Africa Week will bring together thought leaders in higher education, industry, and government for a series of discussions on the key issues and opportunities that will shape Africa in the coming decades.






 
February 15, 2021
ECONOMICS AND HEALTH

February 16, 2021
TECHNOLOGY

February 17, 2021
HIGHER EDUCATION & HERITAGE
Opener
8:30-8:40am EST
3:30-3:40pm CAT

Fireside Chat
8:40-9:20am EST
3:40-4:20pm CAT

February 15, 2021
Mark Schlissel
Opener: Mark Schlissel (U-M President)
Susan Collins Vera Songwe
Fireside Chat: Susan Collins (U-M Provost) and Vera Songwe (Executive Secretary, UNECA) in conversation

February 16, 2021
Valeria Bertacco
Opener: Valeria Bertacco (U-M Vice Provost)
Alec Gallimore Patrick Awuah
Fireside Chat: Alec Gallimore (Dean, U-M College of Engineering) and Patrick Awuah (President, Ashesi University, Ghana)

February 17, 2021
Andries Coetzee
Opener: Andries Coetzee
(Director, U-M African Studies Center)
Joseph Kolars Lia Tadesse
Fireside Chat: Joseph Kolars (Associate Dean for U-M Medical School) and Lia Tadesse (Minister of Health, Ethiopia) in conversation
9:20-9:30am EST
4:20-4:30pm CAT
Break

 

 
Early Panel
9:30-10:45am EST
4:30-5:45pm CAT

February 15, 2021
Fintech in the African Context
Adrienne Harris
Moderator: Adrienne Harris (Professor of Practice, Ford School of Public Policy)

Panelists: Viola Llewellyn, Nick Hughes, Njuguna Ndung’u, Kunle Olukotun

February 16, 2021
The Role of Computing in Africa’s Economic Future
Valeria Bertacco
Moderator: Valeria Bertacco (U-M Vice Provost)

Panelists: Rediet Abebe, Fitsum Andargie, Demba Ba, Jelani Nelson
February 17, 2021
Africa-US Exchanges: Lessons and Successful Models
Andries Coetzee
Moderator: Andries Coetzee (Director, U-M African Studies Center)

Panelists: Ashley Collier, Henrike Florusbosch, Moses Osiru, Rocky Oteng
10:45-11am EST
5:45-6:00pm CAT
Break

 

 
Late Panel
11:00-12:15pm EST
6:00-7:15pm CAT
February 15, 2021
Leveraging Food Security to Improve Population Health in Sub Saharan Africa
DuBois Bowman
Moderator: F DuBois Bowman (U-M Dean of Public Health)

Panelists: Christine Chege, Adwoa Coleman, Andy Jones, Ferew Lemma

February 16, 2021
The Future of Transportation in Africa: Evolutionary or Revolutionary
Jerry Lynch
Moderator: Jerome Lynch (Professor and Donald Malloure Department Chair)

Panelists: Edward T. Hightower, Titus Kimbowa, Henry Liu, Dhiren Vanmali

February 17, 2021
Reclaiming and Repatriating African Heritage
Susan Page
Moderator: Susan D. Page (Ford School of Public Policy, former US Ambassador to South Sudan)

Panelists: Kelly Askew, Paul Conway, Derek Peterson, Ciraj Rassool, Chao Tayiana Maina
Closing
12:15-12:20pm EST
7:15-7:20pm CAT
February 15, 2021
Matthew Countryman (Chair, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies)
Matthew Countryman
February 16, 2021
Laura Beny (Associate Director, U-M African Studies Center)
Laura Beny
February 17, 2021
Mary Gallagher (Director, U-M International Institute)
Mary Gallagher

February 18, 2021
CO-LOCATED EVENTS
8:00-9:20am EST
3:00-4:40pm CAT
African/US STEM collaborations: The importance of networks
Panelists will explore the importance of networks in developing successful Africa/US collaborations in STEM fields, discussing successful examples in Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Nigeria, and elsewhere on the continent.

