H.E. Henok Teferra Shawl
His Excellency, Henok Teferra Shawl, is the Ambassador of Ethiopia to France, Spain, Portugal, The Holy See, The Principality of Monaco and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO. Mr. Teferra combines a background in business with solid experience in the civil service, both involving outstanding responsibilities.
He worked in several executive management positions and in October 2017 became Vice-President of Strategic Planning and Alliances at Ethiopian Airlines, where he helmed the implementation of the airline’s 15-year strategic fast, profitable and sustainable growth plan, Vision 2025. In May 2015, he was seconded as CEO to ASKY Airlines. When he was at the helm of the corporation, the company was recognized as Airline of the Year for Regional Operations by the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) for outstanding financial results and enhancing connectivity in West and Central Africa.
Previously, he was a First Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, where amongst other tasks he served as adviser to Seyoum Mesfin.
Ambassador Teferra holds a Masters degree from Pantheon-Sorbonne University Paris I in International Economic Law and a Bachelor’s degree from University of Nice in Public and Private International Law. He was one of the Choiseul 100 Africa: Young Economic Leaders of the Continent in 2015.
Nabila (Isa-Odidi) Aguele MBA’14J
Nabila is the Special Advisor to the Nigerian Finance Minister and a member of INSEAD’s Board of Directors. She works to ensure data-driven policy implementation for the revitalisation and social inclusion of the Nigerian economy.
Nabila is a trained lawyer who has represented Fortune 500 companies in complex civil litigations in the US. She is passionate about sustainable development and human capital development. She is also a strong advocate for women’s rights and gender equality. She also has a BSc. In Human Biology from the University of Toronto, a JD from American University Washington College of Law, and an INSEAD MBA. In her spare time, she likes to paint, exhibit and sell acrylic art.
Morin Oluwole is a luxury industry thought leader in digital transformation, business development and innovation. As Director & Global Head of Luxury at Facebook/Instagram, she leads the global luxury division and has managed multiple product and business teams within the company for the past 15 years.
She was formerly Chief of Staff to the VP, Global Marketing Solutions, where she developed business strategies for global brand partners. In her prior roles, she led Product Marketing and Public Content Partnerships for the fashion and luxury sector. Prior, she led management consulting at Sachs Consulting in New York.
Morin holds a BA and MA from Stanford University in Human Biology and Sociology and an MA in Management from Columbia University. She was a Bill Gates Millennium Scholar and received the Stanford Dean's Award for Academic Excellence - both for 5 consecutive years.
Tokini Peterside MBA’15D
Tokini Peterside is a Nigerian entrepreneur dedicated to defining a new narrative about Africa through culture.
After working extensively with brands in fashion and luxury, including the LVMH Group, she founded ART X Collective, a cultural management company behind platforms such as ART X Lagos – the leading international art fair in West Africa and now a cornerstone of the African art sector; ART X Live! – a dynamic accelerator for rising musicians and artists; and the ART X Prize – Nigeria’s foremost art award.
An avid art collector and patron, Tokini currently serves on the boards of Yinka Shonibare’s GAS Foundation, and the Edo Museum of West African Art (EMOWAA) among others.
She holds a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE) and an MBA from INSEAD.
Tosin Eniolorunda is the founder and CEO of TeamApt, a financial technology company digitizing Africa’s economy by building financial platforms for businesses, providing them with all the payment, banking, credit and business management tools they need to succeed.
Tosin has led TeamApt through an impressive growth phase to become Nigeria's largest omnichannel payment platform by transaction value, with over 200,000 businesses onboarded, and over $6bn processed monthly. Before founding TeamApt, Tosin was a Product Manager at Interswitch and previously studied Mechanical Engineering at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria.
He is an Endeavor Entrepreneur and is currently expanding TeamApt into other strong economies across Africa, with aspirations to provide financial happiness for every African business owner.
Daniel Yu is the founder and CEO of Wasoko, a B2B e-commerce platform that provides on-demand ordering, free delivery and financing of essential goods sold through mom and pop stores in Africa. Under Daniel's leadership, Wasoko has been adopted by 50,000+ retailers and recently completed a successful US$125m Series B funding round led by Tiger Global. Daniel will be sharing insights at the 2022 INSEAD Africa Business Conference regarding the current opportunities, challenges, and innovative business models being deployed to empower retailers in Africa's high-growth e-commerce industry.
Daniel has extensive experience working and travelling across 65+ countries, and has earned designation by the White House as an Emerging Global Entrepreneur, a winner of the Prince of Wales Young Entrepreneur Prize, and as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs. He is also an Endeavor Entrepreneur and member of the Unreasonable Fellowship. Before Wasoko, Daniel was a software developer and previously attended the University of Chicago, before taking a leave to pursue Wasoko full-time.
