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Speakers, judges & Facilitators


Amilcar van Mulier

Founder, Studio Strip

•  Baobab Nights: Sharing Gems

•  Sunday, 29 Oct. 13:00 – 18:00 CET

"I believe that there is still little to no space for minorities in the current status quo. I think that marginalised groups should support each other and focus on building their own narratives. If we want to achieve something, we should come together, work together and create together. This is why community building is so important to me."

Amilcar, a passionate photographer in search of his own creative space, stumbled upon a hidden gem during the heart of the pandemic - a warehouse in Amsterdam Noord that would become the birthplace of Studio Strip. Together with two close friends, Amilcar founded Studio Strip; a photo studio by day and underground club by night. At a time when the world craved connection, Studio Strip emerged as a safe haven for individuals from diverse backgrounds and genders to come together and connect.



Anita Abaisa

Founder & Director, Black Ladies Talk, Gladiator Academy, IBias VR

• Baobab Nights: Sharing Gems

• Sunday, 29 October 13:00 – 18:00 CET

Anita is the founder of Black Ladies Talk which is the largest black women community in Europe, IBias VR and the co-founder of Gladiator Academy where she bridges the gap between education and the job market. Mission: Upgrade socio-economic positions of underrepresented groups. She is a Professional Upgrader and challenges the status quo to upgrade with her. She has a background in Sales, Positive Psychology and Learning & Development. 

IBias VR focuses on making the VR technology available and affordable for large group of companies and entrepreneurs in the DEI field to create real and lasting impact.


Augustine Nthenge

Communications, Porticus & Community Building Expert

• Baobab Nights: Sharing Gems

• Sunday, 29 October 13:00 – 18:00 CET

Augustine is a Community Manager at Omek. His goal is to ensure that our members have a safe and pleasant experience on the Omek Platform and the tools needed to fully embrace their bicultural selves.

Additionally, he leads Internal Communications at Porticus, a philanthropic organisation based out of Amsterdam. When he's not managing the Omek Community, you will definitely find him at a concert or two either in Amsterdam or in Belgium (depending on the artist).


Charnez Jacobs

Founder & Partner, Spiral VC

• Community Pitch Night

• Saturday, 28 October 18:00 – 19:15 CEST

Charnez's start in the tech and venture capital ecosystem started at Seedrs (now called Republic) in their deal sourcing team where he sourced startup investments from across Southern and Western Europe. He then joined a venture capital fellowship called Included VC which was life-changing due to the mentorship received from founding partners at top VC firms like Molten Ventures, Mangrove Capital Partners and Seedcamp to name a few.

Charnez then landed a role at CapitalT, a pre-seed and seed stage VC. He founded his own firm, Spiral Venture Capital, where he provides venture capital consulting services to development institutions and other emerging venture capital funds, as well as assisting founders with growth strategies, fundraising strategies and pitch coaching.


Coco Olakunle


• Baobab Nights: Sharing Gems

• Sunday, 29 October 13:00 – 18:00 CET

Coco is a Nigerian-Dutch photographer. Given her natural curiosity coupled with her background in Human Geography, she is constantly excavating the individual stories beneath the human story.


dion walcott

Director of Partnerships, Pensole Lewis College & Founder, MARTKD

• Nurturing Growth through Mentorship

• Saturday, 28 October 15:00 – 16:00 CEST

"We can 'Do Well and Good at the same time' by understanding the importance of mentorship. and working to provide access to education and career opportunities to the creative and creator communities globally." 

Dion is the Director of Partnerships for Pensole Lewis College and the founder of MARTK'D is a highly sought-after speaker, strategist, and curator who has used his passion for sneakers to create a notable career in the creator marketplace. Dion has spearheaded partnerships and collaborations with global brands such as Reebok, Puma, NBA, Brooklyn Museum and Microsoft to name a few. His mission is to connect brands with creatives and creatives with brands while using the PLC and MARTKD platform as a bridge between corporate and culture.



Eileen Walusimbi Oloya

Certified Coach & Mentor, Sustainability Practitioner, Performance & Learning Expert

• Mentorship Success Workshop

• Saturday, 28 October 16:15 – 17:00 CEST

Eileen is a certified coach and mentor. She is an experienced sustainability practitioner, and a performance and learning expert, specializing in business management consulting. With over 15 years experience in the public and private sectors, her expertise lies in offering comprehensive approaches to helping organizations and teams navigate complex transformations, while they deliver on their organizational goals.


Eliza Anyangwe

Managing Editor, As Equals, CNN

• Fela’s Day Celebration

• Friday, 27 October 18:30 CEST

Eliza is a writer and editor who leads CNN's team covering gender inequality, with a focus predominantly on the Majority World. Many years ago, she founded the Nzinga Effect, a platform for telling stories about African and afro-descendant women's stories. She produced, fronted, and wrote, Not Yet Satisfied, a short video doc about African women's sexual pleasure.



Kemo Camara

Founder and CEO, Omek

• Mentorship Success Workshop

• Saturday, 28 October 16:15 – 17:00 CEST

"Mentorship is about the pursuit of individual success while fostering collective growth."

