The mission of ADN is to sustainably serve its constituencies, marketplace, and partners. This is inextricably linked to engaging the African diaspora through an ethics of care, enhancing their well-being in their adopted homelands, and facilitating their strategic involvement in the development of Africa.
ADN’s vision is to activate capital from the African diaspora and friends of Africa for the development of Africa and communities around the world. We aim to be the global leader in diaspora philanthropy, investment, and innovation.
Since our founding in 2010, we have been gradually building a network which permits us to harness the global intellectual capacity of Africans in the Diaspora and friends of Africa in order to promote business and economic development across the continent and the communities in which we live.
Convened more than 7,500 people on entrepreneurship, investment, innovation, and human capital development.
Successfully completed five in-person African Diaspora Investment Symposiums (ADIS), held in Santa Clara County, California in 2016-2020, with an attendance of 1,300 entrepreneurially-minded, Africa-focused leaders and professionals from across the world. Due to COVID-19, pivoted to hosting a virtual ADIS July 2020 – November 2020 with an attendance of 2,100 professionals.
Over the last three years honored 31 Builders of Africa’s Future (BAF) enterprises, who have demonstrated excellence in leading startups and NGOs that contribute to Africa’s development.
Developed ADN Online Platform with more than 1,200 members.
Between 2018-2020, ADN hosted the Impact and Innovation Forums with 900 participants in California, Washington, D.C, and New York.
Contributed to the Silicon Valley Diversity and Inclusion Ecosystem – we are known for our ability to bring global communities together
20 partnerships formed. ADN is a catalyst for building partnerships with leading organizations to enable more entrepreneurs to gain access to resources. Some of these partners include Stanford SEED, Stanford University; Conrad Hilton Foundation; Mastercard Foundation Scholars; Segal Family Foundation Africa Visionary Fellows; The Harambeans; Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University; MIT Lab; Africa America Institute; Ashesi University; and Frugal Innovation, Santa Clara University.
A stellar and committed team and dedicated board of directors and advisors
“The IDP Foundation strongly believes in supporting social entrepreneurs that create solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. The African Diaspora Network shares this mission by playing a pivotal role in connecting African social entrepreneurs to impact investors to form partnerships to make a difference on the continent. We are proud to support ADN in their efforts to strengthen the economic and social development across Africa.”
“I leave you with this thought… a thought that always brings a smile, even a chuckle to my face in my most lucid moments. Imagine the indomitable spirit and flair of the real African imagination being consistently brought to bear on serious science & technology development on a grand & global scale. It’s my belief that we shall usher in an age of abundance & vibrancy hitherto unseen at any point in human history…for the survival of the species, it’s a must! The numbers bear me witness. The African diaspora must lead the way as we’ve done in other spheres. It shall be tough as hell but let us begin – again & again…!”
Osh Agabi, Founder & CEO, Kineku
“Every time I am at ADN, I see a new future for Africa. ADN is the place to find talents and boldness of entrepreneurs, the articulate passion and compassion for a continent that deserves be seen and heard in new ways. ADN forums are an experience that no other person can tell you about. You experience it and you know you have arrived at a place where Africans are proud of their talents and confident to be global players offering hospitality to all global citizens to use two days to focus on Africa! “
Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro,
former CEO, Global Fund for Women and ADN Founding Board