Commonwealth Business Forum Speakers

H.E. Paul Kagame

President of the Republic of Rwanda and Incoming Chair

The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari

President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Rt. Hon. Gaston Browne

Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda

Rt. Hon. Philip Davis

Prime Minister of the Bahamas

Rt. Hon. Andrew Michael Holness

Prime Minister, Jamaica

Rt. Hon. Édouard Ngirente

Prime Minister of Rwanda

Hon. Chris Fearne

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Malta

Rt Hon Rebecca Kadaga

1st Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda

Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC

Secretary-General of the Commonwealth

Lord Jonathan Marland

Chairman, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council

Clare Akamanzi

CEO, Rwanda Development Board

Hon. Edmund Bartlett

Minister of Tourism, Jamaica

Hon. Vijay Daryanani

Minister for Business, Tourism and The Port, Gibraltar

Makhtar Diop

Managing Director, IFC

Rt. Hon. Andrew Mitchell

Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom

Reeta Roy

President and CEO, Mastercard Foundation

Hon. Wamkele Mene,

Secretary General, AfCFTA

Dr. Agnes Kalibata

President, AGRA

Dr. James Manyika

Senior VP of Technology and Society, GOOGLE

Joe Moynihan

CEO, Jersey Finance

Gianni Infantino

President, FIFA

Annette Ssemuwemba

Deputy Executive Director, EIF at WTO

Dr. Donald Kaberuka

Chairman and Managing Partner, Southbridge Group

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina

President , Africa Development Bank

Tamara Cincik

CEO, Fashion Roundtable

Rudra Chatterjee

MD, Luxmi Tea Company Private Ltd.

Iyinoluwa E Aboyeji

Founder and General Parnter, Future Africa

Frank Hester OBE


Dr. Joanna Newman

Secretary-General, Association of Commonwealth Universities

Jim Ovia

Founder and Chairman, Zenith Bank

Caroline Rush CBE

CEO, British Fashion Council

Derrick Roper

MD, Novare Equity Partners

Victoria Brackett

Group Chief Commercial Officer, Irwin Mitchell

Bhairav Trivedi

CEO, Crown Agents Bank

Paul Russo

CEO, KCB Group

Dr. Diane Karusisi

CEO, Bank of Kigali

Shola Akinlade

CEO and Co-Founder, Paystack

Dr. Diane Acha-Morfaw

Chair, Cameroon Promotion Investment Agency

Dr. Max Graham

Founder and CEO, Space for Giants

Robert Nelsen

Chairman, Resilience Founder, ARCH

Mansoor Hamayun

Founder, BBOX

JP Fabri

Director, Seed Consultancy

Israel Bimpe

Director Africa Go-To-Market, Zipline

Hon. Soraya Hakuziyaremye

Deputy Governor, National Bank of Rwanda

Eric Pohlman

Co-Founder and Rwanda Country Director, One Acre Fund-TUBURA, USA

Marco Forgione

Director General, Institute of Export and International Trade

Dr. Valentine Obi

Founder and Group CEO, eTranzact

Nick O'Donohoe

CEO, British International Investment

Will Straw

CEO, Prince’s Trust International

Deodat Maharaj

CEO, Caribbean Export Development Agency Trinidad & Tobago

Hardy Pemhiwa

President and CEO, Cassava Technologies

Yvonne Makolo

CEO, Rwandair

John Holland-Kaye

CEO, Heathrow Airport

Dr. Vera Songwe

Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary, UNECA

Omowunmi Wemi-Akinsola

Founder, Fashtrack

Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko

Partner, Africa Legal Partners

James Mwangi

CEO, Equity Group Holdings Plc

Dr. Hermogene Nsengimana

Secretary General, African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO)

Professor John Latham

Vice-Chancellor, Coventry University

Benjamin Fernandes

Founder and CEO, Nala Money

Hon. Gerardine Mukeshimana

Minister of Agriculture & Animal Resources, Rwanda

Perez Ochieng

CEO, SACOMA Global Foods Innovation

Teta Isibo

Founder, Inzuki Designs

Ben Hedley

Leader, Commonwealth Standards Network (CSN) and Africa and Caribbean Engagement

H.E Maimunah Mohd Sharif

Executive Director, UN-Habitat

Hon. Dr. Ernest NSABIMANA

Minister of Infrastructure, Rwanda

Simbarashe Mhuriro

Founder and MD, Oxygen Africa

James Mwangi

Executive Director, Dalberg

Paul Hinks

Founder and Chairman, Symbion Power

Victoria Chelangat Sabula

CEO, Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund

Kampeta Sayinzoga

CEO, Development Bank of Rwanda

Andrew Clint

Managing Director of Authentication, De La Rue

Dr. Asiwaju Michael Olawale-Cole

President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Fergus Drake

CEO, Crown Agents

Professor Senait Fisseha

Director, Global Programs, The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation

Gregory Rockson

CEO, mPharma

Holm Keller

Executive Chairman & CEO, Kenup

Dr. Kathryn Toure

Regional Director, Eastern and Southern Africa, IDRC

Dr. Sangu Delle

CEO, CarePoint (formerly Africa Health Holdings)

