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Adzogenu Edem

Managing Director, The AfroChampions Initiative

Recently elected as Chairman of the Nairobi based African Cotton and Textiles Industries Federation (ACTIF), he stands at the forefront of the AfroChampions Initiative, a public-private partnership launched on the sidelines of the 2017 African Union Summit, in order to galvanize policy frameworks and innovative corporate alliances, supporting the emergence of African private sector champions in the regional and global spheres.

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This initiative is co-chaired by the CEO of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, and former South African President Thabo Mbeki, and has among its patrons the former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo. He also is the chairman of the Djondo Fellowship, a Togo based panafrican initiative to facilitate cross-border expansions for African companies and groom the next generation of African multinational leaders. He serves as Chairman of the Campaign for financial independence in Africa (CampaignFIA), and is a co-founder of the panafrican fashion initiative PAFI, in collaboration with the AFDB, TDB, Afreximbak, Africa 50 and the AU.

Adzogenu Edem

Managing Director, The Afrochampions Initiative, Ghana

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Afeworki Salem

Program Director, Value Sustainability, Eritrea

Salem Afeworki is the program director of Value Sustainability, a leading provider of advisory services in sustainability, climate change, and community engagement.

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She is responsible for the company’s integrated strategy to deliver customer solutions to meet their sustainability challenges and to operate in a way that advances environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic success. Applying her corporate and consulting experience to her client’s sustainability priorities, she challenges her clients to set increasingly higher targets that grow their business by making a positive difference in the world. Prior to that, Salem has held numerous management and senior consultant roles in engineering and financial services firms, both in the United States and internationally. She began her career with the United Nations, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication and MSc in Environmental Management & Auditing from Universidad de Leon, Spain.

Afeworki Salem

Program Director, Value Sustainability

Salem is the program director of Value Sustainability, a leading provider of advisory services in sustainability, climate change, and community engagement. She is responsible for the company’s integrated strategy to deliver customer solutions to meet their sustainability challenges and to operate in a way that advances environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic success

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Applying her corporate and consulting experience to her client’s sustainability priorities, she challenges her clients to set increasingly higher targets that grow their business by making a positive difference in the world. Prior to that, Salem has held numerous management and senior consultant roles in engineering and financial services firms, both in the United States and internationally. She began her career with the United Nations, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication and MSc in Environmental Management & Auditing from Universidad de Leon, Spain.

Affogbolo Idelphonse

Founder and Chairman, Africa Capital

Idelphonse Affogbolo has been involved in numerous privatizations in Africa and is an advisor for several African governments.

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He created Africa Capital — an independent investment bank — in 2007, after a 20 years career in investment banking. Prior to creating Africa Capital, Mr. Affogbolo cofounded the Merchant Banking Division of Banque Belgolaise (a former subsidiary of Fortis Group), where he served as managing director from 1998 to 2006. From 1995 to 1998, he was the head of French-speaking African countries at Natexis. Mr. Affogbolo started his career in public administration as an official for the UN Development Programme and he served as a technical advisor to the cabinet of the President of Sénégal, in charge of the policy for the strengthening of public finances. Mr. Affogbolo is a graduate from Université Paris Dauphine Business School.

Agah Yonov Frederick

Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Nigeria

Yonov Frederick Agah was appointed as Nigeria’s deputy director-general to the World Trade Organization in 2005.

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In that capacity, he served as the alternate chief negotiator for the Doha Round and head of Nigeria’s Trade Office in the WTO. Agah served as chair of the WTO’s General Council in 2011. He has previously worked as a lecturer at Kaduna Polytechnic, senior features writer/circulation manager with Benue Printing and Publishing Corporation, and sales manager with Benue Bottling Company Limited. Agah holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.

Agarwal Nitika

Senior Policy Advisor, Her Majesty’s Treasury, United Kingdom

Nitika Agarwal is a senior policy advisor to the government of the United Kingdom, where she represents the U.K. in negotiations with other European Union member states on financial services, and coordinates the HMT’s policy on international economic issues. 

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Her career to date has focused on developing and delivering the British government’s international and EU policy, and she has served as chief of staff to the U.K. ambassador to the EU in Brussels. Prior to joining the British government, Agarwal campaigned for the rights of religious riot victims in Gujarat, India, and supported victims of human trafficking in Paris. She holds a degree in politics, philosophy, and economics from Queens College, Oxford University.

Agarwal, ADEL 2014 Nitika

Senior Policy Advisor, Her Majesty’s Treasury, UK

" The participation to the Emerging Leaders Program encouraged me to articulate my own goals and vision to myself.

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I now have a varied network of young professionals across the world, whom I have met with since, and I found the experience of presenting on stage with my peers in front of experts an extremely valuable learning experience."

Agénor Pierre-Richard

Hallsworth Professor of International Macroeconomics and Development Economics, University of Manchester

Pierre-Richard Agénor is the Hallsworth Professor of International Macroeconomics and Development Economics, University of Manchester, and co-director of the Centre for Growth and Business Cycle Research.

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He has published widely in leading professional journals and made contributions to a wide range of fields in economics, including international macroeconomics, development economics, growth theory, labor economics, and poverty reduction. He is the author of The Economics of Adjustment and Growth (Harvard University Press), Development Macroeconomics (with P. J. Montiel, Princeton University Press), and more recently Public Capital, Growth and Welfare (Princeton University Press)

Aggarwal Megha

Co-Founder, CEO, LEAP Skills Academy, India

Megha Aggarwal is the co-founder and CEO of LEAP Skills Academy. LEAP stands for Learning, Employability and Progress, and was founded to create opportunities and enable employment for motivated students in small towns in India. 

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It aims to help students achieve their career aspirations and connect them with livelihoods. Prior to LEAP, Aggarwal collaborated with several research and policy institutions like the University of Pennsylvania, the Asian Development Bank and the Indian Planning Commission on skill development related projects. She worked with Morgan Stanley in New York and London as an investment banker. She was a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics and is an alumnus of the University of Oxford and St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

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