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April 25 2016

Michael Griffin Appointed to Operation HOPE South Africa Board of Directors

ATLANTA – Apr. 25, 2016 – Global financial dignity and economic empowerment leader, Operation HOPE, Inc. has appointed Michael Griffin, Chief Executive Officer of ADDaBIT, to its South Africa Board of Directors.

Michael Griffin is a serial entrepreneur who has established himself in a variety of business sectors—telecommunications, financial services, IT, retail, and many more in between. Starting in the world of telecommunications, Griffin created a string of successful businesses, including LGI Motorola Intelligence Centre, the largest repair facility for Motorola through Europe, Middle East and Africa. From there he branched into the world of satellite communications with Global Com and Ashbury Satcom. After that, he started Reconnect Mobile for Nokia South Africa, offering a repair service and a 100 + strong dealer network across Southern Africa. Before long, Griffin had diversified his business portfolio into acquiring shares in 2BaldMen, a customised software business solutions and services company, and by buying Carnelian Management service, a specialist consulting firm, supplying consultatnts across the telecommunication, IT and financial worlds. Griffin also earned the rights to the Porsche Design Agency for South Africa—setting up the first flagship store on the African continent in 2011 at Hyde Park Mall.

After supporting and developing international enterprises across Africa, Griffin created his own global brand, ADDaBIT, a social saving financial platform that allows people to share their aspirations and receive conributions from family members and friends.

Operation HOPE’s South Africa Board of Directors, includes, Cas Coovadi, Managing Director, The Banking Association of South Africa, and Kojo Parris, Head of the Colloquium for Social Entrepreneurs, The Gordon Institute of Business Science.

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About Operation HOPE, Inc.

 Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been moving America from civil rights to "silver rights" with the mission of making free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved—powering the broadest financial inclusion network in the country. Through its core programs, the nonprofit has provided financial dignity and economic empowerment to over 2.6 million individuals worldwide, and $2 billion in economic activity for the disenfranchised—turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners, and minimum wage workers into living wage consumers. Project 5117 is Operation HOPE’s multi-year four-pronged approach to combating economic inequality that aims to improve financial literacy, increase business role models and business internships for youth, and stabilize the American dream by boosting credit scores. Operation HOPE recently received its second consecutive 4-star charity rating for fiscal management and commitment to transparency and accountability by the prestigious non-profit evaluator, Charity Navigator—further establishing it as a best-in-class organization. For more information: www.OperationHOPE.org