Wharton Africa Business Forum 25

Philadelphia, PA

November 3 - 5, 2017

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25 Years of WABF


Since the inaugural Wharton Africa Business Forum  (WABF), we have welcomed thought leaders, dignitaries, CEOs, captains of industry and young professionals from around the world to contemplate career leadership and champion Africa as a business destination. In this historic 25th Anniversary year, we are honored to be able to continue in this tradition.

This year we have selected the theme “Continental Conversations: Choices for a New Africa” to facilitate dialogue about the complexity of investment and managerial decision-making by leaders in the midst of uncertainty, yet at the cusp of an unprecedented age of information, urbanization, technological connectivity, and its promises.  WABF25 hopes to distill the influences that have driven change in the past and that will drive change in the future.

Our goals for the 25th Forum are simple but bold: to provide unparalleled insights into the opportunities and challenges of operating in Africa; to connect young professionals with leaders in Africa’s public, private and social sectors; and to inspire educated talent in the Diaspora to get involved in the development of the continent.

We look forward to hosting you this November in Philadelphia.


Your WABF25 Leadership Team


from around the world


by global trailblazers

Breakout Panels and Master Classes

across industries and disciplines


of an unforgettable weekend

Distinguished Keynote Speakers

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3 brilliant backdrops for meaningful dialogue and strong connections. WABF25 will be hosted at the adjacent Loews and Marriott hotels in downtown Philadelphia, and capped with a farewell brunch on the Spirit of Philadelphia.


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Amtrak Partnership

Amtrak offers a 10% discount off the best available rail fare to Philadelphia, PA between October 31, 2017 – November 8, 2018. To book your reservation call Amtrak at 1 (800) 872-7245 or contact your local travel agent.

This ticket cannot be booked via Internet. Please be sure to refer to Convention Fare Code when making your reservation. Simply send an email to wabf-info@wharton.upenn.edu after purchasing your WABF ticket to obtain the Convention Fare code. This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela Service. Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional for all departures seven days a week, except for holiday blackouts. Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges.

American Airlines Partnership

We are excited to announce a historic partnership with American Airlines. All WABF attendees can take advantage of an 8% discount on any AA flights to and from Philadelphia between October 20th and November 5th, 2017.  Simply send an email to wabf-info@wharton.upenn.edu after purchasing your WABF ticket to take advantage of this discount code.

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