ADIS 2018 Registration

 

Welcome

 

Welcome!

The African Diaspora Network Board Members and team is pleased to announce the third annual African Diaspora Investment Symposium (ADIS 2018) taking place in Silicon Valley from January 26-27, 2018. Entrepreneurs, technologists, educators, innovators, public and social leaders from across the globe are invited to join us for this catalytic convening to uplift the African continent by building bridges among Africans, Diasporans, and friends of Africa.

Our 2018 theme, “Building Africa’s Future: Magnifying What is Within,” seeks to amplify the changemakers and leaders shaping the Continent’s future. Experts, panelists, and participants will engage in fruitful dialogue to examine the crossroads between human capital, natural resources, investment, entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology in Africa.  

This two-day conference will provide networking, community-building, and knowledge-sharing with symposium attendees as we celebrate a spirit of abundance and unearth the richness of the Continent’s resources, as well as the talents and contributions of Africans, friends of Africa, and Diasporans.

Key topics for ADIS2018 include:

  • Startup Pitch by Diaspora Entrepreneurs

  • The State of the Continent: Policy, Impact Investment, Venture Philanthropy, Renewable Energy

  • Immersive design-thinking workshop on agriculture and technology

  • Networking and building partnerships: Enhancing Business Pitches for Entrepreneurs

  • Deep-dive discussion on bold policies, innovative business models, and technologies shaping the Continent.

  • African Women in Tech – convened by Afrobytes and ADN

We look forward to having you join with us for another informative, engaging, and actionable symposium curated to redefine Africa and discover the abundance and potential of the Continent.

Sincerely,

Almaz Negash

Founder African Diaspora Network

Convener, African Diaspora Investment Symposium

Agenda

 

THIRD ANNUAL AFRICAN DIASPORA INVESTMENT SYMPOSIUM
January 26-27, 2018
Building Africa’s Future: Magnifying What is Within

Human Capital – Natural Resources – Technology – Innovation – Entrepreneurship – Investment


By 2050, Africa is expected to have 2.4 billion people. Is Africa ready? The growing population presents a great opportunity for the Continent to optimize its potential and resources. Access to food, education, income, health care, and housing are foundational for a thriving future. How are we going to make Africa ready to meet this great opportunity? We believe Africa can and will. 

Growth starts at home. The African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2018 takes a long-term outlook on Africa as a part of the global economy and seeks to explore approaches to positive economic growth and investment from within. Our panels will highlight the evolving landscape of ventures and innovations dedicated to planting seeds of growth in the Continent and how to maintain this momentum moving forward. 
 

Day One: Magnifying What’s Within: The State of Africa

Friday, January 26 | 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Be inspired by the opening session on the State of Africa and learn about current business and investment trends. Hear African Diaspora Entrepreneurs speak how their innovative work is transforming communities in Africa. Immerse in a design-thinking workshop on innovation and technology. Participate in fireside chats with leading experts on how to leverage the tremendous potential of the Diaspora and transform the narrative of Africa as a land of opportunity.

 

Day Two: Amplifying Abundance

Saturday, January 27 | 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Gather with changemakers from the global Diaspora to learn about the innovative work taking place in selected countries in Africa. Participate in panel sessions on technology, agriculture, policy, impact investment, venture philanthropy, and renewable energy. In the afternoon, gain foundational skills in networking and building partnerships through a workshop on business pitches for African Diaspora entrepreneurs. The day will conclude with a call to action and a reception.  

Sessions

 

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.
Concurrent Sessions: 

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
 

Saturday, January 27, 2018 | Day 2: Amplifying Abundance – Deep-Dive Panels and Fireside Chats
 

7:30 AM-8:30 - AM Breakfast and Networking

8:30 AM - Opening Music

9:00 AM - Summary of Day One: Magnifying What is Within

Master of Ceremonies Nicholas M. Bassey of USAID will provide an overview of takeaways and key points from day one of ADIS2018. 

9: 15 AM - Keynote Speaker/Context Setter: The Business Case for Investing in Africa

A Silicon Valley/US/Diaspora investor to share their investment journey/experience in Africa. The speaker will share why it ‘pays off’ to invest in Africa, how he/she overcame challenges and thrived. 

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM - Impact Investment in Africa – Sponsored by IDP Foundation 
Discussion around the impact investing space in Africa and ways the diaspora can invest in the continent. The session will include discussion on how social enterprises get into funds, how fund managers get investors and some obstacles with impact investing in Africa.  

11:00 - AM Break

11:30 AM - Panel Session with Leaders on Agriculture, Migration, Innovation, and Youth. 

Taking a deeper dive into the symposium theme, ADIS2018 participants will take part in a fireside chat with leading experts on the role of the Diaspora in the agricultural ecosystem and innovative ways to include youth. Examining the intersection of agriculture, migration, and innovation, how can we develop more inclusive channels of human capital investment that involve and realize the potential of youth in shaping the future of the African economy?

12:30 PM - Lunch

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 topics such as technology and innovation, policy, venture philanthropy, etc. 

