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Agri-Business and Women in Business

Building Links between Ireland and Africa

The Convention Centre, Dublin

Thursday, October 11th 2018,

08:00 – 08:50

Registration and Networking

08:50 – 09:00

Welcome – Niall Burgess, Secretary General, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

9:00 – 09:25

Opening Address – Mr. Simon Coveney, TD, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

09:25 – 09:45

Keynote: A view from Kenya and the East African Community 

Hon. Peter Munya, Cabinet Secretary for Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Kenya.

09:45 – 11:00

Session One: Challenges and Opportunities in the African Market.

Following opening remarks from the Vice President of the Africa Development Bank, panellists will discuss economic trends in Africa and Ireland, regional developments on the continent, and how current challenges and opportunities will enable us to build stronger economic and trade relations between Ireland and Africa.

Opening Remarks: Mr Charles Boamah, Senior Vice President, African Development Bank

-          Mr.Frank Matsaert – CEO, TradeMark East Africa

-          Ms. Caoilfhionn Van der Welt – International Tax Partner, Regan van Rooy

-          Carmelo Cocuzza, Director, European Investment Bank

Moderator: Ambassador Sonja Hyland, Embassy of Ireland, Ethiopia

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee and networking

11:30 – 12:30

Session Two: Agri-business in Action: Succeeding in new markets

This panel will explore the journey of companies operating in new markets, both within the EU and in Africa. Panellists will reflect on strategies to meet the challenges of breaking into new markets.

-          Mr. Francis Grogan – Co-Founder and CEO, Zambeef Products, Zambia

-          Mr. Marcel De Sousa – CEO, IPM Potato Group, Ireland

-          Mr. Kevin Friel – International Marketing Director, Ornua, Ireland

-          Ms. Pamela Anyoti Peronaci – Managing Director, Asante Mama, Taste of Uganda

Moderator: Maeve Dineen, Chair of Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman Council

12:30 – 14.15

Networking Lunch


Session Three: Women in Business, Pathways to success.

Leading female entrepreneurs from both Ireland and Africa will share their stories, charting out the development of their various enterprises and offer an insight into their experiences on their journey to the top.

-          Dr. Hoda Yassa – President, Arab Women Investor’s Union, Egypt

-          Ms. Caroline Keeling – CEO, Keeling’s Food Group ,Ireland

-          Ms. Kunyalala Maphisa – CEO, Sub-Saharan Concessions, South Africa

Moderator: Fionnuala Gilsenan, Africa Director, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

15.30 – 15.50

Keynote Address: Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

15.50 – 16.50

Session Four: Interactive Session with Audience on the supports available to Irish businesses operating in Africa

This session will explore the assistance and supports on offer to those operating abroad or considering doing so. The audience will be invited to share views and ideas on how to improve trade and business between Ireland and Africa.

-          Ms. Claudia Saumell – Africa Market Manager, Bord Bia, Ireland

-          Mr. David Butler – Director, Sustainable Food Systems Ireland

-          Mr.  Daniel Hulls – AgDevCo

-          Ambassador Vincent O’Neill, Embassy of Ireland, Kenya


Moderator: Ruairí De Búrca, Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

16.50 – 17.00

Closing address

Minister Ciaran Cannon TD, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for the Diaspora and International Development.