The mission of ADN is to sustainably serve its constituencies, marketplace, and partners. This is inextricably linked to engaging the African diaspora through an ethics of care, enhancing their well-being in their adopted homelands, and facilitating their strategic involvement in the development of Africa and the communities in which we live.
ADN’s vision is to activate capital from the African diaspora and friends of Africa for the development of Africa and communities around the world. We aim to be the global leader in diaspora philanthropy, investment, and innovation.
Since our founding in 2010, we have been gradually building a network which permits us to harness the global intellectual capacity of Africans in the Diaspora and friends of Africa in order to promote business and economic development across the continent and the communities in which we live.
Convened more than 7,500 people on entrepreneurship, investment, innovation, and human capital development.
Successfully completed five in-person African Diaspora Investment Symposiums (ADIS), held in Santa Clara County, California in 2016-2020, with an attendance of 1,300 entrepreneurially-minded, Africa-focused leaders and professionals from across the world. Due to COVID-19, pivoted to hosting a virtual ADIS July 2020 – November 2020 with an attendance of 2,158 professionals.
Over the last four years honored 42 Builders of Africa’s Future (BAF) enterprises, who have demonstrated excellence in leading startups and NGOs that contribute to Africa’s development.
Between 2018-2020, ADN hosted the Impact and Innovation Forums with 900 participants in California, Washington, D.C, and New York.
Contributed to the Silicon Valley Diversity and Inclusion Ecosystem – we are known for our ability to bring global communities together
20 partnerships formed. ADN is a catalyst for building partnerships with leading organizations to enable more entrepreneurs to gain access to resources. Some of these partners include Stanford SEED, Stanford University; Conrad Hilton Foundation; Mastercard Foundation Scholars; Segal Family Foundation Africa Visionary Fellows; The Harambeans; Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University; MIT Lab; Africa America Institute; Ashesi University; and Frugal Innovation, Santa Clara University.
A stellar and committed team and dedicated board of directors and advisors
Tonya Hicks is founder of Women Do Everything, a career development agency supporting women in male-dominated industries, & CEO of Power Solutions, an electrical contracting company specializing in renewable energy. Learn more about Tonya @ https://africandiasporanetwork.org/able/.