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“Business in Africa Pays” Speaker Details for Going Global May 2014

Our line-up of speakers for our Africa panel at Going Global

You can read the agenda for our presentations at this May’s Going Global here.

ADE STONE – Advising Partner, Business in Africa Pays

Ade Stone Speaking at The African Lounge, Going Global

Mr Stone’s extensive work in Africa gives him ground-level knowledge of the ins and outs doing business in many sub-Saharan countries.

He is a financial engineer for venture capitalist Emirates & Sung and works as a consultant for Business in Africa Pays.

He has been involved in small and large-scale projects in many sectors such as: communications, construction, commodities and infrastructure.

Read our interview with Mr Stone to find out why E&S is backing “Business in Africa Pays”.


JAMES BEHAN – Managing Director, RenePort Ltd

James Behan

James is the Managing director of RenePort ltd, a specialist growth advisory that helps organisations expand into key emerging & frontier markets in Africa, Latin America, Middle East and Europe.

James quickly learnt about international trade when he founded his first import business at 15 years old selling engineered products from the USA. James then went on to spend a number of years internationally trading stone & timber before founding RenePort in 2011.


TONY AYAVORO – Legal Adviser, RenePort Ltd

Tony Ayavoro

Tony Ayavoro is RenePort’s Legal adviser for the Nigerian market and managing partner of Josan Solicitors and Advocates. Tony has a wide range of experience in international business and energy transactions gained from many years of working in private practice in both local and international law firms.

Tony holds LLB (Hons) from Liverpool John Moore University and LLM in petroleum law and policy from university of Dundee and he is qualified to practice law in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and Gambia.


WASHINGTON KAPAPIRO – Chairman, AAOE

Washington Kapapiro

Washington has assisted African companies raise project finance, trade commodities and transact forex deals. He is also the Director of Tsemah Capital – a private equity firm fundraising to invest across Africa.

Washington also runs Fingertip Healthcare Solutions Ltd, a group of companies delivering healthcare solutions nationally in the UK. Washington is a seasoned entrepreneur with a wealth of experience launching African companies and brands in the UK market.

Washington is also a member of the Institute of Directors. He sits on the SME Intermediaries Committee and advises the UK government on several key policy issues in business and enterprise. Washington is also a respected business commentator and has made speaking appearance on several international television stations including the BBC.


NEIL WILLIAMSON – Director, Emerging Law

Neil Williamson

Neil is a director at Emerging Law, a London-based law firm regulated by the SRA. He has spent the last 9 years travelling in Africa, South East Asia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe to help clients win and deliver projects to governments in these regions.

Neil has also helped clients deliver donor-funded consultancy and IT projects in some of the most challenging parts of the world. Neil’s expertise is broad based with an emphasis on strategic alliances (including joint ventures) and commercial contracts (in particular cross border supply of services agreements and IT contracts). Neil also has extensive experience in dealing with the acquisition and disposal of companies.