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23 September 08:00 - 12:30SUP46, Stockholm

Please note this event is now fully booked.

Meet with 30 prominent African leaders and entrepreneurs and Africa’s #1 branding guru

Africa is by many considered the continent of the future. Six of the world’s ten fastest-growing economies are in sub-Saharan Africa and Africa’s population is projected to double to 2,4 billion by 2050. To be part of the rapid development and take advantage of business opportunities in sub-Saharan African will become increasingly important for the competitiveness and growth of Swedish companies.

STING is the initiator of Go Africa, an internationalization program aiming to provide small Swedish companies with the knowledge, insights, network, tools and support needed to successfully break into and do business in sub-Saharan Africa. You can read more about Go Africa here and download the Go Africa program brochure here

Africapreneurs #1 – Network Africa is the kick-off event for Go Africa and the premiere in a series of Africapreneurs meetups. The event is arranged in collaboration between Swedish Institute, Inclusive Business Sweden, SE Forum and Stockholm Innovation & Growth (STING) under the overall theme Building sustainable businesses, brands and relationships in Africa

30 small Swedish companies with business interest in Africa will be offered a unique opportunity to network with 30 prominent leaders and entrepreneurs from Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia participating in Swedish Institute Management Programme Africa and SE Forum’s Outreach Accelerator program (see participants below). 

We are also immensely proud to present our Keynote Speaker for the day, the African branding guru Thebe Ikalafeng from South Africa, named one of the 100 Most Influential Africans. Thebe Ikalafeng will also be available for speed meetings. 

Register here (please note this event is now fully booked) to be considered for one of the 30 spots and select your top candidates for speed meetings. We will try our best to satisfy the interests of everyone. You can also choose to only register for the first part of the event (Keynote and Interactive Panel), to which we will accept maximum 60 participants. 

Final registration date is September 6th, and you will be notified latest by September 14th if you have been accepted. Registrations are binding and personal. 

The event is free-of-charge, but if you get a spot and choose not to use it or don’t show up you will be invoiced a no-show fee of 2,500 SEK excl. VAT. 

Warm welcome!

To see the program and the list of 30 African participants please keep scrolling down the page.


08.00 – 08.30   Registration, mingle and light breakfast
08.30 – 08.45   Welcome 
08.45 – 09.00   Introduction of Swedish Institute, Inclusive Business Sweden, Go Africa and STING
09.00 – 09.45   Keynote speech by Thebe Ikalafeng
09.45 – 10.30   Keynote follow up: Interactive panel
10.30 – 11.00   Coffee break
11.00 – 12.20   Speed meeting session between Go Africa participants, SIMP Africa/SE Forum Outreach participants and Swedish participants
12.20 – 12.30   Final reflections
12.30 – 14.00   Wrap-up lunch at nearby restaurant (optional) 

The event will take place in the Event Space at SUP46, Regeringsgatan 65 lvl 3, 111 56 Stockholm


Keynote Speaker: Thebe Ikalafeng 
Global African Brand and Reputation Architect, Advisor and Author. 

Keynote Topic: Africa Inside – Building Businesses, Brands and Relationships in Africa.

Thebe Ikalafeng is a global authority on building brands and reputation across Africa. As founder of pan-African brand and reputation advisory firm, Brand Leadership Group, he has experience from working with over 100 diverse brands across Africa and was named one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by New Africa Magazine.

Moderator and Facilitator: Ruben Brunsveld 
Consultant, Enact Sustainable Strategies.

Ruben Brunsveld is a leadership expert with focus on communication, public speaking and intercultural communication. He speaks seven languages and is a professional moderator for high level events and seminars. After a career in the public service and as a diplomat to the EU he founded the Stockholm Institute for Public Speaking (StIPS) in September 2010, and has since 2014 been working at Enact where he runs leadership programs for executives and high-level managers in and outside Sweden.


Topic: Using responsibility & sustainability to build strong brands; European vs African perspectives.

Fiona Hazell, Founder and CEO of Mobilize & Program Director, SE Forum
Andreas Vallgren, Co-founder and CTO, Ignitia
Beatrice Kemunto, Managing Consultant, Centre for Business Innovation Training (CBiT), Kenya
Pascal Murasira, Co-founder/Head of Commercial Operations, Babylon Health Rwanda Ltd.


