African Diaspora Luminaire Awards


The African Diaspora Luminaire Awards recognize distinguished Africans and Diasporans making high-level impact on a global scale. African Diaspora Network (ADN) annually celebrates luminaires who have made exceptional contributions and demonstrated commitment to advance the African continent and the communities in which we live.

We are honored and delighted to award the 2024 Top 10 luminaires at the African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2024. Each individual has made a significant difference through their commitment and support for the African Diaspora Network. We salute them for their belief in our vision and mission and their dedication to helping the organization grow and thrive.

Congratulations to the 2024 Awardees:

Stanley Anigbogu

Stanley Anigbogu

Founder, LightEd

In a world deeply intertwined with technology, Stanley Anigbogu is a changemaker and a creative technologist, passionate about harnessing potential for the greater good. As the CEO and Founder of LightEd, he is proud to lead an initiative that recycles e-waste, turning it into renewable energy solutions. His mission? Illuminating the lives of students, rural families, small businesses, and refugees. Born in Nigeria and currently based in Rwanda, Mr. Anigbogu’s journey in tech innovation is deeply rooted in his African heritage.

Thomas Debass

Thomas DeBass

Managing Director of the Office of Global Partnerships, U.S. Department of State

Thomas Debass serves as Managing Director of the Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State. Thomas is responsible for coordinating the Department’s private sector engagement efforts and providing thought leadership on partnerships related to economic growth, global finance, entrepreneurship, and innovation. His notable partnership accomplishments include: Fishackathon, Unreasonable Goals, Women In Science (WiSci) Camp, Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP), Liberalizing Innovation Opportunity Nations (LIONS@FRICA), and Boldline PPP Accelerator. Thomas has played a leading role in promoting and institutionalizing the role of public private partnerships as a tool for advancing foreign policy and development objectives.

Ali Diallo

Ali Diallo

Founder of Aurion Capital and Managing Director of Nova Prime Fund

“Tonton” Ali Diallo is a Senegalese American investor and entrepreneur focused on sustainable capitalism which combines profit, planet, and purpose. He is the Founder of Aurion Capital, an investment holding group, and the Managing Partner of NOVA West Virginia Investment Fund. He serves as a Managing Director at Clearbrook, an investment firm with over $10B in Assets Under Management where he co-leads ClearImpact Ventures, a VC firm that manages NOVA Prime, a fund he launched with LG Electronics. He co-founded United Capital, a Dubai-based industry consortium; Blutel, a company addressing the digital divide; and ACE (Alliance for Connected Economies), a global investment initiative that builds bridges between the US and the EMEA.

Latanya Mapp

Latanya Mapp

President and CEO, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Latanya Mapp is the President and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), a global nonprofit that remains at the forefront of philanthropic growth and innovation, with a mission to accelerate philanthropy in pursuit of a just world. RPA currently advises on and manages more than $500 million in annual giving by individuals, families, foundations, and corporations while also serving as a fiscal sponsor for more than 100 projects. Previously, Ms. Mapp was President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women.

Joyce Msuya

United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator

In February 2022, Joyce was appointed by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres as United Nations Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in New York. In this role she leads 2,200 dedicated staff located in 60 countries around the world. Joyce has more than 20 years’ experience in international development with broad responsibility for shaping the organization’s strategy and operations across a number of key areas including operational efficiency, finance (and funding) and public and private sector alliances.

Kady Sylla

Kady Sylla

Director - Africa, Myriad USA (Formerly KBFUS)

Kady Sylla serves as Myriad USA’s Director – Africa. She oversees Myriad USA's partnerships with African nonprofits and donor relations, network-building, and programs. She brings a vital philanthropy and international development background and has dedicated her career to Africa’s social sector. Kady’s prior experience includes working with public and private institutions like USAID, Open Society Foundations (OSF), and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). Her passion for social justice and commitment to social impact in Africa is driven by her and her family’s experience of being forced to leave their native Guinea (West Africa) as refugees for settlement in New York


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