The Mo Ibrahim Foundation Annual Governance Weekend Schedule in Accra, Ghana


The Mo Ibrahim Foundation will hold its flagship, high-level Annual Governance Weekend from 20-22 November 2015 in Accra, Ghana. The focus of the weekend will be the Leadership Ceremony on Friday, 20 November and the Ibrahim Forum on Saturday, 21 November. This year’s topic will focus on urban issues in Africa.

The planned schedule of activities includes:

Friday, 20 November – Leadership Ceremony honouring the 2014 Ibrahim Laureate, His Excellency President Hifikipunye Pohamba, former President of Namibia. (19:30-21:00 GMT)
Saturday, 21 November
Ibrahim Forum (09:00-17:30 GMT)

During the Forum, participants will be able to interact with Mo Ibrahim and other speakers by submitting questions through the live webcast platform.
Evening concert (19:00 GMT)

Live music concert featuring Angélique Kidjo, Youssou N’Dour, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy and DJ Mic Smith.
Sunday, 22 November – Live football match between the Ghana Dream Team and TP Mazembe (16:00 GMT)
Other Events: Friday, 20 November

In partnership with Mo Ibrahim Foundation, The Africa Report magazine will host an annual debate. The debate will gather leaders and decision makers from the continent, around the theme: “Is Democracy getting in the way of Development”. (14:00-18:00 GMT)

For more information or if you would like to attend the TAR Debates, media should contact Alison Kingsley-Hall:

ONE will announce the 2015 ONE Africa Award, which recognises Africa-driven; Africa led advocacy efforts that have demonstrated success at community, national or regional level. It aims to recognise, reward, and advance the exceptional work of organisations, founded by Africans and based in Africa, dedicated to helping Africa achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

For more information, media should contact Carla Walker:

Saturday, 21 November

TPG Satya will be hosting a dinner roundtable with African business leaders and entrepreneurs (by invitation only)

Monday 23 to Tuesday, 24 November

The International Crisis Group will be hosting its Africa Retreat (by invitation only)

Local and international media are welcome to register and attend the Governance Weekend. To register please contact Sophie Masipa,, or Morgane Legendre,

All the events will also be available via live webcast, which details will be provided nearer the time.

We also encourage you to follow the live feed and discussions on Twitter using #MIFAccra, or simply following @Mo_IbrahimFdn.

Detailed schedule of events

Annual Governance Weekend: Friday-Sunday, 20-22 November 2015

Friday 20 November (19:30-21:00 GMT)

Ibrahim Leadership Ceremony – Accra International Conference Centre

This evening event celebrates excellence in African Leadership, honouring the 2014 Ibrahim laureate, His Excellency President Hifikipunye Pohamba. At the Leadership Ceremony, the President, Dr Ibrahim and others will address the state of African leadership.

The Foundation will provide live feed of this event across many African satellites.

There will also be a video news release of highlights which will be distributed on the Reuters Television World News Express Service.

Saturday, 21 November

The Ibrahim Forum and evening concert (09:00-17:30 GMT)

Ibrahim Forum – Accra International Conference Centre

The Ibrahim Forum is an annual high-level discussion forum convened around one specific issue of critical importance to Africa that demands committed leadership and sound governance. The Forum convenes prominent African political and business leaders, representatives from civil society, multilateral and regional institutions as well as Africa’s major international partners to identify specific policy challenges and priorities for action. A detailed, data driven analysis of each Forum issue is compiled by the Foundation in advance as the basis for an informed and constructive debate. This year’s topic will focus on urban issues in Africa. It will be a platform to identify key stakeholders and explore trends, issues and solutions that are crucial to unlocking the potential of Africa’s urban centres as engines of sustainable and equitable growth and development. In order to facilitate the discussion, this year’s Facts & Figures report will explore the specific scale and nature of urbanisation on the African continent. It will address the associated challenges and opportunities that require strong governance and leadership in order to secure sustainable progress and development. The report will take into consideration different regional contexts and experiences as examples of best practice.

Master of ceremonies: Zeinab Badawi, Presenter, World News Today; Chairperson of the Royal African Society.

