Our Team

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
TWUM DJIN
Goodwater Capital

Twum is the Chief Technology Officer at Goodwater Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm focused exclusively on consumer tech companies. He heads the firm’s technology strategy, and works with Goodwater’s portfolio of companies. Prior to Goodwater, Djin was an engineer at Google for 8 years.

JOSH GHAIM, Ph.D.
CTO, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer

Josh is responsible for global research and development organization for the consumer group. He is also a member of the Consumer Group Operating Committee and the Johnson & Johnson Research & Development Management Committee.

Ndeye Makalou
Commercial Director, Roche

Ndeye Makalou is a highly motivated, courageous global transformational leader with 20+years’ experience in the biopharma industry, with expertise in project management, quality control, clinical and commercial operations in developed and emerging markets. Makalou uses her expertise in effectively leading complex programs from late-stage discovery to commercialization and my skills in building and managing effective multidisciplinary teams. 

ALMAZ NEGASH
Founder of ADN & Executive Director

Almaz began ADN in 2010 to inform and engage Africans in the Diaspora and facilitate direct collaboration with social entrepreneurs, innovators, and business leaders to invest in Africa. For the last two decades, Negash has sought to improve the quality of life of our communities through both local and global partnerships.

INNOCENT SHUMBA
Partner, Ernst & Young, San Jose

Innocent Shumba is a member of EY’s Assurance practice and has diverse accounting and auditing experience. He is involved in several organizations, including the EY Black Professional Network, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Certified Fraud Examiners, Institute of Internal Auditors and the National Association of Black Accountants.

DUNCAN GOLDIE-SCOT
Musoni Kenya, Ltd

Duncan is the Chairman of Musoni Kenya, Ltd. As an entrepreneur and investo, he has been investing in startup companies in Africa for more than ten years and pioneered the use of mobile payments in micro-finance institutions (MFIs). He co-founded the first 100% cashless MFI and created a company to create credit profiles using mobile data.

AgniesZka Winkler
Founder, Winkler Group

Advertising has a profound impact on how people understand life, the world and themselves, especially in regard to their values and their ways of choosing and behaving. Very few have demonstrated an ability to navigate the significance of advertising and technology as she has. As founder of Winkler Advertising and then of the Winkler Group, Agnieszka has both directed marketing and advertising for companies such as Sony and Hewlett-Packard and taught companies to maximize their marketing potential. 

OUR ADN STAFF
Almaz Negash
Founder of ADN & Executive Director

Almaz began ADN in 2010 to inform and engage Africans in the Diaspora and facilitate direct collaboration with social entrepreneurs, innovators, and business leaders to invest in Africa. For the last two decades, Negash has sought to improve the quality of life of our communities through both local and global partnerships.

Daniel Hartz
Envoy, Inc

Dan is a Product Specialist at Envoy, Inc. He is a founding board member of African Diaspora Network and former Director of Finance and Operations. He now helps to develop and implement strategic initiatives. Prior to joining Envoy, Dan was senior manager of Golden Mean Capital Partners, a group focused on economic development in African agriculture.

DEBRA PACIO
Content Developer & Storyteller

Debra is a freelance writer and editor for nonprofit and cultural organizations. She has supported marketing, communications, and content development for ADN since 2015. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Education from Stanford University.

YINKA DJIN
Information Technology Associate

Yinka is the CEO and creative director for Blue Wave Media, a multi-media production company. Prior to that, she worked in Vancouver, British Columbia for fifteen years in various capacities: a freelance web developer and video editor as well as a media content specialist for Post Time Technologies.

Sinafik Gebru
Sinafik Gebru
Manager, Impact and Innovation

Sinafik has supported project management and overall day-of operation efforts for the African Diaspora Investment Symposium since 2018. She is currently a Senior Account Manager for Employee benefits in Lockton Northeast’s Washington, D.C., office. She also co-managers Birara, an initiative aimed at empowering underprivileged families in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Caroline Ocampo
Caroline Ocampo
Public Information Officer
Caroline will be leading African Diaspora Network public affairs and communications department.  She comes with more than thirty-year experience in developing marketing and media plans for NGOs, humanitarian agencies, higher education institutions, and corporations. Caroline has received several marketing awards including the prestigious International Retail marketing award for Philippine Tourism, Trade, and Duty Free.

 

Caroline is the founder of strategic multicultural communications consultancies CKO+ Media and Global MediaX. 
OUR EMERITUS BOARD
DR. MUSIMBI KANYORO
ADN Founding Board & Co-Chair, President & CEO of Global Fund for Women

Dr Kanyaro is a strategist for non-profit management and board leadership.

