The Thread: Conversations Beyond The Return | Vol. 3

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With COVID affecting our lives on the continent and throughout the diaspora - where do we go beyond the year of return?

What does that look like in a moment where the world is standing still?

How can we survive (and thrive) in these circumstances while pooling our resources, insights, and information to help us all?

Wakanda is indeed forever and our momentum can't be stopped. This is fuel for all of us.

About The Thread


Presented by Tastemakers Africa, The Thread | Conversations Beyond The Return is a traveling series of conversations unpacking the potential for Pan-Africanism in a post-"Year of Return" moment for the culture that has gone virtual. Three weeks ago 1400+ people gathered in a historic moment, we're running it back to continue to build together with Vol. 3.

Here's What to Expect


Speakers
Leaders, Movers, and Doers in Africa and the diaspora sharing knowledge and ideas to move the culture forward.

Workshops
Deep-Dive sessions on Finance, Health, and Education to address some of the most pressing issues of our time with world class experts.

Networking
Meet other attendees in 1:1 speed video networking sessions and in the live chat. Grow your network and collaborate.

Entertainment
You conference DJ Wavy Fox will provide the turnup and vibes in between sessions and in the "Let Out and Happy Hour"

About Tastemakers Africa


Tastemakers Africa is an experiences platform connecting the culture to the continent. From unique day tours and events in African cities hosted by locals, to curated group trips, to virtual events and pop ups all over the world - Tastemakers offers the most connected, authentic bridge for people of African descent looking to build, seek, and explore with one another.

Schedule

· Stage
Registration + HopIn 101
Kwame Som-Pimpong Cheraé Robinson Nnenna Mona Chip Kennedy
· Stage
Opening | Why We're Here
Dr. Zinga  Fraser Cheraé Robinson
· Stage
Creating New Ways of Existing
Swaady Martin Jidenna Mobisson mark blake Cheraé Robinson @aalaofficial :)
· Stage
Travel Africa | When + How Can We Return Again?
Akwasi Agyeman Tiffanie Anderson Naledi Khabo Cheraé Robinson Bheki Dube
· Stage
Advocating for Ourselves | Race, Class, and Justice in the COVID-19 Era
Rokhaya  Diallo Irungu Houghton Aseante Renee Cheraé Robinson Candi Castleberry
· Stage
Networking + Stretch Break
DJ YOUNG FOX
· Stage
Representation | Shaping The Narrative in Film and Television
Sam A Dayna North Funa Maduka Cheraé Robinson Elon D. Johnson
· Stage
From Within | Art in Turbulent Times
Zohra Opoku Stanley Squirewell Meryanne Loum-Martin James Bartlett pierre-christophe gam Cheraé Robinson
· Networking
Networking + Stretch Break
DJ YOUNG FOX
· Stage
Corporate Intrapreneurship | Preservation and Advocacy
Ezinne K. @iamezi Umindi Francis MIDWIN CHARLES
· Networking
Networking + Stretch Break
DJ YOUNG FOX
· Stage
Resilience | Black Joy and Pleasure
Maat Petrova Penda N'diaye Taiyé Samuel Eddie  Kadi Manushka Magloire
· Stage
Enjoyment | Rebuilding the Food and Beverage Industries To Work For Us
Fatmata Binta Ashtin Berry COLIN ASARE-APPIAH Morgan Fykes Keba  Konte
· Sessions
Deep Dive | Pathways to Wealth Building
Tijan Watt Kofi Anku Chase Ross Emanuel Akinyi Ochieng
· Sessions
Deep Dive | Afrocentric Approaches to Health and Education (hosted by Birthright AFRICA)
Jidenna Mobisson Walla Elsheikh Milan Whippa Wiley Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH Amaka Izuchi Elle Williams Katrena Perou Nneka Mobisson
· Sessions
Meet The People | Community Room II
· Sessions
Meet The People | Community Room I
· Stage
Happy Hour + The Let Out
DJ YOUNG FOX
· Stage
Closing
Cheraé Robinson Nnenna Mona Chip Kennedy Kwame Som-Pimpong

Speakers

David A. Wilson
David A. Wilson

Founder, AFAR Ventures

Zohra Opoku
Zohra Opoku

Artist

Stanley Squirewell
Stanley Squirewell

Artist

Rokhaya  Diallo
Rokhaya Diallo

French Journalist, Writer, Film Director

Tiffanie Anderson
Tiffanie Anderson

Founder, Away to Africa

Akwasi Agyeman
Akwasi Agyeman

CEO, Ghana Tourism Authority

Swaady Martin
Swaady Martin

Founder & CEO, YSWARA

Oummou Diallo
Oummou Diallo

Sales Operations Strategist, Hootsuite

Tijan Watt
Tijan Watt

General Parner, Wuri Ventures

DJ YOUNG FOX
DJ YOUNG FOX

Artist + Creative

Fatmata Binta
Fatmata Binta

Chef

Maat Petrova
Maat Petrova

Founder, FEMMAGIC

Dr. Zinga  Fraser
Dr. Zinga Fraser

Director, Shirley Chisholm Project of Brooklyn Women’s Activism, Brooklyn College, CUNY

