Events & Courses

15th Annual AVCA Conference @ Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi
Apr 23 – Apr 24 all-day

Annual AVCA Conference

600+ private equity leaders will convene in Marrakech this April to discuss the key trends shaping the investment landscape in Africa

Largest African private equity and venture capital gathering globally returns to North Africa for the first time in nearly 10 years bringing together thought leaders, investors, and advisors managing over US$1.3 trillion in assets.

On the back of successful industry gatherings in Abidjan, Accra, Addis Ababa, Cairo, Cape Town, and Lagos, the Pan-African industry association continues to showcase the fastest growing economies in the world by convening the industry in Morocco. Global and African dignitaries, investors, and business-leaders will discuss the latest developments affecting diverse industries and geographies within the private equity ecosystem.

Hosted by AVCA, the agenda incorporates experienced industry perspectives from the likes of CDC Group, Coronation Capital, DLA Piper, and Verod Capital.

The landmark occasion will involve keynote addresses, panel discussions, investor and portfolio company spotlights, and roundtables from the following:

Lamia Boutaleb, Secretary of State to the Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Crafts and the Social Economy, Kingdom of Morocco
Hicham Zanati Serghini, Chief Executive Offcer, la Caisse Centrale de Garantie
Brahim Benjelloun-Touimi, Group Executive Managing Director, Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur
Dr. Boutheina Ben Yaghlane, Chief Executive Officer, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (Tunisie)
ZouhaÏr Bennani, Chief Executive Officer, Labelvie
Adil Douiri, Chief Executive Officer, Mutandis
Eric Lefort, Chief Executive Officer, Premium
Mamadou Biteye, Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation
Stéphane Bacquaert, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Wendel Africa
Isabelle Bébéar, Head of International Affairs and Management Programs, Bpifrance Investissement
Antony Barker, Director of Pensions and Chief Investment Officer, Santander UK
Nicolas Gauthey, Senior Strategist, Impact and Alternative Investments, AXA Investment Managers
Christophe Karvelis, Chief Executive Officer, Capzanine
Jeffrey Leonard, Chief Executive Officer, Global Environment Capital Company
Vikram Raju, Executive Director and Portfolio Manager, Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners
Wellington Masekesa, Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, Public Investment Corporation
Simon Nyakundi, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Railway Staff Retirement Scheme
Richard Rincón, Senior Investment Officer, Emerging Market, University of Texas Investment Management Company
Murray Grant, Managing Director, Intermediated Equity, CDC Group
Maria Kozloski, Global Head and Chief Investment Officer, Private Equity Funds, International Finance Corporation
Kevin Njiraini, Regional Lead, Private Equity Funds, Sub-Saharan Africa, International Finance Corporation
Robert Zegers, Chief Investment Officer, The African Development Bank

Locating the summit in Morocco reflects the tremendous growth that has taken place in North Africa over the past few years and highlights the country’s favourable business environment and powerful economy. Morocco accounts for the region’s largest share of private equity investments and following re-entry into the African Union (AU) Marrakech serves as the ideal location to celebrate the 15th anniversary of AVCA’s Conference.

The conference will focus on investment prospects within Africa, the continent’s infrastructure needs, how development finance institutions are supporting SMEs, startups as well as VC firms investing in them, new narratives driving the continent’s transformation, the rise of family offices looking to Africa, how African private equity funds are delivering alpha, sustainability and impact investing, and value creation via exits – all unique perspectives from a diverse range of investors shaping the industry and landscape.

AFSIC 2018 @ Park Plaza, Riverbank,
May 2 – May 4 all-day
AFSIC 2018 @ Park Plaza, Riverbank, | London | England | United Kingdom

AFSIC 2018 confirms over 150 excellent speakers

AFSIC 2018 has this month confirmed over 150 speakers from a variety of excellent financial services companies and at the beginning of December will release a full agenda to the market.  With ABSA Corporate Investment Bank heading up an impressive group of supporting sponsors AFSIC 2018 promises to be one of the most important African Investment events held globally.

AFSIC, in its sixth year, has a very strong investment focus and is attended by many of the most important global investors investing into Africa and by investors interested in learning more about African investment opportunities and will be held in London on 2nd to 4th May 2018.

