Bold Steps and Big Bets

Sunday, October 16

Registration Opens

Cultural Site Visits of Rabat

Pre-Conference Reception

Monday, October 17

Registration and Breakfast

Welcome and Introductions

Opening Keynote Address

Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy, Kingdom of Morocco

Moderator: Aziz Saidi, Editor-in-Chief, La Tribune

Taking Bold Steps on Governance

Good governance is critical for Africa’s rapid transformation. While many countries have invested in reforms, progress has been slow. This session is a panel comprised of thought leaders who are engaged in governance at the Federal, State/District and Local levels. They will examine the critical bold steps, both current and future, that are necessary to fast-track reforms in electoral, legislative, judicial and executive arms of government, build strong institutions, infuse transparency and accountability, reduce waste and enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery.


Paulo Gomes, Chairman, Paulo Gomes & Partners
Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi, Executive Director, Ghana Center for Democratic Development and Co-founder, Afrobarometer
Bongiwe Mlangeni, CEO, Social Justice Initiative (SJI)
Oluseun Onigbinde, Co-Founder, BudgIT
Moderator: Abdelmalek Alaoui, Founder and CEO, Guepard Consulting Group


Making Big Bets in Agriculture and Nutrition

Africa remains a net importer of food, which translates to an unsustainable future. At the same time, rates of malnutrition in rural communities as well as hidden hunger in major cities are growing at an alarming rate. While there is an urgent need for the continent to reverse these trends, a few social innovators and philanthropists are leading this change by making big bets. This session will showcase their work and explore steps to deepen and extend their impact.


Mamadou Biteye, Managing Director, Africa Regional Office, Rockefeller Foundation
Martin Short, CEO, Power of Nutrition
Zouera Youssoufou, Managing Director and CEO, Dangote Foundation
Moderator: Eleni Zaude Gabre-Madhin, CEO, Eleni LLC

Taking Bold Steps in Energy and Climate Change

Almost 600[1] million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. Most countries have an average grid access rate of 20 percent, with only seven countries exceeding 50 percent. Masses of people rely on kerosene stoves, lanterns, candles and battery-powered torches, alternatives that are low quality and expensive. They also foster pollution and are often hazardous. Sadly, the emergence and proliferation of off-grid and mini-grid solutions in most of the continent have been slow. Meanwhile, the potential for hydro, solar, wind, geothermal and gas to transform the energy landscape has yet to be tapped.

The continent’s growing energy needs directly and indirectly exacerbate the urgent climate change realities Africa is facing. With the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC in Morocco just a few weeks after APF convenes, this panel presents a unique opportunity for African leaders to explore the realities of climate change on the continent and its impact on energy and livelihoods. Lastly, the panel provides a platform to examine the bold steps being taken by social innovators and investors to address the large energy gaps as well as efforts to mitigate or adapt to climate change on the continent.

Amina Benkhadra, General Director, ONHYM
Tonye Cole, Co-founder and Executive Director, Sahara Group
Christopher Jurgens, Director, Center for Transformational Partnerships, USAID
Moderator: Mustapha Mokass, Founder and CEO, BEYA Capital (Climate Finance Advisory)


Lunch: Table Talk Just One Crazy Idea for Transforming Africa

Each table will feature one social innovator who is transforming Africa through a bold step or a big bet. While many people consider their ideas as crazy or outrageous, there is already a demonstrable and tangible impact. These innovators come from a range of sectors including agriculture, energy, education, health, sanitation, housing and the environment.

Throughout this session, the innovators will share their unconventional ideas while the rest of the table participants will have the opportunity to ask questions which will provide insights and feedback for partnering and scaling.