Curtis Vanderpuije is the Co-founder and CEO of ExpressPay Ghana Limited, Ghana's largest indigenous payment platform. Founded in 2012, expressPay is a technology company with an innovative platform that simplifies the payment of services, bills, and goods in Ghana.
Before founding ExpressPay, Curtis spent several years at Visa in San Francisco, where he was part of the Global Corporate Strategy team. Also an ex-Bain & Company consultant, Curtis holds a Master of Engineering degree in Manufacturing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a Master of Science degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Singapore's Nanyang Technology University (NTU), and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.
Dr. Clement Opuni-Frimpong
Dr. Opuni-Frimpong is a macroeconomist with more than 30 years’ experience in providing economic and social policy counsel to developing countries such as Guyana, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Liberia and Nigeria.
He was the Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of the President, Guyana. Prior to that, he was the Chief Technical Advisor of Guyana’s Minister of Finance. Dr. Opuni-Frimpong has led consultations for several global agencies including USAID, UNICEF, AIDB, UNDP, and the World Bank.
Economic and Social Policy has been his core competency and focus throughout his career and consultative engagements.
He has a Doctorate Degree in International Economics and Econometrics from George Washington University and a MSc in Economics from York University, Toronto. He also holds a BSc in Economics from University of Ghana.
Will Green has forged a successful career as a Africa tech founder. He now invests his energy advising Start-ups and accelerating high-growth Scale-ups as part of Grindstone’s Alumni (90+ companies) and Grindstone Cohorts (21 companies).
Grindstone is an entrepreneurial development environment that engineers high-growth tech founders. Previous alumni have been iKubu (exited to Garmin), Payfast (exited to DPO), WhereIsMyTransport, Quicket & Cradle (Knife funded), WizzPass (exited to FM: Systems), OneCart (exited to Walmart).
Robin Teurlings is the CEO of The Startup Buddy. He started my first enterprise at the age of 12 as a street musician. Using those earnings he bought his first stocks at the Amsterdam Stock Exchange when he was 17. At the age of 21, he made his first angel investment.
Robin holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Public Administration. He has worked in startups for over a decade, as well as for large corporations such as Accenture and ING. His motto is “work hard, play hard, do what gives you energy”.
His adventure as an entrepreneur started at Startup Weekend Singapore, where he won 3rd prize with his pitch. He worked on the idea for a year and learned that there is a big difference between pitching and executing. Eventually, his endeavours resulted in what is now Singapore’s largest online startup builder, The Startup Buddy. Through his online accelerator platform and events, he supports 3000 entrepreneurs, 1500 investors and 100 enterprises in 150 countries to build new sustainable businesses. He is now taking the final steps to transform The Startup Buddy into a fully online startup equity trading platform that allows entrepreneurs and investors to reliably and continuously interact, raise funding and grow companies. Furthermore, his company is launching the Zero Emissions Fund, South East Asia’s first early-stage VC fund investing in companies that develop products and services that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Kenfield is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ajua. After graduating from MIT with a PhD in Design and Computation, Kenfield built mSurvey, a SaaS platform that served some of the largest telcos, banks, and businesses in Africa. Ken grew that business to over $3M in sales and NRR of 140%, before spinning out Ajua in 2019 to build the ecommerce operating system for SMEs across Africa.
Today, Ajua has over 105K SMEs on their platform, onboarding 1 SME every 3 minutes, engaging with over 1.7M consumers, with a merchant run rate GPV of $200M. Ajua has innovated on the delivery of SaaS and enterprise grade tools to SMEs in Africa at $2/month, bringing SMEs online, as well as built a payment platform for SMEs to pay for online Ad space with mobile airtime.
Ajua has partnered and deeply integrated with some of the largest mobile operators and banks in Africa, giving them an addressable market of over 100M SMEs including anyone with a 'side hustle'. Ajua is currently focused on the $12B SME market across Nigeria and Kenya, before scaling to other markets across Africa. Kenfield hails from a 5000 person island called Montserrat, with ties to Barbados and Nigeria.
Jocelyne Muhutu-Remy is the Managing Director for Spotify Africa. Prior to this appointment, she led Meta's (Facebook) Strategic Media Partnerships across Sub-Saharan Africa. Jocelyne has served in various roles at Disney, Viacom and Thomson Reuters, bringing entertainment programming, television channels and international news to media platforms around the continent. She started her career as a journalist, mainly at Reuters television. In terms of education, Jocelyne studied International Relations and Journalism in Paris, France.
A committed pan-Africanist, Jocelyne is passionate about great storytelling, empowering African media and amplifying Africa's voice in the world. Originally from Rwanda, she has lived for long periods in Ethiopia, France, Kenya, and South Africa, where she still resides.