ADN Masterclass On Achieving Diaspora Impact through Partnerships 

Tuesday 12th December, 2023 at 8:30am PDT

As part of the Global Diaspora Week put on by the Global Diaspora Confederation, and specifically as part of the GD Academy portion of the event, the African Diaspora Network is proud to present it’s masterclass – in the format of a fireside chat – on partnership development and management. 
The African Diaspora Network will have a fireside chat on the importance and processes of partnership development. After 13 years of operations, ADN has developed mechanisms and procedures for developing high impact and mutually beneficial partnerships. Via a fireside chat format between ADN’s founder and executive director, Almaz Negash, and another prominent team member, the fireside chat will explore themes of how to find, develop and maintain partner relationships that support organizational goals. 
ADN will also highlight some important partnerships that we have developed this past year and the exciting projects we have planned between them in the next few years. This portion of the event helps to demonstrate the partnerships development and management process that diaspora and other organizations can benefit and learn from and also helps to demonstrate the impact that is possible with intentional and well cultivated partnerships. 

Driving questions for the event include:


Almaz Negash

Almaz Negash

Founder & CEO, African Diaspora Network

Almaz Negash, a prominent trailblazer in Silicon Valley, has been recognized as one of the 12 inaugural members of the President Biden’s Advisory Council on African Diaspora Engagement in the United States. She has also been named as one of Silicon Valley 100 outstanding Women of Influence for her significant contributions to social innovation. In 2010, she founded the African Diaspora Network (ADN) with a mission to inform, engage and activate Africans in the diaspora, fostering direct collaboration with social entrepreneurs, innovators, and business leaders. This collaborative approach aims to drive investment and uplift the lives of individuals across the African continent and in our local communities.
Omolayo Nkem Ojo

Omolayo Nkem Oyudo

Director of Programs and Operations, ADN

Omolayo is a multi-lingual strategist and researcher with over ten years experience in international development and has worked with or for African diaspora communities across the US, Europe and Africa to mobilise, impact and advocate for their needs and interests. Omolayo holds an MSc with Distinction in Migration, Mobility and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Prior to joining ADN, Omolayo was a research manager and gender specialist at DMA Global where she oversaw key projects for organizations such as the World Bank, IOM and others.
Dr. Martin Russell

Dr. Martin Russell

Founder, Global Diaspora Insights (Context Setter)

Martin completed his PhD at the Clinton Institute (University College Dublin), where his research focused on strategic diaspora engagement in areas such as diaspora media, diaspora philanthropy, and diaspora politics. He is the founder of Global Diaspora Insights, which provides advisory, research, policy, and training on diaspora engagement through its in-house expertise and network of global experts. He was also a visiting fellow at the United Nations University in Maastricht and currently sits on the Advisory Board of Ireland Reaching Out, which is a volunteer-based, non-profit initiative that connects people of Irish heritage with their place of origin in Ireland. He is also an advisor at The Networking Institute, and in collaboration with colleagues at the Institute, he has worked in approximately 30 countries on diaspora engagement.