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Full Agenda

Saturday, November 21: 10am – 10pm CET

CHAPTER 1: THE OPENING

●  10:00 – 11:00am

Opening Reception and Networking

Bring your coffee or tea and connect with the Omek team and other attendees online.

●   11:00am – 12:00pm

Morning Fuel with Nedda & Rabi

Join the creative duo, Nedda and Rabi, as they discuss their morning rituals and the importance of finding moments for yourself in a busy world. Special guest, Josh Salie.

●  12:00 – 1:00pm

Morning Music

DJ Antidote from Rise & Shine bring you good vibes virtually.

CHAPTER 2: UNDERSTANDING OUR BICULTURAL IDENTITY

●  1:00 – 1:20pm

Introduction to Omek

Welcome message from Kemo Camara.

●  1:20 – 1:40pm

Leadership Conversation with Eric & Kemo

Fireside chat with Eric Collins — CEO & Managing Partner, Impact X Capital Partners
and Kemo Camara — Founder, Omek

●  1:40 – 2:00pm

Leadership Conversation with Anthony & Lindy

Lindiwe Selele in conversation with Anthony Harrison — Sr. Director of Design Culture, adidas

●  2:00 – 3:00pm

Main Stage Panel:
Understanding and Framing our Bicultural Identity

Guests from across Europe share their experiences as Afropeans — the advantages, the challenges, and the ever evolving nature of bicultural identity.

Moderated by
Edson Hato  — Chief Talent Officer and Founder, LikeMind Ltd.

Guest Panelists
Anthony Harrison — Sr. Director Design Culture, adidas
Fatima Omar — Marketing Partnership Manager, Daily Paper 
Najah Aouaki — Founder & Director, Aouaki Concepts
Bejay Mulenge — Founder, Supa Network

●  3:00 – 3:15pm

Break Time

Browse the booths in our marketplace and connect with our community partners. 

●  3:15 – 4:00pm

Breakout Session:
Future of Work — Rethinking the Corporate Work Environment

The speakers will discuss the evolution of D&I and the benefits of Affinity Groups within global organizations. We’ll look at what D&I really means, what future workforces could look like, and how we can get there.

Moderated by
Vivian Acquah — Inclusive Workplace Wellness Advocate

Special Guests
Claude Fidelin — Head of Strategy, Jordan Brand EMEA, Nike
Andrew Monu — Director, Field & Product Marketing (EMEA & LATAM), LinkedIn 
Pauline Mbundu-Uitenwerf — Chairwoman, Connected Cultures Network, PwC

All Access & VIP Pass Only

●  3:15 – 4:00pm

Breakout Session:
Intersectionality in the Diaspora: Afrofeminism, LGBTQ+ Communities

Our guest speakers will look at the important but often under discussed topics of Afrofeminism and LGBTQ+ communities within African diaspora. They’ll tackle how intersectionality translates within the African diaspora, what challenges it comes across, and what Afropeans are doing to be inclusive within their own communities.

Moderated by
Danielle Davis — Junior Lecturer, University of Amsterdam

Guest Panelists
Tarim Nduma — Owner, TNFlach
Kiyémis — French Author, Afrofeminist Poetess, Speaker
Aurélie Mulowa — Founder, Belgian Entreprenoires 

All Access & VIP Pass Only

●  3:15 – 4:00pm

Breakout Session:
Exclusive Inside Scoop with Patta

Our Founder, Kemo Camara, sits down with Edson Sabajo and Guillaume "Gee" Schmidt, Founders of Patta, for an conversation. They’ll look at the secret to creating a local brand with worldwide recognition and to collaborating with global brands while staying true to your values, roots, and vision: community and collaboration. The conversation will continue with a Live Q&A with Patta and the audience.

Edson Sabajo & Guillaume "Gee" Schmidt — Co-founders, Patta

All Access & VIP Pass Only

●  4:00 – 4:30pm

Workshop Session: 
Conflict Mediation

UPDATE: Due to technical issues we were not able to conduct this workshop in interactive format. 😭But please drop us a line as we will host a series of workshops geared to workplace matters in the future. 

Conflict is part of all relationships, but understanding its dynamics can help us manage or resolve it. Join the workshop to learn how to navigate tense and emotionally charged disputes. 

Workshop lead by
Geraldine Moodley — Operations Manager, Lawyer, Mediator, Catalyst Consulting

All Access & VIP Pass Only

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●  4:00 – 4:30pm

Workshop Session: 
Understanding the Cultural Impact in Negotiation

This workshop will explore how our differing cultural backgrounds can impact our negotiations.

