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