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Trade Mission to Southeast Africa
Mozambique May 12-17, 2015
For 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change
on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural
resource assets. With 2014 sales and revenues of $55.184 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading
manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas
turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product
segments - Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation - and also provides
financing and related services through its Financial Products segment.
Sectors of Interest: Infrastructure, Power Generation and Mining
Alisson Brandes, Managing Director
Barloworld Equipment Caterpillar Dealer in Mozambique
Development Finance International (DFI)
DFI is an international business development advisory firm that provides a strategy-through-execution
approach for clients to deliver sales, investments, market access, sustainable outcomes, and social impact.
Operating in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and CEE/CIS; DFI’s team of multidisciplinary experts is
dedicated to driving business growth and achieving results for our clients.
Founded 22 years ago, DFI has delivered +$2 B in contracts and funding across diverse sectors including
health, ICT, manufacturing, agro-industry, education, STI (science, tech, and innovation), environment,
renewable energy and energy efficiency, and more.
Sectors of Interest: Energy, ICT, Emergency Medical Services, Agro-processing
Diane Willkens, President and CEO
Development Finance International
As President and CEO of Development Finance International, Inc., Diane and her team delivers
expertise in international development, multilateral and bilateral funding processes, and
successful market acceleration to her clients. Since its founding 23 years ago, DFI has closed
more than $2 B business across hundreds of projects in the emerging markets of Africa, Latin
America, Asia, and the new Europe.
Ms. Willkens focus is successful collaboration among public, private and NGO stakeholders in
key economic sectors including transportation, water and utilities, environment, ICT, health,
education, and agro-industry. DFI is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices in Nairobi,
Manila, and Delhi, and with partners in Addis Abba and Brussels. Ms. Willkens is a member of
the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Corporate Council on Africa. She
holds a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.
EAI Information Systems
EAI Information Systems is a technology firm providing consulting, software development and support
services to some of the world’s leading financial companies, and other select industries. With offices in
Beaverton, Oregon, United States and in Tema, Ghana; EAI Information Systems has built its reputation
on providing clients with expert consulting and technology services. These services are used to address
critical operational and compliance challenges – ultimately driving higher profit margins, higher
employee retention rates, and enhanced customer service experiences.
Founded in 1989, EAI Information Systems is an established, trusted company in the software industry. It
is recognized as a Gold Independent Software Partner by Microsoft Corporation, and as a certified
Business Partner by IBM – for work in areas such as customer relationship management (CRM) and
business intelligence (BI).
Sectors of Interest: Banking Technology, ICT, Infrastructure, Agribusiness
Matthew Essieh, President and CEO
EAI Information Systems
Matt is the founder of EAI Information Systems, a highly successful technology firm. Since
founding EAI in 1989, Matt has provided leadership in technology strategy and services to some
of the world’s leading financial companies, and other select industries.
Matt’s vision is to nurture and develop world-class software engineering in Africa, for use in
multiple industries including financial services, government and agro-business; and to help
identify and mentor the next generation of technology entrepreneurs.
Matt is a founding board member of a community bank in Oregon. He is an active member of the
Corporate Council on Africa, The Initiative for Global Development, and is a former Board
Chairman of the World Affairs Council of Oregon. Matt also contributes significantly to the Arts,
and is on the Board of the Portland Opera Company. He holds a BA and MBA from Southern
Hart is an internationally recognized risk management company that delivers innovative, integrated
solutions within the land, sea and air environments. Our clients include governments, NGO's and
multinational corporations. When Lord Westbury founded Hart in 1999, he created a risk management
company that combined an unparalleled level of military experience with commercial understanding and
expertise. He brought together former Special Forces and conventional military personnel who had since
garnered considerable commercial proficiency. As a result Hart has been able to draw upon a broad of
skills and experience which include intelligence, counter terrorism, humanitarian operations and
protective security. Hart works in partnership with clients worldwide, protecting their people, assets and
reputation providing intelligent security solutions which take into account client requirements, local
knowledge and statutory regulations in addition to a sensitivity to the prevailing culture.
Sectors of Interest: Infrastructure, Security
Charles Antelme, Chief Operating Officer
Prior to joining HART Charlie worked at the FTSE 250 Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
Company, Afren Plc where he was the regional manager responsible for Security and
Government/ Community Relations across their extensive East African portfolio.
Before joining Afren Charlie spent 18 years with the British Army, much of that as an SAS
Officer. He deployed on operations in Northern Ireland, the Balkans and conducted multiple tours
in Iraq and Afghanistan. Charlie has a BA in English from Exeter University, a diploma from
LAMDA and an MA in Defence Studies from Kings College London.
