Webinar | Financing Growth Opportunities of Agriculture and Agribusiness



Tugba Gurcanlar, The World Bank

Habil Olaka, Kenya Bankers Association


When: July 31, 2013, 9:00 AM -10:00 AM EDT


Global agricultural and food markets are growing at unprecedented rates. A recent report by the World Bank projects agriculture and agribusiness in Sub-Saharan Africa to become a US$1 trillion market by 2030. We invited one of the contributors to the above report, Ms. Tugba Gurcanlar, Trade Specialist at the World Bank's Finance and Private Sector Development to talk about the growing market opportunities and constraints in African agriculture and agribusiness. Ms. Gurcanlar also explored the role that financial institutions can play in realizing the agriculture growth potential. We also invited Mr. Habil Olaka, Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Bankers Association to comment on what banks in his region can do to capture the share of Africa’s US$1 trillion opportunities. You may listen to the recording of the webinar and download the presentation below.

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About the Speakers:

Tugba Gurcanlar
Trade Specialist, Finance and Private Sector Development Unit, World Bank


Tugba Gurcanlar has more than seven years of experience in international trade, finance, and private sector in emerging markets. She wrote and published widely on these issues in venues such as the World Economic Forum, McKinsey Quarterly, and World Bank in-house publications, while at the same time focusing on investment operations. Gurcanlar’s previous work in the Bank Group’s Finance and Trade Departments focused on the global expansion of emerging countries’ commercial banks, international trade corridors and frontier emerging markets’ integration into global supply chains. Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked in Europe, Middle East and the United States on issues including business growth in Central and Eastern European States, the EU merger policy and US foreign policy. Tugba holds a BA from Connecticut College, an MPP in Global Economic Policy from Duke University, and an MBA from Columbia University.

Habil Olaka
Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Bankers Association


Habil Olaka is responsible for the strategic direction of the Kenya Bankers Association under guidance from the Governing Council, the governing body of the Association. Previously he was the Director of Operations of the East African Development Bank (EADB), member of senior management team in charge of the credit operations of the Bank. During his tenure in EADB Habil held various positions, including Chief Internal Auditor, Manager in charge of the Risk Management and Control Unit (RMCU), Resident Manager of the EADB in Kenya, and Director of Operations. Before joining the Bank he was with Banque Indosuez (now Bank of Africa) for 4 years as the Internal Auditor having started his career at the Price Waterhouse Coopers, Nairobi. He holds a First Class Honours BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nairobi and an MBA in Finance from the Manchester Business School in the UK.