Date: August 2-3, 2014
Venue: The George Washington University (Jack Morton Auditorium)
Awards Dinner: Grand Hyatt Washington (By invitation)
Theme: "Investing in Ethiopia's Emerging Technology Sector"
Draft Forum Program
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Private Equity SME Pitch Session (by invitation only)
Plenary Panel Discussions
2:30PM to 7:30PM
2:30PM to 3:30PM
Financing Your Investments: Opportunities and Challenges
Elias Shulze, CEO, Kaymu/The Africa Group
Jeff Jackson, Private Sector Adviser, USAID
Kwame Dougan, iYa Ventures
3:40PM to 4:40PM
Investing in Ethiopia's Renewable Power Sector
Daniel Gizaw, CEO, dVentus Technology PLC
Behailu Assefa, VP, Terra Global Energy Developers LLC
Samuel Tesfaye, CEO, Flatbush Solar LLC
4:40PM to 4:45M
4:45PM to 5:30PM
E-Commerce Investments in Ethiopia and the Diaspora
Beakal Tekola, COO, ArifSoft Corp,
Michael Endale, Principal, BLEN Corp.
Mefin Getaneh, MeSh Cart
Betsy Brown, Africa Design Hub
Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business Person Awards Dinner
Grand Hyatt Washington
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 6:30PM to 9:00PM
The 2014 Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business Person Award is bestowed on Diaspora entrepreneurs who have introduced innovation(s) in business that have significantly and positively affected business practices with long-term results in Ethiopia or in the Diaspora.
In 2013, the Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business Person Award was given to Amman Fissehazion, Co-Founder and CEO of the Ethiopian Broadcasting Service (EBS). As the first non-political Diaspora-based satellite TV, EBS has led the way in introducing innovative programming in Amharic and English to over 20 million viewers in Ethiopia and in the Diaspora. The Award was also given to Amman because of his leadership in the Ethiopian entertainment industry. EBS continues to shine and we hope our modest recognition will help other entrepreneurs follow in Amman's and EBS' footstep to innovate. We hope Amman's work will inspired other Diaspora entrepreneurs to take risk and introduce innovation in our community.