SPEAKERS

 

Zahra Omar
Zahra Omar
Founder - Infinit Energy

Zahra Omar is the principal and founder of Infinit Energy, an independent consultancy focused on providing advisory services to clients on energy transactions in Africa and Asia.

Zahra is a Kenyan-born, Canadian-qualified lawyer who has spent a large part of her legal career advising on energy transactions in Africa. She began her legal career in Canada in 2005 as an associate in the Energy and Natural Resource group at Bennett Jones LLP. In 2008, she moved to Johannesburg where she joined White & Case LLP as an associate in the firm’s Energy, Infrastructure and Project & Asset Finance group. In 2012, she joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr as a director in its Projects & Infrastructure group. During this time, she spent fourteen months in Naiorbi on secondment with IKM Advocates, where she helped set up the firm’s Projects and Infrastructure group and advised government, lenders and private sector parties on several large PPP projects in the energy, oil & gas, healthcare, transportation and ICT sectors. In 2016, Zahra left private practice and set up Infinit Energy.

Zahra’s experience spans across the energy sector, encompassing both conventional and renewable energy transactions. She has advised on oil and gas matters in Canada & Kenya; renewable, coal and gas power projects in South Africa; geothermal, thermal, solar, wind and renewable hybrid projects in Kenya; coal projects in Zimbabwe; and hydropower projects in Mozambique.

More recently, she has been advising government entities in Asia, including Sri Lanka, Nepal, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Thailand, on privatizing their electricity sectors. Zahra’s passion in the energy sector causes her to seek out opportunities in the market that provide her with continued learning and introduce her to new technologies.

Moustapha SOW
Moustapha SOW
Founder & Chief executive officer - SF CAPITAL

Moustapha Sow is the Founder and Chief executive officer of SF CAPITAL; an Africa-focus investment banking boutique based in Dakar, Senegal. The company provides comprehensive, independent advisory services in Corporate Finance, Structured Trade Finance, and Project Finance across the continent.

Prior to that Moustapha was for 5 years ICIEC Regional Manager for Africa; a Aa3 Moody’s rated Multilateral Export Credit and Investment Insurance Provider and a member of the Islamic Development Bank Group. With ICIEC he has significantly contributed to the promotion of trade and investment between IsDB member countries; enhancing at the same time ICIEC brand in the Export and Political Risk Insurance market. Moustapha is an international experienced financier with previous positions held in corporate banking at UBA and Diamond Bank in Senegal and Citibank and BMO-Bank of Montreal in Toronto, Canada.

Some regular activities he is currently undertaking is to lecture Capital Markets and Corporate Finance classes in some Business School in Senegal and participate regularly as speaker or moderator on many International Investment and Trade summits around the globe; sharing some critical insights on Investment (Power, Infrastructure, Agriculture, etc.) and Trade opportunities in Africa He holds a Bachelor in Economics from University de Montreal and an MBA in Finance from McGill University both in Canada. His passion and believe about Africa triggered a return back home to Senegal in 2012.

Lebogang Chaka
Lebogang Chaka
Chairperson - Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute Alumni Forum

Lebogang Chaka holds a Master of International Business and a Bachelor of Business and Commerce from Monash University, Australia. She has studied African Studies to understand the needs of the Continent. Lebogang is currently enrolled with Gordon Institute of Business Science to pursue a PhD in African migrant entrepreneurship within the informal sector. She is the inaugural Chairperson of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute Alumni Forum. She sits on the African Leadership Academy Student Enterprise Program Advisory Board. She the inaugural recipient of the Business Women Association of South Africa bursary. Lebogang has been profiled for women’s month alongside women such as Graca Machel in the winning women magazine August 2016 City Press Edition.

She was also profiled on She leads Africa, an international online community. She was selected as a finalist for the 2017 McKinsey Next Women Generation Award. She is the founded a company called Afro Visionary Legacy, a boutique management consulting and public speaking firm. Lebogang has experience from top – tier consulting firms having worked within the advisory divisions of the likes of KPMG, Accenture and Deloitte. The quality of her work has been recognised by the many performance awards she received, both locally and internationally. She served as the Deputy Chairperson of the Employment Equity Committee at Deloitte.

