a real component of the investment strategy
  • Measuring and reporting on impacts, building a paradigm
  • How are impact objectives driving the financial return to investors

11:35 - 12:25 Panel 1.2 – Who are the actors on the African impact investment market and how do they act in building the next African economic champions

Olivier DE GUERRE Chairman & Chief Executive Officer PHITRUST PARTENAIRES
Christophe POLINE – Head of Sustainable Development – SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC
Barthout VAN SLINGELANDT – Managing Partner – XSML CAPITAL
Maria Teresa ZAPPIA – Chief Investment Officer – BLUEORCHARD

Moderator: Franck GIAOUI Managing Partner HERA FINANCE
Creating the ground for a responsible business creation and development

  • Driving a sustainable development of Africa through social impact investment
  • Is there a universal definition for impact investment when it comes to Africa
  • What are the complementarities between Impact investment, Private Equity and Venture Philanthropy

12:30 - 12:50 Key Notes 2 – How do Development Finance Institutions help in drinving Impact Investing
Marie-Hélène LOISON – Deputy Chief Executive Officer – PROPARCO

  • Amongst other roles such as catalyst for the Private Equity ecosystem in Africa, DFI's are preeminent actors to enforcing sound implementation of ESG principles
  • PROPARCO, a leadership instrument for a renewed economic relationship between France and Africa

12:55 - 13:55 Lunch - Cocktail

  • Lunch cocktail is served in "Le Foyer"
  • Networking

Afternoon session

14:00 - 14:20 Key Notes 3 – Africa is our future - The Economic Diplomacy to leveraging a common growth
Vincent JACOB –Director Companies and International Businesses – THE FRENCH MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • The new French Economic diplomacy
  • France as a platform for worldwide business with Africa

14:25 - 15:25 Panel 2 – Fostering an impact-friendly environment and securing options for both impact and financial returns

  • Sub Panel 2.1 : Creating the norm

Ann-Katrin DOLIUM – Head of Company Relations MENA & AFRICA – VIGEO
Brett STEVENSON – Manager of the Capacity Building Program – The GLOBAL IMPACT INVESTING NETWORK

  • Sub Panel 2.2 : Implementing the norm

Jean-Michel DEBRAT – Social Entrepreneurship Advisor to the CEO – PROPARCO
Pierre Yves DENEZ – Of Consel Private Equity and M&A – ORRICK
Karine SEGUIN – Head of Business Development, Europe – TRIDENT TRUST

Moderator: Alexandre ALFONSI Managing Partner AXONIA PARTNERS
From sourcing to the return, how to factor in all the ingredients

  • How governments are helping broadening the impact culture
  • What actions are being taken by companies and governments
  • What environment could foster the development of impact driven investments: what kind of framework? What government standards? How to improve the business climate, are SRI or Impact rating a catalyst

15:30 – 15:50 – Closing remarks: Putting the Wheels into Motion for Investing in Africa
Isabelle BEBEAR – Managing Director – BPI France

  • BPI France : Why Africa, why now and how
  • Translating the BPI experience into African Private Equity Investment

One on One meetings session

The second part is reserved for professional meetings. Participants to second part are all business and finance professional. Attendance is submitted to prior registration on the Kusuntu Meeting Registration platform.

16:00 – 18:30 – Business Meetings

  • Organized meeting: based upon scheduled registration
  • Free meetings between registrants


Provided by


Paris, February 13, 2015

Supported by

Special Post conference training event by the GIIN

This training is open only to fund principals and delivers significant value for the price, as it has been subsidized in order to be affordable for small funds.

The number of place is limited (Max 30)

Through data and case studies from across the market, this training will give fund managers the insight, resources, and support to effectively design and market a fund that is appealing to today’s impact investment LPs.

Venue and Timing

The venue is supported by Group La Française, a Paris based Asset Management Company. The training is scheduled to start at 8:30 and will end at 16:00. A lunch is organized from 12:30 to 13:30.

What does the training cover?

You’ll learn how to design a fund that best leverages your situation to successfully raise capital. Experts will help you:

  1. Designing a fund with sound economics and compelling value proposition
  2. Understanding the diverse types and various approaches of investors with an interest in social and/or environmental impact
  3. Crafting an effective marketing pitch with differentiated marketing approaches for different investor types
  4. Bringing the market into focus, training session are designed around regional patterns of investment, examples of investor action and successful fundraises; including:
    • Market data illustrating trends and best practices
    • Success stories from new funds having recently secured capital commitments, with details on how they broke through fundraising barriers
    • Insights from investors about what stands out and makes a difference in a fund design and pitch
    • Examples of what today's leading investors are working on and thinking about.

What do participants receive?

You’ll receive individualized support and practical tools to take back to your teams, along with learning from peers and special guest LPs. Specifically, you’ll leave with:

  1. Custom tools for assessing fund economics and design
  2. Individualized post-seminar mentorship
  3. Resources to provide follow-on information for participants who want to go deeper
  4. Improved networking and connections with the GIIN and other industry players

This training is open only to fund principals and delivers significant value for the price, as it has been subsidized in order to be affordable for small funds.

Participation will be limited to funds intentionally creating social impact through their investments.

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