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Tony O. Elumelu

Founder, The Tony Elumelu Foundation

Tony O. Elumelu is a serial entrepreneur and a philanthropist. Born, raised and educated in Africa, Mr. Elumelu has been responsible for creating businesses across the continent, in sectors critical to Africa’s economic development. In 2010, he founded Heirs Holdings, an African investment holding company, with investments in financial services, power generation, oil and gas, agribusiness, real estate and hospitality. In the same year, he established The Tony Elumelu Foundation, an Africa-based and African-funded philanthropic organization, dedicated to catalyzing entrepreneurship across Africa. He is Chairman and founder of UBA Group Plc, one of the largest banks in Nigeria and a regional Partner of the World Economic Forum. In addition, Mr. Elumelu chairs Transcorp Plc, which is Nigeria’s largest listed conglomerate. He serves as a member of the board of USAID's Private Capital Group; the. Vice-Chairman and key driver in formation of National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria; Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute Dialogue Series on Global Food Security; and on the Global Advisory Council of the Wilson International Center for Scholars.