Monday, March 13
16:00 to 18:00
Sandton Convention Centre - Bill Gallagher Room Level 2
-Invite Only

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), jointly with the South African Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) and the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), will convene this Roundtable for Ministers of African nations to support policymakers in their efforts to formulate strategies for entrepreneurship promotion and action plans for regional cooperation. Attending Ministers and government authorities share a vision of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through entrepreneurship.


Cabinet-level representatives include:

  • BENIN: Mr. Maurice Lazare Sehoueto, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Small & Medium Scale Enterprises 
  • CAMEROON: Mr. Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa, Minister of SMEs and Mrs. Mireille Menanga, Directrice des PME, Ministere des PME, de l'economie sociale et de l'artisanat
  • NIGERIA: Mrs. Aisha Abubakar, Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment 
  • SOUTH AFRICA: Ms. Lindiwe D. Zulu, Minister of Small Business Development and Dr. Thami Mazwai, Minister's special adviser, Small Business Development
  • TUNISIA: Ms. Saida Ounissi, Secretary of State for Professional Development & Entrepreneurship
  • UGANDA: Mr. Gabriel Ajedra Aridru, Minister of State for Finance in the Ministry Finance, Planning and Economic Development  and Mrs. Diana Kabagambe, Senior Assistant Secretary to the Minister, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Econonomic Development
  • ZAMBIA: Mrs. Margaret D. Mwanakatwe, Cabinet Minister of Commerce, Trade & Industry

The following nations will also send official government representation:

  • EUROPEAN UNION: Mrs. Kristin Schreiber, Director for COSME Programme & SME Policy, European Commission
  • THE GAMBIA: Mrs. Anna Wadda, Principal Industrial Economist, Department of Small Business Development  
  • KENYA: Mr. Parmain Ole Narikae, Managing Director, Kenya Industrial Estates; Ms. Florence Kimata, SME Advisor to the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade & Cooperatives
  • MADAGASCAR: Mr. Andry Ravalomanda, Director General for Private Sector Development, Ministry of Industry and Private Sector Development
  • RWANDA: Mrs. Annette Karenzi, the Director General for Industry and Entrepreneurship Development, Ministry of Trade, Industry and East African Community Affairs 

Representatives from international organizations include: 

  • African Development Bank: Mr. Emanuele Santi, Chief Regional Economist,
  • African Union Commission: Ms. Treasure Thembisile Maphanga, Director Trade & Industry
  • Danish Business Authority: Dr. Anders Hoffman, Deputy Director General
  • Global Entrepreneurship Network: Jonathan Ortmans, President 
  • 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 and Mrs. Joy Kategekwa, Head of UNCTAD’s Regional Office for Africa  
  • 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. Paul Noumba Um, Country Director, Southern Africa, The World Bank
Lindiwe Zulu
Department of Small Business Development

South Africa

Tatiana Krylova


Speaker Bios: 
Anders Hoffmann
Danish Business Authority


Aisha Ababaker
State, Trade, Industry & Investment


Saida Ounissi
Ministry of Vocational Training & Employment


Dr Ebrahim Janahi
Labour Fund "Tamkeen"


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

Cristina Martinez de Silva
UNCTAD - Enterprise Branch


Karen Wilson


Ellen Olafsen
World Bank

United States

Kristin Schreiber
European Commission


Tatiana Krylova


Jonathan Ortmans
Global Entrepreneurship Network

United States