H.E. Papa Amadou Sarr is the General Delegate for Youth and Women Entrepreneurship to the Presidency of the Republic of Senegal. He is responsible of a new $50 million a year fund entirely dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship and job creation, with a focus on youth and women throughout Senegal. Prior to joining the office of the president, Minister Papa Amadou works as the Director General for Financial Sector and Competitiveness and as the Senior Technical Adviser to the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Planning, from April 2015 to December 2017. As such, he was Alternate Governor for Senegal of the African Development Bank, of the World Bank and of the International Monetary Fund, as well as chairman of the board of the Fonds africain de garantie et de coopération économique. Prior to joining the Senegalese government in 2015, Minister Papa Amadou Sarr worked in the United States as Senior Program Officer for Africa at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from April 2013 to April 2015. Minister Papa Amadou Sarr holds a certificate in Public Financial Management from the JFK School of Government of Harvard University, a Master in Public Affairs from Sciences-Po Paris and a postgraduate degree in economy from the Paris Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales.
William Asiko joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2019 as the Managing Director for The Africa Regional Office. In this role, William oversees all Africa regional operations for the Foundation from the Nairobi office. Many of the Foundation’s core programs, from health to food, have been instrumental in bettering the lives of communities across sub-Saharan Africa.
William was previously Executive Director of Grow Africa, an innovative agricultural development partnership between the World Economic Forum, the African Union and NEPAD that works to accelerate private sector investment into African agriculture. Under his leadership, Grow Africa ran over 40 programs across 12 countries in Africa with an ambitious growth plan to take the Grow Africa model across all countries in Africa.
Prior to this role, William spent 20 years with The Coca-Cola Company working in several positions in the United States, United Kingdom, Kenya, Morocco and South Africa. In 2007, William was appointed President of The Coca- Cola Africa Foundation based in Johannesburg, South Africa, managing programs in more than 30 countries across Africa until May 2013.
William also served in Tanzania as Chief Executive Officer of The Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF), a pan African development organization that works with African Governments to remove barriers to greater private sector investment in their countries.
He spent five years as State Counsel in the Office of the Attorney General for Kenya, and was appointed by the President of the Republic of Togo to the International Investment Advisory Council of Togo to advise the Togolese Cabinet on investment and development matters.
William has over three decades of international development experience spanning the private and public sectors. William earned a law degree from the University of Nairobi in 1987 and an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in the United States in 2005.
Mr. Awori has over 18 years of investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged finance and corporate banking experience and has advised and executed over $15 billion of Capital Markets and M&A transactions. Prior to his appointment at TDB, he was the Regional Head of Debt Finance, East Africa at Barclays, responsible for originating, structuring and executing corporate and sovereign debt transactions.
Prior to Barclays, Mr. Awori advised on corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions for Global Industrials clients at Citigroup in Chicago.
Prior to Citigroup, Mr. Awori spent 9 years with JPMorgan in Chicago in the Asset Based Lending and Corporate Banking divisions. Mr. Awori holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from Goshen College.
Based in Dubai, Mamadou works closely with the CEMEA Leadership Team to develop a Social Impact strategy for the region and implement programs that align to regional and market business priorities. He is responsible for engaging non-profit, client, and government organizations as well as Visa employees to bring the VISA Social Impact vision to life in markets across CEMEA.
Mamadou has over 25 years of experience in strategic leadership, advocacy and campaigning, community development, and capacity building with extensive field experience in Africa and around the world. Prior to VISA, Mamadou served at The Rockefeller Foundation as Managing Director for the Africa Region, leading programs such as the Digital Jobs Africa initiative, Global Impact Sourcing Coalition, as well as developing partnerships with key institutions, including the African Development Bank, the Gates Foundation, and USAID to support the Foundation’s work. Prior to the Foundation, he held various leadership roles in Oxfam including Regional Director for West Africa Oxfam Great Britain and Oxfam America, leading the development of regional strategies and programs. Mamadou also currently serves as an advisor and board member for various international organizations such as the World Bank’s S4YE, the African Women Leadership Fund, and the Centre for African Philanthropy and Social Investment.
Mamadou holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Ohio State University. He is an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), and he was also recognized as a 2019 Top 100 Most Influential Africans by The Africa Report for his work. Originally, from Senegal, Mamadou speaks English, French, Russian, Portuguese, and Wolof.
Maureen Harrington is the Head, Client Coverage for Financial Institutions, USA for Standard New York. Prior to this role, she was responsible for building Standard Bank’s relationships with US and Canadian companies involved in power and infrastructure in Africa. Ms. Harrington also develops solutions for governments, international organizations and other development partners. Prior to joining the Bank, Ms. Harrington served in a number of leadership roles with the US Government including Vice President for Policy and International Relations and Managing Director for Africa Operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Earlier, she led the Massachusetts Trade Office and held a variety of positions with the International Republican Institute. Ms. Harrington is a graduate of Harvard Business School and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.