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Origin Africa Presents Kenya 2014: Buy Africa, For Africa
September 9th - 11th @ Nairobi Visa Oshwal


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Seminar 1: Cotton seminar: Improving productivity & Value Addition in Africa

Speakers Profiles and presentations

 Mr. Christoph Kaut CKaut

Christoph Kaut, Managing Director of the Aid by Trade Foundation / Cotton made in Africa

Christoph is Managing Director of the Aid by Trade Foundation. He studied Political Science in Hamburg and Jakarta. After working for the GFA-Consulting Group and the ILO in Germany and abroad, Christoph joined AbTF in 2007.


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Matthias KnappeKNAPPE

Matthias Knappe is the Program Manager in charge of Cotton, Textile and Clothing at the International Trade Center [ITC], Geneva, Switzerland.

His tasks include coordination, strategic direction and management. Matthias has been actively involved in promoting Cotton Trade between Africa and Asia under the South South cooperation program.


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Dr. Edoardo Peterlini Peterlini Edoardo

 Dr. Peterlini has had a 30 years career with EC, UN (IFAD, UNIDO, WB, IOM) USAid and Regional Organisations (COMESA, IGAD, IOC, EAC) managing, monitoring and evaluating a large number of projects, programmes and strategies in the field of agri-business and micro & small enterprises in more than 20 countries of Asia, Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe.  

Furthermore Dr. Peterlini has been teaching on Project Management, Monitoring & Evaluation in several training programmes and University Courses and he published several manuals and extensive literature on project management, development economics and economic of vocational training.

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Mr. Fritz A. Grobien Grobien

Mr Fritz A. Grobien studied European Business Administration. Since summer 2009 Mr. Grobien is working as a consultant mainly advising African Cotton Operations.

Mr. Grobien was President of the Bremen Cotton Exchange for a two year term in 1991, 1999 and for a third term in 2012.  He was member of the Board of the LCA and became the First President of the International Cotton Association after the name change of the LCA in 2004.

In 1999 he was nominated as member of the Private Sector Advisory Panel of the ICAC (International Cotton Advisory Committee), which he chaired in his final year 2001.

Mr. Grobien is also a member of the Cotton Advisory Group to the European Commission.

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Gérald Estur G ESTUR

Gérald Estur is a consultant with 40 years’ experience in the cotton sectors in Africa. He is thoroughly familiar with all aspects of the global cotton industry, and has a recognized expertise in cotton trade and price risk management. Clients include the International Trade Center (ITC) and the World Bank. He is a member of the African Cotton Association (A.C.A.) and of the Association Cotonnière Française (AFCOT).

Mr. Estur was Statistician of the Secretariat of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) in Washington, D.C, from March 2001 through September 2005.

Mr. Estur is a graduate from HEC Paris Business School.

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 Dr. Karembu 


Dr. Margaret Karembu is the Director of ISAAA-AfriCenter (International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications – Africa region.

She is a senior level environmental science management specialist with extensive experience in technology transfer, environmental audits and biotechnology applications on small-scale agriculture. 

She is also the Chairperson of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB – Kenya Chapter), a platform that provides stakeholders an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences on modern biotechnology and related issues.

Dr. Karembu holds a Ph.D degree in Environmental Science Education from Kenyatta University, Kenya.

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Seminar 2: Home Textile & Home Décor: Product Development & Marketing

Speakers Profiles and presentations

Mercedes GonzalezMercedes

Mercedes Gonzalez works with domestic and international clients in both the retail and fashion design sectors, as founder and director of the multifaceted Global Purchasing Companies. She has grown up in the industry with hands on experience from manufacturing to marketing. Her expertise in the fashion industry has earned her a judges spot on Jamaicas Mission Catwalk and an appearance on Fine Living. She is also a contributor to many industry publications and is a sought after keynote speaker for industry events.

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Nigest Haile


Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Aaccelerated Women’s Economic Empowerment (CAWEE)

Nigest is an activist in the promotion of women entrepreneurs, with particular focus to women exporters, existing and potential/emerging exporters. She has 23 years’ experience working in the Ethiopian Ministry of Trade and Industry, at different capacities. In 2004, she founded CAWEE, the only NGO working in the country, providing capacity building support services. 

