Conference on African Leadership- May 29th

This season is the last chance Africa has. It makes or breaks her future. Right now, the continent is at a crossroads.

Africa has been lagging behind almost in every sector, far behind. If Africa continues this path by using the same approaches and with the usual pace that led her to this point, there is no better future for its people and the coming generations. She must take this season of her seriously and as her last chance to redeem herself. This is time to chart a new path, turn a new page. Otherwise, she will remain behind forever.

Africa now, however, has a new hope regardless of being dubbed ‘The Hopeless Continent’ by skeptics. Africa is the youngest continent endowed with untapped potential. These give her a competitive advantage to come out of her predicaments.

Nonetheless, Africa must tap into its human capital. Resting her hope solely on any form of revolution- industrial or technology- must stop now. The continent took too much time and failed to capitalize on these on time. These revolutions that helped other continents cannot accelerate her speed of growth to catch up with the rest of the world. It is too late. Financial and in kind assistances, technology transfers, and experience sharing from those who attained sustainable economic development alone cannot also allow her to experience true transformation in one generation.

The continent must make a paradigm shift from focusing on techniques, systems, and technologies alone to investing in her people, especially on her youth and the most crucial section of her society- women. Africa should also tap into the Diaspora community well beyond its contribution in the form of remittance.

In short, Africa may need to undergo lots of changes and use various approaches at multiple fronts before she attains sustainable development. Regardless, she should put developing her human capital at the center. These efforts cannot be successful both in short and long terms without raising competent leaders in quantity and quality. Raising leaders at all levels should be the focal point of Africa’s transformation.

That is why PRO Leadership, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2009 decided to focus on bridging the leadership gaps in Africa.  PRO Leadership’s this year annual conference is themed “Bridging the leadership gaps to tackle the major ills Africa faces”. The conference will be held on May 29th, 2019 @ 5 – 9 pm in Silver Spring MD.

The keynote speaker is H.E. Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, AU Ambassador to the US.

African Diaspora community leaders; Elected Officials; representatives from international organizations; private foundations; immigrant, women and youth activists are expected to attend the conference. Below are the core elements of the program:

  • Brief opening remarks by guest of honors (Elected officials, VIPs, Major sponsor);
  • Keynote by H.E. Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, AU Ambassador to the US;
  • A book signing (a brief presentation by the author, the Founder of PRO Leadership, on his book “Bridging the Leadership Gaps”);
  • Panel discussion focusing on the three pillars to bridge the leadership gaps;
  • Success stories of African leaders.
  • Consultative discussion among strategic partners concerning next steps and future projects.

This is our hope that the remarks by the honorable Ambassador of AU to the US and other speakers will increase the awareness of participants about the critical roles leadership could play to tackle the major ills Africa faces. We also anticipate the following main outcomes at the end of the conference:

  • Increased awareness about the need to invest on the organizational and leadership capacity of key stakeholders, which in turn empower them to tackle the major ills Africa faces.
  • Clear understanding about the three major leadership gaps (Geographic, Gender, and Generational) that exist and the potential approaches stakeholders should take individually and collectively to bridge these gaps
  • The coming together of strategic partners to create synergy in bridging the 3 leadership gaps in the coming years and decades until Africa experience true transformation.

Behind this important and timely conference are talented and dedicated professionals (Advisory and Organizing committee members) from diverse nationalities, cultures, backgrounds, gender, and generations.

Below are members of the Advisory Committee who provide advices, suggestions, and recommendations to the Organizing Committee. Members include:

  1. Tebabu Assefa, Co-Founder of US-Africa Diaspora Business Council
  2. Omega Tawonezvi, Director of Southern African Community USA
  3. Mali Phonpadith, CEO of SOAR Community Network
  4. Krish Murti, Community Leader and Senior Project Management Expert
  5. Obang Meto, Executive Director of Solidarity Movement for New Ethiopia
  6. Dr. Teylama Miabey, Executive Director of National Congress for Democracy
  7. Shim Mekonnen, Chairman of the Board of Your Ethiopian Professionals network
  8. Kalewongel Tesfaye, UN Youth Advisory Board and Founder of YouthToYouth
  9. Dr. Yetnayet Demessie, Empowerment Coach and Consultant
  10. Dr. Gabe Hamda, Founder of Go PRO21 Community
  11. Eric Rasch, Operations Manager of Silver Spring Civic Building
  12. Mary Assefa, Consultant and Co-Founder of Jantilla

Below are also members of the Organizing Committee who are super dedicated to carry out the day-to-day execution of the conference’s program:

  1. Yeabsira Zewdie, Int’nal Dev’t Professional & UN Association-NCA Board member
  2. Peyton Brooks, Business Success Specialist
  3. Semhar Woldetnsae, Project Manager & Educator
  4. Besu Feleke, Int’nal  Dev’t and Conflict Resolution Professional
  5. Rahwity Haile, Certified Operations Program Manager
  6. Dr. Eche Wilson, Leadership Expert and Consultant

Please stay tuned to get more details such as the guest of honors who would make brief remarks, panelists, the stories of successful African leaders stories, and more as the date approaches. This announcement is for you to mark the date on your calendar. In the meantime, if you have any questions or need further explanation about the program and/or would like to involve, please contact the coordinator of the Organizing Committee: Yeabsira Zewdie @ or 703-870-1207

If you would like to learn more about media coverage, please reach out toBesu Feleke @ or 540-230-3622

If you would like to learn more about the sponsorship packages, please contact: Rahwity Haile @ or 202-250-4252

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