Mrs Magdalene Apenteng

Mrs Magdalene Apenteng is currently Chief Economics Officer and Director of the Public Investment Division, of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. As Director for the Public Investment division, she is responsible for ensuring the provision of strategic guidance to national investment and project development to provide efficiency in public investment decisions.
Mrs Apenteng holds a Master’s degree (MSc.) in Financial Management from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a Master’s degree (MA) in Economic Policy Management from the University of Ghana, Department of Economics. She obtained her first degree - BA (Hons.) Economics with French from the University of Science & Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Kumasi, Ghana (1980 – 1985) and holds a language diploma - Diplomé d’études Françaises from the University of Benin, Lome, Togo.
Professionally she has specialised in aid and debt management techniques that enhance aid effectiveness. Mrs Apenteng has extensive experience and has consulted for several organisations and countries in effective aid and debt management training and techniques including the Commonwealth Secretariat - UK, West African Institute for Economic and Financial Management (WAIFEM), Debt Relief International-UK, World bank, Crown Agents –UK and Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute in East and Southern Africa (MEFMI). She has also provided support and advisory services to countries including Cameroun, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Suriname, Guyana, Zambia, Uganda, the Gambia and Sierra Leone.
She served on the board of National Investment bank from July 1998 to August 2001 and was involved in the financial restructuring of City Express Company Ltd. and the Omnibus Services Limited from 1995 to 1999. Currently she also serves on the Board of Directors of SIC Life Limited.

Vish Ashiagbor

Vish is a Partner in PwC and leads corporate finance and transaction services within PwC Ghana. Vish has over 17 years of professional experience, eleven of which have been spent with PricewaterhouseCoopers. During these eleven years, Vish has led or managed a number of high profile or complex assignments for public sector and private sector clients.

Vish has worked on a number of assignments, including due diligence work, business and corporate planning, internal audits, treasury management, financial analysis, investment appraisal and business valuations. He has performed due diligence review and business valuation assignments for clients like Barclays Bank, Emerging Capital Partners, and CDC Capital Partners and has been involved in valuations for Ghana Oil Palm Development Company (GOPDC), Ghana Telecommunication Company and Nestle Ghana Limited. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and holds a Masters in Engineering from the University of London Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Joel Aflah Barnor

Joel Barnor is a Senior Associate in the Infrastructure and Public Private Partnership (PPP) Advisory Practice at Genesis Analytics, based in South Africa and working across Sub-Saharan Africa. His expertise lies in Project Finance, PPP policy development, and assessment of project funding options, as well as appraisal of infrastructure projects to attract private sector investment. He also has experience in infrastructure fund design and private sector development. Recent projects include formulating the PPP policy for Seychelles in 2015.

 The policy covers the rationale for PPPs in Seychelles, key principles for implementing PPPs, and important PPP focus areas. It also includes the institutional structure and appraisal guidelines required to effectively implement the PPP policy, which is currently in the final stages of approval. He is also leading the financial and economic analysis of a major transboundary Hydro-Power Project in East Africa. Joel is leading the development of the financial and economic models and assessing financing options to attract the private sector.

Another ongoing project is the design of a climate resilient Infrastructure Fund targeting the rural communities in the Buzi area, that cuts across Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The project is also engaging with private sector investors to gauge their interest in partnering with the local governments and development agencies in capitalising the fund. Joel completed his Masters degree in the Political Economy of development at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS); He also holds a Master of Commerce degree in Financial Markets (cum laude) from Rhodes University where he was top of his class. Joel, has worked on projects in South Africa, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Malawi. He has recently been nominated for the Rising Stars Award in South Africa.

David Ofosu-Dorte

David is an accomplished lawyer with over 25 years experience in the public and private sector. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, UK, an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration. He has extensive Africa experience in transportation, PPPs, infrastructure development, procurement, legislative reform, corporate and finance, and oil and gas. He is rated #1 by Chambers & Partners Global for overseas experts in Ghana who say that clients appreciate his “terrifically focused, hands-on approach and brilliant business sense”.

