Youth, Business, Healthcare Discussed at Africa Innovation Summit

Wesleyan's African Students Association hosted an Africa Innovation Summit Nov. 7 in Daniel Family Commons.

Wesleyan’s African Students Association hosted an Africa Innovation Summit Nov. 7 in Daniel Family Commons.

Hirut Mcleod ’00, a management consultant at The World Bank, delivered the keynote address. Mcleod has experience coaching leaders at all levels in Africam Asian and the Balkan region. She served as elected alumna trustee of the Wesleyan Board of Trustees from 2012-2014.

Hirut Mcleod ’00, a management consultant at The World Bank, delivered the keynote address. Mcleod has experience coaching leaders at all levels in Africam Asian and the Balkan region. She served as elected alumna trustee of the Wesleyan Board of Trustees from 2012-2014.

Steve Kallaugher ’73 of Young Heroes; John Manners of KenSAP; and Marina King '16 from Shining Hope for Communities spoke on a children and youth panel. The talk was moderated by Alice Hadler, associate dean for international student affairs.

Steve Kallaugher ’73 of Young Heroes; John Manners of KenSAP; and Marina King ’16 from Shining Hope for Communities spoke on a children and youth panel. The talk was moderated by Alice Hadler, associate dean for international student affairs.

Laura Ann Twagira, assistant professor of history, and Michael Nelson, assistant professor of government, listen to the panel on children and youth.

Laura Ann Twagira, assistant professor of history, and Michael Nelson, assistant professor of government, listen to the panel on children and youth.

Tiffany Aquino of Unite for Sight; Shadrack Frimpong of Healthy Africa; and Chelsea Tweneboah '15 of Cape Coast Regional Hospital in Ghana participated in a healthcare panel. The talk was moderated by Laura Ann Twagira, assistant professor of history. 

Chelsea Tweneboah ’15 of Cape Coast Regional Hospital in Ghana ; Shadrack Frimpong of Healthy Africa; and Tiffany Aquino of Unite for Sight participated in a healthcare panel. The talk was moderated by Laura Ann Twagira, assistant professor of history.

The summit provided a platform for exposure and conversation about the growth of innovation on the African continent, and celebrated those who are paving a new path for progress in Africa.

The summit provided a platform for exposure and conversation about the growth of innovation on the African continent, and celebrated those who are paving a new path for progress in Africa. Pictured is event co-organizer Olayinka Lawal ’15.

Jim Brenner ’79 of Broad Cove Partners; Mikako Tai ’11 of the Africa America Institute; and Oladoyin Oladapo ’14 of JooMah participated in a panel discussing business and development. The talk was moderated by Anthony Keats, assistant professor of economics.

Jim Brenner ’79 of Broad Cove Partners; Mikako Tai ’11 of the Africa America Institute; and Oladoyin Oladapo ’14 of JooMah participated in a panel discussing business and development. The talk was moderated by Anthony Keats, assistant professor of economics.

The event was co-sponsored by the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, African Students Association, African Studies Cluster, Office of Academic Affairs, WesleyanWorldWednesdays, African American Studies Program, and the Center for African American Studies. 

The event was co-sponsored by the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, African Students Association, African Studies Cluster, Office of Academic Affairs, WesleyanWorldWednesdays, African American Studies Program, and the Center for African American Studies. (Photos by Olivia Drake and Dat Vu ’15)