Tony Elumelu joins Obama, World Leaders in Chicago

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Former United States President, Barack Obama, will welcome global leaders including Chair of Heirs Holdings, Tony Elumelu, to Chicago as a participant in the first-ever Obama Foundation global summit.

“This October we’re bringing together hundreds of leaders from all around the world for a hands-on exchange of ideas in my hometown — the city of Chicago,” the former US president said in a video clip posted on Twitter.

“This leadership summit will be a place to gather and learn from one another, and then go back to your communities to lead others in the hard work of change.

“And what makes me so hopeful, so optimistic, is that so many of you have shown up, dived in and embraced the kind of active citizenship that makes our democracy work,” he said.

According to the conference organisers, Mr. Elumelu is the only African to speak at the inaugural global summit and was chosen as a model – a pioneer in the space – who brings an “incredibly important perspective”.

Elumelu is the Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, which recently held the largest gathering of Africa’s entrepreneurs in Lagos, and will speak on the panel about ‘Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Emerging Markets’.

The two-day inaugural Summit, which takes place from October 31 to November 1, will welcome hundreds of young leaders to “exchange ideas, explore creative solutions to common problems, and experience civic art, technology, and music from around the world”.

The Obama Foundation listed Matteo Renzi and Prince Harry among other speakers at the Summit that will take place at the Marriott Marquis McCormick Place, in the city of Chicago, United States.

“The Summit will feature five main stage sessions with talks on topics ranging from motivating young people to choose a civic path to technology’s role in creating equitable and inclusive communities.

“It will also include breakout sessions on topics ranging from communicating across differences to art and culture’s role in creating productive cities, to understanding race in relation to one’s civic identity. Breakout sessions will provide attendees with the opportunity to dive deeper into topics, engage directly in conversation, and learn new skills,” Obama Foundation said.

Former President Obama will be joined by his wife, Michelle, to engage directly with leaders at the conference.

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