2017 Forum

Africa at a Tipping Point

Marrakesh, Morocco

The 2017 Ibrahim Forum took place on 8 April in Marrakesh, Morocco. The focus was on three main interlinking challenges:

  • violent extremism and migration
  • participation and democracy
  • inclusive economic growth and jobs for youth.

You can watch the Forum in full.

Forum schedule


Mo Ibrahim in conversation with Kofi Annan


Session 1: The appeal of violent extremism and migrations

Moderator: Jendayi Frazer, President, CEO of 50 Ventures, LLC

Youssef Amrani Member of The Royal Cabinet
Jean-Marie Guehenno President and CEO of the International Crisis Group
Martin Kobler Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya
Lamido Sanusi Emir of Kano


Mo Ibrahim in conversation with Bono


Session 2: The risk of a democratic recession

Moderator: Zeinab Badawi, BBC Presenter; Chair of the Royal African Society

Abdoulaye Bathily Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA)
Sello Hatang Chief Executive, The Nelson Mandela Foundation
Mark Malloch-Brown Chair of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission
Amina J. Mohammed Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations


Mo Ibrahim in Conversation with Paul Polman


Session 3: The need for inclusive economic growth and jobs for Africa’s youth

Moderator: Abdelmalek Alaoui, Author; Founder and CEO of Guepard Group

Akinwumi Adesina President of the African Development Bank (AfDB)
Moulay Hafid El Alamy President and Founder of Saham Group; Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy of Morocco
Aliko Dangote President and Chief Executive of the Dangote Group
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Chair of the Board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI); Senior Advisor at Lazard