Final Program- May 29th 2019 @5 – 9 pm

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Conference on Bridging the Leadership Gaps in Africa

May 29th 2019 @ 6 – 9pm

Veterans Plaza, Downtown Silver Spring, MD 20910

5:006:00: Registration and Networking

6:006:05: Welcoming, Master of Ceremonies, Bofta Yimam

  • Statement from Congressman Joe Neguse

6:056:25: Brief remarks by guest of honors, Tebabu Asefa

  • Tom Hucker, Councilmember of Montgomery County
  • Mohamed E. ‘Mo’ Seifeldein, Councilman of Alexandria Virginia
  • Will Yemi Jawando, Councilmember of Montgomery County

6:256:40:   Keynote Speaker, Admiral Helena O. Mishoe

Theme: Africa’s Future: ‘Growing’ High Impact Leaders.

6:406:55:   Presentation, Dr. Assegid Habtewold

Theme: Explaining Bridging the Leadership Gaps Initiative

6:557:00: Marc Elrich, County Executive of Montgomery County

  • Video message (or call) from Ambassador of African Union to the US

7:00 – 7:15:             Success Stories of African leaders, Rahwity Haile

  • Julian Kiganda, Transformational Brand Strategist
  • Dr. Omekongo Dibinga, Director of UPstander International
  • Chiko Abengowe, CEO/Founder of Perfect Staffing Solutions, LLC

7:157:30: Dr. Abebaw Y. Adamu, Director of Ethiopian Institute for Higher Education

Theme: The importance of higher education leadership

7:308:15:   Panel Discussion, Yeabsira Zewdie

  • Viola Liewellyn, Bridging the Gender Leadership Gap
  • Samson Tefera, Bridging the Geographic Leadership Gap
  • Matthew Breman, Bridging the Generational Leadership Gap

8:15 – 8:20:   Guest Speaker from Africa, Joshua Oyeniyi

8:20 – 9:00: Consultative Discussion, Besu Feleke & Semhar Woldtnsae

Theme: Next Steps and Brainstorming with strategic partners

9: 00: Closing Remark




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