Mark Napier

CEO, FSD Africa

Batya Blankers

Co-Founder & CEO, CHANCEN International Rwanda

Mohamed Amersi

Founder, Inclusive Ventures Group

Nathalie Munyampenda

CEO, Kepler

Hon. Claudette Irere

Minister of State, MINEDUC, Rwanda

Hon. Paula Ingabire

Minister of ICT and Innovation, Rwanda

Yonas Maru

Founder, BCS Group

Wole Oshin

CEO, Custodian Investments

Teddy Mugabo

CEO, Rwanda Green Fund

Ify Umunna

Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Nourishing Africa

Kaddu Sebunya

CEO, Africa Wildlife Foundation

Tsitsi Masiyiwa

Founder, Higherlife Foundation

Itzhak Fisher

Chairman, Rwanda Development Board

Dato’ Sri Idris Jala

President and Chairman, PEMANDU Associates

Dr. Frannie Leautier

Senior Partner, SouthBridge

Lanre Akinola

Head of Content, Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA)

Julie Gichuru

Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer, Mastercard Foundation

Samuel Makome

CCO, KCB Group

Nick Barigye

CEO, Rwanda Finance Limited

Bronek Masojada

CEO and Founder , Association of British Insureres

George Odhiambo

Managing Director, BPR Rwanda Plc

Tesi Rusagara

Managing Director, Kigali Innovation City

Georgie Ndirangu

Global Moderator & Consultant, Portland

Fiona Muthoni

Presenter and Producer, CNBC Africa

Prof. Irving Mintzer

Director, Initiative on Closing the Investment Gap in Sustainable Finance, University of Maryland

Christelle Kwizera

Founder, Water Access Rwanda

Acha Leke

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Pascal Murasira

Managing Director, Norrsken

Alice Kilonzo-Zulu

MD, Ecobank Rwanda

Alok Sharma

President, COP26

Ralph Mupita

President & CEO, MTN Group

Faustin Mbundu

Chairman, MTN Rwandacell PLC

Ms Chantal Kagame

CEO, Mobile Money Rwanda Ltd - MTN Group

Tomas Lamanauskas

Managing Partner, Envision Associates & Candidate for Deputy Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union

Amali Chivanthi de Alwis MBE

CEO, Subak

Melvyn Lubega

Co-Founder, GO1

Keneea Linton-George

Fashion Designer, Keenea Linton Designs

Dr. Darshan Chandaria

Group CEO, Chandaria Industries Ltd

Dr. George Elombi

Executive Vice President – Corporate Governance and Legal Services, Afrexim Bank

Fadilah Tchoumba

Secretary General, African Business Angel Network

Faris Saeed

Co-Founder and CEO, Diamond Developers

John Bowers

Director of New Business, MDA Technologies

Millie Ogden

Council Member, Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industries

Ayo Otuyalo

Group Managing Director, Prime Atlantic

Gbemi Disu

Executive Director, Carnegie Mellon University Africa

Dr. Amod Kumar

Deputy Director General, Unique Identification Authority of India

Tumi Dlamini

CEO, Organisation for Global Africa Cooperation

Colin Buckley

Managing Director and General Council , British International Investment

Dr. Nick Hardman-Mountford

Head of Oceans and Natural Resources, The Commonwealth

Hon. Hamat Ngai Kumba Bah

Minister of Tourism and Culture, Gambia

Ferit Sahenk

Chairperson, Dogus Group Holding

Ingabire Muziga Mamy

Managing Director, Charis UAS

Olivia Rubagumya

Founder of O|I Productions, a Creative Agency Pioneering New African narratives

Mayor Bernard Wagner

Mayor, Belize City

Jumoke Jagun-Dokunmu

Regional Director for Eastern Africa, IFC

H.E Abdulla Shahid

President of the United Nations General Assembly

Nigel Topping

UK High Level Champion for COP26 and Former CEO of We Mean Business

Dr Nadia Binte Amin

Chair, Women's Entrepreneurship for Development Association (WEND)

David Rhoden Salmon

Journalist, Jamaica Gleaner

Joseph Abakunda

Chief Strategy Officer, Rwanda Space Agency

Alice Higiro

Smart Cities Project Director, Ministry of ICT and Innovation, Rwanda

Suhail Al Banna

CEO and Managing Director, DP World Middle East and Africa

Annick Sakho

Regional Director, Sales - Sub-Saharan Africa, Oracle

Dr. Andrew Forrest

Non-executive Chairman, Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) & Chairman and Co-Founder, Minderoo Foundation

CJ Fonzi

Partner at Dalberg Advisors and Office Director, Dalberg Kigali

Ntoudi Mouyelo

Chief Investment Officer, Rwanda Finance Limited

Pardon Mujakachi

VP Strategy and Partnerships, Chippercash Africa

Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana

Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Rwanda

The Rt Hon Sir Hugo Swire KCMG

Deputy Chairman, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council

Nirj Deva

Founder, Commonwealth Union

Wilf Blackburn

Regional CEO, Prudential

Astrid Haas

Urban Economist, African Development Bank

Nardos Bekele-Thomas

CEO NEPAD, Ethiopia

Grant Reid

President and CEO, MARS Inc., United States

Patrick Ambuga Amuyunzu

Commercial Head and Director, East Africa UPL

Godfrey Mutizwa

Chief Editor, CNBC AfricaL

Prof. Paul Noon

Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Enterprise & Innovation, Coventry University