Conference Agenda
 
8:00-8:30:  Check-in, coffee, continental breakfast

8:30-9:45: Welcome and Opening Keynote Speaker:  Setting the Stage – Comparative Perspective on Spotlight Countries

Welcome: Dean Sri Zaheer, Carlson School of Management, Deputy Assistant Secretary Antwaun Griffin, U.S. Department of Commerce,Reid Click, Associate Professor of International Business and Director of CIBER, George Washington University

Keynote: James Newlands, Lead Partner, Americas-Africa Center, EY

9:45-11:00:  Opportunities and Challenges in Doing Business in Africa

Moderator: Aks Zaheer, Professor and Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Strategic Management,  Carlson School of Management

Panelists:

  • Dave Anderson, International Sales, JetEdge
  • Yohannes Assefa, Director, Stalwart Management Consultancy
  • John Geisler, Corporate VP and CIO, Cargill
  • Adesegun Oyedele, Assistant Professor of Marketing and Business Law, St. Cloud State University
  • Kendall Tyre, Partner, Nixon Peabody

11:15-12:30:  China and India in Africa

 Moderator: Reid Click,  Associate Professor of International business and Director of CIBER, GW

 Panelists:

  • Wenjie Chen, Assistant Professor of International Business and International Affairs, George Washington University
  • Tade Okediji, Associate Professor of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota
  • David Shinn, Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, George Washington University, and former ambassador to Burkina Faso and Ethiopia

12:30-1:30: Luncheon Keynote Speaker

AGOA, Its Impact on Sub-Saharan Africa
Irving Williamson, Commissioner, U.S. International Trade Commission

1:45-3:00: Leveraging Diasporas for Doing Business in Africa – Roundtable Discussion

Moderator: Liesl Riddle, Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs, George Washington University

Panelists:

  • Semhar Araia, Founder and Executive Director, Diaspora African Women’s Network
  • Eric-Vincent Guichard, CEO, Homestrings
  • Ndaga Mwakabuta, Diaspora Council of Tanzanians in America 
  • Crispin Semakula, Diaspora Council of Tanzanians in America

3:15-4:30: From Opportunity to Reality – Resources for Assessing Opportunities, Finding Partners, Financing

Moderator: Deputy Assistant Secretary Antwaun Griffin, U.S. Department of Commerce

Panelists:

  • David Edmiston, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Denis Griffin, Director, Minneapolis Regional Office, Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Paul Hansen, International Trade Representative, Africa and Middle East, Minnesota Trade Office
  • Herbert Igbanugo, Partner, Igbanugo Partners

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1:45-4:30: Country experts available for one-on-one or small group discussion, questions, and advice

4:30-4:45: Closing Remarks

Deputy Assistant Secretary Antwaun Griffin, U.S. Department of Commerce

4:45-6:00: Networking Reception

 

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