Tuesday, March 14
15:00 to 16:50
Sandton Convention Centre - Bill Gallagher Room Level 2

Led by the United States Small Business Administration & the South African Department of Small Business Development

Participating Ministers will discuss policy experiences to increase the rate of new firm formation and to accelerate the pace at which small businesses scale. Informed by research and input from policy advisors, Ministers will have an opportunity to share current national entrepreneurship strategies and consider emerging policy prescriptions and program ideas aimed at increasing job creation and economic growth through entrepreneurial dynamics.

Note: This portion of the Ministerial will be closed to the press, and only a pre-vetted group of observers will be able to sit in the audience. Press will only be present during the last portion of the Ministerial, which is listed on the program as a “public session”.

Cabinet-level representatives include:

  • ARGENTINA: Mr. Mariano Mayer, National Secretary for Entrepreneurs & SMEs
  • BURKINA FASO: Mr. Stephane W. Sanou, Minister for Commerce, Industry & Crafts
  • CAMEROON: Mr. Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa, Minister of SMEs
  • EL SALVADOR: Mrs. Ileana A. Rogel, Executive Director, National Commission for SMEs
  • EUROPEAN UNION: Mrs. Kristin Schreiber, Director for COSME Programme & SME Policy, European Commission
  • GUATEMALA: Dr. Ezrra I. Orozco, Vice Minister for SME Development
  • MADAGASCAR: Mr. Nourdine Chabani, Minister of Industry & Private Sector Development
  • NEPAL: Mr. Nabindra Raj Joshi, Minister for Industry
  • NIGERIA: Mrs. Aisha Abubakar, Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment
  • SAUDI ARABIA: Dr. Ghassan Alsulaiman, Governor of the SME Authority; and Ms. Sofana Dahlan, Vice President for Entrepreneurship Advancement at the SME Authority
  • SOUTH AFRICA: Ms. Lindiwe D. Zulu, Minister of Small Business Development
  • THAILAND: Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of the Digital Economy & Society
  • TUNISIA: Ms. Saida Ounissi, Secretary of State for Professional Development & Entrepreneurship 
  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Mrs. Linda McMahon, Administrator of the Small Business Administration (TBC)
  • ZAMBIA: Mrs. Margaret D. Mwanakatwe, Cabinet Minister of Commerce, Trade & Industry

The following nations will also send official government representation:

  • BAHRAIN: Dr. Ebrahim Mohamed Janahi, Chief Executive of Tamkeen
  • BERMUDA:  Mr. Nicholas Kempe, Chairman of the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation 
  • COLOMBIA: Mr. Juan Carlos Garavito, Manager, Innpulsa Colombia, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism
  • DENMARK: Dr. Anders Hoffman, Deputy Director General, Danish Business Authority
  • ESTONIA: Mr. Mikk Vainik, Startup Policy Expert, Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications
  • SLOVAK REPUBLIC: Mr. Michal Greno, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Slovak Republic in South Africa

Representatives from international organizations include: 

  • Kauffman Foundation: Jason Wiens, Policy Director, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • NEPAD: Dr. Assane Mayaki, CEO, New Partnership for Africa's Development
  • OECD: Dr. Karen Wilson, Statistics and Development Finance, Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development 
  • OIF: Mr. Eric Adja, Executive Director for Economic & Digital Affairs, Organisation International de la Francophonie
  • UNCTAD: Mrs. Tatiana Krylova, Head of the Enterprise Branch, Division on Investments and Enterprise, United Nations Conference on Trade & Development
  • WEF: Ms. Elsie Kanza, Head of Africa, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum
  • World Bank: Ms. Ellen Olafsen, Global Product Specialist on Growth Entrepreneurship, Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice; and Mr. Ganesh Rasagam, Practice Manager, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Unit, The World Bank
Ellen Olafsen
World Bank

United States

Lindiwe Zulu
Department of Small Business Development

South Africa

Jonathan Ortmans
Global Entrepreneurship Network

United States

Speaker Bios: 
Saida Ounissi
Ministry of Vocational Training & Employment


Mikk Vainik
Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications


Ibrahim Assane Mayaki
New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)


Chabani Nourdine
Ministry of Industry and Private Sector Development


Jason Wiens
Ewing Marion Kauffman Fundation

United States

Pichet Durongkaveroj
Ministry of Digital Economy & Society


Nabindra Raj Joshi
Ministry for Industry


Karen Wilson


Ebele Okobi

United Kingdom

Kristin Schreiber
European Commission