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The Economist – Global Business Forum on Africa

November 2, 2017 @ 10:05 am - 10:45 am

Global Business Forum 2017 - Ashish J Thakkar

Global Business Forum on Africa will explore the next phase of growth and development with the founders of Africa’s most innovative businesses. The forum will examine the potential for leveraging technology to accelerate growth across Africa, discuss the power of the emerging private sector and identify the opportunities for financing and partnering with Africa’s most dynamic businesses.

The objective of GBF Africa is to encourage international revenue flows into Africa by engaging leading decision-makers on the global investment scene. The Forum will involve prominent African stakeholders to engage in a dialogue at the highest level of implementation, advising on key strategic directives related to Africa’s economic outlook.

Funding African Business – Deal Makers not Risk Takers

Private equity is playing a significant role in funding Africa’s businesses – but traditional investors are competing for deals alongside successful entrepreneurs and institutional investors. This panel will explore how investors are approaching these fast-growing but difficult markets and ask whether traditional models for deploying funds and exiting investments can work.


  • Rob Hersov, Founder and Chairman, Invest Africa, UK
  • Eghosa Omoigui, Managing General Partner, EchoVC Partners, Nigeria
  • Ashish Thakkar, Founder and Managing Director, Mara Group, UAE


  • Mark Eddo, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Eddo Media


November 2, 2017
10:05 am - 10:45 am


The Economist


Dubai, United Arab Emirates + Google Map

We would like to invite Ashish J Thakkar for a motivational speech