An affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) announces new Senators and International Partners of the Grand Assembly.
Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo, EU, France, Ghana, India, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, UK, USA and Zimbabwe are now more connected with global investment markets.
WBAF is active now in 95 countries through 253 High Commissioners, Senators and International Partners.
Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo, EU, France, Ghana, India, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, UK, USA and Zimbabwe have joined the largest global angel investors forum of the world and will now be able to connect with the global angels market, which will open up splendid opportunities for the joining countries. Now local angel investors, academics, woman leaders, finance markets, innovation ecosystems and aspiring entrepreneurs of these 33 countries will have the opportunity to connect with global leaders in the same field.
The inclusion of these countries in WBAF provides a wide range of opportunities for start-ups, innovators and high growth businesses and opens doors for economic development.
Baybars Altuntas, Executive Chairman of the WBAF, says ‘It is rewarding to see that governments around the world have understood the importance of angel investment for boosting their economies. As an affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) is committed to collaborating globally to empower the economic development of the world by fostering innovative financial instruments for startups, scaleups, innovators, entrepreneurs and SMEs and to promoting gender equality and women’s participation in all sectors of the world economy. WBAF invites you to join our global efforts to ease access to finance, promote financial inclusion, and create more jobs and social justice’
- Alexandra Lund, Founder & CEO of the Core Values Consulting, Cyprus
- Anna Maj, Fintech Leader at the PwC, One of the Top 25 Women Leaders in Financial Technology of 2019, Ambassador for the European Women Payments Network, Poland
- Ayumi Moore Aoki, Founder and President of Women in Tech, France
- Dmitry Demidenko, Co-founder of Skif Ventures & Co-founder of European Alliance for Technology Development, Russian Federation
- Fran Guillen, Angel Investor at the Andalusian Business Angels Association (AABAN) and Professor of innovation at the University of Seville, Spain
- Gagik Makaryan, President of the Republican Union of Employers of Armenia , Armenia
- Juan Francisco Delgado, Vice President of the European Foundation for the Innovation and Technological Development, EU
- Kevin Monserrat, Co-founder of Consilience Ventures, Former Head of Ecosystem of Microsoft Scale Up Europe, Entrepreneurship Expert at the University of Oxford – Said Business School, UK
- Kileshe Kasoma, Co-Founder & Co-chief Executive Officer at Muungano Hub, Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Marcelo de Andrade, Earth Capital Holdings Partner & President of the Earth Capital Brasil, Brazil
- Marcelo Lebendiker, President of the Inveet UP Seed Capital Fund, Costa Rica
- Mariana Kou, Chief Executive Officer, Research Study Education Group , China
- Peter Rudge, A member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network and the United Nations Expert Group on Creative Economies, UK
- Seipati Mokhuoa, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at HD Afrika, CEO at Southern African Women in Leadership, South Africa
- Sinan Tumer, Founder and CEO, iBC Insights LLC & Former Senior Director of SAP Co-innovation LAB, USA
- Yvonne Thompson , Chair of the African Caribbean Business Network, Steering Committee Member of the Women’s Equality Party, UK
- Aleksandar Celeski, Executive Director, DUEL Consulting, North Macedonia
- Ambe Nickson che, Founder and CEO, ANC Stock Investment, Cameroon
- Andreea Avramescu, Web Consultant, Romania
- Bipin Agravat, Investment Professional, India
- Collins Nnabugwu, Special Envoy, State of the African Diaspora, Nigeria
- Dimitri Bontinck, Author, Belgium
- Dorothy Di Stefano, Linkedin Top Voice 2019, Australia
- Eddie Lee, Executive Director, ASEAN Human Development Organisation, Singapore
- Firas Jaber, Personal Development Coach, Ghana
- Istiaque Doza, Proprietor, B. Doza & Company, Bangladesh
- Joyce Kibet, Business & Social Innovation Consultant, Kenya
- Katarina Jagic, Independent EU Consultant, Croatia
- Kazi Sazidul Hasan, Founder of the Happihub, Bangladesh
- Linda Grasso, Chief Operating Officer @dbi_srl, Italy
- Marcus Howard, Esports Advisor, USA
- Martien Provoost, Mergers and acquisitions specialist at ArcelorMittal, Luxembourg
- Paschal Offordum, Representative of the Faster Capital, Nigeria
- Paul Babila Bengyella, Founder, Africa Business and Investment Summit, Cameroon
- Prateek Jain, Managing Director of the AIC-NMIMS Incubation Centre, India
- Predrag Djukic, Management Consultant, Serbia
- Rose Maghas, Member Of The Board Of Advisors at TTP Procurement Foundation, Kenya
- Seymur Rasulov, Co-founder and CEO, Whelp, Azerbaijan
- Shibam Sarbswa, Management Consultant, India
- Sivalee Anantachart, Founder and Chief Media Specialist at Blockchain Mango, Thailand
- Verónica Alvarez, Startups financing expert, Spain
- Washaya Washaya, Startup school graduate – Y Combinator, Zimbabwe
- Yaman Alaryan, Networking Manager at HASSAD – Agritech Accelerator, Jordan
The World Business Angels Investment Forum interacts with leaders in all areas of society — first and foremost in business and political spheres — to help assess needs and establish goals, bearing in mind that the public interest is of paramount importance. WBAF engages with a wide range of institutions — public and private, local and international, commercial and academic — to help shape the global agenda. WBAF holds that, with the participation of individuals and institutions from multiple sectors and from all parts of society, real progress can be achieved.
One way WBAF does this is through its partnership agreements and joint projects developed with international institutions. Until now, WBAF made agreements with International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group (IFC), London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), International Science Parks Association(IASP), World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), World Association of Free & Economic Zones (FEMOZA), World Association of Women Entrepreneurs (FMEZE), Latin America and the Caribbeans Angel Investors Federation (XCALA), African Business Angels Network (ABAN) and The Middle East Trade Association for Business Angels (MBAN).
WBAF also engages individuals and institutions through its High Commissioners, Senators and International Partners. Becoming a WBAF High Commissioner, Senator or International Partner involves embracing activities that are designed to serve the global community and WBAF members. By combining regular, small contributions from the many dynamic High Commissioners and Senators around the world, we all benefit from shared learning, better networks and increased exposure.
High Commissioner: One High Commissioner is appointed for each country.
Senator: An unlimited number of Senators can be appointed from a given country
Each High Commissioner and Senator will take a role in one of the many WBAF Committees: the Global Women Leaders Committee, the Academic Committee, the Innovation & Science Parks Committee, the Impact Investment Committee, the International Fintech Committee, the World Crowdfunding Committee, the Global Incubation Centers Committee, the Global Co-Working Spaces Committee, the Private Equity Committee, the Wealth Management Committee, the Banking Committee, the Start-ups Committee, the Scale-ups Committee, the Exits Committee, the ICO Committee, the Artificial Intelligence Committee and so on. For a complete list of committees, please contact WBAF headquarters.
To have an idea about the current High Commissioners and Senators, please visit the website below.
You can visit the following link to learn more about how to represent your country at the World Business Angels Investment Forum