Keynote Speakers


Mostafa TERRAB

Chairman and CEO, OCP Group

Mr. Mostafa TERRAB has served since June 2008 as Chairman and CEO of the OCP Group, a global leader in the phosphate sector. After being appointed Director General of the Office Chérifien des Phosphates, OCP’s predecessor entity, in February 2006, he led its transformation from a state administration to a global corporation. Mr. TERRAB’s distinguished career has spanned the public, private and university sectors and a range of expert fields. After an engineering degree from the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (Paris, France 1979), he received an M.S. (1982) and Ph.D. (1990) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mr. TERRAB worked for Bechtel Civil and Minerals Inc. (1983/85) in San Francisco, California, as an analyst in transportation systems. From 1988 to 1990, he was a fellow of Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Between 1990 and 1992, he was an assistant professor at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, where he held joint appointments in the Department of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Between 1992 and 1998, Mr. TERRAB was an advisor in the Royal Cabinet, Rabat, a period during which he also served as Secretary General of the Middle East/North Africa Economic Summit. In 1998, he was appointed as the first Director General of the Moroccan National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANRT). He joined the World Bank in 2002 as Lead Regulatory Specialist in the Global Information and Communications Department; he also headed the World Bank’s Information for Development (INFODEV) program.


Walé F. Adeosun, CFA

Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Kuramo Capital Management

Walé Adeosun, CFA, is the Founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Kuramo Capital Management an SEC registered investment management firm with offices in New York City, Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya.

Kuramo Capital is the general partner of the $500 million Kuramo Africa Opportunity Funds (KAOF). Kuramo Capital is the leading multi-asset class investor in sub-Saharan Africa and has direct and indirect investments in over 100 companies in 20 sub-Saharan Africa countries in power, telecoms, financial services and consumer sectors.

Walé serves on the Boards of several portfolio companies and he was the former Chairman of the Investment Advisory Committee of the $200 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund.  In 2014, he was appointed to serve on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA).

Prior to founding Kuramo Capital, Walé was Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where he managed $1 billion in endowment and pension assets. Prior to joining Rensselaer in 2004, he was a Managing Director in the Investments Group of the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago with oversight of $2 billion in U.S. equities and hedge fund investments.  Prior to MacArthur, Walé Adeosun was a member of the Pension Investments group at Inland Steel Industries (now, ArcelorMittal USA) with oversight of $2 billion in assets.

Walé currently serves as the Chairman of the Nigeria Higher Education Foundation (NHEF), a foundation based in New York and created by The John D. and Catherine T.  MacArthur Foundation in 2004 to assist Nigerian Universities to become self-sustaining.

Walé was inducted into the New York Chapter of the National Association of Security Professionals Wall Street Hall of Fame in 2008.

Walé Adeosun completed his BA in Economics and Business Administration at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa where he serves as a Trustee of the Board. He received his MBA from John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri with a concentration in Finance. He was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1995 and he is a member of the CFA Institute.


H.E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia

Vice President of Ghana

“Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is Vice President of the Republic of Ghana and head of Ghana’s Economic Management Team.

He is an economist and banker by training. He served as Deputy Governor of the central Bank of Ghana between 2006 and 2009. Between 2009 and 2010 he was a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University. He also served as Resident representative for the African Development Bank in Zimbabwe in 2011-2012.

He was a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia (Canada), and a Senior Associate Member of St. Antonys College, University of Oxford. Between 2013 and 2015 Dr. Bawumia was visiting professor of Economic Governance at Central University, Ghana. Dr. Bawumia also served as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University, Texas, USA (1996- 2000).

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia holds a BSc. Economics (First Class Honours) degree from the University of Buckingham, UK, a Masters degree in Development Economics from Oxford University (Lincoln College) and a PhD in Economics from Simon Fraser University (Canada). He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (U.K) (ACIB) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (FCIB), Ghana.

Dr, Bawumia has published several articles in refereed journals and has also published two books on Monetary Policy and Economic Development.”



H.E Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao

African Union Ambassador to the U.S.A

H.E Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao is the African Union Ambassador to the United States of America since December 1st, 2016. She was nominated by H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chaiperson of the African Union Commission, to lead the African Union Mission to the USA, the first bilateral diplomatic Mission opened by the AU in 2007.