Nigest received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Ethiopia and her post graduate diploma from The Netherlands. She also was able to get trained in women’s entrepreneurship development & other relevant areas of enterprise development and export promotion in different countries and has different diplomas and certificates.

Nigest is a member of other different boards, jury, platforms and networks and has been widely recognized locally, regionally and internationally.

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Seminar 3: Special sourcing seminar

Speaker Profile and presentation

 Mercedes Gonzalez Mercedes

Mercedes Gonzalez works with domestic and international clients in both the retail and fashion design sectors, as founder and director of the multifaceted Global Purchasing Companies. She has grown up in the industry with hands on experience from manufacturing to marketing. Her expertise in the fashion industry has earned her a judges spot on Jamaicas Mission Catwalk and an appearance on Fine Living. She is also a contributor to many industry publications and is a sought after keynote speaker for industry events.


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Seminar 4: Facilitator Moderator and speaker profiles

Speakers presentation


Facilitator:Mr. Finn Holm-Olsen

Finn Holm-Olsen is an international trade expert with over 20 years of professional experience working in Africa. During this time, he has designed and managed enterprise development and capacity building programs, advanced U.S. trade policy interests in Africa, and promoted U.S.-African business ties.  He has lived and worked in Kenya for the past 11 years.  He currently serves as the Senior Trade Promotion Advisor at the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, a USAID project based in Nairobi, Kenya and implemented by DAI, Inc.  He has traveled extensively throughout Africa and has worked closely with private sector organizations and government institutions there.  Mr. Holm-Olsen holds an M.B.A. in International Business and a B.S. in Marketing Management.  He is married with two children.


Moderator: Jas Bedi

 Mr. Bedi is the Vice President of International Textile Manufacturers Federation [ITMF]; Chairman of African Cotton & Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF); Managing Director of Bedi Investments Ltd; Executive Director of Fine Spinners Ltd; Director of East African Business Council (EABC); Governor of Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and Chairman of the Trade Committee; Director of International Textile Manufacturer Federation (ITMF).

Mr. Jaswinder Bedi is a textile technologist graduate from the UK with 24 years’ experience in the textile sector in Kenya. He has attended several business seminars organized by Harvard Business School, IMD and he is also a member of The Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

Mr. Bedi is currently actively promoting the textile and apparel value chain in Africa. Since the inception of AGOA, he has been involved in private sector initiatives to improve the trade provisions under AGOA, and aspiring to achieve predictability and sustainability that would lead to increased investment in trade on the African continent.

Achim BergBerg Achim

Mr. Berg is Partner at McKinsey and co-leader of the consultancys Apparel, Fashion & Luxury Group. The apparel industry is Achim Bergs area of special expertise. Over the past 14 years, Mr. Berg has advised numerous leading retailers, wholesalers, and producers worldwide on issues in operations, strategy, and marketing. As a result, he has deep insights into apparel markets, industry trends, and sourcing strategies. His experience ranges from conducting change programs and multiple due diligence engagements to optimizing assortment management processes.

Achim Berg has a degree in Business Administration and Economics and a doctorate in the field of strategy and value generation for private equity firms.

Marie D’Avignon

Marie DAvignon

Marie D’Avignon is the Manager of Government Relations for the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).  AAFA is the national U.S. trade association representing apparel, footwear, and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers, which compete in the global market.  Representing more than 1,000 world famous name brands, AAFA provides education and advocacy for its members in a variety of areas. On behalf of AAFA’s membership, Ms. D’Avignon leads AAFA’s efforts to increase trade and investment in in Africa.   Ms. D’Avignon has a degree in International Politics from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX

Prashant Agarwal


Co-Founder and Joint Managing Director
Wazir Advisors Private Limited                                        

Prashant is a textile engineer from TITS Bhiwani and has done his M.B.A from IMS Indore.

Prashant has about two decades of experience in strategy, JV’s, M&A, operations consulting and manufacturing, with domain expertise in textiles and apparel industry with on-the-ground experience in Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and china), Japan, Europe, Africa and North America.

