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June 2013

Bilikiss Abiola

Bilikiss is the Co-Founder and CEO of Wecyclers. She worked at IBM Corporation as a software engineer for 5 years where she developed social networking software that served thousands of users at Fortune 500 companies. Bilikiss holds an MBA from MIT Sloan, a Masters in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University, and a BS in Computer Science from Fisk University. View Guest page

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Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji (Founder & Chief Executive Officer - Fora.co) At a very young age of 22, Iyinoluwa has worked at the UN as an advocacy specialist for youth issues, a turn around plan that transformed a Canadian Newspaper from a print only newspaper to a digital first multimedia publication and founded many companies including Invevia Inc and Bookneto. A recipient of several honors including the John C Holland Award for Youth Leadership in 2010, Nigeria’s top 20 under 20 in 2011 and World Economic Forum Global Shaper in 2012. View Guest page

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Beatrice Wiafe Addai, MD, PhD

Beatrice Wiafe Addai, MD, PhD Dr. Addai is the President of Breast care International, Chief Executive Officer of Peace and Love Hospitals, the Chairperson for the Susan G. Komen Ghana Race for Cure and Ghana Breast Cancer Alliance, the Vice President of AORTIC Council, West Africa, and an Executive Committee Member of IBCN Project. View Guest page

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Abiodun Aina

Abiodun Aina Abiodun is an Investment Officer with IFC's Infrastructure Africa team based in Washington DC. IFC's Africa Special Initiative focuses on identifying, promoting and investing in Public Private Partnership opportunities in African Infrastructure projects. Prior to joining IFC, Abiodun spent 6 years in the Energy Financial Services arm of GE Capital, where he worked on equity and debt investments in various energy-industry projects in North America View Guest page

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Joseph Ajao

Joseph Ajao Joseph is an award-winning business developer who has worked with Goldman Sachs, Google and Rocket Internet. He is an Alumni of Silicon Valley's top technology community, Singularity University and Stanford's BASES. He represented Nigeria in Business and Technology competitions on 5 continents. He is currently an MBA Student at Michigan State University and plans to start an African-focused venture capital firm in the near future. View Guest page

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Rolake Akinkugbe

Rolake Akinkugbe Rolake is the Head of Energy, Oil and Gas research with Ecobank London. She manages Ecobank’s research and analytical output across the energy value-chain covering a wide range of energy products, and across a portfolio of countries, from Nigeria to Tanzania, advising both internal and external clients on the industry. An increasing focus of her work has been using research as a tool to help originate new market-entry opportunities for investors, and devising new investment strategies in the natural resources sector. View Guest page

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Obi Anusiem

Obi Anusiem (CEO of NGEX) Obi has led the development of several technology and marketing products such as ngex.com; NigerianDiaspora.com, Ifunaya.com, several e-newsletters and apps which are focused on reaching and engaging with Nigerians and a Nigeria interested audience. Obi is an alumnus of the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and the University of Port-Harcourt in Nigeria. View Guest page

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Christopher Ategeka

Christopher Ategeka (Founder, CA Bikes, Uganda) Christopher holds a Bachelors and Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. His organization, CA Bikes locally assembles and distributes bicycles to orphans/vulnerable children who live 8-20 kilometers from school and to HIV positive youth who live long distances from the health clinics where they receive weekly treatments. CA Bikes also builds custom hand-powered tricycles for disabled youth and adults, and bicycle trailer ambulances to connect rural villagers to their nearest health clinic, an innovation that has reduced deaths due to transportation challenges. Christopher has received the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the Judith Lee Stronach and the Echoing Green fellowship awards. He spoke at TEDxSacramento in 2012 and delivered the commencement student address at University of California Berkeley's College of Engineering graduation ceremonies in 2011. View Guest page

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Al Banda

Al is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for technology, society and art. A quintessential, multilingual, third culture kid (having grown up across America, Europe & Africa), he lives to bridge gaps between analogue and digital communities and leverage creativity for sustainable development. Al manages ActivSpaces, Cameroon's leading innovation hub, and plays around with mixed media and computer generated art in his spare time. View Guest page

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Robert “Bob” Brunner

Robert “Bob” Brunner (Vice President, Arik Air) Bob Bruner is responsible for establishing Arik Air’s presence in the United States and creating a platform for expansion throughout the America’s. He oversees all aspects of the airlines activities in the America’s. Bob spent a number of years at British Airways in various management roles. Prior to joining Arik, Bob co-founded and managed a thriving business process outsourcing venture, which supported airlines and hotels. View Guest page

