Professionals gather at Columbia University to discuss Map for Africa’s Future


The SIPA Pan-African Network (SPAN) in partnership with the Institute for African Studies (IAS) invites you to the annual African Diplomatic Forum to be held at the School of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University in the City of New York on Friday November 18, 2011. The African Diplomatic Forum is an annual conference that gathers African diplomats, academics, students and activists to discuss the continent’s interests and role in international affairs.

This year’s African Diplomatic Forum will explore new challenges and opportunities facing the political development and security of Africa, in light of recent global political and economic shifts. This year’s theme, “The Blueprint,” asks us to consider the enduring challenges of identifying the necessary foundations, developing the right tools, and drawing a coherent and unified plan for building a continent of strong institutions supported by strong civil societies. Panel discussions led by experts from academia, the public and private sectors, the UN, and civil society will revolve around the collective security, aspirations, and empowerment of African people, and how those who take on the task of stewarding the continent’s
development can fulfill their duties to maintain its progress.

ADF 2011 will consist of the following panels:
Democracy in Conflict ICT, New Media, and E-Governance in Africa Role of Women in Political development Leadership in Africa – Past, Present and Future Institution Building: Enhancing Efficiency and Effectiveness

BRICS: The New Roles and Relationships for African Development

Confirmed speakers include
• Mr. Ahmed Tidiane Souaré, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Guinea (Keynote)
• Dr. Massimo Tommasoli, Permanent Observer to the United Nations for the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)
• Raul Zambrano, Head of Governance and ICT for UNDP
• Amb. Josesphine Ojiambo, Deputy Permanent Representative of Kenya
• Yetunde Odugbesan, CEO Yetunde Global Consulting
• Patrick Hayford, Office of the Special Adviser on Africa
• Kavazeua U. Katjomousie, Economic Affairs Officer United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Time: 9am-7pm

Venue: School of International Affairs, Columbia University in the City of New York
The Kellogg Center, 15th floor
420 West 118th Street
New York NY 10027

A list of hotels and panel information can be found at the ADF 2011 website:

Registration is free and open to the Public. To Register, please go to Business Casual Attire encouraged.

Twitter: Live updates will be coming from @ColumbiaSpan. Hashtag for updates is #CUADF
Facebook page: Columbia University African Diplomatic Forum

ADF 2011 Mixer
Come network with like-minded individuals at the African Diplomatic Forum 2011 Mixer.
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011
Time: 6pm
Harlem Tavern
2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd,
New York, NY 10026

The SIPA Pan-African Network
The SIPA Pan-African Network (SPAN) is a student group based in Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). We are committed to the professional development of our members.

We seek to create an informal community of support and provide a platform for students interested in the economic, political, and social development of Africa and its Diaspora. We are an open membership group— we represent SIPA students from a variety of interests and disciplines (economic and political development; human rights; economic policy; environmental policy; security policy; and media to name a few), as well as from a variety of ethnicities and countries from around the globe.

Institute of African Studies
Founded in 1959, the Institute of African Studies (IAS) is Columbia University’s central forum and resource for African-centered academic research, curriculum administration, student advisement and local, national, and international dialogue and action on Africa. The IAS prepares Africa practitioners for careers in fields including development, diplomacy, business, governance, and research. Through its many lectureseries, conferences, seminars, and workshops, the Institute provides a special forum for the coming together of distinguished Africanist faculty, scholars, and students, as well as for the broader community engaged in policy initiatives on Africa.

For further inquiries, please email the ADF team:



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