Africa-US Forum Webinar Series

In addition to the main conference held on 21 May, ACSUS will also host a series of web seminars over the next several weeks.

Times below are indicated in JOHANNESBURG and MICHIGAN times, respectively. While webinars are scheduled to take place consistently at 3:00 PM / 9:00 AM, please note that start times are subject to change.


7:00 PM | 1:00 PM

Beyond the Return: Addressing the Next-Level Economic Engagement the Historical Diaspora can Pursue with Africa
Dr. Wilmot Allen (VentureLift Africa)
Ms. Hillary Andoh (Founder and CEO, HSA PR)
Featured speakers:
Mr. Akwasi Awuah Ababio (Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President-Ghana)
Mr. Yohannes Assefa (Board Member, Ethiopia Trust Fund-US)
Mr. Robert Brown (Founder/CEO, B&C International-US)
Hon. Abike Dabi-Frewa (Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission-Nigeria)
Mr. Paulo Gomes (President, Executive Committee of the AfroChampions Initiative-Senegal)
Ms. Elsa Juko-McDowell (Chairwoman, East Africa Chamber of Commerce-US)
Mr. Lee Karuri (Chairman, Kenya Private Sector Alliance Foundation-Kenya)
Prince Akinwale Ojomo (CEO, Diaspora Innovation Institute-Nigeria)
Mr. Ron Parker (CEO, National Association of Security Professionals-US)
Mr. Michael Sudarkasa (Group CEO, Africa Business Group-South Africa)
Ms. Nekesa Were (Interim Executive Director, AfriLabs-Kenya)

*This Webinar will last approximately three hours*


3:00 PM | 9:00 AM

Global Diasporas Panel
Shobana Shankur (Stony Brook University)Emmanuel Chima (Michigan State University), István Tarrósy (University of Pėcs), and Elena Clarke (Harvard University)


3:00 PM | 9:00 AM

Imagined Identities, Boundaries and Relations Among People of African Descent
Upenyu Majee (Michigan State University, Project Manager for Ubuntu Dialogues partnership)


3:00 PM | 9:00 AM

Building Health Policy and Population Health Management
Peggy Hornore

Does COVID-19 Compound the Racist and Personal Authenticity Challenges?
Nicholas Asogwa (University of Nigeria)


3:00 PM | 9:00 AM

Children of the Revolution
Adebayo Sakiru


3:00 PM | 9:00 AM

African Digital Diaspora Diplomacy
Bob Wakesa (African Centre for the Study of the United States)

Virtual Resource Diasporas
Jessica Martin

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