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Macheza Dzabala

23 year old Macheza is the CEO of Malawi based Dibs Africa. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree from Blantyre International University in Malawi in November 2012. View Guest page

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Kayode Fajingbesi

Kayode Fajingbesi (Aviation Safety Specialist) Kayode is a private pilot and an accomplished safety professional. He obtained a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Lagos and a Masters Degree in Aviation Safety Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona where he was the most outstanding student in his class. He has worked with leading Nigerian and U.S. airlines. He has also researched many contemporary aviation issues including the effects of fatigue on flight crews. He is particularly interested in the implementation of SMS (Safety Management Systems) in developing countries. View Guest page

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Mary Flowers

Ms. Flowers is one of the Co-Founders of Sturdi-Quick International, a Consulting firm, which provides expert international technical consulting services to foreign clients and partners in various areas of technology advancements, economic development strategies, housing & industrial development, project funding and job creation. Ms. Mary Flowers is also the founder and CEO of the Global Green Development Group, Inc. GGDG is a Global Perspective Management Team. The team is comprised of a consortium of expert development companies, each specializing in its own perspective field. Global Green Development Group primary focus is on building sustainable communities while empowering the local people. View Guest page

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Dr. Halima Yewande Gidado-Mijindadi

Dr. Gidado-Mijindadi is the founder, Creative Director and CEO of Brides & Babies Ltd. Halima earned a Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Houston where she graduated with distinctions and won accolades for being the youngest Doctor of Pharmacy graduate at the tender age of 21. She is actively involved in her communities both in Nigeria and Texas where she leverages her primary interests in healthcare awareness to bridge the gap between the privileged and less privileged while mentoring young inner-city children. View Guest page

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Jon Gosier

Jon Gosier (CEO of D8A) Jon is a globally the co-founder of AfriLabs, HiveColab and Abayima. He has held executive leadership roles at other tech for development organization's Ushahidi and QuestionBox. In 2008 he founded Appfrica, one of Africa’s leading consultancies to help technology and media companies enter African consumer markets. In 2009 Jon spoke at TED in Oxford, UK about his work connecting rural African villages to the internet through a call center and light infrastructure. View Guest page

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Michael A. Griffin

Michael A. Griffin Michael is the CEO of Ashanti Produce, which grows and exports pineapples and other agricultural products from Ghana to the USA. Ashanti was among the winners of the African Diaspora Marketplace competition sponsored by the U.S. State Department and Western Union in June 2012. Michael, a native of Pennsylvania and graduate of the University of Oklahoma is the Honorary Consulate General of Ghana, Philadelphia. View Guest page

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Claude Grunitzky

Claude Grunitzky (Chairman, TRUE) An MIT Sloan Fellow raised in Lomé, Togo, Washington, DC, Paris and London, Claude speaks 6 languages and carries 3 passports. Claude has created groundbreaking international exhibitions in such major museums as MUSA in Vienna, written for such leading newspapers as The Guardian and co-produced a documentary for the BBC. Claude is the author of the book: “Transculturalism: How the world is coming together.” View Guest page

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Eric-Vincent Guichard

Eric-Vincent Guichard (Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Homestrings) Eric was born in Brooklyn, NY of a Guinean father (West Africa) and an American mother. He spent 20 years growing up in poor rural Guinea, going to primary and secondary school in Fria and then Conakry, the capital. Eric is also currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GRAVITAS Capital Advisors, Inc. an asset management firm he founded in 1996. Prior to GRAVITAS Capital, Eric was portfolio manager at the World Bank (1990-1996) where he also served as technical adviser to sovereign and multilateral institutions worldwide. Eric is a graduate of the University of Dakar (Cheikh Anta Diop), in Senegal; of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh; and of the Harvard Business School, where he earned his MBA (World Bank Scholar and Harvard Fellowship award). Eric lectures internationally and has published articles on global finance and risk management. View Guest page

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Sameer Hajee

Sameer Hajee is the co-founder/CEO of Nuru Energy, recipient of the 2012 World Economic Forum/Schwab Foundation African Social Enterprise of the Year. Nuru ENERGY was seed-funded by the World Bank in 2008 and financed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund. View Guest page

