CALLEFI Investment Forum

"Innovation, Infrastructure, Investment, & Impact"

On July 20, 2018 - CALLEFI and Partners was delighted to host a very unique, innovative, and targeted CALLEFI Investment Forum which brought together leading Single Family Offices, HNW angel investors, other investors (private equity, venture capital, institutional), industry "impact operators", and Brands across the Textile, Fashion, Art, Manufacturing, and Technology value chain and its supporting INFRASTRUCTURE eco-system for this MULTI-BILLION dollar industry for direct engagement in addressing critical investment issues at an advanced level - for local sourcing, creative design, capacity building, manufacturing, infrastructure, operations, marketing, brand development, and scaling in building sustainable international Luxury & Premium Brands of African and Caribbean heritage with tangible social impact. Themes also included sustainable impact investing, financial inclusion, women empowerment, and entrepreneurship in Africa.


10am: Welcome & Coffee






BUILDING, INVESTING IN & SCALING International Luxury "Brands" with cultural authenticity and social impact - plus - Leveraging Strategic Partners as Co-Investors

Chair: Lisa Lambie - Global Co-Chair, WCA Family Office Network | Non-Exec. Director, CALLEFI

Michael Beutler - Director of Sustainability Operations, KERING

Alexander Amosu - Founder, LUX Afrique & Kamson Luxury Group

Fikirte Addis - Founder & Designer, Yefikir Design*



PART 1: Textiles, Raw Material Production, Finishing, Value Chain, and Manufacturing in Africa

PART 2: Logistics & Infrastructure (incl. renewable energy)

Azariah Mengistu – Director, ENZI Ethiopia & Co-Founder, ENZI Footwear 

Daphne Kasambala - CEO, Sapelle Group

Shaldon Kopman – Founder, Shaldon Kopman | Fashion Editor & Creative Director - Elle, Y-Mag, Tribute (Former)

Brendan McCarthy - Director of Fashion Systems Design & Materiality, PARSONS School of Fashion New York

Laurence Jones - European Commissioner, Jamaica Trade & Invest (JAMPRO)


LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION across the Value Chain: Manufacturing Optimisation / Selective Automation | Technology Applications in Textiles & Design

Richard Lightbound - CEO (EMEA & Asia), ROBO Global

Nzube Ufodike - Program Manager, Wayra | Founder, Amoo Venture Capital (Former)

Dakshesh Patel - Chairman & CEO, ZymPay | Non-Executive Director, Gerken Capital*


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FUNDING WOMEN FOUNDERS & Innovative Entrepreneurs as Institutional Investors - "Strategic Positioning" as a "Game-Changer" for Sustainable Growth, from Microfinance, Capacity Building, Human Capital investments, Energy, Infrastructure, to FinTech

Nina Freudenberg - Investment Manager, SONANZ Fund of Funds

Tat-Seng Chiam - Investment Director, Global Innovation Fund

Lisa Conibear - Portfolio Manager (Direct Impact & ESG Investing), Shell Foundation

Nomsa Fulbrook-Kagwe - Executive, CDC Group


The New ASSET CLASS: Investing in AFRICAN ART and impacting Social Change through Film & Photography

James Benoit - Group CEO, FCMB Bank  (UK) Limited

Peter James Bufton - Art Investor & Auctioneer (Formerly of Christies, Sothebys, Bonhams, Habsburgs)

Charney Magri - Co-Founder, Fashion4Change | Ethical Fashion Forum | Designer (former), British Vogue

Omowunmi Jonah – Senior SME Development Expert, African Development Bank


SINGLE FAMILY OFFICE INVESTORS, Impact "Operators", and NextGEN Impact Investing in Luxury Fashion/Lifestyle Brands and Eco-Travel & Leisure

Chair: Robert Rubinstein - Founder & Chairman, TBLI Group

Frank Tobe - Member of Family Board, DOB Equity

Khevna Naran - Director, CALLEFI | Portfolio Manager (Former), Single Family Office (Textiles & Manufacturing)

Lexi Novitske  - Chief Investment Officer, Singularity Investments*


ANGEL INVESTING, Venture Capital Incubation, to Private Equity and Impact and Sustainability in the Luxury Lifestyle Sectors and its Infrastructure Eco-System

Marta Paiar - Chairwoman & Co-Founder, Kuwekeza Holdings | Advisory Board, Diomira Foundation | Chief Sales Officer (Former), DIGICEL

Saad Sheik - Portfolio Manager, TLG Capital

Eric Pol - Managing Partner, HWEB Fund*

* Registered speakers.



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