Sall, others to receive African Diaspora awards at ADIS
As innovators, investors and world leaders prepare to converge in Silicon Valley, California, next week to discuss the future of Africa at the African Diaspora Investment Symposium (ADIS), some exemplary individuals will be recognised for making remarkable contributions to Africa and the African diaspora community through the Barka Awards and the African Diaspora Luminaire Awards.
Announcing this yesterday, the African Diaspora Network (ADN), organisers of ADIS23, said this year’s Barka Award would be presented to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Institut Pasteur de Dakar, in Senegal, Dr. Amadou Sall, for his leadership and contribution to healthcare development in Senegal and Africa.
Also, 10 Luminaire Awards will be presented to distinguished Africans and Diasporans making high-level impact on a global scale and demonstrating their commitment to advance the African continent.
This year, ADIS explores the theme, ‘Future Ready Africa’, with discussions around trending innovations, blueprints for the future, and the interconnectedness of sectors such as climate change, healthcare, finance, education, and agriculture.
The year’s symposium, which is the first in-person gathering since the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease, is sponsored by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Sanofi, United States African Development Foundation (USADF), Invest Barbados, Hugh Stuart Center Charitable Trust, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and Ernst Young (EY).
Others are Global Fund for Women, King Baudouin Foundation United States, Africa No Filter, Mastercard Foundation, Center for African Studies, eBay, Millennium Challenge Corporation, allAfrica, William H Cilker Family Foundation, Ashinaga USA and USA for IOM.
Keynote speakers include Prime Minister of Barbados, Ms. Mia Mottley; President and CEO, USADF, Travis Adkins; Head of Africa, ICON Tech Investment Bank, Monica Simmons; CEO and General Partner of Fund for Africa’s Future (Future Africa), Iyinoluwa Aboyeji; Founder/President, Ashesi University, Patrick Awuah; and President/CEO, Global Fund for Women, Latanya Mapp Frett.
Discussions will focus on Diaspora engagement beyond remittances, climate change, digital transformation, healthcare infrastructure, among others.
ADIS, which is ADN’s yearly flagship symposium, will convene Africa-focused investors, entrepreneurs, high-level leaders and professionals from across four continents and 23 countries for insightful dialogue around investment and innovation in Africa, supporting the continent to chart a course forward for large scale development across sectors.
“Africa must plan for a sustainable recovery and reimagine its path forward. What does a future-ready Africa look like? How can we transform the continent through innovation, entrepreneurship, investment and human capital development?” asks the Founder and Executive Director of African Diaspora Network, Almaz Negash.
“I look forward to engaging with African and African Diaspora communities to explore possibilities and build bridges between Africans, African Diasporans and friends of Africa to help drive transformational economic, environment and social change on the continent and the communities in which we live.”
The eighth edition of ADIS will hold from March 22 to 24, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.
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