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.
Ai Emerging Managers Forum Advisory Board
The Ai Emerging Managers Forum (AiEMF), is a unique international platform for emerging managers and investment leaders, to share industry best practice, improve governance standards and assist African and US asset owners connect with and support emerging managers through their international allocations and knowledge networks.
The AiEMF is a response to the growing demand from asset owners in Africa and the US to extend their programs and best practice, to support and engage emerging managers– especially local African emerging managers that can handle US international allocations and American emerging managers that can handle African international allocations
The AiEMF was inspired by and builds on the work of the Ai Sovereign Wealth and Pension Fund Leaders Forum, which brings together Africa’s leading and largest asset owners, to engage with global asset owners and development finance partners on co-investments and institutional investment trends in Africa.
Why the Ai EMF?
For Emerging Managers:
- Emerging manager programs are at an embryonic stage in Africa but are growing across key markets
- With the rapid pace of technological disruption and barriers to scale, there is a need to share best practice and create knowledge and partnership networks to proactively address market challenges and opportunities for emerging managers.
For Asset Owners:
- Asset owners in Africa and the US are proactively seeking efficient channels to access talent and platforms to incubate, grow, promote and harmonize high governance standards for emerging managers
- There is also growing demand from asset owners Asset owners in Africa and the US both to extend their programs and best practice, to support and engage emerging managers to assist with their international allocations – especially local African emerging managers that can handle US international allocations and American emerging managers that can handle African international allocations