(This webinar panel will be recorded and sent to all who register. If you cannot make it on Thursday July 30th, please register and you'll receive the recording with notes and specific opportunities to act on.)
Learn about the lucrative opportunities for startups, investments and partnerships in the continent with 1.3B people, most of whom are young, tech savvy and hungry for US products and services.
In this month's Happy Hour Panel we'll bring Shakira to talk about using South Africa as the entry point to the continent. Wilmot will share strategies and opportunities for investors and SMEs in leading markets of Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia and others. Moderator Brionne will bring in the high-level expertise on US-Africa policy and partnership from her leadership at the US Chamber of Commerce.
Brionne Dawson (Moderator)- US Chamber of Commerce
Brionne is Sr. Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s US-Africa Business Center and leads global policy, advocacy, strategic partnerships and business development. The US- AfBC is the preeminent voice in the global business community for trade and investment between the United States and Africa. Brionne has the scoop on the federal $50M initiative to help SMEs export goods and services into Africa.
Eugene Cornelius - Milken Institute.
Eugene is a Sr. Director at Milken and knows exactly how startups, small businesses and SMEs can access federal funding and support to expand cross-border into new markets like Africa. How? He previously led the US Small Business Administration's 21 nationwide Export Centers.
Dr. Wilmot Allen from Kenya - CEO of VentureLift Africa & Partner at RH Managers, Pty.
Based in Kenya, Dr. Allen consults for the African CDC and worked previously at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), JPMorgan, the Commonwealth Enterprise Fund, ABC/Disney and Merrill Lynch. He is adjunct and fellow at USIU Nairobi and Johns Hopkins respectively and research affiliate at the Sovereign Wealth and Global Capital network at Tufts. Wilmot has a PhD from Georgetown and degrees from Penn’s Wharton School of Business, Harvard’s Kennedy School and Yale University.
Shakira Motan - Trade Commissioner, South African Consulate
Shakira is the S.A. Consulate Trade Commissioner and will share opportunities in expansion, joint-ventures, investment and using South Africa to access the continent’s 1.3B people and 56-country free trade block. She collaborates with state departments, national government leaders, Fortune 500 companies, chambers of commerce, world trade centers, and economic development agencies to create a lucrative path to the young, tech savvy and ambitious market of Africa.