The WCA Executive Investment Summit now in its 4th year, has become one of the flagship events organised by Club, with an excellent reputation as a major Africa Investment Summit for C-Level Executives, bringing together Africa’s leading investors (incl. family offices, HNW investors, venture capital, private equity, SWF, pension), industry leaders, Ministers, and award-winning entrepreneurs.


Based on delegate feedback, Summit is viewed as dynamic, high impact, and differentiated with a track record for delivering tangible results with investments and strategic partnerships closed post-Summit. Since 2013 on average, Summit has attracted 300+ delegates from 32 countries globally (60% delegates from outside host country), with C-Level Executives representing 75% (88% in 2016), and financial and strategic investors 80%. Summit in 2016, also included Africa’s 1st Africa Family Office Forum which was hugely successful, with segment continuing in 2017.


The Summit is also a great opportunity for WCA Members and other Wharton/Penn Alumni executives across Africa and globally (investing in Africa), to convene at least once a year for some serious deal-making. The Summit has also increased Wharton brand awareness within the wider WCA Summit Network and Summit host countries in Africa, incl. marketing, and WCA’s engagement with local government and universities. Most recently, the Ethiopia Ministers and Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Finance & Economic Development, recognised and thanked WCA for its efforts, and the success of the 2016 WCA Executive Investment Summit.


WCA Executive Summit & Family Office Forum 2017

Four Seasons Marrakech, Morocco | September



Join Africa's leading regional and international investors, executive game-changers, Ministers, industry titans, and award-winning entrepreneurs for the 4th annual WCA Executive Investment Summit 2017 - one of Africa's most unique and high impact Pan-African Executive Summits, with a solid track record in delivering tangible results for delegates in closing investments and partnerships initiated at Summit.

2017 Highlights include:

  • 2nd annual Africa Family Office Forum
  • Keynote Leadership Roundtable
  • Investment Focus: on Direct Family Office Capital, Angel Investing, Venture Capital, and Private Equity
  • Sector Segments: 10 key Sectors for investment and partnering in 2017
  • Investor Deal & Fund-Raising Forum
  • WCA Executive Leadership & Investor Awards Banquet 2017
  • WCA Venture Capital Competition 2017
  • Post-Summit: Morocco Investor Roadshow 




WCA Executive Summit & Family Office Forum 2016

Sheraton Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | March 14-16



  • 2.5 days of unique, high value investor and executive engagement with 335 Delegates from 35 countries across 12 sectors, with C-Level Executives representing 88% of delegates
  • Exceptional delegates and  feedback with Summit viewed as unique, high impact, inspiring, and high energy, differentiated content and excellent networking amongst diverse base of HNW investors, family offices, institutional investors (sovereign wealth funds, private equity), executives, and entrepreneurs
  • Investors – 76%, Financial Services – 17%, Other – 7% (Education, Legal & Public Sector)
  • Regional Breakdown: Ethiopia (40%), Africa (excl. Ethiopia) – 28%, Europe – 15%, Middle East & Asia – 11%, USA – 6%
  • 2016 Summit included Africa’s 1st Africa Family Office Forum, hugely successful with attendance by over 45 family offices and HNWI, from across Africa and globally
  • 35% of Summit structured as targeted investment networking incl. Investor Deal Forum
  • Keynote Investor Game-changer & Leadership Roundtable, Venture Capital, Mozambique, Morocco & Nigeria Investment Spotlights, Middle East Investment Partners, numerous sector segments (incl. Consumer & Manufacturing, E-Commerce & Technology)
  • Family Office & CEO Welcome Dinner, 2016 Africa Investor & Leadership Awards Banquet

Special Thanks to:

  • ALL Summit Investors, Family Offices, HNWI, Delegates, Speakers, Partners incl: H.E. Ahmed Shide (Ministry of Finance & Economic Development, Ethiopia), Vimal Shah (Bidco Africa), Ali Mohammed (Qatar Financial Centre Authority), Samba Bathily (Akon Lighting Africa), Keith Johnston (Family Office Council), Pedro Pinto Ferreira (Grupo Dominio Capital), Daniel Gad (Gad Enterprises), Admassu Tadesse (PTA Bank), Rob Hersov (InvestAfrica), Eleni Gabre-Madhini (Eleni Exchanges), Bethlehem Tilahun (soleRebels), Nicholas Ashburn (Wharton Africa Growth Partners), Elias Schulze (Kana Television), Africa Investor, MENA Private Equity Assn, Africa Business Angels Network, Europe Business Angels Network, Africa Legal Network, CCTV Africa, Knowledge@Wharton, The Africa Report


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WCA Executive Investment Summit & CEO Forum 2015

Intercontinental Lagos, Nigeria | March 17-19



  • 242 Delegates over 3 days from 28 countries of which C-Level Executives represented 65%
  • Higher content and more diverse program across dynamic sectors, regions, Investor Forum, summit partners (incl. from North Africa, Middle East, Asia)
  • Investors - 85% (Institutional Investors, private equity, family offices, HNWI, venture capital/angel investors, strategic investors); Other – 15% (Legal, Professional Advisors, Education)
  • Regional Breakdown: Nigeria (60%), Africa (excl. Nigeria) – 15%, Europe – 12%, Middle East & Asia – 8% , USA – 5%
  • 35% of executive speakers/contributors - Wharton/Penn alumni - supporting key summit objective to facilitate senior alumni networking with Africa business interests
  • Highlights also included the Investor Deal Forum, WCA Venture Capital Competition, and 2015 WCA Leadership & Investor Awards
  • Attendance 20% higher than WCA‘s target of 200 for its Executive Summit (notwithstanding visa issues and unexpected challenges i.e. Nigeria Presidential Elections rescheduling 9 days prior Summit)

Special Thanks to:

  • Keynotes (H. E. Ambassador Shuaibu Ahmed, Tonye Cole – Sahara Group, Paul Edwards – Capri Global Capital)
  • All Summit Partners, Investors, and Speakers incl. Summit’s Opening Segment (Dangote Group, Databank, Sahara Group)
  • 2015 Media Contributors (Pre-Summit & Summit): Manu Chandaria OBE EBS, Vimal Shah CBS, Tonye Cole, Amaechi Ndili, Teddy Ngu, James Wilson, Abi Adisa, Femi Ogunjimi, Noble Ekajeh, Dr. Yemi Osindero, Hussein Hachem (Aramex), John Sisay/Sierra Rutile; Bloomberg TV Africa; The Wall Street Journal, CCTV Africa, The Africa Report


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WCA Executive Investment Summit & CEO Forum 2013

Kempinski Nairobi, Kenya | November 6-8

Inaugural Summit: Africa Investors & Executive Game-Changers: "Connecting & Closing in 2014"



  • 340 delegates over 3 days from 30 countries across Africa and globally, with C-Level Executives representing 70%, and 85% of delegates existing operators and investors in Africa
  • Summit was declared a phenomenal success and described by keynotes and delegates as “inspiring”, “epic”, and “one of the best Africa executive investment summits ever attended"
  • Special Thanks to all summit contributors on the positive energy, buzz, and serious business connections established at the Summit, delivering on delegate expectations of an “801 Summit”, bringing together executive business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, Ministers, and award-winning pioneers for 3 days of serious business engagement, which set the foundation for “connecting and closing” investments and partnerships in 2014


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