MacLean Power Systems (MPS)
MacLean Power Systems (MPS) is a manufacturer, solutions provider and market share leader
worldwide in power transmission, distribution and substation products used by utilities for building
and maintaining power infrastructure. MPS product families include hardware, connection,
insulation and protection products, specifically, advanced applications for silicone insulators, guy
strain insulators, hollow core insulators, automatic splices and bolted connectors, surge arresters,
guy and foundation anchors, pole line hardware, aluminum, ductile and bronze connectors and
clamps, fiberglass brackets, crossarms, steel fabrications, porcelain and polymer fuse cut outs,
grounding equipment, formed wire, aluminum mounts, enclosures and pads and vibration control
products. MPS owns and operates manufacturing facilities in North America, Latin America,
Europe and Asia Pacific. MPS exports its product worldwide.
MacLean Power Systems is a division of MacLean-Fogg, a worldwide manufacturing enterprise
with 32 North American facilities, 10 international facilities and annual sales in excess of $1
Sectors of Interest: Manufacturing, Power Transmission and Distribution
Margaret MacLean, Vice President of Global Business Development
MacLean Power Systems
Margaret MacLean is Vice President of Global Business Development for MacLean Power
Systems, a division of MacLean-Fogg dedicated to manufacturing products the for power
transmission, distribution and substation sectors. Ms. MacLean has 15 years of experience in the
global utility and industrial components industries. Prior to joining the company, Ms. MacLean
worked at Kemper International and for the State of Illinois as Trade Director and as an
international Marketing Specialist. Ms. MacLean received a Bachelor’s Degree in Asian Studies
from Dartmouth College in 1987 and studied international business through Yale University in
China at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
SkyPower is the largest and one of the most successful developers and owners of solar energy projects in
the world. With roots dating back to over a decade, SkyPower’s global team possesses a vast track record
of over 800 years of combined experience in power and large infrastructure projects.
In the past few years, SkyPower has secured over two dozen utility-scale solar PV Power Purchase
Agreements (PPA) and Contracts representing an estimated total of over US $80 billion worth of long-
term renewable energy sales to leading utilities and governments around the world.
The SkyPower team has proudly established long-term strategic partnerships with local, in-country
developers. SkyPower has consulted for and advised international leaders and Heads of State in its
unprecedented approach to working in unison with these leaders to ensure a brighter future for
generations to come. Through its dedicated team, composed of employees, consultants and advisors
working out of 35 international offices, SkyPower develops, finances, owns and operates solar energy
projects from the initial stages through commercial operation in more than 60 countries.
Sectors of Interest: Infrastructure, Renewable Energy
Alexis Algio is a representative of SkyPower. Prior to joining SkyPower, Mr. Algio served as an
investment manager at Resilient Property Income. He has worked in six different countries across
Africa and speaks seven languages. Mr. Algio holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and a
Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language and Culture from Griffith University in Australia.
Symbion Power is an American power construction company with offices in Washington DC, South
Africa, Nigeria and Tanzania. Symbion owns and operates power plants in Africa. We also specialize in
building turnkey electric power systems, including power stations, extra high voltage transmission lines,
distribution lines, substations and switchyards. Symbion bids for projects with the clear intent to do the
work primarily with locals. Symbion Power Training Centers are a critical element of the company’s
operations and underscore its commitment to capacity-building and training.
Sectors of Interest: Power, Infrastructure
Paul Hinks, Chief Executive Officer
Founder Paul Hinks is the driving force behind Symbion Power. He has spent his life in the
power industry where he has been responsible for the construction of power plants, transmission
lines and substations. His career spans 30 years and in that period, he has worked in the USA,
Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Since 2003 Paul has been at the forefront of US wartime
contracting efforts. Paul is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee and serves as Chairman of
the Board of Directors of The Corporate Council on Africa.
Vital Capital Fund
Vital Capital Fund is a $350 million private equity fund that invests in opportunities which
simultaneously enhance the quality of life of communities in rapidly developing nations, primarily in
Sub-Saharan Africa, while also delivering attractive financial returns for investors. Vital’s primary
investment interest is the development of infrastructure. Vital broadens its investment prospects by
focusing on urban, large-scale, community-integrated housing concepts and initiating fully integrated
agro-industrial solutions, as well as giving particular emphasis to education and healthcare. In addition to
these important sectors, the fund also seeks to invest in other large-scale infrastructure projects of national
Sectors of Interest: Private Equity, Finance, Infrastructure, Agribusiness, Energy
Alexander Oppenheim, Managing Partner
Vital Capital Fund
Alexander Oppenheim (Sandy) is the Managing Partner of Vital Capital Fund, a $350M Impact
Investment Fund incorporated in late 2010 and investing mainly in Sub-Sahara Africa. Vital
Capital Fund is actively managing its investments (Infrastructure, Affordable housing,
Agriculture, Water, Energy, Education and Health Care).
