Happy New Year !

Dear Friends,

As an affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), In 2020, we are hoping to see more financial inclusion in the world, more gender equality in investment decisions, and more women entrepreneurs and angel investors in local economies.

If I were asked to make a list of WBAF’s top achievements in 2019, it would certainly include the following (although there are many more):


The World Business Angels investment Forum now has:

129 High Commissioners, Senators and International Partners in 78 countries

7 country offices on different continents (offices in Croatia, Georgia, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, and Thailand)

3 important global committees (the Global Science, Technology & Innovation Committee; the Global Woman Leaders Committee; the Global Startup Committee)

a WBAF Investment Fund to support startups and scaleups a special stage for global startups: Global Fundraising Stage the World Class Startup magazine

a professional mentorship service for entrepreneurs

strong collaborations/signed agreements with some of world’s most important institutions (Government of Ghana, the World Association of Free & Economic Zones, European Branding Institute, the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry)

an excellent business school (WBAF Business School)

WBAF Business School has completed its 3-department structure; it features a Global Entrepreneurship Department, a Global Investment Department, and a Global Mentorship Department. We will soon be announcing the new president of the WBAF Business School and 50 faculty members from 30 countries.


WBAF Business School now offers:

  • 6 Certification Programmes with proficiency tests

o QBAC+ Qualified Angel Investor Course

o AQGM+ Accredited & Qualified Global Mentor Course

o CSAS+ Accredited Start-up Assessor Course

o CFMC+ Qualified Fund Manager Course

o CPMC+ Accredited Portfolio Manager Course

o CBAN+ Certified Business Angel Network Manager Course


  • 3 Course Programmes

o QBAC Qualified Fundraiser Course o ACC Accounting Crash Course

o FMC Financial Modelling Course

Please note that


  • WBAF’s World Congress is now the biggest event of equity and capital markets in the world. The next one is coming up soon: 17–18 February 2020 in Istanbul. The full agenda is available here: www.wbaf2020.istanbul

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  • WBAF’s World Excellence Awards had more than 5000 applications in 2019.


I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all WBAF’s Board Members; Presidents and Board Members of WBAF Global Committees; WBAF High Commissioners, Senators, and International Partners; and the entire WBAF Team for helping make 2019 a great success for us and the world 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. I am sure that, 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 in 2020, too.



Baybars Altuntas

Chairman of the Board of Directors

World Business Angels Investment Forum