Friday, January 26, 2018 | Magnifying What is Within: On the State of Africa
8:00 AM-9:00 AM - Check-in, Breakfast, Networking, and Opening Music
Participants will check-in to the event at the registration table to receive their name tag, program, and agenda for ADIS 2018. A light continental breakfast will be available. As guests arrive, they are encouraged to utilize the morning as a networking opportunity and to meet fellow participants.
9:00 AM - Welcome and Introduction to ADN
Participants will gather for the opening session of ADIS2018. This include a welcome and introduction to ADN by ADN Board and Leadership. They will introduce the mission of ADN and elaborate on the purpose of ADIS2018: Magnifying What is Within.
9:20 AM - Opening Remarks: The State of Africa -- Economic and Business Trends
This session will provide insights and analysis on how to make informed investment decision in Africa.
9:40 AM - The State of the African Diaspora
How does place or country of origin motivate diaspora-led investment? Dr. Liesl Riddle will highlight the different segments of the diaspora investor community. We often talk about investing back home, in the country of origin, particularly from the demand side. However, many diasporans on the supply side of the diaspora investment ecosystem conceive of and prioritize investment at highly localized levels — in their village, city, or region. These are the “demand” areas, yet they are often less of a priority for demand-side actors. Learn more about the intersection between investment and location and their implications for policy makers, financial institutions, and investors.
10:00 AM - Economic Expansion and Sustainable Job Creation through Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology
In this session, technologists, entrepreneurs, innovators, and business leaders will speak on how Africa can transform its economy through entire transformative sectors such as agri-processing, communications, technology, and manufacturing.
11:00 AM - Break
11:15 AM - Deep Dive Discussion: The Need for High Impact Investment in Education, Science, & Technology
By 2050, Africa is expected to have 2.4 billion people. Our panel experts will discuss the need to move up the value chain by creating an ecosystem that is efficient, innovative, and sustainable. Human Capital Investment is the economic transformation that will harnesses the strength of Africa, its people. How can the Continent leverage education and training that empower youth and families with skills to contribute to the nation’s growing economy? How can we invest and sustain the growth of Africa in the decades to come?
12:30 PM - Lunch & Networking
This networking lunch provides the opportunity for ADIS2018 participants to make connections and learn more about one another’s work and opportunities for collaboration. The lunch encourages informal conversation as well as discussion around table topics, including agriculture, energy, trade, logistics, technology, investment, venture philanthropy, women’s entrepreneurship, and sustainable global development.
2:00 PM - Panel Discussion: Magnifying Africa’s Agriculture Sector: The Impact of Community-Led Development for Small-Scale Farmers
This panel examines Africa’s agriculture sector and the role that community-led development plays in helping small-scale farmers build resilience. Leading experts will engage the audience in a conversation about the critical roles of social capital and gender in increasing farmers’ access to resources and growing their incomes. Discussion also will focus on how to engage youth in agriculture value chains through the creation of entrepreneurial opportunities.
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM - Dialogue with Entrepreneurs, Innovators, and Investors
What does it take to become a successful and impactful entrepreneur? This panel provides a behind-the-scenes look at the journey of pursuing the path of entrepreneurship, exploring challenges, opportunities, and insights along the way. Drawing on human capital investment as a means of optimizing human talent and resources, what kind of ecosystem is necessary for a thriving system that will allow global entrepreneurs and investors to thrive?
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM - Design Thinking Session and Startup Symposium
Design-Thinking on the Crossroads between Agriculture, Technology, and Human Capital. A human-centered design workshop focused on satellite technology applications for Agriculture in Africa. The workshop will engage the participants on the role that investment in agriculture can play in transforming the lives of the people in Africa, especially that of the youth.
Using design-thinking principles, participants will work together on different challenges that the African continent is facing; identify a suitable action plan to tackle some of these challenges; define projects ideas; connect, network and create project consortium; and identify sustainability plans.
5:30 PM - Reception & Awards