Welcome to the Fifth Annual African Diaspora Investment Symposium! 


African Diaspora Network continues to grow in numbers, reach, content, and commitments. Over the years, with your help, we have made tremendous progress in advancing our vision of bringing Africans and friends of Africa together to learn, engage, co-create, and co-imagine possibilities in order to better the continent of Africa and the communities in which we live.  


Our intention is and has always been to build a global community around these four themes: Investment, Innovation, Human Capital Development, and Entrepreneurship.  For the past four years, African Diaspora and Investment Symposium (ADIS) has been our signature launchpad for reaching and catalyzing our goals. The fruits of the symposium have led to outcomes including a new series of events, initiatives, and partnerships that leverage the ingenuity of our community. 

Over the last four iterations of ADIS, we have hosted over 1000 Africans, Diasporans, and friends of Africa in the heart of Silicon Valley. From Silicon Valley to the East Coast, we have scaled our convenings to Washington, D.C. and New York.   All this is possible thanks to the support of our Board, financial sponsors, advisory committee, champions, and our small but mighty team.  


As ADN scales, so does the incredible work of the network, especially organizing the Fifth African Diaspora Investment Symposium. The ADIS2020 theme, “Defining an Investment Framework in Africa,” seeks to define an investment framework on the continent through panel discussions, and participant-driven workshops focused on designing streamlined and sustainable systems across the continent. With a key emphasis on harnessing the power of digitization of which major themes include: 

  • The Role of Government and Businesses to Create Private-Public Partnerships

  • Investment and Entrepreneurship to Build Thriving Communities in Africa


We invite you to celebrate five years of ADIS, fostering the ingenuity of the African community at home and abroad alongside champions from around the world. The flagship event will be held from January 23-25, 2020 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, USA. For more information, I have attached a concept paper on ADIS2020.


Join us to make the African Diaspora Investment Symposium and African Diaspora Network a platform for dialogue, action, co-creation, and most importantly, community-building. Together we can become the conduit for making a difference for ourselves, the continent we come from, and the communities in which we live. 


Thank you,


Almaz Negash

Mountain View, CA

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