Moderator: Anne Petersen (Research Professor, College of Engineering, University of Michigan)

Panelists:
Brian Arbic (Earth and Environmental Sciences, U-M)
Aline Cotel (College of Engineering, U-M)
Charles Ichoku (Howard University)
George Philander (Princeton University and University of Cape Town professor emeritus)
Lailah Gifty Akita (University of Ghana, Bsc., M.Phil, PhD (Germany))
 
 


9:30-10:00am EST
4:30-5:00pm CAT
Break


10:00-11:00am EST
5:00-6:00pm CAT
Distributing the COVID-19 Vaccine in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities for Collaboration
Dr. Tadaktata Yamada will moderate a discussion around the challenges of COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Africa, the resulting impacts on public health, and the opportunities for the global community to work in greater coordination.

Moderator: Tadataka Yamada (venture partner of Frazier Healthcare)

Panelists:
Paul Farmer (Professor, Harvard Medical School & Co-founder of Partners in Health)
Agnes Binagwaho (MD, M(Ped), PHD)
11:00-12:20pm EST
6:00-7:20pm CAT
The Business of Healthcare in Africa
Paul Clyde will moderate this discussion on the challenges and opportunities in the Sub-Saharan healthcare sector for local companies and multinationals.

Moderator: Paul Clyde (President, U-M William Davidson Institute)

Panelists:
Brook Fekadu (Founder and CEO, Pioneer Diagnostics Center)
Chemu Lang'at (Regional Head - Africa, Medtronic)
Vinesh Pramlall (Head of New Business Development, Labotec)
Willem Grobler (Commercial Director, ConvaTec)
February 19, 2021
CO-LOCATED EVENTS
8:00-9:20am EST
3:00-4:40pm CAT
War Dramas in Cross Cultural Contexts: Ethiopia, DRC and USA
This panel explores cross-cultural theater as social and political action, using as case study the staging of the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Ruined” in Ethiopia (in Amharic translation) and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The panel will also include screening of a short documentary about the staging of "Ruined" in Ethiopia.

Moderator: Anita Gonzalez (Associate Dean, School of Music, Theatre and Dance, University of Michigan)

Panelists:
Zerihun Birehanu (Addis Ababa University, UMAPS alum)
• Manyazewal Endashaw (Director of Ethiopian National Theater)
Mbala Nkanga (School of Music, Theatre and Dance, U-M)
9:20-9:30am EST
4:20-4:30pm CAT
Break
9:30-10:50am EST
4:30-5:50pm CAT
Data Science for Better Health in Africa
This panel will explore the opportunities and challenges for data science to advance health in Africa, focusing on health care and on social and environmental determinants of health. Panelists will include data science experts from African universities and the University of Michigan.

Moderators: John Ayanian (Director, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation) and Massy Mutumba (School of Nursing)

Panelists:
Amina Abubakar Aly (Director, Institute for Human Development, Aga Khan University, Kenya)
Girma Taye Aweke (College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University)
Akbar Waljee (Medical School, U-M)
Pam Jagger (School for Environment and Sustainability, U-M)
10:50-11:00am EST
5:50-6:00pm CAT
Break
11:00-12:20pm EST
6:00-7:20pm CAT
Covid-19: Countering Disinformation
This panel, organized by the African Students Association, the African Graduate Students Association, and the Africa Business Club, features U-M students along with their peers from African universities. The panel explores the impact and mechanisms of misinformation about COVID-19 in African communities, focusing on opportunities to counter disinformation.

Moderators: Desnor Chigumba (PhD Candidate in Chemical Biology, President of African Graduate Student Association and co-host of Taking Into Account podcast) and Adaeze Eneli (PhD student in Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Michigan)

Panelists:
• Samuel Osei Afriyie - MS candidate in Information Science, University of Michigan
• Kwaku Krobea Asante - Programme Associate, Media Foundation for West Africa
• Rutendo Chabikwa - PhD candidate, Oxford University; co-host of Taking Into Account podcast
• Fortunate Chifamba - Master in Public Health, Harvard University
• Gabriel Alain Delsol - Associate at Park Advisors
• Mariame Diabate - PhD Candidate, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
• John Elvis Hagan, Jr. - Senior Lecturer/Researcher at the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
• Abdullahi Tsani - science journalist based in Abuja, Nigeria
• Martin Wafula - Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) student in Engineering Science, Oxford University
February 18, 2021
CO-LOCATED EVENTS
February 19, 2021
CO-LOCATED EVENTS
8:00-9:20am EST
3:00-4:20pm CAT
African/US STEM collaborations: The importance of networks
Panelists will explore the importance of networks in developing successful Africa/US collaborations in STEM fields, discussing successful examples in Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Nigeria, and elsewhere on the continent.