Prashant has been involved in various corporate strategies, business creation, diversification, Joint Ventures, Merger and Acquisition and performance enhancement assignments across sectors for Indian as well as International clients.

Prashant has consulted some of the major Indian and International clients and worked closely with textile ministry in some of their major initiatives like Textile Policy, SITP, Mega clusters etc. He has completed projects successfully with all major associations in textile and apparel industry in India.

Roy Ashurst

Roy is the Hub Leader for PVH Corp for Africa and the Middle East

Over 25 years in garment manufacturing in UK, Zimbabwe and Morocco before moving into global sourcing in the Middle East, sub Sahara Africa, the Far East and India sub-continent

Passionate about Africa and believe its time is here.

He is currently building a supply chain thro their offices in Kenya, Egypt and Ethiopia, PVH want to reduce its exposure in Bangladesh and see Africa as the opportunity to create a sustainable compliant supply chain.

Diana Birddiana

Diana Bird, British – Non Executive Director

Diana is the immediate former Managing Director of Deacons Kenya Ltd, having served in that capacity from 1986 to 2003.  Prior to this she worked with the renowned Marks & Spencer chain of stores and has a wealth of experience in sourcing, buying and marketing for apparel retail across the world. She now divides her time between Devon in the UK and Nairobi in Kenya.

Mohamed KassemKassem

Before pursuing business opportunities in the private sector, Mohamed Kassem had a Foreign Service career for 15 years. His last post was a commercial counselor in the Egyptian Embassy in Washington D.C. from 1985-1989.

Kassem is now Chairman& CEO of World Trading Company –Egypt and Nanotech International for Industry & Trade .And was named as the first Chairman of Baseera (The Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research).

He also help founded and serves as a board member in a host of other companies span different industries such as textiles, ICT energy and industrial real estate development.

He currently serves as the chair for Garment Export Council .He had also helped establish and still serve on the board of different NGO’s and industry associations, including the board of the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI).





Facilitator: Kanini Mutooni

Kanini is the EATIH Director for Investments and Technology and has worked at Director and Vice President levels at institutions such as Merrill Lynch, KPMG, Ernst and Young and Kleinwort Benson Bank over 13 years and in 3 continents covering Wealth Management, Investment Banking and Corporate Governance. She has an MBA from Cass Business School in London and spent 4 years running a technology company in Berlin, Germany.

She has also acted as an Investment Adviser for the largest Challenge Fund in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) she is also an independent Board Director of Shelter Afrique in March 2014 was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.


Moderator: Navdeep Sodhi

Mr. Navdeep Sodhi is a textile industry economist with 30 years of international experience, interestingly a substantial part of which has been in sub-Saharan Africa. His expertise includes strategy, technology and international trade and investment. He contributed to the formulation of the perspective plan for Indian textile engineering industry (TEI) and has successfully contributed to the development of the textile and clothing industry in Ethiopia and Nigeria. Mr. Sodhi is a partner with Gherzi Textil Organisation, Switzerland.

Mr. Claude Vernier


Speaker 1 - Mr. Claude Vernier, Lummus Corporation

Claude VERNIER is an engineering graduate in electro-mechanic from E.E.M.I in Paris and the French institute of Administration of Companies (I.A.E.). He has been in Africa since 1978 with a long stay in Chad and later in Mauritania and Mali, and has a 25 year experience working in cotton ginning since 1989 at CFDT/Dagris (French company in charge of development of cotton activity in Western Africa) where he was in charge of the engineering of technical projects of new cotton gin plants and improvement of existing ones in countries like Mali, Cameroon, Chad etc. using several trademark of cotton ginning machines. 

Since 2004 Claude has been working for the best cotton machine manufacturer, Lummus Corporation as the Commercial Manager covering more than ten Western and Central African countries including Senegal and Cameroon

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Mr. Sourabh Bafna


Speaker 2: Mr. Sourabh Bafna

Sourabh is the Strategic Planner at Bajaj Steel Industries Limited.

Sourabh has been working at Bajaj Steel for the last 3 years handling Sales & Sales execution for Cotton Ginning Turnkey Plants & Spares for Africa, and is responsible for Business Development for all products of the company.

