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. 


Conference Registration Fee: $1,250

Conference Activities

Pre-Conference Activities

Delegates would be treated to tours around historical sites in Johannesburg and an Opening Reception.

July 31, 2018

2018 APF Annual Conference

The conference 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.

August 1 - 2, 2018

Project Site Visits

Delegates will visit project sites in local communities to get first-hand insights into their challenges and triumphs.

August 3, 2018

NBA Games

Join us as at the NBA Africa game to support a good cause.

August 4, 2018

Conference Agenda

9:00 AM
Registration Opens
10:30 AM
Cultural Site Visits (optional)
6:00 PM
Pre-Conference Reception
7:30 AM
Registration and Breakfast
8:30 AM
Speed Networking
9:00 AM
Welcome Address
9:15 AM
Keynote Address
9:45 AM
Plenary 1 - Philanthropists- The Unifying Force in Uncertain Times
10:45 AM
11:15 AM
Plenary 2 - Philanthropists at Work: Promoting Regional Integration in Africa
12:30 PM
Plenary 3 - The Big Push: Philanthropists Backing Research and Development
1:30 PM
Lunch Break
1:30 PM
Working Lunch - ‘Reshaping African Philanthropy’ (Registration required)
2:45 PM
Plenary 4 - Aligning Philanthropic Investments to SDGs
3:45 PM
Plenary 5 - Climate Change and Development in Africa
4:45 PM
Networking Break/Higherlife Book Lauch
6:00 PM
6:30 PM
Dinner & Music Interlude
7:30 PM
Fireside Chat: The Changing Face of Leadership in Africa
8:30 PM
Musical/Cultural Performance
8:50 PM
Program Adjourns
7:30 AM
Networking Opportunity over Breakfast
8:30 AM
Plenary 6 - The Population Explosion Paradox: An Asset or a Liability?
9:30 AM
Plenary 7 - Press for Progress: Closing the Gender Gap
10:30 AM
10:50 AM
Plenary 8 - Classroom Without Walls: Redesigning Education Systems in Africa
11:50 AM
Plenary 9 - Healthcare in Africa: Replicating Models that Work
12:50 PM
Lunch Break
2:15 PM
Breakout Session I - Foundation Effectiveness: What it Takes
2:15 PM
Breakout Session II - Profit in Problems: Raising Capital for Social Change
2:15 PM
Breakout Session III - Collaboration and Partnership as a vehicle for Scalability
2:15 PM
Breakout Session IV - African Diaspora and development in Africa
3:15 PM
Plenary 10- Frontline Changemakers: Lessons from the Field
4:15 PM
Plenary 11- Driven by Passion: Bridging Generations, Imparting Values
5:15 PM
Conference Adjourns
5:20 PM
Closing Party
5:20 PM
Members Only Cocktail (By Invite Only)
5:20 PM
Exclusive Dinner (By Invite Only)
Project Site Visits (Registration required)
9:00 AM
NBA Innovation Summit (Strictly by invitation)
NBA Games


Tsitsi Masiyiwa

Executive Chairperson, Higherlife Foundation

Dr Judy Dlamini

Founder, Mbekani Group

Donne Nicol

CEO, Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation

Graça Machel

Founder, Graça Machel Trust


Senior Economic Advisor, AEDPI

Patricia Nzolantima

Founder, International Working Ladies

Lord Dr Hastings

Global Head of Citizenship, KPMG

Ellen Agler

CEO, The END Fund

Dr Herbert Wigwe

GMD/CEO, Access Bank Plc

Andrew Doust

Founder, Plenitude Partners

William Smith

Co-Founder & ED, Monrovia Football Academy

Rosie Motene

Pan African Media proprietor



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