Mobilizing Institutional Investment for Sustainable Development in Africa

in partnership with ASIF
Session Type
Session Themes
Institutional Investors
Room number
Hall 6 Room 15
Contact Email
19 October 2023
14:30 - 16:00 Abu Dhabi

African markets present vast investment opportunities across a broad range of sectors that are essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including infrastructure, renewable energy, healthcare, and education. African countries have been proactively taking measures to attract long-term institutional investment in these sectors, using mechanisms such as sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) and development banks, while also enhancing the investment environment. Nevertheless, a number of challenges remain, such as a shortage of bankable projects, limited access to the international sustainable finance market, and perceived risks that impede long-term international investment in the continent.

To address these challenges and fully leverage international investment for sustainable development, this event will gather senior executives from African and international institutional investors and government representatives to discuss sustainable investment opportunities for institutional investors in Africa, as well as the actions that African governments and their sovereign and public financial institutions can take to attract international investment for sustainable development.

Session themes:

  • What are the latest trends and patterns of investment by international institutional investors in Africa? What are the opportunities and challenges?
  • How can sovereign wealth funds and national development banks in Africa help catalyze international investment for sustainable development?
  • How can African countries better leverage green finance and create an enabling policy environment for long-term investment?


Chief Executive Officer, Ithmar Capital, Morocco and Chair, Africa Sovereign Investors Forum
Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, Nigeria
Chairman of the European Long-Term Investors Association (ELTI) and Senior Vice President, French Caisse des dépôts (CDC)
Chief Executive Officer, Climate Bonds Initiative
Head of Strategy, Angola Sovereign Wealth Fund (FSDEA)
Global Head of Infrastructure and CIO for the Infrastructure Department, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA)
Vice President, Private Sector, Infrastructure & Industrialization, African Development Bank Group
Chief Executive Officer, Fonds Souverain de Djibouti
Director General, China-Africa Development Fund
Director, Sustainable Investment and Innovation, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Chief Executive Officer, AFC Capital Partners


Partner, Funds and Asset Management Group, Allen & Overy