African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2021
Leapfrogging Africa: Healthcare, Education, Connectivity, and Finance
August 2020: Human Capital Development: From Healthcare Access to Delivery
Wednesday, August 26, 8:00 AM PST, 3:00 PM GMT
African Diaspora Network welcomes you to the sixth annual African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2021! This global convening celebrates and champions the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of Africans, Diasporans, and friends of Africa, convening over 1,300 delegates from across the globe over the last five years. This year, ADIS21 takes place as a monthly virtual forum from July 2020 through February 2021. Register today to join us for the second ADIS2021 event of the year on Wednesday, August 26!


Africa’s Approach to COVID-19
In July 2020, the Africa CDC reported over 730,000 cases of COVID-19 and 15,418 deaths across the 54 African countries, comprising 5% of all cases reported globally. At the intersection of science, innovation, and citizenship, the pandemic calls upon leaders across Africa to swiftly mobilize health care experts, practitioners, and researchers in a coordinated response. What progress is being made to advance efforts in prevention, detection, and vaccination on the continent? How will healthcare access and delivery transform to meet the needs of both urban and rural areas? How do we strengthen and support the workforce of healthcare and STEM workers who catalyze the strategic planning and execution of medical innovations? This session invites seasoned health care experts to contextualize Africa’s progress on the development of medical solutions and share their vision on the future of health care through investment and entrepreneurship.

Dr Amadou Alpha Sall, CEO of Institut Pasteur de Dakar

Ndeye Makalou, Pharm.D., Global Commercial Supply Strategy Leader, Genentech Roche


Africa has the opportunity to leverage its unique expertise in infectious disease, including HIV and ebola. What key lessons learned can inform global solutions? What best practices among the 54 countries are transforming systems of healthcare and access and delivery for communities? How can we adopt practices such as telemedicine that can positively shape systems in Africa in the midst of the 2020 global health crisis? What role can the diaspora and friends of Africa play to support these efforts? This panel examines the intersection of human capital development and healthcare to address gaps in policy and infrastructure.

Moderator :

Josh Ghaim, PhD, IgniteBrands

Panelists :

Josephine Fubara, PhD, Chief Science Officer, Sanofi Consumer HealthCare

Éliane Ubalijoro, PhD, Deputy Executive Director for Programs, Global Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN)

Alan Main, Executive Vice President, Consumer Healthcare