Dear symposium participants,
In its thirteenth year, the African Diaspora Network is at an exceptional juncture. Two years of virtual convenings kept our global audience engaged and connected in a historic pandemic, and we successfully pivoted back to our in-person African Diaspora Investment Symposium in 2023. Now approaching our 2024 conference, we look to focus our dialogue on climate change, in line with the trends and opportunities across the African continent.
ADIS is where the DNA of ADN comes to life. We aim to create an ecosystem that fosters innovation, collaboration, and investment by bringing together Africans, African diasporans, and friends of Africa. I can think of no better place to ideate and harness the knowledge and resources of our community than our annual Silicon Valley event.
As we conclude our current strategic plan this year, we also look forward to sharing our new, five-year strategic plan with you in 2024. I look forward to this announcement and ways of engaging you in the future of ADN.
Speakers and Industry Leaders
Welcome to the ninth annual African Diaspora Investment Symposium. As the ADN board planning committee for our signature conference, we are energized by the successful return of ADIS to an in-person event this past year. ADIS24 promises to offer an exciting and timely focus, with the theme “Activate with Africa: Climate Change, Connections, and Action.” Africa is making remarkable strides on so many fronts, and it is imperative that we keep up the momentum in the face of the ongoing climate crisis. Join us as we explore how to build a sustainable, thriving future for the African continent and diaspora. We are honored to host you and bring together our global community.
Rick is the CTO of Rippleworks, a nonprofit foundation that is relentlessly focused on the needs of social ventures, providing the practical support entrepreneurs and their teams need to improve more lives across the global south. Previously, he had spent his career as a technologist, starting in the early days of Silicon Valley, from research labs to nascent startups.
Ndeye Makalou leads a team of people committed to embedding Health Equity as a foundational practice to advance Genentech D&I Commitments and Roche Pharma vision. She is accountable for catalyzing and driving a sustainable approach to advance Health Equity best practices that center marginalized and underserved patients and drive better treatment outcomes. Ndeye deeply believes that strengthening the Healthcare system in Africa and public -private partnership will lead to improved health outcomes and a brighter and healthier future for the people in Africa.
Kedest Tesfagiorgis leads the Global Partnerships & Grand Challenges team within the Discovery & Translational Sciences group at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Kedest is deeply committed to building collaborative, inclusive, long-term partnerships that address the biggest challenges in health and development. Her career has been rooted in the conviction that, as a global community in pursuit of equity, we go faster and further by working together. Kedest is a non-voting member of the board