African Heads of Mission Meeting

EDINBURGH,19th – 21st September 2018

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The African Heads of Mission meeting from 19th – 21st September, will bring together 15 African Ambassadors, plus their trade and education teams from the continents largest economies to Scotland for the first time. The objective of the meeting is to promote opportunities to increase trade, investment and knowledge sharing between Scotland and Africa. The programme, which is spread over three days, will include sector-specific roundtables, focused seminars, private G2B meetings and bi-lateral government meetings.

The programme will concentrate on a range of sectors in which Scotland excels, and are considered priorities by many African Governments, such as renewable energy, education, oil & gas and agriculture.

The highlight of the week will be the all-day Scotland Africa Trade and Investment Meeting on the 21st September.



Scottish Government



UK Trade Envoys


Education Attaches



21st September

Hosted at the Edinburgh Business School at Heriot Watt University

The Scotland Africa Trade & Investment Meeting on the 21st September, part of the African Heads of Mission programme, will bring together 15 African Ambassadors, plus their trade teams and education attaches, to Edinburgh to promote a range of opportunities across the African continent for Scottish business over multiple sectors.

This unique event is the culmination of a 3-day programme which will seek to increase trade, investment and knowledge sharing between Scotland and Africa. With presentations, roundtables, one to one meetings and unprecedented access to key decision makers, the meeting will provide high-level information, intelligence and practical advice for those looking to expand existing operations or looking at new markets.

The programme will concentrate on a range of sectors in which Scotland excels, and are considered priorities by many African Governments, including infrastructure, energy, renewable energy, education, oil & gas, agriculture and aquaculture.

Day passes for the meeting in the Edinburgh Business School at Heriot Watt University (directions)

will allow access to all of the round tables and seminars and all-day access to the networking areas where the delegations will be on hand throughout the day for private meetings and introductions.

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15.00 – 16.30 – Health seminar – Hosted by the Global Health Academy of Edinburgh University this will introduce their Africa programmers and discuss ways of expanding these within the continent.  There will also be a presentation from TIBA –

17.00 – 20.00 – Education seminar – To be hosted by Edinburgh University. Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science and Minister for External Affairs will attend along with Scotland’s Universities and Colleges. The seminar will cover student admissions and scholarships as well as how closer links for research, training and partnerships can be established for education at all levels. The evening will end with a networking reception.

Scotland Africa Trade & Investment Forum

08.45 – Welcome by Professor Richard Williams, Principal, Heriot Watt University

  • Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation
  • Tracy Black, CBI, Director for Scotland
  • Emma Wade-Smith, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa
  • Daniel Hochar, Senior Consultant, Africa Matters Ltd.

09.15 – 10.30 – Private Roundtable on Infrastructure Development – Hosted by the CBI

Running concurrently

09.15 – 10.15 – Seminar – Fintech and Technology

  • Stephen Ingledew, CEO, Fintech Scotland
  • Paul McGlynn, CEO, Caseblocks
  • TynahMatembe, Co-Founder, MoneyMatrix

10.30 – 11.00 – Networking and refreshments

11.00 – 12.00 –Seminar on Renewable Energy

  • Hazel Gulliver, Director of Policy & Regulation, Scottish Power Renewables
  • David Robertson, Strategy & Development Director, Clean Energy at Wood
  • Iain Todd, University of St. Andrews – On behalf of Scottish Renewables
  • Aran Eales, Energy for Development Group, University of Strathclyde

Running concurrently

11.00 – 12.00 – Roundtable on Accessing Africa for Scottish Business & Social Enterprises

Hosted by Eoghan Mackie, CEO, Challenges Worldwide

12.00 – 12.30 – Networking and refreshments

12.30 – 13.30 – Seminar on Agriculture &Aquaculture

  • Matthew Lancashire, Director of Policy & Public Affairs, Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI)
  • William Leschen, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling
  • John Claxton, Glasgow University Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine

13.30 – 14.30Lunch and networking

14.30 – 15.30 – Seminar on Oil & Gas Services & Training

  • Sian Lloyd-Rees, Head of Africa, Aker Solutions
  • Andrew Monaghan, Regional Manager Africa, SDI
  • Professor Sebastian Geiger, Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot Watt University
  • Professor Andrew Hurst, Chair of Production Geoscience, University of Aberdeen


Heads of Mission Attending

His Excellency
Mr Papa Owusu-Ankomah,

High Commissioner of Ghana

His Excellency
Dr Hailemichael Aberra Afework

Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the UK

His Excellency
Mr Julius Peter Moto,

High Commissioner of Uganda

His Excellency
Prof Cheikh Ahmadou Dieng,

Ambassador of Senegal

Acting High Commissioner
Her Excellency Mrs Grace Cerere

Ambassador of Kenya

His Excellency
Mr Georges Aboua,

Ambassador of Cote d’Ivoire

Mrs Anna Baninla Tasha Mbur
Charge d’Affaires


Her Excellency
Ms Yamina Claris Karitanyi,

High Commissioner of Rwanda

His Excellency
Mr Rui Mangueira,

Ambassador of Angola

His Excellency
Mr Muyeba Shichapwa Chikonde,

High Commissioner of Zambia

Her Excellency
Ms Nomatemba Tambo,

High Commissioner of South Africa

His Excellency
Mr George Adesola Oguntade,

High Commissioner of Nigeria


The Scotland Africa Business Exchange is a multidisciplinary consultancy with the aim of increasing sustainable trade, investment and knowledge sharing between Scotland and Africa, in both directions. Working closely with the private sector and government it identifies and matches needs with providers and suppliers using a sophisticated network of professionals in both Scotland and Africa.

 SABE has created a framework to simplify the engagement process and maximise potential for successful delivery with particular emphasis on sourcing of opportunities and appropriate partners, investment strategy and appropriate high-level introductions. SABE works across a broad range of sectors including but not limited to Oil & Gas, Renewables, Agriculture, FinTech and Education.

 As a compliment to this SABE runs a number of sector focussed events, inward and outward trade missions and high-level roundtable discussions to promote the vast opportunities that exist between Scotland and Africa.