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Meet ADIS20 Keynote Speaker:
Luam Keflezgy, Entrepreneur, Investor, and Choreographer

African Diaspora Network welcomes Luam Keflezgy, entrepreneur, investor, world-class choreographer, and founder and director of Rock The Industry, as the ADIS20 Kickoff Keynote Speaker!

Luam Keflezgy is a celebrity choreographer & creative director with clients such as Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Nike, Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Robin Thicke, Britney Spears, Kanye, Reebok, Janelle Monae, X Factor, American Idol, America's Got Talent and more. Also, as creator of Rock The Industry, a member of the Creative Council for 'Pencils of Promise' charity, and TEDxPENN speaker, she seeks new ways and opportunities to effect change. Luam recently launched the Industry Talk Podcast, now on iTunes & Spotify and is currently working on writing projects in television and film. Through her work, teachings and mentoring in the entertainment industry & beyond, Luam works to promote spiritual resilience & resistance and advocates for those overcoming all obstacles to do so.
Rock The Industry Promo - Luam Keflezgy
With a youtube audience producing over 28 million views and a loyal following, Luam is a global sensation in dance and choreography. She has obtained cult popularity among the dance community all over the world with her teachings and passion for spreading inspiration. Luam also works with international platinum selling artists; from China to Indonesia she has choreographed and co-artistic directed arena world tours with sell-out audiences of over 50K for icons in foreign countries. She recently starred in and choreographed the first film music video in the history of China with acclaimed director Andrew Lau and their top selling female artist Chris Lee. Luam was named Most Stylish New Yorker by Time Out NY magazine and also nominated for Best Choreography by Dance Track Magazine for her work with Above The Influence commercials.
Register to Meet Keynote Speaker Luam Keflezgy at ADIS20!

A Message From Karen Bass, U.S. Congress

Dear Friends:

With great pleasure I extend my congratulations to the African Diaspora Network (ADN) as it holds its 5th African Diaspora Investment Symposium (ADIS), this year with the theme of Defining an Investment Framework for Africa.

The African Diaspora Network began holding this flagship event in 2016 with the goal of engaging entrepreneurialminded, Africa-focused leaders and professionals from across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Africa.
Since its inception, ADIS has strived to lift up the tremendous investment and commercial opportunities represented by the communities, governments and businesses on the continent of Africa.

ADIS has worked to promote a sophisticated vision for investing, and to encourage a collaborative model that strengthens the social and economic links between the contemporary and historical African diaspora. ADN works to act as a resource and, for many, a starting point for understanding the prospects, and finding assistance with the challenges, to harness public and private resources to reach the common goal of doing well while doing good.

As chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, I have come to understand that realizing the full potential of the continent will require strong business connections between the U.S. and Africa. This will depend on building and deepening relationships like those that I hope will form over the course of this conference.

Thank you for your leadership. You have my best wishes on a memorable event!

Karen Bass, Member of Congress

Digitizing Africa to Create Systems of Accountability & Transparency

We are pleased to announce the addition of Thomas Debass, Acting Special Representative for Global Partnerships, as one of our panelists. It is an honor to have the U.S. Department of State as one of our partners for this session.
Digitization and innovation come hand in hand. In 2018, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Senegal were recognized as “innovation achievers” by the Brookings Institute for having successfully harnessed technologies for economic development. This session explores the ways in which digitization has provided avenues toward systems of accountability and transparency, such as improving records through retail payments systems, boosting financial inclusion, particularly of women entrepreneurs, promoting sustainable business models, and improving revenue administration.
Duncan Goldie-Scot, Co-Founder, Musoni Kenya Ltd., Moderator
The Honorable Joseph Mucheru, EGH, Minister of Information, Communication, and Technology, Kenya
Siddharth Chatterjee, Resident Coordinator for Kenya, United Nations
Shelby Grossman, Research Scholar, Stanford Internet Observatory

Thomas DeBass, Acting Special Representative for Global Partnerships, U.S. Department of State
Thomas Debass serves as Managing Director of Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State.  Thomas has played a leading role in promoting and institutionalizing the role of public private partnerships as a tool for advancing foreign policy. He regularly gives lectures and talks about the intersection of foreign policy, business, and society. Prior to joining the State Department, he was Lead Economist with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and also served as a senior advisor at USAID. Thomas is a graduate of Virginia Tech with an MS in Applied Economics and a BA in Economics.

