Uturn Africa Forums


 Engaging the region’s most influential leaders and those with interest in Africa in critical discussions designed to create partnerships, networks, knowledge and collaborative pathways to achieve effective and sustainable social, economic & environmental change and impact in the region.



Our mission is To inspire, empower and provide key tools for the economic, Social and environmental sustainability of Leaders in emerging economies. To build a collaborative bridge that cuts across geographic boundaries. We achieve this by providing the most collaborative platforms and practical tools necessary for socioeconomic and environmental sustainability and success.



Since 2010, pilot forums have been implemented across West Africa in Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroun. Over 800 participants consisting of multinational corporations, foundations, indigenous organizations and the civil society have participated.

The Forum engages the region’s most influential leaders current and upcoming, plus those with interest in Africa in critical discussions designed to create partnerships, networks, knowledge and collaborative pathways to achieve effective social change and impact in the Africa region; to set an agenda on best practices for corporate social responsibility, collaboration and sustainability investments.  The forums have delivered first-class programs, leading thinkers and cutting-edge insights.

An outflow is the The Convergence & The Sustainable Minds Program that targets millennials by educating and engaging next generation of leaders, we expect to develop individuals whose mindsets are hardwired to consider the implications of their actions on the well-being of their ecosystem, which includes their own personal economic well-being; and their community and environmental well-being. Only through the power of knowledge dissemination, effective engagement and collective dialogue can we ensure the development of Sustainable Leadership with highly-skilled, right thinking individuals leading the transformational movement on the continent.


Partner with US


 Uturn Africa works to inspire and empower next generation leaders to proactively move towards a sustainable future.  We partner with forward-thinking businesses and organizations that are interested in meaningful engagement of Africa's future. Partners bring a wealth of capabilities to the table which enhances and mutually benefits all.

To discuss partnership opportunities contact uturnafrica@uturnafrica.com

Our partners have included, Forbes Africa, The Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University, The World Bank African Region, Chevron, Shell, Total, Statoil, Sahara Energy, TY Danjuma Foundation, MTN Foundation, The Dangote Group, Cisco, EcoBank,  Ashesi University, The Ghana Oil Club, The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), The Oxford Business Group and a whole lot more... *not an exhaustive list just a sampling* 

want to be a part of it? Learn How we work with our media, Corporate & Foundation partners



Firmly positioned as the leading organization in helping players in the sustainability space to interact, understand each other and establish relationships.
— Juan Elegido, Vice Chancellor, Pan-Atlantic University
“It was a pleasure to take part in such a well arranged program”.
— Andrew Fawthrop, Chairman/MD, Chevron Nigeria/Mid Africa Strategic Business Unit
“I was very impressed by the overall event. You got a great venue, kept very closely to time and have put together some very engaging speakers. The audience seemed to be high level execs
from many of the most important companies”.
— Ismail Radwan, Lead Economist, The World Bank’s Africa Finance & Private Sector Unit.


Build your company's corporate social responsibility leadership while supporting next generation leaders! Become a sponsor of "The Convergence" , our annual gathering which brings together over 3000 young leaders ages 18-33 from several African countries/the diaspora and professionals with premier businesses, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, and academics to address many of the greatest challenges facing the African continent today. Partnership provides your organization with high-visibility speaking opportunities, custom sessions, display and events.  Benefits extend throughout the year. By Partnering with Uturn Africa your organization can inspire innovation in millennials, drive action and build corporate branding through our unique engagement opportunities.

Partner Projects

Uturn Africa also designs custom projects and programs to engage our partners in real world settings which align with your organizations corporate social responsibility objectives and reaches your target audience.


Advisory Board

Paul Adefarasin

jay pryor

Vice President, Chevron Corporation

dr.joyce aryee

Fmr, CEO Ghana Chamber of Mines,       Fmr. Ghana Minister of Information & Education.

Juan Elegido

Vice Chancellor, The Pan African University


Executive Council


Gbenga sesan

Gbenga Sesan, an Ashoka Fellow, is the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), a social enterprise that connects underserved people-groups with ICT-enabled opportunities. ‘Gbenga has completed Executive Management training at Lagos Business School, New York Group for Technology Transfer, Oxford University, Harvard University and Stanford University. He was Nigeria's First Information Technology Youth Ambassador and also served as Vice Chair of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa's African Technical Advisory Committee. His consulting experience includes assignments completed for numerous institutions, including Microsoft, Harvard University, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Res Publica, Computer Aid International, Heinrich Boll Foundation and the International Telecommunications.

dela gadzanku

Dela Gadzanku, MD IPALCO GHANA LTD, is a strategic, innovative and enthusiastic person with over 10 years experience in business development and management. Dela has a passion and strong interest in sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility for equitable development.

Mr. Gadzanku is a Director of Del Group and Founding President of Net Impact Ghana. His commitment to sustainable practices qualified him to be selected as a part of a team Government officials from the Ghana Ministry of Energy that visited China to sign an Agreement with the Chinese Agency on Solid State Lighting to cooperate on Clean Energy resulting in the soon to be established Regional Standard Solar/LED Testing Centre for West Africa based in Accra. 


Joseph Ockan

Joseph Ockan, MD Quantum Consult Ltd, is a seasoned business person with several years of management experience. He serves on several business and non-profit boards. Joseph has a passion for social impact and social responsibility.

Mr. Ockan has served as MD, MBG Limited; Country Finance Director, Mantrac Ghana Ltd.; Financial Controller, SCOA Ghana Limited; Area Finance & Admin Manager AT & T/NCR Ghana Limited; and Financial Analyst, Philips Petroleum.  He is currently the Managing Director for Quantum Consult Ltd.  His interest are tennis, travelling, football and social work.