Speaker List

  • Jakaya Kikwete, President, United Republic of Tanzania

    President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete was inaugurated on December 21st, 2005 as the Fourth President of the United Republic of Tanzania. In his more than 30 years of public service, President Kikwete led key portfolios in successive governments including Minister for Finance and Minister for Water, Energy and Mineral Resources. He was elected Member of Parliament for 15 consecutive years, from 1990 to 2005. In January 31, 2008, President Kikwete was elected by Heads of States and Government of Africa to be the Chairman of the African Union (AU) for 2008.

  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn assumed office as the tenth Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund on November 1, 2007. Upon being selected by the IMF's Board of Executive Directors, Mr. Strauss-Kahn indicated that he will press ahead with reform of the 185-member country institution that helps oversee the global economy.

  • Kofi Annan, President of Global Humanitarian Forum, UN Secretary-General (1997-2007)

    Kofi AnnanKofi A. Annan of Ghana, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, served from 1997 to 2006 and was the first to emerge from the ranks of United Nations staff.  Mr. Annan was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize for Peace jointly with the United Nations.

    Since leaving the United Nations, Mr. Annan has continued to advocate for better policies to meet the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly in Africa.  Mr. Annan serves as the President of the Global Humanitarian Forum and Chairs several other initiatives: the Africa Progress Panel, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and the Prize Committee of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.  

    Mr. Annan will deliver the Keynote speech on Tuesday, March 10, before the first plenary session, Sustaining Success in the Face of Global Financial Turmoil: Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future.
  • Festus Mogae, Former President of Botswana

    Mr. Festus G. Mogae was president of Botswana from 31st March 1998 to 31st March 2008. He served in Washington, DC as Alternate and the Executive Director, International Monetary Fund for Anglophone Africa from 1976 to 1980.  He was Governor of the Bank of Botswana from 1980 to 1981. From 1982 to 1989 he was Permanent Secretary to the President, Secretary to the Cabinet and Supervisor of Elections. Mr. Mogae joined politics in 1989 and was appointed Minister of Finance and Development Planning and became Vice President in 1992.

  • Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy UN Secretary-General

    Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro is Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.  Before that, she served as Tanzania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.  Dr. Migiro also pursued a career in academia, serving as a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Dar-es-Salaam. She has a Master of Laws from the University of Dar-es-Salaam and a Doctorate in law from the University of Konstanz in Germany.

  • Donald Kaberuka, President of African Development Bank Group

    Donald KaberukaDr. Donald Kaberuka is the 7th President of the African Development Bank. He served as Rwanda’s Finance and Economic Planning Minister from 1997 to 2005, and played a major role in leading the economic team responsible for the successful reconstruction of the country in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. Since his election at the Bank, Dr. Kaberuka has carried out major reforms to refocus the African Development Bank’s agenda on regional economic integration, private sector, infrastructure, governance, and a special initiative for post conflict countries and fragile states.

  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director, World Bank

    Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-IwealaDr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is presently a Managing Director of the World Bank. From September 2006 to November 2007, she was Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Brookings Institution. From June to August 2006, she was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria, overseeing Nigeria’s External Relations and from July 2003 to June 2006 she served as Minister of Finance and Economy of Nigeria and Head of Nigeria's much acclaimed Presidential Economic team responsible for implementing a comprehensive home grown economic reform program. Previously, she pursued a 21-year career as a development economist at the World Bank, where she held the post of Vice President and Corporate Secretary.

  • Valentine Rugwabiza, Deputy Director General, WTO

    Mrs. Valentine Sendanyoye Rugwabiza is the Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization.  In this role, which she took up in October 2005, her responsibility covers development issues and policies generally; trade policy review;  trade facilitation, and training and technical cooperation.  She is also responsible for the WTO work program on Aid for Trade. Prior to her current post, Mrs. Sendanyoye Rugwabiza served for three years simultaneously as Rwanda's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Head of Delegation to the WTO and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Switzerland. 

  • Nemat Shafik, Permanent Secretary, Department for International Development, UK

    Nemat ShafikNemat (Minouche) Shafik was appointed in March 2008 as Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Development which is responsible for leading the British government’s fight against world poverty. She is responsible for development programmes and policy work on the United Nations system, the international financial institutions, Europe, country assistance, civil society, trade, conflict prevention, and climate change. Prior to this, she was Director General, Country Programmes in DFID where she was responsible for all of the UK’s aid to countries delivered through 1800 staff in 67 offices around the world.

  • Trevor Manuel, Finance Minister, South Africa

    Mr. Trevor Manuel was elected a Member of Parliament in South Africa's first democratic elections, and in May 1994, he was appointed Minister of Trade and Industry.  He was appointed Minister of Finance in April 1996. In his capacity as Minister of Finance, Mr. Manuel serves as a Governor on the Board of the World Bank Group, the African Development Bank Group and the Development Bank of Southern Africa, and is also Chairman of the World Bank Development Committee.  