Lebogang is a committed Pan African Academic Activist that has committed to travelling the Continent and the world engaging different people from different walks of life on African issues. She was selected as the youngest panellist alongside H.E Former Vice President of Zimbabwe Joice Mujuru, Senator Jewel Taylor of Liberia and Hon Joyce Aryee of Ghana to talk about Female political participation in strategic political positions. She has also shared a stage with four Former Presidents H.E Mbeki of South Africa, H.E. Mkapa of Tanzania, H.E. Marzouki of Tunisia, and H.E Mohamud of Somalia to talk about the theme “Industalising Africa within the fourth industrialisation revolution”.

Some of her notable keynote presentations include; Responsibilities of Africans to innovate and collaborate with each other across the continent; Doing business with an “African” mindset; Howwomen can become the driving force for Africa’s development; The Africa young people aspire to; The role of private sector and job creation in the renewable energy and water affairs sectors; Role of youth in the realisation of Agenda 2063. She has embarked on public speaking sessions at underprivileged schools, universities including prisons.

Lebogang delivered the keynote address to the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows at their annual Southern Africa Regional Conference on their responsibilities as young African leaders to innovate and collaborate with each other to improve the social and economic conditions in vulnerable communities. Her consulting and speaking career has seen her on platforms in Dubai, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ghana, Zambia and United States. She has featured on various media platforms such Forbes Women Magazine, Classic FM, Power FM, Motsweding FM, SAFM, Cliff Central, Kaya FM and QwaQwa FM, African Diaspora TV.

She has featured as an analyst on Channels TV, the most watched channel in Nigeria providing a South African view on key national issues. She has also featured on a show called Africa54, which is jointly produced with Voice of America in Nigeria. Lebogang was a guest on the Home Run show in Ghana to talk about using sports as a nation building tool: The South African experience. She has published in the Huffington Post, Journal of Coaching, Consulting and Coaching Psychology Journal and Mbewu Movement Blog.

Paulo Gomes
Paulo Gomes
Founder, Chairman and CEO - Constelor Investment Holdings

Mr. Paulo Gomes is an entrepreneur and international trade and development expert with 25 years of experience both in the public and private sectors. He has served at the very senior levels in multi-lateral development institutions, from the World Bank to West African Development Bank(BOAD), and has worked with senior government ministers and heads of governments on key projects throughout the African continent. Within the private sector, he serves on the boards of major firms such as Eco bank, Asky Airline, and AFIG private equity fund.

Mr. Gomes started his career in Africa in 1988 when he joined the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Trade in his native land of Guinea-Bissau. As director of Strategic Planning and Principal Advisor to the Minister, he led the effort to introduce the country into the West African Monetary Union (“UEMOA”)

He also serves as an advisor to major CEO’s and corporate boards. He played a critical leadership role in the development of several private sector initiatives such as the emerging West African Agricultural Development Corporation to be in 2012. Paulo has developed a deep understanding of the political and economic issues facing Africa and the developing world in general, and has a good knowledge of macro-economic situation of the continent. He has extensive management skills and international experience. He has management experience in public sector, multilateral institutions and in the private sector. He also possesses strong technical and analytical skills having started his career in planning and management consulting. Paulo has coordinated and led major programs in addition to initiating several innovative competitiveness programs for his constituency as Executive Director for 24 African countries in the World Bank. Paulo has a keen passion for development and always makes a personal commitment to achieve set objectives and results . He has advised several head of states, assisted a few of them to establish investment advisory bodies and served on international committees.

In 1997, Mr. Gomes obtained a Masters degree with Honors in Economic Policy and Management from the Kennedy School of Government (USA). While a student, Mr. Gomes was also with Monitor Group, a consulting firm, and Citizens Energy, an energy company owned by the Kennedy family with interests including Angolan assets. In 1984, Mr. Gomes obtained a Certificat d’Etudes Politiques from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po Paris) and in 1986 he received a BA in Economics and International Trade from the Institut d’Etudes des Relations Internationales (ILERI).

