Stéphane Brabant is a partner at the international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills in Paris. He advises on the structuring of investments between multinationals and States. He has also built a strong practice advising on crisis prevention and management, particularly in the context of large investment projects in the natural resources and energy sectors in Africa.
Stéphane brings his clients an in-depth knowledge of Africa, having lived and worked on the continent for seven years and advising almost exclusively in French-speaking Africa for over three decades. He helps clients using his extensive network of local contacts and significant experience negotiating on the ground with African governments and other local players.
He has also built a strong practice on business and human rights issues and sustainable investment, advising investors on these topics in Africa. He was one of the experts advising John Ruggie (former UN Special Representative) on the capacity-building obligations and responsibilities of States and multinationals relating to businesses and human rights.
Marlyn Mouliom-Roosalem is a director at Afriland First Bank.
She previously worked at the OECD in Paris as an economist and statistician and at the Banque de France as a risk management advisor in foreign exchange.
Upon her return to the Central African Republic, she headed the Bourse des valeurs mobilières de l’Afrique centrale (Central African stock exchange) from 2004 to 2006, acted as economic and financial advisor to the Head of State from 2008 to 2010, was Minister of Trade and Industry from 2011 to 2012 and managed the Road Maintenance Fund from January to April 2013.
Marlyn holds a DEA post-graduate qualification in mathematics applied to economic sciences from the University of Dauphine Paris 9 (1995) and an engineering degree in economics-statistics from the Ecole nationale de la statistique et de l’administration économique in Paris.
Marilia Mayaki Hamar
Marilia Mayaki Hamar is Nigerien.
After spending 2 years in Johannesburg as Legal Counsel of Veolia Water’s South African subsidiary, she joined the Parisian headquarters of the group to be in charge of the African projects. In 2013, Marilia joined Bouygues Civil Works to provide legal support to the Mining activity of the group and the post-tensioning activity of VSL International (notably in Africa). She managed a team of 3 people based in France and abroad. Since 2017, she is a Legal Manager at Bouygues Bâtiment International.
Marilia has, in parallel to her professional career, been Vice-President and then President of the African Business Lawyers’ Club between 2012 and 2015. She organized several conferences in Paris on African business topics, such as private equity, energy, new technologies and consumer goods.
In 2010, she received the Great Prize for International Volunteers (UBIFRANCE) for Austral Africa.
In 2014, she was designated “Future Leader” by the French Aspen Institute.
She holds a MBA/Masters Degree in Business Law and Management from Assas University, and a Magistère/Masters Degree in International Relations from the Sorbonne University.
She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hausa from the INALCO.
Specialized in structured and project financing, Cédric Sinarinzi holds a Post-Graduate Degree (Master 2) in Business Law from the University Paris II Panthéon-Assas, and is a graduate of the Business and Law Institute (Institut de Droit des Affaires), University Paris II Panthéon-Assas and an Alumnus of the HEC Paris business school (Grande École).
A former business lawyer at the Paris Bar practising with Linklaters for 5 years (from 2013 to 2018), he has advised commercial banks, investment banks, international financial institutions, investment funds and industrial companies in various sectors: infrastructure, energy, telecommunications, natural resources and agro-business.
In September 2018, he joined the Natixis Investment Managers group in order to manage the legal aspects of the private debt business in the fields of energy, infrastructure, real estate and aviation in Europe, the United States and Asia (business developed by Ostrum Asset Management, a subsidiary of Natixis Investment Managers).
He is (i) a member of the Scientific Committee of the Business & Law Review (Revue Droit & Affaires) published in partnership with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Weil Gotshal, Davis Polk and Skadden, (ii) the co-founder of the HEC Lawyer of the Year Award, (iii) the co-founder, first chairman and member of the Board of the African Business Lawyers Club (ABLC), (iv) a member of the Board of the HEC Paris Alumni Business & Law Club and (v) an alumnus of the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) organized by the US Department of State as an individual participant.
He teaches at the University Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Université Paris Dauphine and ESCP Europe.
Gaël Le Boulch
Gaël Le Boulch is head of open innovation in a major energy company and a research fellow at Paris Dauphine University. He holds a PhD in Management Sciences. He has taken an active interest in Africa for more than fifteen years.
Through both his personal and professional relationships, Gaël’s view of Africa is a modern and contemporary one, valuing African initiatives in business as well as in culture and the arts. He is a proponent of a model for innovation specific to Africa and Africans.
Wilfrid Lauriano do Rego
Wilfrid is a member of the Board of Directors of KPMG France. He is also on the Terrawatt Board, where he represents KPMG, one of the founding members.
As one of the Global Lead Partners, he leads the teams in charge of meeting the needs of priority clients in the Energy & Utilities sector. Wilfrid has extensive experience in audit and M&A consulting, as well as in the sectors of renewable energy, telecommunications and infrastructure, acquired within KPMG through his mandates for major clients, both energy companies and infrastructure funds, in France, the United Kingdom and Africa. Wilfrid is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of ESCP. He joined KPMG in 1988.
Vice General Secretary
Elsa has been committed to advancing human rights in business and investment for several years. She works at Herbert Smith Freehills law firm and acts as firm-wide coordinator for the Business and Human Rights Practice. Elsa advises French and international clients from the private and public sector on compliance with international, domestic and sectorial business and human rights standards. In particular, she accompanies clients in the operationalisation of responsible production in their activities and global supply chains, and in securing social licences to operate at the various stages of the international infrastructure project lifecycle.
Prior to joining HSF, Elsa has worked on various projects related to infrastructure development and local content in Africa. She has also conducted research on sustainable investment that has been supported by the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment in conjunction with the French Responsible Investment Forum.
Founder & President of the Think Tank Club 2030 Africa
Nominated Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum of Davos (2018), Khaled Igué is the Head of Public and Institutional Partnerships for Africa at OCP, a world leader in phosphate and fertilizers industry. Prior to becoming Head of Public Partnerships, Khaled Igué led businesses in strategy at EUROGROUP Consulting, a European leader in strategy and organization and was Project Manager at AREVA, a leader in the nuclear, renewable energy and mining.
Mr Igué is the Founder & President of the Think Tank Club 2030 Africa. Club 2030 Africa focuses on the sustainable economic and social development of African countries working to improve citizen well-being by designing and enabling better policy. Club 2030 Africa uses cutting-edge economic theory to help policy actors deliver public services more effectively, efficiently, and sustainably.
Mr Igué has been designated as an Emerging Leader of the German Marshall Fund of United States (2016) and Young Leader of AfricaFrance Foundation (2017). He earned a Master of Public Policy from the prestigious Sciences Po Paris, an MBA from Sorbonne Graduate Business School and an MSC in Civil Engineering from Institut National des Sciences Appliquees.” He was a Junior researcher at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago in 2009.
Khaled Igué is the author of « Africa 2030 declaration » for inclusive and sustainable growth for African Youth Employment. He is also a board member for various organizations like Women In Africa Initiative, African Business Academy and Forum Des Diasporas Africaines.