in conjunction with NYFA 2015
  • “If you are doing something that you really love, it is not work.”- Barclay Paul Okari
  • “What keeps you going [as an entrepreneur] is the need to see your idea come to fruition.”- Kwame Abrokwa
  • “African youth - there will not be the expected growth without your dreams. You need to create your job. In the DNA of Africans, the entrepreneurship gene is there.”- Karl Miville de Chene
  • “Let’s do everything to make sure youth are key stakeholders and are included.”- Michaëlle Jean
  • “Europe needs to do more in Africa so that African students can return to help their countries of origin.”- José Manuel Barroso
  • “The country cannot develop without you. Each of you has the opportunity to reach and accomplish your dreams. The continent of Africa is the continent of the future.”- H.E. Ali Bongo Ondimba
  • “Africa’s strong economic growth (5 percent) is thanks to its youth, which will be the main source of production and innovation in the coming years.”- Lionel Zinsou
  • “Talent does not exist everywhere. The only difference between countries is access. Without having access, nothing will happen.”- Garry Kasparov
  • “African women have arrived.”- Isabel dos Santos
  • “There’s a preconceived idea on Africa which is totally obsolete. Africa is now the future.”- Laurent Fabius
  • “Ambition is a key factor in transformation. The will to transform a country has to be accompanied by action”- Hafid Elalami
  • “All the research shows that investing in women is a good investment”- Cherie Blair
  • “The 21st century is the century of Africa.”- Vincente Fox
  • “This Forum is a perfect example of Gabon's engagement as a future-thinking country, searching for innovative solutions to the challenges facing Africa in its economic growth.”- Alassane Ouattara
  • “Africa is now open to all investors. Its leaders are willing to preserve the continent’s resources and willing to engage in a win-win partnership.”- Macky Sall
  • “Together, we want to encourage young women to venture into new frontiers, and learn that they can achieve anything.”- Sylvia Bongo Ondimba
  • “Technology is spurring innovation, and the so-called "demographic dividend" has brought change.”- Nouriel Roubini
  • “We Africans must do business with each other.”- President F.W. de Klerk
  • “We need to have a competitive economy and proper legal environment to create enterprise, which in turn creates jobs.”- Jean-Louis Billon
  • “We need peace for security but we also need justice and accountability.”- Fatou Bensouda
  • “Given technology in tough environments, people will do more with that technology than its engineers could have ever imagined.”- Jared Cohen
  • “You look at Africa the biggest impediment is our not being able to work together. It’s very simple.”- Kola Karim
  • “If you get the politics and the policies right, the economics usually follow.”- Lord Mandelson
  • “The G.D.P. of african countries has been rising swiftly, but we must take into account issues like access to water supply, education, healthcare, infrastructure and employment.”- Olusegun Obasanjo


Maria Luisa Perdigao Abrantes
CEO Agencia Nacional de Investimentos Privados Angola
Abdeslam Ahizoune
Chairman & CEO Maroc Telecom Morocco
Judith Aidoo
CEO Caswell Capital Parners Ghana
Michael Amankwa
CEO CoreNett Ghana
Stephanie Antoine
Anchor France 24 France
Richard Attias
Executive Chairman Richard Attias & Associates USA
Jaloul Ayed
Former Minister of Finance Tunisia Tunisia
Sade Baderinwa
François Barrault
Chairman Digiworld Institute France
Jean-Louis Beffa
Chairman Lazard Asia Financial Advisory France
Sunil Benhimadu
CEO Stock Exchange of Mauritius Mauritius
Brahim Benjelloun-Touimi
CEO BMCE Bank Morocco
Jean-Baptiste Bikalou
President, Chambre de commerce de Gabon Gabon
Dr. Taddy Blecher
CEO Community and indivdual dev association South Africa
Dr. Wiebe Boer
CEO Tony Elumelu Foundation Nigeria
Irina Bokova
Director General UNESCO
Yayi Boni
President Benin
Vanu Bose
President & CEO Vanu USA
Egide Boundono Simangoye
Former Minister , President CDC Gabon
Robert Bowser
President National Council of Black Mayors, Mayor, East Orange, NJ United States
John Hope Bryant
Founder, Chairman & CEO Operation Hope USA
Pascal Chaigneau
Affiliate Professor of Education Sorbonne Paris Descartes University France
Yang Chonghui
Vice Chairman China Economic and Social Council China
Jean Chretien
Former Prime Minister Canada
Teresa Clarke
Colin Coleman
Managing Director Goldman Sachs South Africa South Africa
Elisabeth Dearborn Davis
Co-founder Akilah Institute for Women Rwanda
Ariane de Rothschild
Vice-Chairman Edmond de Rothschild Holding Switzerland
Stephen Decam
General secretary Conseil des investisseurs francais en France France
Shanta Devarajan
Chief Economist World Bank
Cheick Mobido Diarra
Prime Minister Mali
Charles Koffi Diby
Minister of Finance Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
Amir Dossal
Chairman Global Partnerships Forum USA
Ana Dutra
