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LEADERSHIP


DAY 1 — FRIDAY, APRIL 16

5pm – 2am CET

●  6:00 – 6:30pm

All Tracks: Omek Welcome & Fireside Chat with Eric Collins 

Speakers

Eric Collins — Founding Member & CEO, Impact X Capital Partners

Kemo Camara — Founder, Omek

●  6:30 – 7:00pm

All Tracks: Sponsor Address 

adidas leadership talks about their personal approach to Collaboration in the professional world and between cultures.

Speakers

Amanda Rajkumar — Executive Board Member HR, adidas

Anthony Harrison — Senior Director of Design Culture, adidas

Avneet Khurmi — Senior Director Digital Strategy & Programs, adidas

Eugene Bos — Associate Designer Digital Experience, adidas

Kofi Brown — Senior Director Brand Communications, adidas


Curated by adidas

●  7:00 – 8:00pm

Collaboration in Action

Omek founder, Kemo Camara, gathers some partners to discuss how to leverage each other’s network in order to amplify our efforts. They’ll attempt to answer questions like... Why collaboration is the way forward and how this summit specific is an example of it. Each speaker will then break away to host respective panel discussions with their network throughout the summit.

Moderator

Kemo Camara — Founder, Omek


Speakers

Raul Balai — Founder, A.E.P.O.C.

Stacey Lamptey — Founder, Black Ladies Of Groningen

Hugo Faustino — Steering Team, Omek Creative Peer Group 

Benedict Tubuo — Co-Founder, VIP Social

Beylula Yosef — Community Builder, Afrispectives

●  7:45 – 9:00pm

My Ancestors Taught Me

Music industry and brand marketing vet, Rudii ★ is joined by creative leaders Dana Saxon, Lynnee Denise, Lysanne Charles, and Lamar “Black Ice” Manson. They share how their bicultural journey has both influenced their career as well as how they pay it forward.

Moderator

Rudii ★ — Music Industry & Branding Maven, RuDoesIt.


Speakers

Dana Saxon — Founder & CEO, Ancestors unKnown

Lynnee Denise — DJ, Artist, Scholar, Writer 

Lysanne Charles — Educator, Activist, Creative

Lamar “Black Ice” Manson — Poet, Spoken Word Artist


Curated by RuDoesIt.

●   8:00 – 9:00pm

Build Your Community

Seasoned organizers from various communities across the European diaspora gather to discuss best practices, the importance of collaboration, as well as how to move forward collectively.

Moderator

Loksan Harley — Founder & Executive Director, Homelands Advisory


Speakers

Anita Abaisa — Owner, Black Ladies Talk

Joy W. Zenz — Founder, African Women in Europe

Peter Kwok — Chair, UK Federation of Chinese Professionals (UKFCP)

Ahmed Larouz — Founder, Climate LaunchPad

Sunday Ozegbe Obiajulu — Artistic Director, Ennovate Dance House

●  9:15 – 11:15pm

Unlocking the Potential within our Youth

Amplifying your message in a way that the youth can both gravitate and digest it, is a key component to leadership. The goal is to create opportunities and access to resources while serving as our own gatekeepers for the next generation.

Moderator

Abby Debesay 


Speakers

Kingsford Frimpong

Jillian Emanuels 

Eden Berhane

Raoul Vertrouwd 

Bouba Dola 


Curated by Afrispectives

●  9:30 – 10:30pm

Consistency in Trying Times

In this conversation students from The Association for Students of African Heritage (ASAH), Black Ladies of Groningen (BLOG), and African-Caribbean Maastricht University Society (ACMUS) discuss how continuously adapting to a “new normal”, has transformed their lives in the past year. Focusing on consistency during the pandemic and highlighting the tools needed for student success (ie: motivation + networking) remain central.

Moderator

Jonas Njau — Founder & Director, Finesse Art and Media 


Speakers

Uejanaua Tjihumino — Events coordinator, Black Ladies Of Groningen

Marty Wani Sana — President, Association of Students of African Heritage

Hillmann Batuo — President, African-Caribbean Maastricht University Society 

Mwee van der Meer — Vice President, Black Ladies Of Groningen

●  12:00 – 1:00am

Workshop: Get Up and Get Off

With tunes from Rotterdam and moves from New York City, we switch up the energy from the screen to the dancefloor. Big Tara guides us into the right vibe with a party dance workshop while DJ Darryl Antunez and MC Willy bring the music blasting from the cars on Rotterdam's most vibrant street 'West-Kruiskade'. Bring your own drinks, look sharp and don't be afraid to sweat.

