Investing in Africa

The Africa Summit St. Gallen proudly makes its comeback for its fourth edition in 2020. The Africa Summit St. Gallen is a two-day conference bringing together entrepreneurs, business leaders, and other actors present on the continent to inspire, inform and debate with the student population of the University of St. Gallen about the burgeoning potential of the African continent.

Africa's journey, getting first tagged as “The Hopeless Continent” on the cover of The Economist in 2000 and then “Africa Rising” a decade later, has been anything but boring. The African continent has become the newest destination for emerging market investors.

Multinational enterprises are expanding their activities in Africa. Railway projects, among others in Nigeria and Kenya, were launched by Chinese investors. Further on, South Africa is set to develop a pioneering pilot project aimed to supply clean electricity financed by Abagold. Moving closer, the rising number of investments in impactful start-ups reflects the increasing investor confidence in businesses across the continent’s major hubs (WEF, 2019). 

Can sustainable and inclusive growth on the African continent be achieved with foreign infrastructural investments? Why isn’t there more investment in Africa and how can one develop financial instruments to invest in people in Africa? In order to broach the issues of these noteworthy trends, reach out and share your opinion on the topic, engage in the discussion and let us know what you think. To keep posted follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

About the Summit

AIESEC St. Gallen is honoured to introduce you to the first student-organized conference in Switzerland about Africa. The Summit is aimed at addressing the general public, students, academics and entrepreneurs who are interested in Africa and want to know more about its evolving business pattern.


The St. Gallen Africa Summit 2020 will start on March 23th. We will assist in creating a dialogue between academics, business leaders, entrepreneurs and students through panel discussions and interactive workshops. The Summit will feature highly inspirational content sessions and professional networking opportunities with current and future business leaders. 


We are proud to announce that the Africa Summit takes places at the University of St. Gallen. The university puts an emphasis on the development of integrative thought, the encouragement of responsible action, and the initiation of an entrepreneurial spirit of innovation in business and society. The HSG intensifies its global orientation by forming partnerships with over 200 universities in order to enable the students to spend a semester abroad. Students can engage themselves in one of the 120 student associations and initiatives - including the Start Summit, the St. Gallen Symposium or TEDxHSG.


AIESEC is an NGO that provides students with leadership development, cross-cultural global internships and volunteer exchange experiences across the globe, with the focus to empower young people so they can make a positive impact on society. The AIESEC network includes over 100,000 members in 133 countries and territories.
AIESEC St. Gallen supports the 2020 St. Gallen Africa Summit as it believes in Africa’s future impact in today’s society. 

Past Speakers

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Ivan Kyeswa Joseph Mbowa
Co-Founder and CEO of Umati Capital

Ivan Mbowa is Co-Founder and CEO of Umati Capital, a Kenya Based digital financier focused on providing working capital to SME’s in the agribusiness sector. Umati Capital develops its own web and mobile technologies and deploys it across its clients' businesses to gather data and make informed lending decisions. Umati Capital has developed into a successful fintech start-up in the region, gaining media attention and winning several international accolades. Prior to his successful launch of Umati Capital, Mr. Mbowa attended Tufts University, majoring in Bachelor of Arts in Economics & International Relations. Upon graduating he went on to work at Citigroup for 8 years, focusing on Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya. 

Celeste Ugochukwu
Executive Director, African Foundation for Migration and Development

Mr. Ugochukwu studied Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Law at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He worked at different Law firms in Geneva and in Biel, then at the Juvenile court in Biel. He is currently a legal counselor in migration law and international consultant in African investment, migration and development. He led different integration, migration and development projects in his capacity as Executive Director for thr African Foundation for Migration and Development and President for the African Diaspora Council of Switzerland. He also has member of various associations and organisations.