Education: B.E (Mechanical), Masters in Management Studies (MMS), Post Graduate Diploma in Imports & Exports (PDGFT);

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Mr. C. Arunachalam


Speaker 3: Mr. C. Arunachalam

 C Arunachalam is the General Manager – Sales (Global) of Lakshmi Machine Works Ltd., India.

Graduate in Textile Technology & holds Masters in business administration,

He has been working with Lakshmi Machine Works for the past 30 years, have vast experience right from conducting feasibility studies for setting up textile projects until successful establishment.

He was instrumental in developing new spinning projects / products across various countries in globe.

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Bruno Caffieri


Speaker 4: Bruno Caffieri

Mr. Bruno Caffieri has been working as a Sales Manager for weaving machines at Picanol NV since 1991. Picanol develops, produces and markets high-tech weaving machines, based on air (airjet) or rapier (rapier) technology. Picanol weaving machines are a synthesis of technological know-how and experience built up over more than seventy-five years. Today, about 2,600 weaving mills around the world use Picanol machinery, totaling some 130,000 weaving machines. R&D, technology and continuous innovation are core tenets of Picanol’s business philosophy. Picanol is one of the current world leading weaving machine manufacturers.



Avedis H.Seferian

Avedis H.Seferian

President & CEO

Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)

Avedis Seferian joined WRAP in 2004 and became its President and CEO in April 2012.  He began his career in the research field, working for a business development organization before migrating over to legal research.  Prior to joining WRAP, Mr. Seferian was with a small law firm in Washington, DC.  

He has also taught in various capacities in the business and legal arenas, and is an adjunct professor in the University of Maryland University Colleges MBA program.  Mr. Seferian speaks five languages and holds three degrees from three separate continents - a Bachelor’s in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University in India; an MBA from the American University of Armenia; and a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center in the United States, where he was a Law Fellow and made the Dean’s List.  Mr. Seferian is a member of the Virginia State Bar, as well as the American Bar Association. 

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Clay E. HicksonClay

Senior Director, Strategy & Business Development

Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)

Clay Hickson helps develop and refine the organization’s vision and strategy; specifically, focusing on managing relationships with global brands and retailers and with governmental organizations.  Previously he was Executive Director of TowsonGlobal Business Incubator, where he helped early-stage companies succeed in the global economy.  He also was Managing Director of Rhôton Hill Group, a management consulting firm he established, which provided international marketing, corporate communications, strategic planning and cross-cultural communications services.  Mr. Hickson has developed and taught training programs, seminars and college courses that have prepared executives for doing business in international environments. 

Mr. Hickson is Chairman Emeritus of the Maryland-China Business Council, serves on the boards of directors of the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce and of the National China Garden Foundation. Mr. Hickson received his MA in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University and received his BA in International Relations from The George Washington University.  He also studied Chinese at Columbia University.





Facilitator: Kanini Mutooni

Kanini is the EATIH Director for Investments and Technology and has worked at Director and Vice President levels at institutions such as Merrill Lynch, KPMG, Ernst and Young and Kleinwort Benson Bank over 13 years and in 3 continents covering Wealth Management, Investment Banking and Corporate Governance. She has an MBA from Cass Business School in London and spent 4 years running a technology company in Berlin, Germany.

She has also acted as an Investment Adviser for the largest Challenge Fund in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) she is also an independent Board Director of Shelter Afrique in March 2014 was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.


Moderator: Cyrille Nabutola, CEO, Export Processing Zones Authority

Mr. Cyrille Nabutola holds an MBA in Strategic Management and is currently the CEO of Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA) Kenya, an investment Promotion Organization that specializes in Export Oriented investments in Kenya’s EPZA.

Prior to joining the EPZ Authority he served as Managing Director Gemstar International Ltd from 2009 - 2012. He was instrumental in sales management, creative marketing, branding, relationship management, strategic management and leadership which steered away from conventional and standard approaches to product, brand and service delivery. 

