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9th ETHIOPIAN DIASPORA BUSINESS FORUM

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

Panel I
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

Panel II
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

Health Break
4:40PM to 4:45M

Panel III 
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


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The 2014 PIONEER ETHIOPIAN DIASPORA BUSINESS PERSON AWARDS

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.

The 2014 Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business Person Awards Committee is currently accepting nominations for this year's award. Nominations can be submitted via e-mail to publisher@theethiopianamerican.com or pioneerlegalconsulting@gmail.com.  The deadline for submitting a nomination is June 30, 2014.  The Committee is expected to finalize the selection process by July 11, 2014.  The Awards will be given out at this year's (9th) Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum on August 3, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Washington.
2014 FORUM AGENDA/PROGRAM
Date: August 2-3, 2014
Venue: The George Washington University (Jack Morton Auditorium)
Theme: "Investing in Ethiopia's Emerging Technology Sector"
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PRIVATE EQUITY PITCH SESSION
The 9th Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum will hold a Private Equity Pitch Session for SMEs who are looking for early stage and expansion capital. We have recruited Private Equity firms who are interested in investing in SMEs in Africa and potentially in the US. The session will be held privately at The George Washington University. SMEs interested in participating in the Private Equity Pitch Session should contact us at publisher@theethiopianamerican.com or pioneerlegalconsulting@gmail.com. More information will be provided as we get closer to the Forum's date. Stay tuned and check this website on regularly for updates.
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