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Africa Webinar Series: COVID-19: Opportunity in Crisis

 “ex Africa semper aliquid novi”  Gaius Plinius Secundus

This ancient Roman proverb, translated as “from Africa always something new”, aptly captures the ways in which businesses have found innovative solutions to seemingly intractable problems in Africa. For example, mobile banking business models, now used globally, emerged in Africa in response to the significant infrastructure challenges of traditional retail banking. 

Amidst the unprecedented and multifaceted challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic, key business leaders and entrepreneurs from the private sector and development finance institutions, as well as legal and academic professionals, will discuss the challenges and opportunities that this pandemic offers global institutions and businesses with Africa operations.

The panels will focus on the fields of private equity, trade/supply chains, international arbitration, development finance, and compliance/investigations, with two wide-ranging General Counsel fora, culminating in a panel of successful African entrepreneurs who will share their insights on innovation in the midst of challenges.

Join King & Spalding as we explore the ways in which global institutions and businesses with operations in Africa can seek to pivot, innovate and even thrive in the midst of this wide-ranging crisis.


Thursday, September 24
8:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. ET

The agenda can be found here

Panel 1: Investing Into Africa
Panel 2: Africa as the Future of Global Supply Chains

For questions, contact Allison Adair at

  • Brooke Belisle, Senior Counsel, Mergers & Acquisitions/Finance, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Dana Bennett, Head, Management Secretariat, International Finance Corporation
  • Kofi Dadzie, Co-founder, Rancard
  • Kimberly Heimert, General Counsel, Africa50
  • Ndanga Kamau, Founder, Ndanga Kamau Law
  • Mark Kenderdine-Davies, Chief Legal Officer, CDC Group
  • Samallie Kiyingi, Director of Legal and General Counsel, African Export -Import Bank
  • Edwin Macharia, Global Managing Partner, Dalberg Advisors
  • Gary Nugent, Senior Counsel, Chevron
  • Ebele Okeke, Managing Partner, Altica Partners
  • Kobi Sam, Director, Investec Asset Management
  • Fred Swaniker, Co-founder and CEO, African Leadership Group
Registration for Part Two and Part Three coming soon. 

Thursday, October 22

Panel 1: Africa’s New Partnership with DFIs 
Panel 2: Doing Business in Africa


Wednesday, November 11

Panel 1: Reimagining Compliance in Africa
Panel 2: Litigating African Cross-Border Disputes



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Event Details

Date: September 24, 2020

Time: 8:30 am (ET)

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