Agenda

Emerging Markets Forum: Business Powering Africa Forward
Friday, April 13, 2018

8:30-9 a.m. Registration
9-9:15 a.m. Welcome
Kislaya Prasad, Academic Director, Center for Global Business, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Alexander J. Triantis, Dean, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
9:15-10 a.m. Keynote Address: Investment Fuels Growth
Introduction:
Alexander J. Triantis
Speaker: Antoinette Monsio Sayeh, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development & Former Finance Minister of Liberia
10-10:15 a.m. Break
10:15-11 a.m. Keynote Address: Africa’s Macroeconomic Outlook and the Business Climate
Introduction:
Nazat Dowla, MBA Candidate 2019, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Speaker: Albert G. Zeufack, Chief Economist, Africa Region, World Bank
11 a.m.-Noon Policy Panel: Investment and Business Development
Introduction and Moderator:
Eric Guichard, Founder and CEO, Homestrings, Inc.
Speakers:

Tom Coogan, Regional Director, Anglophone Region, U.S. African Development Foundation
Brionne Dawson, Director, East and Southern Africa, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Uduak Essien, Managing Director, Project Finance Division, Export-Import Bank of the U.S.
Noon-12:45 p.m. Buffet Lunch
12:45-1:30 p.m. Distinguished Luncheon Address: Investing in Africa
Moderator:
Kislaya Prasad
Speaker:
Landry Signé, David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Africa Growth Initiative, Brookings & Distinguished Fellow, Center for African Studies, Stanford University
1:30-2  p.m. Smith School Faculty Spotlight: Pitfalls of Decontextualized Products and Solutions
Introduction: Marina Augoustidis, Assistant Director, CIBER Programs, Center for Global Business, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Speaker: Ritu Agarwal, Robert H. Smith Dean’s Chair of Information Systems & Senior Associate Dean for Research, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
2-2:15 p.m. Break
2:15-3:15 p.m. Practitioners Panel: U.S. Business in Africa
Introduction and Moderator:
Rebecca L. Bellinger, Executive Director, Center for Global Business, Robert H. Smith School of Business
Speakers:
Kimberly Brown, President and CEO, Amethyst Technologies
Jeffrey Krilla, Vice President for Global Policy and Government Affairs, Kosmos Energy
Kevin Tanzola, Vice President Finance Operations, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International
3:15-3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks: Rebecca Bellinger