2021 Conference Materials: Africa-Europe Focus

Conference Materials: Africa Focus

1. Welcome. Walk the talk: Expectations for 2021. Plenary. Video is available.

  • Christoph Stückelberger, Executive Director Geneva Agape Foundation GAF, Geneva
  • Isabel Phiri, Deputy General Secretary World Council of Churches, Geneva
  • Nana Francois, Director Membership, FaithInvest, Bristol/UK
  • Timo Plutschinski, Director WEA Business Coalition, Berlin/Germany

2. Keynotes Plenary. Video is available

Setting the Scene: Impact and Faith drove Investing in and after the Corona Pandemic

  • Anis Ashgar, Investor, UK, Board Oikosinvest Foundation, Needs, risks and opportunities of investing in Corona times. Investor perspective.
  • Nkatha Njeru, Coordinator African Christian Health Association Platform ACHAP, Nairobi: Needs/ opportunities of health projects in Corona times. Church perspective.
  • Bruno Bobone, new President of UNIAPAC: The Contribution of Christian entrepreneurs (Uniapac members) for Faith-driven Investments, with a focus on Africa.
  • Roland Schatz, CEO UNGSII and President Geneva Agape Foundation, ev with Günter Nocke, Africa Desk of the Government of Germany, Berlin, Commitment of the German government for cooperation with faith-driven investing.

3. Working Session 6 parallel sessions with active interaction of participants. (No videos available)

Faith-driven Project Examples: one successful and one in consideration for investing

  • Health Sector (Moderator Mwai Makoka, WCC, Zambia/Geneva)
  • Agro-food and water sector (Moderator: Athena Peralta, WCC, Philippines/Geneva)
  • Renewable Energy and Climate sector (Moderator: Timo Plutschinski, WEA, Germany)
  • Education sector (Moderator: Obiora Ike, Globethics.net, Nigeria/Geneva)
  • Financial and Fintech sector (Moderator: Nana Francois, Faithinvest, UK)
  • Real Estate / Infrastructure (Moderator: Chris Elisara, WEA Creation Care, SDG Cities)

4. Plenary Panel and Discussion. Video is available

Loans, Interest Rates, Equities, Grants, Governance: What to consider

  • Jean-Pierre Sweerts, DOB Equity, Board Chairman, Kenya/Amsterdam, Board GAF
  • Oscar Iloh, Lombard Odier Private Bank, Geneva
  • Bright Mawudor, All Africa Conference of Churches, Deputy GS, Finance Director:
  • Nicholas Niggli, Deputy General Secretary Economic Development, State of Geneva, Canton of GenevaMember Building Bridges Initiative.

5. Plenary Panel and Discussion. Video is available

Faiths Invest: Principles and Praxis in Islamic, Hindu and Interfaith Investments.

  • Omar Shaikh, Head Policy, Islamic Finance Council UKIFC, UK
  • Vivek Mittal, Hindu, CEO AFIDA (Africa Infrastructure Dev. Assoc.), India/London
  • Martin Palmer, CEO FaithInvest: Faith Long-term Plans. The strategy of FaithInvest.

6. Plenary Panel and Discussion. Video is available

Making Investments Work. Three Cases. Video is available

  • Grant Smith, CEO Hand in Hand Group, Kenya/UK: Affordable Housing
  • Christopher Mbanefo, CEO Oxï-Zen, Continent Africa/Geneva: CO2-Conversion Projects
  • Ulrich Möller, President One Climate Fund, Germany/Southern Africa and Arumugam Pillay; One Climate Fund Southern Africa

7. Closing remarks, conclusion, follow up