AAI Awards Gala


September 21, 2015


Gotham Hall
1356 Broadway
New York, NY 10018

The Africa-America Institute will host its AAI Future Leaders Legacy Fund Awards Gala on Monday, September 21 at Gotham Hall in New York City. The theme of this year’s Awards Gala is “Achieving Excellence through Scholarship, Opportunity, and Innovation”.
Held annually during the opening week of the United Nations General Assembly, distinguished U.S. and African leaders and top diplomats will gather for one of the most high profile events celebrating African achievement in New York City. Proceeds from the awards gala will support the Future Leaders Legacy Fund.


Strive Masiyiwa headshot web

AAI 2015 Business Leader Award

Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman, Econet Wireless




AAI Lifetime Achievement and Distinguished Alumnus Award

H.E. Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia (invited)


AAI 2015 Corporate Responsibility Award

(to be announced)


Honorary Co-Chairs

Amb. Alice Dear, A.M. Dear & Associates

Nuno Santo, Pfizer

Somi, Singer and Songwriter


Evening Program

6:00pm–7:00pm: Cocktail Reception

7:00pm-9:00pm: Dinner and Awards Ceremony

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Gala Benefit Committee

H.E. Omar Arouna, Ambassador of Benin to the U.S. and Mexico
Edward Bergman, Africa Travel Association
Mamadou Beye, Chevron Corporation
Mahen Bonetti, African Film Festival
Robert Brunner, Arik Air International
Eric Chinje, African Media Initiative
Chinonso Emehelu, ExxonMobil
Aubrey Hruby, Atlantic Council
Mahesh Kotecha, Structured Credit International Corp.
Vanessa Masters, LaVie Concept
Robert McCarthy, Dentons US LLP