African Impact, Global Opportunities

October 2024 Conference!

Trade Connect Cambridge Conferences welcomes you to Cambridge for an unforgettable experience.

  • Conference Theme:
    The African Structural Revolution: Leapfrogging the 5 Key Sectors of the New African Single Market. 
  • Venue:
    Robinson College, University Of Cambridge, Grange Road, Cambridge, CB3 9AN. United Kingdom 
  • Date:
    Saturday 5th October 2024 


Expected Attendees


Impactful Sessions


Day Conference

Why should you attend Conference ‘24

Learn how to start new and innovative businesses targeted at the African Continent

This groundbreaking creation of the African Continental Free Trade Area unlocks phenomenal consumer demand in Africa, with the recent integration of 1.4 billion people. It presents unprecedented opportunities to both individuals and companies for new inventions, new products and services, and new industries that unlock Africa’s wealth of physical and natural capital endowments. Come and discover how you also can start a new and innovative business that takes full advantage of the new African Single Market.

Network and forge valuable connections with key multinational companies already actively expanding into the African Single market

Africa will become a major contributor to the rapidly growing clean energy technologies, from electricity networks to electric vehicles. The Democratic Republic of Congo for instance is home to approximately 70% of the world’s cobalt – this is a critical mineral essential for batteries, mobile phones, and electric vehicle production. Locations such as Zimbabwe and Namibia have among the largest reserves of lithium globally. Come and discover the burgeoning opportunities on the African continent and most importantly forge valuable connections with key multinational companies already actively expanding into the African Single market.

Get inspired and challenged by Seasoned Entrepreneurs who own global companies, Highly intellectual scholars who work at the University of Cambridge and listen to leaders of supranational organizations in charge of implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area

Speakers at our conferences are of exceptional quality. Come and listen to and be challenged by Seasoned Entrepreneurs who own global businesses, Highly intellectual faculty who work at the University of Cambridge, and Leaders of supranational organizations in charge of implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area. This presents a really good opportunity for networking with high profile and very experienced professionals and Companies.

Be transformed by a new vision of the African continent

The right narrative of Africa should be one of extensive riches in natural resources ranging from arable land, water, oil, natural gas, minerals, forests, and wildlife. Africa is home to a huge proportion of the world’s natural resources, both renewables and non-renewables. At our conference we delve deeply into key strategic approaches and devise new ways of presenting Africa in a new and positive light. The investment opportunities across Africa today are enormous and can be utilized to transform this beautiful continent into a strong and robust contributor to global GDP. Come and understand how you through your new business ideas, innovations, and Entrepreneurship can contribute to rewriting the African narrative.

Scroll Panel of Speakers from our April 24' Event

Our speakers are of global standing and of exceptional quality

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Dr. Sooter Nomhwange

Founder & Director Trade Connect Cambridge Conferences Ltd | Former Teaching Associate University of Cambridge, Institute of Continuing Education.

Dr. Sooter Nomhwange is Founder of Trade Connect Cambridge Conferences Ltd. Sooter has extensive experience in course directing, academic leadership, and designing highly impactful learning experiences of global standard. He previously worked at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education where he was responsible for designing pragmatic and rich learning experiences, coordinating internal and external stakeholders within and outside the University of Cambridge, and effectively handling multiple and frequently changing priorities. Sooter is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Education and Research (IIPER), has a Master’s and Doctorate in International Business and holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Economics. Sooter is also a Certified Quantitative Risk Analyst.

Sooter’s vision for Trade Connect Cambridge Conferences Ltd is to enlighten our delegates on how to take full advantage of the business opportunities now available in Africa through the new African Continental Free Trade Area, and hence empower each delegate with the ability to birth new businesses that contribute to the ongoing structural revolution that has just begun in Africa. He also wants to enable within delegates the capacity to develop long term relationships with key multinational companies already actively expanding into the African Single market. Ultimately, Sooter will like to help the world re-envision Africa as a new and dynamic global contributor to world economic development. Sooter is excited about the new African Continental Free Trade Area.