Lead by

Tara "BigTara" Crichlow — Teacher, Performer, Lecturer, Facilitator, Curator 

Wilson Almeida Duarte — MC Willy, Kroush kade Radio

Darryl Antunez — DJ Darryl Antunez, Kroush kade Radio


Curated by HipHopHuis

DAY 2 — SATURDAY, APRIL 17
9:00am – 7:30pm CET

●  9:00 – 10:00am

All Tracks: Coffee with Kemo

Bring your tea or coffee, meet other attendees, and explore the expo booths.

●  9:15 – 10:15am

Workshop: Intro to Yoga

This workshop is aimed for anyone curious about the practice of Yoga and Mindfulness. We will discuss the basic theory of yoga followed by a short beginner friendly yoga session and meditation. We will end the workshop with a Q&A session where you have the opportunity to ask any questions. See you on the mat. 

Lead by

Weini Smon — Yoga Teacher

●  10:30 – 11:30am

Webinar: Financial Literacy & Investment

Learn about the journey towards financial independence. I will bring a unique perspective grounded in my Black culture background. The more we are financially independent the more we will influence our collective future. Join me for an exclusive webinar where we will cover the following....
1. How long does it take to become financially independent?
2. What to consider before investing?
3. What are the risks?

Lead by

Claude Fidelin — Founder, The Black Negotiator


Curated by The Black Negotiator

●  12:00 – 1:00pm

Take Your Seat at the Table

A group of young Afropean professionals address the political process of their host countries in order to improve the conditions affecting their communities and society at large. Some raise awareness through activism, while others successfully manage to be in a position to make decisions that shift policy. This workshop highlights stories from bicultural Afropeans in The Netherlands and Belgium.

Moderator

Kiza Magendane — Writer, Policy Entrepreneur


Speakers

Samira Rafaela — Member of the European Parliament 

Mpanzu Bamenga — Co-Founder, INCLEADERS

Mikal Tsegai — Member of the City Council in The Hague

Milka Yemane — Member of Groenlinks

Assita Kanko — Member of European Parliament


Curated by Kizason Connect

●  1:00 – 2:00pm

The Power of Networking

As we begin to exit from this current global health crisis we will be entering a jobs crisis marked by disruption and turbulence but also opportunity. To survive and thrive in this period we are going to have to build strong and diverse networks. This session will show you why your network is more important now than ever and set out a precise process on how to build it.

In Conversation

Martin Russell — Advisor, The Networking Institute

Kingsley Aikins — Founder & CEO, The Networking Institute


Curated by The Networking Institute

●  2:00 – 3:30pm

Pitch Session: Shoot Your Shot

Giving entrepreneurs from across the diaspora the opportunity to pitch their business ideas and get candid feedback from credible investors.

Moderator

Kofi Ohene-Djan — CMO & Founder, Osuno Marketing


Judges

Stanley Anyetei — Investment Officer, Triodos Investment Management

Charnez Jacobs — Venture Capital Fellow, IncludedVC


Applicants

T. Dehan Owori — Director Business Development & Co-Founder, Tahka Group

Brenda Jolly Ajidru — Founder, Natural Hair Solutions by Brenda

Hassan Dirisu — Founder, Kakanda

Elija Abdulaziz Mayo — Co-Founder, Try My Bag


Curated by Forward Incubator

●  3:00 – 4:00pm

Chronicles of an Afro Student Rep

Four board members from Dutch afro-student associations will share behind the scenes insight as to what it means to represent their peers. They’ll touch on topics such as motivation, associations’ values, mobilization our communities, and issues stemming from perception.

Moderator

Shenhat Tedros — Head of Committees, African Student Association of Tilburg


Speakers

Sehaam Abdule — President, African Student Association of Tilburg

Abigail Vloet — Vice President, African Student Association of Tilburg

Shanica Romney — Board Member of Activities, Tribez Student Association

Maria Toko — Chairwoman, Tribez Student Association

●  4:00 – 5:00pm

Serving the Entrepreneur

These experts are dedicated to finding and developing the tools, resources, and support system around you for success. Entrepreneurship is a lonely and difficult journey, and no one should do it alone.

Moderator

Kemo Camara — Founder, Omek


Speakers

Shenin Lebrun — CEO, Hustle & Heart Consultancy

Veronica Safoa Owusu — Founder, VPower Coaching

Sergio Panday — Co-Founder, Roots Inspire

Renate Matroos — Founder, Twenty 6 Consultancy

●  5:30 – 6:00pm

Webinar: Reinventing Yourself in Times of Change

Experience reinvention through the eyes and lessons from Engracia.

Lead by

Engracia Castelo — Founder, DURA NATURA

●  7:15 – 7:30pm

All Tracks: Closing Remarks

REIMAGINING THE BICULTURAL EXPERIENCE
#OmekSummit


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