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July 22 2015

Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Hall of Fame Inductee and Humanitarian Will Speak at the 2016 HOPE Global Forum January 13 – 15, in Atlanta

Basketball legend will help drive the discussion around financial dignity and sustainability

ATLANTA, July 15, 2015 – Leading financial dignity nonprofit Operation HOPE announced today that Dikembe Mutombo, eight-time NBA hall of Fame star and global humanitarian, will Chair a special session at the 2016 HOPE Global Forum | Annual Meeting in Atlanta, January 13 – 15.

The three-day conference gather leaders and influencers from government, community and the private sector to outline a vision for the modern global economy. A vision where the poor, underserved and struggling middle class are viewed as untapped assets for economic growth, job creation and entrepreneurship.

Mutombo is the Chairman and President of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation which he created in 1997. Located in Atlanta, Georgia the Foundation’s mission is to improve the health, education and quality of life for the people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. One major project was the construction of the Biamba Marie Mutombo hospital in the capital city of Kinshasa, DR Congo. Mutombo played in the NBA for 18 years, winning Defensive Player of the Year four times, and was named an NBA all-star eight times. Besides his success on the court, Mutombo has been growing the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, his charitable organization dedicated to improving living conditions in his native Democratic Republic of Congo. His work earned him the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2001 and 2009. (Full bio)

The HOPE Global Forums | Annual Meeting serves as the staging area for commitments to the HOPE Impact Network. Since 2013, over 1,700 commitments have been gathered for new and existing economic empowerment programs and services, volunteerism and mentorship. Last year, the event drew more than 3,000 of the most dynamic and influential  leaders from more than 40 countries around the world.