• Johannesburg
    Responsible Leaders Forum

    Responsible Leaders Forum South Africa

    At this gathering, we intend to listen to diverse voices on the challenges and innovations arising in Africa and beyond. A continent of vastly diverse cultures and countries, Africa is currently undergoing deep transformations as a result of widespread progress in health, education, entrepreneurship, and civil society. In Africa, as around the world, this progress depends on leaders that are willing to assume responsibility for society.

  • Cape Town
    BMW Foundation Global Table

    Leading towards Equal Opportunities

    The BMW Foundation Global Table in South Africa deals with the question of how to create equal and fair opportunities for all. A question that has not lost its urgency in the anniversary year of Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.

    In keeping with the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Africa aspires to fulfill major development objectives in the coming years to reduce poverty, transform its economies, improve governance, and create the conditions for inclusive and sustainable prosperity. Africa has unparalleled growth prospects. It is resource rich, has a young population, and is predicted to outperform all other emerging economies, with its GDP expected to rise by an average of 6 per cent per year.

    For any progress towards a more equal growth path, good governance is key. After colonialism, most countries focused on self-determination and indigenous leadership. But far too often, the new generation of leaders has not served the well-being of the majority of citizens. Truly accountable leadership breaking the vicious cycle of nepotism and corruption can positively transform Africa into an economically, politically, and socially competitive region while serving its citizens’ key interests.

    In this spirit, the Global Table takes a global perspective to explore opportunities for change in Africa and beyond. It will facilitate an open dialogue to identify new frameworks for collaboration between local, regional, national, and international actors. Our partners for the 11th Global Table are the Nelson Mandela Foundation and LifeCo UnLtd South Africa.

  • Casablanca
    Responsible Leaders Forum

    Unlocking Knowledge Economies – Enabling Inclusive Societies

    At the Responsible Leaders Forum MENA, we want to explore opportunities for promoting knowledge economies in the Middle East and North Africa region. For the region’s big informal sector impedes the transformation towards a forward-looking knowledge-based economy.

    We want to find out how improving the transfer of knowledge and expertise across professional and national borders can help promote a more resilient and socially inclusive society. Thematically, the Forum thus builds on the eighth Sustainable Development Goal: Decent work and economic growth.

    The Forum brings together leaders from all sectors and all parts of the world. They will discuss concrete measures that can help close the skills gap and enhance employment opportunities. These include educational offerings, improvements in research, and innovative ICT technologies. During local site visits to innovative organizations, the participants will get to know existing solutions and approaches.