February 2022: From E-Learning to Educational Systems Transformation
Date: Feb 23, 2022 8:00am - 9:15am PST


The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the traditional brick-and-mortar model of education, driving African countries to respond in innovative ways. School closures sparked myriad high-tech and low-cost solutions for asynchronous or hybrid approaches that help ensure the safe continuity of learning. This era marks an opportunity to reimagine the future of education in Africa that offers safer and healthier school environments, integrates digital technologies, and develops and supports educators and administrators.
What technological innovations and initiatives are transforming educational opportunities in Africa? How do we align investment and innovative policies that improve learning outcomes? What lessons can we learn from models such as Ghana’s to overhaul school curriculum to be globally competitive? This session explores opportunities for educational systems transformation across the continent.


Liesl Riddle, Vice Dean for Strategy, George Washington University

Panelist 1

Djiby Anne, Directeur Relations Internationales et School of Languages chez Groupe Sup de Co Dakar

Panelist 2

Angela Owusu-Ansah , Ph.D., Provost and Professor, Ashesi University

Panelist 3

Christopher Hosken,Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Startup School


Liesl Riddle (MODERATOR)

Vice Dean for Strategy, George Washington University

As Vice Dean for Strategy, Dr. Riddle spearheads strategic initiatives, establishes metrics, drives strategic decision-making and ensures implementation results at The George Washington University School of Business. As a scholar, Dr. Riddle has published numerous articles about diasporas and development, international entrepreneurship, and trade and investment promotion. She conducts action research through diaspora engagement strategic consulting for international organizations and government agencies, including the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the International Organization for Migration, and for private-sector clients.
Djiby ANNE

Djiby Anne

Director of International Relations and the School of Languages and Communication at Groupe Supdeco Dakar (Senegal)

Dr. Djiby ANNE is currently the Director of International Relations and the School of Languages and Communication at Groupe Supdeco Dakar (Senegal). Dr. ANNE holds a M.A. (Hons) in Languages, Literatures, and Civilizations of the English-speaking world from the University Gaston Berger of Saint-Louis and a Ph.D. in English Studies with a focus on African Literature. He is interested in language and literature, education, professional development, pedagogical innovations, and teaching with technology. For more than ten years, he has been teaching Business English, English for Academic Purposes and English for Specific Purposes for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and for professionals.

Angela Owusu-Ansah, Ph.D

Provost and Professor, Ashesi University

Angela brings more than thirty years of experience in generating innovative approaches and research capacity-building to improve higher education’s outcomes, both in Africa and the United States. Currently as Provost at Ashesi University, she oversees and strives for excellence in faculty output, student learning, and curriculum relevance. She serves as a national commissioner in Washington, D.C., for the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), a major accrediting agency of over 700 higher education institutions. Before Ashesi, Angela was a Professor of Doctoral Studies and an Innovative Fellow at Concordia University.
Chris Hosken

Christopher Hosken

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Startup School

Chris has been fortunate to hold various teaching and industry roles with great companies and institutions. More recently he was a partner and the Chief of Development at GetSmarter-Africa’s largest online education company. He is currently the CEO of Startup School which he cofounded as an innovative approach to unlocking South Africa’s Entrepreneurial potential. Chris sees himself on a purposeful life path that allows open collaboration, continuous learning, and meaningful growth. He is adamant that inclusive education, technology, and entrepreneurship are key to addressing some of Africa’s biggest challenges.

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