Tuesday and Wednesday, October 29-30, 2019
The Maslow Hotel, Johannesburg – South Africa


South Africa-Italy Summit/Indaba
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Formed on the basis of the bilateral South Africa-Italy Summit, the “Southern Africa Europe CEO Dialogue 2019” offers an exclusive platform of content and networking, capable of promoting the long-term growth of strategic economic relations between Europe and Southern Africa. In addition to Italy and South Africa, the 2019 CEO Dialogue involves other member states of the EU and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Now in its sixth year, the platform created by The European House-Ambrosetti in 2014 allows top-level business and institutional leaders from both continents to share ideas, build new and strong partnerships, and learn about the enormous economic and political opportunities that exist within  Euro-African relations today, with special focus on SADC. The Summit aims at providing concrete approaches that have a direct impact for business, regarding the EU’s growing attention and commitment towards Sub-Saharan Africa.

Thanks to a Think Tank of international experts and influential advisors, the Summit will address pivotal issues for Europe and Southern Africa, taking into consideration the geopolitical, economic, and social trends that will influence the future of both continents.

The Summit is designed to provide a high-level and unique opportunity to promote networking and debate. Moreover, it is a perfect occasion to share the work and the activities of the Leaders Community formed around the Summit, which is ready to welcome new members from among prominent individuals on the Euro-African institutional and business scene.

“The South Africa Italy Summit has become the main event for the Italian and South African entrepreneurial leadership to strengthen bilateral economic relations. Building upon this bilateral framework, the Summit has evolved into a pan-European and pan-African platform to create strategic business partnerships at the highest level” (source: CNBC Africa)

This CNBC Africa special looks at highlights from 2018 edition

2018 South Africa – Italy Summit highlights from CNBC Africa






CEO Dialogue 2019 Advisory Board

Business Advisors:

  • Paolo Borzatta, Senior Partner, The European House – Ambrosetti
  • Alec Erwin, Chairman, UBU Investment Holdings
  • Phuti Mahanyele, CEO, Sigma Capital
  • Antonio Matos, Chairperson, Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative
  • Maurizio Mariano, Founder and Director, BBM Law Firm
  • Ignazio Moncada, Chairman, IDA Capital
  • AB Moosa, CEO, Avalon Group
  • Tseke Nkadimeng, Executive Chairman, Bouvest
  • Luigi Pio Scordamaglia, CEO, Inalca; President, Filiera Italia


Ambassadors and Ministers:

  • H.E. Marcus Cornaro, EU Ambassador to South Africa
  • H.E. Paolo Cuculi, appointed Ambassador of Italy to South Africa
  • H.E. Christophe Farnaud, Ambassador of France to South Africa
  • H.E. Carlos Fernandez Arias, Ambassador of Spain to South Africa
  • Hon. Peya Mushelenga, Minister of Urban and Rural Development of Namibia
  • H.E. Martin Schäfer, Ambassador of Germany to South Africa
  • H.E. Shirish Soni, Ambassador of South Africa to Italy



For more information please contact:
➢ for European participants:
Ms. Alice Vertemati:  europe.sadc.summit@ambrosetti.eu – Tel. +39 02 46753.638
➢ for African participants:
Mr. Nico de Kock – info@ambrosetti.co.za, Tel. +27 82 941 4041


Summit sessions 2018
  • Financial tools to improve Africa’s investibility
  • Synergies between different tourism models
  • Intermodal paradigm in transport and logistics
  • Skills for smart manufacturing and latest technologies
  • Scientific and university cooperation hub
  • Smart technologies and the city of the future
Speakers 2018

Rob Adam (Managing Director, South African Radio Astronomy Observatory; Project Director, Square Kilometre Array); Paolo Borzatta (Senior Partner, The European House – Ambrosetti); Nino Cingolani (Vice President International Projects, Italian State Railways); Marcus Cornaro (EU Ambassador to South Africa); Niccolò D’Amico (President, Italian National Institute for Astrophysics); Deon de Beer (Chair in Innovation and Commercialisation of Additive Manufacturing, Central University of Technology); Valerio De Molli (Managing Partner and CEO, The European House – Ambrosetti); Pietro Giovanni Donnici (Ambassador of Italy to South Africa); Alec Erwin (Chairman, UBU Investment Holdings; former Minister of Public Enterprises and former Minister of Trade and Industry, South Africa); Mike Fanucchi (Chief Customer Of_cer, Transnet); Lorenzo Fioramonti (Deputy Minister of Education, University and Research, Italy); Tim Harris (CEO, Wesgro – Cape Town & Western Cape Tourism, Trade & Investment Official Agency); Bernadette Jagger (Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Namibia); Stella Kilonzo (Executive Director, Africa Investment Forum, African Development Bank); Fabio Lazzerini (Chief Operating Officer, Alitalia); Phuti Mahanyele (Executive Chairperson, SIGMA Capital); David Malemolla Makhura (Premier of Gauteng); Peter Malungani (Chairman, Peu Capital Partners); Buti Manamela (Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, South Africa); Stefano Manservisi (Director General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission); Trevor Manuel (President’s Special Envoy on Investment, South Africa; Chairman, Old Mutual); Herman Mashaba (Mayor of Johannesburg, South Africa); Joel B. Matiza (Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Zimbabwe); Antonio Almeida Matos (Chairperson, Mozambique Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative – MCLI); Thabo Molekoa (CEO, Thyssenkrupp AG, Sub Saharan Africa); Peya Mushelenga (Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Namibia); Ranieri Niccoli (Chief Manufacturing Of_cer, Automobili Lamborghini); Tseke Nkadimeng (Founder, Moopong Investment Holding); Lapo Pistelli (Executive Vice President of International Affairs, ENI); Jeff Radebe (Minister of Energy, South Africa); Jonathan Reichental (CIO and CTO, City of Palo Alto, California); Shirish Soni (Ambassador of South Africa to Italy); Luiz Zerbini (Director, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, ICGEB, Cape Town).

During the Summit two papers have been presented:
Paper about the development of intermodal transport in the SADC Region: main challenges and businesses opportunities
Paper about implications and opportunities for the Southern Africa tourism industry in the digital age 


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