Mr. Gomes is a member of the board of Eco bank Transnational Incorporated(“ETI”), a leader in the banking sector in Africa. He belongs to a number of networks including the Aspen Institute. He is also working on creating an Advisory Board on Africa for the World Bank President.
Paulo has built an extensive network across Lusophone, Francophone and Anglophone Africa as well as in Asia and Latin America. He is fluent in English, French and Portuguese.

Dr. Amany Asfour
Dr. Amany Asfour
Chairperson - COMESA Business Council (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa)

– Chairperson of COMESA Business Council ( Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa)
– World Vice President of International Federation for Business and Professional Women (BPW International)
– President of Egyptian Business Women Association (EBWA)
– Vice Chair of Human Resources, Science & Technology Cluster of AU- ECOSOCC ( African Union – Economic Social Cultural Council ).
– President of African Alliance for Women Empowerment .
– Founder and Honorary President of Business & Professional Women (BPW- Egypt).
– President of Organization of Women in Trade OWIT – Cairo Chapter
– Secretary General African Society for Scientific Research & Technology
– Founder and Chair of African Training Center for Women and Youth Entrepreneurs and support of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) ( Hatchepsut Women Business Development Center and Business Incubator )

Dr. Amany Asfour is graduated from Faculty of Medicine – Cairo University and had her Master Degree & M.D. degree in Pediatrics In her academic career, she is a Lecturer of Pediatrics at the National Research Center of Egypt.

She joined the private sector since she was a student at the Faculty of Medicine. Within few years she was able to establish a company for Medical equipments with more than 30 brands
Her interests were not limited to establishing her private Business only but soon she realized the importance of creating an organization targeting Economic Empowerment of Women , Young Women Entrepreneurship Promotion and Creating New jobs and Descent work for women and promoting the entrepreneurial culture . As a result she established the Egyptian Business Women Association in 1995 with the objectives of promoting young generations of Women Entrepreneurs & giving guidance to women business owners of Small & Medium enterprises. The organization supports the mainstream of feminine gender in the Global Market.

Dr. Asfour than established The Federation of Business & Professional Women BPW – Egypt From her belief that financial independence for women gives them the Power of Choice & Voice, she directed her activities toward Economic Empowerment of women , Capacity Building, Development of Human Resources & to stress on equal opportunity for girls and women for education & training and promotion of Women in Science and Technology and support of Women Owners of SMEs.

From her belief that African Women Should have one voice and that Empowerment of African Women is the Key for Africa’s development. Dr. Asfour established the African Alliance for Women Empowerment which has focal points all over Africa & its main target is Women Empowerment in Africa & establishing projects and marketing of products for women entrepreneurs and women owners of small & medium enterprises in the African continent .
As Dr Asfour is promoting Economic Integration in Africa and supporting Intra African Trade and established the African Training Center for Women and Youth Entrepreneurs and support of SMEs .Dr Asfour has organized Annual African Congresses for Women and Youth Entrepreneurs and launched the initiative From Cairo to Cape for economic Integration in Africa

Dr. Asfour is elected the Chair of Human Resources , Science & Technology Cluster in the AU – ECOSOCC (Economic , Social and Cultural Council ) of African Union for 2 mndates till 2017.Now she serves as the Vice Chair. Dr Asfour is also elected the Chair of the COMESA Business Council (Common Market for Eastern & Southern African) the apex Body of Private sector in COMESA and she is the first Woman to chair this organization .

Dr. Asfour also believes in the importance of Scientific Research & Technology for development she is the Secretary General of the African Society for Scientific Research & Technology where her target is also promotion of Women in Science & Technology and transfer of technology for women in Business and the value addition for raw African materials through transfer of Technology and promotion of Industrialization , Dr Asfour is also elected the World Vice president of the International Federation for Business and Professional Women 2014-2017 .

Dr. Asfour is awarded many awards from Egypt , Africa , Arab world , and from all over the world.

Joshua P. Setipa
Joshua P. Setipa
Senior Consultant - World Bank

Joshua Phoho Setipa was born on the 6th April 1969 in the district of Leribe in the Kingdom of Lesotho. He graduated from the Universities of Bradford (MBA), Australian National University (International Trade policy) and National University of Lesotho (Political Science).

