The only gathering of policymakers, global CEOs, investors, bankers, industry experts, entrepreneurs and innovators.

2 Days

200+ Participants

25+ Global Speakers & 10+ Exhibitors

50+ Countries


The Awakening African Diaspora & Youth Leaders Conference is a dynamic and transformative event that seeks to foster a robust and mutually beneficial relationship between the United States and Africa. This conference is a platform for young adults, entrepreneurs, and leaders from both continents to come together, share ideas, and collaboratively work towards building a brighter future.

Past Speakers & Panelists

Hilda S Mafudze

SE Hilda S. Mafudze

Ambassadrice de l'Union africaine aux États-Unis
Mayor Jhon

Jhon B. Muns

Mayor of Plano, Texas
Joe Lopez

Joseph E. Lopez

Founder of Youth Education and Sports Development / United Nations

Kelle Marsalis, CCE, IOM

President & CEO Plano Chamber of Commerce
Ana Paula

Honorable Ana Paula

Consul General of Angola in Houston, Texas
Modeste Mutinga

H.E. Modeste Mutinga M.

Minister of Social Affairs Humanitarian Actions and National Solidarity / DRC

Herbert Austin

Directeur de district pour la Small Business Administration des États-Unis (SBA)
Chido Mpemba

Chido Mpemba

African Union Chairperson’s Special Envoy on Youth

Richard Mofe

Actor / Producer

Naveed Nabi

Loan Originator One Click Commercial Funding

Emma Lohoues

Celebrity TV presenter

Jessica C. Thompson

International Trade Specialist U.S. Commercial Service, Dallas-Fort Worth

Vindra Aduara

President of Hallmark International Youth Club

Lubbock Smith

Vice President / Director of Community Development & Outreach Vista Bank

Damita Williams

Chief Nursing Officer / Medical City Plano

Ade Omere

Global Program Management Microsoft

Prof Marcus Ambe

Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of South Africa UNISA

Naomie Cilumba

Serial Entrepreneur

Misha Dameron

CEO/ Dameron Consulting Goup

Dr. Luka Powanga

Professor-Regis University, Executive Director-Energy Africa Conference, and Managing Partner- TPL

Nasibu Sareva

CEO/ African Development center

Elvis Ngyia

President of IOAN International Organizations Of African Nurses

Hussain Abdullah

HA Homes Founder/Author

Coach Jeanine

Founder & CEO / With You Solutions

Wantoe Teah Wantoe

Executive Director of the Center for African Policy

Rasheeda Abubakar

CEO of Rashida Foundation

Regina H. Onyeibe

Senior Coordinator Small Business Initiatives Small Business Center

Dr. Folahan P. Olishile

President and CEO PSYNC GROUP

Dr. Aurelie Measseu-Allegra

Vice-President, PSYNC GROUP Founder & President, Africa Diaspora United

VR Small

Founder/CEO , Veteran Women’s Enterprise Center

Kamesha “Kay” West

Vice President | Market Manager TruFund Financial Services, Inc.

Yollande Kadesi-Kayembe

Realtor at Remax

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