 He is also recognized as one of the world’s leading lawyers in procurement by Who’s Who Legal. He is one of the leading experts in Ghana on public procurement, PPPs, project matters, construction and Transport [IFLR1000]. Notably, David was the lead international procurement and concessions lawyer on the team that formulated the Public Procurement and Concessions Act for Liberia in 2005 and is currently leading a team of consultants to develop regulations and a step by step Manual for the implementation of the Liberia Act. He advised the Government of Ghana on the PPP and procurement process for the selection of a concessionaire for Ghana’s Railways Corporation. He worked as the lead legal specialist on Ghana’s $547m Millennium Challenge Account. David worked with Winston & Strawn LLP on the World Bank sponsored Legal & Claims Specialist Project for the Government of Ghana which involved the review of the procurement procedures of over 400 road executed by the Government of Ghana.

 David also led the development of National PPP Guidelines for Ghana and was engaged by the World Bank to prepare the PPP chapter of Ghana’s Local Government Finance Law. He advised the Ministry of Finance on the procurement and PPP regime for the development of the Accra – Kumasi Highway project. He has also provided legal/transaction advice to the private sector in the design of procurement/PPP structure for the extraction of underground water resources and the development of a multi-purpose convention centre through a Design Build Operate and Transfer arrangement for the metropolitan city of Tema. He has currently been engaged by the Department of Urban Roads to draft the law for the establishment of the department’s proposed Centre for Urban Transportation in Ghana. He leads the AB & David team on the development of Ghana’s first law on PPPs.

Eng. Stanley K. Kamau

Eng. Stanley K Kamau is currently the Director/Head of Public Private Partnership (PPP) Unit, National Treasury - Kenya, having been appointed to this position in February, 2010. In his current position, he has helped the Government of Kenya (GOK) create and implement a robust legal and regulatory framework for private sector participation in the funding, development, operation and maintenance of public infrastructure and services. This PPP framework will enable the government and its agents to implement an effective PPP process, and through this innovative mechanism, accelerate investment in public infrastructure (such as roads, railway, airports, seaports, power generation, health services, prisons, tourism, Information Communication Technology, education facilities, etc.,) relying primarily on private sector funds. Private sector participation is considered critical in meeting the funding gap for infrastructure as well as increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of public services as envisioned in Kenya Vision 2030. In his previous appointments in Government, Eng. Kamau has contributed immensely in the development of a number of policies, laws and activities/programs which have had a significant impact in Kenya.

Eng. Kamau has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nairobi and is a registered engineer with Engineers Registration Board of Kenya. In the last 30 years, Eng. Kamau has attended several finance and management courses in Kenya, Europe, Asia, Africa and America. He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Sociology at the University of Nairobi and expects to graduate by the end of this year, 2015.

Nana Amoto Mensah

Nana is a Director at C-NERGY Ghana Limited. Prior to joining C-NERGY, he was the Head of the Corporate Finance unit of Ecobank Development Corporation. Nana’s solid experience in both corporate finance and funds management has spanned over fifteen years. He has significant experience in pension and investment consulting, asset management, research, business development and training, structuring and obtaining financing for acquisitions, management buy-outs, expansion financing and recapitalization.

 He was very instrumental in building the funds management business of EDC as well the corporate finance unit of the EDC Group. Nana’s investment banking experience has seen him handle transactions collectively in excess of US$6 billion. Prior to joining EDC, Nana was an Assistant Vice President at Boulders Advisors Limited. He was also an SEC licensed Investment Representative of the firm. Nana has been involved in, and handled many key transactions across several sectors including aviation, telecoms, commodities, oil and gas, power, finance etc. Nana holds an MPhil (Economics) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Economics), both from the University of Ghana. He is a member of the International Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (IACVA Africa).