Sandy earned his undergraduate degrees in geography and economics at Hebrew University and a
Masters in Public Administration at Harvard University. He also holds a LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
from Tel Aviv University.
Sandy has served as Executive Vice President of the International Federation of Air Traffic
Controllers’ Associations. Later on he has implemented a wide range of airport and air traffic
control projects throughout Africa. Most recently, Mr. Oppenheim has served as the Director
General of Aldeia Nova, an innovative, fully integrated agricultural and rural development project
throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Sandy has extensive experience and relationships in Africa and a
deep understanding of the local cultures.
The Boulle Mining Group (BMG)
The Boulle Mining Group (“BMG”) is a division of the Jean Boulle Group which over the years has
developed some of the largest mineral resources projects in the world. BMG knows first-hand that
responsible exploration and development of mineral deposits improves the lives of the people and benefits
the countries where it operates by providing jobs, economic development and revenue for advancing the
welfare of the general population. At present BMG is involved in various companies which projects to
develop assets which will produce ilmenite, zircon-rutile concentrate, diamonds, coal and oil and gas.
Exports of zircon and titanium feed stocks are expected to be made to smelters in China, Europe and
BMG also invest in agricultural business and energy production (coal bagasse plant and ethanol
production) in Mauritius.
In Mozambique – The Boulle Mining Group is considering plans for investment in agricultural business
and oil and gas exploration. BMG would also like to know any availabilities of Ruby or precious stones
Sectors of Interest: Oil and Gas Exploration, Agribusiness
Boulle Mining Group
Gooroodeo (Mahen) Sookun is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
(UK) and holds an MBA (Finance) from the University of Leicester (UK). He has been a
Corporate Finance Executive for more than 20 years for private and public companies in
Mauritius and various African countries in a range of sectors including public utilities,
agriculture, textiles, real estate development and mining.
Previously, Mr Sookun was the Group Finance and Administrative Manager of London Sierra
Rutile Limited listed on London AIM. He was also Director and CFO of Diamond Fields
International, a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Since May 2012, Mr.
Sookun has been the Chief Financial Officer of World Titanium Resources Ltd, company listed
on the ASX.
When you mention “Africa” in Turkey, the word that would most probably succeed it is TUSKON,
because TUSKON has contributed to increasing the knowledge of Africa in Turkey via organizing “trade
bridges,” investment and trade delegations, panels and forums of which Africa and its business and
investment opportunities have been presented, published and distributed to the public since 2005.
TUSKON, with approximately 52,000 Turkish member companies aims to share the Turkish private
sectors’ industrialization experiences with African companies, to contribute to the growth and
development targets of Africa. TUSKON is at the center of this exchange of experience and information
between Turkish and African entrepreneurs. The trade bridge concept has been developed by TUSKON
and consists of bilateral business meetings, product exhibitions and complimentary field trips to different
regions of Turkey. Trade bridge programs are open to importers of all countries and cover different
sectors and provide excellent opportunities to meet with the leading manufacturers and exporters of
Mustafa Günay, Secretary General
Dr. Mustafa Günay is the Secretary General of TUSKON. He studied Mathematics at Boğaziçi
University and received his MA degree in Finance and Accounting from Marmara University and
also has a Ph.D. in Finance and Accounting from Sakarya University.
Dr. Günay played a key role in establishing TUSKON in 2005. TUSKON’s activities for Africa
have captured attention beyond expectations both from Turkish and African business
communities. Due to an increasing demand, TUSKON has expanded the coverage of the third
Turkey - Africa Foreign Trade Bridge program organized on May 13-17, 2008 at the Istanbul
Expo Center. The third Africa summit hosted 20 ministers, 50 chamber of commerce presidents
and high level bureaucrats, 24 journalists and more than 900 businessmen from 45 different
African countries. The estimated trade volume brought about in during the summit is 5 billion US
Dr. Günay has a unique personality and is able to communicate with people and elicit their
positive responses. He has developed great relationships both in the government and in the
legal/business arenas of Turkey.