Once a career banker, Tony O. Elumelu, CON has gained global recognition as one of Africa’s most prominent and impactful philanthropists.
He is as passionate about creating wealth, as he is about actions which stimulate lasting and impactful change. Therefore, with the launch of his eponymous foundation, Tony sought to fashion a new philanthropic framework, one that would combine traditional charity and business acumen to derive self-sufficiency for entire communities. Wholly self-funded, the Tony Elumelu Foundation aims to institutionalise luck in Africa using philanthropy to spur the sustainable economic growth that Africa so greatly requires.
The Tony Elumelu Foundation is a catalytic philanthropic organisation dedicated to empowering a generation of successful for-profit entrepreneurs who drive Africa’s economic and social transformation. Its philanthropic pursuits have impacted the lives of thousands of young African entrepreneurs and students, particularly via the activities of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme, the Foundation’s flagship programme.
As its founder, Tony galvanizes global support for the Foundation’s activities by giving addresses at public and private convening’s and to the media, serving on sector and issue specific global, regional and local councils and committees. Among his numerous roles, he serves as Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute Strategy Group on Global Food Security and the Global Advisory Board of the Washington DC based think tank, the Wilson Center. He played a leading role in the formation of the National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria and now serves as its Vice Chairman. He also serves as an adviser to president Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).