His core competencies are economic development issues, regional and global trade and economic issues, resource mobilization and investment mobilization. He has over 20 years of experience gained at the national, regional and international levels working on economic and developmental issues. He has substantive field experience working on regional economic development issues in Southern and Western Africa, with particular focus on economic sector reform and regional economic integration issues and extensive experience working on multilateral trade issues and their impact on African economic integration and economic development.

From 2015 to 2017, he served as the Minister for Trade and Industry in Lesotho. During this period, he initiated comprehensive reforms to Lesotho’s trade and industrial policy. Launched Lesotho’s first special economic zone. In 2016 a comprehensive reform process of Lesotho’s investment climate was launched and once completed will entrench Lesotho position as a preferred destination for investments.
From 2012 to 2014 he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Lesotho National Development Cooperation, an institution charged with mobilization of foreign direct investment to Lesotho and the economic empowerment of Lesotho Nationals.

From 2005 to 2011, he served in the Cabinet of WTO Director General Pascal Lamy and was a member of the team that successfully placed the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the center of the global economic development agenda by advocating proactive involvement in global initiatives such as UN Millennium Development Goals and the Brussels Plan of Action. He helped strengthen and manage WTO relationships with global institutions including the World Bank, IMF, UN Specialized Agencies and regional institutions including the African Union, the African Development Bank and Regional Economic Communities. His other responsibility was coordinating the participation of the WTO in the work of the UN, World Bank and IMF and contribution towards multilateral initiatives to address global socio economic challenges.

From 1992 to 2003, served in various capacities within the Lesotho Foreign Service, with a key focus on economic and trade matters.

Abam Mambo-Doh
Abam Mambo-Doh
Ethics and Compliance Director - GlaxoSmithKline

Abam Mambo-Doh is the Ethics and Compliance Director for GlaxoSmithKline’s Africa pharmaceutical business. In her current role, she sets the compliance agenda, devises and drives the risk mitigation strategy for her business, leads a team of compliance officers from Nigeria to South Africa, and sits on the leadership team for the Africa & Developing Countries Asia region. Prior to taking on this role in August 2016, she spent four years as an employment litigator in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and another five as in-house legal counsel for GSK’s US pharmaceutical business based in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

In the in-house counsel role, Abam counseled senior business, human resources and compliance executives, managed legal, regulatory and compliance risks, devised and implemented strategies to drive fair employment practices, led large privileged and non-privileged investigations, and oversaw the embedment of key provisions of the Company’s Corporate Integrity Agreement, among other things.

A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School where she served as an editor of the Michigan Law Review, she was recognized as a 2016 Rising Star by the National Employment Council – an award that recognizes exceptional employment attorneys with less than 10 years of practice. An avid traveler and storyteller, she is currently based in Johannesburg.

John Smelcer
John Smelcer
Director/Head of Energy & Infrastructure - Webber Wentzel

John specialises in energy and infrastructure projects across Sub Sahara Africa with a focus on oil and gas and is the head of Webber Wentzel’s oil and gas sector. John represents sponsors, governments, financial institutions and private equity investors in all aspects of project development and financing. Highlights of current projects on which John is the lead legal advisor include representation of the South African Independent Power Producer’s Office for its LNG to power procurement programme, advising the sponsors on the Black Rhino Group led Horn of Africa Pipeline project in Ethiopia and Djibouti and representing the South African Department of Trade and Industry with respect to the establishment of a gas industrialisation unit. John also represents key upstream oil and gas companies in multiple jurisdictions across Sub Saharan Africa.

Examples of projects John has worked on in the past while based in London include private equity-led investments in the oil and gas sector, large scale liquefied natural gas import and export projects across Africa and the emerging markets including Qatar, Papua New Guinea and Australia, oil forward sale structures in Egypt and Nigeria, gas-fired power projects and other downstream energy projects.

John regularly leads government training workshops on the legal and structuring aspects of energy project financings and his expertise in Africa related projects has been recognized by Chambers Global. He has published various articles and client alerts including the forthcoming ” Bridging Africa’s Energy Gap – LNG to power as a catalyst for unlocking host country value and raising large scale investment?” and “Nigerian Power Sector Reforms: Opportunities and Challenges for Investment”.

