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Africa Soft Power Project dialogue holds today; meet the speakers



Africa Soft Power Project

​In 2021, the emergence of the first woman and first African leader of the WTO raises ​​Africa’s global standing at a time when the AfCFTA offers significant transformative opportunities for the continent’s economic growth.

Today, February 23, 2021, ‘The Africa Soft Power Project brings together some of Africa’s leading voices and key decision makers to discuss the evolution of infrastructure development on the continent (including digital infrastructure), contextualising the strategic value of expanded trade opportunities to economic advancement and cultural integration in Africa.

Don’t miss this powerful conversation on Feb 23rd at 6pm WAT | 12pm EST

Fireside Chat:

Dr. Benedict Oramah: President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank).


President of Afreximbank, Prof. Benedict Okey Oramah

He was previously the Executive Vice President in charge of Business Development and Corporate Banking. In that position, he supervised the business development departments and units of the Bank, namely, Trade Finance and Branches; Project and Export Development Finance; Syndications and Specialized Finance; and Corporate Finance and Advisory Services.

He also supervised the Research and Knowledge Management department and assisted the President in overseeing the Strategic Planning and International Cooperation functions.

He has published a book, “Foundations of Structured Trade Finance”, and has written more than 35 articles on a wide range of African economic, trade and trade finance issues.

He is a regular speaker in trade and trade finance conferences around the world.

In Conversation:

Chinelo Anohu:  Senior Director, Africa Investment Forum

Chinelo Anohu

Chinelo Anohu

A renowned international lawyer, public servant and administrator, Chinelo Anohu is a seasoned professional with years of experience in leadership and development.

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She is the Head and Senior Director of the Africa Investment Forum (AIF) a multi-stakeholder, multi-disciplinary platform dedicated to advancing projects to bankable stages, raising capital, and accelerating the financial closure of deals.

Prior to her appointment at the AIF, she was the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Pension Commission in Nigeria. Before her appointment as DG of the National Pension Commission, she was the organisation’s first legal secretary. An expert in development, Chinelo has an LLB from University of Nigeria, Enugu, and is licensed to practice law in Nigeria. She obtained an LL.M in Computer and Communications Law from the London School of Economics.

Wamkele Mene:  Secretary General, African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat

Wamkele Mene

Wamkele Mene

Wamkele Mene was elected by the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of States & Government of the African Union, to the position of Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat.

Prior to being elected Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat, he served as Chief Director: Africa Economic Relations, at the Department of Trade & Industry of South Africa.

In this role, he was South Africa’s chief trade negotiator in the AfCFTA and Tripartite FTA negotiations. During his tenure as chief negotiator, South Africa ratified both the AfCFTA and Tripartite FTAs agreements, providing new export markets in fast growing and dynamic markets in East and West Africa.

Prior to assuming this position, Wamkele was Director: International Trade Law & Investment Law at the Department of Trade & Industry, a role in which he was principal legal counsel on international trade law and international investment law.

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Dean Garfield: Vice President, Public Policy, Netflix


Dean Garfield

Dean C. Garfield is responsible for Netflix’s global public policy. His role was to work between member organizations and global law- and decision-makers to develop policies in areas including sustainable technology, the growing global marketplace, diversity, and cybersecurity.


Omar Ben Yedder: Group Publisher & M.D, IC Publications


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