THE 2019 U.S.- AFRICA BUSINESS NETWORKING AND EXPO
In partnership with of the CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ADVANCEMENT (CIBA ) @ VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY ( V CU), AFRICA NETWORK INITIATIVE Organize the 2019 U.S.- AFRICA BUSINESS NETWORKING AND EXPO
This forum will bring together more than 200 U.S. and African entrepreneurs, private sectors executives, academics, international investors, government officials
The 2019 U.S.- AFRICA BUSINESS AND EXPO will
- Serve as a platform for businesses to hear from U.S and African industry experts on business opportunities in sectors including education, agribusiness, energy, health, infrastructure, mining and finance; explore new business and investment opportunities.
- Meet and network with potential business partners.
The 2019 US-Africa Business Forum & Expo will bring together African and American entrepreneurs, executives, investors, decision makers and other stakeholders as to learn about investment opportunities in both Africa and the United States, match their interests, and build mutually beneficial relationships. In doing so, the forum shall help strengthen multi-faceted partnerships between the two sides of the Atlantic.
Slated to take place in Richmond, Virginia, while the Commonwealth of Virginia is celebrating the 4th centennial (400 years) of legislative assembly, this 3-day forum will start on 2nd October and end on 4th October 2019. While the first two days of the forum will focus on business and investment opportunities, the third day will be dedicated to guided tours of companies, political institutions and museums in the Richmond area as well as visits to Virginia’s finest wineries.
The US-Africa Business Forum’s goal is three-fold:
To bring together entrepreneurs, investors, diplomats, civic leaders, decisions-makers, development experts, academics, community activists artists, from Africa and the United States to reflect on the best ways to develop stronger business partnerships between US and African companies, promote investment opportunities in Africa, and expand commercial ties between the two sides of the Atlantic.
To showcase the critical role played by business leadership and innovation in transforming Africa’s untapped potentials into profitable ventures that create jobs, help lift more people out of poverty and contribute to moving the continent’s national economies toward achieving UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
To provide a space for attendees to network with each other both socially and professionally, and develop business opportunities in the future.
The panels will be made of entrepreneurs, top business executives, academics, diplomats and government officials
MEET OUR SPEAKERS
Senator Mamie E .Lock
Virginia Second District
Prof VAN. WOOD .PhD
Center for International Business Advancement
Virginia Commonwealth University. School of Business
Mr. John HANSEN
USAID Power- Africa Coordinator &Prosper Africa Initiative. A multi-Agency initiative of the U.S. Government
Rev. Jonathan L WEAVER
President and Founder of Pan-Africa Collective
Executive Minister at Mt NEBO AME Church ( Bowie Maryland USA )
Prof Tina Abrefa-Gyan
Ethelyn R.Strong School of Social Work Norfolk
Sate University ( Norfolk Virginia .USA)
Ms. Lindsey BERTOZZI
Assistant Vice President for International Trade
Virginia Economic Development Partnership ( Richmond Virginia .USA)
Ms. Vernisse LOVE
Director of SWaM ( Small Women-Own Minority-Owned Business. ( Certification) Virginia Small Business Administration. ( Richmond Virginia.USA)
Ms. Tonya JEFFERSON
Mr. Joshua Kaplan
Senior International Trade Specialist
U.S Commercial Services ( Richmond Virginia. USA )
Mr. NZOGU Kulya. Business Consultant & Analyst
Managing Director, NICOGER Group LLC (Fairfax, Virginia, USA)
SOMBO CHUNDA. Senior International Trade Specialist.PhD Student .Virginia Commonwealth University. Virginia USA )
PhD Candidate; Economist/Health Policy Analyst; 2019 APPAM Equity and Inclusion Fellow.
Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, Virginia, USA)
Chief Executive Officer of Millman Systems, LLC.
MEET OUR PARTNERS
The center for international business advancement (CIBA) at VCU’s School of Business supports initiatives aimed at advancing the development and growth of international business. Over the years, CIBA has been involved with programs such as the Africa Business and Entrepreneurship Research Society (ABERS). We are excited this year, to partner with BOSS LL C and Africa Network Initiative, Inc. We are optimistic for this conference because it aims to take the conversation of African business and entrepreneurship partnering with USA counterparts to the next level—providing an opportunity for businesses to collaborate. While the conference will serve as a catalytic event in fostering the said partnerships, it is the hope of CIBA that there is sustainability beyond and that is where we see our role as a support function.
We welcome all the conference participants to Richmond and wish you all success!
Located in the historic downtown of Richmond Virginia, the Center for International Business Advancement at the School of Business offers the Virginia Commonwealth University community insight into global business through forums, courses, research, scholarships, grants and service projects.
Van R. Wood, Ph.D.
Philip Morris Chair in International Business
Snead Hall, Room B4102
(804) 828-1746 (office)
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