What is Africa’s vision for itself, and what do Africans expect/need from a reengaged U.S.?

february, 2021

25feb9:00 am10:00 amVirtual EventWhat is Africa’s vision for itself, and what do Africans expect/need from a reengaged U.S.?


(Thursday) 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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Live Panel Discussion Moderated by Uzodinma Iweala with James Mwangi – Kenya, Pape Samb – Senegal, Landry Signe – Cameroon, and Ndidi Nwuneli – Nigeria


Speakers for this event

  • James Irungu Mwangi

    James Irungu Mwangi

    James Irungu Mwangi is the Executive Director of the Dalberg Group, an advisory firm that focuses on inclusive and sustainable growth. James leads integration and innovation across Dalberg’s five core businesses, which together employ over 600 staff in 27 locations across the globe, including 13 countries in Africa. James founded Dalberg’s presence in Africa in 2007 and previously served as Global Managing Partner of Dalberg Advisors from 2010 to 2014. He currently serves on the boards of Old Mutual, The Skoll Foundation, One Acre Fund, and the Global Centre for Pluralism. He holds an honors degree in Economics from Harvard University, was previously with McKinsey & Company, and is an Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow (2009), a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (2013), and a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

    URL https://dalberg.com/

  • Landry Signé

    Landry Signé

    Landry Signé is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Distinguished Fellow at Stanford University, and a Senior Director & Full Professor at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is also the author of numerous books, including Unlocking Africa's Business Potential: Trends, Opportunities, Risks, and Strategies, a senior adviser to top global leaders (presidential, ministerial, and C-suite levels), and the chairman of the Global Network for Africa’s Prosperity. Professor Signé is a world-renowned professor and leading practitioner who has won more than sixty prestigious awards and distinctions from four continents for his academic, policy, business, and leadership accomplishments. He also received the fastest reported tenure and promotion to the highest rank of full professor in the history of United States universities, for a scholar who started at an entry-level position in his discipline. He was selected as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for “finding innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues,” and his work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, CNBC, Forbes, the Hill, and Harvard International Review, among others.

    URL https://www.brookings.edu/book/unlocking-africas-business-potential/#:~:text=Unlocking%20Africa\\\'s%20Business%20Potential%20examines,creation%2C%20and%20improved%20general%20welfare.

  • Ndidi Nwuneli

    Ndidi Nwuneli

    Ndidi Nwuneli is the Managing Partner of Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Ltd., which works across Africa shaping agricultural policy, creating catalytic ventures, and implementing ecosystem solutions. She is also the co-founder of AACE Foods, which sources from over 10,000 farmers and produces a range of packaged spices, seasonings, and cereals for local and international markets. Ndidi is the founder of LEAP Africa which inspires, empowers, and equips a new cadre of principled, disciplined, and dynamic young leaders in Africa. She is also the founder and chair of Nourishing Africa, a digital knowledge and data business focused on enabling agribusiness entrepreneurs to scale. Ndidi started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in Chicago, New York, and Johannesburg Offices. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She was a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School and an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow. Ndidi was recognized as a Young Global Leader and Schwab Social Innovator by the World Economic Forum and received a National Honor from the Nigerian Government. Ndidi serves on the boards of the Rockefeller Foundation, AGRA, Nigerian Breweries Plc. (Heineken), Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. India, Fairfax Africa Holdings Canada, BusinessDay Newspapers, Royal DSM Sustainability Board, Netherlands, and the African Philanthropy Forum. Ndidi is the author of Social Innovation in Africa: A Practical Guide for Scaling Impact, published by Routledge. Her new book titled Food Entrepreneurs in Africa: Scaling Resilient Agriculture Businesses will be published by Routledge in 2021.

    URL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ndidi_Okonkwo_Nwuneli

  • Pape Samb

    Pape Samb

    Pape Samb is a global social entrepreneur and impact leader specialized in international development, youth and women livelihoods, and social innovation. He has more than 20 years of experience in systems-change leadership, program and resource development, fundraising, partnership building, entrepreneurship, strategic planning, training and facilitation, content management, and public speaking. His focus is on educating underserved communities about social innovation, livelihoods, inclusiveness, particularly empowering youth, and women in the global south. He believes in helping them become self-sufficient and connecting them with the resources and skills they need to achieve their goals. He has traveled extensively and done work in almost 100 countries. At 13 years old, he founded GRADES, a women’s empowerment, and youth economic development organization in Senegal. At 17, he was president of CAP-Jeunesse, a Senegalese network of youth organizations Currently, he serves as the Global Vice President of Ashoka and Executive Director of Ashoka Africa. He is an Adjunct Professor and Executive in Residence at American University’ School of Public Affairs. A driving force and empowering ‘agent of change’ for youth globally, he founded and serves as Chairman of the Global Youth Innovative Network (GYIN), a youth-run and led network of over 6,000 young leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, and farmers in almost 100 countries. At GYIN, he develops evidence-based, sustainable, scalable, and cost-effective agribusiness, entrepreneurship, and leadership programs and policies that address the root causes of youth unemployment and hunger, while increasing the opportunities for young people to obtain a decent job or start a successful business. Prior, he held the positions of Director of Programs and COO before becoming the youngest and first non-American President and CEO of Phelps Stokes Foundation, America’s oldest continuously operating foundation. He is an active public speaker on the national and international forefront and has spoken at Qatar Foundation, Gandhi Research Foundation, OECD, World Food Prize, International Technology Education and Development, United Nations, World Bank, USAID, Columbia Business School, Wharton University to name few. As an advocate for youth initiatives, he frequently facilitates post-thematic Youth Consultations for the United Nations. Samb holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Diploma in Business Management, Accounting, and Entrepreneurship. He also holds a Masters in Executive Leadership from American University in Washington, D.C, and has won several awards including Leadership in Excellence, Next Generation of Leaders, Great Heart, Self-Less Founder, Community Counterpart to name a few. He is fluent in English, French, and Wolof, and conversational in Spanish and several West African languages.

    URL https://www.ashoka.org/en-us/people/pape-samb

  • Uzodinma Iweala

    Uzodinma Iweala

    Uzodinma is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and medical doctor. As the CEO of The Africa Center, he is dedicated to promoting a new narrative about Africa and its Diaspora. Uzodinma was the CEO, Editor-In-Chief, and co-Founder of Ventures Africa magazine, a publication that covers the evolving business, policy, culture, and innovation spaces in Africa. His books include Beasts of No Nation, a novel released in 2005 to critical acclaim and adapted into a major motion picture; Our Kind of People, a non-fiction account of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria released in 2012; and Speak No Evil, a novel about a queer first-generation Nigerian-American teen living in Washington, D.C. He was also the founding CEO of the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, an organization that promotes private sector investment in health services and health innovation in Nigeria. He sits on the boards of the Sundance Institute and the African Development Bank’s Presidential Youth Advisory Group. A graduate of Harvard University and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, he lives in New York City and Lagos, Nigeria.

    URL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uzodinma_Iweala

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