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Meet the ADIS20 African Luminaire Keynote Speaker Mimi Alemayehou

African Diaspora Network is honored to have the presence and participation of our esteemed African Luminaire Keynote Speaker, Mimi Alemayehou, at the fifth annual African Diaspora Investment Symposium.  

Ms. Alemayehou is a distinguished finance executive with an unprecedented track record of transformative development impact in Africa and across the globe. Born in Ethiopia, Alemayehou spent her early years in Kenya before immigrating to the United States. With an MA in International Business and International Law and Development, she has skyrocketed as a quiet, yet powerful force to be reckoned with in the industry. Significantly, Alemayehou is a Diasporan who exemplifies leadership by example, working humbly at the highest levels to uplift the Continent and the communities in which we live.

We congratulate Mimi Alemayehou on her recent appointment to the board of ONE Campaign!

Mimi Alemayehou is Managing Director for Black Rhino Group, an investment platform focused on the development and acquisition of energy and infrastructure assets across Africa. Prior to Black Rhino, Ms. Alemayehou was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the development finance agency of the U.S. Government. During Ms. Alemayehou’s tenure from 2010 to 2014, OPIC’s portfolio grew by more than 24 percent to $18 billion and the corporation’s Africa portfolio tripled to nearly $4 billion. 

Previously, Ms. Alemayehou was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the United States Executive Director on the Board of the African Development Bank (AfDB). Mimi holds a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Ms. Alemayehou currently serves as an Executive Advisor to Blackstone, on the Board of Canada’s development finance institution, FinDev Canada, the One Campaign, the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Energy for Growth Hub.  

Join us ADIS20 to meet Ms. Mimi Alemayehou for her keynote presentation!

Register to Meet Keynote Speaker Mimi Alemayehou at ADIS20

“Every time I am at ADN, I see a new future for Africa. ADN is the place to find talents and boldness of entrepreneurs, the articulate passion and compassion for a continent that deserves be seen and heard in new ways. ADN forums are an experience that no other person can tell you about. You experience it and you know you have arrived at a place where Africans are proud of their talents and confident to be global players offering hospitality to all global citizens to use two days to focus on Africa!" - Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, CEO, Global Fund for Women and ADN Deputy Board Chair

Meet the Harambeans at ADIS20

African Diaspora Network is pleased to announce the participation of the Harambeans at ADIS20. Harambeans are African innovators admitted to the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance, who have pledged “to work together as one” to unlock the potential of Africa. They are emboldening a generation of African innovators and developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem to transform ideas into scalable solutions across Africa.
Okendo Lewis-Gayle is author of Harambeans and founder of the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance. Harambe is a network of young Africa entrepreneurs (Harambeans) who are scaling ventures such as Andela, Flutterwave and Yoco. Harambeans have raised over $300m from Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Ma and other prominent investors.
Yasmin Kumi is a Harambean '16 and Founder and MD of Africa Foresight Group (AFG). AFG is building the first African, flexible work platform that allows African companies to get access to top business talent to accelerate their growth. She is a half-Ghanaian/German young professional combining a Master's degree in African Studies with an MBA at the Saïd Business School (Oxford 1+1 MBA program). Yasmin has worked as a senior consultant for McKinsey & Company since 2011 advising clients in Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and South Africa in the consumer goods and banking industry.
Ikenna Nzewi is a Harambean '17 and Founder of Releaf, a Y Combinator-backed enterprise that uses hardware innovation to scale the sale of high-quality raw materials to food factories in Africa. He is a graduate of Yale and is a former Bain consultant.
Anis Kallel is a Harambean '19 and Co-Founder & CTO of Kaoun, a company building a financial inclusion pipeline for the previously unbanked and underbanked. He attended the University of Rochester on a full scholarship and has worked with the Swiss investment group Seedstars as their associate for Africa.
Kelechi Ofoegbu is a Harambean '19 and COO of Impact Hub Accra, an innovation center in Ghana. He is a graduate of Sikkim Manipal University in Ghana and was an Associate Director at the Open University of West Africa (OUWA), an education technology company. Ofoegbu is also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
Waleed Hatim is a Harambean '19 Co-Founder and CEO of Ship'nbag, an automated web and mobile-based shipping solution that connect orders with travelers on a global scale based in Cairo, Egypt. Ship'nbag has recently won at Harvard Business School's New Venture Competition and at the UNWTO Startup Competition in Bahrain recognizing the ongoing impact on travelers and the tourism industry in Egypt and the MENA region. Hatim is a graduate of Cairo University and is a Business Innovation Consultant and a Certified Design Thinking Coach from Zero360 in Berlin, Germany.
Monique Baars is a Harambean '19 and Founder & CEO of Fineazy a fin edtech startup focused on championing financial literacy in Africa based in Ghana. She is a graduate of London Business School, ex-BCG consultant, and 2018 Founder Awards winner.
Velani Mboweni is a Harambean '19 and Co-Founder and CEO of LÜLA, a disruptive tech-company in South Africa focusing on transforming the way people commute by leveraging on the shared economy and mobile technology. LÜLA has been recognized as one of five innovations shaping Africa by the African Union and was recently awarded the Startup of the Year at Southern Africa Startup Awards 2019. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from the University of Cape Town and PDBA from Wits Business School.
Nneile Nkholise is a Harambean '18 and Founder of 3DIMO aiming to predict, analyse and help prevent sports injuries using AI. Her work in CAD and Additive Manufacturing in breast prosthesis earned Nkholise several awards, including Forbes 30 Under 30 and the presidential award for Science, Innovation and Technology at the South African Youth Awards in 2017. Nkholise has a Btech Mechanical Engineering degree from Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein, South Africa, along with a Masters in Engineering.
View our complete list of ADIS20 speakers

A Glimpse at ADIS2020: Sessions & Highlights

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.
Digitizing Africa to Create Systems of Accountability & Transparency 
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.
Power Africa: Energy & Renewable Resources
According to USAID, two out of three people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. How do we go beyond the grid to increase the number of people who have access to power? This session examines projects including Power Africa, launched in 2013, that leverage partnerships to achieve the effective implementation of clean energy systems and efficient electricity generation to millions of homes and businesses on the Continent.
Find our complete session offerings and day-to-day agenda.

Thank You to Our Sponsors


Hugh Stuart Center Charitable Trust

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Individual Sponsors

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Joshua Ghaim

Dawit Habtezghi

Regga Tekeste

Hugh Molotsi

Duncan Goldie-Scot

Abbey Omokhodion

Terry & Carolyn Gannon Fund

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