12:45 – 14:00 – Panel Discussion: Recent Trends in International Development Cooperation in Africa

The objective of the panel discussion is to overview the state of play and the new trends of development cooperation in Africa, inter alia addressing the new Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs as well as the implementation of the EU External Investment Plan. The EU Twinning Programme as an instrument for cooperation will be taken into consideration as well.


Violeta Motulaitė

Violeta Motulaitė was an Adviser to the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Supreme Council (Parliament) of the Republic of Lithuania in 1990-1992. In 1993-1997, she served as Assistant to the Advisor of the President of the Republic of Lithuania.

Ms Motulaitė joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania in 1997. Since then she assumed different positions in the Lithuanian Diplomatic service. She was the first secretary at the Multilateral relations division, the  Counsellor at NATO integration division, the Head of Asia, Middle East and Pacific division, the Director of Information and Public Relations department, the  Ambassador-at-large  at Policy planning department, the  Ambassador-at-Large at Latin America, Africa, Asia and Pacific Department. Since 2014, Ms Motulaitė is Director of Development Cooperation Department.

Violeta Motulaitė served as the Lithuanian ambassador to Republic of Moldova, as First Secretary, Counsellor in Czech Republic, as Minister Counsellor in Kingdom of Denmark.

Education: graduated from Vilnius University, since 1993 PhD in Humanities.  


Barbara Pesce-Monteiro

Ms. Barbara Pesce-Monteiro was appointed Director of the UN/UNDP Office in Brussels on 1 October 2014.

Prior to this appointment, Ms Pesce–Monteiro served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Cuba (2010-2014). She carried out her duties during the country’s challenging economic and social transformation process, and coordinated the response of the international community to Hurricane Sandy. In her previous capacities, Ms. Pesce-Monteiro served as Country Director with UNDP Colombia (2007-2010), supporting the consolidation of the peace process after 40 years of armed conflict. As Senior Deputy Resident Representative with UNDP Guatemala (2002-2006), she supported the implementation of the country’s peace agreements. Previously, Ms Pesce-Monteiro served as Deputy Resident Representative with UNDP Nicaragua (1999-2002), as Programme Specialist with UNCDF for the Sahel post-crisis (1996-1999), as Assistant Resident Representative with UNDP Angola (1992-1996), and as Programme Officer with UNDP Mexico (1990-1992).

Ms. Pesce-Monteiro holds a Master’s degree in Rural Development Planning from the East Anglia University (UK), and Diploma Certificates in Negotiation from Harvard University (USA) and in Management from the United Kingdom Open University (UK). She completed her degree in International Political Science at La Sapienza University (IT). Prior to pursuing her university studies, she attended the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore, where she completed the International Baccalaureate. In addition to her native Italian, Ms. Pesce is fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

Kanayo Awani

Mrs. Kanayo Awani is the Managing Director, Intra-African Trade Initiative in Afreximbank. She holds a Master of Public Administration Degree (specializing in International Trade and Finance) from Harvard University (Kennedy School of Government), Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America. She also holds the Edward S. Mason Fellowship in Public Policy and Management from the same University. Mrs. Awani has extensive banking experience having worked for Citigroup in Nigeria for about 17 years in various functions, the last being Vice President and Head of Industrial and Commercial Corporates. She joined the African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) to pursue development finance in 2009 as Director, Trade Finance and Branches. In her current role as Managing Director, she leads the Bank’s efforts in implementing its Intra-African trade and Industrialisation Strategies, and in that role, She chairs the Bank’s Industrialisation Working Group. She is also the Chairperson of the Africa Chapter of FCI, a global factoring association.


Carmelo Cocuzza

Carmelo Cocuzza is currently Head of Unit in the Global Partners Department at the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) headquarters in Luxembourg where he covers blending and technical assistance programmes in Africa, Caribbean the Pacific, Asia and Latin America.

He holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree from Oxford Brookes University in England, a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance for Development from the University of Milan, Italy and is an alumni of the Oxford Impact Investing Programme of the Said Business School at Oxford University.

Mr. Cocuzza has over 23 years of development finance experience acquired at the EIB and at the African Development Bank. He has been Head of the EIB’s Regional Representations for Southern Africa and Indian Ocean based in Pretoria, South Africa (2012-2017)  and for East and Central Africa in Nairobi, Kenya (2004-2009). He has been Senior Investment officer for EIB’s operations in ASEAN countries and Loan officer for Central Africa where he led the structuring of the EIB’s funding for the Chad-Cameroon Oil Pipeline. He has been an active advisory board member of various venture capital funds for SMEs in East Africa. He is a certified Microfinance Trainer and in 2010 he privately founded and established a small business incubator, FinAfrica, based in Kampala, Uganda.

Rodrigo Deiana

Rodrigo Deiana is a Junior Policy Analyst in the OECD Development Centre’s Africa Unit as part of the JPO Programme financed by Italy. He contributed to the Development Centre’s flagship reports, Africa’s Development Dynamics and previously the African Economic Outlook, and among other topics works on policy aspects of international trade, financial and private sector development in Africa. Before joining the OECD, Rodrigo was an economist and ODI Fellow in the Government of Rwanda, advising on regional integration, trade policy, and private sector development. He also worked as consultant to the World Bank Group in Kigali on matters of agricultural policy. Prior to that, he worked at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt and at the World Trade Organization in Geneva. Rodrigo holds a Master’s degree from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.


Anda Anica

Anda Anica has been working as a Project Manager at RoAid – the Romanian Agency for International Development Cooperation since 2017, when the Agency became operational. She is responsible for projects in the field of humanitarian assistance, disaster risk reduction and post-conflict reconstruction, dedicated to African and Caribbean states. Anda builds on more than 5 years of volunteering projects and international experiences across Europe. Before starting to work at RoAid, she worked as an intern at NewClimate Institute in Germany, a research institute for climate policy and sustainable development, where she had the opportunity to work with some of the leading climate policy analysts in Europe. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Development Studies from the Grenoble-Alpes University in France, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Romania.  Driven by her strong interest for African affairs, she is going to participate this summer in a short-term learning programme in South Africa, organized by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), discussing the role of emerging powers and their engagement with the African continent.

Artūras Žarnovskis

Mr. Artūras Žarnovskis has over 10 years of experience in managing programs and projects funded by various international donors and the Lithuanian budget. He is highly skilled expert with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management field. His managed programs‘ portfolio  reaches more than 1,3 billion EUR. Mr. Artūras leads an ambitious team of 40 employees who are working together for usefulness of  public investments and effective management. He works closely with the authorities to make  the use of public investment more efficient and always provides ideas for improving the administrative mechanism. Throughout his career, he has accumulated experience in drafting legislation, project evaluation and implementation in various areas: health, cultural heritage, environmental protection, transport and justice sectors.