  • Youssef Boutros-Ghali, Finance Minister, Egypt
  • Benno Ndulu, Governor, Bank of Tanzania

    Benno Ndulu is the Governor of the Bank of Tanzania. Prior to that, he served as an Advisor to the Vice President, African Region of the World Bank and as the Manager of Partnerships Group. He is best known for his involvement in setting up one of the most effective research and training networks in Africa.

  • Manuel Chang, Finance Minister, Mozambique

    Mr. Manuel Chang was appointed Minister of Finance of Mozambique in February 2005. Previous posts include: Vice Minister of Planning and Finance; National Director of the Treasury; and National Director of Budget. He has served as the Chairman of the General Assembly of the Commercial Bank of Mozambique and the Chairman of the Auditor Council of the Bank of Mozambique. 

  • Abdoulaye Diop, Finance Minister, Senegal

    Mr. Abdoulaye Diop has served in the government of Senegal since May 2000 and as Minister of Economy and Finance since May 2001. Prior to his appointment in the government, Mr. Diop served in the Public Accounting Office and in the Treasury.  He has also represented Senegal in many international financial institutions, including the World Bank, the IMF, and the African Development Bank.

  • Linah Mohohlo, Governor Central Bank of Botswana

    Ms. Linah Mohohlo has been the Governor of the Bank of Botswana since 1999 following a 23-year career with the Bank and, in her capacity as Governor of the IMF for Botswana, she has been a member of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) representing the Africa Group 1 Constituency.  She serves on boards of major corporations in Botswana and abroad and, among her several international engagements, she served as a member of the Commission for Africa which published its Report (Our Common Interest) in March 2005, and is currently a member of the Africa Emerging Markets Forum and of the Africa Progress Panel.

  • Goodall Gondwe, Finance Minister, Malawi

    Mr. Goodall Edward Gondwe has served in the Government of Malawi since 2002 and as Minister of Finance since 2004. Previously he was director of Africa Department at the International Monetary Fund, and Vice President of the African Development Bank.

  • Salaheddine Mezouar, Finance Minister, Morocco

    Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar was named Moroccan Minister of Economy and Finance in 2007. Previously he held the post of Minister of Industry and Trade and is the former president of the Moroccan Association of Textile and Clothing Manufacturers. He has held positions in both the public and private sector in Morocco.

  • Chukwuma C. Soludo, Central Bank Governor, Nigeria

    Chukwuma C. Soludo is Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He previously served as the Economic Adviser to President Obasanjo and was the Founding Director of the African Institute for Applied Economics, Enugu, Nigeria. Before joining government he was Professor of Economics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Professor Soludo’s research spans a wide set of topics in African development, with a focus on macroeconomic management, monetary/financial policies and international trade. Professor Soludo has been appointed Member of the Chief Economist Advisory Council of the World Bank and recently has been also appointed by the President of the UN General Assembly as a member of the 10-man Commission of Experts on the Reform of the International Monetary and Financial System.

  • Mo Ibrahim, Founder of Mo Ibrahim Foundation

    Dr. Mo Ibrahim is a global expert in mobile communications and founding chairman of Satya Capital, an investment company focused on opportunities in Africa. Sudanese by birth, Dr Ibrahim is the founder and former chairman of Celtel International, one of Africa’s most successful companies. In 2006 he set up the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to support great African leadership. The Foundation focuses on two major new initiatives to stimulate debate around, and improve the quality of, governance in Africa. 

  • Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University

    Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute and Professor of Sustainable Development and Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is also Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, the internationally agreed goals to reduce extreme poverty, disease, and hunger by the year 2015. From 2002 to 2006, he was Director of the UN Millennium Project and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Sachs is also President and Co-Founder of Millennium Promise Alliance, a nonprofit organization aimed at ending extreme global poverty.

  • Paul Collier, Oxford University

    Paul Collier is Professor of Economics, Oxford University Economics Department and Director of the Center for the Study of African Economies. His academic work focuses on the causes and consequences of civil war; the effects of aid; and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural-resource-rich societies. Mr. Collier's policy work has included a post as senior adviser to Blair’s Commission on Africa, where his work covers a wide range of macroeconomic, microeconomic and political economy topics concerned with Africa. 

  • Peter Eigen, Chairman, EITI

    Prof. Dr. Peter Eigen is a lawyer by training. He has worked in economic development for 25 years, mainly as a World Bank manager of programs in Africa and Latin America. In 1993 Eigen founded Transparency International (TI), a non-governmental organization promoting transparency and accountability in international development. In 2005, Eigen chaired the International Advisory Group of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and became Chair of EITI in 2006.

  • Akere Muna, AU Civil Society Advisory Panel

    Mr. Akere Muna is the Presiding Officer of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union. A lawyer by training, he has previously held the post of President of Transparency International Cameroon, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Transparency International. Previously, he was president of the Pan-African Lawyers' Union.

