Building Africa's Inclusive, Safe and Resilient Cities

The Summit

The Transformers Summit brings together a diverse mix of thinkers, innovators and policy-makers to promote collaboration and generate ideas to stimulating progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Academics, innovators and entrepreneurs join Government officials, influencers and development experts to discuss the latest innovations and interventions that will help achievement of UN SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Following a personal invitation on behalf of the Government of Senegal, this year's edition will be taking place in Dakar, Senegal.


Investing in science, technology and innovation is a key driver for growing urban populations creating sustainable cities and communities. There remains a huge funding gap to the SDGs and progress must be accelerated to meet 2030/50 targets.

This year’s themes will explore challenges relevant to the region and beyond, including:

  1. How climate change is impacting urbanisation and housing in growing cities
  2. Transport and public spaces: connecting the world’s cities and communities
  3. Education and inspiring the ever-growing youth population
  4. Improving the health of city-dwellers

H.E. Dr. Bandar Hajjar

President, Islamic Development Bank

Dr. Hayat Sindi

Chief Advisor to the President, Science, Technology and Innovation, Islamic Development Bank

H.E. President Macky Sall

President of the Republic of Senegal

Forest Whitaker

Founder and CEO, Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative

Entertainment by Youssou N’Dour

Youssou N’Dour wants the world to stop haggling over the wealth of Africa, a continent where Senegal plays a leading role. 

Six years after the reggae campaign and his Bob Marley cover on the Dakar-Kingston album, the Prince of the Medina of Dakar has been back in the recording studio.

While he was serving as Minister of Culture and then Tourism in the government of President Macky Sall (elected in 2012), he put his artistic activities on hold, but his current status as ‘Minister Advisor to the President’ has given him more leeway. “In Africa, there’s a dynamic movement driven by culture. Africa needs a smile on its face and must show its strengths. Senegal is a strong, pacific country with deep roots. 

Extending the bridges that Youssou N’Dour is keen to build between diasporas, Africa Rekkbrings us Song Daan, a duo with rap and R&B star Akon, who was born in the USA and raised as a child in Senegal.