2015 Global Diaspora Week LAUNCH EVENT @State

Updated logoThe 2015 Global Diaspora Week Launch Event, “Partnering for Global Impact,” was the official kick-off event at the U.S. Department of State for Global Diaspora Week, a week-long global celebration bringing together leaders from the private, public, civil, and faith based organizations. It was a high-energy event celebrating the power of partnerships in moving diaspora initiatives forward. See below remarks from Secretary of State John Kerry and special guest Angelique Kidjo (Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter). If you missed the event, check out our storify for highlights, images, and social media from the event.

Date:               Friday, October 9, 2015
Location:        Loy Henderson Auditorium, U.S. Department of State (Harry S. Truman Building), 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC
                        Doors Open at 7:30 am for security screening, check-in

7:30 am:         Check-In and Security Screening (23rd Street Entrance, between C and D Streets, NW)

8:30 am:         Welcoming Remarks and Keynote

8:50 am:          Lightning Talks
The IdEA Partnership and Global Diaspora Week, Sara Yousefnejad Gallagher (Calvert Foundation)
USAID’s DCA Diaspora Engagement Model, Stephen Matzie (USAID)
The Cuba Model, Reflections on the Power of the Diaspora, by David Duckenfield (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Outreach, Bureau of Public Affairs)

9:00 am:         Celebrity Spotlight
Angelique Kidjo (Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter/activist)
Moderated by Nina Oduro (AfricanDevJobs, Dine Diaspora)

9:30 am:         Startup-Up Diaspora Chat
Mariama Kabia (Menunatu Magazine)
Rexy Josh Dorado (Kaya Collaborative)
Moderated by Nina Oduro (AfricanDevJobs, Dine Diaspora)


10:30 am:       Morning Breakout Sessions
• Session 1 – Diasporas Working with the U.S. Government: Led by Connie Tzioumis, US Department of State
• Session 2 – Digital Diasporas (Session notes here): Led by Anastasia Dellaccio, Sister Cities International & Rami Khater, Founder of Andalus LLC.
• Session 3 – Leveraging Diaspora Skillsets (Session notes here): Myths, Models, and Matchmaking: Led by Clare Muhuro
• Session 4 – Finding Your Organizational North Star (Session notes here): Led by Krysta Sadowski, Accenture
• Session 5 – Diaspora Entrepreneurship (Session notes here): Led by Dr. Liesl Riddle, George Washington University

11:30 am:       Lunch Networking Reception + Partnerships Marketplace

12:30 pm:      Afternoon Breakout Sessions
• Session 1 – Career & Student Opportunities in Diplomacy and Development (Session notes here): Led by State and USAID
• Session 2 – Science Diasporas and their Role International Engagement (Session notes here): Led by State’s Office of the Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary
• Session 3 – Diaspora-Driven Capacity Building in Health (Session notes here): Led by State’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy
• Session 4 – Religious Diasporas: Addressing the Development Needs of Refugees: Led by State’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs
• Session 5 – USAID workshop on the Innovation Exchange (Session notes here)

1:30 pm: Closing Session

Read more about Global Diaspora Week. Click here to view the official event program.