He is a member of the New York Bar and American Bar Association and holds a Juris Doctor of Law from the University of Washington in the US as well as a public policy degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Lade Araba
Lade Araba
Co-Founder and President - Visiola Foundation

Ladé Araba is a seasoned multi-lingual Development Finance and Project Management specialist with over 15 years of professional experience. She advises private investors and public agencies in accessing and structuring infrastructure project finance transactions. She previously served as a Senior Adviser with the (UK) Department for International Development (DFID) funded Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (NIAF).

She also served as the Technical Adviser to the former Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Honorable Minister of Finance of Nigeria. As a Senior Investment Officer at the African Development Bank, she played key roles in deal origination and appraisal, and received Board approval for senior loans to several infrastructure projects across Africa, which were collectively valued in excess of $2 billion. As Technical Advisor to the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), she advised on the requirements for financing regional infrastructure projects, promoting intra-African trade, as well as private sector development.

She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) and International Business from the University of Oklahoma. Ms. Araba is a 2011 Mo Ibrahim Leadership Fellow, a 2014 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow, and a Member of the African Leadership Network (ALN). She is a native English speaker who is fluent in French and Italian, with basic knowledge of Spanish, Swahili, and Yoruba.

Muzi Kubeka
Muzi Kubeka
Local Partner - White & Case

Muzi is a project finance lawyer based in Johannesburg.  He specialises in energy, project finance, public private partnerships, lending & syndicated lending, and export credit finance.  Muzi has acted for sponsors, development finance institutions, infrastructure investment funds, South African and international banks.  Muzi advises on projects under both South African and English law in South Africa and throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to re-joining the practice, Muzi spent three years working in a major law firm in London, where he primarily advised on project and infrastructure finance.

Muzi holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws from the University of Natal and the degree of Master of Laws (International Business Law) from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

Audrey Mwala
Audrey Mwala
Director of Project Finance and Risks Analysis - Public Private Partnership Commission

Audrey Mwala is a Certified Public Private Partnership Specialist (IP3) USA, a Certified Project Finance Specialist (IP3) USA, a Fellow Charted Management Accountant (CIMA) UK, holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.  She has extensive experience in Project Finance, Project Management, Project Risk Analysis, PPP contract negotiations, Privatization and PPP structuring through her 20 year career, currently serving as Director of Project Finance and Risks Analysis at The Public Private Partnership Commission in Malawi.

She has taken leading roles in a number of projects for conducting PPP feasibility studies, public listings, private placements, strategic equity investments, PPP procurement, project management, contract management, contract negotiations and re-negotiations. She has championed in private sector investment in projects in banks, railway, marine, real estate, tourism and in ICT sectors. She also serves as a non- executive director in a number of cooperate boards in Tourism, Financial, Education, Agriculture and Social Sectors.

Antonió Henrique Da Silva
Antonió Henrique Da Silva
Chairman - Vigor Calima - Food Processing Industries & Waters Limited

Mr. Da Silva is an accomplished senior level executive with more than 20 years experience in various fields including oil and gas, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing and construction served both at a national level in Angola and internationally as a top management executive and board of director.

He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in telecommunications and information systems from the University of Zagreb in Croatia; a MSCE – certified in Microsoft Systems Engineer – London. He is a graduate in business administration from Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He attended the Kellogg advanced management program at the Kellogg School of Management

Delphine Maidöu
Delphine Maidöu
Chief Executive Officer (AGCS) Africa

Delphine Maidou is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) Africa. She also oversees Allianz’s Global Lines Strategy in Africa, which provides corporate, specialty, credit, reinsurance, travel and assistance risk solutions in the continent through AGCS, Euler Hermes, and Allianz Global Assistance. She was elected president of the Insurance Institute of South Africa (IISA) in 2015. Originally from Burkina Faso, Delphine has consistently been ranked as one of the top economic leaders for tomorrow by the Choiseul 100 Africa study. In 2005, she joined Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) Canada and held positions of a Liability Underwriter and Head of Market Management where she was responsible for identifying potential markets, client and broker target segments to support business development across Canada.

