2016 HGF Conference: Former Pres. Jonathan Replaced Clinton As Keynote Speaker


The 2016 Hope Global Forums conference committee has announced the former President Goodluck Jonathan as the keynote speaker for the conference.

The former President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton was chosen at the 2015 event which gathered over 3, 000 leaders from 40 countries.

The invitation letter which was jointly signed by Operation Hope Global Spokesman, Andrew Young, Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed and Operation Hope Chief Executive, John Hope Bryant. They urged the former president to lend his support to an entrepreneurship mentoring programme, by sharing his experience in office with a wider global audience.

“As someone recognised for his leadership and vision in Nigeria and abroad, we are personally requesting your attendance. It is important for us that your influential voice and perspective be included as we drive a global conversation,” the letter read.

“We invite you to join Fortune 500 CEO’s, private investors, financial leaders and government officials to connect and collaborate on this vision.

“With the theme ‘Reimagining the Global Economy: Inclusive Economics’, the annual meeting is set against the backdrop of the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend and gathers leaders from government, community and the private sector to outline a vision for the modern global; economy.

“A vision where the undeserved, working poor and struggling middle class are viewed as untapped assets for economic growth, entrepreneurship and job creation.

“The powerful history of Atlanta as the ‘Cradle of the Civil Rights Movement’ serves as a catalyst for our gathering, highlighting the unfinished work of economic self-reliance launched by Dr. King prior to his death. We will honour that legacy with a series of activities for our guests, including ‘white glove’ viewing of Dr. King’s papers.”

These are among the guests expected to attend the programme, Apple Chief Executive, Tim Cook; US Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew; Former Treasury Secretary, Robert Rubin, and Clinton Foundation vice-chair, Chelsea Clinton.

The Hope Global Forum is a yearly event that gathers thousands of thoughtful leaders, business professionals and public policy officials from across the world to brainstorm on ways of advancing the social and economic well-being of all people around the world.

Credit: Vanguard Newspaper.