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Engaging Wall Street on Power Africa

Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, Co-Chair of the CBC Africa Task Force

Friday, June 13, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM (PDT)

Engaging Wall Street on Power Africa

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 A New Momentum

Africa is in the midst of an economic and demographic transformation. According to the World Bank, African countries are now among the fastest-growing countries in the world. Buoyed by rising private investment, GDP growth in Africa will continue to rise to 5.3 percent in 2014 and 5.5 percent in 2015. Although the region is increasingly a magnet for investments, the United States has yet to tap into the economic opportunities contained within this increasingly strategic continent.

On June 30, 2013, President Obama announced the Power Africa Initiative. The initiative entails $7 billion in U.S. financial support and guarantees over the next five years, coupled with more than $14 billion in initial commitments from private sector partners.

The “Engaging Wall Street on Power Africa” conference brings together investors, lenders, developers, and project sponsors to discuss projects and opportunities.



  • Abraaj Group
  • Aeolus Kenya
  • African Private Equity and Venture
  • Alpha Energy and Electric
  • Capital Association
  • Capital International Private Equity Fund
  • Carlyle Group
  • Denham Capital
  • Deutsche Bank
  • EchoVC Partners
  • Ex-Im Bank
  • Fairview Capital
  • General Electric
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Harith General Partners
  • International Finance Corporation
  • Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
  • National Association of Securities Professionals
  • Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority



  • NYSSA Global Investing Committee
  • One Thousand & One Voices
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • Standard Bank Group
  • PYXERA Global
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Symbion Power
  • The African Development Bank
  • The Milken Institute
  • The Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • The Whitaker Group
  • The World Bank
  • U.S. African Development Foundation
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • U.S. Commerce Department
  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency
  • U.S. State Department
  • Wall Street Journal



When:          June 13th, 2014   8:00AM - 1:30PM

Where:         Financial District, New York - 290 Broadway, Manhattan, NY 10007


Registration & Continental Breakfast (8:15 - 8:45AM)


 Opening Remarks (8:45AM - 9:00AM)

-- By Congressman Gregory W. Meeks

Co-Chair, CBC Africa Task Force

Ranking Member, House Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit

Senior Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee

-- Ambassador Liberate Mulamula, Republic of Tanzania

-- Ambassador Alberto do Carmo Bento Ribeiro, Republic of Angola

-- Julio Rojas, CEO, Standard Chatered Bank Americas


PANEL 1 - A Public Hand in Public-Private Partnerships (9:00AM - 10:30AM)

Description:  This workshop will focus on how U.S agencies can assist investors in identifying and structuring projects, obtaining financing or guarantees, and building partnerships with African entities.


--Moderated by Ambassador Bisa Williams, U.S. State Department Africa Bureau


  • The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Agnes Dasewicz, Director of the Private Capital Group

  • The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im)

Wanda Felton, First Vice President and Vice Chair

  • The U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF)

Shari Berenbach, President & CEO

  • The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

  • The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)

Kamran Khan, Vice President of the Dept. of Compact Operations 

  • The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)

Lida Fitts, Regional Director (Acting) Sub-Saharan Africa

  • The World Bank Group

Lucio Monari, Sector Manager, Africa Region

  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Scott Eisner, Vice president of African Affairs

  • The Milken Institute

Mindy Silverstein, Managing Director


NETWORKING SESSION 1 - Project Discussions and Networking (10:30AM - 11:15AM)

Description:This session will offer participants an opportunity to meet, network and exchange with project sponsors.


--Presentation by Tanya L. Cole, U.S. Commerce Department - Doing Business in Africa

--Remarks by Orim Graves, Executive Director, National Association of Securities Professionals

--Presentations by a select group of investment funds, trade associations and businesses

 PANEL 2 - Private Sector Participation (11:15AM - 12:45AM)

Description: Several companies, banks and investment funds from the United States, Europe and Africa, well known for their engagement in Africa, will share their insight on investing in Africa and where they see the next big opportunities.

--Opening Remarks by Bill Mills, CEO, CITI North America 

--Moderated by Dan Keeler, Editor, Frontier Markets, the Wall Street Journal


  • Carlyle Group
  • General Electric
  • Standard Bank Group
  • International Finance Corporation
  • The Abraaj Group
  • Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority
  • Denham Capital
  • The Capital Group
  • Standard Chartered
  • Helios Investment Partners
  • Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency  




  • Abiodun Aina, Africa Special Initiative for Infrastructure, IFC
  • Antonio Barbalho, Global Head, Energy & Extractive Industries, MIGA
  • David Humphrey, Global Head Power and Infrastructure, Standard Bank Group
  • Del Reginar, Senior Counsel, GE (previously served as Director for International Economics for the Western Hemisphere on the National Security Council at the White House)
  • Henry Obi, Partner and Chief Operating Officer, Helios Investment Partners
  • James E. McGuigan, Managing Partner, The Capital Group
  • Justin DeAngelis, Director, Denham Capital
  • Kayode Ogunro, Portfolio Manager, NSIA
  • Norma Kuntz, Managing Director, Carlyle Group
  • Pradeep Ramamurthy, Director, The Abraaj Group
  • Ravi Suri, Regional Head of Corporate Finance for MENA, Standard Chartered bank



-- Remarks by Paul Hinks, CEO, Symbion Power 


NETWORKING SESSION 2 - Project Discussions and Networking (12:45PM - 1:25PM)

Description:This session will offer participants an opportunity to meet, network and exchange with project sponsors.

--Remarks by Hendrik Jordaan, CEO, One Thousand & One Voices

--Remarks by Meyer Frucher, Vice Chairman, NASDAQ

--Presentations by a select group of investment funds, trade associations and businesses.


Closing Remarks by Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (1:25PM - 1:30PM)


End of the Conference

Break for Lunch


(Optional) Guided tour of the African Burial Ground National Monument                                    3:00PM – 4:00PM - Museum and monument located on the main level of the building




  Landmarks – New York City Hall and Liberty Tower (site of the World Trade Center)


Millennium Hilton

55 Church Street, New York City, NY 10007

(212) 693-2001

Duane Street Hotel

 30 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

 (212) 964-4600

New York Marriott Downtown

 85 West St, New York, NY 10006  

(212) 385-4900


Holiday Inn New York-Soho

138 Lafayette St, New York City, NY 10013  

(212) 966-8898


Hampton Inn Manhattan-Seaport-Financial District

 320 Pearl St, New York, NY 10038  

(212) 571-4400


Element New York Times Square West

311 West 39th Street, New York, NY 10018

(212) 643-0770


Wifi service and codes will be provided by GSA

Have questions about Engaging Wall Street on Power Africa? Contact Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, Co-Chair of the CBC Africa Task Force

When & Where

Ted Weiss Federal Building
290 Broadway
New York, NY 10007

Friday, June 13, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM (PDT)

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Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, Co-Chair of the CBC Africa Task Force

Congressman Meeks is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs and Financial Services Committees. He is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, and is co-chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Africa Task Force.

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