Strategic Partners

Strategic Partners are some of the world’s top industry leaders representing diverse regions and industries; they are committed to the idea that interaction between multiple stakeholders can be a positive force in creating change. They work in close cooperation with the Forum to help shape regional and global agendas in the global and regional investment markets. Through this cooperation, Strategic Partners contribute to the global knowledge base and benefit from it as they determine the agenda of Forum meetings and develop the focus of Forum initiatives. By contributing to better policymaking, sharing best practices, and engaging stakeholders beyond commercial objectives, Strategic Partners can and do have a real impact on issues of worldwide concern.

WBAF signed strategic collaborative agreements with global and regional institutions to empowering the economic development of the world. Here is a list of WBAF Strategic Partners:


International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group (IFC)

IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. The Bank Group has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030: end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity in every country. IFC leverages products and services—as well as products and services of other institutions across the World Bank Group—to create markets that address the biggest development challenges of our time, applying financial resources, technical expertise, global experience, and innovative thinking to help clients and partners overcome financial, operational, and other challenges. IFC is also a leading mobilizer of third-party resources for projects. Our willingness to engage in difficult environments and our leadership in crowding-in private finance enable us to extend our footprint and have a development impact well beyond our direct resources.


London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG)

London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) is an international markets infrastructure business. Its diversified global business focuses on capital formation, intellectual property and risk and balance sheet management. LSEG operates an open access model, offering choice and partnership to customers across all of its businesses. The Group can trace its history back to 1698. The Group operates a broad range of international equity, ETF, bond and derivatives markets, including London Stock Exchange; Borsa Italiana; MTS (a European fixed income market); and Turquoise (a pan-European equities MTF). Through its platforms, LSEG offers market participants, unrivalled access to Europe's capital markets. The Group also plays a vital economic and social role, enabling companies, including SMEs, to access funds for growth and development.


World Association of International Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA)

The World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) was created in 1995. It was established as an Association under Swiss law. It has been registered in Geneva, as a non-governmental organization. From its very inception, WAIPA has represented an ever growing number of Member agencies. Through its wide range of activities, WAIPA provides the opportunity for investment promotion agencies (IPAs) to network and exchange best practices in investment promotion. WAIPA has always dedicated, and continues to dedicate, time and effort towards building the human resources capacity of its Member agencies.


International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP)

Our mission is to be the global network for science parks and areas of innovation, and to drive growth, internationalisation and effectiveness by coordinating an active network of managers of science/technology/research parks, innovation districts and other areas of innovation, enhancing new business opportunities for members and their companies, increasing the visibility of their members and multiply their global connections , representing parks and areas of innovation at international forums and institutions and assisting the development of new parks and areas of innovation.


The European Trade Association for Business Angels (EBAN)

EBAN is the pan-European representative for the early stage investor gathering over 150 member organizations more than 50 countries today. Established in 1999 by a group of pioneer angel networks in Europe with the collaboration of the European Commission and EURADA, EBAN represents a sector estimated to invest 7.5 billion Euros a year and playing a vital role in Europe’s future, notably in the funding of SMEs. EBAN fuels Europe’s growth through the creation of wealth and jobs.


Middle East Business Angels Network (MBAN)

Middle East Business Angel Network(MBAN) modelled on the European Business Angel Network (EBAN) with the purpose of bringing together all stakeholders in the start-up ecosystem, including limited partners; venture capital, seed, and angel investors; incubators; legal, accounting, and support functions; as well as the entrepreneurs in the MENA region.


The African Trade Association for Business Angels (ABAN)

The African Business Angel Network (ABAN) is a Pan-African non-profit association. ABAN was founded in early 2015 to support the development of early stage investor networks across the continent and to grow the cohort of early stage investors excited about the opportunities in Africa. ABAN seeks to promote a culture of angel investing across Africa. With networks of Angel Investors emerging across the continent, ABAN serves to connect them and works to collect knowledge and develop best practices in order to share this with African investors. At its core, ABAN exists to create a contact point for existing networks, to support stakeholders involved in building the ecosystem, and to promote the creation of new Angel Investor networks. ABAN also engages private sector investors and serves as a source of thought leadership on investing in African born innovation. In turn, ABAN ultimately seeks to build the SME economy and improve the climate for entrepreneurs.


The World Free & Special Economic Zones Federation (FEMOZA)

FEMOZA is a non-governmental organisation working on a non-profit basis. It was constituted in Switzerland under the laws of the canton of Geneva, its statutes and article 60 as well as the relevant clauses of the civil code. FEMOZA’s objective is to further free zones around the world and help them develop, especially, in emerging countries and countries in transition. FEMOZA’s functions involve offering experience, issuing norms, rules and processes, training professionals and assisting with technical, legal and economic support. FEMOZA’s methods to get these objectives and further these functions are based on the promotion of forums and workshops, the maintenance of a constant line of communication with and among our affiliates, as well as regular meetings with international, financial, social and environmental institutions.


The Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the Mediterranean (ASCAME)

ASCAME is a representative of the Mediterranean private sector and of the general interest of the economy. ASCAME represents all North and South chambers ands businesses regardless of their size and sector of activity, with over 250 members from 23 countries and  30 million companies it plays a critical role as the facilitator between business community in the Mediterranean bodies.




By working together across borders, with a common vision, and with these smart dynamics in mind, we are well placed to bring about positive change in the global economy


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