The highly anticipated Africa iXchange powered by WeLead, the first of its kind, debuted in Houston, Texas on Thursday, February 25th, 2017 at the Houston Marriott Westloop Hotel by the Galleria with a press conference followed by an intimate Networking reception with special guests Ndileka Mandela, the grand-daughter of Nelson Mandela, who was also keynote speaker for the “Jewels of Africa” gala dinner and the Presidential Candidate for the Democratic of the Republic of Congo. Mr. Bernard Katompa.
The Summit was beyond informative that allowed networking opportunities. Four days, three nights, intensive panel discussions, inspiring speakers including the first African American woman astronaut, Dr. Mae Jemison enlightened the attendees with creativity and exploring different ways of learning to keep the mind abreast of new developments.
On Friday, February 26th, “Power Up, Girl Up” was led by Ms. Donna Cole, her pathway to stardom and success was not an easy process. By lunch time, we were enlightened by Dr. Ericka Brown, Vice President for Ben Taub Hospital and the Harris Health Systems and how she uses her leadership skills to manage a broad range of areas at the hospital.
Africa iXchange Honorary Chair, Her Excellency, Mrs. Veronica Nataniel Macamo Dhlovo, Speaker of the Parliament for Mozambique, gave the attendees a content filled speech at the “Power Africa” dinner which held on Friday, February 26th. For the full transcript of her speech, please click here.
In addition, the Africa iXchange delegation included Honorable Pendukeni Livula-Ithana, Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration for Namibia, Hon. Dr. Becky Ndjoze-Ojo – Deputy Minister of Higher Education for Namibia and Former Minister from Angola, Hon. Alexandra Simeao. Attendees were very participative in the different components of the Summit and have led to partnerships in Africa including the Thembekile Mandela Foundation located in South Africa.