Delphine is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) from the American Institute For Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters. She also holds a Master of Science in Insurance Management from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts (MA), USA. She graduated Cum Laude Bachelor of Science in Business and Accounting from University of Pittsburgh, in the United States of America (USA) in 1996. After graduating, she joined Ohio Casualty Group of Insurance initially as a Senior Commercial Multi-Lines Insurance Underwriter and Marketing Representative and later as Regional Underwriting Manager.

NJ Ayuk
NJ Ayuk
Chief Executive Officer - Centurion Law Group

NJ’s experience includes advising major companies on investment strategies, the establishment of joint ventures and cooperation structures, privatisation, licensing, related tax, OHADA, Equatorial Guinea law, oil and gas, local content, litigation, negotiations, governance and other matters. He also frequently advises International oil companies, governments, oil service companies, financial institutions, development banks and construction firms in Equatorial Guinea and Sub Saharan Africa.

He is particularly active in the structuring, negotiation and implementation of petroleum, mining, LNG, and other natural resource projects in Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Chad, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Angola, Congo and other Sub-Saharan countries.

Drawing from his past experiences, he continuously advises governments on judicial modernization, rule of law issues, training of judges, prosecutors and lawyers in Equatorial Guinea, Chad, South Sudan, Uganda and Niger on a pro bono basis.

He is recognised as a leading oil & gas lawyer by the International Who’s Who of Oil & Gas Lawyers, author of Big Barrels: African Oil and Gas and the Quest for Prosperity and Chambers and partners recognised him as an “important player” and a “tremendous resource”, an acknowledgement bestowed upon him by his peers in the industry.

Mr Ayuk earned his Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law in the United States, graduated from the University of Maryland College Park and further holds an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology. He is an active member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, the Institute for Energy Law and the Petroleum Joint Venture Association.

Mrs. Marie Chantal Uwitonze
Mrs. Marie Chantal Uwitonze
CEO - MACH Consulting

Mrs. Marie Chantal Uwitonze is the CEO of MACH Consulting, a Brussels based consulting firm specialized in EU-Africa and ACP-EU Relations and Development Cooperation. MACH Consulting provides advisory services to the European Institutions, African Governments and Private Companies.   Mrs. Uwitonze is also the Founder of the African Diaspora Network in Europe, an umbrella organization of African Diaspora associations in Europe which aims at mobilizing and engaging the Diaspora in the Development of Africa.

The work of Mrs. Uwitonze currently focuses on promoting access to decent work and entrepreneurship mainly for Youth and Women, innovative financing tools for the sustainable development agenda including diaspora remittances, domestic resources mobilization, the future of the ACP-EU relationship after 2020, Migration policy and Diaspora. Mrs. Uwitonze serves as a resource person for different EU’s Multiannual instruments such as the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) and the European Development Fund (EDF). She is part of the EU-Africa group on Infrastructure which is mandated to pilot the 2018-2020 Strategic Infrastructure roadmap in the sectors of Energy, Transport, Water & ICT.

Mrs. Uwitonze has more than 10 years of work experience with various leading International and European institutions. She worked in Europe as a Parliamentary Adviser at the European Parliament, a Deputy Assistant Secretary General at the Centre Européen de Recherches Internationales et Stratégiques (CERIS). She also worked in Africa with the United Nations Development Programme, the Pan African Youth Union (PYU) and the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Mrs. Marie Chantal Uwitonze holds a Master’s Degree in political sciences focusing on International Relations and an Advanced Master in Development, Environment and Society both obtained from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. She also graduated in International Law and Diplomacy. Mrs. Uwitonze is the Author of the book  “Union européenne, acteur du maintien de la paix en Afrique : succès et limites d’un engagement”, 2014, (EU, a peacekeeping actor in Africa: Success and limits of a commitment). She has published numerous articles, working papers, policy briefs, and memos focused on EU-Africa Partnership as well as African national-level policy development. Mrs. Uwitonze is regularly cited in prominent print and broadcast outlets, doing interviews on all aspects of Development cooperation policy and its broader ramifications.