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Njideka Harry

Njideka Harry Njideka is the Executive Director of Youth for Technology, which partners with low-income communities in developing nations to create rich learning environments for youth to identify problems and apply appropriate technology as they solve critical problems in their home communities. She obtained a BBA from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is an Ashoka Fellow and in 2013 was awarded ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year’ by the Schwab Foundation and the World Economic Forum. View Guest page

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Sam Imende

Sam is the managing partner of Enzi Footwear, a company that is bringing Africa to the forefront of the global fashion industry through its 100% made in Africa footwear. He graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s - Kenan-Flagler Business School’s MBA program in 2012. View Guest page

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Amaha Kassa

Amaha Kassa (Founder, African communities Together) Amaha was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For 9 years, Amaha directed a workers’ rights NGO in Oakland, where he first conceived the idea of building a grassroots organizing network for African immigrants. Amaha is an attorney who received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s of Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School. In 2012, he was recognized by Open Society Foundation and Echoing Green as a Black Male Achievement Fellow. View Guest page

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Solome Lemma

Solome Lemma (Co-Founder and Executive Director of Africans in the Diaspora) Solome is a philanthropist, activist, and organizer. For over five years, she served as The Global Fund for Children’s Senior Program Officer for Africa, managing a large portfolio that included work with over 100 grassroots organizations in about 25 countries. Through Africans in the Diaspora (AiD), she is leading major efforts to unleash the philanthropic and intellectual capital of the Diaspora to advance sustainable development in Africa. In the past, Solome has worked with the UN Development Programme in Ethiopia, Human Rights Watch in New York City, and International Rescue Committee in Liberia. Solome received a master's degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and an undergraduate degree in international relations from Stanford University. Solome is also a U.S. White House Champions of Change honoree. View Guest page

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Okendo Lewis-Gayle

Okendo Lewis-Gayle Okendo is the founder of Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance, a platform for highly educated young African social, business and political entrepreneurs, attending leading universities in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Harambe’s mission is to capture, inform and engage Africa’s global intellectual capital in the development of Africa. View Guest page

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David Ly

David Ly (Mobile Director, TRUE) David performed research, consulting and entrepreneurial work in the field of telecommunications in Africa for Intel, Kenya’s leading mobile applications company VirtualCity, and for Moov, Togo’s largest privately-owned telecom operator. David holds an engineering degree from Telecom ParisTech, and an MBA from MIT. David has received fellowships and grants from MIT, the Legatum Center, Intel and the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance, of which he is now a board member. David is fluent in French and English and carries both French and Senegalese passports. View Guest page

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Vijay Mahajan

Vijay Mahajan holds the John P. Harbin Centennial Chair in Business at Mccombs school of Business, University of Texas at Austin. He has received numerous lifetime achievement awards. Professor Mahajan is author or editor of twelve books including his recent 2012 book, The Arab world Unbound. These books have been translated into twelve languages. His book, The 86% Solution, received the Book-of-the-Year award (Berry-AMA) in 2007 and Convergence Marketing and Africa Rising were among the finalists for the same award in 2003 and 2010 respectively. Professor Mahajan is also one of the world’s most widely cited researchers in business and economics and has been invited by more than 120 universities and research institutions worldwide for research presentations. Mahajan received B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, his M.S. in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D in Management from the University of Texas at Austin View Guest page

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Larry Maxwell

Larry Maxwell, MD, FACOG, COL (ret) Dr. Maxwell is currently Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Inova Fairfax Hospital and Co-Principal Investigator of the Women’s Health Integrated Research Center (WHIRC) at Inova Health System. View Guest page

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Vienna Mbagaya

Vienna Mbagaya (Founder, The Invisible Project) Vienna is an Epidemiologist with over ten years of experience in public health research. She holds a master's degree from George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and a bachelor's degree in Biology from Boston College. Viena has worked for a number of organizations at international, federal, state and community levels in the areas of HIV/AIDS, malaria, social behavioral health and military psychological health. View Guest page

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Divine Muragijimana

Divine Muragijimana Divine, a Burundian native, is the president of The Council of Young African Leaders. She also serves as Editor-in-chief of Applause Africa. Divine’s driving force is her love for Africa and appreciation of the political process and the role it plays in African societies. She is a strong advocate for women’s rights and youth empowerment with a specialization in post-conflict zones in Africa. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Malone University and Masters in Urban Policy and Administration from CUNY Brooklyn College. View Guest page

