Date & Time: 
Wed, 2017-05-31 11:45
Baker McKenzie
100 New Bridge St
London EC4V 6JA
United Kingdom
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The healthcare sector in Africa is now estimated by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to be worth $35bn per annum. There has been a sharp rise in demand for better quality healthcare from the growing middle class.
Despite the challenges of supply and distribution, the value of the African pharmaceutical market had climbed to $20.8bn in 2013, and Mckinsey expect it to reach approximately $US60bn by 2020. This event will be an opportunity to discuss the key drivers impacting the healthcare sector in Africa and answer the following questions:

  • Big Pharmaceutical companies have radically changed their approach in recent years; how are the large pharmaceutical companies supporting the health system in Africa?
  • Equity fund investment is on the rise; how does the financial sector assess risk and what are the key issues that are preventing investment into the sector?
  • How can the government encourage the private sector to increase investment into the healthcare system in Africa?
  • What are the future prospects of the healthcare industry in Africa? 

Chaired by;

Bryan Pearson, Editor and Publisher, Africa Health

Bryan Pearson joined Africa Health journal as a feature writer at its launch by (what is now) Reed Elsevier in 1978. He became editor in 1983, and took the title over in 1985. He’s published it independently ever since. He is also MD of Asempa Limited, the publisher of Africa Confidential, the market leading insight provider on African political and economic affairs. He also chairs Penplusbytes, a Ghana-headquartered African NGO which majors on journalist training in the extractives sector, and also on the use of technology to improve governance at both government and community levels in Africa.

Chris Bonnett, Project Development & Management Leader, GE Healthcare

Chris joined GE in 1996 in the GE Capital business spending time in Fleet Leasing and Capital Solutions. In 2008, he joined GE Healthcare as European Enterprise Leader for the services business. In 2010, he was promoted GM HHS International projects, managing a Global commercial team, designing and delivering global cross border healthcare projects into emerging markets with a significant focus on China, Africa and India.

In December 2015 Chris was promoted to Projects Lead for the newly formed SHS Business based in Nairobi as part of Farid Fezoua’s, SHS Africa Leadership team. The SHS mission is “Serving the 5.8Bn people with limited healthcare access through disruptive technology & affordable, relevant solutions”

Gemma Gunn, Marketing Director and Ethiopia Lead for the Healthy Heart Africa Programme, AstraZeneca

Gemma Gunn works at AstraZeneca, as a Marketing Director and Ethiopia Lead for the Healthy Heart Africa Programme, whose aim is to help reduce the burden of Hypertension in Africa. Gemma has a passion for healthcare in Africa and has worked in the region for three years, including living in Uganda seconded to Save the Children focusing on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. Gemma is also passionate about the pharmaceutical industry with over 10 years of experience in various marketing and corporate affairs roles.

Steven Raucher, Co-Founder RapidDeploy &  Board Member African Federation of Emergency Medicine (AFEM)

Steven started his career in finance at UBS Investment Bank, then worked in Index Arbitrage and Trading for Credit Suisse. After taking a sabbatical to travel from London to Australia by motorbike, he dived into the world of global and emerging equity derivative markets, working for Greenwich Europe, ICAP Plc and Sunrise Brokers. He was a partner at the Opus Real Estate Fund before moving back to South Africa where he and Brett are rolling out RapidDeploy to the global Emergency Services Market place.

Saad Sheikh, Portfolio Manager, TLG Capital

Saad leads private investments at TLG Capital and heads portfolio operations. He's joined in 2014 and is responsible for origination, structuring, executing and value creation across the private side, focused on sub Saharan Africa. His trademark deals are in healthcare, pharma and FMCG. Here presents the firm on boards of various portfolio companies to better steer strategy and operations. Prior to TLG Capital, Saad was a director at Accenture, consulting across technology and business strategy.

Nick Oliver, Head of Business Development, NMS Infrastructure 

Nick is responsible for securing infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa. He is an experienced procurement specialist with a successful track record in business development. NMS infrastructure is an International Group with presence in Africa and the Middle East operating as a specialist provider within the National Infrastructural Security Marketplace providing project management and expertise to ensure the successful conclusion of complicate projects on time and to budget. Currently handling some $ 600 million worth of projects in Ghana, Cameroon, Zambia and other countries in Africa.

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The Programme: 
12:15 – Welcome by Chair; Bryan Pearson
12:20 – Panel Discussion
Q & A session
Networking session