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FINANCE in COMMON: EDFI thematic session – Inclusive financing solutions for Africa’s entrepreneurs


Finance in Common Summit 2021

EDFI thematic session – Inclusive financing solutions for Africa’s entrepreneurs

Timing: Wednesday 20 October – 16.30 to 17.20 CET 

Format: Online session


EDFI hosted an online high-level session dedicated to private sector in Africa with a particular focus on inclusive financing solutions for entrepreneurs. The session was articulated around two main focuses: an update on DFI’s commitments to help MSMES deal with the crisis; and a panel debate on financial solutions to harness the power of entrepreneurship and inclusion of women and youth. The session took place on Wednesday 20 October, as part of the Finance in Common Summit.


Watch the session here:


Moderator: Laure Blanchard-Brunac, Director for Policy & Partnerships, EDFI


  • Bruno Wenn, Chairman, EDFI
  • Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, Chief Executive Officer, Tony Elumelu Foundation
  • Ayman Sejiny, Chief Executive Officer, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the private sector
  • Sérgio Pimenta, Regional Vice President for Africa, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • Stefan Nalletamby, Vice President for Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialisation, African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • Mary Wangari Wamae, Group Executive Director for Equity Group Holdings Plc.
  • Antti Pekka Karhunen, Principal Adviser, DG INTPA, European Commission