GIC is partnering with the largest African festival in the U.S. to bring together ambassadors from four African countries for a roundtable discussion.

June 7, 2019


TWEET: TWEET: Join @interdependence and @ODUNDE365 in Philadelphia on 6/7 for the annual African Business Roundtable!



African Business Roundtable: GIC’s African Business Roundtable, held in collaboration with the Annual ODUNDE Festival, will take place on Friday, June 7, 2019. This annual event is free, but registration is required. Participants’ Organization and Countries include the United Africa Group, The Republic of Cameroon, The Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, and The Republic of Mali.


·  Jannie L. Blackwell, Member of the City Council of Philadelphia

·  Inza Camara, Ambassador of Cote d’Ivoire to the U.S.

·  Harold T. Epps, Director of Commerce at the City of Philadelphia

· H.E. Henri Etoundi Essomba, Ambassador of the Republic of Cameroon to the United States of America

·  Oshunbumi Fernandez-West, CEO of ODUNDE, Inc.

·  Deniece Laurent-Mantey, Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State

·  Dr. Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun, Chairperson of the United Africa Group

·  H.E. Mahamadou Nimaga, Ambassador of the Republic of Mali to the U.S. and Mexico

·  Donald Rissmiller, Founding Partner of Strategas

·  Stanley Straughter, Chairman, African Caribbean Business Council

·  Senator Sharif Street, Pennsylvania State Senator representing the Third Senatorial District of Philadelphia

·  Faman Touré, President of Côte d’Ivoire Chamber of Commerce and Industry


Friday, June 7, 2019 | 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Boehne Auditorium
(Address: 100 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106)




Contact: To register for this event or for more information please contact Colleen Murphy, Manager of Marketing and Communications, at [email protected] or 215-238-0990.

About the Global Interdependence Center: The Global Interdependence Center (GIC) is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that seeks to stimulate thoughtful, global dialogue on a wide range of issues that affect the international community, including economics, health care and government. GIC convenes conferences and roundtable discussions, both domestically and internationally, to identify and address emerging global issues. For more information, visit GIC’s website at

About the ODUNDE Festival: 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. For more information, visit