African Heads of State to Participate in AAI Awards Gala’s ‘Conversation on Africa’s Past, Present and Future’

September 11, 2013
Presidents Confirmed

President of Tanazina H.E. Jakaya Kikwete and President of Ghana H.E. President John Dramani Mahama

President of Ghana H.E. President John Dramani Mahama and President of Tanazina H.E. Jakaya Kikwete will participate in an exclusive “Conversation on Africa’s Past, Present and Future” with African Heads of State at The Africa-America Institute’s 60th Anniversary Awards Gala on September 25 at the Hilton New York in New York City.

The Anniversary Gala will take place during the opening week of the UN General Assembly.

During the “Conversation”, African leaders will engage in a 20-minute high-level discussion highlighting Africa’s successes and challenges since independence and will present their vision for accelerating the continent’s development and socio-economic progress in the future.

The other African Heads of State invited to participate in the “Conversation” include Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Chair of the African Union H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn; President of Namibia H.E. Hifikepunye Lucas Pohamba; President of Nigeria H.E. Goodluck Jonathan; and President of South Africa H.E. Jacob Zuma.

The “Conversation” is part of an evening celebration to commemorate AAI on its 60th anniversary and to present the African Union with the first-ever AAI Institutional Legacy Award, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, in recognition of the organizations’ intertwining histories since their respective creation.

Tony Elumelu, a Nigerian entrepreneur, a philanthropist and the Chairman of Heirs Holdings Limited and Founder, Tony O.Elumelu Foundation, and Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, newly-appointed Special Representative of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, will be honored. A native of Sierra Leone, Yumkella previously served as former Director-General of the United Nations Industrialization Development Organization (UNIDO).

Chevron will receive the 2013 AAI Corporate Award for its corporate responsibility initiatives across Africa.

Corporate Sponsors for the Gala are Chevron, Norton Rose Fulbright, Dentons US LLP, Schlumberger Limited, Shell, Exxon Mobil, GoodWorks International, Heirs Holdings Ltd., Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, and DMG Events.

AAI’s 60th anniversary celebration activities will also include an AAI Annual Career Expo: Talent Summit, on Saturday, September 21 at New York City’s Hunter College. Talent Summit attendees will hear from top industry experts on talent management and recruitment of African professionals in the Diaspora aimed at advancing a successful career at leading Africa-focused organizations and companies operating in the U.S and on the African continent.

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