The Ai Academy helps investment and business leaders and policy makers to understand the evolution of investing in Africa, to enhance their performance, competitiveness and provide a fact base for decision-making at the continental level.

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.

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The Ai African Project Developers Forum

The Ai African Project Developers Forum (APDF) is a pan-African network of over 200 infrastructure project developers and early-stage financiers that shares and publishes thought leadership, promotes best practice, discusses co-development opportunities and is committed to improving the business environment for project developers and financiers in Africa.

Bart Nnaji
CEO, Geometric Power Limited

Carlo van Wageningen
Chairman, Lake Turkana Wind Power

Edu Okeke
Managing Director, Azura Power Holding Limited
Non Executive DirectorNon Executive Director
Fidelity Bank PLC

Gad Cohen
Chief Executive Officer, EleQtra

Helen Tarnoy
CEO, Aldwych International

Johan de Vos
Chairman, Gigajoule Group

John McCarthy
Former Head of Global Infrastructure Abu Dhabhi Investment Authority

Marc Mandaba
Managing Director, Themis

Vishal Agarwal
Former Managing Director (Developments & Investments), GE Africa
Chairman & CEO of Full Circle
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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.

Dr. Hubert Danso
CEO and Chairman: Africa investor
Chairman: ASWPFF
Chairman, African Union’s Continental Business Network (CBN)
Chairman, African Green Infrastructure Investment Bank Advisory Board (AfGIIB)
Musa Mabesa
Principal Executive Officer, Government Employees Pension Fund,
Chairman, Asset Owners Forum South Africa (AOFSA)

Uche Orji
Former CEO, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority
Co-Founder/Partner, Titangate Capital Management
Invited Expert Member, High Level Expert Group on Scaling up Sustainable Finance in LMIC
Non Executive Director/ Chair of Risk Committee, The Private Infrastructure Development Group
Linda Mateza
Former Chief Executive & Principal Officer, Eskom Pension and Provident Fund

Mbui Wagacha
Chairman: Kenyan Sovereign Wealth Fund, Senior Economic Advisor: Executive Office of the President, Kenya

Adam Mayingu
Director General of the Public Service Pension Fund (PSPF) Tanzania
Renosi Mokate
Chairperson, Government Employees Pension Fund, (GEPF)

David Nuyoma

Richard Byarugaba

Dr. Richard Mwiinga
Former Chairman, Zambia Association of Pension Funds (ZAPF)
Solomon Asamoah
Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund
Papa Demba Diallo
Former Director-General, FONSIS SA (Senegalese Sovereign Wealth Fund)
Managing Director, Head of Project Development, Africa50

Joseph Boateng
Senior Analyst Chief Investment Officer, Casey Family Programs

Dr. Edward Odundo
Former Chief Executive Officer, Retirement Benefits Authority Kenya & President, International Organisation of Pensions Supervisors (IOPS)
Sundeep Raichura
Chairman, Kenya Pension Fund Investment Consortium (Kepfic)

Theresa Whitmarsh
Former Executive Director, Washington State Investment Board
Ayman Soliman
Chief Executive Officer, The Sovereign Fund of Egypt

Nic Firzli
Director General World Pensions Council
Obaid Amrane
CEO, Ithmar Capital, (Moroccan Sovereign Fund)

Nic Firzli
Director General World Pensions Council

Aldo Tembe
CEO, Moçambique Previdente

Robert Maynard
CIO, Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (P.E.R.S.I)
Gilbert Nyatanyi
Chief Executive Officer, Agaciro Development Fund – Rwanda
John McCarthy
Former Head of Global Infrastructure, Abu Dhabhi Investment Authority


Ndabe Mkhize
Former Chief Executive Officer, Eskom Pension & Provident Fund (EPPF)
Akim Daouda
Chief Executive Officer, Gabonese Sovereign Wealth Fund (FGIS)
Carlos Alberto Lopes
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Angola Sovereign Wealth Fund


Paddy Turymwijuka
Director, Petroleum Investment Fund Uganda
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Ai Emerging Managers Forum Advisory Board

John Robinson
Senior Managing Consultant, PFM Asset

Robert Greene
President & CEO of the National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC)
Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Virginia Retirement System (VRS)

Prof. Wilmot Allen
Senior Adviser, Africa investor Emerging Managers Forum
Founder & Chairman, VentureLift Africa
Managing Director-Africa, DGrid Energy


Christine Phillpotts
Snr Vice President, Alliance Bernstein

Angela Miller May
Director of Investments/CIO, Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund

Dr. Hubert Danso
CEO and Chairman, Africa investor
Chairman, ASWPFF
Chairman, African Union’s Continental Business Network (CBN)
Chairman, African Green Infrastructure Investment Bank Advisory Board (AfGIIB)

The NDC Investment Awards Board

The NDC Investment Awards are the only international, pan-African awards that recognize and reward both public and private sector institutions that are working to innovate and break new ground to mobilize investment and private sector participation at scale, in NDC Paris-aligned climate investment commitments and projects.

World governments and global development finance institutions recognize that there is no single Net Zero pathway that can be followed to address the SDGs and Paris Agreement infrastructure and energy multi-trillion Dollar financing gap for bankable green transition Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and Net Zero infrastructure projects.

The only way would be to exponentially increase the scale and speed of global institutional investor allocations that can be rapidly deployed and performed at both project and asset levels in emerging markets and developing countries.

Dr. Hubert Danso
CEO and Chairman, Africa investor
Chairman, ASWPFF
Chairman, African Union’s Continental Business Network (CBN)
Chairman, African Green Infrastructure Investment Bank Advisory Board (AfGIIB)
Damilola Ogunbiyi
CEO and Special Representative
UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All
Ziad-Alexandre Hayek
World Association of PPP Units (WAPPP)