H.E Olusegun Obasanjo served as President of Nigeria from May 1999 to May 2007. Olusegun Obasanjo served as President of Nigeria from May 1999 to May 2007.. After serving his country for eight years and restoring the respect of its continental peers and the international community, Obasanjo stepped down in 2007. His role as Africa’s ambassador-at-large has continued. In 2008 he was appointed by the United Nations as a special envoy for Africa and has since overseen democratic elections on behalf of the African Union and Ecowas in countries across the continent. He has since emerged as an advocate for investment into the country and with the launch of his Foundation will tackle issues critical to advance across the Continent. Outside the political arena Obasanjo has been a catalyst in driving Africa’s economic transformation. Using his experience as a successful farmer and businessman in Nigeria he is actively engaging this community to facilitate more investment into the continent. Through his Foundation he also formed the Africa Investment Council (AIC) - a new venture designed to promote Africa Frontier markets investment.
H.E. Benjamin William Mkapa served as the third President of Tanzania, successfully holding two presidential terms from 1995-2005. Prior to being elected President in 1995, he excelled in the fields of science and technology, having served as Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education and as a diplomat, with postings including Minister for Foreign Affairs, High Commissioner to Nigeria as well as Canada, and Ambassador to the United States of America. He is active in conflict prevention, management and resolution in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, and is an active player in regional economic co-operation within the East African Community, and the Southern African Development Community of which he has been Chairperson. He was appointed to Aga Khan University Board of Trustees in November 2007. Throughout his political career, Mr Mkapa has worked to strengthen Tanzania 's democracy, entrench civil rights and fight poverty, while increasing the country's openness to international trade and investment.