2018 Speakers Soro N’golo Aboudou Secrétaire Général National Commission of Côte d’Ivoire for UNESCODara Akala Executive Director Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND)Dr. Ousseina Alidou Professor, African American & African Studies Rutgers UniversityY. Obenewa Amponsah Executive Director, Africa Office Center for African Studies Harvard UniversityFelicia Appenteng Chair The IE Africa CenterKofi Appenteng President The Africa-America InstituteDr. Kétévi Adiklè Assamagan Physicist Brookhaven National LaboratoryDr. Solomon Assefa Vice President IBM Research - Africa & Emerging Market SolutionsN'Dri T. Assié-Lumumba, Ph D Professor Africana Studies and Research Center Cornell UniversitySidick Bakayokoa Founder & CEO Paradise GameHimdat Bayusuf Co-Task Team Leader Africa Centers of Excellence Higher Education Project World BankKassahun Checole President & Publisher Africa World Press, Inc. and The Red Sea Press, Inc.Dr. Koutou N’Guessan Claude Researcher, Sociologist and Professor University of Félix Houphouët BoignyDr. Phillip Clay Former Chancellor Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)Lawalley Cole Executive Director Coalition on Media and Education for Development Africa Forum (CAFOR)Sarah Diouf Tongoro StudioWilliam Egbe Board of Trustees The Jacobs FoundationAmy Fanny-TognissoInvestment DirectorESP CapitalConcepcion Galdon Social Innovation Director/Academic Lead IE UniversityMelissa Howell Senior Director of Global Programs The Africa-America InstituteKarine Jones Aesthetic CandyAmini Kajunju Executive Director IUGB FoundationWanjira Kamwere Business Development Manager Microsoft 4Afrika initiativeDr. Albert Toikeusse Mabri Hon. Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Government of Côte d’Ivoire Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima Ford FoundationHon. Minister Professor Alkassoum Maiga Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation Republic of Burkina FasoPeter Materu Chief Program Officer Mastercard FoundationDr. Beatrice Muganda Director of Higher Education Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR)Koffi N'Guessan Director General Institut National Polytechnique, Felix-Houphouet BoignyKhady Dior Ndiaye CitibankEmmanuel Nsadha Ph D. Candidate Syracuse University; AAI-EADB STEM Program AlumnusAbiola Oke CEO and Publisher OkayplayerNneka Okekearu Deputy Director Enterprise Development CentreH.E. Alassane Ouattara President of the Republic of Cote d’IvoireKhadija Patel Editor-in-chief Mail & Guardian Co-Founder, The Daily Vox Vice Chairperson, International Press InstituteSteven Pfeiffer Of Counsel Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP Chairman of the Board of Trustees The Africa-America InstituteSimon Rey Group Head of Talent Learning and Organizational Development Head of Ecobank Academy Ecobank Transnational IncorporatedLaura C. Rudert Deputy Resident Country Director for Cote d'Ivoire Millennium Challenge CorporationProfessor Amadou Abdoul SOW Ministry of Higher Education of SenegalErana M. Stennett Director Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Saliou Toure President International University of Grand Bassam (IUGB)Sabina Vigani Country Director, TRECC Jacobs FoundationBob WekesaUniversity of the WitwatersrandDabone Yacouba Masters Students in Data Science INP-HBHonorable Minister Professor Kwesi Yankah Minister of State – Tertiary Education The Republic of GhanaKone Katienewa Yasmine Student of engineering INP-HB Stay tuned for more speaker announcements!