Former United States Secretary of the Treasury to give Keynote Address at Africa investor Summit at New York Stock Exchange
London, Beijing, Johannesburg, New York, 3 September 2010: Africa investor (Ai), a leading international investment research and communications group, today announced that Robert E. Rubin, former Secretary of the United States Treasury, is to give the keynote address at the Africa investor Index Series Summit at the New York Stock Exchange, on the 17th of September 2010.
Both a Harvard and Yale graduate, Rubin started his career in finance at Goldman, Sachs & Company in New York City in 1966. He spent 26 years there, after which he served as the 70th United States Secretary of the Treasury during both Clinton administrations. After leaving the public sector, Rubin was appointed as a board member of Citigroup in 1999, where he spent the next ten years.
Rubin is currently co-chair of the board of directors of the Council of Foreign Relations and a member of the Africa Progress Panel, an independent authority on Africa, launched in April 2007, which is designed to focus world leaders' attention on delivering on their commitments to Africa.
Commenting on the announcement, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Africa investor, Hubert Danso said; “Africa investor is delighted to have Mr Rubin as our keynote speaker. His presence is a real coup for the Summit and will bring increased authority to our already esteemed and exciting list of speakers. His work with the Africa Progress Panel demonstrates a keen commitment to promote economic partnerships and development across Africa.”
Other speakers confirmed for the Summit include Arnold Ekpe, CEO, Ecobank; James Mwangi, CEO, Equity Bank; Donald Kaberuka, CEO, African Development Bank; Geoffrey White, CEO, Lonrho; Karim Hajji, CEO, Casablanca Stock Exchange; Arunma Oteh, Director General, Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria; Sunil Benimadhu, CEO, Mauritius Stock Exchange; Ismail Douiri, Co-CEO Attijariwafa Bank; Stefan Jekel, Managing Director, New York Stock Exchange; Jim Ovia, CEO, Zenith Bank; Beatrice Mkanza, CEO, Lusaka Stock Exchange; Mohamed Bichiou, CEO, Tunisian Stock Exchange; Hassan Debbarh, Director General, Cartier Saada; Karim Helal, Group CEO, CI Capital Holding; Bruce Wrobel, CEO, Sithe Global; Amir A Dossal, Executive Director, United Nations Office of Partnerships; Tom McGrath, Senior Investment Officer, New York State Common Retirement Fund; Brendon Baumont, CEO, Kingdom Meikles Africa Limited; Ekow Afedzie, CEO, Ghana Stock Exchange; Stephen Olabisi Onasanya, Group Managing Director and CEO, FirstBank Nigeria Plc; amongst many others.
The Africa investor Index Series Summit will take place at the New York Stock Exchange on the 17th of September 2010. It will profile leading African listed companies on the Africa investor Index Series, and heads of African stock exchanges to US investors through high-level discussions and interactive match-making sessions.
Taking place alongside the Summit will be the Africa investor Index Series Awards, which will reward African capital market success stories. The winners for the 2010 Africa investor Index Series Awards will be announced on the same day as the Summit at an invitation-only gala ceremony on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
Confirmed Summit sponsors and partners include Thomson Reuters; African Development Bank; Standard Bank; CI Capital; Ecobank; Label Vie; Preqin; NYSE Euronext; NEPAD Business Group; African Securities Exchanges Association and the UN Office for Partnerships.
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