Mr. Aref Adamali


Speaker 1 - Mr. Aref Adamali, World Bank

Aref Adamali works as a regional economist for Sub-Saharan Africa for the Trade & Competitiveness Practice of the World Bank Group. Prior to this, he designed and manufactured high-end furniture in Nairobi, Kenya, leading the second-generation transformation of his family’s business, and before this as a management and competitiveness strategy consultant in different parts of the world. Aref has a masters degree in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and an undergraduate degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).

Hon. Adan Mohamed

Adan Mohamed

Speaker 2 - Adan Mohamed

 Hon. Adan Mohamed was appointed the Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization and Enterprise Development on 15th May, 2013.  Prior to this appointment, he was the Chief Administrative Officer for Barclays Africa, with responsibility for nine(9) Barclay’s Bank subsidiaries in Africa.  In addition, he was responsible for Brand & Marketing, Corporate Communications and Citizenship across Barclays Africa businesses.

Before taking up the role in Barclays on 1 February, 2013, Hon. Mohamed performed various senior roles in Barclays including CEO of Barclays Kenya for over 10 years, and Managing Director – Barclays East and West Africa since 2008.  He also worked in senior Finance roles in Barclays Bank.

Prior to joining Barclays, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (London) in the Management Consultancy and Business Advisory Services.  His international career has seen him serve in the UK, US and Africa. 

Adan is an MBA graduate from Harvard Business School and an alumni of the University of Nairobi, Kenya where he graduated with a First Class Honors degree in Commerce (Accounting option).  He is also a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

He currently serves as the Chairman of the African Council of Ministers for Industry.



Speaker 3: Patrick RAVOARAHARISON

Patrick is the General Manager of industry development / Ministry of industry in Madagascar. He has also worked as the General Manager of Madagascar Bureau of Standards and   Quality Manager at Ministry of trade and industry.

Patrick holds an MBA in Marketing and a certificate – World Trade and conformity assessment, Quality infrastructure development.

Ms. Patricia Cisse


Speaker 4: Ms. Patricia Cisse, Ministry of Industry and Mines, Cote d’Ivoire

Mrs. Patricia ANOMA CISSE has been a Technical Advisor to the Minister of Industry and Mines, Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, since 2013. She is in charge of the launching of a quality and competitiveness programme dedicated to private sector industrial companies, and she also oversees the revitalization of the Textile industry.

Before joining Government, Mrs. ANOMA CISSE was the Managing Partner of Africa Investment and Business Advisers (AfIBA). She has also previously worked at the African Development Bank (AfDB); International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank Institute; OCTIDE group of agribusiness companies; Compagnie Ouest Africaine de Crédit-Bail (LOCAFRIQUE); & CITIBANK N.A. Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire);

She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration specialised in Finance from CASS Business School of London, UK and a Business Administration degree (Finance) from NEOMA Business School, Rouen, France. She also holds the Commonwealth Certificate of Corporate Directorship.

Mr. Jeremy Youmans


Speaker 5: Mr. Jeremy Youmans, ZIMTRADE – Zimbabwe

 Group Financial Director, Paramount Group Chairman, Zimbabwe Clothing Manufacturers Association.

Jeremy grew up in New Zealand and studied Company Law and Economics at Victoria University, Wellington.     He lived in the UK for ten years and qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant. In 1995 he emigrated to Zimbabwe.

Paramount is a group comprising the two largest clothing companies in Zimbabwe, a narrow textiles mill, a cotton buying company and other investment vehicles.     It is the largest clothing exporter with primary markets being Germany and sub-Saharan Africa.

Jeremy is the Chairman of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries, Trade Development and Investment Promotion committee, participates in various trade negotiating forums and private sector advocacy delegations to the USA and EU. He is a staunch supporter of Zimtrade, Zimbabwes trade promotion agency and the need to rebrand Zimbabwe as a nation.

Mr. Hugh Scott


Speaker 6: Mr. Hugh Scott, Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF)

Hugh Scott is currently the Director of the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF –, under contract to KPMG International Development Advisory Services. The AECF is a US$250m fund providing grants and soft loans to private sector companies to support their innovative agribusiness and renewable energy ideas. 190 companies, across 23 African countries, have received funding from the AECF so far and over 4.5 million rural people benefited in terms of jobs and increased incomes in 2013. Hugh’s particular areas of interest and experience include agribusiness, improving the investment climate, making markets work for the poor, financial sector development (with a particular focus on making financial markets work for the poor), land and labour markets. He has over 35 years of experience in Sub-Saharan Africa and holds a first degree in Agriculture from Reading University in the UK and a Masters in Agricultural Economics (with distinction) from Wye College, London University.