Workshop lead by
Claude Fidelin — Head of Strategy, Jordan Brand EMEA, Nike

All Access & VIP Pass Only

CHAPTER 3: LOOKING FORWARD

●  4:30 – 5:25pm

Main Stage Panel:
The Future of our History

Based on their individual experiences and expertise, our panelists will discuss the value of understanding our history for the future. Acknowledging the diversity among the African diaspora in general and in Europe specifically, how can we envision a collective future? How do we navigate between and within these different environments? This panel is co-hosted with Afrispectives.

Moderated by
Michael Ghebreab — Co-founder, Afrispectives

Guest Panelists
Abby Debesay — Stichting NABANA, Afrispectives
Angelica Pesarini — Lecturer in Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU Florence
Jennifer Tosch — Founder, Black Heritage Tours
Nathifa Elshot — Co-founder, Bijlmer Bookstore & VoteforwardNL

●  5:25 – 5:45pm

Meet and Greet

Browse the booths in our marketplace and connect with our community partners. 

Head over to the adidas Careers Booth between 5 - 6pm where Kwame Wilson (Copywriter Digital Creative at adidas) will be sharing insights into his career at adidas, his creative project work (including his own podcast series) and answering your questions.

●  5:45 – 6:30pm

Industry Breakout Session:
Beyond Digital — Rethinking Human Centered Design

The digital ecosystem is much more than data, research, and usability evaluation services. Join 4 digital leaders as they reflect on the relationship between their culture and their work. The panelists will discuss whether they push back against the status quo, whether the digital world can become more culturally aware, and what inclusive tech could look like.

Moderated by
Kevin Hawkins — Director of Product Design, BookClub.com

Guest Panelists
Kave Bulambo — Director of Talent Acquisition and D&I EMEA, Smart Recruiters
Richard Fagbolagun — Managing Director, Comuzi
Dr. Kassim S. Mwitondi — Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University

All Access & VIP Pass Only

●  5:45 – 6:30pm

Industry Breakout Session: 

Black Students Networks in Europe

Afro student networks and associations are often the only actors actively welcoming, supporting, and creating a sense of belonging for students of African descent in academic institutions. This panel brings together representatives from some of the major Afro student associations in the Netherlands and byond to share their visions, successes, and challenges as they work to create visibility, impact, and opportunities for their members.

Moderated by
Alusine Kamara — Head of Global Partnerships, Internship Garage

Special Guests
Hadiatou Berry — Ambassador, Tribez
Marty Sana — President, ASAH
Optimist Engbi — ASC
Sirandou Soukouna — President, AMECAS

●  5:45 – 6:30pm

Industry Breakout Session: 
Writers
 – Navigating with and Integrating Multiple Identities in your Work 

Writers are the mirror of society. They connect the past, present and the future and inspire us to discover new dreams. This panel brings together various writers from the African diaspora in Europe to reflect on the dynamics within the African diaspora and to imagine its future. The invited writers will share how they integrate their multiple identities into their work, and how they strike a balance between beauty and politics.

Moderated by 
Kiza Magendane — Writer and Policy Entrepreneur

Guest Panelists
Munganyende Hélène Christelle — Author, Writer
Ziki Nelson — Co-founder & Managing Director, Kugali
Vamba Sherif — Novelist, Writer, Journalist

All Access & VIP Pass Only

●  5:45 – 6:30pm

Industry Breakout Session:
Making Films while Black

The African continent is known for its creativity — from music and dance, to contemporary art and more. African musicians and artists are globally known as pioneers in their fields. African filmmakers have also begun to gain international exposure outside film festivals centered on African cinema, with recognition at the Oscars and streaming on Netflix. Co-hosted with iAfrica Film Festival, this panel looks at the role film makers play in telling and amplifying African voices on a global stage.

Moderated by
Angélique Mbundu — Director & Co-founder

Guest Panelists
Tamara Shogaolu — Creative Director, Ado Ato Pictures
Tierney Walker — Co-founder, Arise Productions
April Walker — Co-founder, Arise Productions
Ras Mutabaruka — Filmmaker, Director for The Returnees (shown at 9:00pm)

All Access & VIP Pass Only

●  5:45 – 6:30pm

Industry Breakout Session:
Arts & Culture 
— (Re)claiming Black Cultures

Creators from across the arts world will discuss the way they engage in their fields as fields through a bicultural, Afropean experience. We’ll look at who, in the Western world, performs Black Arts and Cultures and under what conditions, and why it’s essential for Black artists to (re)claim the Black arts.

