Muhammad Sanusi II

Muhammadu Sanusi II

Emir Of Kano Nigeria’s former Central Banker, the Emir is one of the continent’s leading thinkers on economic and social transformation, and a radical voice for Africa’s renaissance.


Laurie Garrett

Author of The Coming Plague & Global Health Analyst 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.

Donald Kaberuka

The economist, served as president of the African Development Bank for 10 years, until 2015. He is an expert on African economies and their many infrastructure (and other) deficits, for which he tried to apply the full weight of the ADB during his tenure. He sits on the board of trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation.

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Ami Dror

Founder and CEO of LeapLearner, a Shanghai-based education technology company that enables children to code our AI-powered world. As a father of three, Ami is passionate about cultivating kids’ ability to be innovative and recently authored a Chinese best-selling book, Raising Future Innovators, that aims to give parents and educators the tools to raise the …

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Manoj Kumar

Hard To Say, But Farmer, Thinker, Entrepreneur Come Close 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. He chose the most remote and …

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Neo Muyanga

A composer, musician and librettist, travels the world telling stories hidden in plain sight with music. Born in Soweto, more or less resident in Cape Town, he studied the Italian madrigal tradition with the choral maestro Piero Poclen, in Trieste, Italy. His operate, The Flower of Shembe, premiered to wide acclaim in 2012.


Nasir El-Rufai

Governor of Kaduna State, in northern Nigeria, where he is facing some of Africa’s most extraordinary challenges at close quarters. 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 …

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Zach Fenster

An executive at WaterGen, the pioneering Israeli firm that snatches water from air.


Joshin Raghubar

Builds businesses in media and technology, is the founder of iKineo, and is actively engaged in turning Cape Town metro into Africa’s primary technology hub. He is a laureate of the McNulty Prize and serves on the board of Africa Leadership Initiative.


Michael Jordaan

A venture capitalist who invests principally in scaleable technology in banking and telecommunications. He also makes wine. He used to run one of South Africa’s largest banks.