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Event introduction

Africa Urban Infrastructure Investment Forum is a two-day conference which will spearhead the African urban agenda by offering strategic overview into key areas of development through plenary debates, expert insights, case studies and thematic workshops, interspersed with high calibre networking opportunities for professionals and leaders in industry and urban planning.
On the back of a successful Africa Urban Infrastructure Investment Forum 2014, this year’s event will bring together African governments and the private sector to layout plans that will ensure effective and sustainable development of world-class African cities.
The aim of this forum is to showcase and explore the development in Africa’s infrastructure sector and capture the critical elements that go into the development of a modern, functional city.
With Africa seen as one of the world’s fastest growing economic hubs, meeting the demand for key infrastructure has been identified as a priority; however inadequate infrastructure remains a major obstacle towards the continent achieving its full economic growth potential. AUIIF 2015 will provide a platform where issues and challenges will be discussed and strategies and solutions will be put in motion.

Why attend?

  • Have an chance to identify suitable sales opportunities
  • Understand what the market needs
  • Know who spends / invests
  • Know and meet your prospective client
  • Understand the unique situation of your key clients
  • Network with potential partners and service providers


  • Prof. Sir Paul Collier, Director, Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University, UK. Day 1 – Plenary: Urban development: local context, global solutions.
  • Mr. Geoffrey Makhubo, Head of Finance Portfolio, City of Johannesburg, South Africa – Day 1 – Breakout Session 1 : Extracting value out of land: Taxing the unearned income.
  • Mr. Gaetan Siew, CEO, Global Creative Leadership Initiative, Mauritius – Day 1 – Breakout Session 2: Smart Cities.
  • Mr. Abdelhakim Bettache, Mayor, City of Algiers, Algeria.  Day 2 – Plenary: African cities between liveability and opportunity – migration, communities, human development, education and jobs. 
  • Mr. Joseph Monga Mawawi, CEO and Chairman of the Board, National Electricity Company (SNEL), DR Congo.  Day 1 – Breakout Session 2: Powering Cities.
  • Mr. Selim Jahan, Director of the Human Development Report, UNDP, USA. Day 2 – Plenary: African cities between liveability and opportunity – migration, communities, human development, education and jobs. 
  • Mr. Damane Hlalele, Director, Southern Africa, ARUP. Day 2 – Plenary: New building & refurbishment in a functioning city.
  • Mr. Edmond Moukala, Head of Africa Unit, World Heritage Fund, UNESCO France. Day 2 – Breakout Session 1: Building a World Heritage City: Historical heritage and urban development.
  • Mr. Guillaume Doane, CEO & Co-Founder, Africa Branding Corporation, Turkey / UAE. Day 2 – Breakout Session 1:  Branding and character in urban development.
  • Mr. Thebe Ikalafeng, Founder & Chairman, Brand Africa, South Africa. Day 2 – Breakout Session 1: Branding and character in urban development.
  • Ms. Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, Director, Regional Representative, United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP,  Nairobi, Kenya. Day 2 – Breakout Session 2: Social spaces: shopping malls, parks & community centres.
  • Ms. Kecia Rust, Executive Director and Founder, Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa, CAHF, South Africa. Day 2 – Breakout Session 2: Affordable Housing.


 Day One

08:00 – 09:00 Registration and welcome coffee

 09:00 – 09:30 Official opening

  • Mpho Parks Tau, Mayor, Executive, City of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Elham Mahmood Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission (AUC), Ethiopia

09:30 – 10:00 Urban development: local context, global solutions

  • Paul Collier Director, Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University, UK

10:00 – 11:00 Case Studies of four cities

  • Alfred Okoe Van Der Puije, Mayor, City of Accra, Ghana
  • Evans Odhiambo Kidero, Governor, State of Nairobi and Acting Mayor, City of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Khalifa Ababacar Sall, Mayor, City of Dakar, Senegal
  • George Nyendwa, Mayor, City of Lusaka, Zambia

11:00 – 11:30 Networking coffee

 11:30 – 12:00 Financing Urban Developments

  • Paul Kriss, Global Leader, Sustainable Infrastructure and Services, World Bank, France
  • Anne Odic-Marynczak, Local Collectivities and Urban (CLD – DTO), Agence Française de Developpement (Afd), France
  • Helmut Gauges, Head of Department, Africa & Middle East, KfW, Germany
  • Amadou Oumarou, Director Transport, Urban Development & ICT African Development Bank, AfDB

12:00 – 13:00 Extracting value out of land: Taxing the unearned income – Breakout session

