july symposium SESSION

African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2021
Leapfrogging Africa: Healthcare, Education, Connectivity, and Finance
Leveraging the Private Sector: DFIs, Investment Vehicles, and Funding Responses
Wednesday, July 29, 8:00 AM PST, 3:00 PM GMT
African Diaspora Network is delighted to launch 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 beginning in July 2020. Register today to join us for our first ADIS2021 event of the year!


The ongoing pandemic has devastated the world, sparking global response in the areas of healthcare, education, connectivity, and finance. The number of cases in Africa and throughout the United States is rising as business and individuals brace the impact of a major recession. At this critical time, how do people access funding? What are foundations doing to make a difference and provide accessible funding to organizations across Africa and the United States during COVID-19 and in the post-pandemic era? This fireside chat welcomes Peter Laugharn of Conrad Hilton Foundation President and CEO and Dr. Latanya Mapp Frett, CEO and President of Global Fund for Women and Dr. James Mwangi, Group managing director & Group CEO, Equity Group Holdings Limited to share insight and efforts on supporting livelihoods for the most vulnerable and how Africans, diasporans, and friends of Africa can be engaged.

Dr. James Mwangi, Group managing director & Group CEO, Equity Group Holdings Limited

Dr. Latanya Mapp Frett, CEO and President, Global Fund for Women

Peter Laugharn, President and CEO, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation


Investors in Africa of different types of development finance, private equity, impact investors are rising to the challenges presented by COVID-19 are rising to the challenges presented by COVID-19 to create new funds that accelerate investment for post-COVID-19. What investments will be core to advancing the response and recovery of business? What economic impact is foreseen and how will government and international funders respond? This session examines a variety of investment vehicles and how we can leverage the private sector to deliver support across Africa.

Moderator :

Sid Mofya, Director & COO, Draper Venture Network

Panelists :

Viola Llewellyn, President and Co-Founder, Ovamba Solutions

Hafeeza Rashed, Senior Advisor, Communications and Outreach, King Baudouin Foundation, USA (KBFUS)

Andile Ngcaba, Founding Partner & Chairman Convergence