Moderator: Anne Petersen (Research Professor, College of Engineering, University of Michigan)

Panelists:
Brian Arbic (Earth and Environmental Sciences, U-M)
Aline Cotel (College of Engineering, U-M)
Charles Ichoku (Howard University)
George Philander (Princeton University and University of Cape Town professor emeritus)
Lailah Gifty Akita (University of Ghana, Bsc., M.Phil, PhD (Germany))
8:00-9:20am EST
3:00-4:20pm CAT
War Dramas in Cross Cultural Contexts: Ethiopia, DRC and USA
This panel explores cross-cultural theater as social and political action, using as case study the staging of the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Ruined” in Ethiopia (in Amharic translation) and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The panel will also include screening of a short documentary about the staging of "Ruined" in Ethiopia.

Moderator: Anita Gonzalez (Associate Dean, School of Music, Theatre and Dance, University of Michigan)

Panelists:
Zerihun Birehanu (Addis Ababa University, UMAPS alum)
• Manyazewal Endashaw (Director of Ethiopian National Theater)
Mbala Nkanga (School of Music, Theatre and Dance, U-M)
9:20-10:00am EST
4:20-5:00pm CAT
Break


9:20-9:30am EST
4:20-4:30pm CAT
Break





10:00-11:00am EST
5:00-6:00pm CAT



Distributing the COVID-19 Vaccine in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities for Collaboration
Dr. Tadaktata Yamada will moderate a discussion around the challenges of COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Africa, the resulting impacts on public health, and the opportunities for the global community to work in greater coordination.

Moderator: Tadataka Yamada (venture partner of Frazier Healthcare)

Panelists:
Paul Farmer (Professor, Harvard Medical School & Co-founder of Partners in Health)
Agnes Binagwaho (MD, M(Ped), PHD)
9:30-10:50am EST
4:30-5:50pm CAT
Data Science for Better Health in Africa
This panel will explore the opportunities and challenges for data science to advance health in Africa, focusing on health care and on social and environmental determinants of health. Panelists will include data science experts from African universities and the University of Michigan.

Moderators: John Ayanian (Director, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation) and Massy Mutumba (School of Nursing)

Panelists:
Amina Abubakar Aly (Director, Institute for Human Development, Aga Khan University, Kenya)
Girma Taye Aweke (College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University)
Akbar Waljee (Medical School, U-M)
Pam Jagger (School for Environment and Sustainability, U-M)
 
 


10:50-11:00am EST
5:50-6:00pm CAT
Break



11:00-12:20pm EST
6:00-7:20pm CAT
The Business of Healthcare in Africa
Paul Clyde will moderate this discussion on the challenges and opportunities in the Sub-Saharan healthcare sector for local companies and multinationals.

Moderator: Paul Clyde (President, U-M William Davidson Institute)

Panelists:
Brook Fekadu (Founder and CEO, Pioneer Diagnostics Center)
Chemu Lang'at (Regional Head - Africa, Medtronic)
Vinesh Pramlall (Head of New Business Development, Labotec)
Willem Grobler (Commercial Director, ConvaTec)
11:00-12:20pm EST
6:00-7:20pm CAT
Covid-19: Countering Disinformation
This panel, organized by the African Students Association, the African Graduate Students Association, and the Africa Business Club, features U-M students along with their peers from African universities. The panel explores the impact and mechanisms of misinformation about COVID-19 in African communities, focusing on opportunities to counter disinformation.

Moderators: Desnor Chigumba (PhD Candidate in Chemical Biology, President of African Graduate Student Association and co-host of Taking Into Account podcast) and Adaeze Eneli (PhD student in Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Michigan)

Panelists:
• Samuel Osei Afriyie - MS candidate in Information Science, University of Michigan
• Kwaku Krobea Asante - Programme Associate, Media Foundation for West Africa
• Rutendo Chabikwa - PhD candidate, Oxford University; co-host of Taking Into Account podcast
• Fortunate Chifamba - Master in Public Health, Harvard University
• Gabriel Alain Delsol - Associate at Park Advisors
• Mariame Diabate - PhD Candidate, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
• John Elvis Hagan, Jr. - Senior Lecturer/Researcher at the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
• Abdullahi Tsani - science journalist based in Abuja, Nigeria
• Martin Wafula - Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) student in Engineering Science, Oxford University