Kemo is a social entrepreneur, community influencer, and the visionary behind Omek. His passion lies in activating our collective human potential. That’s why he enjoys bringing people from diverse backgrounds to work together toward a common goal.


Kimberley Ofori

Director Entrepreneurship Lab, Dutch New Narrative Lab

• Community Pitch Night

• Saturday, 28 October 18:00 – 19:15 CEST

"Our future will be a direct result of what we invest our time, Money and resources in today. Entrepreneurship is about taking charge of what our collective future will look like."

Kimberly is a serial entrepreneur, having lived, worked and built multiple start-ups across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She has sold two of her companies to date. She is the Director of Dutch New Narrative Lab 's Entrepreneurship lab and currently closing a 20 million euro investment fund, Future Ventures, to invest in diverse founding teams across Europe who are building solutions for the worlds most pressing problems in health climate, food and finance with technology. 


Lemi Ghariokwu

Fine Artist, Graphic Designer, Illustrator & Songwriter

• Fela’s Day Celebration

• Friday, 27 October 18:30 CEST

"I see myself as a Pan-Africanist. I believe strongly that we have to come together as a collective. That is the only way we can become successful as a collective. To achieve this goal, we need to learn our true history through the African people and through the African mind."

Lemi is world famous for his captivating and intricate record sleeves, never failing to give life to lyrics through his pictorial images. He is most renowned for providing 26 of the original cover images for the recordings of Nigerian musician Fela Kuti between 1974 and 1993. His work involves a variety of styles, often using vibrant colours and individuated typefaces of his own design. This serves a consciously integrated meta-textual function. One would say his art is rebellion, comical, political, even erotic but most of all he is a genius in pictorial narration. 



Maïmouna Kanté


• Fela’s Day Celebration

• Friday, 27 October 18:30 CEST

Maïmouna Kanté, Agroecologist and Podcast Host, was born in Mali and raised in its neighboring countries. She obtained a Master of Science in Resilient Food & Farming Systems from Wageningen University and has field experience on farms across the world. She is keen to mimic nature in our farming system to address socio-environmental challenges. As the podcast host of nàfolo, she reclaims oral storytelling and highlights the stories of the stewards at the forefront of preserving the biodiversity of African seeds. Her passions sit at the crossroads of the West African cultures that raised her, nature, and storytelling. 


Njeri Muhia

General Partner, FrontEnd Ventures

• Africa and the Future of Tech

• Saturday, 28 October 17:30 – 18:00 CEST

Njeri is as an early stage investor and consultant with in-depth experience working with early stage start-ups in Africa. She is the General Partner of FrontEnd Ventures, a VC fund focused on early stage tech companies led by women founders & local founders. She is also a FinTech Product Consultant, working with early-stage African founders to build sustainable and impactful ventures.


Renate Matroos

Digital Learning Designer & Facilitator

• Mentorship Success Workshop

• Saturday, 28 October 16:15 – 17:00 CEST

"Mentorship allows you to unlock countless possibilities and opportunities & grow collectively."

Renate is a facilitator who turns any event into an interactive learning opportunity. She helps people come up with new ideas, make decisions, and create a world of opportunities for themselves. She brings order, big energy and experience.


Sergio Panday

Co-Founder & CEO, Roots Inspire

• Nurturing Growth through Mentorship

• Saturday, 28 October 15:00 – 16:00 CEST

"Individually we are the exception, but collectively we are the norm!"

Raised by a single mom on a secretary salary, the odds of a successful, international career in corporate banking were not in Sergio's favour. After an 18-year long career in banking, leading various product and client teams, Sergio is now determined to increase ethnic diversity across corporate leadership positions.

Following the events in 2020, Sergio decided that enough is enough and a uniquely different approach is required to build more ethnically diverse leadership pipelines. Utilising modern technology, they built a platform to create change — at scale! Involving over 75 ethnic corporate leaders from various industries, they built a programme that changes individual career trajectories, company cultures and industries at large — and the results so far, have been incredible!


Sybille Traoré

Team Lead Global Accounts Operations at

• Fela’s Day Celebration

• Friday, 27 October 18:30 CEST

"We must dare to invent the future." Thomas Sankara

Based in Amsterdam, born in France and raised in Burkina Faso, Sybille grew up travelling between Europe and Africa in homes that were frequently visited by family, friends and like-minded guests. Food, music and politics are deeply intertwined in her personal story.


Vivian Acquah

Certified DEI Consultant

• Nurturing Growth through Mentorship

• Saturday, 28 October 15:00 – 16:00 CEST

"I believe in the power of amplifying our voices, standing tall in the knowledge of our immense value, and passing the baton to the next generation. We must strive for a future where every voice is heard, every individual knows their worth, and every success is shared, building a legacy of empowerment and progression."

Passionate and driven, Vivian is making an impact on the world of workplace wellness and DEI. As the Inclusive Workplace Wellness Advocate/ Certified Diversity Executive, Vivian is devoted to making the topics of workplace wellness and DEI more accessible for everyone. 

With a name that literally translates to 'water,' Vivian has become an extinguisher of fires related to DEI, providing clients such as Heineken, LinkedIn, Google, Indeed, Deloitte, TIBCO, Cargill, Swift, Acrolinx, KLM and Zalando with tangible strategies for embracing inclusive changes.