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ricardo murillo
Project Manager, UN Conference on Trade and Development

Ricardo Murillo is Project Manager for the Debt Management and Financial Analysis System Programme at the UN Conference on Trade and Development. He has been implementing technical cooperation projects for it to assist Debt Management Offices of central banks and ministries of finance in the Middle East, French- and Portuguese-speaking Africa, and Latin America. Before joining the UN, he was Parliamentary Economic Advisor in Mexico to assess law initiatives and government programs in the areas of urbanisation, water management, budgeting, and concessions. He has studied International Affairs, Finance and Economics at the American University of Paris, the University of Guadalajara, the International Institute of Public Administration and the University of Geneva.

fabian urech
Member of the foreign desk of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Fabian Urech is part of the foreign desk of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa, United Nations, international development and human rights. Recent articles of his include topics like natural resources, elections, colonial history, as well as China’s growing engagement in Africa. Before joining NZZ he worked with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Swissaid, the Senegalese Ministry for Good Governance, the Ghanaian Natural Resource Governance Institute and Novartis. He studied political science and international relations in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Uganda.

thierry ngosso
Berggruen Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center, Harvard University

 Thierry Ngosso is currently Berggruen Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, researching in the field of global justice and health inequalities. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium after completing his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Cameroon. His research focuses on global justice, human rights, climate change and migration. Recently he lectured courses on corporate responsibility at Science Po Lille, France and at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is truly passionate about comparing the Western and non-Western perspectives as well as the state-firm division of moral labour, and his most recent publication is titled “Intergenerational Justice in the Context of Developing Countries”.

Fabrice banon
Researcher and Consultant in the field of postcolonial urban studies and international cooperation, Co-founder of Impulsos del Sur

Fabrice Banon is a researcher in the fields of postcolonial urban studies, critical approach to development and social transformation and international cooperation. He also works as a consultant in the area of urban infrastructure and service provision, and of international development cooperation. Furthermore, he co-founded Impulsos del Sur, an organisation that develops innovative concepts for educational purposes regarding topics like global learning, power structures and empowerment. He is currently employed by the Delegation of the European Union to Benin. Currently, Fabrice is a Phd Candidate at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. 

Yvonne Apiyo Brändle-Amolo
Fem-Artivist and founder of PAWA and Agrocity Association

Yvonne Apiyo Brändle-Amolo is a Fem-Artivist who won several prizes with her short film "Not Swiss Made" (2012), which questions Swiss migration and integration policies. She also is a mediator for intercultural communication with a Master’s degree from the Università della Svizzera Italiana. In 2008, she founded the Association “PAWA”, which is committed to the empowerment of women. As a board member of Agrocity, an urban city design for African cities, Mrs Brändle-Amolo is currently working with various African governments on a concept to enhance Africa's self-reliance by providing African countries with the necessary tools to deal with migration, climate change and neo-colonialism. Mrs Brändle-Amolo is also active in Swiss politics.

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thomas seghezzi
Co-founder of Rainbow Unlimited

After graduating in Business Administration at the University of St. Gallen, Thomas Seghezzi started his career in Marketing and Human Resources, in industry and services companies in Switzerland. After that, he engaged during six years in humanitarian missions for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). In 2005 he joined the South African Embassy in Switzerland as Head of Trade and Investment promotion. In 2008 he co-founded Rainbow Unlimited gmbh, a Swiss-based company active in facilitating business links between Switzerland and Africa, managing the Swiss-African Business Circle, organizing the annual AFRICA CEO FORUM and implementing Swiss hospitality schools in Africa. Thomas Seghezzi was already a speaker at the 2017 Africa Summit St. Gallen!

salvatore orlando
Head of High Growth markets at PartnerRe

Salvatore Orlando has an extensive career in Reinsurance and Insurance services. As a published author in leading insurance and reinsurance publications, Salvatore Orlando has a long-standing reputation as a knowledgeable speaker on international insurance and reinsurance. After starting his career in insurance at Winterthur Insurance (Member of AXA Group), he went on to complete an Master of Business Administration in Financial Service at the University of St. Gallen in 2002. Using his background in marketing expertise, he later joined PartnerRe as Head of Mediterranean Europe. Now as Head of High Growth markets, Salvatore Orlando is responsible for leading and developing P&C Portfolios mainly in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Russia, Middle East, Africa, India, China, Indonesia and Malaysia. 

mao amis
Founder and Executive Director of the African Centre for Green Economy

Mao Amis is the founder and Executive Director of the African Centre for Green Economy, a non-profit think tank and capacity building organisation. He is also Convenor of the New Enterprise Accelerator, which is focused on supporting social entrepreneurs. Recently he has started to dedicate most of his effort to building leaders for the green economy, and establishing platforms for dialogue. He is extremely passionate about the opportunities presented by the green economy, and how green entrepreneurship can be used to alleviate poverty, and lead the transition to low carbon, resource efficient economies in Africa. He holds an MSc and PhD in Conservation Biology from the University of Cape Town. He is also an adjunct Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town.

