Marc Gbaffou is the Chairperson of the African Diaspora Forum (ADF), founded in 2008 in Johannesburg following an initial wave of xenophobic violence. He was Secretary of the Ivorian Popular Front Youth League (Ligue des jeunes du Front populaire ivoirien - FPI) from 1991 to 1993, in Agboville, Côte d’Ivoire. He began his chemistry studies at the University of Abidjan and became involved in student movements as Secretary-general of a student union in Yopougon (Abidjan) from 1994 to 1996. He had to leave Côte d’Ivoire for political reasons and finished his studies in South Africa, where he was awarded a technical diploma in food science from the University of Johannesburg. He created an agri-food business that produces flavors and created the Association of Ivorians of Johannesburg, which he chaired from 1999 to 2002. He then enlarged this association to the Ivorian community of South Africa (and chaired this association from 2003 to 2006 and from 2010 to 2014).