 

 

Concurrent Sessions: 

2:00 PM – 3:30PM - Workshops and Deeper Dives

Channels and Vehicles for Investing in Africa
This workshop of distinguished investors and intermediaries will present current and new initiatives that are making it easier than ever for investors and mentors to support Africa’s hottest ventures. The session will address the opportunities that new web and mobile investment platforms are availing to Diaspora and foreign investors.

How I Started My Business – African Women Entrepreneurial Journey

Come and meet women of influence, perseverance, and expertise as they share their journey on how they started their business/social enterprise. This session explores how to navigate the initial stages and sustainability of a new business and how to turn an idea into a business venture. Discover essential practices as they share insight on how to navigate steps and obstacles.

3:30 – 5:00 PM  - Startup Pitch by Diaspora Entrepreneurs, Hosted by ADN and ATF 

Hosted by ADN and ATF, this recognition event celebrates “Builders of Africa’s Future,” through an awards ceremony celebrating five best-in-class established African businesses and a presentation of early-stage businesses that highlight the future of Diasporan Africa innovation. A curated list of 10 African Diaspora entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to showcase their startups to ADIS participants. Startups will be selected based on the criteria of innovation, uniqueness, growth potential and impact potential on the continent. ADIS platform will offer a unique stage for the entrepreneurs to promote their venture, attract potential customers and drum up investors and partners interests.

5:00 PM - Summary & Call to Action
 

Speakers

Partial list of speakers

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Nicholas Bassey, Division Chief, Frontier Partnerships,USAID.
Master of Ceremonies

 
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Irene Pritzker, Co-Founder & President, IDP Foundation, Inc.

 
Haweya Mohamed, Managing Director & Head of Communications at Afrobytes.

Haweya Mohamed, Managing Director & Head of Communications at Afrobytes.

 
Bob Bloom, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Heifer International.

Bob Bloom, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Heifer International.

 
Omoju (Thomas) Miller, Ph.D, Senior Machine Learning Data Scientist with Github.

Omoju (Thomas) Miller, Ph.D, Senior Machine Learning Data Scientist with Github.

 
Kedest Tesfagiorgis, Program Officer, Discovery & Translational Sciences, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Kedest Tesfagiorgis, Program Officer, Discovery & Translational Sciences, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 
Mark Correnti, Director of Impact Investment - Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University.

Mark Correnti, Director of Impact Investment - Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University.

 
Heather Grady, Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Heather Grady, Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

 
Jude O'Reilley, Senior Director, Skoll Awards and Community

Jude O'Reilley, Senior Director, Skoll Awards and Community

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Duncan Goldie-Scot, Chairman, Musoni Kenya Ltd., Entrepreneur & investor.

 

 
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Chris Folayan, Co-Founder & CEO, MallforAfrica.

 
Hugh Molotsi, Founder and CEO of Ujama, Active practitioner and teacher of Lean Startup.

Hugh Molotsi, Founder and CEO of Ujama, Active practitioner and teacher of Lean Startup.

 
Hisham Ibrahim, Founder of mPathic, A human-innovation consultancy.

Hisham Ibrahim, Founder of mPathic, A human-innovation consultancy.

 
Kofi Appenteng, is the President and CEO of the Africa-America Institute.

Kofi Appenteng, is the President and CEO of the Africa-America Institute.

 
Fil Randazzo, Ph.D., Founder & CEO, Leverage Science, LLC.

Fil Randazzo, Ph.D., Founder & CEO, Leverage Science, LLC.

 
Bandile Khepri, Founder and Managing director of Khepri Biosciences and Khepri Innovations.

Bandile Khepri, Founder and Managing director of Khepri Biosciences and Khepri Innovations.

 
Josh Ghaim, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies.

Josh Ghaim, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies.

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Dr. Ade Freeman, Lead Private Sector Specialist, Trade and Competitiveness, World Bank.

 

 
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Yasmin Kumi, Founder Africa Foresight Group (AFG).

 

 
Dr. Liesl Riddle, Associate Professor of Int'l Business and Int'l Affairs, George Washington.

Dr. Liesl Riddle, Associate Professor of Int'l Business and Int'l Affairs, George Washington.

 
Mr. Mussie Haile, Founder of Moya Technologies, Inc., a Consulting services company.

Mr. Mussie Haile, Founder of Moya Technologies, Inc., a Consulting services company.

 
Kwame K. Marfo, Managing Partner Africa Empowerment Fund, Founder of Diaspora Capital.

Kwame K. Marfo, Managing Partner Africa Empowerment Fund, Founder of Diaspora Capital.

 
Cheryl Contee, CEO and co-founder of Fission Strategy, which helps non-profits, foundations and social enterprises.

Cheryl Contee, CEO and co-founder of Fission Strategy, which
helps non-profits, foundations and social enterprises.

 
Paige Passano, MPH - Director, Sahel Leadership Program, The OASIS Initiative (Organizing to Advance Solutions in the Sahel).

Paige Passano, MPH - Director, Sahel Leadership Program, The OASIS Initiative (Organizing to Advance Solutions in the Sahel).

