Keynote Speakers

Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Co-ordinating Minister for the Economy & Minister of Finance, was appointed to her current role in July 2011. Prior to this appointment, she was Managing Director at the World Bank (October 2007 - July 2011). Prior to her ministerial career in Nigeria, Okonjo-Iweala was vice-president and corporate secretary of the World Bank Group. She left it in 2003 after she was appointed to President Obasanjo's cabinet as Finance Minister. In October 2005, she led the Nigerian team that struck a deal with the Paris Club, a group of bilateral creditors, to pay a portion of Nigeria's external debt (US$12 billion) in return for an US$18 billion debt write-off. She was instrumental in helping Nigeria obtain its first ever sovereign credit rating (of BB-) from Fitch and Standard & Poor's.

Olusegun Aganga, Minister of Trade & Investment, was nominated by General Obasanjo and appointed by President Jonathan as Minister of Finance from April 2010 to June 2011. He is credited with the establishment of the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) in Nigeria. In July 2011, he was redeployed by the President to the new Ministry of Trade and Investment. Aganga was educated at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria where he obtained a B.Sc. Degree in Biological Sciences in 1977 and the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, where he obtained a degree in Theology in 2000. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1983. He previously worked in Arthur Young in Nigeria, Ernst & Young in London, and Goldman Sachs International in London, where he was Managing Director. 

Jim O’Neill, Former Chairman Goldman Sachs Asset Management & Chief Economist, Goldman Sachs, is an internationally respected economist and commentator with a unique perspective on global markets, currencies and trends. Jim began his career in finance at Bank of America. From 1988 to 1991, he was in charge of the fixed income research group at Swiss Bank Corporation (SBC) and served as SBC’s chief of global research. Jim joined Goldman Sachs in 1995 and was appointed head of Global Economics, Commodities and Strategy Research in 2001. In 2010 he became chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM). Jim is the creator of the acronym BRICs. He has also published research into other growth markets, including the Next 11 of which Nigeria is one. He earned a degree in economics from Sheffield University in 1978 and a PhD from the University of Surrey in 1982. He received an honorary doctorate from the Institute of Education, University of London, in 2009 for his educational philanthropy. Jim is a non-resident Research Fellow at the Breugel think tank in Brussels, and a Non-Executive Director at the UK Department of Education.

Mustafa Chike-Obi, Chief Executive Officer, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), was previously founder and managing partner of Madison Park Advisors, a financial service advisory and consulting firm in New Jersey, U.S.A, specialising in hedge fund and private equity investment advice. He has also held senior positions in various Wall Street firms including Goldman Sachs, Bear Stearns and Guggenheim Partners, among others. He graduated from the University of Lagos with a First Class Degree in Mathematics and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Rob Dower, Chief Operating Officer, Allan Gray, joined the firm in August 2003 and was appointed chief operating officer in June 2009. Rob is responsible for all aspects of the business outside of investment management. The firm manages and administers approximately US$45bn in client assets invested in listed African (predominantly South African) equities, fixed income securities and in a range of international mutual funds managed by Orbis, a sister firm sharing the same founder and family control.  Rob was formerly a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in London and also served in various roles in factory management and engineering at Unilever in South Africa. He is a graduate of University of Cape Town (B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering) and of INSEAD (MBA).

Rita Emoefe, CFA, Head of Research and Non Bank Financial Institutions Ratings at Agusto & Co Limited, is responsible for industry research and ratings for funds, asset managers, leasing & finance companies, primary mortgage institutions, microfinance banks and securities firms. Prior to joining Agusto & Co Limited in 2003, Rita worked in the Corporate Finance, Treasury and Private Banking Departments of Allstates Trust Bank Plc. Rita has vast experience rating bank and non-bank financial institutions, funds, insurance companies, corporate & industrial companies and municipal bonds. She is a graduate of Economics from the Lagos State University, Nigeria and has a Masters Degree in International Economics, Banking & Finance from the University of Wales, Cardiff, U.K.

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