An affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) is an international organisation aiming to ease access to finance for businesses from start-up to scale-up to exit, with the ultimate goal of generating more jobs and more social justice worldwide. It is committed to collaborating globally to empower world economic development by creating innovative financial instruments for entrepreneurs, innovators, start-ups, scaleups, high-growth businesses and SMEs.
The Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) is an inclusive platform for all G20 countries, interested non-G20 countries, and relevant stakeholders to carry forward work on financial inclusion, including implementation of the G20 Financial Inclusion Action Plan endorsed at the G20 Summit in Seoul. Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands is the Honorary Patron of the G20’s Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI).
The World Business Angels Investment Forum interacts with leaders in all areas of society — first and foremost in business and political spheres — to help assess needs and establish goals, bearing in mind that the public interest is of paramount importance. WBAF engages with a wide range of institutions — public and private, local and international, commercial and academic — to help shape the global agenda. WBAF holds that, with the participation of individuals and institutions from multiple sectors and from all parts of society, real progress can be achieved.
One way WBAF does this is through its partnership agreements and joint projects developed with international institutions. Until now, WBAF made agreements with International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group (IFC), London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), International Science Parks Association (IASP), World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), The European Trade Association for Business Angels (EBAN), African Business Angels Network (ABAN), The Middle East Trade Association for Business Angels (MBAN).
Another way WBAF does this is through its High Commissioners, Commissioners, and Senators. Becoming a WBAF High Commissioner, Commissioner, or Senator involves embracing activities that are designed to serve the global community and WBAF members. By combining regular, small contributions from many dynamic High Commissioners, Commissioners, and Senators around the world, we all benefit from shared learning, better networks and increased exposure.
I invite you to apply for or nominate a colleague to represent your country at the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels investment Forum. Please send us your CV or a one-page biographical summary. After reviewing your CV/biography, we will let you know the most suitable option for you (High Commissioner, Commissioner, or Senator). We will send you a document that outlines the responsibilities of the relevant post and WBAF’s expectations. 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.
As the Chair of the World Business Angels Investment Forum, I invite you to join our global efforts to ease access to smart finance to create more jobs and more social justice worldwide. Your efforts to convert the world economy to a smart economy in cooperation with the World Business Angels Investment Forum will be highly valued.
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.
Baybars Altuntas Chairman, World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF)