Mamadou Toure

Founder, Africa 2.0 Foundation

Mamadou is the Founder of Africa 2.0 Foundation (present in 30+ countries), gathering a community of young leaders from Africa and the Diaspora. Africa 2.0 was a pioneer in designing and proactive influencer in driving a vision for Africa through Advocacy and concrete scalable Impact Initiatives. He founded Ubuntu Group in 2015, an investment/advisory and financial services platform committed to deliver bundled financial and social returns to stakeholders through disruptive technologies and innovative business models. Mamadou recently founded Ubuntu Coin (UCoin), a Digital Currency backed by natural resources, aimed at fostering, inclusive wealth creation via fair trade and financial inclusion. Over his career, he built solid experience in High Finance, Strategy and Disrupted Technologies to solve problems pertaining to human development. He has worked on advisory assignments consulting with various institutions such as African Development Bank, European Investment Bank, European Union, etc and has executed various investment transactions in more than 26 countries driving growth on the continent and leading a total value of transactions exceeding US$30 billion. Before launching Ubuntu Group, Mamadou served as Managing Director with GE (General Electric) Africa. In this role, he led the regional Capital Markets (Investments and Project Finance) team across Sub-Saharan Africa supporting GE’s industrial business growth with sales’ funding and investment solutions. Before joining GE, Mamadou led International Finance Corporation's (IFC - World Bank Group) investments in the Telecommunications, Media and Technologies sector covering Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to that, he worked at BNP Paribas, in Paris, within the Investment Banking Team focused on Mergers and Acquisitions, Government Advisory, Privatizations and Project Finance mostly in Infrastructure covering Africa. He started his professional career with KPMG Audit France as an audit consultant. Mamadou was ranked among the top 100 most influential people in Africa in 2012 by New African Business Magazine. In 2013, BRICS Business Magazine identified him among to 25 Faces of the New Africa. In addition, in 2014, Mamadou was considered by Forbes Magazine as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Men in Africa. In 2015 in Davos, he received a distinction as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2016, he was awarded Panafrican Leader of the Year by the prestigious African Democracy Institute. More recently, he contributed to various publications on infrastructure, telecommunications, media and fin-tech. He has committed his passion for Africa since early age, as he started his first NGO at the age of 19, (Afrique Tandem) mobilizing hundreds of African students across Europe to enable skills and knowledge transfer into the continent through concrete uplifting projects and linkages programs. After completing high school at Lycee Louis Le Grand in Paris, he graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (EDHEC Business School, in France) with a Master of Science in Management. He completed the Executive Training Program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government on Public Private Partnerships. Mamadou speaks 6 languages fluently (French, English, Spanish, German and two African languages) and loves Art, Philosophy, Music and History books.