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11th Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum
Date: August 6, 2016

Venue for Forum & Awards Dinner:
The George Washington University
Elliott School of Int’l Affairs, City View Room
1957 E St. NW, Washington DC
Theme: “Investing in Manufacturing & Ethiopia’s Quest to Industrialize”

Forum Program

Panel I

2:15PM to 2:55PM Starting Your Business – Ideas & Concepts?
Tia Ayele, Co-Founder, Addis Ideas
Tehut Tesfaye, CEO, Ethiopian Climate Innovation Center

Panel II

3:00PM to 4:00PM Creative Financing
Eric Guichard, Founder & CEO, Homestrings.com
Joan Hill, Director, Business Development, Minority Business Development Agency
Hellen Fissihiae, F3 Global LLC

Health Break
4:00PM to 4:20PM

Panel III

4:30PM to 6:00PM
Investing in the Manufacturing Sector
Azaria Mengistu, Founder & CEO, ENZI Footwear
Dawit Belay, Co-Founder & CEO, Advantage Industrial PLC
Eleni Hamere Demissie, Founder & CEO, Actuel Living PLC

Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business Person Awards Dinner
Venue: City View Room
Date: Sunday, August 6, 2014, 7:00PM to 9:00PM
Keynote Speaker: Florizelle B. Liser, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa
Honorees: 2016 Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business Persons of the Year
Dawit Ayele, Co-Founder & CEO, Advantage Industrial PLC
Sara Menker, Founder & CEO, Gro Intelligence

2016 Diaspora Business Champion
Dr. Liesl Riddle, Associate Professor of International Business,
The George Washington University


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The 2016 PIONEER ETHIOPIAN DIASPORA BUSINESS PERSON AWARDS

The Pioneer Award is bestowed up 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. This year's Awards Dinner will be held on August 6, 2016 at The City View Room overlooking the City of Washington DC at The George Washington University 7.30PM to 10.30PM.

It is to be recalled that the 2015 Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business Person Awards was awarded to unique and deserving individuals: Dr. Akeza Teame, Founder & Medical Director, St. Yared Hospital and the American Medical Center, and Ato Tamrat Bekele, Founder & CEO of International Clinical Laboratories. The 2016 Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business Person Awards Committee will announce the winner(s) of this year's Award very soon. Stay tuned!!!

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