The long- and short-term impact of Ebola on African healthcare

KPMG Members at Africa Works

On the 16th and 17th of October of 2014, NABC organizes the second edition of the Africa Works! conference, together with the African Studies Centre.

The objective of Africa Works! 2014 is to explore the challenges and opportunities Africa poses to companies, government bodies, NGO’s and knowledge centers through informing, inspiring, and expanding professional networks.

During Africa Works! 2014 we focus on knowledge and practical knowledge questions about the current situation and realities in African countries and what this implies for business, diplomacy, and partnerships when it comes to opportunities and constraints.

Africa Works! serves as a platform for new partnerships, while ensuring interaction between the above mentioned parties. A combination of scientific seminars and practical workshops will highlight those themes that are relevant to Africa today.

A large variety of Africa-oriented workshops with a focus on knowledge and practical knowledge questions on ‘Doing Business in Africa today’ will be facilitated; one of such is “The Investment Balancing Act: Increasing Trust and Reducing Risk” which will be managed by KMPG and PharmAccess. Representatives of KPMG are Elbert Waller and Jelco van der Avoort:

Elbert Waller

1Elbert Waller (1957) leads the KPMG High Growth Markets Practice in the Netherlands. This practice advises clients regarding activities in Emerging Markets, and Emerging Markets based companies investing in or through the Netherlands. Elbert is responsible for the Thought Leadership of KPMG in the Netherlands regarding developments in Emerging/High Growth Markets and to ensure an adequate KPMG response to these developments in terms of information and services to be provided to KPMG’s clients.

Elbert has also a sound experience advising and guiding foreign based companies, especially in the fields of corporate location selection and business startups in the Netherlands. Moreover, he has considerable experience in supporting Dutch Companies to address and solve issues related to these companies’ activities in Emerging/High Growth Markets, by involving the appropriate KPMG service lines and specialists.

Elbert is also the principal KPMG contact for developing and maintaining relations with intermediaries active in international investment and trade promotion (investment agencies, bilateral chambers, banks, ministries, embassies, trade associations)

Other relevant positions

  • Member of the Policy Committee of AmCham in the Netherlands
  • Vice President – Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce and Trade

Relevant Past Experience

  • Initiator and responsibility for KPMG Central & Eastern Europe Desk in 1990
  • Served as PA to the European Chairman of KPMG in Brussels (1994)
  • Responsibility for functioning of the Country Desks in KPMG Netherlands, reporting directly to the Chairman of the KPMG Board of Management (2000- 2008)
  • Initiator and responsibility for establishing Emerging Markets Group in KPMG Netherlands (2008), in co-ordination with KPMG Europe LLP

Jelco van der Avoort

2Jelco van der Avoort is a senior manager in KPMG South Africa’s healthcare advisory practice. This practice is the centre of excellence for pan-African healthcare and life sciences advisory projects that KPMG conducts. Our clients represent the public and private sector as well as donor-funded agencies.

Jelco has a Master in Health Economics and in Health Sciences and has been working on the African continent since 2012. He also conducted his master thesis for Health Sciences in South Africa in 2004. Before joining the African healthcare advisory practice he worked for KPMG’s global centre of excellence Health as a regional executive. Prior to this role he has been involved in healthcare advisory engagements in the Dutch KPMG firm where he started his career in 2008.

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