Dr Loretta Aniagolu

CEO of FIT Group of Companies, Nigeria

Chief Loretta Aniagolu is the CEO of FIT Group of Companies. She is the promoter and pioneer for the development of HELIU, Nigeria’s Health City and Residences in Nigeria, on Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, Enugu, Enugu State. The district is expected to host a 250-Bed, Multi-Specialty Hospital, the first Hilton Hotel in the South East of Nigeria, over 1, 000 Homes and other facilities. Her unique approach to achieving affordable elegance in designs and infrastructure, sets her Estates apart from others. For instance, her Estates are the only ones with 20-year, maintenance free, concrete roads and solar energy.
She has over 40 years of experience, spanning Banking, Finance, Real Estate Development and the Mining Sectors, was the Economic Adviser and Coordinator for Economic Development to the Government of Enugu State from 1993 to 1999.
First daughter of the judicial icon, the late Justice Anthony Aniagolu of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. She holds many awards and board memberships.

Kofi Amegashie

Kofi Amegashie

An impactful CEO/COO - Managing Director with 33+ years of experience spanning sectors & geographies

Kofi Amegashie has tremendous business experience with leading global companies and institutions. His rich and accomplished experiences in the past include Managing Director- Drayton Glendower & Associates, Executive Director- Africa Leadership Initiative South Africa, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa - Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Managing Director - Adcock Ingram Africa, and CEO - Alexander Forbes Africa. Kofi has also led managerial initiatives at Coca cola, the World Bank, Shell, and Chevron. Kofi is a Sloan Fellow with a Master’s in Management from the London Business School and holds a BSc in Applied Science from Exeter University, as well as a PgDip in Air Transport Planning & Management.

Kofi excels in fostering matrix and global cross-functional collaboration and motivating and instilling confidence and capability into people. Kofi is currently a Senior Lecturer at St Mary’s Business School, has served as a British expatriate in the United States, Australia and the emerging markets of Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa, including residing in the Philippines, Australia, the United States, Thailand, India, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Kenya & South Africa.

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Tallulah Patricia Bär

Founder & Director AfroSwissters, Switzerland.

Tallulah Patricia Bär is a dynamic leader dedicated to reshaping narratives and fostering connections within the Afro and Swiss communities. With a background in African Development and Politics, she brings a unique blend of academic expertise and practical experience. Tallulah's passion for empowering voices led her to found AfroSwissters, a community platform that empowers Afro Diaspora women, champions diversity and promotes unity and allyship.

CEO Manuel Moses

Manuel Moses

Chief Executive Officer
African Trade & Investment Development Insurance (ATIDI)

Manuel commenced his role as the Chief Executive Officer on 1 December 2020. He has over 25 years of experience in finance, banking, insurance, and investment at the international level. Prior to joining ATIDI, Manuel worked at IFC for 15 years, where he most recently held the post of Country Manager for East Africa. He was responsible for IFC’s activities in the sub-region and managed a large and strong team. Manuel has also held Senior-level positions at Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB), the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe, and the Zimbabwe Development Bank.

Alex Carter

Dr Alexander Carter

Associate Professor for Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education. Fellow and College Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge

Dr. Alex Carter is Academic Director for Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Cambridge, Institute of Continuing Education where he has designed and delivered courses in creativity theory, philosophy, and ethics. He also oversees the Institute's undergraduate research courses. Alex is also a Fellow and College Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge.


Dr. Evans Akwasi Gyasi

Associate Professor for International Trade Deputy Head of School – School of Economics, Finance and Law, Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom.

Dr Gyasi is an Associate Professor in International Trade. He is the Deputy Head of School – School of Economics, Finance and Law - at Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom. Evans received his PhD from the University of Warwick, is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). Prof Gyasi has a deep passion for global economic dynamics, trade policies, and market trends. He has consulted for multinational companies and SMEs in Ghana and Kenya and also offers technical assistance to government agencies on trade policies and strategies.

