The 2017 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group will be held on May 22-26, 2017 in Ahmedabad, India. The Annual Meetings are the Bank’s largest annual event and serve to raise the profile of the institution on the global stage. Find out more

Bios of speakers / agripreneurs

Agripreneurs Debate

  • Awa CABA, co-founder and CEO of SOORETUL, a digital start-up that enables women in agriculture to have access to the market and sell their products
  • Dimakatso Sekhoto, co-founder of GrowthShoot, which focuses on empowering youth in agriculture
  • Sam Turyatunga, founder and CEO of Tursam Investments Ltd, a fruit juice processing company
  • Zacchaeus Isuwa Baggi, launching a production and aggregation of Sorghum grains venture

Experience of African Youth Agripreneurs

  • Gael Murara, founder of GroceWheels, the first online grocery delivery service in Rwanda
  • Joyce Kyalema, founder and CEO of JOSMAK International (U) Ltd, a 2013 SEED Africa Award Winner
  • Noel Mulinganya, young agripreneurs coordinator

Innovative Finance

  • Godfrey Mwindaare, West Africa Director of Acumen Fund Inc.
  • Ténemba Anna Samaké, coordinator of Mobile Business Clinic Africa
  • Samuel Mathey, “serial entrepreneur”, President and Founder of AFFEED (African Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development), an NGO that advocates the concept of ‘Zero Capital Entrepreneurs’
  • Michael Sudarkasa, CEO of Africa Business Group, focusing on agriculture and renewable energy projects
  • Somachi Chris-Asoluka, Head of Policy and External Relations for the Tony Elumelu Foundation

Opening Ceremony

  • Ken Lohento, ICT in agriculture and youth entrepreneurship projects coordinator for CTA

Opportunities in African Agribiz

  • Elly Siakasasa Mwale, CEO of Glymo Enterprises and CEO of FutureSeeds Zambia LTD
  • Toni Mpoy, Regional Grants & Internship Manager, on the USAID funded Africa Lead project: Feed the Future’s primary capacity building program in sub Saharan Africa

Unique perspectives

Vision for a new Africa

  • Ayo Sotinrin, Founder and Managing partner at SAO CAPITAL, an investment & Advisory firm focused on Investments in Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Technology
  • Lilian Uwintwali, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of M-AHWIII Ltd
  • Parmesh Shah, Global Lead for Rural Livelihoods and Agricultural Jobs, Agriculture Global Practice, The World Bank


“ENABLE Youth” (Empowering Novel Agri-Business-Led Employment for Youth) is a programme for young African people (18-35 years old) wanting to start a business in the agricultural sector. It works to promote, enhance, and modernize agricultural entrepreneurship in Africa.” – Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB President

Contact: Edson Mpyisi

Media: Chawki Chahed


Conference venue

IITA Conference Center, Ibadan, Nigeria