AIM 2019 Speakers

Conference and Workshop Speakers


Dr. James Mworia

Group Chief Executive Director

Centum Investments, Kenya

Dr. James Mworia Mwirigi is the Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Centum Investment Company Limited (Centum), a position he has held since December 1, 2008.  Centum is the largest listed investment company in East Africa, with an asset base of approximately Kshs 66 Billion (USD 660mm)  up from Kshs 6 Billion (USD 60mm)  at the time when James took over the leadership of the organization. The Group’s primary focus is on the development of investment grade assets of scale across key sectors of the economy, including real estate, power, financial services, agribusiness, manufacturing, education and healthcare.
During James’ tenure as CEO of Centum total assets have increased 10 fold and he has conceived and initiated the establishment of many significant enterprises which include; Two Rivers, Vipingo Development, Peal Marina in Uganda, Almasi Beverages, Nabo Capital and Green Blade Growers amongst many others.
James is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, a CFA Charter Holder, a Chartered Global Management Accoun- tant, a Fellow of the Kenyan Institute of Management and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. He holds a Bachelors of Laws Degree from the University of Nairobi. He is also a World Economic Fo- rum Young Global Leader, and an Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow. James is the recipient of a Doctorate Degree in Business (Honoris Causa) from Machakos University.
James is the Chairman of the Boards of Almasi Beverages, a Coca Cola bottling and distribution company with manufacturing plants in Nyeri, Eldoret and Kisii, and  Sidian Bank.  In addition to these roles he serves on the Board of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and between June 2015 and May 2018 he was a member of the Board of the Nairobi Securities Exchange. James is a member of the Boards of at least 40 other companies that form part of the Centum Group.  James previously served on the Boards of the Nairobi Securities Exchange, The Central Depository and Settlement Corporation and was a member of the Committee that development the Kenya Capital Markets Cor- porate Governance Guidelines.

In October 2016 James was appointed by H E the President as the first Chancellor of Machakos University.
James has since his appointment established The Machakos University Chancellors Scholarship Fund which has offered over 80 full scholarships to deserving and needy students  who are enrolled in the Schools of Mathematics, Engi- neering and Pure Sciences.
In 2018 James was appointed Chairman of the Laikipia County Development Authority a body that is charged with the mandate of promoting economic and social development in the County of Laikipia.
James has received numerous awards in his career. The awards include the East Africa Business Leader of Year 2015 at the All Africa Business Leaders Awards in Nairobi, the Corporate Council for Africa, Africa Business Leader of the Year 2014 which was presented in Washington DC, the Africa Young Business Leader of the Year 2011 at the Africa Business Leaders Awards in Johannesburg, the Champion of Governance CEO of the Year Award presented by the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries in 2015, amongst many other awards.
James is passionate about leadership and entrepreneurship, and is a mentor to many emerging business leaders and entrepreneurs.
James, 40 years, is married and he is a father of 3.

Country Presentation Speakers


Mikheil Khidureli

Chief Executive Officer
Enterprise Georgia

H. E. Nabeela F. Tunis

Minister of Planning and Economic Development
Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, Sierra Leone

H.E. Mr. Husin Bagis

Ambassador of The Republic of Indonesia to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia, Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Ridwan Hassan

Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Consulate General of Indonesia

D. Rizky Novihamzah

Indonesia Investment Promotion Centre (IIPC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Anthony Nkinzo Kamole

Managing Director
National Investment Promotion Agency (ANAPI), DR Congo

Patient Sayiba TAMBWE

Managing Director
Multimodal Freight Management Office - OGEFREM, DR Congo

Mr. Omphitlhetse Bobo Senosi

Director, Investment
Botswana Investment & Trade Centre (BITC)

Dwianto Eko Winaryo

Deputy Chairman
Business Facilities of Batam FTZ- Riau Islands Province, Indonesia

Paola Maccani

Head of Unit Territorial Development and Attractiveness
Ervet, Emilia Romagna Regional Agency, Italy

Francesca Chieti

Head of Institutional Investors Business Development
London Stock Exchange Group, Italy

Patrizia Celia

Head of Large Caps, Investment Vehicles & Market Intelligence
Borsa Italiana, Italy

Stefano Nigro

Director of the Foreign Direct Investment Department
ITA Agency, Italy

Alessandro Bonfiglioli

Chief Executive Officer
Agriculture and Food Centre of Bologna, Italy

Jaba Phutkaradze

Minister of Finance and Economy
Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Georgia

Nino Mghradze

Deputy Head of Municipal Department of Economic Development
Tbilisi City Hall, Georgia

Tengiz Tsereteli

Senior Investment Officer
JSC Partnership Fund, Georgia

Otar Dikhaminjia

Supervisory Board Member
JSC Axis Towers

Davit Ebralidze

Chief Executive Officer
Poti Free Industrial Zone, Georgia

Mariam Asatiani

RE/MAX Capital, Georgia

Ibrahim Ahli

Director of Investment Promotion Division
Dubai FDI, United Arab Emirates

Marwan Ben Hareb

Director of Investment & Promotion Department
Chamber of Commerce, United Arab Emirates

Neville Matjie

Chief Executive Officer
Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN)

Hamish Erskine

Chief Executive Officer
Dube TradePort Corporation

Russell Curtis

Non-Executive Director
Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Emad Aubry

Business Development Specialist – Director of Investment Promotion Department
Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Ras Al Khaimah

Mohammad Juma Al Mashrekh

Executive Director
Sharjah Investment & Development Authority (Shurooq)

Valentina Setta

Consul General
Consul General of Italy in Dubai

Mr. Lasha Chikovani

Investment Projects Adviser
Colliers International Georgia

Minister Paul Tasong

Minister Delegate in Charge of Planning, Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development

Zeng Yan

Deputy Director General
Tianjin Municipal Bureau of Commerce

Aubrey Shabane

Chief Executive Officer
KZN Growth Fund

Juma Al Kait

Assistant Undersecretary
Foreign Trade Affairs at Ministry of Economy

Sharief Habib Al Awadhi

Director General
Fujairah Free Zone Authority (FFZA), Fujairah

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