Nyifamu Manzo

Nyifamu Ogechi Manzo

Founder, Farmatrix Agro Allied and Technology Company

Nyifamu Ogechi Manzo is the founder of Farmatrix Agro Allied and Technology Company, a Nigerian-based AgriTech company that is commitment to leveraging technology to empower smallholder farmers and bridge the gap between agricultural producers and markets. In the last 5 years she has created strategic partnerships with leading industry players and positioning Farmatrix as a key player in the agricultural value chain. Nyifamu is also an alumnus of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) RLC where she was being trained on distinctive leadership and entrepreneurial skills, A Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum, and a Climate Reality Leader. She is also a speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos. She is a Fate foundation alumnus and a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur. Farmatrix was part of the 100 startups in Africa that were sponsored by the SAFEEM X Seedstars team. She is an advocate and a young leader committed to fulfilling the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and has contributed immensely in the areas of Zero Hunger, No Poverty, Decent Work, and Economic Growth. She strongly believes that entrepreneurship is the gateway to national prosperity, so she is so passionate about building sustainable businesses

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Dr. Frank Nyame-Asiamah

Associate Professor in Business and Entrepreneurship, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Frank obtained a PhD in Management Studies from Brunel University. He constructed Cohered Emergent Theory, a theory that acknowledges that individuals, teams and groups with diverse interests must be empowered to collaborate and contribute to organisational systems design, implementation and evaluation. His research has featured in world leading journals such as Risk Analysis and Social Science and Medicine. He sits on the Technological Sustainability Editorial Advisory Board and has reviewed papers for many reputable journals. Frank received an Outstanding Reviewer Award in 2021 from the European Journal of Information Systems.


Ken Dickson BAcc(Hons), FCMA, CGMA, FRSA

Founder/Director of Axiom-e Limited, Cambridge, UK | ‘The Financial Doctor’- Advisor to many early-stage businesses| Course Director: The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education | Faculty Member: BE:iT (Business & Entrepreneurship: Ideathon and Training) Jos, Nigeria.

Following 20 years in leading multi-national corporations (Unilever, Kodak, Rexam and Johnson Matthey), Ken established Axiom-e to provide board-level advice focused on strategic financial management. He has secured £ms in grants, R&D tax credits, loans and equity for his eclectic mix of early-stage clients. Ken is passionate about helping younger entrepreneurs establish businesses built on sound foundations and supports them through courses, articles and mentoring. He regularly speaks at international conferences.

Since developing ‘The Pillars of Business Success’ (POBS) for Zambia 2050 in 2017, Ken has presented it several times at the University of Cambridge to students from more than 35 countries. Elements of POBS have been presented in conferences and courses to delegates in/from many African countries and at universities and research centres. Companies Ken directs have won £ms in grant competitions and been short-listed for international awards, including the prestigious Conrad N Hilton Humanitarian Prize.

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Mr Themba Khumalo

Principal Industrial Development Advisor to the Secretary-General AfCFTA (African Continental Free Trade Area) Secretariat.

Mr Themba Khumalo is the Principal Industrial Development Advisor to the Secretary General of the AfCFTA Secretariat. This role entails coordinating the regional/continental value chains development work programme which has prioritized key sectors with the highest opportunities to boost intra-Africa and production. Prior to this role, Mr Khumalo had been working as a Director: Africa Integration and Industrial Development at the South African Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

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Qun Yang, FCA, CFA, FRM

Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Biorbyt Ltd | Council Member of ICAEW | Former Executive Director of the Wo+Men's Leadership Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School.

Qun Yang is the Co-Founder of Biorbyt Limited, a successful biotechnology company based in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Qun is an experienced entrepreneur with rich experience in start-up, a Chief Operating Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the biotechnology industry and a long history in accounting and investment banking. Qun started her professional career as an auditor with Deloitte and later working for Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank. She gained an MPhil in Therapeutic Sciences from Queens' College, University of Cambridge in 2019, master’s degree in Entrepreneurship from the Cambridge Judge Business School in 2016, with additional qualifications such as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Financial Risk Manager (FRM).