Facilitator: Bernard Kagira

Bernard is a trade/investment economist with over 15 years working experience as an economist at the Central Bank of Kenya (1988-1996) and as a trade policy advisor/trade policy analyst and researcher on regional integration agenda in EAC, COMESA and on Multilateral Trade Issues since 1997. He was among the team of experts that supported the negotiations of EAC Customs Union between 2000 and 2004,   the EAC/EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Bernard has also contributed immensely to the regional integration agenda in the EAC and COMESA region as a Trade Policy Advisor under the USAID Regional Agricultural Trade and Expansion Support (RATES) and USAID Competitiveness and Trade Expansion (COMPTE)/East Africa Trade Hub (EATH) projects between 2002 and 2014. Bernard is currently providing strategic technical input to the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (EATIH) as a Senior Policy Advisor on short term basis.



Moderator: Betty Maina, CEO, Kenya Association of Manufacturers

 One of Kenya’s leading business associations with over 800 members. Previously, Betty served in a similar position at the Institute of Economic Affairs.

She was appointed by the United Nations Secretary General on July 31, 2012 to a High level Panel to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015; the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 

She was in June 2013 appointed to the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Poverty and sustainable Development to address global major challenges. She also serves on the COMESA Business Council board.

Mr. Fred Kong’ong’o


Speaker 1 - Mr. Fred Kong’ong’o, COMESA

 A textile engineer by training and spent initial years of his career in the manufacturing sector. He has worked as a Quality Assurance Officer at National Standard body before moving to the regional economic development sector through a USAID programme where he was involved in the formation of ACTIF.

Fred has provided technical support to several regional economic and private sector development projects in East and Southern Africa funded by the EU, USAID, CIDA and DFID. He has also worked as value chain strategy development consultant for ITC, freelance factory production and product safety Auditor for Levi Strauss & Co Europe, Industrial value chain and SME development for COMESA.

Currently he is Head of Science, technology and Innovation programme/Industrial cluster development at COMESA. He is also the Focal Point for cotton to clothing value chain activities at the institution. He is also part of a technical team working on the COMESA-EAC-SADC tripartite Industrialization development Road map.

David Luke

Mr. David Luke

Speaker 2: David Luke, Africa Trade Policy Center [UNECA]

 Mr, David Luke is the Coordinator of the Africa Trade Policy Centre at the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Prior to this, he was Senior Adviser and Coordinator of UNDP’s Trade and Human Development Unit in Geneva where he was responsible for leading UNDP’s global trade-related interventions.   He has also held senior positions on trade issues at the African Union and taught at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.  He was educated at the London School of Economics (B.Sc. and MSc.) and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London (Ph.D).  He has written widely on trade and development and trade capacity building.

 Dr. Samuel Gayi


Speaker 3: Dr. Samuel Gayi, UNCTAD

Samuel Gayi started at UNCTAD in 1994 as an Economic Affairs Officer in the Office of the Special Coordinator for Least Developed Countries. He is currently Head, Special Unit on Commodities. He holds a Ph.D. in Development Economics from the University of Manchester.  In the 1980s, he taught in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He was a Visiting Lecturer at the Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, UK (2006); and the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK (October 1992).

Mr. Abisha Tembo


Speaker 4: Mr. Abisha Tembo, DTI, South Africa

Abisha Peter Tembo is employed as the Chief Director for the Textiles, Clothing, Leather and Footwear Business Unit of the Industrial Development Division of the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa.

Abisha holds a Master of Science Degree in Textile Science which he obtained from the University of Leeds in United Kingdom.  He has over forty years’ experience in the textiles pipeline manufacturing having held position of Operations Director, Quality Assurance Director, General Manager etc. in the industry.

He also held position of Vice Chairman of ACTIF between 2007 & 2009 and is currently one the Council Members of Textile Institute UK.