Kaoutar Abbahaddou, Founder, Africa Water Innovative Solutions (AWIS)
Mohammed Bendaanane, Co-Founder, Amendy
Dounia Benslimane, Executive Director, Association Racines
Asmaa Falhi, Program Officer, Fund for Global Human Rights, North Africa
Eleni Gabre-Madhin, CEO, Eleni LLC
Uzodinma Iweala, Editor-in-Chief, Ventures Africa
Adrienne Karecki, Regional Program Director, Mercy Corps, West, Central & North Africa
DK Osseo-Asare, Founding Principal, Low Design Office (LOWDO)
Leyth Zniber, Founder, Impact Lab

Supporting Entrepreneurship and Youth Employment in Africa: A Role for Individual and Corporate Philanthropy

Africa has 200 million people between 15-24 years old, giving it the youngest population in the world. Across the continent, youth remain twice as likely to be unemployed as compared to their elders. Individual and corporate philanthropists are helping to address this issue, as well as the related challenges concerning youth unemployment and underemployment, by supporting entrepreneurship. This panel will look at lessons from three such initiatives that include: an Africa-wide effort to recognize and scale up entrepreneurs who are creating jobs, an effort in the Middle East and North Africa to support youth volunteers and social entrepreneurs, and another initiative in the MENA region that provides mentoring to entrepreneurs and leaders in overcoming personal and business challenges.


Kathleen (Kat) Bury, CEO, Mowgli Foundation
Hisham El Rouby, Arab World Regional Director, Synergos Institute
Brahim Benjelloun Touimi, Group Executive Managing Director, BMCE Bank of Africa Group
Moderator: Anna Ginn, Senior Director, Synergos Institute


The Role of Religion in Philanthropy

The average African places tremendous value on giving within the religious context. Christians are expected to “tithe” 10 percent of their income to their church on a monthly basis. Muslims, as one of the Five Pillars of Islam, are required to pay “zakat” which is typically valued as 2.5 percent of assets. Beyond the tithe and zakat, the religious faithful are encouraged to give gifts and charity to their religious leaders, community and those “in need.” These strong belief systems limit the engagement of wealthy Africans in strategic philanthropy, which they often view with discomfort, given their primary obligations to their faith and the perceived public nature of grant-making.

This panel will provide a unique platform for religious leaders to explore the role of religion in philanthropy, as well as the opportunities to change mindsets and raise awareness about the important role that strategic philanthropy can play in Africa’s future.


Olajumoke Adenowo, Founder and CEO, AD Consulting
Rev. Dr. Matthew Kukah, Bishop, Diocese of Sokoto, Nigeria
Driss Alaoui Mdaghri, Professor, Writer and Artist
Moderator: Naila Farouky,CEO and Executive Director, Arab Foundations Forum

Philanthropic Investments in Arts & Culture

Africa has a rich artistic and cultural heritage, and has benefited from a renaissance in the music, movie, arts, fashion and culture landscape throughout the past decade.

This session will explore the pivotal role that philanthropy has played in fostering the growth and development of the arts and culture landscape. Also, it will showcase the work and impact of a few individuals and groups in this landscape. Lastly, it will highlight the big bets and bold steps that are required to preserve and sustain this momentum.


Nizar Ibrahim, Vertebrate Paleontologist, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago
Sandra Mbanefo-Obiago, Founder and Artistic Director, SMO Contemporary Art
Mehdi Qotbi, Artist and President, Moroccan National Foundation of Museums
Moderator: Uzodinma Iweala, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Ventures Africa




The Pivotal Role of the Diaspora

The African Diaspora in the United States and Europe is large and growing. With significant economic and political influence, the Diaspora yearns for a stronger engagement with the African continent in developing and implementing strategies for widespread impact. This session will feature dynamic members of the African Diaspora community who will share their personal experiences of engaging with the African continent.

Walé Adeosun, Founder and CEO, Kuramo Capital Management
Almaz Negash, Founder, African Diaspora Network
Onyekachi Wambu, Director, Engagement and Policy, AFFORD
Moderator: Una Osili, Director of Research and Professor of Economics, The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Musical Performance

Program Adjourns

Tuesday, October 18

Networking Opportunity over Breakfast

Science & Technology Institutions as Enablers

It is widely recognized that Africa needs more homegrown solutions to some of its most pressing challenges. Critical prerequisites for a vibrant science and technology landscape include strong educational and technical institutions, as well as market-driven research centers that actively partner with the private and nonprofit sectors to develop innovative solutions.

This session will examine the state of Africa’s Science and Technology Institutions with a focus on the bold steps and big bets that are being taken to revitalize this space. This is a unique opportunity for the panelists to outline key action steps for creating strong institutions and linkages across the continent.