  • Naushad.N Merali, Chairman, Sameer Investments, Kenya

    Mr Naushad Merali, Chairman & CEO of the Sameer Group is one of Kenya’s leading industrialists.  The Sameer Group is a conglomerate of companies with major investments and successful operating organizations in all-key sectors of the economy.  The Group has been at the very heart of Kenya's industrial and commercial development for over thirty years and continues to expand its business throughout the East African region.

  • Michael Joseph, CEO, Safaricom, Kenya

    Michael Joseph is the CEO of Safaricom Limited and has been in this position since July 2000 when the company was re-launched as a joint-venture with Telkom Kenya. Since the re-launch of Safaricom in October 2000 he has guided the company from a subscriber base of fewer than 20,000 to 12,935,861 as of 11th Jan 2009, including the launch of many award winning innovative products and services over the past 8 years. Today Safaricom is one of the leading companies in East Africa and is the most profitable company in the region.

  • Abdoulaye Bio-Tchané, BOAD

    Abdoulaye Bio-TchaneMr. Abdoulaye Bio-Tchane of Benin has worked on African economic and financial issues for three decades. From 1998 to 2002 he was Minister of Finance and Economy of Benin, before being nominated as director of the Africa Department of the International Monetary Fund. Since 2008 he has served as the President of the West African Development Bank.

  • Maria Ramos, Group CEO, ABSA

    Ms. Maria Ramos, a native of South Africa, has served a variety of functions in both the public and private sectors. Until February 2009 she was the Group Chief Executive Officer of Transnet. Previously she was the Director-General of the National Treasury of South Africa. Ms. Ramos has lectured on economics in the academic world and currently serves on the boards of several multinational companies.

  • Yuan Chen, Chairman, China Development Bank, China

    Chen YuanMr. Yuan Chen has had a distinguished career in government, academia, and the private sector. Prior to assuming his duties as Chairman of the China Development Bank in 1998, he was the Deputy Governor of China’s central bank, People’s Bank of China. He is a member on advisory councils of ING, AIG, and the Bank for International Settlements. He has published widely on economics and development and in January 2005, was named as one of "10 most prominent economic and financial elites of China" by China's Talents Publishing House.

  • Joost Zuidberg, Managing Director, TCX Investment Management Company
  • Mohamed Benchaaboun, CEO, Banque Centrale Populaire

    Mohamed BenchaabounMohamed Benchaaboun has held several positions in the private sector and at the public sector in Morocco, including as Director at the Tax Administration. For some time, he was also heading the Telecommunications Regulatory Agency. He has also been an expert for the IMF. He is a graduate from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (Paris-1984).

  • Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, Governor, Bank of Uganda

    Emmanuel Tumusiime-MutebileEmmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, a native of Uganda, has served a variety of functions in the Government of Uganda and in international financial and development institutions. Most recently, he was appointed to the AfDB High Level Panel of eminent persons, co-chaired by former President Chissano of Mozambique and Mr Paul Martin, former Prime Minister of Canada, to advise the President of the African Development Bank on the strategic future of the African Development Bank.

  • Angel Gurría, Secretary General, OECD

    Angel GurríaAngel Gurría has a distinguished career in public service, including two ministerial posts before joining the OECD. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs from December 1994 to January 1998, and Minister of Finance and Public Credit from January 1998 to December 2000. He also held various positions, including President and CEO of Mexico’s export-import bank (Bancomext), President and CEO of Mexico’s national development bank (Nacional Financiera), Mexico’s Permanent Representative to the International Coffee Organisation, among others.

  • Bob Geldof, ONE

    Bob GeldofBob Geldof has been involved with Africa for over 20 years, starting with Band Aid and Live Aid which raised $150,000,000. His activities include working with the Jubilee 2000 anti-debt campaign and co-founding DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa). He sat on the Commission for Africa in 2005 and is a member of the Africa Progress Panel. He organised Live8 - ten concerts on July 2nd 2005 with an estimated global audience of 3 billion, timed to put pressure on the G8 leaders who then made many significant poverty alleviation pledges.

  • Jean-Michel Severino, CEO, Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

    Jean-Michel SeverinoSince 2001, Jean-Michel Severino is the CEO of the AFD. After graduating from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, he started his career as Inspector of finances in the French administration. He was previously director in charge of international development at the French Ministry of cooperation. At the World Bank, he served as director for Central Europe and then as Vice President for Asia. In October 2007 he launched the blog Ideas4development alongside Josette Sheeran, Donald Kaberuka, Kemal Dervis, Pascal Lamy, Abdou Diouf and Supachai Panitchpakdi, in which the authors share their visions, doubts and hopes for international development.



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  • March 17, 2009, 18:18

    The conference is wrapping up. Finance Ministers, Central bank governors, and the IMF have issued a joint…

  • March 11, 2009, 13:45

    Stage is set for second day of conference. On the agenda is a keynote speech by UN Deputy Secretary General…

  • March 10, 2009, 17:30

    Fascinating discussion at the parallel session on how countries should deal with external shocks.