Our 2022 Africa Roundup interview series brings you views and insights from some of Africa’s leading voices in finance, with participants from EY, PwC, and the Kenya Pension Funds Investment Consortium.
Each podcast interview provides a summary of 2022 from an African perspective and covers several topics, including the impact of climate change, COVID-19, inflation, and the predictions and recommendations for African family-owned businesses and corporations in 2023.
Episode One with Frank Mwiti
Frank Mwiti, Partner and Eastern Africa Markets Leader at EY, joins us for the third year of our Africa Roundup interview series, sharing his annual reflections and predictions for Africa’s economy and financial landscape.
Looking back on 2022 as a year of rebuilding, Frank discusses how Africa has been impacted by COVID-19, the fallout of Ukraine / Russia war, the sweeping inflation rates and issues with foreign currency. Analysing the year, Frank describes 2022 as a good year for the finance and technology sector. For 2023, Frank anticipates the resolution of political instability in Ethiopia, further disruptions as a result of climate change, and East Africa will continue contributing to some of the fastest growing economies in the continent.
East Africa has some of the fastest growing economies in Africa.
Eastern Africa Markets Leader, Ernst & Young LLP
Episode Two with Esiri Agbeyi
As a Partner at PwC Nigeria, Esiri leads the Private Wealth Client Services team which provides specialised services to high-net worth families and entrepreneurs.
In this episode, Esiri explains how the rise in debt levels across Africa was exacerbated by COVID-19 and how Africa’s macro-economic issues resulted in migration to other jurisdictions. For West Africa specifically, the war between Ukraine and Russia exposed the huge dependency of imports from these countries, resulting in inflation and food insecurity. For 2023, Esiri foresees capitalisation in the digital space and how this can be incentivised with preferential allocation of foreign exchange to investors. With the adoption of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), a positive indicator for African businesses looking to invest in green projects, Esiri envisages that sustainability will evolve beyond traditional investments, such as agriculture, in 2023.
The World Economic Forum has predicted that digital platforms will create close to 70% of new value over the next decade.
Partner, PwC Nigeria
Episode Three with Mercy Gakii Muthuuri
Mercy Gakii Muthuuri is an investment professional with 12 years’ experience in portfolio management, pensions funds investment, business advisory, infrastructure investment and climate adaptation finance.
Mercy reflects on the challenges faced by East Africa in 2022, discussing how family-owned businesses can attract foreign investors through good corporate governance and business continuity planning. Looking forward, Mercy identifies East Africa’s priority sectors as agriculture, real estate and climate-sensitive investments. As the Government incentivises international capital through policies seeking transparency, Mercy hopes this, alongside a strengthened judiciary, will help East Africa attract sustainable long-term foreign investment and aid the reform of the economy in 2023.
Family businesses are key drivers to our country's economy.
Head of Investor Relations, Kenya Pension Funds Investment Consortium
Frank Mwiti Eastern Africa Markets Leader, Ernst & Young LLP
Frank is the EY Parthenon and Eastern Africa Markets Leader responsible for leading the firm’s strategic growth in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Ethiopia in line with EY’s significant investment plan and growth ambitions. Frank has 20+ years of experience advising Investors, Shareholders, Boards, CEOs and Government Executives across Africa, UK, US, Europe and Russia on Strategy, M&A, Governance and Transformation. Prior to joining EY, he was CEO for an M&A and Advisory firm in London and has previously held Executive roles at Deutsche Bank, UBS Investment Bank and other top global firms in UK and Africa. Frank holds Executive Management qualifications on Strategy from MIT, is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Law degree.
Esiri Agbeyi Partner, PwC Nigeria
Esiri is a Partner with PwC Nigeria. She leads the Private Wealth Client Services team which provides specialised services to high net worth families and entrepreneurs. The team ensures they are personally tax compliant and their international structures are optimal for succeeding generations. Esiri holds a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology, University of Ibadan, is a Fellow member of several professional associations. She has done several international courses including the Private Equity Master Class in London Business School and International Tax in New York University. Esiri also mentors, writes articles and speaks regularly at conferences.
Mercy Gakii Muthuuri Head of Investor Relations, Kenya Pension Funds Investment Consortium
Mercy Gakii is an investment professional with 12 years’ experience in portfolio management, pensions funds investment, business advisory, infrastructure investment and climate adaptation finance. Currently, she is responsible for domestic resource mobilization to unlock capital for infrastructure investments from the private sector and pension funds in Kenya. Mercy has a strong performance record, previously managing an investment portfolio of over KES 150B in East Africa (Uganda and Kenya) as fund manager. She holds an MSc Finance, Bcom Finance from the University of Nairobi. She is a CPA finalist and has CISI certification. Her passion for sustainable investing led her to pursue a certification in climate adaptation Finance, which is ongoing to enable pension funds develop ESG investment guidelines, champion for green Financing and impact investing as well as participate in climate change discussions within the industry.