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Publisert: 11.12.2017

Africa in 2018: What to expect?

16. januar 2018 kl. 07:15 - 09:00

Part 1: Africa in 2018

This meeting is part of the breakfast seminar series: Africa in 2018: What you need to know (more information will follow). Light breakfast and coffee will be served.

The Norwegian Polytechnic Society, Norfund and NABA will start the year by looking into the future: what will happen on the continent in 2018? Join our distinguished speakers who will give an update on business, politics and economics in the year to come.


08:15: Breakfast

08:30: Welcome by NABA Managing Director Eivind Fjeldstad

08:33: Africa in 2018 – from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. State Secretary Ms. Marianne Hagen.

08:45: Africa’s Economic Outlook 2018 – Roy Mutooni, Analyst, ABSA Africa fund

09:00: Political risk – what we need to know about Africa in 2018? Imad Mesdoua, Senior Consultant Africa, Control Risks

09:15: Norfund’s investments in Africa this year – perspectives from CEO Mr. Kjell Roland.

09:15 – 10:00: Discussion and Q&A – moderated by Ms. Hanna Caroline Wirschke, Statoil and NABA Board Director




Marianne Hagen. Photo: Sturlason/Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Marianne Hagen
State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Marianne Hagen became State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2017 after 9 years as head of communications at the Royal Court. Before her position at the Royal Court she was the advisor for the CEO at the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association. 



Imad Mesdoua

Imad Mesdoua
Senior Consultant Africa, Control Risks

As senior consultant on the Africa desk, Imad leads Control Risks’ political risk consultancy engagements in sub-Saharan Africa. In this role, he works closely with our extensive team of country analysts, business intelligence consultants and security risk management experts to deliver complex and sensitive consultancy engagements in Africa. He specialises in North and West Africa.


Roy Mutooni

Roy Mutooni
Analyst for the ABSA Africa fund

18 years capital markets experience in South Africa and Kenya, covering private equity, consulting, stockbroking and asset management industries with extensive experience in the analysis of capital intensive and diversified industrial companies operating throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Roy was ranked Top 5 on Financial Mail’s Analyst of the year survey between 2005 and 2014, and no. 1 on Institutional Investor’s Analyst survey for Construction and engineering in 2011. He is a CFA charterholder.


Kjell Roland

Kjell Roland
CEO Norfund

Kjell Roland is CEO of Norfund, a Development Finance Institution with the mandate to invest in profitable and sustainable enterprises in a number of the world’s poorest and most high-risk countries. Before joining Norfund in 2006, Mr. Roland spent two decades working as partner and CEO of the consultancy firm ECON Management AS and ECON Analysis, having co-founded ECON in 1986. He holds an MSc from the University of Oslo and has been a visiting scholar at the Department of Economics and the Department of Operations Research at Stanford University.

Hanna Caroline Wirschke

Hanna Caroline Wirschke
Statoil and NABA Board Director

Ms. Hanna C. Wirschke is the Head of Communication -Operations, Technology & Partner-Operated Licenses, DPI for Statoil.
Ms. Wirschke has previously worked as Senior Political Analyst for Statoil for the region of Sub Saharan Africa, focusing on Global Strategy and Business Development. She has also worked as Financial and Political Risk analyst for the AKE Group in the United Kingdom. She holds an MA in International Peace and Security Studies from King’s College London.


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