Qun is a shining example of leadership, is passionate about Women in Entrepreneurship and was the first Chairwoman of the UK Chinese Women Connect Association. Qun is excited about AI technology and sees herself as a Tech Enthusiast.

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Dr Venuste Habimana

Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Areas of Expertise: Business Management , Economics , International Business , Leadership and management. As a lecturer and postgraduate supervisor, Dr Venuste Habimana's experience include research supervision, lecture delivery (both online and in the classroom) and researching in economics and international business. His areas of expertise involve economic analysis, international business, management and leadership, and money and banking.

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Nathan Osareme Odiase

PhD Candidate University of Cambridge Judge Business School

Nathan is a 3RD Year PhD student at the Cambridge Judge Business School who advances academic conversations around the strategic management of creative ecosystems. His research is titled A Process and Performance Approach to Style in the Fashion Industry. It explores organisational style in the fashion industry and extensively examines the strategic decisions that impact stylistic choices. Before starting his PhD, Nathan completed a Master of Philosophy in Innovation, Strategy and Organisation from the University of Cambridge, where Magdalene College awarded him the Standard Bank Africa Chairman’s Scholarship. He was awarded the prestigious Mandela Rhodes Scholarship for his Master of Social Science Degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He has a BA in Psychology from the University of Lagos, where he developed foundational skills in utilising Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis for Qualitative Research. Nathan recently published a book with his supervisor Dr Allègre Hadida titled "Agility and Improvisation. Why Do Agility and Improvisation Matter?"

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Dr Ed Marshall

Business Development Manager, University Of Cambridge Enterprise

Ed is a Business Development Manager and is responsible for increasing revenue generation from technology licenses. Prior to joining Cambridge Enterprise, Ed worked for a multinational wood pulp company, specialising in biorefinery technology and leading R&D teams in the UK, the Netherlands and Austria, with scale up piloting in both North America and South Africa

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Endurance Ehiagwina Ekanosetale

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Student, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Endurance Ehiagwina Ekanosetale, a native of Nigeria, is a dynamic professional with a strong foundation in accounting. He has already distinguished himself as a driven and accomplished individual. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, demonstrating his commitment to excellence in financial management. Currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration (MBA), he is expanding his expertise to encompass broader business strategies and leadership skills. With a keen eye for detail and a strategic mindset, he seeks to leverage his academic achievements to make significant contributions in the corporate world. Prior to his MBA studies, he gained practical experience in accounting roles, honing his skills in financial analysis, budgeting, and reporting. He is known for his ability to adapt quickly to new environments and solve complex problems efficiently. Driven by a passion for continuous learning and professional growth, he is eager to embrace new challenges and make a positive impact in the field of finance and business administration.

Prof Nathan Crilly

Professor Nathan Crilly

Professor of Design, University of Cambridge Engineering Design Centre

Nathan Crilly is Professor of Design at the University of Cambridge, where he researches human behaviour as it relates to design. This includes studying the behaviour of the people doing the design work (e.g. designers' creativity), and the experiences of those people who interact with design outcomes (e.g. users' experiences). Nathan teaches design, creativity and communication at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He also teaches design thinking at the executive level. He has designed, managed and conducted commercial research projects, delivering user insights for design projects focussed on health products, digital devices and sporting equipment.


Dr Kendi Guantai

University of Leeds Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and an Associate Professor of Corporate Communications Practice

Dr Kendi Guantai is the University of Leeds Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and an Associate Professor of Corporate Communications Practice. Her role includes strategic oversight and delivery on key aspects of the University of Leeds EDI strategy. Dr Guantai’s research goes beyond her expertise in Corporate Communication to encompass topics in EDI, Decoloniality and Indigenous Knowledge systems, spearheading several projects in support of the Student Access and Success strategy as well as leading on Decolonising the Curriculum for University of Leeds Business School. Combining her industry and academic experience, Dr. Guantai designs and delivers training on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Entrepreneurs Initiative and is a mentor on several industry and academic networks. She sits on the University Council and is a member of Senate. Outside academia, Dr. Guantai enjoys working in community, and has chaired the Board of Trustees at ActionAid UK as well as the International Association for Business Communicators – EMENA Region, among others.