AFSIC 2018 will see a gathering of African companies including many African Financial services companies including Banks, Insurance Companies, Microfinance Companies and Leasing Companies, as well as a wide array of Fintech companies. The dynamic conference will see structured presentation sessions complemented by an array of networking events, meetings and country focussed sessions,  offering multiple opportunities to network and develop strong and sustainable business relationships with investors.

For full details please see the AFSIC website:

Asian Development Bank Annual Meeting @ Asian Development Bank Headquarters
May 3 – May 6 all-day
Asian Development Bank Annual Meeting @ Asian Development Bank Headquarters | Manila | Metro Manila | Philippines

The Annual Meeting of the ADB Board of Governors is an opportunity to provide guidance on ADB administrative, financial, and operational directions. The meetings provide opportunities for member governments to interact with ADB staff, nongovernment organizations (NGOs), media, and representatives of observer countries, international organizations, academe and the private sector. ADB’s annual meetings have become a premier forum for the discussion of economic and social development issues in Asia and the Pacific.

The 2018 Annual Meeting will be held from Thursday, 3 May to Sunday, 6 May 2018.

Key dates:

  • Online registration opens: 15 January 2018
  • Meetings, Seminars and Networking Events: 3–6 May 2018
  • Opening Session: 5 May 2018
  • Business Session: 5 May 2018


Asian Development Bank Headquarters
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City
1550, Philippines
+63 2 632 4444

Organizing committee

Annual Meeting Coordination Office
Office of The Secretary, Asian Development Bank
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EBRD 2018 Annual Meeting and Business Forum @ King Hussein bin Talal Convention Centre
May 9 – May 10 all-day
EBRD 2018 Annual Meeting and Business Forum @ King Hussein bin Talal Convention Centre | Sweimeh | Jordan

EBRD’s Twenty-seventh Annual Meeting and Business Forum will be held in Jordan, a country famed for its hospitality, rich in history and with an extraordinary cultural heritage.

Our theme is Energising Economies and we aim to engage participants with informed, sometimes provocative discussion and debate on a variety of topical issues – from business climate to economic growth, from targeted, profitable investment to environmental protection. In each of our discussions, we will bring together knowledgeable, renowned speakers to assess today’s state of affairs, while looking ahead to the challenges and prospects for tomorrow.

The Business Forum typically attracts senior government officials, leading financial and corporate executives, and entrepreneurs large and small – as well as representative of civil society organisations and the international and regional media. As a guest of the Business Forum, you will have ample opportunity to network at official and social events.

The Forum will take place in the King Hussein bin Talal Convention Centre, located near Sweimeh and overlooking one of the world’s most inspiring natural landscapes, the Dead Sea.

Registration is now open. Click here to learn more.

Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Congress @ Trademark Hotel
May 15 – May 16 all-day
Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Congress @ Trademark Hotel  | Nairobi | Nairobi County | Kenya

The inaugural Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Congress is taking place on 15-16th May 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Congress will bring together senior representatives from ministries of agriculture, heads of key agri-related public institutions, UN agencies, agricultural firms, NGOs, farm associations, agriculture research and development institutes, investors, donors and the private sector to look at innovations, partnerships and financing to advance climate smart agriculture in East Africa.


The agenda will cover technological innovations, capacity building, innovative financing, partnerships and the use of big data to advance climate-smart agriculture practices across East Africa. The participants will discover how to secure financial investment for CSA initiatives, improve agricultural productivity and scale adoption of technological innovations in agricultural systems. View agenda


By offering keynote addresses, panel discussions and interactive roundtable sessions, the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Congress enables robust debates on sustainable agricultural transformation and innovations in seed technology, soil and drought management in the region.


  • Meet key decision makers and agricultural experts to establish public-private partnerships for a sustainable and secure food future in East Africa
  • Discuss practical solutions to the prominent climate change challenges, especially around drought management and irrigation best practice
  • Improve agricultural productivity: strategies for better soil fertility management, water utilisation, mechanisation, precision farming and crop diversity
  • Discover ICT for agri and mAgri innovations: support farmers through technology, data collection, and sharing among actors
  • Create economic opportunities while ensuring sustainability for communities and the environment, and learn about financing trends in the region


Save the date and reserve your place to be part of engaging discussions and connection building in climate smart agriculture in Africa. Register here

For more information about the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Congress, visit or email Alina O’Keeffe, Head of Marketing, Aid & international Development Forum (AIDF) at

Seventy-first World Health Assembly 21–26 May 2018
May 21 – May 26 all-day
Seventy-first World Health Assembly 21–26 May 2018 @ Geneva | Geneva | Switzerland

World Health Assembly

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland.