 
Radhika Shah, Investor & Co-President, Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, a community of students, faculty and alumni.

Radhika Shah, Investor & Co-President, Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, a community of students, faculty and alumni.

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Professor Mammo Muchie, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria.

 
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Pardon Makumbe, Managing Partner, CRE Venture Capital.

 
Rashid Sesay, Director of Programs for Africa and Asia at Heifer International.

Rashid Sesay, Director of Programs for Africa and Asia at Heifer International.

 
Amadou Daffe, CEO and Co-Founder of Gebeya Inc. Ethiopia, Kenya, Silicon valley, UK

Amadou Daffe, CEO and Co-Founder of Gebeya Inc. Ethiopia, Kenya, Silicon valley, UK

 
Zekarias Amslau, Founder, MD IBEX Frontier/Financial Consultant, Investment Advisor – Gebeya Inc.

Zekarias Amslau, Founder, MD
IBEX Frontier/Financial Consultant, Investment Advisor – Gebeya Inc.

 
Wawira Njiru, is the Founder and Executive Director of Food for Education.

Wawira Njiru, is the Founder and Executive Director of Food for Education.

 
Aneri Pradhan, Founder and Executive Director of ENVenture.

Aneri Pradhan, Founder and Executive Director of ENVenture.

 
Daniel Ekpe, Assistant Vice President, Investment Manager at PG Impact Investments AG

Daniel Ekpe, Assistant Vice President, Investment Manager at PG Impact Investments AG

Location

 

 

 

 

Computer History Museum
1401 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043
(650) 810-1010 main
(650) 810-1055 fax
www.computerhistory.org

 

Accommodations

Airports

ADIS2018 guests traveling by plane can arrive at San Jose International Airport or San Francisco International Airport. The surrounding area offer a number of hotels; though we encourage you to book with the following two

Hotel

The African Diaspora Investment Symposium designated Official Hotel with a negotiated Special Rates for our attendees is listed below:

Hotel Avante

860 E. El Camino Mountain View, CA 94040  
Tel: 650-940-1000 | Fax: 650-968-7870 | Toll free: 800-538-1600 (4.3 miles from the Museum) www.jdvhospitality.com
Thursday: $249 plus Taxes
Friday & Saturday: $129 plus Taxes

**Rates include complimentary full breakfast, WIFI & parking.
**TRANSPORTATION: Free shuttle service from this hotel will be provided by The African Diaspora Network.

Link to Other Hotels in the Area – transportation is not included. 


Sightseeing: 

We encourage you to make the most of your stay in Silicon Valley and explore the Computer History Museum, Mountain View, and other nearby Bay Area cities.  
 

 

Questions?

Please contact, Info@africandiasporanetwork.org  

Get Engaged

Sponsorship Opportunities

Signature Sponsorship | $20,000

  • Sponsors two social entrepreneurs working to promote sustainable business development
  • Opportunity to speak, design and moderate a panel discussion at the Friday and Saturday sessions
  • Recognition and promotion in e-Newsletter to more than 15,000 members of network partners
  • Detailed profile included in conference program/agenda
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Information stall at event and 15 free tickets to the event
  • Invitation to reception
  • Large logo and business name displayed prominently in all marketing/outreach

Premium Sponsorship | $10,000 - $15,000

  • Medium logo and business name displayed in all marketing and outreach materials.
  • Recognition and promotion in e-Newsletter to more than 15,000 members of network partners
  • Opportunity to participate in panel discussions
  • Profile included in conference program/agenda
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Information stall at event and 10 free tickets to the event
  • Invitation to reception

Benefactor Sponsorship | $5,000 - $9,999

  • Logo and business name on event program, website and displayed during event
  • Opportunity to host table top topics during lunch. 
  • Invitation to reception and 7 free tickets to the event
  • Verbal recognition at event

Friendship Sponsorship – $2,500

  • Logo and business name on website and displayed during event
  • Invitation to reception and 3 free tickets to the event.

National Advisors

 

Yohannes Assefa  | Liesl Riddle  |  Ade Freeman  |  Adeoti Abi  |  Twum Djin  |  Claire Chang  |  Nicholas Bassey  |  Eric Guichard  |  Radhika Shah  |  Marsha Wuff

Individual Sponsors

 

 

KOLA KOLA OLOFINBOBA
FairviewCapital.com

HUGH MOLOTSI
http://ujama.co

REGGA TEKESTE

THERESA SAMUEL-BOKO

SANGEETA TIWARI

 

TWUM DJIN
Good Water Capital

DAVE WILDE
HP

CHARLIE ADAMS
Wells Fargo Advisors

MELANIE BIELEFELD

Sponsors

 

 
 

Partners

 

Media Contact

 

 
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The African Diaspora Network is delighted to have Bordernation as our creative media partner and Abdulai Jalloh as our lead PR.  Abdulai is the Founder & President, Bordernation. 
 
Please contact him at: abdulaijalloh@bordernation.com

Thank you!

The ADN team

 

 

More Information

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