FP Virtual Dialogue: Profiles of Resilience

July 29, 2020

How African Enterprises are Innovating in the Face of COVID-19

Around the world, the coronavirus has had an outsized impact on vulnerable populations in fragile countries, overtaxing healthcare infrastructure and government response systems while exacerbating external stressors on developing economies. At the same time, the pandemic has brought to the forefront the vital role local communities can play in responding to global shocks. As such, COVID-19 provides an opportunity to examine the effectiveness of capacity-building efforts at the grassroots level and identify what types of investments work best to promote long-term resilience, from the ground up.

As part of a research project exploring this topic, Foreign Policy and the U.S. African Development Foundation hosted a Virtual Dialogue focused on grassroots investment and sustainable growth in Africa and its effect in supporting COVID-19 recovery. Spotlighting pioneers in agriculture, off-grid energy and entrepreneurship, the discussion showcased innovative projects that foster socio-economic resilience among vulnerable communities and ways in which targeted private sector investment has strengthened local capacity across the continent to weather this shock.

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Opening Speaker: U.S. Representative Chrissy Houlahan
Pennsylvania 6th District
U.S. Representative Chrissy Houlahan is an Air Force veteran, engineer, entrepreneur, and educator who is continuing her career of service as the first woman ever to represent P...
Opening Speaker: C.D. Glin
President and CEO, USADF
Prior to leading USADF, Glin served as Associate Director with the Rockefeller Foundation in Nairobi, Kenya. From 2009-2011, he was a White House appointee serving as t...
Moderator: Allison Carlson
Allison oversees all global research and analysis. She counsels clients on current and prospective market, policy, and security developments with a focus on emerging trends, sce...
Habiba Ali
CEO, Sosai
A PhD in Energy Finance candidate, with a bachelor’s in Accounting and MBA in Finance, Habiba Ali has for most of her professional career, worked in the energy and environment...
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Dr. Wiebe Boer
CEO, All On
Dr. Boer joined the All On team from the Boston Consulting Group, where he was one of the founders of the strategy firm's Lagos office. Prior to BCG, Dr. Boer spent five years w...
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Kofi Dadzie
Program Lead, Digital Economy, Mastercard Foundation
Kofi is an entrepreneurial leader with rich experience building products, teams and international partnerships to deliver innovative technology solutions. He leads the dig...
Adepeju Jaiyeoba
Founder, Brown Button Foundation
Adepeju has experience across maternal and child health, law, ...
Betty Kasimbazi
Under Secretary of Finance, Uganda
Ms. Kasimbazi earned her BA from Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.  She has her Master of Science Degree in Economics from University of Wales Swansea, UK and Master of Arts...
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Ruth Kinoti
Managing Director, Shalem Investment Limited
Ruth Kinoti holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and a Bachelor of Education degree. Ruth has evolved from a classroom teacher to a seasoned Entrepreneur. ...
Joy Ndungutse
CEO and Founder Gahaya Links
Joy Ndungutse spent her childhood and early adult years in exile due to political instability in Rwanda. She grew up in a refugee camp in Uganda. Continuously exposed to the tre...
Steve Zita
Assistant Vice President, Citigroup
Steve Zita currently works as the Central and West Africa Regional Manager of CSIS for Citibank. He is the founder of th...

For more information, contact Diana Marrero, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development.