African Business Roundtable
Date: Friday, June 7, 2019
Join GIC during Philadelphia’s Annual ODUNDE Festival for a roundtable discussion on June 7. This annual event is free, but registration is required.
African Business Roundtable
Join us on Friday, June 7, 2019 for GIC’s African Business Roundtable, held in collaboration with the Annual ODUNDE Festival! This annual event is free, but registration is required.
Created in 1975, ODUNDE provides opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to meet, engage, cultivate, and learn about the African Diaspora’s heritage, communities, leadership and arts. ODUNDE is the largest African festival in the United States. Click here to learn more.
Join us immediately following the event for a free VIP Reception generously sponsored by the Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Affairs, also held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Access to the Reception is included with registration. It will take place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
100 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Jannie L. BlackwellMember of the City Council of Philadelphia
Jannie L. Blackwell, a six term councilperson born and reared in Philadelphia, is a seasoned advocate for social change with a thirty year reputation for serving community members and the poor and underprivileged in the City of Philadelphia, making her a leader in our City with her own vision.
Inza CamaraAmbassador of Cote d’Ivoire to the U.S.
Since March 20, 2018, Mr. Inza Camara has been named Ambassador. He was appointed on July 12, 2012 to become the Delegate General of the Economic Promotion Service of Cote d'Ivoire to the United States of America, Canada & Mexico.
Harold T. EppsDirector of Commerce at the City of Philadelphia
Harold T. Epps is the Director of Commerce at the City of Philadelphia and is a business leader with over 30 years of corporate experience in providing high performance products and solutions for complex and compliance driven industries.
Oshunbumi Fernandez-WestCEO of ODUNDE, Inc.
Oshunbumi Fernandez-West was named by The Philadelphia Tribune as one of the 10 People Under40 to watch in 2011. In 2012, 2013 and 2014 she was named in the Philadelphia Tribune as one of Philadelphia’s Most Influential Leaders.
Dr. Martha Namundjebo-TilahunChairperson of the United Africa Group
Dr. Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun, is the Chairperson of the United Africa Group, a privately owned multi-billion-dollar business conglomerate in Namibia that has been in operation since 1992.
Donald RissmillerFounding Partner of Strategas
Donald Rissmiller is a founding partner of Strategas and has been the firm's chief economist since 2006, directing its macroeconomic research effort. He oversees Strategas' high-frequency econometric forecasting and thematic economic research. Mr. Rissmiller's research has been consistently recognized by Institutional Investor magazine in their annual survey: he was ranked best up and coming economist in 2008, and was third in their 2009 All-America Independent Research Team survey. He is frequently quoted in the financial press.
Stanley StraughterSpecialist in International Business Development and Financial Management
Mr. Straughter is a specialist in international business development in the financial management area. With nearly thirty years experience in international development he has lived and worked in several countries on the continents of Africa, Central Asia, the Caribbean and Russia. As a finance specialist, Mr. Straughter has provided services to foreign governments in governance and transparency, worked with finance ministers and provided advice and counsel to governments on trade policy and foreign direct investment.
Senator Sharif StreetPennsylvania State Senator representing the Third Senatorial District of Philadelphia
Senator Sharif Street, elected to the Pennsylvania Senate in 2016, represents the Third Senatorial District of Philadelphia, which encompasses a population of over 240,000 people in North Philadelphia, Nicetown, Roxborough, Lower Germantown, Logan, Olney, Fern Rock, Crescentville, East Oak Lane, East Wyoming, East Hunting Park and Melrose Park Garden.
Faman TouréPresident of Côte d'Ivoire Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Mr. Faman Touré holds a Graduate Diploma in Insurance Studies from the International Institute of Insurance (IIA) from Yaoundé to Cameroon. He is an agronomist and professional mediator, graduated from the School of Mediation and Negotiation of Bordeaux.