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SPECIAL PROGRAM—Winds of Change: The Global Impact of the Next Generation

African Diaspora for Change in coordination with Congresswoman Karen Bass

Monday, September 16, 2013 from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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The Global Impact of the Next Generation 
Presented by African Diaspora for Change in coordination with Representative Karen Bass (D-CA)

Global Impact of Youth

On September 16, 2013, join African Diaspora for Change in coordination with Representative Karen Bass (D-CA) for a lively dialogue on practical solutions for moving our African communities forward. Given the sweeping changes that are taking place on the continent and the role of the next generation in that movement, this dialogue is one you won’t want to miss. Join us on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 2:30 on Capitol Hill as we hear from young African professionals in the Diaspora who are not just talking about the need for change, but are being proactive about making a difference in their communities, countries, and ultimately, the continent. From finance and civic engagement, to media, technology and entrepreneurship, young professionals from around the world share fresh insights and innovative ideas that will spur sustainable economic development and long-term prosperity on the continent.

Panelists include:


Gabino GurengombaGabino Guerengomba, a native of the Central African Republic is the Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Integrated Solar Technologies (IST) a “Greentech” Research and Technology development company which designs solar powered semi conductors for broadband and wireless communications. He has a patent pending for a hybrid photovoltaic thermal module for electricity conversion that would make electricity sustainable and affordable in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to co-founding IST, Gabino spent 12 years working for companies such as Discovery Channel and Real Networks. He is very active in promoting the use of technology and innovative thinking by the African Diaspora to fulfill the full integration of Africa in the Global economy. Gabino holds a Degree In Computer Engineering; Various Industry Certifications and a Executive graduate certificate in Intellectual Property and Business Strategy from Harvard Business School.


Ngozi NmeziNgozi Nmezi was appointed Director of the Office on African Affairs (OAA) in the Executive Office of Mayor Vincent C. Gray in May 2011.  In this capacity, she serves as the District of Columbia’s chief advocate for the African community and the city’s principle agent for developing and implementing creative outreach strategies to ensure their awareness of and access to business and economic development, health, employment, public safety and social, services, resources and opportunities.  She also leads efforts to increase the African community's civic participation in District affairs.  Ms. Nmezi leverages internal and external partnerships and networks – working collaboratively with the DC Mayor’s Commission on African Affairs, DC government agencies, federal government agencies, non-profits, faith-based organizations, the private sector and media – to maximize achievement of the agency mission and the Mayor’s central policy priorities.



Asmara SiumAsmara Sium, a first generation Eritrean-American, is the Executive Director, African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation. She has more than 10 years of experience in African immigrant and refugee policy work. Asmara has an International Human Rights Law background and specializes in immigrant integration efforts and immigration reform. Asmara is actively involved in African immigrant socioeconomic, cultural and health initiatives. She has chaired both the Commission on African Affairs under the Executive Office of Mayor Vincent Gray in Washington, DC, as well as the African Advisory Committee to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC. Asmara holds a Master of Arts degree in International Human Rights Law and Refugee Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and African Studies. She also holds a certificate in Executive NonProfit Management, and maintains membership in the Capital Area Immigrants Rights Coalition, the Diaspora African Women’s Network and various Smithsonian cultural institutions.


Opal TometiOpal Tometi is the Co-Direcor of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) an organization which educates and advocates for immigrant rights and racial justice with African-Americans, Afro-Latinos, African and Caribbean immigrant communities. She resides in New York City, where she is responsible for coordinating the Black Immigration Network (BIN), a nationwide network of organizations and individuals uniting for racial justice and migrant rights.
As a 1st generation Nigerian-American activist who was  born and raised in Arizona, she has been active in the migrant rights movement for over 10 years. Opal was the 2012 recipient of the 'Unsung Hero for Justice' Award by the African American Legislative and Leadership Conference of Arizona. She is an advocate to end violence against women and a media maker. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Advocacy.


REGISTER TODAY! Seating is limited. Don’t miss this exciting, forward-thinking program which will leave you with practical ways to demonstrate the positive influence one committed individual can have on the world. Come ready to be inspired and take action! See below for map of the Capitol Visitor Center.


Don't forget to register for the Africa BrainTrust on Friday, September 20, 2013 at http://2013africabraintrust.eventbrite.com.


Congresswoman Karen BassCongressmember Karen Bass was re-elected to her second term representing the newly drawn 37th Congressional District in November 2012.  In Congress she has been an outspoken advocate for balanced fiscal policies that preserve the social guarantee to our seniors and invest in the future. Congressmember Bass serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs where she is Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.

ADC logoThe mission of African Diaspora for Change (ADC) is to educate and empower the African immigrant and broader African Diaspora community through culture, dialogue and advocacy.

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U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Congressional Meeting Room North
First Street and East Capitol Street (Capitol South Metro)
Washington, DC

Monday, September 16, 2013 from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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The mission of African Diaspora for Change is to educate and empower African immigrants and the broader Diaspora through culture, dialogue and advocacy.





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