Register to join this ADIS20 morning session on Friday, January 24

The Prosperity Paradox: Building Market-Creating Innovation for Africa

Entrepreneurs transform complex and expensive products into simpler and more affordable ones – products and services that don’t just target the 80 million consumers in Africa’s middle class, but the 800 million who are not yet full participants in the global economy. This session will shed light on the progress of the market-creating innovation movement by bringing  together key stakeholders in the ecosystem. Over the past decade, for example, Harambeans have spawned a series of market-creating ventures such as Andela, Flutterwave and MAX – a pan-African network of startups, which have raised over $400m and are valued at over $1bn.
Okendo Lewis-Gayle, Founder, Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance
Efosa Ojomo, Harambeans; Co-Author, The Prosperity Paradox

Fireside Chat: Blended Value and Social Enterprise Initiatives in Africa

How does the adoption of entrepreneurial principles enable congregations to become more financially self-sustaining while scaling their impact serving the poor in their communities? Sisters are often among the most trusted community members, augmenting their ability to engage potential customers and beneficiaries as well as youth in the products or services of the enterprise. Discover the work of these “builders of Africa’s future” at the community and grassroots level.
Thane Kreiner, Executive Director, Miller Center for Entrepreneurship, Moderator
Sr. Juunza Mwangani, Religious Sisters of the Holy Spirit, Zambia
Sr. Eneless Chimbali, Secretary General of the Association of Consecrated Women of Eastern and Central Africa
Join the fireside chat at the ADIS20 Thursday Evening Kickoff

A Glimpse at ADIS2020: Sessions & Highlights

Fireside Chat with Joshua and Nate Ghaim: Diasporans are Entrepreneurs, Philanthropists, Investors, and Innovators

How does one thrive in the midst of migration? Diasporans share the challenge of establishing roots in a new country for their families and themselves. Joshua Ghaim, CTO of Johnson & Johnson, and Nate Ghaim, CEO of Hanzo Logistics, Inc., will share their stories of overcoming barriers in pursuit of a good education and career, while maintaining their traditional values, family, community, friendship, and generosity. Learn from the paths of two leaders who are an inspiration to all those who are working to find their way in the ecosystems of innovation, investment, and entrepreneurs.

Africa Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
What is the State of the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Africa?  Africa is fertile for innovation, entrepreneurship, and investment, thanks to its young, eager to learn, and vibrant population.  Yet, compared to the rest of the world, Africa is still lag behind other regions in developing an ecosystem that is conducive to creating sustainable and thriving businesses.  In this session, you will hear from African SME’s on the challenges and opportunities they face to overcome structural factors and produce some of the most innovative and successful enterprises on the continent.
Education in Africa
With the expected population boom anticipated to double by 2050, Africa must look to its youth to hone talent and skills for its next generation of leaders and workforce. Education is widely recognized as the great equalizer, and entrepreneurs and innovators are leveraging new means of expanding and enriching education in Africa. Explore the challenges that educational organizations are addressing and how digitization and revolutionizing curriculum have become key steps to unlocking African potential and excellence.
Find our complete session offerings and day-to-day agenda.

Partial List of ADIS20 Attendees

U.S. Department of Commerce 

Stanford University 

United Nations in Kenya 


ICT, Rwanda 


YAATRA Ventures LLC 

Energy Efficiency (pty) Ltd 


Ethiopia Diaspora Trust Fund 

Financing Facility For Remittances 



Arigo Investments


Global Business School Network 

Ashesi University 

IUGB Foundation 

University of Memphis 

Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain Corporation 

Nyaho Medical Center 


Refuge Place International 

Harvard University 

Africa-America Institute 

AgInvest International LLC


Jobo Max 

Pyxera Global 

Africa Foresight 


Ship & Bag

Fin Eazy 



Akira Chix

Trimble Agriculture 

U.S. African Development Foundation 

MIT Lab 

J&J Africa Innovation Challenge

Bush Company 

US Department of Commerce 


Rose Women Foundation 



Boshoff Architects 

Ignite Investment 

Sun Funder

Comz Africa 


Miller Center for Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University 

Frugal Innovation Hub, Santa Clara University 

The Camden Trust

UC Berkeley

Honda Innovations

IDP Foundation

Global Fund for Women

The End Fund



Segal Family Foundation 

Conrad Hilton Foundation

Thank You to Our Sponsors


Hugh Stuart Center Charitable Trust

William H. Cilker Family Foundation

Individual Sponsors

Twum Djin

Joshua Ghaim

Dawit Habtezghi

Regga Tekeste

Hugh Molotsi

Duncan Goldie-Scot

Abbey Omokhodion

Terry & Carolyn Gannon Fund

Dave Wilde

Charlie Adams


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