Invited Speakers

Reinventing the Nigerian economy

Mr. Daniel Altman is an economist and internationally bestselling author. He is the creator of the Baseline Profitability Index, a tool for assessing the attractiveness of investing in markets around the world that is published by Foreign Policy magazine. He also serves as an adjunct associate professor of economics at New York University's Stern School of Business, where he teaches long-term macroeconomic forecasting and sports analytics. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the expert advisory board at Dalberg Global Development Advisors. Daniel previously wrote economic commentary on the The Economist, The International Herald Tribune, and The New York Times, where he was also one of the youngest-ever members of the editorial board. He was an economic advisor in the British government and now writes a global economics column as senior editor for economics at Foreign Policy magazine.

Mr. Jonathan Berman is CEO of J.E. Berman Associates and a fellow of the Milken Institute. He is an investor, advisor and author. Previously, he served as partner and director of the corporate practice at Dalberg, a strategic advisory firm focused on frontier markets with fourteen offices worldwide. He has advised numerous global Fortune 500 companies on entry and operations in emerging and frontier markets, focusing on the political and economic dynamics that drive shareholder value. His clients include global leaders in oil, gas, mining, agribusiness, education, healthcare, IT and consumer goods, as well as governments and investors active in these sectors. Jonathan's first book is Success in Africa, about the fastest-growing markets in the world and the CEOs who succeed there. President Bill Clinton calls it "important and timely." Legendary investor Mark Mobius describes Success in Africa as "dynamite." Former Coke CEO Neville Isdell said simply "It's a great book." Jonathan's views are sought by leading business publications including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CNBC and Bloomberg. He writes a regular feature on leadership and global markets for Harvard Business Review. He serves on the board of directors of Asoko Insight, an information services company delivering superior data and analysis on African corporations to customers worldwide.

Mr. Bismarck Rewane, CEO, Financial Derivatives Company Limited, holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Ibadan and is an Associate of The Institute of Bankers, England and Wales. He has over 40 years experience in the financial services industry and has previously worked with the First National Bank of Chicago (which later became the International Merchant Bank Nigeria Limited) as a General Manager and Treasurer. He has also served as a Director of both Lion Bank of Nigeria and Intercity Bank Limited. He serves on the Board of FCMB Group Plc, FCMB (UK) Ltd, Top Feeds Nigeria Ltd, Delta Packaging Nigeria Ltd, Seepec Nigeria Ltd, Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Modant Marine Ltd, Virgin Nigeria Airways Ltd, Nigeria LNG Foundation, UBA Custodian Ltd, UNIC Insurance Plc, Navgas (a Vitol subsidiary), and Guinness Nigeria Plc.