As part of its Corporate Social Investment policy, Africa investor established the Ai Academy as a thought leadership and networking platform to provide valuable information and networks to key decision makers working on investment issues in Africa. The Ai Academy benefits from specialists’ insights from Ai Capital and the operational experience of the Ai Advisory Board, as well as programmes run by Ai events.
The Ai Academy works closely with the Ai Heads of State Investment Advisory Council, launched in 2011 at the New York Stock Exchange in partnership with the United Nations and African Union. The Ai Council brings together and mobilizes business and investment leaders to advise African Heads of State and the African Union on strategies to increase intra-African investment flows and regional economic integration.
The Academy runs proprietary platforms to address and increase the pipeline of investable, bankable projects through the Ai Project Developers Forum and mobilizes African capital and asset owners through the Ai Sovereign Wealth and Pension Leaders Forum.
The Ai African Sovereign Wealth and Pension Fund Forum
The Ai African Sovereign Wealth and Pension Fund Forum (ASWPFF) is a high-level platform for African Sovereign Wealth and Pension Fund (SWF & PF) leaders to network and share best practices on key issues related to improving the investment environment for long term intra-African investment.
The Forum fosters and facilitates inbound investment in the continent’s financial markets, together with Northern Hemisphere asset owners and supranational institutions. The ASWPFF builds on a series of Ai-led consultations and events for African SWF & PF leaders to assess and determine existing barriers to investment in Africa – including non-listed assets such as infrastructure.
The Ai African Sovereign Wealth and Pension Fund Forum (AiSWPFF) hosts two Leaders’ Summits each year: one in Africa – The African Sovereign Wealth and Pension Fund Forum, held annually in Africa in May, during the Ai CEO Infrastructure Investment Summit 2017 (3 May 2017, Johannesburg, South Africa), and an international Summit in the US – The African Sovereign Wealth and Pension Fund Leaders’ Forum, held annually in September in New York, during the Ai CEO Institutional Investment Summit 2016 (19 September 2016, NASDAQ Exchange, New York, USA).
Alongside each Summit, and with the support of Ai, the AiSWPFF hosts a number of prestigious awards to recognise industry leadership and best practice.
These prestigious international industry Awards are the only international pan-African investment Awards designed to recognise African and global institutional investors, pension and sovereign wealth funds and capital market leaders for their work on the African continent.
The Ai SWPF Advisory Board
The Advisory Board is made up of sovereign wealth and pension fund leaders working in Africa. Advisory Board members ensure the industry remains at the forefront of facilitating long term institutional investment and best practice continent wide.