Quantum Global group, the Swiss based investment advisory firm providing specialist investment advice targeting Africa’s growth sectors, is implementing a new strategy aimed at positioning thought leadership as one of its key strategic messaging platforms. Already a committed advocate for Africa and its development narrative, the group will seek to further develop its standing as a constructive and effective operator across the continent and a conduit of mutually beneficial dialogue among Africa’s civic, investment and policy making leaders.
Recognising the value of thought leadership initiatives among African civic society as well as its growing importance to the global corporate and investment community, the Quantum Global group has already positioned itself as an exciting newcomer in this dynamic space.
In 2014, the group sponsored and co-directed a Ministerial level conference in partnership with the pre-eminent international think tank, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (“Chatham House”). The conference which examined the impact of African Sovereign Wealth Funds brought together the senior leaders of numerous SWFs alongside African government ministers including the Hon Mrs Mona Helen Quartey – Deputy Minister of Finance of The Republic of Ghana and the Hon Mr Birima Mangara, Senegal’s Minister of Budget.
Meanwhile, in 2015 the group launched its Advisory Board Symposia Series; a suite of twice yearly events bringing together African and African orientated experts to engage in interactive discussion designed to examine key strategic, development, investment and resource issues facing the continent.
In addition, 2015 saw the Quantum Global group publish a ground-breaking book, The Convergence of Nations, which examines a swathe of strategic issues facing the development and growth narrative on the African continent.
Edited by the Founder of the Quantum Global group and Chairman of its Advisory Board, Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais – the book was published in December 2015 in partnership with the UK based think tank OMFIF and provides in-depth, expert analysis of 24 key strategic issues confronting Africa’s leaders as they seek to pilot the continent toward the achievement of its full potential.
Meanwhile in August 2014, the Quantum Global group established a specialist research arm, the Quantum Global Research Lab (QGRL), tasked with providing macro-economic research and analytical studies of key African development and economic issues.
Professor Kevin Urama, the distinguished African academic, scholar and economist, was invited to establish and lead the fledging research unit which has rapidly gained a reputation as being an essential part of the Quantum Global group offering. Working alongside panoply of prestigious African institutions and augmenting the group’s efforts to position itself at the forefront of serious economic research and constructive thought leadership, the QGRL has worked to augment and Quantum Global’s credentials among key African opinion formers. Professor Urama stepped down from his position in early 2016 to take up a prestigious new role with an African institution.
Most recently in November 2015, the group hosted the 2nd Advisory Board Symposium which addressed the impact, value and likely trajectory of female entrepreneurship in Africa and its impact on African markets, civic society and the continent’s overall leadership narrative.
During a year which the African Union had decreed as “The Year of Women’s Empowerment”, the Quantum Global Advisory Board Symposium hosted a high level moderated discussion in Zürich. Boasting a distinguished panel including Bineta Diop – African Union Chairperson & Special envoy for Women, Peace & Security and the Executive Director of International NGO Femmes Africa Solidarité, Sophia Bekele one of Africa’s top 2 leading ladies in ICT, Andia Chakava – one of Kenya’s first youngest female fund managers, the Symposium was moderated by Rolake Akinkugbe – Head and Vice President of Lagos based investment firm, FBN Capital.
With planning underway for the 3rd Quantum Global Advisory Board Symposium in June 2016, wider efforts will continue to identify and deliver platforms for wide ranging discussions and dialogue with Africa’s policy making, investment, and economic, academic, research and innovation communities.