It was an honour and pleasure to speak at the 24th Annual Africa Business Conference hosted by HBS Africa Business Club at Harvard Business School that took place in Boston. The theme of this year’s conference was “Reimagining the Road Ahead” and I spoke on a panel on how to close the financing gaps for SMEs in Africa within the changing global environment. It was a panel representing all the different suppliers of capital including the role the government has to play in bridging the funding gap. I spoke about how the SME funding gap can be closed through innovative private equity funding models and also spoke about how closing the gender funding gap remains an attractive investing opportunity.