About ADIS23

African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2023 (ADIS23) is the eighth annual global convening that celebrates and champions the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of Africans, African Diasporans, and friends of Africa.
Hosted by the African Diaspora Network, the symposium inspires and equips participants to be agents of change and active contributors to the development of Africa and communities in which the diaspora lives. The conference activates the potential of collaboration, drawing participants from 80 different countries over the last seven years.
African Diaspora Network invites you to our signature event, the premier convening of the African investment ecosystem in Silicon Valley. Join us as we celebrate eight years of fostering the ingenuity of the African community at home and abroad alongside champions from around the world.




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2023 Theme: “Future Ready: Africa”

In the next 25 years, Africa’s population is expected to double across the continent. Projections show that a quarter of the world’s people will be African by 2050 (The Guardian). Africa has an opportunity to drive major transformations that adapt to this drastic demographic shift and build resilience in an era of disruption.
The unforeseeable economic shocks created by the ongoing pandemic, international conflicts such as the war in Ukraine, and challenges in the global economy have sparked innovations in industry, investment, and entrepreneurship across the continent. Now, ten years into Agenda 2063, Africa must plan for a sustainable recovery and reimagine its path forward. What does a future ready Africa look like?
Join us as we explore trending innovations, blueprints for the future, and the interconnectedness of sectors including climate change, healthcare, finance, education, and agriculture. How do we strengthen infrastructure, reinvigorate markets, and create a healthy atmosphere for communities? What seeds must be planted to enable a thriving future for the continent? Be inspired to envision, celebrate, and make an impact upon the future of Africa.

Opening Day & Evening Welcome Reception:

Open to all registrants

Wednesday, March 22

3:30 PM

Afternoon Networking Reception

4:00 PM

Welcome from ADN (Rick Levenson)

4:05 PM

Thank You from ADN (Debra & Faduma)

4:10 PM

Opening Remarks from Hugh Molotsi

4:15 PM

Opening Keynote by Iy Aboyeji

4:25 PM

Investor and Entrepreneur Forum & Immersive Workshop

5:35 PM

Fireside Chat: Changemakers: Catholic Sisters on the Continent

6:05 PM

ADIS23 Welcome Reception, with live musical entertainment

6:30 PM

Welcome Remarks (Almaz Negash & Josh Ghaim)

6:40 PM

Opening Remarks (Innocent Shumba)

6:50 PM

Keynote Address (Latanya Mapp Frett, Global Fund for Women)

7:00 PM

Evening Networking, with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments

8:00 PM


Day one

Thursday, March 23

8:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 AM

Opening Performance

8:38 AM

Intro to ADN Video

8:40 AM

Welcome Remarks from ADIS23 Committee (Rick Levenson and Ndeye Makalou)

8:45 AM

Welcome and Thank You from ADN (Almaz Negash)

8:50 AM

Keynote Remarks (Senator Warner)

8:55 AM

Opening Remarks by Master of Ceremonies (Yohannes Assefa)

9:00 AM

Plenary Session: Welcome from African Diaspora Network (Josh Ghaim and Almaz Negash)

9:30 AM

Morning Session Remarks (Motaz Atalla, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

9:35 AM

Morning Keynote Address (Travis Adkins, U.S. African Development Foundation)

9:50 AM

Context Setter: Economic Trends and Diaspora Engagement (Professor Stephen Gelb, ODI)

10:35 AM

Coffee Break

10:50 AM

Panel Context Setter (Mohyeldin Omer, USAID)

10:55 AM

Panel Session 1: Blueprints for Africa: Diaspora Engagement and Beyond Remittances

12:10 PM

Networking Lunch

12:25 PM

Networking Lunch Side Event: Creating an Innovative Payment Ecosystem in Africa for the Diaspora

1:35 PM

Afternoon Keynote Address (Dr. Amadou Sall, Institut Pasteur de Dakar)

1:45 PM

Panel Session 2: Strengthening Healthcare Systems and Infrastructure in Africa

3:00 PM

Coffee Break

3:30 PM

Panel Session 3: Planting Seeds for the Future: Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security

4:45 PM

Barka Awards

5:00 PM

Closing Remarks (Yohannes Assefa and Almaz Negash)

5:15 PM

Evening Reception

7:00 PM


Day Two

Friday, March 24

8:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 AM

Opening Performance

8:45 AM

Welcome from ADN (Josh Ghaim)

8:50 AM

Plenary Session: Day One Recap (Yohannes Assefa)

9:00 AM

Context Setter: EY Africa Attractiveness Report (Mary-Ivy Mbayah, Ernst & Young)

9:45 AM

Coffee Break

10:15 AM

Invest Barbados Introduction (Kaye-Anne Greenidge, Invest Barbados)

10:20 AM

Keynote Remarks (The Honourable Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados)

10:25 AM

Keynote Remarks (Patrick Awuah, Ashesi University)

10:30 AM

Panel Session 4: Education and Workforce Development

11:45 PM

Networking Lunch

12:00 PM

Side Event: Free Trade Agreement Film Screening

1:15 PM

Afternoon Keynote Address (Monica Shupikai Simmons, ICON Tech Investment Bank)

1:30 PM

Panel Session 5: Digital Connectivity

2:45 PM

Coffee Break

3:15 PM

Panel Session 6: ESG and Sustainable Investment

4:30 PM

African Diaspora Luminaire Awards

5:00 PM

Closing Plenary Session

5:15 PM

Evening Reception

7:00 PM


Wednesday, March 22, 4:00 - 6:00 PM PST