DR. LIESL RIDDLE
Associate Professor of Int’l Business and Int’l Affairs, George Washington University

Leisl is also the co-director of GWSB’s OntheBoard program, a fellowship program designed to promote women on  corporate boards. Dr. Riddle has written extensively about diasporas and development, international entrepreneurship, and trade and investment promotion.

Prof. Mammo Muchie
Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria

Professor Muchie holds a DPhil in Science, Technology, and Innovation for Development (STI4D) from the University of Sussex. He is currently a DST/NRF Research Professor of Innovation Studies at Tshwane University of Technology.

Chris Folayan
Founder MallforAfrica & MallfortheWorld

Chris runs an award-winning global e-commerce company that enables Africans and people in emerging markets purchase billions of products from over 200 of the best US and UK online retailers. Folayan also sits on several boards globally and previously served as Chairman of the Board of the African Diaspora Network from 2016-2018.

Laura Hubbard
PhD, Center for African Studies, Stanford University

Laura is an anthropologist of youth, media and popular culture. She has lived and worked in Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa focusing on questions of aesthetics and politics, temporality and youth culture, the links of longing and belonging among southern African cities, and the nexus of media and development.

HUGH MOLOTSI
Investor, Founder and CEO, Ujama

Hugh Molotsiis the founder and CEO ofUjama, a mobile platform to help parents form communities to help each other. Hugh also advises and invests in startups and is an active practitioner and teacher of Lean Startup Methodologies. In 2015, Hugh concluded a 22-year career at Intuit as Engineering Fellow and Vice President of Innovation.

OUR EXECUTIVE ADVISORY COUNCIL
Kedest Tesfagiorgis
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Kedest Tesfagiorgis is a Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is part of the Discovery & Translational Sciences team focused on the Grand Challenges program, a program aiming to solve global health and development challenges. She serves as an Advisor to the foundation’s Africa team on health research and pan-African initiatives.

Kamran Elahian
Founder and Chairman, Global Innovation Catalyst, LLC

As an Innovation Catalyst, Kamran advises various governments on the needed transition from fossil based economies to sustainable innovation economies. In the past, as a global high-tech entrepreneur, he cofounded ten companies, produced 6 exits, 3 of them Unicorn IPOs with a total market cap of over $8B.

Mussie Haile
Founder and CEO of Moya Technologies, Inc.

Mussie is a seasoned technologist with over 20-year of experience including but not limited to Cyber Security, enterprise architecture, identity management, service-oriented architecture and cross-domain security solutions. Mr. Haile is also the founder and CEO of RevoltCypher LLC., a Blockchain platform & services company.

Dr. Martin Russel

Martin completed his PhD on Diaspora Engagement at the Clinton Institute where he remains an affiliate. He was previously a visiting fellow at UNU-MERIT and Associate Director of Diaspora Matters. He has trained, spoken, and written on diaspora engagement in Africa, Caribbean, Central Asia, Central and Latin America, Europe, Middle East, UK and the US.

SERGE OUEDRAOGO
Director of Special Projects

Serge is a seasoned financial analyst who advises business executives on strategic investments that maximize financial returns. He brings an extensive background in financial modeling and best practices for budgeting and financial reporting. 

JENNA O’BRIEN
Watson Institute

Jenna serves as the Vice President/Director of Programs at Watson Institute in Boulder, Colorado, a new learning model tailored for next-generation innovators, leaders, and social entrepreneurs. Before joining Watson, Jenna served as a Project Manager for IDP Foundation, focusing on the development and implementation of their social enterprise strategy. 

Zekarias Amsalu
IBEX Frontier/Financial Consultancy Ltd.

Zekarias is the Founder & MD of IBEX Frontier / Financial Consultancy Ltd, with presence in Washington DC USA, London UK and Addis Ababa Ethiopia. Zekarias has been at the forefront of providing exposure of the emerging Tech sector in Ethiopia starting from coining the term ‘Sheba Valley for Ethiopia’s tech space.

Radhika Shah
Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs

Radhika is an Angel & Impact investor from Silicon Valley and Co-President at Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs a  community of over 1100 entrepreneurial Stanford students, faculty and alumni. She has been an advisor, mentor, co-convener & judge at Innovation Accelerators Startx & Skydeck Labs, US SBA and UN Solutions Summit. 

Abbey Omokhodion
Senior Finance Director IOTG, Intel Corporation

Abbey Omokhodion runs a multi-billion dollar portfolio of P&Ls within the Internet of Things division at Intel, partnering with operations leaders to drive strategy, grow the business profitably, scale solutions, and activate new markets.

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