Yap Boum II, Regional Representative, Epicentre Africa and Co-Founder, Kmerpad
Bitrina Diyamett, Founding Executive Director, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organization (STIPRO)
Paul Mbugua, Managing Director, Eclectics International
Isayvani Naicker, Chief Director, International Resources, National Department of Science and Technology
Moderator: DK Osseo-Asare, Founding Principal, Low Design Office (LOWDO)

Philanthropy—Empathy and Evidence

With the emergence of more African philanthropists from the business community, there is increased demand for evidence-based funding linked to baselines and clear results. Great personal stories and anecdotal evidence, though useful for building empathy, are gradually becoming insufficient to ensure sustained commitment.

This session will explore the critical role that empathy and evidence play in philanthropy. It will present practical approaches being utilized by African philanthropists to measure and report impact.


Chinezi Chijioke, Co-founder and CEO, Nova-Pioneer Education Group
Susan Mboya, President, Coca-Cola Africa Foundation
Tendai Murisa, Executive Director, Trust Africa
Moderator: Mwihaki Kimura, Senior Associate Director, Africa Regional Office, Rockefeller Foundation


Engaging the Second Generation in Wealth Creation and Philanthropy

This session will feature a philanthropist and their child regarding their personal journey of wealth creation and philanthropy. They will share their strategy for including the second generation in building a culture and institutional framework for philanthropy designed to outlive their direct involvement.


Elizabeth Tanya Masiyiwa, Advisor of Talent Engagement and Long Term Investment, Higherlife Foundation
Moderator: Jane Wales, CEO, Global Philanthropy Forum and World Affairs; Vice President, Aspen Institute


Nuts & Bolts Workshops

Breakout Session I: Building a World-Class Family Foundation

This session will provide insights into the nuts and bolts of establishing a world-class family foundation, the pitfalls to avoid and the systems of structures required to manage family dynamics, achieve impact and ensure long-term sustainability.


Anthony Farr, CEO, Allan Gray Orbis Foundation  
Francesca Perrin, Founder and Director, Indigo Trust
Moderator: Audrey Elster, CEO, Raith Foundation

Breakout Session II: Building a World-Class Corporate Foundation

This session will provide insights into the nuts and bolts of establishing a world-class corporate foundation, the pitfalls to avoid and the systems of structures required to manage market dynamics, achieve impact and ensure long-term viability.


Joseph Ogutu, Chairman, Safaricom Foundation
Jane Mwangi, Executive Director, KCB Foundation
Moderator: Susan Mboya, President, Coca Cola Africa Foundation

Breakout Session III: Nuts and Bolts of Venture Philanthropy

This session will provide insights into the mechanics of venture philanthropy. It will introduce philanthropists to the necessary steps for identifying potential investment opportunities, conducting due diligence, as well as making, monitoring and exiting investments. It will expose the challenges to venture philanthropy in the African context and the differences between this form of investment versus venture capital and private equity.


Leila Charfi, Tunisia Country Director, Yunus Social Business
Janade du Plessis, Founder, Abrazo Capital
Said Ibrahimi, CEO, Casablanca Finance City
Moderator: Amma Sefa-Dedeh Lartey, Africa Regional Director, Reach for Change


The Power of Cross-Sector Partnerships in Philanthropy

Accelerating the transformation process on the African continent requires partnerships between philanthropists and those within nonprofit, private and public sectors. This session will showcase successful partnerships among philanthropists and across sectors including the value generated through them. More specifically, it will examine the roles of partnerships in reducing risks, enhancing credibility, the efficiency and effectiveness of programs and scaling high-impact interventions. It will also explore strategies for fostering more partnerships within Africa, especially across multiple regions.


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Valerie Dabady-Liverani, Resource Mobilization and External Finance Department Manager, African Development Bank
Nana A.Y. Twum-Danso, Founder and CEO, MAZA
Moderator: Ndidi Nwuneli, Director, African Philanthropy Forum; Founder, LEAP Africa

Closing Remarks

Conference Adjourns

Sightseeing and Shopping Visit

Post Conference Reception