List of Swedish participants:
1. Adam Edström, Innovation Specialist, Acreo Swedish ICT. Sector: ICT
2. Andreas Lehner, COO, TRINE. Sector: Cleantech/Solar Energy
3. Anna Riby, Project Manager, Swecare. Sector: Health
4. Christofer Friberg, VP Corp. Affairs, Energeotek AB. Sector: Cleantech/Energy
5. Christopher Slim, EVP Marketing, Ifoodbag. Sector: Food
6. Dr. David Bauner, CTO, Renetech AB. Sector: Cleantech/Energy
7. Elin Ledskog, Head of Market & Sales, Againity. Sector: Cleantech/Energy
8. Eva Milletorp, Intl. Project Manager, Greenwater. Sector: Cleantech/Water
9. Gustaf Hård, Co-founder & COO, Studi. Sector: Education
10. Julia Jane Persson, Co-founder & Research/Design, AsaDuru. Sector: Cleantech/Construction
11. Joachim Davidsson, MD, B-Open Nordic. Sector: Cleantech/Business Dvlp.
12. Karin Habermann, CEO, ATE. Sector: Cleantech
13. Karoline Beronius, CEO, the Map Project. Sector: Digital
14. Magnus Karlsson, Marketing Manager, MedCardApps. Sector: Health
15. Mahran Ahmed, Marketing Manager, DST Seibu Giken. Sector: Cleantech
16. Malin Idar Wallin, CEO, Globe Attuned. Sector: Health
17. Per Edström, Chairman, SmartPlanes. Sector: Mapping/Surveillance
18. Per Löfberg, Founder, Emerging Cooking Solutions. Sector: Cleantech/Energy
19. Petra Wadström, CEO & Founder, Solvatten. Sector: Cleantech/Water
20. Shahjadee Shahjadee, Co-founder, Karakorumfruits. Sector: Food
21. Sigvald Harryson, CEO, InnoVentum. Sector: Cleantech/Energy
22. Sofie Nordström, Founder & Production Manager, QuizRR. Sector: Digital/Education
23. Ted Örbrink, CEO & Founder, Cleancook Sweden. Sector: Cleantech/Energy
24. Albert Payaro, Business Developer, Windiglobe. Sector: Cleantech/Energy
25. Nicolas Fouassier, CEO, Pamoja Cleantech. Sector: Cleantech/Energy
26. Karin Ruiz, Business Coach/Program Leader Go Africa, STING. Cross sector
27. Mike Debelak, Executive Director, Inclusive Business Sweden. Cross sector
28. Andreas Vallgren, Co-founder, Ignitia. Sector: Farming/Weather Patterns

African Participants

Anteneh Negash
Founder & Managing Director

Antel Construction Plc, Ethiopia. Sector: Construction and Manufacturing

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Beatrice Kemunto
Managing Consultant

Centre For Business Innovation Training (CBiT), Kenya. Sector: Consultancy & Training

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Brian Mutale
Business Development Manager

National Council for Construction (NCC), Zambia. Sector: Construction/Engineering/Cement/Metals

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Chisakula Kaputu
Chief Energy Engineer

Sustainable Energy & Environment (Z) LTD, Zambia. Sector: Energy

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Denise Umunyana
Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Right Seat, Rwanda. Sector: Strategy/Management consulting firms

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Derrick Rwitare
General Manager

CVLD, Rwanda. Sector: Real estate/property

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Dorothy Maseke
Group Risk and Compliance Manager

ICEA LION Group, Kenya. Sector: Financial Services

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Eden Gelan
Founder & Manager

Chiban Trading PLC, Ethiopia. Sector: Manufacturing/Textile

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Eric Muthomi

Stawi Foods and Fruits Ltd, Kenya. Sector: Manufacturing/Agro processing

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Etsehiwot Dinku Gebretsadik
Principal Operations Manager

Midroc CEO Management & Leadership Services PLC, Ethiopia. Sector: Services

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Haregewoin Bekele
Head of Design Department

Telda Consult PLC (Architects and Engineers), Ethiopia. Sector: Consulting

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Juanita Mramba
Head of Corporate Affairs Brand and Marketing

Standard Chartered Bank Tanzania. Sector: Banking

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Mary Mumba Munansangu
Deputy Managing Director

National Savings and Credit Bank, Zambia. Sector: Banking

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Michael Mungure
Head of Transaction Banking

NMB Bank Plc, Tanzania. Sector: Banking

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Mohamed Shaweji
Director of Operations

MSK Solutions Company Ltd, Tanzania. Sector: Agriculture and Manufacturing

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Mugwe Manga
Commercial Director

Olsuswa Energy Ltd, Kenya. Sector: Geothermal Energy

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Ng’winula Peter Kingamkono
Founding Partner/Head of Business Development

Thinkers Technologies Company Ltd, Tanzania. Sector: Mobile Apps and ICT

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Organ Edwin Mapinda
Deputy Director for Planning, Finance and Administration

St John’s University of Tanzania. Sector: Education

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Pascal Murasira
Co-Founder and Head of Commercial Operations

Babylon Health Rwanda Ltd., Rwanda. Sector: Digital Healthcare Services

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Patience Mutesi
Country Director

Trade Mark East Africa, Rwanda. Sector: Banking

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Regina Mtonga-Mantina
Co-founding Director

Asikana Network, Zambia. Sector: ICT/Education

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Richard Balenzi

Trust Law Chambers, Rwanda. Sector: Law

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Roseta Mwape Chabala
Managing Director

Metal Fabricators of Zambia - General Cable, Zambia. Sector: Construction/Engineering

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Temesi Mukani
Corporate Affairs Manager

National Oil Corporation of Kenya. Sector: Extractives – Oil and Gas

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Derrick Hosea Opio

Onelamp, Uganda. Sector: Energy

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Francis Adereti

Redbank, Nigeria. Sector: Health

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Joyce Kyalema

Josmak International, Uganda. Sector: Food

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Nodumo Fikile Magadlela

iBoni, South Africa. Sector: Transportation

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Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale

Star of Hope Transformation Center, Nigeria. Sector: Textile & Art

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Ruben Brunsveld

Moderator and Facilitator, Enact Sustainable Strategies

Karin Ruiz

Business Coach, Program Leader Go Africa, STING

Mike Debelak

Executive Director, Inclusive Business Sweden

Lorah Njagi

Advisor, Inclusive Business Sweden

Magnus Rehn

Business Coach, STING

Martha Mancheva

Consultant, Enact Sustainable Strategies

Linda Wellgrant

Event Manager, STING

Matilda Axelsson

Program Manager, Swedish Institute


Program Manager, Social Entrepreneurship Forum