Friends of Europe is a proud co-founder of the Africa-Europe Foundation. The Africa-Europe Foundation was founded by Friends of Europe and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, in partnership with the African Climate Foundation and the ONE Campaign, and with a multitude of stakeholders from civil society, business, policymaking and the youth sector across Africa and Europe.

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Crystal Rugege
Crystal Rugege

Managing Director of the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) Rwanda

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Crystal Rugege currently manages the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) Rwanda, a partnership between the Government of Rwanda and the World Economic Forum to accelerate the inclusive adoption of technology for the benefit of society. As founding Director of Strategy, Rugege launched and scaled Carnegie Mellon University’s Africa’s campus. Rugege also sits on the board of I&M Bank Rwanda PLC, and is an Advisory Board Member of Andela, a company that identifies and develops software developers. Rugege is the recipient of CMU’s Inspirational Leadership Award and the Next Einstein Forum’s Women in STEM Leadership Award, among others.

Sihle Tshabalala
Sihle Tshabalala

Co-Founder and CEO of Quirky 30 NPC

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Sihle Tshabalala is a champion for disadvantaged populations, seeking to empower them through digital skills. His Quirky 30 NPC is a non-profit and public benefit organisation offering pathways out of poverty, inequality and crime through coding programmes. A self-taught coder, Tshabalala also co-founded the Brothers for All school, teaching former inmates, unemployed youth and vulnerable children. He has received several awards for his ground-breaking work, including the Spark Changemaker award, TEDx Fellowship, Africa Social Innovation Leadership Award and the Google Impact South Africa Challenge Finalists.

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Founded by

  • Friends of Europe

    The think tank for a more inclusive, sustainable and forward-thinking Europe. Friends of Europe is Brussels' most innovative think-tank, and for two decades has been showcasing new ideas on Europe's future while challenging outdated ones.

  • Mo Ibrahim Foundation

    The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) is an African foundation, established in 2006 with one focus: the critical importance of governance and leadership in Africa. It is our conviction that governance and leadership lie at the heart of any tangible and shared improvement in the quality of life of African citizens.

In partnership with

  • The ONE Campaign

    The ONE Campaign, a global movement and international not-for-profit organisation that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease.

  • The African Climate Foundation

    The African Climate Foundation is the first African-led strategic climate change grant-making foundation


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