Chase Ross Emanuel
Chase Ross Emanuel

Ecosystem Builder, Carta

Kwame Som-Pimpong
Kwame Som-Pimpong

Consultant

Eddie  Kadi
Eddie Kadi

Comedian

James Bartlett
James Bartlett

Artist

mark blake
mark blake

DJ and Wellness Practitioner

Chip Kennedy
Chip Kennedy

Chief Technology Officer, Tastemakers Africa

Keba  Konte
Keba Konte

Founder, Red Bay Coffee

Manushka Magloire
Manushka Magloire

Social Impact & Community, AFROPUNK

MIDWIN CHARLES
MIDWIN CHARLES

Managing Principal, Midwin Charles & Associates LLC | Contributer, Essence Magazine

Umindi Francis
Umindi Francis

CEO, Umindi Francis Consulting Group (UFCG)

Meryanne Loum-Martin
Meryanne Loum-Martin

Founder, Jnane Tamsna

Elon D. Johnson
Elon D. Johnson

Senior Creative Executive, Tyler Perry Studios

Candi Castleberry
Candi Castleberry

VP, Diversity Partnership Strategy + External Engagement

Bheki Dube
Bheki Dube

Founder, CURIOCITY Backpackers

@aalaofficial :)
@aalaofficial :)

Founder, Aala Care

Nnenna Mona
Nnenna Mona

Consultant

Cheraé Robinson
Cheraé Robinson

Founder & CEO, Tastemakers Africa

Funa Maduka
Funa Maduka

Director of International Original Films, Netflix

Nneka Mobisson
Nneka Mobisson

Co-Founder & CEO, mDoc

pierre-christophe gam
pierre-christophe gam

Artist

Katrena Perou
Katrena Perou

Executive Director, Inspiring Minds

Elle Williams
Elle Williams

Founder, Nefertiti Media

Amaka Izuchi
Amaka Izuchi

Nurse & Actress

Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH
Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH

Chief Health Equity Officer, American Medical Association

Milan Whippa Wiley
Milan Whippa Wiley

Creative Director, Fear & Fancy

Walla Elsheikh
Walla Elsheikh

Co-Founder & CEO, Birthright AFRICA

Jidenna Mobisson
Jidenna Mobisson

Artist

Kofi Anku
Kofi Anku

Investor & Real Estate Developer, AyiMensah Park

Ezinne K. @iamezi
Ezinne K. @iamezi

Head of Inclusion & Diversity, H&M

Naledi Khabo
Naledi Khabo

Executive Director, Africa Tourism Association

Taiyé Samuel
Taiyé Samuel

Entrepreneur

Morgan Fykes
Morgan Fykes

Founder, DCFunemployment

Aseante Renee
Aseante Renee

Director of Communications, Common Justice

Penda N'diaye
Penda N'diaye

Founder, Pro Hoe

COLIN ASARE-APPIAH
COLIN ASARE-APPIAH

Senior Ambassador, Bacardi USA

Akinyi Ochieng
Akinyi Ochieng

Marketing, Nova Credit

Dayna North
Dayna North

Writer/Exec producer., Former EP on Insecure

Sam A
Sam A

Actor, Dynasty CW Series

Irungu Houghton
Irungu Houghton

Executive Director, Amnesty International Kenya

Ashtin Berry
Ashtin Berry

Founder, Radical XChange

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Hosted by

Cherae Robinson

I run a tech startup that connects black travelers to local insiders in African cities who host them on cool tours and experiences. I also DJ ;)

Booths

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My Roots In Africa Project By Most Influential People of African Descent

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Amplify Africa

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Very Ghanaian

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JNANE TAMSNA

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Afrikrea

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Your Headline Afrikrea.com, the world leader for all things Made of Africa

ByBlacks.com Online Magazine

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ByBlacks.com is ranked #1 Black online magazine in Canada

Curiocity

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African hybrid hotels designed with style and soul for the curious traveller.

The Folklore

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KQ Hub Africa

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TONL

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AyiMensahPark

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AYIMENSAHPARK : Love Where You Live!

Nile

Nile

Your Headline Nile is a digital community connecting consumers with Black-owned brands and curated content online.

Dine Diaspora

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An experiential African diaspora food marketing agency