Friday, January 26, 2018 | day 1: Magnifying What is Within: On the State of Africa
7:30 AM - Check-in, Breakfast, Networking, and Opening Music
Participants must check-in at the registration table to receive their name tag, program, and agenda for ADIS2018. A light continental breakfast will be available. Please utilize this time as a networking opportunity to meet your fellow participants.
8:45 AM - Welcome and Introduction to ADN
Almaz Negash - African Diaspora Network
Musimbi Kanyoro - Global Fund for Women
Chris Folayan - MallforAfrica
This opening session of ADIS2018 includes 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.
9:00 AM - Keynote Speaker
Hon. Ertharin Cousin, Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Visiting Fellow at the Center on Food Security and the Environment, former US Ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome.
9:15 AM - Opening Remarks
The State of Africa -- Economic and Business Trends:
This session will provide insights and analysis on how to make informed investment decisions in Africa.
Immaculate Nantale, Ernst & Young
9:45 AM - Economic Expansion and Sustainable Job Creation through Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology
In this session our expert panelists will speak on how innovation in healthcare, education, and technology impacts economic development and the ways in which Africa can foster an ecosystem that nurtures entrepreneurship. With the shifting of global economy, Africa has an opportunity to use technology to enable innovation and create economic prosperity. Our panelists will share how new advances in education, healthcare, and communications impact economic development, create new business models, and foster an ecosystem that nurtures entrepreneurship.
Moderator: Kedest Tesfagiorgis, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation;
Panelists: Daniel Ekpe, PG Impact Investment; Fil Randazzo, PhD, Leverage Science, LLC; Richard Woodhull, Small & Medium Enterprise Finance, OPIC; Jude O’Reilley, Skoll Foundation
11:00 AM - Break
11:15 AM - Human Capital Investment 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 harness the strength of Africa. How can the continent leverage education and training to tap Africa’s “demographic dividend?” How can we practically catalyze shared value and transformative public-private capital investments to accelerate SDG impacts and sustain the growth of Africa in the decades to come?
Moderator: Heather Grady, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Panelists: Siddharth Chatterjee, UNDP Resident Representative, Kenya; Joshua Ghaim, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies; Fil Randazzo, PhD, Leverage Science, LLC; Roberta Romano, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Radhika Shah, Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs
12:30 PM - Lunch & Networking
This networking lunch provides an opportunity for ADIS2018 participants to make connections and learn more about one another’s work and opportunities for collaboration. We encourage informal conversation and discussion around table topics, including agriculture, energy, trade, logistics, technology, investment, venture philanthropy, women’s entrepreneurship, and sustainable global development.
1:30 - 2:45 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.
Moderator: Bob Bloom, Heifer International
Panelists: Rashid Sesay, Heifer International; Ade Freeman, World Bank; Bandile Khepri, Khepri Innovations; Tebabu Assefa, Blessed Coffee
2:45 PM - Networking Break
3:00 PM - Keynote Address by Jim Shelton, President of Education, Chan Zuckerberg, former Deputy Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama.
3:30 PM - 5:00 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?
Moderator: Marsha Wulff, LoftyInc,
Panelists: Mussie Haile, Moya Technologies; Zekarias Amsalu, IBEX Frontier; Kwame K. Marfo, African Empowerment Fund; Aneri Pradhan, ENVenture; Kweku Nduom, Groupe Nduom
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Intentional Network
This time is dedicated for ADIS participants to interact with each other, to ask questions, provide feedback, insight, and share resources. ADIS provides a platform for exchanges and interactions with diverse stakeholders whom you may end up doing business with or just making lasting friendship. Enjoy making friends!
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM - Design Thinking Session and Startup Symposium
- Workshop: Design Thinking Session with Planetary Health on applying technology to promote small shareholder poultry farming in Africa
This human-centered design workshop focuses on applying technology for promoting small shareholder poultry farming across communities in Africa. We will use design-thinking to develop solutions that address challenges faced by poultry farmers including productivity, market value chains, and measuring impact. We will engage with experts from the Planetary Health Center of Expertise which identifies solutions that will help populations, both human and animal, to foster resilience in the face of changing environments.
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.
Features Hugh Molotsi, Ujama; Hisham Ibrahim, mPathic, LLC; Sophia Papageorgiou, UCDavis; Paige Passano, MPH, Sahel Leadership Program, The OASIS Initiative
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Reception with Live Musical Performance & Awards