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Dr. Zerenay Alemseged is a paleoanthropologist and chair of the Anthropology Department at the California Academy of Sciences in San Franciso. He is best known for his discovery of the world's oldest child, Selam (also referred to as Lucy's child), in 2000. He will be discussing not only his work but also science in general, and his public outreach and education efforts in the U.S. and internationally including Ethiopia.
Host: Dr. Tinsay Woreta
Kwame Som-Pimpong is the co-founder and research analyst at Afara Global, a boutique consultancy that supports US companies with business interests in African markets. Kwame's background spans government relations, performance auditing, budget analysis, economic development, project management, and relationship management for local governments, the State of Georgia, and the US Government. Kwame has represented Afara Global in numerous African countries including Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Senegal, and Equatorial Guinea. He is also a contributor for Tekedia and Global Atlanta. Kwame earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Davidson College. Kwame also holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia.
Luke Chernosky is the founder of Chernosky Capital LLC. Chernosky Capital LLC is a capital advisory and early stage investment brokerage firm focused on companies in AfricaPrior to founding Chernosky Capital, Luke worked in Lagos as an Associate at Adlevo Capital, the first Nigeria-based venture capital firm. From 2010 to 2012, Luke worked alongside the founding partners to close the first 3 deals of Adlevo’s maiden fund, in West Africa's technology infrastructure sector. In 2013, he worked at Dreamspaces Development, a luxury real estate developer in Lagos, Nigeria. Here, he was brought on as an interim Vice President and served as the “right-hand” of the founder and CEO. Luke is currently the Editor-in-Chief ofTechChern and sits on the International Committee of the DC Chamber of Commerce.
Maheteme Gebremedhin is currently an assistant professor at Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky where he teaches soil science. Dr. Gebremedhin will be discussing the area of his research topic which primarily focuses on biophysical understanding of ecosystem scale surface-atmosphere interaction (micrometeorology) through measurements of greenhouse gases over managed and natural ecosystems and cities.
Date: December 18, 2014
Host: Lydia Tesfa, PhD
Topic: Education and Development
Guest: Tegegnework Gettu, PhD
Dr. Tegegnework Gettu is United Nations Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management. Dr. Tegegnewok has had a diverse career within different UN agencies, academia, the government and private sectors.
Topic: “Entrepreneurship in South Africa: Branson SA” with Guest: Jane Rankin, Training and Development Manager at theBranson Centre of Entrepreneurship, Johannesburg Area, South Africa. The Branson Centre SA is an independent centre of entrepreneurial expertise funded in part by Virgin Unite, Virgin’s nonprofit foundation in addition to global business leaders and investors. These entrepreneurs are making a huge difference not only to their immediate families and communities, but as the business leaders and employers of the future, they will also contribute significantly to economic growth in South Africa. Host: Katy Dickinson
The Global Health Forum presents "Autism Spectrum Disorders" with guests Leah Seyoum-Tesfa, RN, NP Autism advocate and researcher, and Founder and President of REACh Families, a non-profit organization that supports, educates and empowers families from East Africa raising children with various disabilities; and Cristin Dooley, PhD, LSSP who is currently a professional member of the special needs resource team at Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas. She has worked in various school districts in Dallas and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center for Autism and related Disorders. Dr. Dooley has been an invited speaker and presenter in multiple forums and is a co-author of a book in neuro-psychology.
Discussing HIV / AIDS and the nervous system will be: Dr. Avindra Nath, a Senior Investigator at the National Institute of Health, Clinical Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Director of the Translational Neuroscience Center and chief of the section of infections of the nervous system. Tonight's hosts will be Dr. Abebe Haregewoin and Ms. Yabi Marcos.
Topic: Leveraging Volunteer Opportunities in Africa for Professional Development
Moderator: Nina Oduro
Founder and president of www.africandevjobs.com
Guest: Sheila Kasasa, Public Relations and Communications of Adventure Africa Volunteers.
Guest: Malaika Walton
Senior Officer, Programs and Partnerships (US) for Cuso International
Malika has an MA from American University, School of International Service in Conflict
Resolution, an MA from University of California, Berkeley in Journalism, and a BA in
International Affairs from Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School Undergraduate
Dr. Salahadin Abdi, Professor and Chairman, Department of Pain Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center of the University of Texas. Host: Lydia Tesfa, PhD
Cancer Research with guest: Abebe Haregewoin, MD, PhD. Dr. Abebe is Vice President at Myriad Genetics. He is trained both in Immunology and Radiation Oncology and has extensive experience in biotechnological research. He will be discussing his perspectives both as a physician and a researcher and highlight promising innovations in cancer research. Host: Dr. Yabi Marcos
Topic: Hepatitis B Virus Infection in the Immigrant Population
Host: Tinsay Woreta, MD
Guests: Emeobong "Eme" Martin, MPH; Project Manager, Center for Health Equity and Wellness
Dr. Ponni V. Perumalswami, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Liver Diseases at the Mount Sinai
School of Medicine