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Zubedah Nanfuka

Zubedah Nanfuka (Executive Director, Bookec) Zubedah grew up in Kampala, Uganda where she took it upon herself to become an exemplary role model for her four younger sisters. Her curiosity with television led her to the world of broadcasting where she worked as a show host and producer at Wavah Broadcasting Service -- a local Ugandan television station. She later moved to the United States Embassy in Kampala where she learned the nuts and bolts of public diplomacy through her role as the Media Program Assistant for the Embassy. Her three-year stint with the Embassy increased her desire to learn more. So in 2008, she moved to the United States for graduate studies in Professional Media and Media Management. She later joined the Sunlight Foundation – a Washington, DC based non-profit organization as a Grassroots Organizer where she now works. More details of her labor of love, Bookec can be seen at http://bookecthefilm.com/. View Guest page

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Ephraim Nkonya

Ephraim is a senior research fellow with the Institute of Food Policy Research Institute. He conducts research on land management and natural resources in sub-Saharan countries and central Asia. He is a native of Tanzania, holds a Bachelors degree in Agriculture and an M.S. in agricultural economics and a Ph.D. in natural resources, econometrics, and statistics View Guest page

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Dalitso Ntonga

24 year old Dalitso is the Head of business operations of Malawi based Dibs Africa. He obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing) degree from Malawi Adventist University in December 2012. View Guest page

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Nina Oduro

Nina Oduro (Founder, African Development Jobs) Nina was born in Ghana and raised in Northern Virginia. She works as a facilitator and education advisor for youth programs in Washington DC. She is the founder of African Development Jobs. View Guest page

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Kehinde Olajide

Kehinde Olajide (Co-Founder & CEO Hemisphere Beverages) Mr. Olajide has several years of combined business and information systems experience and has worked in different industries such as Healthcare, Finance and Energy. He has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Ibadan, an MBA from the Lowder Business, Auburn University, USA and a Project Management Professional certificate from the Project Management Institute, USA. Mr. Olajide is happily married with two sons. View Guest page

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Ade Olufeko

Ade is a multi-disciplinary designer, an Information technologist and a dynamic digital artist who contributes curatorial work to the field of humanities. He studied computer science (Multimedia) at Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul. Ade has participated in several high profile exhibitions in the USA. View Guest page

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Mary Olushoga

Mary Olushoga (Founder, www.awpnetwork.com) Mary is the first-ever GOOD Maker/Oxfam America International Women’s Day Challenge Winner, a Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) Associate, and an Oxfam America Sisters on the Planet Ambassador. Mary received a bachelor's degree from Union College in Schenectady, New York and a Master of Science degree from Baruch College. She has served as a Public Policy Fellow at the University at Albany, Center for Women in Government and Civil Society and most recently participated in the Sub-Saharan African Women In Public Service Fall Institute. Mary has featured on BBC World News, BET.com, Black Enterprise.com, the Columbia University Africa Economic Forum, the UN ECOSOC Youth Employment Forum, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and the United States Department of Labor Add Us In Initiative on Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, and Disability. Her articles have featured in The Huffington post, Sahara Reporters, Omojuwa.com and Applause Africa magazine. View Guest page

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Teemu Ropponen

Teemu is the Country Director of iLab Liberia and came to the country at the start of March, 2013. Before coming to Liberia, Teemu was working for the Ministry of Justice in Finland in the domains of e-democracy and open government. Teemu has nearly 15 years of years of experience in ICT ranging from mobile technology startups, IT corporations, to academic research and government – working particularly in the domains of mobile technologies, internet services and ICT innovations. Teemu has a Master’s of Science (Technology) in Computer Science and Engineering from the Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. View Guest page

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Lande Sanusi

Lande Sanusi (Founder and CEO, The C.A.K.E Village) Lande grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. She has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master's Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. She served in the Illinois Army National Guard for 8 yrs with a Honorable Discharge and has worked for several Fortune 100 companies such as AT&T Networks, Motorola Solutions, Nokia Siemens Networks as Telecommunications Engineering Professional. She was a 2013 African Award Nominee for Educator of the Year. Lande lives in Illinois with her husband and kids. More information about the C.A.K.E Village is available at http://www.thecakevillage.com/. View Guest page

