AAI Awards Gala

583 Park Avenue webSeptember 29, 2015


583 Park Avenue

New York City

The Africa-America Institute will host its AAI Future Leaders Legacy Fund Awards Gala on Tuesday, September 29 at 583 Park Avenue 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.

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Mistress of Ceremonies

Zain Asher

Zain Asher, Host of CNN International’s ‘Marketplace Africa’




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AAI 2015 Business Leader Award

Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman, Econet Wireless




Hage-Geingob webAAI Lifetime Achievement and Distinguished Alumnus Award

H.E. Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia




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Accepted by Jen Crozier, Vice President of Global Citizenship Initiatives




Somi slideshow Somi, Singer and Songwriter




Honorary Co-Chairs

Danny Glover, Acclaimed actor, film director and political activist

Angelique Kidjo, Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and activist

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


For additional information or to purchase a table/ticket,
please contact Aaron Consulting at aai@benefitoffice.org  | +1 (888) 483-0653

For press and media inquiries please contact Shanta Bryant Gyan at shanta@sbgcommunications.com |+1(646) 290-8211