Through promoting multilateralism, the African Union is rapidly increasing its partnerships with global regional and leading country partners, while simultaneously developing and promoting strategic sector plans for inclusive and catalytic growth in important economic areas such as: agriculture, Construction, infrastructure, Tourism and manufacturing. At the same time, the continent’s ultimate policy making body is also becoming more of an advocate for private sector growth and seeking to pursue greater public-private sector collaboration and to stimulate increased intra-African trade and investment.
To support these efforts, this Second Africa-Turkey Economic and Business Forum is intended to serve as a useful business and investment linkages for both public sector policy-makers and private sector in Africa, as well as turkey. The aim is to promote and strengthen collaboration and existing opportunities in Africa and Turkey and make available a platform for government representatives, investors, private sector representatives, and financial institutions from Turkey and Africa to explore investment and business opportunities in both sides. I therefore welcome you all to this important event which we are positive and without any doubt will enhance investments opportunities across Africa and Turkey.
Born in 1969, Ahmet Erdal Güncan took a degree in Civil Engineering from Istanbul Technical University before specializing in construction management at the same institution. Güncan worked in the banking sector for 21 years before joining Aktif Bank in 2008.
Eren Kelekci has over 15 years of professional experience in the investment industry on a wide range of asset classes, investment strategies/solutions and geographies both in direct and fund investments. Eren joined the African Development Bank in 2018 as Chief Private Sector and Blended Finance, focusing on the origination of transactions in food and agriculture.
Prior to joining the Bank, Eren was in charge of a SME Investment Platform dedicated to supporting SMEs across emerging and frontier markets through a range of investment vehicles, advisory solutions and technical assistance mechanisms. Eren’s role included the design, creation and management of the platform and team; establishing joint ventures and building local investment teams; sourcing and executing equity investments; developing strategic partnerships, actively raising funds among institutional investors and acting as Director in 5 Boards and 2 investment committees of investee entities across MENA, Central Asia and South-East Asia. Eren has also occupied general management functions seconded as an acting CEO for financial institutions in Caucasus and Central Asia. Prior to that, he was in charge of the funds/product strategy for Europe at Aviva Investors London, and lecturer at Sciences Po Paris.
Kofi Asumadu Addo, a Chartered Accountant by profession is Head of Guarantees and Specialised Finance Unit. He leads the Bank’s relationship with global Export Credit Agencies (ECAs), Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) and Multilaterals by leveraging development finance to support trade and economic development programmes of the Bank across Africa. He is also responsible for the Bank’s guarantee programme. Prior to joining Afreximbank, he was a Senior Manager, Finance at the Ghana Commercial Bank, the largest bank in Ghana. He was also an adjunct Lecturer at the University of Ghana and the University of Education, Winneba, and served as a moderator for the National Board for Professional and Technician Examination (NABPTEX) in accountancy and finance related subjects for Polytechnic Higher National Diploma (HND) examinations in Ghana. He served on the boards of Ultimate Development Finance Ltd, a company involved in investments, projects and advisory services in Ghana, and that of Asante Akyem Rural Bank, a community bank involved in microfinance business in the Ashanti region of Ghana. He is a graduate from Henley Business School, University of Reading, England UK, University of Sorbonne, Paris-France and University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the Henley Business School, University of Reading, England UK.
Noureddin Ennaboulssi is a Senior Underwriter at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group. Ennaboulssi joined MIGA in 1999 as a Special Projects Officer and held various positions within the Agency, including portfolio and back office management. In his current position, Ennaboulssi is responsible for leading the underwriting process as well as business development for projects in the agribusiness and general services sector. Ennaboulssi has led MIGA's participation in projects in countries around the world, including Algeria, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Russia, Uganda, Ukraine, as well as the West Bank and Gaza. Prior to joining MIGA, Ennaboulssi worked as an investment officer for a development fund focusing on lending to microfinance institutions. Ennaboulssi holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Maryland and an MBA from American University in Washington, DC. He is fluent in Arabic, English, French and Portuguese.
Suzan Usta is the Head of International Loans Department of Turk Eximbank and located in Istanbul, Turkey. Ms. Usta has more than 20 years of experience regarding the financing of infrastructure projects implemented abroad by Turkish contractors. She had worked at the "Project Apprasial Department" of Turk Eximbank for more than 4 years before she was assigned to International Project Loans Department.
She is capable of handling a large number of diversified responsibilities simultaneously, ranging from project evaluation to finalizing loan agreements on all sizes of infrastructure finance transactions, as well as monitoring economic and commercial relations of the Republic of Turkey with international institutions including OECD and with the countries which benefit or may benefit from Turk Eximbank’s loan and guarantee programs. Ms. Usta received her BA degree in Physics from Hacettepe University, Faculty of Engineering.