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Gbenga Sesan

Gbenga is the Executive Director of PIN, a social enterprise that connects underserved people-groups with ICT-enabled opportunities. PIN’s projects include Ajegunle.org (a capacity development initiative that connects the community’s youth with training, internship and mentorship opportunities) and MISSPIN (the social campaign that is tackling cybercrime issues in Nigeria). Originally trained as an Electronic & Electrical Engineer at Obafemi Awolowo University, ‘Gbenga completed management training at Lagos Business School, New York Group for Technology Transfer, Oxford University, Harvard University, Stanford University and Santa Clara University. View Guest page

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Ashley Sims

Ashley Sims Ashley is the Director of Operations of the Foundation for Technical Education. Passionate about sustainable development and cultural identity, Ashley has held professional roles across continents in strategic development, partnership capacity building and communications. Her past professional responsibilities include work with UNESCO. She holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Policy and Management from the University of Maastricht and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Global Studies from the University of Ottawa. View Guest page

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Lindsay Stradley

Lindsay is the Co-Founder and CEO of Kenya based Sanergy. She obtained an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Prior to Sanergy, she worked at Bridge International Academies, a network of low-cost schools in the Nairobi slums, and at Google as a Sales & Operations Manager. She co-founded a charter school in post-Katrina New Orleans and taught as a Teach for America Corps Member. View Guest page

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Bosun Tijani

CEO/Co-Founder Co-Creation Hub Bosun and his colleagues created CcHUB, Nigeria’s first open living lab and pre-incubation space for technologists, social entrepreneurs, government, tech companies, impact investors and hackers. Prior to CcHub, Bosun was a United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) fellow and the Deployment Manager for Africa-Hewlett Packard Global Micro-enterprises Acceleration Program. View Guest page

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Niyi Yusuf

Managing Director, Accenture Nigeria Niyi joined Accenture in 1995 after 4 years of experience in the Nigerian IT industry. He rose to the position of Managing Director in 2010 after 14 years in the company. Niyi’s project management, implementation and delivery experience, achievements and expertise span a wide variety of industries from manufacturing, oil and gas, banking, insurance to the public sector. View Guest page

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Loads of Cash in the Trash

July 25, 2013
Hosted by Tope Fajingbesi, CPA

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Where we see waste and trash, they see cash and business opportunities. On this episode of Impact Africa, you will meet two inspiring ladies who are solving the issue of sanitation, pollution and waste management in Africa through unique business ventures. Now 8 million people in Kenyan slums not only have access to closed toilets but also have opportunities to earn revenue through franchising opportunities, fertilizer for farmers and electricity supply, all from human waste. We will also hear how the “wecycles” are taking over neighborhoods and helping 18 million residents in Lagos, Nigeria save the environment while earning rewards through recycling. You will be inspired to Impact Africa!

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Impact Africa will tell the real African story of opportunities, development and resilience through guest interviews, case studies and audience participation. The main goal of the show is to inform listeners about important events and to inspire our audience to participate in development initiatives. You will have opportunities to contribute to the show through telephone calls, emails and social media participation. Impact Africa will create a community of Africans and friends of Africa whose actions will ultimately provide solutions to the continent’s greatest challenges. There is a lot more to Africa than aid and handouts. Very little is known about individuals and organizations working behind the scenes to empower Africans, many of whom will be featured on the show. Show guests will include Africans and friends of Africa living within the continent and in Diaspora, who through unique initiatives and efforts are changing the business landscape in the continent.

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Tope Fajingbesi, CPA

I am an international Chartered Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant based in Washington, D.C. I have 15 years of accounting and financial management experience working with Big Four public accounting firms, Fortune 500 corporations, and nonprofit organizations across the USA and Africa. I also hold a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and a Masters in Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to my professional accounting career, I co-founded and serve as the Volunteer Executive Director of United for Kids Foundation, a tax-exempt nonprofit dedicated to providing educational and healthcare opportunities to less-privileged children in Nigeria.

In addition to creating a much better world for children from low-income families through United for Kids Foundation, my other life mission is teaching personal finance concepts in clear and easy-to-understand language, because I sincerely believe that good personal finance practices lead to better business management, and stronger businesses create strong communities. I particularly enjoy working on programs that develop and celebrate my home continent, Africa. I write a personal finance column in Azizah magazine, visit Nigeria regularly and blog about personal finance at www.ourfinancialcoach.com. My book titled “What Color Is Your Money?” was released in April, 2013.

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