WE ARE THE ONES WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR- Rethinking African Investment and Engaging Africa’s Future

MIT Sloan Fellows (Africa Team) in partnership with The Pro-Niche Networks is convening an intimate gathering of entrepreneurs and investment-minded professionals for a forum on Africa  on April 3, 2015. 

Themed “Unlocking Africa’s Innovation Potential”, the 2015 MIT African Investment Forum is built around a cross-generational dialogue on the benefit of investing in youth, and on the role of the African Diaspora in driving innovation and change on the African continent.  Leading the roundtable discussions will be Funke Michaels, MIT Sloan Fellow and Edward Mason Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government; and Farai Gundan, Forbes Africa Writer and Tech-Entrepreneur. The keynote address will be delivered by Vuyo Dunjwa, Executive Chairman of the Board at the Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce.

Joining the conversation will be panelists such as:

  • Nduka Otiono, Professor of African Studies, Carleton University Canada;
  • Dr. Renee Dankerlin, President and CEO, Innovation-Clean Energy Economy Pathways (ICEP) Inc;
  • Loukman Lamany, Business Development Analyst National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC);
  • Phyllis Johnson, President and Co-founder of BD Imports Inc.;
  • Obiora Atuokwu, Co-Founder and Director of Marketing at Globalaccelerex;
  • Solome Lemma, Founder and Executive Director at Africans in the Diaspora;
  • Kelley Jibrell, Africa 2.0 Co-Chair, Washington, D.C.;
  •  Marshall Bizure, East Africa Regional Programs Manager at Econet Wireless Burundi-Higher Life Foundation.

The event will feature showcases by entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations working on projects in areas of youth empowerment, entrepreneurship training and education. Nigerian Singer-songwriter, Producer and Film maker, SIJI will also be performing an acoustic set from his upcoming cross-generational music film “Elders’ Corner”.

“We all know that there are big ideas coming out of Africa and developed by Africans. With this forum, our goal is to create a concrete platform where we can showcase, support,  and uplift the everyday people who are behind these big ideas,” said the organizers. “We want to rally the investment community in the Diaspora and in Africa to support these ideas, and help realize these dreams and aspirations for a better continent. That task is borne by this generation of entrepreneurs and change-makers. We are the solution that Africa needs.”

For registration and more information on the forum visit: http://www.africainvestforum.com

 

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