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Building a Foundation for Africa: Spotlight on Health Care & Education

“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

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ADIS2019 Session Highlight: Health Care

Building a Foundation for Quality of Life: Health Care & Education

Health care and education are key determinants of individual wellness as well as a nation’s overall economic health and sustainability. Achieving Agenda 2063 requires development that is people-driven, particularly among women and youth. How do we achieve a high standard of living and quality of life that drives well-being? This session provides an overview of how health care and education have the potential to transform African economies and set a foundation for an educated and skilled citizenry that builds prosperity and eradicates poverty.
Joshua Ghaim, PhD, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies

Joshua Ghaim, PhD, is the Chief Technology Officer of Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies.  In this role, he is responsible for global research and development organization for the consumer group.  Josh is a member of the Consumer Group Operating Committee and the Johnson & Johnson Research & Development Management Committee. Prior to his role at Johnson & Johnson, Josh held the position of Global Head Franchise R&D Consumer Group, with responsibilities for Franchise R&D Strategy, Product Development, Technology Platforms, Scientific & Professional Affairs and Consumer Science globally. Since joining J&J, Josh has held various positions including Vice President Global Consumer Healthcare (CHC).
Nelson Torto, The Africa Academy of Sciences

Nelson Torto is the Executive Director of The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS). The AAS is a non-aligned, non-political, not-for-profit pan African organisation whose vision is to see transformed lives on the African continent through science. Under his leadership, the goals of The AAS are to promote partnerships, mobilise the African scientific community, lead science advocacy efforts and ensure research findings are incorporated into policymaking so that science remains at the forefront of the African agenda and is adequately supported to transform people’s lives. At the core of his agenda is empathy; the stakeholder has to be part of finding the solution to their challenges.
Gretchen Sorsensen, Sorensen Group

Gretchen Sorensen is the principal of Sorensen Group, a consulting practice focused in biotechnology and global health. She serves as senior strategic advisor to CEOs and organizations globally. Her expertise in strategic communications, reputation management, partnerships, philanthropy and advocacy helps her clients translate paradigm-shifting ideas and discoveries into tangible value for funders, policymakers and the marketplace -- bringing accelerated benefits and return on investment. She is also a member of Arivale's founding team, a groundbreaking company established to launch a new industry, scientific wellness.
Solomon King Benge, Fundi Bots

Solomon King Benge is passionate about education, design, business and technology. In 2011, he founded Fundi Bots, an education non-profit with a mission to accelerate science learning in Africa. Fundi Bots aims to promote better learning outcomes, improved career prospects and real-world technological advancement in African schools and communities through training and experimentation in hands-on, project-based and skills-oriented science disciplines, starting with robotics. Through his work with Fundi Bots, he was selected as a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow and a 2014 Ashoka Fellow. In 2017, Solomon was selected as an African Visionary Fellow by the Segal Family Foundation.
Meet These Impactful Sector Leaders at ADIS2019! Register Today

Five More Reasons to Attend ADIS2019

African Diaspora Network offers the exclusive opportunity to network with and meet leading experts across sectors throughout the symposium. Meet founders and leading figures of organizations ranging from UNICEF to MIT to Ernst & Young.

Take time to process, reflect, and ideate with colleagues during our reflection and action sessions. Participants are encouraged to go beyond listening to panel sessions by interacting and brainstorming with others on ways to apply the knowledge shared at ADIS2019.

Participate in engaging workshops that cover topics at the forefront of innovation, entrepreneurship, and investment in Africa. Learn about the State of Africa and how an assortment of integrated approaches are on the rise to further progress on the continent.

Meet prospective partners and investors at ADIS2019. Past participants have utilized the platform as a means of identifying aligned work and projects and fostering partnerships with fellow partnerships. (Previous collaborations include Gebeya among others.)

African Diaspora Investment Symposium is renowned for its familial culture and celebratory spirit. Enjoy our uplifting traditions, ranging from a broad range of inspiring keynote speakers to hearty food to  live entertainment, music, and dance.

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Partial List of Registered Attendees

Join these 50 registered organizations and register for ADIS2019!
The Camden Trust
Epic Africa
Step Up Capital
Global Fund for Women
Flame Tree Initiative
Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies
Ernst & Young
Dietel and Partners
Blended Value
Diasporas in America Fund
Segal Family Foundation
Hilton Foundation
Fife Avenue Partners
Distinguished Careers Institute, Stanford University
Koniku, Inc.
Sorensen Group
American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative
MCE Social Capital
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Global Catalyst Innovation, Inc.
U.S. African Development Foundation
AAR Africa for AAR
Draper Venture Network
Intel Corporation
DIA Fund
1847 Philanthropic
IDP Foundation, Inc.
The African Academy of Sciences
Omidyar Network
Goodwater Capital
King Baudouin Foundation United States
American Homebuilders West Africa
Global Catalyst Foundation
Moya Technologies, Inc.
Donor Circle for Africa
Cilker Family Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
African Enterprise Project
U.S.-Africa Housing Finance
Register Today for the African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2019!

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Seed Sponsor
Signature Sponsors
Premium Sponsors

Agnieska Winkler and Art Lund

Twum Djin, Goodwater Capital

Joshua Ghaim, PhD, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies


William H. Cilker Family Foundation

Carolyn Gannon


Abbey Omokhodion, Intel


Hugh Molotsi, Ujama

Regga Tekeste

Theresa Samuel Boko

Charlie Adams, Wells Fargo Advisors

Dave Wilde, HP


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