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About NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies (CAS)

The NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies (CAS) is a practice-oriented think tank that conducts research, fosters networks, and builds capacity for doing business in Africa. Set up in 2014 with an endowment from private sector donors and seed funding from the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), CAS is the only one of its kind in South-East Asia. The Centre aims to study the economic landscape of the continent and disseminate knowledge that enhances the understanding of Africa from a trade, business, and investment perspective.

About Nanyang Business School 

Consistently ranked among the world’s premier business schools, we have been nurturing leaders for business and public service, advancing global management knowledge and practice for over 50 years. Our curriculum melds rigorous academic theory with real-world business practice, while our faculty leads global thought and research in several fields of business and finance. Our 35,000 alumni hold positions of responsibility in business, government, and public service in 45 countries. At NBS, we believe that responsible leadership in business and government is crucial to securing a sustainable future for our world. Through teaching and research, we are grooming a new generation of leaders with the knowledge, skills, and passion of pursuing lasting success that seeks not only economic profit but also the interests of the community and environment.

About Singapore Business Federation

As the apex business chamber, the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) champions the interests of the business community in Singapore in trade, investment, and industrial relations. Nationally, SBF acts as the bridge between the government and businesses in Singapore to create a conducive business environment. Internationally, SBF represents the business community in bilateral, regional and multilateral fora for the purpose of trade expansion and business networking.

Under the auspices of SBF is also an Africa-centric business community group, the Africa Business Group (AfBG), which serves as a platform to facilitate exchanges between the Singapore business community and their counterparts from the Africa region. This is a strong private-public partnership that focuses on market exploration; knowledge building and sharing; identification of projects and contacts; and advocacy. Since its launch in July 2010, the AfBG secretariat has engaged over 34 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

For more information, please visit www.sbf.org.sg

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Mr Ranveer Chauhan - Chairman


Akwaaba Ventures Pte. Ltd.

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Mr Shabbir Hassanbhai​ - Advisor and Founding Chairman


Indo Straits Trading Co. Pte Ltd

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Professor Boh Wai Fong

President’s Chair in Information Systems

Vice President (Lifelong Learning & Alumni Engagement)

Interim Dean, Nanyang Business School

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Mr Teo Siong Seng

Executive Chairman, Managing Director

Pacific International Lines Pte Ltd

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Mr Praka​sh Kejriwal​


Indorama Group

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Mr Deepak Singhal

Executive Director, Group CEO – FMCG

Tolaram Group

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Mr Venkataramani Srivathsan

Managing Director and CEO, Regional Head

Olam International

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Mr Jayakrishnan Gopalakrishnan

Executive Director

Enterprise Singapore

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Ms Jane Lim

Deputy Secretary (Trade)

Ministry of Trade and Industry

Mr Amit Jain, Director

Amit Jain is frontier markets specialist who puts strategy to action. His work spans business intelligence, capacity building and consultancy. He has conducted field work and research across Asia and Africa. 

Ms Que Boxi, Assistant Manager

Ms Que Boxi is trained in communications and psychology. She has experience working in language and corporate communication sectors. 

Research Fellows

Mr Ronak Gopaldas is the Director of African risk advisory firm Signal Risk.

Dr. Rafiq Raji is a Senior Associate (non-resident) with the Africa programme at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).  

Dr. Franklin Obeng-Odoom is the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science Associate Professor with Global Development Studies at the University of Helsinki in Finland. 

Mr Rufus Mwanyasi is an Investment Director.

Mr Jaco Maritz is the founder of How we made it in Africa.

Professor Michaël Tanchum is a non-resident fellow with the Middle East Institute's Economics and Energy Program and teaches at Universidad de Navarra.

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