  • Geoffrey Makhubo, Head of Finance Portfolio, City of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Beker Shale, Director, Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority (ERCA), Ethiopia
  • Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor, Lagos State, Nigeria
  • Hernando de Soto Polar, Director, Institute for Liberty and Democracy, Peru

12:00 – 13:00 Public-Private Partnerships in Financing Urban Developments – Breakout Session

  • Serah Njoroge, Head of East and South Africa, Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) / World Bank Group, Kenya

13:00 – 14:00 Networking Lunch

 14:00 – 15:00 Building functioning cities – water, sanitation, transport & environment

  • Assem Elgazzar, Chairman, General Organization for Physical Planning (GOPP), Egypt
  • Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, Africa Director, UN Habitat, Kenya

15:00 – 15:30 Networking coffee

 15:30 – 16:30 Smart Cities – Breakout Session

  • Gaetan Siew, CEO, Global Creative Leadership Initiative, Mauritius
  • Kamal Bhattacharya, Director for Research, Africa, IBM, Kenya
  • John Tanui, CEO, Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA), Kenya
  • Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Minister, Ministry for Youth and ICT, Rwanda

15:30 – 16:30 Powering Cities – Breakout Session

  • Joseph Monga Mawawi, CEO and Chairman of the Board, National Electricity Company (SNEL), Congo DR
  • Robert Dwamena, Acting Managing Director, Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Ghana
  • Liberia Country Director, Manitoba Hydro International (MHI Canada) / Liberia Electricity Corporation
  • Andrew Herscowitz, Coordinator, United States’ Power Africa Initiative, South Africa

18:00 – 19:00 Evening Drinks (TBC)

19:00 – 22:00 Gala Dinner (TBC)


Day Two

08:30 – 09:30 Welcome coffee

 09:30 – 10:30 African cities between liveability and opportunity – migration, communities, human development, education and jobs

  • Abdelhakim Bettache, Mayor, City of Algiers, Algeria
  • Selim Jahan, Director of the Human Development Report, UNDP, USA
  • Kagiso Calvin Thutlwe, Mayor, City of Gaborone, Botswana
  • Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda, Mayor, City of Libreville, Gabon
  • Hazem Galal, Global Leader, Cities & Local Government Sector, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Qatar

10:30 11:00 Networking coffee

 11:00 – 12:00 Building a World Heritage City: Historical heritage and urban development – Breakout Session

  • Edmond Moukala, Head of Africa Unit, World Heritage Fund, UNESCO, France
  • Yonas Desta Tsegaye General Manager, Authority for Research & Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Ethiopia
  • Veliswa Baduza, CEO, Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA), South Africa
  • Anthony Diepenbroek, CEO, Zendai Development South Africa
  • Stefaan Poortman, Executive Director, Global Heritage Fund, USA

11:00 – 12:00 Branding and character in urban development – Breakout Session

  • Guillaume Doane, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Africa Branding Corporation, Turkey / UAE
  • Thebe Ikalafeng, Founder & Chairman, Brand Africa, South Africa
  • Reeman Rehan, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Helwan University
  • Amin Abdulkadir Minister, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ethiopia
  • Chipo Mtasa, Chairperson, Tourism Authority Board, Zimbabwe

12:00 – 14:00 Networking Lunch


14:00 – 14:30 New building & refurbishment in a functioning city

  • Damane Hlalele, Director, Southern Africa, ARUP, UK
  • Gerhard Gauff, General Manager, Gauff Consultants, Germany
  • Murira Kinoti, Director General, Urban Roads Authority (KURA), Kenya

14:30 – 15:00 Affordable Housing – Breakout Session

  • Kecia Rust, Executive Director and Founder, Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF), South Africa
  • William Cobbett, Director, Cities Alliance, Belgium
  • Walter Melato, Director, Housing, City of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Richard China, President & CEO, International Green Structures (IGS), USA

14:30 – 15:00 Social spaces: shopping malls, parks & community centres – Breakout Session

  • Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, Director, Regional Representative, UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Mostafa Madbouly, Minister, Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development, Egypt
  • Amanda Stops, CEO, South African Council of Shopping Centres, South Africa
  • Merve Aki, Architect, EmbarQ, Turkey

 15:00 – 15:30 Networking Coffee

15:30 – 16:00 Resilient, sustainable cities and post 2015 agenda

  • Rudiger Ahrend, Head of the Urban Development Programme, OECD, France
  • Kobie Brand, Africa Regional Director, Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), South Africa

16:00 – 16:30 Official closing

  • Edgar Pieterse, Director, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Kaisi Kalambo, President, Africa Union of Architects, Tanzania

16:30 – 18:00 Farewell Drinks (TBC)

* The programme, including session times and composition, may be subject to change.




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