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San Francisco - Ho Chi Minh City Sister City Committee & Oct 28: What Innovations Are Emerging in Africa?
October 22, 2020


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JOIN US NOW FOR 2020 - Here are a Few Events!
1. Virtual Annual NORCAL Sister Cities Annual Meeting
October 24, 2020 
10:00 - 11:30 PM PST
2. Virtual Meetup for Vietnam
October 28, 2020
6:00 - 7:00 PM PST
3. Election Day in USA
November 3, 2020
4. Giving Tuesday
More Information to Follow
George G. Saxton 
Executive Director
San Francisco - Ho Chi Minh City Sister City Committee
Board Member, Northern California Sister Cities International
The Committee is a non-political educational people to people program. It is organized under the laws of the state of California, and is recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation by the Internal Revenue Service. FEIN: 94-3198119. 
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ADIS21 October 28: Amplify Innovation and Investment Hubs in Africa

Wednesday October 28, 2020 ~ 8:00 AM PST, 11:00 AM EST, 3:00 PM GMT
Across the continent, several countries have taken various approaches to building strongholds of investment and innovation. Rwanda is actively planning an innovation hub, Kigali Innovation City, to transform the country into a knowledge-based economy. In West Africa, Nigeria has partnered with U.S. officials to launch a West Africa Trade and Innovation Hub.

What are some unique approaches adopted by different countries in Africa to building innovation ecosystems? What role are public-private partnerships playing in amplifying Innovation hubs in Africa? What are the most pressing challenges Africa innovation hubs are facing today? What effects is Covid 19 having on innovation ecosystems? What are some unique ways in which the African diaspora can engage in amplifying African Innovation hubs?
Register for October 28 Session

Fireside Chat Speakers


Visit the ADIS2021 website
Meet Mandjou Koné
Mandjou Koné, a Griot from Mali and Burkina Faso, is a singer, dancer, and storyteller and plays Bala and African instruments. Mandjou Koné was born into the renowned Kone family of West African griots (Djeli), the keepers of oral tradition. She is an internationally acclaimed and highly sought-after performer and teacher whose vast repertoire includes traditional songs and dances passed down for centuries, from the ancient Mali Empire. Mandjou is on the dance faculty at University of California Santa Cruz.

ADN 2020 Survey

Thank you for your continued support of the African Diaspora Network. It is your collaboration with the network that has allowed ADN to develop into one of the most established diaspora networks in the United States. 

You have been a part of ADN by participating in many of the events and opportunities listed below and our hope is that these activities have had a positive impact on you. By taking this survey, you can help us continue offering opportunities like this or suggest new ideas you would like to see ADN embrace.

The survey takes approximately 5-7 minutes to complete. The link to the survey is 

We would greatly appreciate your participation!
Share Your Voice!

November 2020: Investment in Education and Online Learning in Africa 

Wednesday November 18, 2020 ~ 8:00 AM PST, 11:00 AM EST, 3:00 PM GMT
Prior to 2020, trends across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia demonstrate the traction of online education as a cost-effective approach to making educational opportunities more accessible. Today, remote learning has transformed into a key component of the new normal, proving that wide-scale implementation is not only possible, but necessary.

Africa, thanks to technological innovation will be able to reduce accessibility barriers and bring millions of African students online for the first time. There is an unprecedented opportunity for Africa to accelerate education through technology, which is why investment in the sector is a priority for Africa. The global digital economy will enable millions of young Africans to partake and contribute to the sustainability of the continent’s development.

How do we align the AU Continental Education Strategy for Africa with technological integration? What are the opportunities and challenges that the continent will need to address to systematize both in-person and remote educational opportunities? This panel seeks to explore models of online education and need for investment in catalyzing digital education to meet the immediate and long-term needs of the continent.
Register for November Session

Virtual Networking & Engagement Opportunities

Meeting new people who are mutually passionate about the African diaspora and issues that impact the continent and their local communities is a valuable part of #ADIS21. African Diaspora Network welcomes you to join the Virtual Networking sessions following each #ADIS21 event. The session takes place for 30-minutes at the conclusion of the panel discussion and places you in networking breakout rooms with registered participants.

#ADIS21 virtual forum sessions provide a platform for our global participants to engage in conversations in real-time. Through Zoom chat rooms, you will have an opportunity to meet fellow Africans, diasporans, and friends of Africa and share insights on pressing issues and global trends related to the continent. Message people directly through the private chat feature during live networking sessions or exchange contact information to follow up with participants.
Register for October 28 Session

Women of Influence Awards

On October 15, Almaz Negash, ADN founder and executive director, and 99 other women who are making an impact in their communities received the Women of Influence Award from the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Congratulations to Almaz and the Women of Influence Awardees!

Subscribe to the New ADN Youtube Channel!

Be among the first 1000 subscribers to the African Diaspora Network Youtube!

The African Diaspora Network is delighted to share with you our YouTube channel, created to share the stories and work of Africans and friends of Africa. We have rich content that entrepreneurs, investors, educators, governments, NGO’s and other leaders can utilize. The channel enables us to broaden our reach as well as connect with supporters, funders, and volunteers. 

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Support African Diaspora Network

Looking to have a more active role as a member of African Diaspora Network?
Learn more about ways to engage:
  • Be an organizational sponsor and support the African Diaspora Network to bring together diverse people from around the world to collaborate and work together.  Support ADN HERE
  • Sponsor the 2021 African Diaspora Investment Symposium – ADIS21.
  • Support our efforts to scale the Builders of Africa’s Future program.   
  • Be a member of the African Diaspora Network, a growing community of Africans and friends of Africa. Join ADN ONLINE PLATFORM
  • Be a mentor for the upcoming Builders of Africa’s Future cohort.
  • Be a volunteer and support African Diaspora Network initiatives.
  • Subscribe to ADN YouTube Channel.

Online Resources
Visit the ADIS21 Website for Resources on Education - Healthcare - Connectivity - Finance.


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