We are pressing the pause button
Friends, the attack of the coronavirus has compelled us to do the only sensible thing - which is to, regrettably, postpone this year’s festival, which had been scheduled for 13 - 17 October.

Like many of you, we were very much looking forward to building on the momentum from last year’s inaugural festival. But family and friends and neighbors and fellow human beings are all struggling against the scourge of this novel virus.
And so, we have acted proactively to put things on hold. But we are Africans, after all, and therefore eternal optimists, sometimes despite the evidence. We are therefore looking forward to welcoming you to Spier, and the Stellenbosch winelands, sometime next year, after the harvest. We will communicate specific dates soonest.

Best wishes from down here.


About the Festival

Africa in the World once a year hosts the world’s thinkers and doers, whose ideas and work have the potential to solve large problems facing Africa and the world, and who help us to see the world afresh and coax us away from old dogmas and prejudices.

AIW is a festival of human possibilities, and welcomes the world to the African town of Stellenbosch, in the Cape Winelands. The festival showcases ideas hiding in plain sight across all fields of human endeavor, whether cracking the malaria code, redesigning cities, delivering high quality public education at scale to give a fair shake to the child in Shoshanguve as the child in Singapore, or attempting to hack capitalism to lessen its winners-take-all propensities. The festival is invitation-only, and brings these innovative thinkers together with a selection of African leaders with the capacity to propel action.

To learn more, please watch the video below:



Highlights from the Inaugural Festival

Laurie Garrett

Laurie Garrett


Laurie is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer on public health, and author of the best-selling book The Coming Plague. Laurie’s reporting on the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in Congo in 1995 won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism.

Nasir El-Rufai

Nasir El-Rufai


A former leading member of Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo’s economic team, he was in charge of Nigeria’s wave of privatizations in the early noughts, and the dramatic retreat of the Nigerian government from a command and control economy.

Manoj Kumar

Manoj Kumar


Having one day quit banking to embrace the life that had beckoned him, Manoj is feeding 1 million of India’s poorest school children daily, supplies 3 million with drinking water, and is right now planting a tree for every Indian.

Ami Dror

Ami Dror


Ami Dror is the founder and CEO of LeapLearner, a Shanghai-based education technology company that enables children to code our AI-powered world. In an effort to make coding education globally accessible, in 2019 Mr. Dror founded ICode.org, a non-profit that has launched the world’s first International Coding Olympics.



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2 years ago
We have observed with growing concern the unfolding reality of COVID-19 and its impact on humanity.

Subsequently, the 2020 AIW Festival must be postponed into the new year.

We’ll be sure to send updates later in the year.

In these uncertain times, please stay healthy.
3 years ago
“I don’t think it has the magic it once did. It doesn’t actually address in a systematic way the kind of challenges and opportunities that African leaders are confronting. It has become a bit of a jamboree.”

- our founder, @DeleOlojede on WEF in Davos.