As the African Union Ambassador to the U.S. Dr. Chihombori-Quao is fully committed to reinforcing the longstanding and deep historic, cultural and economic relations between Africa and the U.S. She plays a key role in reinforcing the African Union startegic partnerships with the United States, grounded on shared values and mutual interests. Ambassador Chihombori-Quao is a strong believer in the promise that the African Union- U.S. partnership holds and that a prosperous, peaceful and intergrated Africa is a shared strategic interest.

Prior to her appointment, Ambassador Arikana Chihombori-Quao was a renowned family medicine doctor in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she has been practicing medicine for the last 25 years. Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao is known internationally for her diligent efforts to improve healthcare systems, particularly in countries in Africa, and to promote women’s rights around the globe. Nearly 20 years ago, at a conference organized by then Africa Resources, Presidents Nelson Mandela and Robert Mugabe presented the noted philanthropist with an Achievement Award.This was her first major distinction which she highly appreciates and cherishes.

In September 2013, Dr. Chihombori-Quao was one of four women who represented Africa at the International Conference on Women’s Rights, hosted by the Government of Argentina in Mar Del Plata, Argentina. She delivered a moving speech on the topic, “Violence against Women and its Worldwide Effects.” At this conference, Dr. Chihombori shared the stage with two Nobel Peace Prize winners: Rigoberto Menchu of Guatamala and Alfonso Perez Esquivel of Argentina.

Ambassador Chihombori-Quao has also been actively involved in various programs and projects of the African Union. Since 2012, she was the Chair of the African Union-African Diaspora Health Initiative (AU-ADHI) where she was involved in mobilizing the African Diaspora health professionals to assist in addressing the healthcare crisis on the continent of Africa.
In 2015 at the 25th AU Summit held in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr. Chihombori-Quao was one of the fifteen women who received the “Women of Excellence Award” alongside with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Mrs. Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi, and Mrs. Winnie Mandela, the former first lady of South Africa. And several other prominent and remarkable African women achievers.

It is worth indicating that upon graduating from Medical School in 1986, Ambasador Dr. ChihomborI-Quao did three years General Surgery at State University of New York in Brooklyn, NY, USA, and another residency in Family Medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. She is a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians and Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Chihombori-Quao’s Awards:
Ambassador Chihombori-Quao’s contributions to the cause of Africa have earned her many prestigious honors and awards with the most cherished one being an achievement award from the late South African President Nelson Mandela in 1996. Among the numerous awards, mention can be made of the:

  • African Women of Excellence Award, African Union Diaspora Africa
    Forum Johannesburg, South Africa, June 2015.
  • April 2014: Dr Chihombori-Quao was crowned “African Diaspora
    Queen”. The Coronation was Officiated by Chief Dasebre Kwebu
    Ewuusi, Chairman of the Central Region House of Chiefs in Ghana.
  • Bridge Builders Award, African Communications Agency, Lilongwe, Malawi, June 2013.
  • Renaissance Award, Planet Africa- Toronto Canada, November 2013.
  • The Axel C Hansen, MD, Distinguished Physician Award, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennesse, October 2013.
  • Fisk University Society of Philanthropist Award, Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, October 2013.
  • Gold Circle Plus Award, Meharry Medical College, July 2012.
  • African Personality of the Year, December, 2011.
  • April 2011: ”Change Agent Award” from African Communications Agency, Durban South Africa.
  • America’s Top Family Doctor, Consumers Research Council of America, 2009.
  • Outstanding Practitioner Award, Pan Africa, Nashville, Tennessee, 2004.
  • Achievement Award, Bristol Myers Squibb Company (presented at the 1995 American Academy of Family Medicine Scientific Assembly).
  • Excellence Award, Tennessee Managed Care Network, Nashville, Tennessee, November 1994.
  • Ambassador Dr. Chihombori-Quao is a native of Zimbabwe who immigrated to the USA in 1977. She is also Ghanian by marriage and a proud Mother of five children.

    We are excited to announce the 16th annual African Economic Forum (AEF) at Columbia University. We look forward to having you join us and our distinguished speakers while we explore this year’s theme - Technology vs. Industrialization: The Way Forward.

    13 April '19
    Jerome Greene Hall
    Columbia Law School
    New York
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