Saturday, March 24th, 2012
8.30 am - 5.00 pm
Harvard Law School Wasserstein Hall
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Cambridge, MA 01238
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Opportunity or Neocolonialism

Foreign Investment in Natural Resources: Opportunity or Neocolonialism?
Increasingly, multinational corporations and sovereign powers are investing in agricultural lands and natural resources in Africa. Is this an opportunity to encourage foreign direct investment - versus aid - into critical development projects? Or is this just a new form of neocolonialism?


Doron Joffe, Partner, Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs (largest law firm in Africa)

Doron Joffe is a director at ENS (Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs) and has 15 years experience. He currently practices as an attorney in the corporate commercial department. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations, restructuring, takeovers, corporate finance, stock exchange transactions, as well as equity capital markets. Doron's practice experience includes advising local and international clients on all aspects of takeovers as well as advising corporate, local and international banks on equity capital raisings. Some of Doron's other areas of operation in the firm are black economic empowerment transactions, as well as matters involving insurance and medical schemes. Doron jointly leads the firm’s corporate commercial department, which is the largest department of its kind in South Africa.

Rugemeleza Nshala, SJD candidate Harvard Law School.

Rugemeleza Nshala, is a Doctor of Juridical Studies (S.J.D) candidate at Harvard Law School. He holds a Bachelors of Laws Degree (LL.B) from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (his home country), which he obtained in 1993; the Masters of Laws Degree (LL.M) from Harvard Law School and Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies that he obtained in 1997 and 2007, respectively. In 1994, he co-founded Lawyers' Environmental Action Team (LEAT), one of the first public interest environmental law organizations in eastern and central Africa. Its formation spurred the formation of similar organizations in other African countries.
His dissertation focus is on the regulatory and tax law reforms in the mining industry in African countries. This issue is important because African countries have, since the late 1980s, amended their mining and tax laws to pave the way for foreign investment in the sector, often at the urging of the World Bank. They have also privatized their state-owned mining companies. For his research, Mr. Nshala has carried out field research in Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia and Botswana. He has also undertaken extensive research of FDI and negative repercussions of investment incentives on mineral-rich countries.

Callisto Madavo, former VP, World Bank Africa

Callisto Madavo has held numerous Senior level positions at the World Bank including as Regional Vice President for the Africa Region, Country Director for East Asia, and Country Director for East Africa. He has extensive experience in development work in a wide range of country program issues as well as sectoral matters including urbanization in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He championed a number of initiatives at the World Bank including the HIV/AIDS initiative, capacity development and infrastructure. He is a board member of the African Center for Economic Transformation, and the Academy for Educational Development.

Opeyemi Akanbi – LLM Student, Harvard Law School

Opeyemi Akanbi is an attorney from Nigeria. She was an associate in Babalakin & Co., Lagos, Nigeria and worked in the litigation and corporate finance practice areas of the firm. Her areas of interest are: public private partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, project finance and taxation. She combines her interest in corporate transactions with a commitment to justice reform and provides legal representation to indigent persons in Nigeria. Ms. Akanbi obtained her LLB from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife, Nigeria and her BL from the Nigerian Law School. She is currently an LLM Candidate at Harvard Law School.

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