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The 2022 U.S.-Africa Business Forum (USABF) is taking place this Wednesday, December 14.  

Hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Corporate Council on Africa, in partnership with the Prosper Africa initiative, USABF will focus on advancing two-way trade and investment partnerships that bolster Africa’s role in the global economy, scale innovation and entrepreneurship, and drive progress in key sectors.

The Deal Room, hosted by Prosper Africa, is a media announceable room for bold, new and expanded commitments from U.S. and African businesses, governments, and investors. All commitments will be announced for the first time in the Deal Room. Commitments are embargoed until December 14 at 7:30 a.m. EST.

The Deal Room will also be live-streamed on the Prosper Africa website at

Please see below a full list of the companies and speakers that will be present in the Deal Room. Reporters will have the opportunity to interview companies after their commitment announcements.

Time Agenda Item Speakers
08:31 AM Welcome Remarks from US Government ●      Dr. Monde Muyangwa, USAID Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Africa
08:37 AM Presentation of Green Energy Mining Deal ●      Josh Goldman, President, KoBold Metals

●      Owen Hegarty, Executive Chairman, EMR Capital

●      Paul Kabuswe, Minister of Mines and Minerals

●      His Excellency, President of the Republic of Zambia, Hakainde Hichilema

08:52 AM Presentation of Power Africa Announcement ●      Mark Carrato, Power Africa Coordinator

●      Samantha Power, USAID Administrator

●      Camille Richardson, DOC Deputy Assistant Secretary

●      Gia Schneider CEO of Natel Energy

●      Eric Dresselhuys CEO or ESS

●      Samaila Zubairu  President/CEO of Africa Finance Corporation

09:07 AM Presentation of Yeleen Beauty Announcement ●      Gladys Sala Petey, Shea Butter Producer

●      Rahama Wright, Founder and CEO Yeleen Enterprises

●      John Falcicchio Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

09:22 AM Presentation of mPharma Announcement ●      Gregory Rockson, Co-Founder and CEO at mPharma.
09:37 AM Presentation of ABD Data Centers Announcement ●      John Nevergole, CEO, ABD Group

●      Adama Coulibaly, Minister of Economy and Finance, Cote d’Ivoire

09:52 AM Presentation of Cisco and Cybastion Announcement ●      Fran Katsoudas, Executive Vice President and Chief People, Policy & Purpose Officer, Cisco

●      Thierry Wandji, President & CEO, Cybastion

10:07 AM Presentation of Pfizer Announcement ●      Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer

●      President Musuveni of Uganda

10:22 AM Presentation of Exim Afrexim Announcement ●      Reta Jo Lewis, President and Chair of the Board of Directors, EXIM

●      Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank)

10:37 AM Presentation of GE Healthcare/Standard Bank Announcement ●      Sim Tshabalala, Chief Executive, Standard Bank Group;

●      Eyong Ebai,  Executive Director & General Manager GE Healthcare Sub-Saharan Africa & EMEA

●      Pedro Besugo, Head of Strategy and Business Development at IC Publications (moderator)

10:52 AM Presentation of ABD Acrow Announcement ●      Bill Killeen, CEO of Acrow Bridge

●      John Nevergole, CEO of ABD Group

●      President João Lourenço

●      Minister of Public Works, Urbanism and Habitation, Carlos Gregorio dos Santos

11:07 AM Presentation of DFC/Mirova Gigaton Fund Announcement ●      Scott Nathan, CEO of DFC

●      Ryan Levinson, CEO of Mirova SunFunder

11:22 AM Presentation of Visa Announcement ●      Alfred F. Kelly Jr., CEO of Visa
11:37 AM Presentation of Prosper Africa Announcements ●      Leslie Marbury, Chief Operating Officer, Prosper Africa

●      Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Founder & General Partner, Future Africa

12:00 PM Networking Lunch
01:30 PM Presidential Plenary Keynote Address
02:02 PM Presentation of Sun Africa Announcement ●      Adam Cortese, CEO of Sun Africa
02:17 PM Presentation of NBA Africa Announcement ●      Mark Tatum, NBA Deputy Commissioner and COO

●      Victor Williams, NBA Africa CEO

**Please note that the Deal Room schedule is subject to change. 

Please visit the U.S. Department of State event page for more information and let us know if you have any further questions on the U.S.-Africa Business Forum. 

U.S. Department of State

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