Our history

The Addax and Oryx Foundation is created by employees of the Addax and Oryx Group (AOG), with a focus on education and health. It is supported by AOG founder and Chairman, Jean Claude Gandur, and AOG's Board of Directors, which provides funds for the projects.

1996 – 2007:
The Foundation funds 98 projects in 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Projects are selected and monitored by a committee made up of employees and an AOG Board member.

In December 2007, the Foundation is officially registered in Geneva canton and placed under the supervision of the Swiss Federal Supervisory Authorities for Foundations. The move reflects the will to make it into a professional and independent body, with a solid base from which to sustainably build on the work of the first 11 years.
The Foundation's mission is defined as to alleviate the root causes of poverty in Africa and the Middle East, with a focus on four key areas: health, education, community development and the environment. Jean Claude Gandur becomes Chairman of the independent Board of Trustees. Board members are selected for their knowledge and experience of Africa and/or the Middle East, and of one or more of the Foundation's focus areas.

2008 – present:
The Foundation has funded 120 projects in over 30 countries since December 2007 (2008 – 2012) and over 200 projects since it began in 1996.

To read more on the projects financed by the Foundation, click here to access our annual reports.