South Africa-Italy Summit

RAMAPHOSA’S TURNAROUND: Great opportunities for Italian companies in South Africa

Palazzo Parigi – Corso di Porta Nuova, 1, Milan
April 4, 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm (Registration 2.45 pm)

South Africa-Italy Summit/Indaba

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Ramaphosa’s presidency marks a significant break with the past, with ambitious goals for economic development and international openness. Profound and incisive reforms are expected, that will create significant spaces for international operators, in particular in the public-private sector of networks and infrastructures.

What opportunities will there be for international investors? How best can one position oneself for seizing the new opportunities offered by the country and the region? What recommendations can the Italian business community put across to the new President?

To paint the scenario and outline the opportunities of the new South Africa, The European House – Ambrosetti is organizing a working group, in the presence of His Excellency Prof. Shirish M. Soni, the South African Ambassador to Rome, to discuss trade between the two countries with heads of companies. The opening speakers will be:

  • Paolo Borzatta – Senior Partner, The European House – Ambrosetti
  • Prof. Shirish M. Soni – South Africa’s Ambassador to Rome
  • Fabrizio Zago – CEO, Building Energy
  • Giulia Pellegrini – Portfolio Manager Emerging Markets, BlackRock
  • Elio Menzione – former Italian Ambassador to Pretoria (2008 – 2011)

The Working Group has been organized as part of the activities of the Italy – South Africa Summit, the 5th edition of which will take place in Johannesburg on October 23-24, 2018.

The aim of the summit, reserved for CEOs from Italy/Europe and South Africa/SADC, is to create a community of leaders capable of expanding business and investment relationships between the two countries and regions, acting as a focal point for the Italian community in South Africa and in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Further information, please contact:
➢ Eleonora Magnani:  eleonora.magnani@ambrosetti.eu – Tel. +39 02 46753.303

Visita il sito dedicato al Summit Italia-Sudafrica:

The Summit brings together a selected community of CEOs, leading economists and governmental authorities from Italy, South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa to strength strategic and business relationship.

South Africa – Italy Summit 2017 edition sessions:

1. Decipher a shifting geo-economic scenario
2. Promoting railways and intermodal connectivity
3. Leaders of the Future
Energy investments and infrastructure for a sustainable Africa
5. “Made in Italy” meets “Made in Africa”.

A Gala Dinner, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (location of the Summit) and a reception cocktail at the Residence of the Italian Ambassador in Pretoria provided further opportunities for networking and interaction.
Additional side activities have been organized on Thursday and Friday (October 26 – 27), with the goal of providing guests with hands-on experience on South African business opportunities (industry roundtables, company visits, celebrations for Oliver Tambo’s centennial, and others upon Partners’request).

Speakers 2017

Paolo Borzatta (Senior Partner, The European House – Ambrosetti), Matteo Brambilla (Managing Director Africa, Building Energy), Rosetta Chabala (CEO, ZAMEFA), Marcus Cornaro (Ambassador of EU to South Africa), Benedetto Della Vedova (Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy), Riccardo Delleani (CEO, Olivetti), Valerio De Molli (Managing Partner & CEO, The European House – Ambrosetti), Pietro Giovanni Donnici (Ambassador of Italy to Pretoria), Alec Erwin (Chairman, UBU Investment Holdings; former Minister of Public Enterprises and former Minister of Trade and Industry of South Africa), Siyabonga Gama (Group Chief Executive, Transnet), Mateyo C. Kaluba (Group CEO, Industrial Development Corporation, Zambia), Vincent Lemaire (Country Leader South Africa, CLN-MA Group), Peter Malungani (Chairman, Peu Group), David Malemolla Makhura (Premier of Gauteng, South Africa), Luigi Michi (Director, Strategy and Development, Terna), Riccardo Maria Monti (Chairman, Italferr), Felix Mutati (Minister of Finance, Zambia), Tseke Nkadimeng (CEO, Afric Oil), Nomatemba Tambo (Ambassador of South Africa to Rome), Stergomena Tax (Executive Secretary, SADC), Lindiwe Zulu (Minister of Small Business Development, South Africa).



For more information, please contact:
➢ African based participants: Nico de Kockinfo@grownconsulting.co.za, Tel. 0861 102 182
➢ European based participants: Eleonora Magnani southafrica.italy.summit@ambrosetti.eu, Tel. +39 02 46753.303