The Africa-America Institute Announces 30th Annual Awards Gala: “Powering Africa’s Future through Regional and Global Partnerships”

July 17, 2014

During the opening week of the United Nations General Assembly, The Africa-America Institute will host a spectacular 30th Annual Awards Gala on Monday, September 22, at Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway at 36th Street, in New York City.

Hosted by CNN International anchor Isha Sesay, distinguished U.S. and African leaders and top diplomats will gather for one of the largest and most anticipated events celebrating African achievement in New York City. The black-tie affair will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m.

The Africa-America Institute (AAI) is a premier U.S.-based international education and policy organization dedicated to strengthening the human capacity of Africans and promoting the continent’s development through higher education and skills training, convening activities, partner engagement, and research.

The Awards Gala anniversary theme is “Powering Africa’s Future through Regional and Global Partnerships”. The gala will draw attention to how education empowers African youth to reach their full potential while being catalytic in society’s socioeconomic transformation through regional and global partnerships.

The evening’s program will feature the presentation of awards followed by a moderated “Conversation on Africa” focusing on fostering greater regional and global partnerships for development with honorees.

“We are deeply honored to present these distinguished awards to extraordinary African leaders and General Electric for their tremendous achievements in being on the frontlines of spurring economic productivity and development in Africa through research, development banking and investment in workforce development,” said Amini Kajunju, President and CEO of The Africa-America Institute. “We will salute and celebrate all of our honorees.”

At the Awards Gala, AAI will present the General Electric with the AAI 2014 Corporate Responsibility Award, in recognition of its commitment to empowering livelihoods in Africa through education and employment of Africans in senior leadership positions, and promoting trade and economic growth. Jay Ireland, President and CEO of General Electric Africa, will accept the award on behalf of GE.

An experienced banker and international business lawyer, Vivienne Yeda Apopo, Director-General of the East African Development Bank (EADB), will receive the AAI 2014 Business Leader Award for her over 20 years of  leadership in practical and comprehensive development banking, finance and business in Africa.

Professor Thandika Mkandawire will receive the AAI 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award.  Mkandawire is the former Director of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development and was the first person to assume the position as Chair of African Development at the London School of Economics (LSE). A recipient of a scholarship from AAI, Mkandawire attended Ohio State University where he received a Bachelors of Arts in economics.

(Honorees are still in formation.)

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***Media accreditation is required to cover the AAI Awards Gala, and will not be granted on site. If your media outlet is interested in covering the gala, please contact Shanta Bryant Gyan at shanta@sbgcommunications.com or call (646) 290-8211.

 ABOUT THE AFRICA-AMERICA INSTITUTE (AAI): Founded in 1953, AAI is a premier U.S.-based international education and policy organization dedicated to strengthening the human capacity of Africans and promoting the continent’s development through higher education and skills training, convening activities, partner engagement, and research. For more information, visit www.aaionline.org.

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