Khensani de Klerk (left)
Co-director and Founder of Matri-Archi(tecture)

Khensani is an architectural designer based in Cape Town. She is currently completing her postgraduate studies in City and Regional Planning at the University of Cape Town. She is a research fellow at the Chair of Architecture and Urban Design at ETH Zürich and has worked for world renowned design research studio Urban-Think Tank. Her research focuses on Intersectional Space and her writing has recently been published in TU Delft Journal Magazine Atlantis Polis “Platform for Urbanism” . She considers herself local to and moves between Cape Town, Johannesburg and Zürich. Her efforts are centred on one core principle, which is to develop a tool of, and see an architecture that allows multiple identity groups to be unapologetic participants and active designers of space, as she considers herself to be.

Solange Mbanefo (right)
Co-director of Matri-Archi(tecture)

Solange is a Master’s of Science graduate in Architecture from the Accademia di Architectura di Mendriso, with a Post-Master’s course in Building Information Modelling at the Dublin Institute of Design. She dedicates her career to enhance the quality of life and increase sustainability through innovative spatial solutions in urban development in African cities, by incorporating intelligent technological solutions with positive social impact. Her Masters’ Thesis was nominated by the Legacy Heritage Foundation at the Lagos Nigeria Art Biennale 2017. Solange is currently a University Researcher and Assistant-Lecturer at the Critical Urbanism Department of African Studies. Solange has a multi-cultural background and has lived, studied, and worked in Switzerland, Nigeria, Thailand, Italy, Brazil, Cuba and Ireland.


This year's Summit will focus on key challenges and solutions for investing in Africa. How can some of the continent's brightest ideas shape the future of Africa? To what extent are challenges in Africa embedded in a global interdependent system?


During the Summit, you will attend captivating panel dicussions and keynote speeches on various topics related to Africa’s economical growth.

Moreover, workshops held by inspiring African success stories will show you the realities of the African business environment, with both challenges and future prospects. Networking events will also take place to create dialog with these leading entrepreneurs and academics.

Day 1 march 23th

Registration (b-mensa, at our stand)

08.00 - 18.00

Day 2 march 24th

established investment companies
09.00 - 10.00 | opening panel

10.15 - 11.00 | presentation panel

11.15 - 12.00 | presentation panel

Lunch break

14.15 - 15.00 | workshop

15.15 - 16.00 | presentation panel

16.15 - 17.00 | break-out session

Day 3 march 25th 

emerging investment companies
09.15 - 10.00 | presentation panel

10.15 - 11.00 | presentation panel

11.15 - 12.00 | presentation panel

Lunch break

14.15 - 15.00 | workshop

15.15 - 16.00 | break-out session

16.15 - 17.00 | closing panel


Pizza and Beer

Join us for Pizza and Beer! We start with a presentation about our Summit, followed by some Pizza and African beer.
When: 27th November, 19.00
Where: University St. Gallen, Room 01-112

The Africa Summit Team

Louis Foudil
Thomas Weiss
Olisaemeka Onwusonye
Weza Bombo Vice-President and Head of Logistics
David Ojo Head of Speakers
Habib Osman
Nobin Kachirayil Head of Finance and IT
Eli Joao Mambu Head of Events
Ikechukwu Onwusonye
Flavia Biri Head of Sponsoring
Nina Montanelli Head of Marketing
Leonie Kurz
David Campbell
Estelle Marti
Ali Jouini
Norielys Cabral
Matteo Calabrese
Noemi Ganarin
Aliber Mamuti
Deniz Bisignano
Mohamed Mahmoud President

We are looking forward to seeing you in March!


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