More information here.

The 53rd Annual Meetings of the Board of Governors of the AfDB and 44th Meetings of the Board of Governors of the African Development Fund (ADF)
May 21 – May 25 all-day
The 53rd Annual Meetings of the Board of Governors of the AfDB and 44th Meetings of the Board of Governors of the African Development Fund (ADF)

The 53rd Annual Meetings of the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and 44th Meetings of the Board of Governors of the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional arm of the Bank Group, are scheduled to take place from May 22-25, 2018 in Busan, which is located about 325 kilometres southeast of Seoul.

The Annual Meetings are the Bank’s largest annual event and serve to raise the profile of the institution on the global stage. In addition to the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors, which constitutes the core purpose of the gathering, these Annual Meetings will bring together thousands of delegates and participants, and will feature a number of official, knowledge and side events. The Governors of the Bank are from the 54 regional member countries and 26 non-regional member countries. The Annual Meetings provide a unique forum for representatives of government, business, civil society, think-tanks, academia and the media – from Africa and beyond – to debate key issues on Africa’s development, and to discuss the Bank’s performance in delivering on its mandate.

The 2018 Annual Meetings will be held on the theme: “Accelerating Africa’s Industrialization.”

Registrations can be done through this link.

Download the Bank’s Industrialize Africa brochure, or view full information on the official website.

Official hashtag: #AfDBAM2018

POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa @ Sandton Convention Centre
Jul 17 – Jul 19 all-day

POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa is the electricity industry’s forum that brings together international business leaders and technical experts committed to POWERING UP A CONTINENT.

Featuring a comprehensive conference programme and extensive exhibit floor, the event spans all aspects of centralised and distributed power generation along with leading technologies in power transmission and distribution. Put simply, it’s where the industry meets to do business.

Africa’s leading power sector stakeholders will convene in Johannesburg in July for the annual POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa 2018 conference and exhibition. This event, attended by over 3,000 power industry stakeholders, utilities and sub-Saharan government officials, has become the power sector’s key hub for information-sharing.

In addition to presenting industry-leading conference tracks, exhibition space showcasing international solutions and extensive networking opportunities, POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa 2018 facilitate a sub-Saharan African VIP programme which brings key buyers from across Africa to the event as part of the SSA VIP Delegation.

Exhibitors and delegates also benefit from a free B2B Matchmaking service which will pre-organise meetings with key industry decision makers based on each business’s marketing objectives. In 2016, over 259 meetings and 80% of attendees said the service was successful in meeting their objectives.

For further information on POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa Conference & Exhibition 2018, please visit where registration is open to attend this premier event

EMMIO – Executive Master in Management of International Organizations
Oct 10 @ 12:00 am


If you are looking for a programme that will enhance your management potential, empower your strategic vision and equip you with the right tools and frameworks to tackle future challenges of international development, SDA Bocconi has the right answer for you:

EMMIO – Executive Master in Management of International Organizations

Key features:

  • Blended (face-to-face and Distance Learning)
  • Compatible with full employment
  • Total duration of nine months
  • 40 ECTS credits
  • Addressed to mid and senior level development professionals

SDA Bocconi EMMIO terms

A unique value proposition – you will earn your degree in only nine months while taking full advantage of a flexible programme schedule compatible with full employment. Addressed to mid and senior level professionals working in the context of International Development (United Nations, International NGOs, development finance institutions and development agencies), the EMMIO Program is a fully tailored, hands-on degree, which will strengthen your credentials and heighten your visibility, equipping you for your future professional challenges.

A whole spectrum, from theory to practice – why compromise between world-class academic contents and cutting edge business practices? EMMIO allows you to get the best of both worlds, through a uniquely qualified and hand-picked faculty merging renowned scholars and senior professionals from International Organizations, development finance institutions and development agencies.

The way we do things around here – EMMIO is a laboratory where participants use their professional experiences to think creatively and elaborate new solutions to common problems. The EMMIO cohort blends professionals from both the international development and humanitarian assistance sectors with twenty or more organisations represented, demonstrating the unique value of diversity and complementarity of backgrounds to foster a systemic and strategic thinking.

Application deadline: 1 June 2018 (early bird March 31, 2018)

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