Over 40,000 people move to cities in Africa every single day (IFC) and by 2030, for the first time, more people will be living in cities than the countryside (UN). Our focus country, Malawi has the 3rd highest population growth rate in the world at 3.3% (CIA) – and is one of the world’s fastest urbanizing countries. The current population of over 18 million is expected to reach 45 million by 2050, with much of the growth going to cities.
Adam Camenzuli, CFA, CBV, CAIA has experience in real estate, finance, international trade and also founded an award-winning social enterprise in East Africa. Adam is a CFA Charterholder, Chartered Business Valuator (CBV), CAIA Charterholder and holds an International BBA degree from the Schulich School of Business, York University (Canada). He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (UK) and was selected as a Canadian Top 30 Under 30. He won the United Nations SEED Award and is a Laureate Global Fellow. He has language skills in Swahili, French, German and Spanish and is learning Chichewa. Adam has been featured in Forbes Africa, CNN and the CBC and has presented and won awards on five continents.
Luzayo is a Malawian-Canadian marketing, branding and sales expert with experience across the private, public and non-profit sectors. He holds a Political Science degree (Honours) from York University (Canada). He aided in developing the brand identity and market positioning for the Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund, which has supported 50 innovative businesses in the country. A fluent Chichewa speaker, Luzayo has extensive marketing experience in Malawi, and he understands local branding and positioning. In fact, he was instrumental in providing marketing solutions for Sunseed Oil, a leading cooking oil company in the country, where he launched new products across various product segments.
Jones is a leading Malawian social entrepreneur and leading author on innovation in the country. He has an environmental science degree from Mzuzu University (Malawi) where he focused on forestry and geographical information systems. He also holds a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship from the Malawi University of Science and Technology. He runs one of Malawi’s largest social enterprises, Zuwa Energy, which has provided affordable light and energy to 20,000 people across Malawi. In addition, Jones supports SMEs and upcoming entrepreneurs in business development including business planning, access to finance and technical support, having trained more than 100 entrepreneurs in the SADC region.