CEO Korn Ferry Leadership and Talent USA
Esther Dyson
Founder & CEO Edventures USA
Scott Eisner
Vice President, African Affairs United States
Ndubuisi Ekekwe
Founder First Atlantic Semiconductors & Microelectronics Nigeria
Mostafa El Belkhayate
President Moroccan Association of Technical Analysts Morocco
Denise Epote
Africa Anchor TV5 Monde
Ebenezer Essoka
CEO, South Africa, and Area General Manager, Southern Africa Standard Chartered Bank South Africa
Jeffrey Gettleman
East Africa Bureau Chief The New York Times United States
Eric Giler
CEO WiTricity USA
Jon Gosier
Founder Appfrica USA
Gagan Gupta
Managing Director OLAM Singapore
Lahcen Haddad
Minister of Tourism Morocco Morocco
Hadeel Ibrahim
Director of Strategy Mo Ibrahim Foundation United Kingdom
Said Ibrahimi
CEO Morrocan Financial Board Morocco
Ivor Ichikowitz
Executive Chairman, Transafrica Capital South Africa
Regis Immongault
Minister of Industry and Mines Gabon
Jerry Inzerillo
CEO IMG Artists South Africa
Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet
Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation, Francophony, in charge of NEPAD and Regional Integration Gabon
Wei Jianguo
Chairman China-Africa Economic and Technological Cooperation Committee China
Shiv Khemka
Kwadwo Kwakye
CEO Young Explorers Consult Ghana
Li Lan
Director of overseas Division Shanghai Construction Group China
Yan Lan
Head of Greater China Investment Banking Lazard China China
Ronald Lauder
Director Estee Lauder Companies USA
Anne Lauvergeon
Former CEO Areva France
Eric Le Boucher
co-founder France
Jack Lee
Vice President Lenovo Group China
Jean-Pierre Lehmann
Founding Director, the Evian Group and Senior Fellow, Fung Global Institute Switzerland and Hong Kong
Carl Lewis
Athlete "Sportsman of the century" United States
Tegla Loroupe
Athlete Kenya
Lord Mandelson
Chairman, Global Counsel LLP, and Senior Advisor, Lazard USA
Verone Mankou
CEO Way-C Congo
John Marks
Mayor Tallahassee, FL United States
Jacques Marraud des Grottes
President Africa Total Exploration and Production France
Paul Mercier
Managing Director Michael Page Africa
Salaheddine Mezouar
Former Minister of Finance Morocco
Luc Montagnier
President of the Global Foundation of AIDS Research and Prevention, Nobel Prize in Medicine 2008 France
Louise Mushikiwabo
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Rwanda
Walter Mzembi
Minister of Tourism Zimbabwe
Hannington Namara
CEO Private Sector Federation
Victor Ndiyae
CEO Performances Management Consulting Group Senegal, Burkina,Benin, Gabon
Magloire Ngambia
Minister of Investment, Public Works, Transport, Housing and Tourism Gabon
Julien Nkoghe Bekale
Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development Gabon
Leon Nzouba
Minister of Health Gabon
Henri Ohayon
Managing Director ANGT Gabon
Christiane Rose Ossoucah Raponda
Minister of Budget, Public Accounts and Civil Service Gabon
Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou
Head Middle East and North Africa Program Switzerland
Henri-Claude Oyima
CEO BGFI Bank Gabon
Luc Oyoubi
Minister of Economy, Employment and Sustainable Development Gabon
Richard Parsons
Former Chairman Citigroup United States
Mathieu Pigasse
CEO Lazard Financial Advisory France
Jean Ping
Chairperson Commission of the African Union Gabon
Kasim Reed
Mayor Atlanta United States
Roland Rich
Officer in Charge UN Office for Partnerships USA
Luc Rigouzzo
Managing Partner and Executive President AMETHIS France
Nouriel Roubini
Chairman Roubini Global Economics United States
Zainab Salbi
Co-founder Women for Women International Iraq
Albert Sasson
Chairman of the Governing Council The Norman Borlaug Institute for Global Food Security France
Anas Sefrioui
CEO Addoha Group Morocco
Mactar Silla
CEO Africa Communication and Consulting Gabon
Raymond Ndong Sima
Prime Minister Gabon Gabon
Bright Simons
CEO mPedigree Ghana
Samuel Sitta
Minister of East African Cooperation The United Republic of Tanzania Tanzania
Doug Solomon
Tom Sweeney
Director, Royal Holdings UAE and Special Advisor, Taqnia UAE and Saudi Arabia
Paul Talley
COO Zanbato United States
Amin Tazi-Riffi
Partner McKinsey & Company Switzerland
Marc Teyssier d'Orfeuil
Director General Club des Infrastructures PPP France
Dr. Sam Thenya
CEO The Nairobi Women's Hospital Kenya
Hamadoun Toure
Secretary General ITU Switzerland
Mamadou Kwidjim Toure
Founder Africa 2.0
Patrick Utomi
Founder and Senior Faculty Lagos Business School Nigeria
Magatte Wade
CEO Tiossano Senegal
William Wallis
Africa Editor Financial Times United States
Tian Wei
Moderator CCTV China
He Wenping
Director of Africa Studies Institute of West-Asian and African Studies China
Lee White
Executive Secretary ANPN Gabon
Gao Xiqing
Vice chairman and President China Investment Corporation China
Andrew Young
Founder Andrew Young Foundation United States
Mohammad Yunus
Founder Grameen Bank Bangladesh
Leyth Zniber
Vice President Groupe Diana Morocco
Abderrafie Zouitene
Deputy CEO Royal Air Maroc Morocco


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