Moderated by 
Rabi Bah — Multidisplinary Creative

Guest Panelists
John Agesilas — Dancer, Choreographer, DJ and Teacher
Martin van Engel — Program Manager, Van Gogh Museum 
Raul Balai — Artist 
Sophie Douala — Graphic Artist

All Access & VIP Pass Only

●  5:45 – 6:30pm

Industry Breakout Session:
Creative Spaces Built by and for People of African Descent

Creative Spaces built by and for people of African descent are a reflection of the diversity of talents within the Diaspora. Whether they are digital, on paper, or between walls, these spaces offer safe platforms for talents from the African diaspora to unapologetically express their creativity and often serve as catalysts for collaboration.

Moderated by 
Augustina “MS.ABA” Austin — Music artist, Broadcaster, Communication Strategist 

Guest Panelists
Nike Ayinla — Project developer, Producer
Marie-Anne Leuty — Editor in Chief, The Quick + The Brave
Maxine Penney — Founder, FreshhhConnections
Edinah Chewe — Multi-disciplinary Artist, Wildlogic

All Access & VIP Pass Only

●  5:45 – 6:30pm

Industry Breakout Session:
Black Entrepreneurship 
— Hack vs Disrupt the System

Despite the many challenges faced by Black entrepreneurs, there is still a growing culture of entrepreneurship within the Black community. Young talented Black entrepreneurs are adopting the “back door” or “work around” culture as an avenue to success. This session brings together experienced entrepreneurs, VCs, and community leaders to look at  ways to unlock opportunities and resources for entrepreneurs of African descent.

Moderated by
Martha Fisher — CEO & Founder, EWPN

Guest Panelists
Eric Collins — CEO & Founding Member, Impact X Capital Partners
Janet Oganah — Founder, Janet List
Kevin "Blaxtar" de Randamie — Founder, Braenstorm
Olubunmi Okolosi — Founder & CEO, Kajola

All Access & VIP Pass Only

●  5:45 – 6:30pm

Industry Breakout Session:
Architecture

Surinamese-born and Dutch-trained Architect, Paul Amoksi, will present his current work around Maroon architecture.

Moderated by
Nixon Mukiza

Guest Speaker
Paul Amoksi — Founder, Amoksi Architectuur 

All Access & VIP Pass Only

●  6:30 – 7:00pm

Industry Networking

An opportunity for individuals and organizations to connect and continue conversations initiated in the industry panels. This will take place in the Industry Session Rooms. 

●  6:30 – 7:00pm

Recruitment Session and Marketplace

Sign up for a 1-on-1 session with recruiters from global organisations looking to recruit bicultural talents, meet other like minded professionals, and explore a marketplace where you can learn about Diaspora organisations around Europe and much more!

CHAPTER 4: COMMUNITY AND COLLABORATION

●  7:00 – 8:00pm

Main Stage Panel:
Community Building and Collaboration 

Community and peer support is more important now than ever. We’ll look at the keys to building supportive ecosystems to facilitate breakthroughs, and why collaboration is pivotal for the social and professional advancement of the African Diaspora.

Moderated by
Kemo Camara — Founder, Omek

Guest Speakers
Omena Ukeleghe — Founder, Creative Jam Session
Ayra Kip — Co-founder & Director of Partnerships, Kip Republic
Anita Abaisa — Founder, Black Ladies Talk
Joy W. Zenz — Founder, African Women in Europe
Getrude Matshe-Kanicki — Founder and Global Curator, HerStory Circle

●  8:00 – 8:30pm

Closing Remarks

Some final thoughts from the Omek Team

CHAPTER 5: AFTER PARTY

●  8:30 – 10:00pm

Word Up Sessions

Line up presented with Word Up Amsterdam.

Jackie Ashkin — Author
Augustina "MS.ABA" Austin — Music artist
Lamin Barrow — Poet
Ennio "BLESZ" Burleson — Sound designer, Artist, Cultural entrepreneur
Batsirai Chigama — Performer, Poet, Literary activist & Social commentator
Corey Grant — Singer, Poet
Kevin Groen — Spoken word artist
Charubax — Poet, Writer

All Access & VIP Pass Only

●  8:30 – 10:00pm

Movie Night with iAfrica Film Festival

“The Returnees” is an eight-episode series based on the stories and experiences of eight African women from the diaspora. These are women who returned to the continent and are creating new industries and markets, all while breaking barriers in unfamiliar surroundings.

VIP Pass Only

●  8:30 – 10:00pm

Networking

Continue the conversation in our Networking Session Room.

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