Marina Gonzalo Soares

Ecosystem Initiatives & Partnerships (EIP) Partner, University of Cambridge Enterprise

Marina Soares is Ecosystem Initiatives & Partnerships (EIP) Partner, University of Cambridge Enterprise. Marina is responsible for providing operational support to the EIP business unit with a particular focus on International Outreach. Marina is a biochemist and science communicator who has professionally trained as a marketing project manager in entrepreneurial TechBio environments.

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Dr Awwal Sanusi Abubakar

Solutions Development Specialist Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge

Dr Awwal Sanusi Abubakar’s research is focused on investigating how digital technologies can drive resource efficiency in manufacturing and discovering how manufacturers can sustainably adopt digital technologies. Some of the knowledge that I provide has been included in the UK Government’s Made Smarter Strategy meeting for the deployment of a £147 Million investment. In addition to my area of expertise, I aim to gather world-leading manufacturing research from academia and translate it into the language of Industry Leaders.

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Professor Manoj Dora

Director of the Centre for Intelligent Supply Chains.

Professor Manoj Dora is the director of the Centre for Intelligent Supply Chains. Manoj's areas of expertise include sustainable management, the circular economy, and food supply chains. His research has focused on how we can switch from our current industrial 'linear' model to a circular economy and how operational excellence tools and industry 4.0 technologies can be combined in a connected supply chain to achieve zero-waste. He has been involved in many capacity building initiatives focusing on the circular economy, humanitarian operations, industry 4.0 and food supply chain in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia.

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Dr Imoh Ilevbare

Principal Specialist in Strategic Technology and Innovation Management (STIM) at IfM Engage, University of Cambridge

Dr Imoh Ilevbare: is Principal Specialist in strategic technology and innovation management (STIM) at IfM Engage. He works alongside leaders in the private sector and in government to shape their technology and innovation strategies and enable change, by delivering effective STIM processes based on proven research and industry best practice.


Dode Seidu

Dode is the CEO of Africa Trade Academy

Dode is the CEO of Africa Trade Academy, a pan-African organization building capacity of Africa’s public and private sector to take advantage of national, regional, continental and global trade opportunities. Dode has over 15 years’ experience spanning trade policy and investment promotion, trade facilitation, private sector development, agribusiness, finance facilitation, market research, project planning and management, and development communications. He is an experienced and dynamic trainer, facilitator and moderator having trained Customs, Business Executives and Private Sector Operators in Ghana, Ethiopia, Malawi and SACU Region on taking advantage of the AfCFTA and other international trade agreements. He has also trained public and private sector officials in Ghana on the WTO Agreements on Trade Facilitation, Sanitary and PhytoSanitary Measures, Technical Barriers to Trade as well as on topics of Green Customs, Environment and Trade, and Non-Tariff Measures. He consults for the World Bank, GIZ Support Programme to the AfCFTA, West Africa Competitiveness Programme, EU-Compete Ghana as well as the AfCFTA Secretariat on Trade Facilitation.


Dr Abena Nyarkoa,

Founder ‘NKUNIM’ Education Project’

Dr Abena Nyarkoa, popularly known as (Abbie) is the Founder of ‘NKUNIM’ Education Project’ which promotes Inclusive Education in public schools. Abbie is a successful driven leader with a distinguished ten-year career with dynamic results in capacity development in the education and voluntary sectors, with an added advantage of research and development. She is a fellow member of the Institute of Labour & Industrial Relations and a Global Goodwill Ambassador for the UK and Ghana. Abbie is an advisor at VAMG Research Institute and a Board Member at Rural Heights Foundation. Abbie is a speaker and youth coach. Also a Human rights advocate, and volunteer for Cancer Research UK. Abbie pursued her PhD at the University of Warwick, focusing her research on 'Education Equity, Access, and Fairness. She is a lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire – School of Business.

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