List of speakers:

David Adjaye, Founder and Principle, Adjaye Associates
Liz Agbor-Tabi, Associate Director, City Relationships, 100 Resilient Cities
Paul Collier, Professor of Economics, Oxford University
Patricia de Lille, Mayor of Cape Town; Leader of Independent Democrats, South Africa
Babatunde Fashola, Former Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria
Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development and Director, Oxford Martin School
Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director, International Trade Centre
Donald Kaberuka, Former President, African Development Bank
Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General, UN-Habitat; former Mayor of Kigali (2006-2011)
Elsie Kanza, Senior Director, Africa, World Economic Forum
Moïse Katumbi, Governor of Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo
Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, UNECA
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Former Nigeria Finance Minister
Mokena Makeka, Director, Makeka Design Lab
Trevor Manuel, Deputy Chairman, Rothschild South Africa
James Mwangi, Global Managing Director, Dalberg
Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director, Greenpeace International
Edgar Pieterse, Director, African Centre for Cities; South African Research Chair in Urban Policy, University of Cape Town
Maria Ramos, Group Chief Executive Officer, ABSA Bank
Khalifa Sall, Mayor of Dakar, Senegal
Clare Short, Policy Advisory Forum Chair, Cities Alliance ; Chair of the Board, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
Henri-Bernard Solignac-Lecomte, Head of Unit, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Vera Songwe, Reginal Director of West & Central Africa, International Finance Corporation
Parks Tau, Mayor of Johannesburg
Mamadou Kwidjim Toure, Founder, Africa 2.0
Ngaire Woods, Dean, Blatvatnik School of Governance, Oxford

Evening Concert (19:00 GMT)

In the evening, there will be a live music concert featuring Angélique Kidjo, Youssou N’Dour, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy and DJ Mic Smith.

Sunday 22 November

Football Match (16:00 GMT)

The weekend will conclude with a football match between Ghana All Stars and TP Mazembe.

Event Resources

Media releases, 2015 Cities Facts and Figures, photographs and other detailed resources will be available for all media.

Audio and video footage of all events will also be available to all media as an edited video news release at the end of the weekend on the Foundation’s website.

Ibrahim Forum resources:

Annual Event resources:

A Video New Release of Saturday and Sunday highlights will be distributed on the Reuters Television World News Express Service as well.


For more information, please contact:
Sophie Masipa,, +44 (0) 207 535 5067

Morgane Legendre,, +44 (0) 20 7554 1721

Hashtag to join the discussion online: #MIFAccra
You can follow the Mo Ibrahim Foundation on:
Twitter: @Mo_IbrahimFdn
Notes to Editors:

Mo Ibrahim Foundation

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa. By providing tools to support progress in leadership and governance, the Foundation aims to promote meaningful change on the continent.

The Foundation, which is a non-grant making organisation, focuses on defining, assessing and enhancing governance and leadership in Africa through four main initiatives:

• Ibrahim Index of African Governance

• Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership

• Ibrahim Forum

• Ibrahim Fellowships and Scholarships

Ibrahim Forum

Established in 2010, the Ibrahim Forum is an annual high-level discussion forum tackling issues of critical importance to Africa. The Forum convenes prominent African political and business leaders, representatives from civil society, multilateral and regional institutions as well as Africa’s major international partners to identify specific policy challenges and priorities for action. Previous Forums have dealt with: Africa in the next 50 years (2013), African Youth (2012), African Agriculture (2011) and African Regional Economic Integration (2010). Data and research on Forum issues are compiled by the Foundation as the basis for informed and constructive debate.

Ibrahim Prize

The Ibrahim Prize celebrates excellence in African leadership. It is awarded to a former Executive Head of State or Government by an independent Prize Committee. Previous Laureates: Presidents Joaquim Chissano (2007, Mozambique), Festus Mogae (2008, Botswana) and Pedro Pires (2011, Cabo Verde. The 2007 Honorary Ibrahim Laureate – President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

President Hifikipunye Pohamba 2014 Ibrahim Laureate

Hifikipunye Lucas Pohamba served as Head of State of Namibia from 2005 to 2015. He won the 2004 election overwhelmingly as the candidate of SWAPO, the ruling party, and he was re-elected in the 2009 election.

President Pohamba was awarded the fourth Ibrahim Prize for his role in maintaining and consolidating his country’s stability and prosperity and for forging national cohesion and reconciliation at a key stage of Namibia’s consolidation of democracy and social and economic development.

The Prize also recognises his contribution in cementing Namibia’s reputation as a well-governed, stable and inclusive democracy with strong media freedom and respect for human rights.