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At the end of 2016, we organised the fantastic Africa Works! conference and NABC’s flagship African Ambassadors Dinner, two events that provided unparalleled high-level business networking platforms. The Africa Insights Forum will again take networking to the next level by giving you the chance to meet highly specialized Africa-experts on-site. Through a unique Expert Matchmaking Session NABC’s associated experts will be ready to share their insights with you.

This platform will also be an excellent chance to find out what your fellow Dutch entrepreneurs are doing in Africa and to fine-tune your own Africa strategy to become even more successful on the continent. Learn more about the HR challenges in Africa, common financial, tax, and accounting bottlenecks and how to acquire in-depth market knowledge by joining Per van Swaay, Vice President of TCX, the famous International Broadcaster (BBC) and Conference Host, Henry Bonsu, and the former Managing Director of UNAIDS, Franklyn Lisk, in Rotterdam on March 30th!

During the breaks and networking reception, several companies will showcase their business, check out the Exhibition Partners Here.

For a €50 entry fee (free for NABC Members!), you can join us inside the beautiful Wereld Museum from 14hoo till late to be inspired be high-level speakers and Africa experts, and enjoy some wonderful Chivas whisky cocktails as well as delicious food provided by our hosts. To register, please visit our website, You can also find a detailed overview of the event there if you’d like to know more.

We very much hope to see you on March 30th!



14:00 – 15:00

Participants arrive, Registration, Coffee & Tea 

15:00 - 15:15

Opening remarks
Irene Visser, Managing Director of NABC

15:15 - 15:30

Peter Janssen, Senior Tax Advisor, Flynth
“Managing African Taxes and VAT”

15:30 - 15:45

Keynote speech: Per Van Swaay, Senior Vice President, TCX
"Foreign Currency Risks and how to Manage them"

16:00- 16:30

Panel Discussion:
How to create a winning finance strategy whilst doing business in Africa?
Peter Janssen (Flynth), Per van Swaay (TCX), Dirk Terwel (Terwel), Joel Kibazo (FTI Consulting)

16:30 – 17:00

Exhibition & Coffee break

17:00 – 17:15

Keynote speech
Joel Kibazo, Managing Director of FTI Consulting:
“Africa Business Trends in 2017”

17:15 – 17:30

Keynote speech

Franklyn Lisk, Professor Political Economy of African Development, Former Deputy Regional Director for Africa at the International Labor Organisation.

“Human Resources in Africa”

17:30 – 18:00

Panel Discussion
“Bridging the Knowledge Gap: from data to action while doing business in Africa”
Joel Kibazo (FTI Consulting), Prof. Franklyn Lisk, Patrick Joore (, Rob Withagen (AsokoInsight), Mike Taylor (Infomineo)

18:00 – 20:00

Exhibition & Networking Reception by Chivas


Moderator: Henry Bonsu

Henry Bonsu is one of Britain's leading broadcasters of African origin. A Modern Languages (German and French) graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford, he has worked on the country's biggest current affairs shows, including BBC Radio 4's Today. Henry has also presented programmes on satellite TV channels including Vox Africa, BET International and Press TV - and been an analyst on BBC News, Sky News, Al Jazeera and Arise News. His specialises in international politics, business and economic development, and health and education. Henry is now an international moderator and Master of Ceremonies, specialising in global economic development and the SDGs.


Franklyn Lisk is a visiting Professorial Research Fellow at CSGR, where he is engaged in research and policy analysis on global health governance focusing mainly on HIV/AIDS responses and on the political economy of African development and in particular employment and labour market challenges and China-Africa relations. He is also involved in the activities of the Sub-Saharan Africa Research Network at the Institute of Advanced Study, and contributes to the teaching and graduate supervision in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Warwick Business School. 



Joel Kibazo previously served as Director of Communications and External Relations at the African Development Bank, the continent’s premier financial and economic development institution where he worked closely with a wide range of partner institutions including the US Treasury, British and African governments, and numero us public and private sector institutions.

Prior to this role, Joel worked at the Commonwealth Secretariat, the inter-government body serving the 52 nations of the Commonwealth, and for 12 years he was also a journalist at the Financial Times covering the African business and financial sector.



Per van Swaay, Senior Vice President, The Currency Exchange Fund (TCX)

Per van Swaay joined TCX in 2010 and is responsible for TCX business development in Africa. Prior to TCX, Per worked in African project finance at FMO, the Dutch Development Bank and before moving into banking and development finance, he worked as a corporate lawyer in Holland and the US.

Practical information

Address: Wereld Museum, Willemskade 25, 3016 DM Rotterdam

Exhibition partners:

AsokoInsight: provides superior data on Sub-Saharan African companies, public and private, to help you identify leads, research investment opportunities and monitor corporate developments.

Terwel: We connect entrepreneurs worldwide to promote equitable economic growth. We build bridges between local SMEs and the Dutch private sector.

SITA: NABC’s latest service – SITA – will make use of NABC’s wide network and knowledge of International Competitive Bidding rules to allow SMEs to optimize their tender investments.

TCX: hedges the currency and interest rate mismatch that is created in cross-border investments between international investors and local market participants in frontier and less liquid emerging markets. an integrated marketing solutions provider with offices in Johannesburg, Lagos and Amsterdam, plus an extensive network throughout Africa, offers marketing and media support to any blue-chip client aspiring to successfully and efficiently market their goods and services to any market in Africa. Their services span everything necessary (Strategy – Insights – Research - Media – Events – Creative – Digital – Social Media – Video-content – Productions).


Partnerships overview

Expert Matchmaking

During the event there will be space for 10-15 individual experts or small consultancy firms to participate in the Expert Matchmaking Session. Based on a short expertise profile, event participants can register for individual matchmaking sessions with consultants, experts and experienced entrepreneurs. Participating Experts will gain visibility in the Event program and extensive coverage online.

Participation fees for Experts:

  • €100,- for individual consultants (freelancers)
  • €250,- for small consultancy firms

Strategic Partnership

Strategic Partners can shape the debate by delivering a keynote speech and have a large stand on the event floor. Strategic Partners enjoy premium visibility in all communication and branding on all event materials, including delegates bags, conference brochures, and on the NABC website.

Exhibition Partnership

Exhibition Partners will enjoy high visibility with their own stand located on the event floor. You will be able to realise your business objectives by inviting participants to sit down for short tet-á-tets at your own branded stand. As an Exhibition Partner, you will be mentioned in the floor plan of the brochure and will receive branding on all on- and offline communications, allowing you to expand your network by generating greater visibility for your products or services.

Network Partnership

As a Network Partner, you will enhance your presence through premium branding placement on all communications and event materials including the program, sponsored delegates bags, event brochures, and on the NABC website. You may also display your own marketing materials on available racks and tables. Network Partners enjoy the best visibility the event has to offer, demonstrating their presence and commitment to Africa’s emerging markets.

Event details

Africa Insights Forum
From March 30, 2017
Till March 30, 2017
NABC events
Annual Event
Rotterdam, Netherlands
+31 (0)70 304 3618