About ADS Group

As the name suggests, the objective of the “African Development Solutions” Group is to research, identify and promote solutions that will drive African development.

Founded by Samba Bathily in 2004, the ADS Group operates in sectors of vital importance to Africa’s economy – project financing; Renewable energy and access to water; New technologies, media and telecommunications; Infrastructure, construction, hotels and real estate, distribution industries and franchising; Training and the employment sector for young people, and finally automotive and logistics.

ADS today brings together 18 subsidiaries and joint ventures, operating in a total of 15 African countries. Among its greatest achievements are the Afritek-IT partnerships with Samsung and Microsoft, the Akon Lighting Africa project, and directly in Mali the differentiated distribution service of the Le Bon Pain group. We can also mention Mali Digital Solutions (MSN), the first joint venture of the world leader in digital security Oberthur Technologies in French-speaking Africa, for the issuance of 3rd-generation passports to Malian citizens.

A pioneer in the financial structuring of large infrastructure projects, the group’s founder and CEO, Samba Bathily, has structured more than $ 4 billion of projects on the African continent.

About Dangote Group

The Dangote Group is one of the most diversified business conglomerates in Africa with a hard-earned reputation for excellent business practices and products’ quality with its operational headquarters in the bustling metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria in West Africa.

The Group’s activities encompass:

    • Cement – Manufacturing / Importing
    • Sugar – Manufacturing & Refining
    • Salt – Refining
    • Flour & Semolina – Milling
    • Pasta – Manufacturing
    • Noodles – Manufacturing
    • Poly Products – Manufacturing
    • Logistics – Port Management and Haulage
    • Real Estate
    • Dangote Foundation

Since inception, the Group has experienced phenomenal growth on account of quality of its goods and services, its focus on cost leadership and efficiency of its human capital. Today, Dangote Group is a multi-billion Naira company poised to reach new heights, in every endeavour competing with itself to better the past.

The Group’s core business focus is to provide local, value added products and services that meet the ‘basic needs’ of the populace. Through the construction and operation of large scale manufacturing facilities in Nigeria and across Africa, the Group is focused on building local manufacturing capacity to generate employment and provide goods for the people.

About Djondo Fellowship

Named after Mr. Gervais Djondo, co-founder of and Honorary life president of the Ecobank Group, the Djondo Fellowship is an Africa-focused executive business development program targeted at African companies. The mission is to support indigenous African companies to acquire the needed capacity to successfully launch cross-border operations on the African continent and beyond. By this, it aims to help grow more African multinational companies.

About Konfidants

Konfidants is a diversified international advisory firm operating from Accra, Johannesburg and Geneva. Konfidants which advises multinationals, African local corporates, international organizations and global philanthropies is the primary initiator/incubator of the AfroChampions Initiative and lead-broker of its multi-country partnerships in both the private and public sectors.

About Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library

Conceived in 1988, the idea to establish the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library remained just an idea until 10 years later when Chief Olusegun Obasanjo rode from prison to the State House as Nigeria’s second elected Executive President. He soon established the Office of Presidential Libraries (Libraries, Research and Documentation) with a stated mission to see the OOPL idea translated into reality.

On November 12, 2002, the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Foundation was incorporated as a not-for-profit organisation to advise, promote and encourage the establishment, growth and development of the Library, to coordinate its activities and provide support for its programmes. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees was charged with mobilising private sector interest and funding to construct, furnish, maintain, and protect the Library complex’s buildings and its holdings.

About Thabo Mbeki Foundation

The Thabo Mbeki Foundation is a non-profit organisation established by President Mbeki post his retirement. It is aimed to support efforts aimed at promoting the achievement of Africa’s renaissance.

The foundation is designed to:

  • Serve as one of the intellectual hubs of the African Renaissance Movement.
  • Contribute to the training of especially the African youth to become change agents, consistent with the interests of the peoples of Africa and humanity as a whole.
  • Establish itself as one of the premier African centers for dialogue, research and publications focused on promoting the African Renaissance.
  • Strive to provide a credible platform to help ensure that the African voice is heard and respected throughout the world.
  • Facilitate interaction and co-operation among  progressive formations in Africa and the African Diaspora.