2016 African Philanthropy Forum Convenes African Philanthropists and Leaders from Across Sectors to Leverage Philanthropy in Driving Solutions for the Continent’s Challenges

Under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco 

RABAT, Morocco, September 27, 2016– The 2016 African Philanthropy Forum (APF) will be held on October 17-18 at the Sofitel Jardin des Roses Hotel in Rabat, Morocco. The event will bring together African philanthropists and leaders from business, government and the social sector to discuss the ‘Bold Steps and Big Bets’ required to address the challenges facing the African continent, including those in science and technology, agriculture and nutrition, energy and climate change and governance.

Speakers will include policy leaders such as Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy, Kingdom of Morocco and Paulo Gomes of Guinea-Bissau;  business leaders such as Tonye Cole, Co-founder of Sahara Group, Amina Benkhadra, General Director at ONHYM; philanthropic leaders such as Tsitsi Masiyiwa of Higher Life Foundation,  Zouera Youssoufou of Dangote Foundation, Susan Mboya of Coca-Cola Foundation and Anthony Farr of Alan Gray Orbis Foundation; cultural leaders such as author and director Uzodinma Iweala and artist Mehdi Qotbi; social sector leaders such as  Bongi Mlangeni, Paul Mbugua, Amma Sefa-Dedeh Lartey and many more innovators and social entrepreneurs. Select conference sessions include:

  • Making Big Bets in Agriculture and Nutrition – a showcase of social innovators who are making big bets to reverse the trends of growing malnutrition and hidden hunger across Africa
  • Supporting Entrepreneurship and Youth Employment in Africa – a panel examining initiatives that foster entrepreneurship and battle youth unemployment, an especially critical challenge for Africa’s young population
  • Nuts and bolts workshops on building a world-class family foundation and corporate foundation – breakout sessions that address the best practices and pitfalls to avoid in building each, achieving impact and ensuring long-term viability

APF will share key selections from the conference as it takes place – participate in the conversation by following @APForg and #APF16.

“We’re excited to be holding the third annual APF conference in Morocco, an important cultural and political center for Africa,” said Ndidi Nwuneli, Director of the African Philanthropy Forum. “The speakers for this year’s event represent some of the brightest minds from across the continent, and the agenda promises critically important discussions about progress.”

Attendance at the event is by invitation only. Members of the media interested in attending or covering the event are asked to contact the names listed at the top of this announcement. For more information, please visit https://philanthropyforum.org/conference/2016-apf/.


About the Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF)
GPF is a diverse community of individual philanthropists, grant makers, social investors and executives of private and public foundations committed to international causes. Through conferences, programs and matchmaking services, GPF seeks to inform, enable and enhance the strategic nature of its members’ giving and social investing. GPF has affiliates in Latin America (Brazilian Philanthropy Forum) and Africa (African Philanthropy Forum) for indigenous philanthropists committed to giving where they made their wealth.


About the African Philanthropy Forum (APF)

APF was launched in 2014 with the intention to build and continuously expand a peer learning community of African strategic philanthropists and social investors committed to inclusive and sustainable development throughout the African Continent.  APF envisions a strong and dynamic homegrown philanthropic community on the African Continent, playing a catalytic role in Africa’s achievement of inclusive and sustainable development.



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