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Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili and Herbert Wigwe to Speak at the 2018 African Philanthropy Forum Annual Conference in Johanesbourg

DR OBIAGELI EZEKWESILI Senior Economic Advisor at AEDPI and Dr Herbert Wigwe, GMD/CEO of Access Bank Plc are among dignitaries to speak at this year’s African Philanthropy Forum in Johanesbourg, south Africa. The conference is scheduled to run from August 1 to 2, 2018. Other speakers at the forum include Lord Dr Hastings Global Head of Citizenship at KPMG, Andrew Doust,Founder of Plenitude Partners and Graça Machel, Founder of Graça Machel Trust.

The African Philanthropy Forum (APF) is a strong and vibrant community of givers who through their strategic investments, partnerships, and influence, foster inclusive and sustainable development on the African Continent.

The African Philanthropy Forum (APF) was established in 2014 to build a learning community of strategic African philanthropists and social investors committed to inclusive and sustainable development throughout the Continent. Through its conference, programs and match-making services, the APF aimed to inform and enhance the development impact of the giving and investing of this network.

It was embedded within the Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF), a global network of strategic philanthropists and social investors committed to international causes.

Since February 2016, the APF has established a stronger presence on the Continent, through our regional meetings, partnerships with local organizations and investment in the development of the Toolkit for African Philanthropists. This engagement has propelled the organization’s belief that there is an urgent need to establish APF as an independent non-profit organization, operating on the African Continent. This organization will continue to be affiliated with the Global Philanthropy Forum and will specifically partner with the GPF on holding its annual convenings and its match-making services.


For over a decade, many have talked about the potential of African economies and the imminent economic boom on the continent. Although there has been exponential growth in the continent’s largest economies, more than half its economies have either slowed down. At this year conference, delegates will discuss the role of philanthropists and social investors in bridging the gap between Africa’s potential and its reality while focusing on collaborative actions to effect this change.


The 2018 APF Annual Conference with the theme “Potential and Reality: Bridging the Gap” will engage philanthropists, HNIs, Influencers, and socio-economic development experts as we discuss innovative and tested strategies to bridge the gap between Africa’s potential and reality for scalable and sustainable impact on the African continent.

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